Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TP is back- Feeling Nostalgic

Welcome back 




  



"What the viewer sees in a photograph
can be very different from
 what the photographer perceived."





"The past is a candle at great distance;
too close to let you quit
too far to comfort you."
Amy Bloom





The thing about nostalgia is what something means to you.
A happy personal association.


and yet,

 "We are homesick most for the places we have never known."
Carson McCullers






"Memories believe before knowing remembers."
William Faulkner




Monday, May 2, 2016

Who Goes on Foot


When going by foot it always leads to something.


"The true traveler is he who goes on foot, and even then,
 he sits down a lot."
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


Find a chair, take a seat, but don't stay long.

There's always more just around the corner.


Adventure, surprises and more.


Being silly is a thing.






"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."


"It is one of the blessings of old friends and family that you can afford to be silly/stupid with them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson





"You will do foolish things,
but do them with enthusiasm." 



"Total absence of humor
renders life impossible."

Feed the birds.



"We only do well the things we like doing."





Make wishes.



"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
C.G. Jung


Enjoy today in everything you do.
and take good care of you.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Critter Photographer Well


Not so much.

Yes I admit that I'm not a talented nature photographer (something worth changing) (and I'm trying) and watching all the talented nature photographers right here,
 as most of our fellow bloggers are here in our happy Blogland. 
But that's okay. I'll keep learning from you. 
So that being said, here is my post for 


on this fine Saturday morning!


Cool little cowboy.



Three main things here for me- 
cute-adorable boy, sweet pony and his shadow.


King of the fence post gnome critter of course.
(Especially for Mac)


I will continue to capture faces that I love 
and critters that are standing still.



Did mention I enjoy pictures? Not just shooting them either. Photographs, retain the beauty and special moments of our lives. 



Oh Jasmine you are so pretty and graceful  


and yet, you know how to roar. Or are you just yawning?! 
Yep, she was just yawning.



 Mr. Bunny is hiding in the shade of the old oak tree. 
Just kidding, it's not an oak but it sounds better.

Hey, now the grass looks inviting right?


Umbrella critters.

and a giant shadow approaching.




You are the sunshine that makes my day!
Raining or not.



On the good side, they're really red and
 so they stand out better in shots like this.


You see a camera sees differently than we do.

The latest in bunny-apparel for wine bottles.


Best bunny capture to date!


On a grey day anything can happen
and here to greet me 


Honk Honk!


On finding critters (even stuffed) that know how to
 make your day brighter,
just by being there.


Enjoy every single second of your weekend.
As we all know Monday is soon to arrive and the week will
begin again.  Aren't we lucky for that!
Take good care of you.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pick A Daisy

Good morning all!

This day has me thinking about my dear father and remembering how we always celebrated his special day.  So I'm sending birthday wishes and hugs up to heaven.


This photo was taken a few years before my father was born, but it pretty much describes the way things were in his world way back when.  (My grandmother was quite the gardener) 
His childhood was spent mostly outdoors, taking in clean fresh air, playing and raising animals of all kinds, and of course lots and lots of flowers, and vegetables too. His older sister was born to ride, and showed him many things!

Then, once my daddy turned 12 his father moved away to Arizona and during the summer months and his college years my Daddy really learned what life of a cowboy was all about.


Welcome to another


"You have to decide if you're going to wilt like a daisy 
or if you're just going to go forward 
and live the life that you've been granted."
Kevin Costner


Go forward always.

"Always have something beautiful in sight,
even if it's just a daisy in a jelly glass."
H. Jackson Brown Jr.





I don't really know why
but daisies always make me smile.

Enjoy your day, and pick a daisy 
but don't keep it
give it away today!





Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Tulips and The Gnome

"Others said May was best,
that sweet green time when 
lilacs bloomed and gardens along Main Street
 were filled with sugary pink peonies and Dutch tulips."
Alice Hoffman


What the Gnome said to the tulips.





You simply can't compare me to another tulip.
Because this isn't a competition.
I'm one of a kind, and that's real.




"You're strictly a tulip girl, a red tulip girl."
Alyson Noel




2 Am's were made for Poets/
lovers/writers.
Visionaries.
Photographers.
Painters.
Over Thinkers.
Silent seekers.
These are my favorite hours.
Tulisan Manda


Green tulips growing ever so softly-



It's a time when dogs and cats
and tulips sleep
while you create.




When I grow up I want to be a tulip. 
The Gnome








Play outside. Get dirt on your hands and face. Play.




From the days long. long, long ago when the sun came out to play.





Be Happy! Take good care of you.

Monday, April 25, 2016

For Who Can We Be

Oh Deary me!

Welcome dear ones!




"For who can we be, but ourselves."
Molly Vonk


Photo by Tom Chambers

"The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness
the independence of solitude."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Said the deer to the girl,

"I live by the nature of me."

Always bring you
to everything you do.
Never let anyone change you
from being you.

Live out of your own skin
like something akin
to gratitude pursue.

It's the perfect thing to do.
Be your main character
just live out loud.



"Today you are you!
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is you-er than you."
Dr. Seuss

Fall in love with your life.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Insight with Good Fences

Insight










A stroll through town.
A few fences
And a few critters along the way.



Lions in stone or alive are always
Sharp, shrewd and smart.

A place where lions watch over all.
















"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."
Oliver Wendell Holmes







"A man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation,
and never shrinks back to it's former dimensions."
Oliver Wendell Holmes



What once was Lakeville's All Saints Catholic Church





Is now our Lakeville Area Arts Center












Visiting the memorial garden at McGuire Middle school where plaques, birdhouses, benches, newly planted trees and pavers commemorate those who have died. In honor of teachers as well as students.










I took this photo a couple of years ago,
 but it's a perfect photo to remind us that 
it's tick season once again.  







Don't put off your tick checks,
 especially when romping anywhere outside.


"The greatest of all faults is to imagine you have none."
Author Unknown



Enjoy your Friday and weekend as well!