My world is all about trying to capture the beauty and magic that surrounds us. Come along on my creative path, the best is always just around the next bend. ~Anna


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Small Miracles

I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of nature.
Today, strawberry leaves bejeweled with dew drops from our garden.

I hope that you're enjoying the season!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Speedy at Two!

It was fun and challenging photographing this little guy!
Two-year-olds can certainly move fast.

Throw changing sunlight and shadow patterns 
into the mix and manual camera mode was discarded in a jiffy.

The first and last images are my favs,
 but I took some conventionally cute images for his mom, also.

Looks like when you're two,
 you gotta smash your face against the screen...
because you can!

Hope your summer is rolling along with great times and 
interesting challenges.
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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Greetings!

Life has been busy -
a good kind of captivating busy.
The fact that I just edited these Mother's Day flower images pretty much confirms this!

I've mentioned that our daughter was going to be graduating from college.
Well, the day came and included a special honor for her,
as K was included in an additional "Evening of Distinction" ceremony.
What an amazing group of young adults! 
 I believe they are going to change the world, or at least make a stab at it.

Next came moving K into her first apartment, with the help of her friends.
Picture a charming old building with deep mahogany colored wood floors,
cream plaster walls, and beautiful light.
Gone are the days of college dorms and slum lord rental homes 
shared with friends.

A couple more trips for family get-togethers, my niece's HS graduation party, 
kayaking on the lake, biking, a studio bead project, photography in the garden, 
and watching thunderheads from the dock - 
that's how time has been rolling along.

I hope this finds you enjoying the good times of summer.
Take care and as always, happy creating!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014


I've mentioned before that I love books.
My earliest booky memory is of the floor to ceiling bookcases 
that lined a living room wall in the Dutch Colonial house that I grew up in.
These built-ins were white painted wood and flanked a window that faced the back yard.

The expanse of jumbled colored spines read as a modern art painting 
with your eye seeking pattern within the chaotic exuberance.

Shelves were arranged like a chronology of life,
with little kid picture books on the bottom,
then story books, fiction, biographies, and art tomes,
all the way up to the ceiling where the most valuable,
 or least read, pieces languished.

Furniture sat in front of this wall of books, 
while the space behind the furniture became a kid's "book fort" of sorts,
 a place to secret off to and read.
Such pleasant memories!

Although I read some ebooks, there is nothing like a printed book -
the weight in your hand, the touch of paper, 
and the turning of pages.
Hopefully, future generations will enjoy the pleasures of printed books, too.

How about you... are you an ebook reader, library user, or book collector?
Or maybe, you embrace books in any form :)

Happy reading to you!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Graduation Time!

Beauty, brains, a caring heart...
and now,
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, too.

That's our gal!
So proud of you, K. Rose!!!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Seeing Double

Experimenting with double exposures.
Such fun!

Wishing you joy in your creative work.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Farm Fresh

Farm fresh eggs in wondrous shades of creamy tan to mellow rust
plus buttery light and a 50mm lens...

a combination that made me happy!

Wishing you a blessed Easter.

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Snowbanks are slowly receding,
winds are gusting,
birds are noisily chattering...
it looks and sounds a bit like

Could it finally be here?
I do believe the answer is yes!

Enjoying asparagus on a spring day :)

Hoping spring is in full swing at your house!

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