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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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Monday, September 29, 2014

Firelight & Dandelions


There's something magical about firelight.
Picture a huge, crackling bonfire (a.k.a. burning slash pile)
against the waning light of day -
vivid color, dancing shapes, and drama.


Against this backdrop juxtapose a wispy, delicate dandelion -
pale, fragile, and ethereal.


Sounds like a study in contrasts,
don't you think?

A couple dreamy versions...




Hoping your life is filled with a little firelight 
and magical contrasts!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Autumn


Autumn is in the air.
  Cool night temps create swirling morning mist on the lake.
The red maple trees are turning a fuchsia hue,
while the birch, aspen, and butternut are showing touches of gold.
Harvesting the last garden strawberries.

Yes, autumn is here...
wishing I knew a magical spell to extend this spectacular season!


Hope you're enjoying the season,
wherever you are.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quiet


After the storm - in the shadows, in the shallows.



Hope the world around you is looking peaceful.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Petals


When we dig into a subject with a macro view,
we can come up with something that is quite abstract in nature.
I like that quality.


Although these are obviously curled flower petals, 
rose petals to be exact,
they also present simple abstract designs with a linear emphasis.


Thus, macros let us enjoy a subject on two distinctly different levels.
Hope you're seeing beauty and abstract designs in your everyday world!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Small Miracles 2



Round two of spectacular dewdrops on the strawberry plants in our garden.



Summer is almost over...
it always goes so fast!
Relish the last days.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Extraordinary Ordinary


This last Saturday I was out early to photograph the sunrise.
The spectacular sunrise I'd hoped for didn't materialize
(well, technically it did for all of two seconds while I was changing lenses), 
so instead I looked toward finding something extraordinary within the ordinary.


What I found was marvelous dew drops among the foggy lakeside grasses.
Yes, jewel encrusted grass!
It seems the world is filled with beauty everywhere we turn.


I hope that your life is filled with wonder
 and some dew covered grass, too!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Memories


Where I currently live, in the north woods of Wisconsin,
we have three months of gorgeous weather - summer,
and nine months of winter.
Ok...nine months of winter is an exaggeration,
 but sadly, only a slight one.

As squirrels gather a cache of acorns to make it through the long winter,
we've been collecting summertime experiences.


Experiences like kayaking and canoeing on the lake,
swimming (mainly done by a crazy little Pomeranian named Teddy),
wading in the shallows with camera and tripod in hand (that would be me),
fishing from the dock (that would be my husband who primarily catches weeds),
biking, walking, vacationing,
plus enjoying lunch and dinner on the deck.


Yes indeed, we're busy gathering a cache of summertime treasures!


Hope you're enjoying life.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thunderheads


Enjoying spectacular summer thunderheads
from our dock.


Hope the long, warm days of the season are treating you well!


I just got back from a vacation to visit with a dear friend and my daughter.
Looking forward to editing the images of the city that I returned with.
Take care and happy creating!

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