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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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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Drizzle


Autumn displays a variety of looks, from flashy and colorful
to muted monochromatic attire (think fog, rain, and drizzle).


I've been photographing all these looks,
but was actually surprised to find beauty on a super drab, drizzly morning.

With color little more than a B&W,
form and pattern were the order of the day.
Yes, even drizzle can be a good thing!


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sacred Spaces


I find places of meditation, prayer, and worship intrinsically fascinating.

These spaces are filled with history and wonder.
It is as if the human thoughts, prayers, joy, and angst
are all forever imprinted here -
etched upon the walls or gilded onto the towering 
columns and ceilings.



My interest in these spaces has evolved into a personal
 photography project titled, Sacred Spaces.

These images were made in a very beautiful sacred space,
Saint Marys Chapel.



Happy creating to you!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Into the Fog


Cold nights and warm days have brought a shroud of morning fog to the lake.
This creates a minimalist fantasy land of shifting light and
unusual color harmonies.



Hope you're enjoying autumn!

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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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