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Magnolia

Last week, the magnolia buds had begun to bloom. There were beautiful whites, pale pinks, purples and dark pink. At the rate the blossoms were opening I had figured Saturday they would be spectacular and I planned to take time for a photo shoot. Wednesday was sunny and warm but the weather forecast for the Thursday was for rain.

Rain ruins the show. It knocks many of the petals off and turns the one left on the trees browns. It was still light on the way home from work. But it was sprinkling a little.  It was a now or never moment when I saw this Magnolia Tree. There was time for a few quick photos as the clouds darkened the scene and the rain started.

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A Rare Day in January 2015

It was an amazing warm day for January 21st. A gentle breeze, a blue sky with a few scattered clouds and the temperature above 50 degrees invited me out for a walk past the wetlands. My camera was at home, but I was so glad I had my cell phone with me.  Everywhere I looked I saw the last days of winter before spring awakens the earth.

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I present these photoz as is, no cropping, editing and not even signed. I chose to share them as is because if my time was spent doing all the tweaking there would be no time for posting. I do hope you enjoy my little excursion around the “block” (it’s a little over a mile) and get a sense of the land and sights we are blessed to see daily. The photo on the bottom left has a bit of Mt Hood in the distance. Unfortunately the bright sun on the horizon with the white cloud made it disappear.

Cheers to Nature even when it’s in its winter snooze.

Wishes

The wishes on the various types of weeds are a work of art. One head was the size of a baseball. It had few seeds but created such a gorgeous pattern.

Perfection of Design

Perfection of Design

Perhaps I am easily enchanted, but these are the magic of nature.

The smaller seed heads have more wishes per head, but are equally beautiful.

The smaller seed heads have more wishes per head, but are equally beautiful.

Yet another view as the seeds begin to loosen and fly with the breeze.

Many have already taken the trip and these two are setting sail.

Many have already taken the trip and these two are setting sail.

As the world turns into autumn, the tiny wishes in the fields become fairy wishes.
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Sending good wishes your way.

Burst Into Spring

After so many storms of snow and ice, it was surprising to see that it hardly slowed down the popping buds. I am sharing a few taken over the three weeks following the ice.  These ended up in no particular order. The duck is the male that wintered over with his mate. During the snow […]

Random Shots

This random assortment of shots from prior years are some of my favorites. ImageImageImageImageImage

Frost Magic

Frost creates magical scenes. It has been cold enough several days the past couple of weeks to show off some wonderful delights. I hope you enjoy. Brrrrr. The first two photoz were taken this morning. PhotoShop helped create the top right photo, I removed the color from the background to let the one dry frosted […]

Fall Fabulous Fall

It seems that every turn of the season brings breath-taking new sights. Every single year. This year has been no exception. This year the skies were bluer, the clouds fewer and the colors more vivid.  Everywhere I turned, another fantastic sight. With that in mind and apologies to no one, I will share a tiny […]

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