Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"Tension is who you think you should be.   Relaxation is who you are."
...Chinese Proverb

2/1/2012 Outdoor Wednesday #160


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Life is too short to stay inside even when there is ice forming at Lake Michigan.    It isn't easy putting on the boots, the mittens, the parka; but I grab the camera and go.   It is like a miracle being down at the lake.   Hear that sound of waves roaring in and then the waves gently turning around and going back out to sea; that is like an AHA moment for me.   I breath in the fresh air.   I stand on frozen sand and rejoice that I am alive.  This is worth it.  

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thinking Outside the Box


Plant in a capsule-January 2012.


Goals 365 Days of Quotes

“One way to get the most out of your life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

….William Feather

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pink Saturday - January 28, 2012

Happy Pink Saturday


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Pink Elephant wearing sunglasses at a Minature Golf Course, 8801 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL  32920 1 321 783 0595

Coming soon:
2,000 Sqft. Arcade
10,000 Sqft. Beachwave Store
Italian Restaurant on Premesis

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem... and SMARTER than you think!
...Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Skywatch Friday - Season 5, Episode 29


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Photograph of sky, water and land at Lake Michigan, January 2012.
Eerie image...looks like the moon's surface to me.  What do you think?

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"I never feel age...if you have creative work, you don't have age or time."
...Louise Nevelson

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"No great masterpiece was ever created by a critic." ...Robin Sharma

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1/25 Outdoor Wednesday - #125


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Each year that I have photographed Lake Michigan shoreline during the winter season, the beach and the lake always looks different.    We haven't had a lot of snow.    Using my imagination, I think the place looks like the surface of the moon.     Eerie, huh?


Took one close-up of tire tracks on the beach and what do you think it looks like?   A snow angel?   A Japanese letter? 

Quess I will go make some hot water and visit blogs while sipping a cup of tea.     See you next week.   Meanwhile take care.

Goals 365 Days of Quotes


"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place."
...Zen

Monday, January 23, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy."
...Albert Clarke

Thinking Outside the Box


Mask 98-123





Sunday, January 22, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes


"A single rose can be my garden...a single friend my world."
...Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eightgy and gradually approach eighteen."
...Mark Twain

Friday, January 20, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago."

...Christina Rossetti



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”
...Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Skywatch Friday - Season 5, Episode 28


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Eeerie when the sky, the water and the land almost touch each other...isn't it?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1/18 Outdoor Wednesday #158

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The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
 ~J.B. Priestley


When snow falls, nature listens. ~Antoinette van Kleeff





When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I'll know I'm growing old. ~Lady Bird Johnson




Lake Michigan, January - 2012.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Thinking Outside the Box


Title:   Lost in Space

My husband and I were going to one of our favorite places to eat breakfast.    Scents lured us into the establishment rather quickly; but afterward when we were walking back to the car, I noticed this newspaper clipping on the ground.   Of course, I did not have my camera with.  So we drove home.

Later on that day, I went on some errands.   I took my camera and went back to the site to capture that little piece of newspaper clipping.   I didn't know if it was still there.   It might have blown away; but I had faith that it was still there.  It was!

I took a couple of shots.    A few days later it snowed.

Here is what I felt:
How strange it was to find a dime next to the newspaper clipping.   It wasn't there before.
I imagined newspaper clipping to look like bleached bones of buffalo.
What separated this newspaper clipping from the person who tore it out?
I felt sad because the newspaper clipping was lost.
I was amazed that I was able to find this subject to shoot. 
It was a windy day in the Chicagoland area and surprised that the newspaper clipping was still there.
I wonder if it is hiding under all that snow?

FYI:   I took a basic image of wooden chips and a newspaper clipping thought perhaps if I play with it in a photo program, it could look different.   And so, I did.   This is what I came up with.  I wanted the newspaper clipping to be lost in space to be recovered at another time and place by someone else.


Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"Snowflakes were now falling around my feet. A few melted as they hit the ground. Others stayed intact. Then I heard the falling of the snow, with the softest hissing sound. I stood transfixed, listening…and knew what can never be expressed: that the natural is supernatural, and that I am the eye that hears and the ear that sees, that what is outside happens in me, that outside and inside are unseparated.”
…Frederick Frank, Auther, THE ZEN OF SEEING


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"If wrinkles must appear upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart.  The spirit should not grow old."
...James A. Garfield

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

"If you begin looking at each breath as a blessing, then suddenly everything in an ordinary life becomes a miracle, delighting in the colors of the sun, feeling the rain on your face or smelling the amazing fragance of a single perfect rose."
...Kirsti A. Dyer

Friday, January 13, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes

A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. -Nancy Reagan

Pink Saturday - January 14, 2012


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My husband and I saw a tow truck with this sign printed on it in a parking lot - Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Goals Quotes for 365 Days


Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. -Unknown

Skywatch Friday - Season 5 - Episode 27


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These five photos of rooftops were taken at ©The World Of Orchids,  2501 Old Lake Wilson Road, Kissimmee, Florida.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Goals 365 Days of Quotes


"I found that I could find the energy... that I could find the determination to keep on going. I learned that your mind can amaze your body, if you just keep telling yourself, I can do it... I can do it... I can do it!"
...Jon Erickson



1/11 Outdoor Wednesday #157


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Changes are happening everywhere.   Companies are going out of business.    Schools are cutting programs.   Houses are not selling.    I don't even want to mention the unemployment situation .  On the news last night, I heard that prices are going up this year for food and clothing.   This sign caught my eye...."SORRY WE'RE CLOSED.  My husband and I have lived through many recessions.    Our parents survived a depression.    Even though we can not F4 and then turn off the computer to get us unstuck from  these problems, I am going to have faith that times will get better. 

In 2012 I believe:
New companies will open up for business.   
Schools will introduce new programs for students.
Families will be able to purchase a home.
Relatives, friends, and neighbors will be employed.
Divine Order.
And so it is.









Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world."

...Andy Andrews

Monday, January 9, 2012

What My Dad Taught Me

"If you can't say something nice
don't say anything at all."

Thinking Outside the Box


Photography is not limited.    Christmas tree lights or the sunset reflecting on the space revealed this image on a cracked ceiling at a house we were visiting.  

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"The secret to success is simple:  find a hurt and heal it,
find a problem and solve it, find an obstacle and remove it,
bridge it, or turn it into an opportunity."
... Robert H. Schuller

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

We search so much for the right choices, the right paths to walk,
the right time, the right reasons and the right person.
But life isn't just about searching for things.
It is also about letting the unexpected happen
and finding joy in things and people that we never searched for. 
Anonymous

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Skywatch Friday - Season 5 - Episode 26


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Sunrise, Lake Michigan, Wilmette Harbor.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."
...Aristotle

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Dad Taught Me

"Treat every human being just the way that you would want to be treated."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

1/4 Outdoor Wednesday #156


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Happy New Year!  

This photograph was taken at Wilmette Harbor, Lake Michigan, Wilmette, IL.

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past."

--Henry Ward Beecher

Monday, January 2, 2012

Goals-365 Days of Quotes

"You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again."
 ... Bonnie Prudden