Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder



"People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.  This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves."  -  Salma Hayek


"I like it...but...there's too much out of focus."

I put an arm around my daughter's shoulders as we stand side-by-side staring at my computer screen.

"Bokeh...bokeh...bokeh." I tell her.

She replies, "Mouth?...Mouth?...Mouth?"

"Bokeh...bokeh...bokeh."

"Mouth?"

Speaking slowly and clearly, maybe even a little louder, I add, "BOH...keh."

"Mom, you really need to learn how to pronounce Spanish words before you try to use them."

She turned and walked away.

My daughter thought I was trying, once again, to speak Spanish and then failing miserably.  My Spanish training ended when I quit watching Sesame Street many years ago, which reflects my skill level.   I had no idea 'boca' means 'mouth' in Spanish...now I do...and she will never forget what bokeh is in photography.  :)



I guess bokeh isn't for everybody...but I like it.

I like the mystery, knowing what the subject is and letting my mind fill in the unknown.  I think bokeh is a little magical.  :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day!

Michelle



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring


"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." 
 -  Laura Ingals Wilder
"My favorite weather is bird chirping weather."  
-  Terri Guillemets


I haven't seen them...but I can hear them.  They are a sure sign spring is here and bugs are near.  The woodpeckers are back, the big ones I can hear inside my house.  Maybe they never leave, they just find other things to eat in the winter, but the sound of them pecking on the trees is a welcome sign of spring.

Other signs of spring?

Green everywhere.

Flip Flops!!

The frogs are having a symphony every night.

Being able to spend time on a boat.


The smell of mulch.

Aching muscles from working too hard in the yard.  (Also a sign of getting old. :)

Earthworms in my landscaping, on the sidewalk after a heavy rain...and on my fishing hook.

The smell of freshly cut grass along with the sound of lawnmowers echoing through the neighborhood.

The back screen door slamming.

 A jacket in the morning...a tee shirt by midday.

Dirt under my nails. (How does that happen even when I wear gardening gloves?)

Going to the store with messy hair because the sunroof and all the windows were open in the car.


I have been enjoying spring and got out early to take some pictures of the new leaves in the morning light.  I use to think sun flares were a bad thing, now I love them and the haze they add to the picture.  I can't wait for more flowers to bloom...and of course to take pictures of them. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and enjoy the weather!

Michelle