Watercolor Attempts

Daughter and I had a day of water coloring.  She was done after one piece but I decided to practice a little more.  When it comes to painting, I’m horrible at it.  I struggle so much with it but I try anyway because I really want to get the hang of it.  I find that I struggle painting in Photoshop too…so I need a lot of practice there as well.

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Just a random piece.  No pre-sketching.  I saw this beautiful sunset earlier this week and tried to duplicate it.  I’ve also been fascinated by air balloons.

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This piece isn’t done yet of the buildings.  I haven’t decided what color to make the sky.  It’s daughter’s favorite piece so maybe I’ll ask her for recommendations.

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Here she is painting along…

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A Rose’s Will To Survive, Trees, and Teddy

The rose bush husband planted last summer was eaten by our puppy, Teddy.  She ate everything that was visible.  We thought for sure the bush wasn’t going to come back but it did!  Teddy seems to be leaving it alone now.

ROSE0086_640There’s not much in the backyard and I’m not thrilled at taking photos of the same things every year, yet there’s something I find special in doing it.  I love capturing the growth and small changes.

The thorn-less Hawthorne.  It flowers a canopy of small white flowers in the spring and its berries turn red in the fall.

HAWTHORNE0092_640The fruitless cherry tree.  It’s a shame this cherry tree doesn’t fruit.  I’d be eating them cherries to my hearts delight right now if it did!  I was surprised to find two orange red leaves on the west facing side of the tree.  I have noticed the air a little chilly-er and the sun setting about an hour earlier too.  This summer seems to be flying by and for some reason I’m not quite ready for fall yet.

CHERRYT0112_640Both these trees are still babies so they have a ways to go, which means, I will be taking lots of photos of them in years to come.

Teddy.  She won’t stay still for a photo but I try anyway.  She’s 8 months now.

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Morning Beauties

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Just a few beautiful things from the yard this morning.

PEONYANT0016A couple of ants on a peony bud.  Not really a beautiful scene but just thought I’d throw it in.  I see these ants every year.  Wonder if I should leave them alone or get rid of them.  They don’t seem to be hurting the plant.

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~Max Muller

Hiking Near Flagstaff

The family went hiking yesterday near Flagstaff in Boulder, CO.  I believe the last time I hiked there, my 10-year-old was about two years old.

That’s CU Boulder in that view.

This was at the highest point that I was willing to go.  The view was gorgeous.  In order to get this shot, I had to climb up on a rock that was flattened on the top.  The drop off the side of that rock was probably about 100 feet.

Rock climbers.

View on our hike down.

Husband wanted to drive through Flagstaff.  He remembered a “castle” we had seen when we were dating and driving through this area on an ordinary day.  It still looks as beautiful as the first time we saw it.

It was a great day.

One Perfect Sunrise

This video is pretty neat by someone on youtube named hajime1969.  The song is “One Perfect Sunrise” by Orbital.

I was looking through my photos for a sunrise photo and couldn’t find too many.  The last sunrise photos taken was last September when my family and I went to Maroon Bells.  Guess this means it’s time to get out there early and capture some early morning gorgeousness.

I created this layout as an example for a freebie on my other blog but I think we can all use a little reminder to live in the moment.