Sunday, July 27, 2014

Our Word View - Enlighten

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word enlighten  was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

While I have had animals in my life since I was a small child, it was not until three years ago when Flicka came into our lives that she enlightened me to the joys of dog ownership.  I loved my pets as a child but there is something different about being an adult and having the companionship of a dog.  She is such a beautiful part of our family.  I feel blessed to wake up each day and have her be a part of our family.










Peace!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our Word View - Delight

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word delight was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

When I think of the word 'delight' my mind goes to food.  The thing is... I don't take many 'food' photos.  I much prefer nature, pets and people.  So what image to choose.  R and I take great delight in long walks through new trails in the woods or by the ocean.  He prefers more challenging hikes.  I on the other hand prefer the picturesque walk.  On one of our recent adventures we walked through the woods on a Wildland Trust path off of Long Pond Road.  It took us to a lovely pond.  The water was just right for reflective images.









Peace!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Our Word View - Capture

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word capture was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

I love how some photos really capture the essence of your subject.  These images I took of 'n' capture her spirit.  I can see it in her eyes and in her body language.  Yet one more reason I love photography.





Peace!



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Our Word View - Blossom

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word blossom was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

I have SO many images to choose from for this particular post.  I adore photographing nature.  This year we were able to spend a little time and money on sprucing up our plantings to brighten the colors around the yard.  So needless to say I have both new and older images of the lovely blossoms that I have nurtured and cared for over the years.









My plans changed after lunch today.  As I went outside to light the grill I was greeted by several active moths and the most beautiful golden dragonfly I have ever seen.  The dragonfly lit on the railing of the deck and allowed me to come oh so very close.  As I observed the stunning creature, I spoke out loud saying, " You remind me of Ms. Recke."  As I said the words the dragonfly flapped it's wings.  In that instant I knew that it was her spirit visiting me on this gorgeous day.  I told her how beautiful she was and that I missed her here in this world.  She took flight.  I again spoke aloud and said, "If it is you Maureen land on my hand."  To my astonishment she came back  to me and landed on my hand.  I have never been able to get a dragonfly to land on my hand before.  She stayed with me for several minutes.  I spoke to her and it appeared that she listened to me watching me ever so carefully as she did in life.   When I mentioned how she is an angel watching over us especially her new grandchild her wings quivered.  It was an amazing experience.

How, you might be wondering does this have anything to do with our word this week?  Well when she flew from my hand she spent the next fifteen to twenty minutes posing in the blossoms of my  window boxes.  Maureen was a friend and mentor.  She taught me so much about educating young children and honoring children for who they are and how they grow and learn.  I learned how to listen, really listen to children and parents with a kind and compassionate heart.  She showed my by example how to find humor and joy in teaching.  I think of her often, at home and at school.  I know she is in a better place and at peace but I also know this world is less than what it was and what it could be without her.

Peace!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Word View - AWE

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word awe was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

Over the past week I have been enjoying the most awesome little birds visit my yard.  I have always hoped to have hummingbirds enjoy my garden.  In years past I have enjoyed a rare visit by one or two of these amazing creatures.  Well this year I decided I would increase my odds by hanging a feeder.  Almost immediately three lovely hummingbirds have repeatedly visited my bird feeder.  I am totally in awe of these creatures.  I have spent a lot of time on the deck observing them and really getting them used to my presence in order to capture them with my camera.  They do not like the noise my camera makes and they are very fast!  I have only captured a few images.






Peace!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Our Word View - Zany

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word zany was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

When I think of the word zany I immediately think crazy, silly and unexpected.  Well for the 29th anniversary of meeting my husband we woke up at 4:30 this morning in order to watch the sun rise over the ocean.  It was romantic and zany at the same time.  Not something we typically do, but it was lovely.  While I originally thought I would just watch and enjoy the sunrise without my camera (another zany idea)  I ended up bringing my camera in order to capture the moment.








Peace!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Our Word View - YARD

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word yard was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

It has been years since I have truly paid close attention to my yard.  Other responsibilities took precedence.  This will be the year we spruce things up.  I am so looking forward to creating beauty with flowers and plantings.  I am excited.  There is much in the neighborhood that inspires me.  The following pictures are from one such yard that is near the beach.  I love the colors and simplicity.






Peace!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Our Word View - XANTHIC

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word xanthic was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

When I realized I needed to pick a word for X  I nearly panicked!  I went to google to find something interesting.  Xanthic means yellow or yellowish.  As I thought about what picture I would like to pair up with this weeks post many images came to mind.  Funny, though, the image I chose was not something that came to mind immediately.  I love the yellowish tinge you can see in these beautiful flowers.







The yellow really helps the pink to pop.  I can't wait for these plants to start to bloom this year.  

Peace!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our Word View - WATCH

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word watch was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

Over the past month I have watched with the eyes of a scientist along side my students as my friend and colleague S led us through an embryology study - egg to chick.  We have all learned so much along the way.  A little over a week ago our chicks were due to hatch.  We had a 25% success rate.  Six chicks survived out of twenty four fertilized eggs.  In the fifth grade ten or eleven chicks survived. Mother nature is both powerful and astounding.  I was humbled by these tiny, resilient creature.  They all went home on Friday.  Some went home with a 5th grade family and the rest went home to S's house.  I miss them already!  







Peace!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Our Word View - Valor

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word valor was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

Years ago I joined N's 4th grade class on a field trip to view the traveling Vietnam Memorial wall that was visiting our home town.  It was an enormously moving experience.  I remember having a conversation with my Dad about the wall before the field trip.  He shared with me a story about an old school chum that died during the war.  I had never heard the story before.  I have always felt a strong connection to service men and women.  Finding my Dad's friend's name on the moving wall was very special.  N and I gave Dad a rubbing of his friend's name.  The valor that soldiers posses is amazing.  They protect our freedom and liberties without a second thought.  How appropriate that valor would be chosen for Memorial Day weekend.  I am so thankful for the sacrifice of the men and women who serve our country.


Peace!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Our Word View - Useful

What is Our Word View?  A collaboration between two friends who lost touch over the years but have reconnected online.  We share a love of the ocean, photography, quotes, animals and family.  Often times our photographic interpretations for the word of the week are very similar.

This week the word useful was chosen for our photographic interpretation.  I hope you will go over to Our Word View and see what Liz shares this week.

I find it fascinating that people randomly discard items that were once useful in their lives.  On a walk through Ellisville State Park last year n and I came across many items that at one time must have been useful.  These items were abandoned in the woods along the trail to the beach.  These images make me think about what our society might look like if people were to suddenly  vanish.  It is certainly is a strange thought.  




 











Peace!




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