Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Parrot Tulips








Please note that there will be NO Mosaic Monday next week because of the Easter holidays. Have a wonderful week!  See you on April 27th. xo

I think I may have missed the ranunculus season this year, but I managed to find some parrot tulips last week, which I promptly brought home to brighten the kitchen and ultimately to photograph.  :)

So, until we get a few more spring-like days here in New Jersey, I will be shooting cut flowers.  And after this winter, I cannot wait to go on some garden visits this summer!  As you can probably tell, I'm running out of things to post about here.  ;)

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Blue Hyacinths



Making little still life creations with old books and flowers has become sort of my "thing."  When it's cold and dark and snowy, I pick up some flowers at the supermarket, and they get me through the winter doldrums.  Last week, I found these beautiful hyacinths, and they have been perfuming the entire house.  They started out blue, but faded to a sort of pale lilac as the week went on.  Finally, after five days of enjoying their sweet scent, I decided that I needed to take some photos.  The weathered "table" is actually a foam-backed photo by Sarah Gardner -- one of her
 Beachwood Textured Papers.  The book belonged to my mother, and the shells were collected on our trip to California this February.  The blog board comes from EW Couture.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Food Photography





I had to troll through my archives this week to find something for Mosaic Monday, and I finally came up with food photography.  I really feel as though blogging has ushered in a golden age of food photography.  There are so many wonderful food blogs these days, with fabulous eye candy.  A few of my favorites are Honey& Jam, Cannelle et Vanille, Savory Simple, and Tartelette.  If you are interested, you might want to follow my Pinterest board called Beautiful Food Photography.  I have collected wonderful examples there from around the globe.  And if you are interested in learning more about food photography, check out this article in Lightstalkers about lighting and styling food photos.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Happy Spring





It was a winter for the record books here in our part of New Jersey.  We have had more snow, and more extremely cold temperatures, than I can ever remember.  And I have lived in this house since I was a little kid.  The first days of spring have finally brought some warmer temps however, and most of our snow has melted, except for a few dirty piles.  It is so wonderful to see the ground for a change, even if it is now mostly mud.  Yesterday, my husband found a newspaper from February 3rd on our front lawn, still in it's plastic wrapping.  It must have been thrown there from the driveway by the snow plow, and remained buried under the snow for nearly seven weeks.

So far, we only have a few snowdrops up and blooming, so I celebrated spring with some supermarket flowers. And of course, I couldn't help taking a few photos.  Happy Spring!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mosaic Monday: At the Beach





"Life is better at the beach" -- it's true.  There are wide open spaces.  The air is crisp and clear.  The sound of the surf is a peaceful background as the wind caresses your face.  And it's even better when it's empty of other people.  ;)

Just a few of my shots from the beach at Carlsbad, CA, taken in February.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mosaic Monday: California Fog







When we were in California a few weeks ago, we woke up one morning to a beautiful fog.  Most of you know how much I love a good fog, right?  I wandered around for about an hour with my camera, and had a great time.  I'm so glad to share the results  here today, as we are in the ugly stage of our snow here in New Jersey -- everything is dirty and sort of melting...  And I will be SO happy when it has melted completely, which at this rate may be sometime in July!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mosaic Monday: San Diego Botanical Garden, Part 2










As promised, here are some more images from our visit to the San Diego Botanical Garden.  My husband is a sucker for bamboo, and there were some fabulous bamboo groves to walk through.  There was also a beautiful Japanese tea house, and some gorgeous rosemary.  Living in New Jersey, I have never seen rosemary growing in bushes the size of boxwood.  The scent was heavenly!  I was also charmed by the figures created with moss, ivy and succulents.  And of course, being kids at heart, we had to walk through the children's garden as well.  :)

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