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Sunrise 4.15.14Sunset 4.11.14

 

 

Tiny bird skullWe were playing outside with Forrest yesterday evening, before the sun went down completely and the wind kicked up.  We have a big blue beach ball that we throw waaay up high, and he giggles and chases it and tries to throw it too.  Or we kick it around.  Or toss the frisbee around.

As we were getting ready to go inside this tiny little treasure caught my eye, at the base of a growing fern.  Just sitting there.  It’s so light the breeze wanted to blow it right off my hand.

I love these tiny treasures.  And since my evenings these days only have a tiny amount of time, I’ll be working on my own tiny treasures going forward – little hand projects, paper collages and cards, jewelry, sketches, etc.  Little things that take a small amount of time, and will probably be small themselves.  I’ll share them on Tiny Treasures Tuesday.

I’m sure pictures of my tiny natural treasures will make their way here, too (yes, including my tiny man).  And haikus – tiny little thought poems.  Lots of Tiny Treasures.

Care to join me?  If so, link up so I can find you!

Bumbee

These days I draw many “bumbees” for Forrest to color.

Tiny bumbee fly

Up high in a rainbow sky

Buzzing with color

 

 

Yup, life is a little blurry right now.  Out of focus.  Full of beauty still, but in a fuzzy fashion.

It’s a lack of direction.  A stuck-in-a-spot-ness.  An overwhelming desire to be pregnant again but a life that’s currently conspiring NOT to make that happen, and a bio-logical clock that says now or never, girl, you aren’t getting any younger.  We aren’t getting any younger.

It’s having a 20-month-old toddler who’s very active, busy, talkative (though we can’t understand him when he’s chattering at us, not quite yet!) and wants us to be part of it all.  He loves to color but wants us to color too, and draw pictures that he can color.  I bought an awesome little table & chairs set at Ikea that he rarely uses because he’d rather be sitting on someone’s lap.  I can’t blame him.

It’s working in an office that’s crazy-busy, but not so much for me.  Our methods have changed over the last year or so, with so much going out digitally instead of on paper, so that part of my job has gone away almost entirely.

It’s wanting a new purse/bag.  Girls, you know this one, right?  You have a purse/bag that’s working but it no longer makes you happy, but you don’t want to just buy any old thing because you want some specific features (without paying an arm and a leg), something different that you aren’t finding so you keep telling yourself (okay, maybe this part is just me), “I can make one!” but your weekends are full and by the time your very active toddler is in bed at night you lack the energy to start a new project…

Or the energy to exercise…

Or the energy to pull on my creative pants and do something…

I know Mars is in retrograde, I know this is just a phase, I know we’ll get pregnant or we won’t and either way is really, truly OK… but life is a blur right now.  So I’ll continue moving ahead with care until I can see clearly where I need to go.

 

 

 

 

 

sleeping baby 20 months

I can’t help loving

His sweet, pouty sleeping lips,

His lashes for days

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

 

 

Ode to an Apple Stem

My iPhone and I have been photo buddies for a while and I’ve been mostly impressed with the camera, except for the lack of macro capabilities.  So when A Beautiful Mess reviewed some iPhone lens choices, I jumped on it – $9.00 for three lenses, including a macro?  Count me in! (And they were available with free shipping when I ordered, AND they came in just a few days.  Score!)

My time has not been my own lately so I haven’t played with them yet in the wild but I did a quick photo shoot at my desk on my afternoon break.  I give you Ode to an Apple (please forgive the less than glamorous surroundings.  I work in an engineering office and can’t claim to be the neatest freak out there…):

AppleRegular lens.  No special lighting (none of the photos have any special lighting or flash).

Wide angle appleWide-angle lens from the same place as the photo above.

Fish eye appleFish-eye lens from same location as those above.  And since I took this the next day because I forgot the first day in my excitement over the macro lens, I’m super-impressed with myself for getting the placement of the apple right… but not impressed that I still had the apple on my desk in the first place… = )

Macro appleMacro!!  This is one I’ll play with a lot.  I thought it was wonky at first because I unscrewed the wide angle to get to the macro, and all I saw was this crazy blur.  So I moved closer and closer and closer until pop!  Wowsa.  My Sony digital camera, my usual go-to for macro, doesn’t even get this close (though the quality is a bit better).  But for my uses, playing with textures and extreme abstract closeups, this will do just fine, thank you.

Macro cloverThe clover wasn’t safe from the macro, either.  Never realized they’re so hairy.

On a practical note, the lenses attach by magnet to a ring you stick around the camera opening on the back of the phone.  Mine kept pulling off when I changed lenses, which was annoying, but may be because greasy fingers are not the best way to clean the phone before applying an adhesive item.  The lenses came with several little rings so I’ll clean properly and apply a new one soon – it’s small enough to fit under the camera case, too.

For those serious photogs out there, I’m not sure a $9.00 set of magnetic-attachment lenses will float your boat, but this chicky is more than happy to have some new toys to play with.

Happy photographing!

An apple a day

Keeps the doctor away – but

Only if eaten!

 

 

 

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