Today, December 30th, 2010 it is 60 outside! Tomorrow we are suppose to have thunderstorms. While I am thankful that there is no ice or bad roads or a city shut down because of a blizzard, I should wouldn’t mind winter to return. I love the light and shadows that winter provides and the colors. I guess I should be careful what I wish for but the snow a few weeks back was so pretty and the frosty morns give me good reason to smuggle my camera under my coat while taking Bear for a walk. Did you know that Bear is shedding because it has gotten warmer. I have almost brushed out a full “sweater” of Bear fur.
It is everywhere… red… and orange and yellow… such beautiful contrast to foggy mornings and blue autumn skies. The trees are shedding their lovely leaves. The leaves cushion the sidewalk and yards creating amazing natural works of art!
This past weekend I visited the Cheekwood here in Nashville to check out the Chihuly exhibit. It is beautiful! The afternoon was hot with an okay breeze so I did not see everything. My plan is to return for a Chihuly night to get photos in the late afternoon light and at night when the sculptures are illuminated.
One of the best things about spring is the arrival of the beautiful pink blossoms of the saucer magnolia tree. It brings hope to the late winter blahs and blues. They are just beautiful with either gray skies or blue skies. As the petals fall of the tree to reveal it’s leaves it creates this beautiful plush carpet under the tree. I could spend hours documenting this magnificent tree!
Over the holidays I went to the Baltimore Aquarium with family. I had not been there in maybe 15 years. So fascinating…. too bad I am claustrophobic otherwise I would be snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming around with these guys!
The lion fish.
underwater abstract...inspiration for a new painting?
Totally fascinated by these weird things!!
Love the midnight blue and spiky thing on the right.
putting on a show
going under water, watching all the people laughing
going for a dive!
view from the escalator
So relaxing to watch these creatures swimming around
the jellies exhibit.... me and 200 other photographers, it was crazy!
I have been fascinated with this flower for years. I was so happy to see my neighbor’s banana tree with a blossom. He promised that when he cut the plants back and dug up the roots for winter he would bring the blossom to me. A few weeks ago he delivered! I became pseudo biologist and had some fun exploring and photographing such a beautiful creation.