Monday, May 31, 2010

Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy.

Caribbean rain cloud
(taken in Cozumel, Mexico)

"Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate."

~Meredith Grey

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Flowers

Today's theme is: photography of flowers in my yard, when I am not eating cupcakes (scroll for the orchids on the table at Georgetown Cupcake!) or wandering around Washington DC.

Butterfly bush buds.

Backside of pansy petals.

Tiny white flowers from an unknown bush (B&W photo).

Hyacinths.

Rose with Photoshop's "Paint Daubs" filter applied.

Tiny fruits next to tiny leaves on a not-so-tiny shrub.

Orchids on the table at Georgetown Cupcake
(*highly* recommended, btw... most awesome cupcakes on the planet!)

The National Cathedral, Washington, DC
(which I passed on the way to Georgetown for cupcakes!
Can you tell what the highlight of the day was? heh.)

Pansies, taken with iPhone.

Lily, taken with iPhone, also with "paint daubs" filter.

I'm not sure what this is but found it in the front yard. Looks like a scallion growing upward. I'm pretty sure it's a "weed" but heck, even roses would be considered weeds if unwanted, so I hesitate to denigrate what looks like an interesting plant.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Colorful and entrancing macros by Photographer Debra Wall

I am simply enamored. I want to take photos like this someday. Check out photographer Debra Wall's Flickr photo set - she has over 70 stunning photos in her beautiful collection, like these (and many more):

Dogwood
Dogwood by Debra Wall

Lily Stamen
Lily Stamen by Debra Wall

Daisy
Daisy by Debra Wall


India Bangles by Debra Wall

Metal Leaf
Metal Leaf by Debra Wall

024a
Marigold (?) by Debra Wall

Lily's Beads
Lily's Beads by Debra Wall

Friday, May 14, 2010

We are here to...

I took this photo of seed pods at Fort Ebey,
Whidbey Island, Washington.


"We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die. The storybooks are bullsh--. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and get in my bed!"
—Nicolas Cage to Cher in Moonstruck

Monday, May 3, 2010

Be kind anyway.

Tulip Innards, taken with Canon Powershot SD 1100 IS.

I'm not religious but I saw this and fell in love with the sentiment anyway:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

~Mother Teresa