Never ending…

Could not help myself. HAD to do two more revisions. Guess one is never satisfied with one’s artwork? My photographs that aren’t perfect lead me to making more photographs. But with painting I have a new option of being able to revise……..which is both great and obsessive. I declare this done now.

Final painting of Bonnet House Courtyard. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Second revision; but didn’t like the super heavy Palm leaf in the center. Also wanted more building showing. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

A creative optimist’s apparition…

Most people see a puddle with a little weedy grass growing out of a crack in the sidewalk/pavement. When I walked past this spot I saw a miniature island paradise complete with sunshine peaking out of a few clouds in blue skies. I am ever the optimist. I look imaginatively at people and things.

Puddle or someone’s paradise? I must get out the microscope; but risk being run over. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Observing observers…

The art was creative and diverse in both medium and message. Similarly, diversity was the public attendees of this event. This was a perfect photo opportunity. These images focus on the many dogs taking in the scenes. I can’t help but wonder their thoughts.

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“Well hello!!” Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

“What is going on?” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Stopping to watch and rest. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

“What about me?” Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

“Really??!!” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

“Enough!” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

“Let’s go!” Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Different personalities and stamina. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Ready, set,…… Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Spoiled and proud of it! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Enjoy the wonders of each new day…

Happy New Year to all my followers. YOU make this blog fun to continue. May you SEE all the beauty and miracles in the details of every day life.

Wonder-filled details of a Waterlily. One of many daily miracles around us. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Stirred memories…

Butter and Eggs “weed” Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg


“Butter and Eggs” was the label given to this small pretty flower by a naturalist educating me on which plants in a field were native and which were weed. Butter and Egg was considered a weed; but the name stuck with me and held my curiosity. This particular cluster was alongside an abandoned railroad track. Disturbed land is a common habitat for this species also known as Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris).

I prefer the nickname Butter and Egg as it reminds me of my grandmother’s scrambled eggs with butter. She was generous with butter and only partly scrambled the yolks with the egg whites, resulting in several shades of yellow in the final dish. I can only wonder what the founder of this plant was thinking when they chose the name for this plant.

Typical of many Eurasian weeds in the United States there are many common names in addition to Butter and Eggs associated with it according to Wikipedia.org:

  • “Linaria acutiloba Fisch. ex Rchb. is a synonym.[4] Because this plant grows as a weed, it has acquired a large number of local colloquial names, including brideweed, bridewort, butter and eggs (but see Lotus corniculatus), butter haycocks, bread and butter, bunny haycocks, bunny mouths, calf’s snout, Continental weed, dead men’s bones, devil’s flax, devil’s flower, doggies, dragon bushes, eggs and bacon (but see Lotus corniculatus), eggs and butter, false flax, flaxweed, fluellen (but see Kickxia), gallweed, gallwort, impudent lawyer, Jacob’s ladder (but see Polemonium), lion’s mouth, monkey flower (but see Mimulus), North American ramsted, rabbit flower, rancid, ransted, snapdragon (but see Antirrhinum), wild flax, wild snapdragon, wild tobacco (but see Nicotiana), yellow rod, yellow toadflax.[7]

Using images to focus my mind’s eye…

Orchid in bloom, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Orchid in bloom, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

I am by profession a teacher; but as a person, I consider myself a learner and appreciate the understandings I continue to gain from others. I know my self-learning projects are reflections of others’ shared visions. I felt challenged today by “Practice! Practice! Practice!”,a post on John Etheridge’s “The Book of Bokeh” blog this week. https://bookofbokeh.wordpress.com/  He posted a series of images of a drink in a glass, commenting on his desire to use this technique to hone his skillful photography. Thank you Mr. Etheridge for sharing your artistic practices.

Below zero wind-chills and constant snow flurries are my excuse to stay house bound and nurse a persistent cold in my upper body. With my Nikon on its macro setting I focused on the beautiful, ever delicate, orchid that is kindly blooming in my living room while fresh layers of snow blanket my perennials. Close focus with the lens today lends for close reflection on my photographic perspectives.

Several challenges were quickly realized during this practice session. First, I noticed while creating these images was the constant background creeping into these very closely focused images. To me it is amazing, and frustrating, that the background would continue to invade an image whose composition was so small an area. The background must complement and not distract. Knowing that the brightest, lightest area of an image draws the most attention, my second challenge was to photograph a white orchid and attend to the variations of whites during my composition in a way that allowed the lightest area(s) to lie where focus is creatively appealing.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is credited to Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. Final analysis of today’s orchid images lies to myself as well as each reader of this blog. And I’m certain that my opinion will change with repeated viewings just as your opinions will vary. Such is the art of critique and assessment as I attempt to implement my learning as photographer. The joy in accepting such challenges can be rewardingly exhausting. Perfect entertainment for a winter afternoon.

Note: All images captured using natural light and are un-adjusted to control contrast or brightness.

Rear view of orchid, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Rear view of orchid, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Orchid against lace and snow, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Orchid against lace and snow, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Multiple points of interest, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Multiple points of interest, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Textures and shades of interest, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Textures and shades of interest, copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Reasons why…

Tigger, stopping to enjoy life.  copyright 2008, Pamela Breitberg

Tigger, stopping to enjoy life. copyright 2008, Pamela Breitberg

This picture of Tigger, years ago, serves as a reminder for me to STOP and spend some time outdoors, just being one with life and nature. I thought it appropriate to use it as my 300th post. How rewarding this blog experience has been for me over the years.

My primary reason for beginning to blog was to share images with long distant family and friends. Silently, partly subliminally, I was also fulfilling a desire to write as a naturalist. This blog has allowed me to write in a manner that fits my life schedule. I have yet to figure out how to have the time necessary for any lengthy writing projects.

I am blessed. My hours outdoors are gifts. To be able to retain a tiny portion of these experiences via the camera is a “Miracle Respectfully Preserved” that I revel in sharing with each of you. Each of your “likes” and comments been a treasure for me. THANK YOU and keep enjoying the miracles, big and small (are there really any small ones?!) around you!

Sparkling energy…

Time to share some of my summer’s images from Florida’s Atlantic coastline. Each day, sometimes each hour, presented new perspectives of the beach, water and sky, along with the wildlife within these environments. I am a novice naturalist here; I am feeling waves of fresh energy realizing the learnings from my observation, I have yet to understand. Could this be the truth in why so many elder “retire” to the coast; to gain fresh energy, insight, and experiences?!?!

 

Energy filled ocean waters; copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Energy filled ocean waters; copyright 2014, Pamela Breitberg

Sunlit Atlantic Ocean by Ft. Lauderdale, Florida;  copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Sunlit Atlantic Ocean by Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg