Inspired by change, challenge and creativity

And Now For Something Creative…


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”   ~Eleanor Roosevelt


I recently took an online photography course from Tammy Strobel@Rowdy Kittens.  I wanted to dig in more and expand my horizons.  And at the end of the course, we found out about a month long photography challenge.


As this blog says, I am inspired by challenge and creativity so I decided to take part in the challenge…you take pictures daily that go along with the word of the day.  Yesterday’s word was patterns, and I knew if I went out into the garden I would find endless patterns to capture.


So here are some of the patterns I discovered…..the first is the tiger lily at the top of the page:




Queen Anne’s Lace

DSCN1767 Tree bark has endless patterns


 Hosta leaf


First sunflower facing east into the sun


Joe Pye weed before it bursts into bloom

DSCN1796The intricate pattern on the wings of the dragonfly



I leave you with another shot of the sunflower and some thoughts about creativity.  Feel free to download the photo and share….





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  1. August 3, 2014    

    There is so much beauty when we open our eyes and our hearts.
    Thank you.
    EC aka soosie

    • August 3, 2014    

      Thank you Soosie! I found your lovely blog and will be following along…glad you enjoyed the bit of beauty outside my window.

  2. Meta Meta
    August 3, 2014    

    This was a nice uplifting post. loved all the different patterns.

    • August 3, 2014    

      Thanks Meta…creativity certainly does lift up my spirits glad it uplifted yours too!!

  3. August 3, 2014    

    Beautiful! Love the tiger lily, just sent in a photo to get printed … such a great bloom to photograph.

    • August 3, 2014    

      Thanks Janet! I bet your tiger lily is stunning! I can’t stop snapping pics of them…

  4. Christine Wood Christine Wood
    August 3, 2014    

    SO beautiful! May I ask what kind of camera you have?

    • August 3, 2014    

      Thanks Christie…I do not have a DSLR which is the big fancy cameras (as I call them)…I have a big point and shoot that can do a lot of what a DSLR can ….it is a Nikon P510….but I have not learned to get past auto or some little other nifty features…looking forward to when I can do more.

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  6. August 3, 2014    

    These are beautiful photographs, Donna! I love the idea of a word of the day and finding images that go with it. 🙂

    • August 3, 2014    

      Thanks Loredana!! I am certainly enjoying the challenge….

  7. August 3, 2014    

    The lily is stunning Donna, and I am a big fan of dragonflies ~ just gorgeous. Your photography course sounds great, I will check it out. Best wishes Jane

    • August 3, 2014    

      Thanks so much Jane. It was a great beginning course but it does not get into the technical aspects of using a DSLR.

  8. August 3, 2014    

    I love looking at the beauty in the small things…. Enjoying your new blog…

    • August 4, 2014    

      You are amazing at how you find beauty and happiness in the small things Michelle….

  9. August 4, 2014    

    Donna, your sunflower image is so uplifting. p.s. always find it hard to commit my time for long…all the best with your August challenge. Can see you and your camera are flowering 🙂

    • August 4, 2014    

      Oh thanks Laura….it has been fun finally flowering creatively in different ways. I hope to post a few of the images I take during the week on Sunday.

  10. August 5, 2014    

    Beautiful shooting. Will miss you at bwg. Best of luck in your new venture!

    • August 5, 2014    

      Thanks Loret. I will still be a frequent visitor to BWG, and you can catch posts on either of my blogs as I will still post here about my critters and native plants.

  11. August 5, 2014    

    Beautiful photos! I especially like the tree bark and the profile view of the sunflower.

    • August 5, 2014    

      Thanks Jean…I am having fun playing with my camera and looking for different perspectives and subjects.

  12. sophia sophia
    August 6, 2014    

    inspiring topics and pics….keep up the good work! u got another flower and bug lover follower on board!

    • August 6, 2014    

      Thanks Sophia….so happy to have you on board and glad you liked the pics!

  13. August 8, 2014    

    Funny, I just left the comment on the post after this one and I hit the nail on the head with your post here.

    • August 9, 2014    

      You did indeed…I am having a ball creating these posts here and I think it spills out to all aspects of my life. You are very wise Donna.

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