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Creating Something New


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren



This week’s photo challenge had us looking for something new along with themes such as little, lines, morning, soft and nature.   Again the themes this past week overlapped and I decided to go with an overarching theme…that of something new.  Every day is new for me, and when I pick up my camera I never know what is going to appear unusual, beautiful, intriguing and a must capture.


All but one picture was taken in my garden depicting nature.  And while taking pictures of my garden is nothing new, all of these pictures were taken at the start of a new day in the  soft morning light.  The first picture is of Obedient plant glowing as the first soft golden rays of the morning sun shines down on the garden.


I am linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.



hibiscus This is one of my hardy hibiscus greeting the soft morning light.





Joe Pye weed glowing….





…along with perennial Helianthus a much smaller (little) native sunflower.





And the lines of zebra grass make a great backdrop for Queen Anne’s lace.





This fading Echinacea flower is almost transparent in the morning light.





Last week I showed you this Great Burnet in black and white.  And while I loved its texture in monochrome, I do adore its wine color too.





My native Tradescantia, still growing in late summer, becomes a golden purple casting a wonderful shadow in the morning light.





This picture of the same Obedient plant, at one at the top of the post, was also taken in morning but the clouds rolled in.  That did not deter this little hummingbird.  Can you see her just approaching from the right….just peeking her head in.





And finally my favorite little vase together with my special little Zuni bear fetish are also greeting the morning sun.




I leave you with another shot of creativity in nature…. a white admiral butterfly, which is a new critter in the garden this year.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

wh admiral

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  1. August 31, 2014    

    Always fresh, always new, always a delight.

    • August 31, 2014    

      Soosie it is always a treat when you stop by to comment and support my efforts…thank you!!

  2. August 31, 2014    

    What a terrific quote from Sophia Loren, a woman who appears ageless. (I’ve heard she slathers olive oil all over her skin to keep it nice! That might be a little too much for me-:)) I’ve noticed that people who retain a sense of curiosity about Life remain young and engaged—my stepmom is just like that and I admire her so much.

  3. September 1, 2014    

    What a glorious infusion of color to this day, my first time to see this on September 1st. I especially adore the Helianthus image. OMG. You have outdone yourself once again, Ms. Donna. Congratulations.

    • September 1, 2014    

      Thanks Ginnie…I so love the light and how it reflects on the garden…

  4. Christine Wood Christine Wood
    September 1, 2014    

    Beautiful! Those little hummingbirds are just adorable.

    • September 1, 2014    

      Thanks Christie…they are just the most adorable little birds and I adore their visit.

  5. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    September 1, 2014    

    The sunlit flowers are stunning Donna, and I love the quote you put with the new visiting white admiral butterfly. My 94 year old friend is not much different than when I met her 17 years ago. She too is curious about life and constantly striving to learn new things about people, places technology.
    Thank you again for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • September 1, 2014    

      Judith, I enjoy making mosaics with photos and especially on my new blog. And I am glad you enjoyed the morning lit photos and my white admiral. I think your friend has indeed found the fountain of youth!!

  6. September 1, 2014    

    Your photos are all stunning. I love the Andreas Moritz.

    • September 1, 2014    

      Thanks so much Cherie…I had lots of fun with this challenge and I appreciate all your kind words and support.

  7. September 2, 2014    

    There is nothing like a healthy dose of nature to bring happiness in life. I enjoyed the beautiful flowers. Loved the first quote.

    • September 2, 2014    

      Oh thank you for visiting my new blog. I couldn’t agree more about nature. And I am so happy you enjoyed my flowers.

  8. September 2, 2014    

    I needed this today..thank you.. hugs… Michelle

    • September 2, 2014    

      Oh I am so pleased Michelle…thank you for stopping by and saying so!!

  9. Riet Riet
    September 2, 2014    

    What a lovely blog. I will come back

    • September 2, 2014    

      Thank you Riet. I would love for you to stop by again!

  10. September 3, 2014    

    Morning light is soft and special, it turns the capture different altogether. I love those flowers in your photos, Donna, well done.

    • September 3, 2014    

      It is magical Petra….thank you for stopping by and your kind encouragement. It means so much to me!!

  11. September 4, 2014    

    I enjoyed this visit

  12. October 28, 2014    

    Hey Donna,

    Some lovely pictures there. You’ve inspired me to pop to the park today as it’s such a lovely day and capture some lovely moments! 🙂

    All the best,


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