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Creativity Continued


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~Scott Adams




Well the photo challenge for August is over, but there are some more photos I want to share that I really love.  Love was the last word on the last day of August and a most appropriate word to convey how I feel about these pictures.  And I am featuring black and white photography again as I have really loved experimenting with it.  This first photo shows the dew in the garden as the first rays of morning illuminate it.



I hope you like these additional monochrome photos.  I am linking in with The Weekend of Black and White, and 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.  



stickley chair

This my favorite chair.  I love it, and it was a gift from my husband many years ago.  It is a Stickley Morris spindle back oak/leather chair that reclines like an antique recliner with pegs.  I used this chair a lot when I was recovering from surgery.





A favorite shelf of some books I love.





This intriguing picture is my cement porch which steps down to the front step and then to the brick sidewalk.  I love the lines and the progression of the patterns.





The cattails in the pond are lit up by the morning sun, and are contrasted against the bright foliage.  These are a favorite sight from my window.




DSCN3638This is a favorite view from the French doors inside to the patio in the late afternoon.




DSCN3649And if you look closely at the wicker chair on the patio (from the picture above) you can see how the shadows of the plants play on it.  Here it is in closeup.  I love the contrast of the dark chair, the light and shadows.





The gazebo is a favorite subject of mine to photograph.  I love how it looks in the late afternoon shade as you can see clearly through it to the fence and meadow behind it.  It is interesting how the gazebo slats line up with the fence behind it.





And finally I really loved how the bee house looked in the late afternoon shadow of the ash tree it was hanging on.




I leave you with
 a bit of a sentiment that tells how I feel when I explore my world with a camera.  I hope you can capture your own enthusiasm in something creative.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

flower creative

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  1. September 7, 2014    

    Oh my, I got to the French door and thought, “I like this best” then I got to the wicker and thought, “no, this one” and then the gazebo and thought, “no. . .” Bottom line: I love these photos – it is a good word to describe them!! Happy week~ Jackie

    • September 7, 2014    

      Thank you so much Jackie….you have made my heart sing to hear your lovely words. I am so happy you enjoyed them!! Have a spectacular week…

  2. September 7, 2014    

    Just beautiful. Thank you for this window to some of the things in your heart.

    • September 7, 2014    

      Soosie I do so appreciate your continued support and wonderful comments!!

  3. September 7, 2014    

    Black and white images have such power, so distinct from colour photos. I really must play with it! The view through the window is beautiful and I love how the texture is so evident in the wicker chair.

    I’m visiting from Mosaic Monday.


    • September 7, 2014    

      Karen thank you for visiting and commenting. I do appreciate your kind words!

  4. September 7, 2014    

    Impossible to pick a favorite. I think monotone and black and white are romantic! Happy Mosaic Monday!

    • September 7, 2014    

      Thanks so much Snap…I agree black and white is so beautiful and I like your word ‘romantic’!!

  5. September 7, 2014    

    I love your eyes:)
    Thanks for sharing the wonder as you see it,
    friend, and a most beautiful September to you,

    • September 7, 2014    

      Jennifer thank you my friend for your continued support…I am glad you are liking the vision into my world.

  6. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    September 7, 2014    

    Donna, I am feeling the ‘stop and smell the roses’ atmosphere from your awesome black and white photos as you appreciate the many things around you. And not just big things, but the observation of plant shadows on the back of a chair and the linear matching of fence and gazebo.
    I am enjoying your new blog and all that you share.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • September 7, 2014    

      I am humbled Judith by your wonderful words…it has been a wonderful experience with the black and white and exploring more of myself…glad you are liking it too! Thank you!!

  7. September 7, 2014    

    Your black and white photos are really LOVEly – and reflect your skill with the camera. There is so much pattern and texture in the world. The play of light on the wicker chair is interesting. Have a wonderful week.

    • September 8, 2014    

      Thanks so much Lorrie…I still give a lot of the skill to my camera as I continue to learn. I love to play with black and white to see what shadows or patterns show themselves.

  8. September 8, 2014    

    I love the range of subjects in your lovable lens – and the softness of your black and white. I use it rather too harshly but maybe cos I’m an extremist!

    • September 8, 2014    

      Oh I disagree…your use of black and white is perfect to show the contrasts….and I have learned a lot from you Laura. So glad you Loved my images.

  9. DeniseinVA DeniseinVA
    September 8, 2014    

    Fantastic series in black and white. I love the bee house but there is no favorite here as I love them all.

    • September 8, 2014    

      Denise I am so glad you like the images. I love the bee house too!!

  10. September 8, 2014    

    Great serie of photos and interesting details! Lovely to read this blog, too! (nb. please do forgive my english!!) Have a great week, once again!

    • September 8, 2014    

      Alexa your English is perfect. So glad you enjoy the blog and pictures….have a lovely week!!

  11. September 8, 2014    

    wonderful images.

  12. September 8, 2014    

    Some great photos indeed. Love the first shot, and enjoyed your patio shot too. Looks like a lovely spot for tea.

    • September 8, 2014    

      Thanks so much Freda…it is a lovely spot for tea or just to sit and contemplate life.

  13. September 8, 2014    

    I enjoyed seeing your photos, Donna. Do bees actually live in a bee house? Hope you are feeling well and enjoying life! 🙂

    • September 8, 2014    

      Thanks Beth. Yes solitary bees do live in the bee house. I am enjoying myself tremendously and feeling so much better. Getting back out in the garden now.

  14. September 8, 2014    

    Lovely series… Glad you are having creative fun…

    • September 8, 2014    

      Thanks Michelle…glad you enjoyed the series!!

  15. September 12, 2014    

    What a beautiful series of black and white images… the forms, textures and compositions are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

    • September 12, 2014    

      Thanks for hosting and I appreciate your support Laura!!

  16. September 25, 2014    

    Thank you, Donna, for visiting my Silver Birch some days ago. I have been away and am only just catching up. I love these superb b/w images … particularly the bee house and the cattails (which we tend to call reedmace … or bulrushes, even though we know they are reeds not rushes, LOL!)

    • September 25, 2014    

      Caroline, I am so pleased you enjoyed the black and white images…they seem to be a new favorite of mine. Interesting names for our cattails.

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