Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fireweed, smokebush, blue hydrangea, hostas, dahlias, day lillies, and oval windows!

Daylilly Pentagram
Flowers have been amazing in this dry summer so I have been snapping pictures like crazy so I have lots of material for future kaleidoscopes.
So here are my latest creations:

Fireweed Extravanganza
Fireweed and spruce

Blue Hydrangea  with no enhancement of color ever in my kaleidoscopes, just as nature created them!
Fireweed Pentagram

Dahlia at Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Dahlia at Roosevelt Campobello International Park



Oval Window at Hubbard Cottage at Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Hosta Flowers...yes we do not have any or many deer on the Island so we have many hostas in our yard...

Smokebush Pentagram

Smokebush Pentagram


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jelly Fish Make Great Kaleidoscopic Images..who would have thought

We are having a jellyfish bloom in Friar's Bay on Campobello Island and I am having fun taking pictures of all the varieties.  Article on the white cross jellyfish bloom in the Bay of Fundy  You never know what will strike my fancy with a camera.  I have been doing a lot of photography of our fireweed and gardens, but today took a walk along Friar's Bay to send some images to #mainejellies on Twitter and thought they might make a good subject for my images.  What do you think!

Coming next Fireweed!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Columbine, lupine, foxglove, peonies, heritage roses, rosa rugosa, hawkweed, daisies, chinese lilac are ALL blooming in my garden now

It an embarrassment of riches of blooms of so many flowers.  The only plant seemingly past it's prime so far is the dandelion which were quite prolific this year.  I called them mutant since they were very tall and thick stemmed.  Also the fruit trees and english hawthorne have passed their bloom period, but it did last a long time this year since we have had mostly wet and cool weather so far this spring and early summer.

I have columbine in purple and pure white, foxglove in many different colors, mostly white or pink peonies, ranunculus or yellow buttercups, white dainty historic roses, hawkweed in yellow, orange and even reddish with very tall stems, white daisies in abundance, Miss Kim Lilacs lacy and at their height of bloom right now.  Even the daylilies are beginning their bloom and too many other to mention!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lubec, Maine

Lubec, Maine had a nice feature today in the Working Waterfront:  http://www.islandinstitute.org/working-waterfront/away-influx-helps-pump-lubec.  Yesterday I happened to take lots of pictures of the boats on the waterfront area so I was inspired to do some kaleidoscopes today since the weather has changed to rain.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Apple Blossom and Lilac time in Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes

We cut around our 17 apple trees last fall and have a wonderful show of blossoms this year.  I guess the trees appreciated not having brush and fireweed competing for the nutrients.  Our 100 year old lilacs are poised on the brink of blooming if it ever get's summer and warm enough.  The lilacs and fruit trees were blooming in Santa Fe over a month ago so it is very strange to just be entering that period again over a month later.  Since we try not to heat our house this time of year, I have been enjoying using the oven to create a little warmth and thus I have been baking and cooking a lot!  My latest creation, wheat free blueberry scones, became a kaleidoscope of course.  All photos taken June 6th, 2015.

Pink apple blossoms

wheat free blueberry scones in a scone pan

hosta and lobster buoys

lilac on the brink of bloom, June 6th

Smoke bush beginning to leaf out

white apple blossoms

For some reason some of our apple trees have no blossoms, some have pink blossoms and some have bright white blossoms!

All images available framed $50, plus shipping

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Santa Fe Doors and Gates

As beautiful as the flowers are in Santa Fe, I could not leave without making kaleidoscopes of doors and gates which in the historic part of Santa Fe are really remarkable.  They are made of wood and or metal and have lots of infinite variations it seems.  The colors of the adobe walls, the trim paint, and the spring greenscape make for remarkable colors.

Michael and I plan another retreat next Spring in Santa Fe as we enjoyed our time here so much.

I am off today on the next leg of our trip.  After quickly going across the middle of the country, we will be spending a few days with friends in Ontario, then on to my sister's in Northern Vermont and then finally home after one night on Mt Desert Island (Acadia National Park).  Immediately we turn on the water, hopefully without incident, and settle into multiple seasons without the internet at home which will be really challenging, if not impossible.