Week Seven Composite:  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Week Seven Composite: Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Dear Valentine, I love you. Whoever you are.”
― Charles M. Schulz

I have been a fan of Valentine’s Day ever since I can remember.  I have fabulous memories of decorating shoeboxes and opening those little envelopes throughout my elementary school days.

Since I have been teaching elementary school ever since 

Colors of Yesterday

Colors of Yesterday

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”
― John Lubbock

Ever since I began this journey in photography, I have been so drawn to color.  I have always admired bright, vibrant colors in the images of others.  Color is what drew me most to the work of 

Week Six Composite:  You’re Missing It

Week Six Composite: You’re Missing It

“Choose your favorite spade and dig a small, deep hole, located deep in the forest or a desolate area of the desert or tundra. Bury your cell phone and then find a hobby.”
― Nick Offerman

I am not yet ready to bury my cell phone, but I have become more mindful about how much time it is taking away from real interaction.

One summer, a very close friend

Nature’s Details

Nature’s Details

“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.”
― Roman Vishniac

Last weekend, I had the chance to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway on a rainy day with close friends and my camera.  Each time I go out to photograph,

Week Five Composite:  Where’s My Home?

Week Five Composite: Where’s My Home?

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”
― Abraham Lincoln

I currently live in the neighborhood that I moved into when I was ten years old.  When we moved into our neighborhood, many years ago, we were

Week Four Composites:  Extra Time

Week Four Composites: Extra Time

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
― Maria Montessori

This week, due to snow days off from school, I had some extra time to create.  This week, I have three composites that I worked on during the week.

I find that I learn

Snow Day!

Snow Day!

“Wow, it really snowed last night! Isn’t it wonderful? Everything familiar has disappeared! The world looks brand new!
A new year … a fresh, clean start! It’s like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on! A day full of possibilities! It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy … let’s go exploring!”
― Bill Watterson

Well, the snow didn’t exactly come last night, but began falling this morning.  Once it started, it continued steadily throughout the day.

A snow day brings as much excitement to me now as it did when I was a child.  As soon as the ground was almost completely covered, I knew 

Week Three Composite:  Remember When?

Week Three Composite: Remember When?

“The world encyclopedia, the universal library, exists, and it is the world itself.”
― Alberto Manguel
 The set of World Book Encyclopedias, two years younger than I, was something that my family valued.  The encyclopedias were always displayed, prominently,  in a glass-covered bookcase in our den.
 If I remember correctly, they were some type of bonus for my father, a hardworking salesman.