Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Sometimes a spur of the moment idea works out better that a perfectly planned event. For example, I woke up this morning to bright sunshine, checked the weather and off I went. 18 balmy degree was predicted but I think it warmed up into the 20s. So I grabbed my camera bag and drove to Belle Isle. I spent several hot and humid hours in the conservatory and drove around the island taking photos everywhere. Being as there was hardly anyone there, I would just stop the car in the road, get out, fire off a few shots and drive on.
I think that this picture of the casino with the RenCen in the background is a really cool perspective. A lot more photos to come....I took 245 pictures!
Monday, February 23, 2015
My daughter remarked that she can't remember schools closing for low temperatures in the 80s when she was in school. Maybe they were just a hardier bunch and schools didn't worry so much about liabilities then.
I promise that when the warm weather gets here I will get out more than last year. Looking forward to SC! I will be out somewhere everyday, that I know...have camera, will travel!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
I really want to get outside for a walk but it is impossible......at 12noon today it has reached 0 degrees. Too dangerous for me to be out walking. I bet there are some beautiful scenes at the parks and I am missing them. Next summer I will be asking myself why I didn't take more snow pictures.
I think my photography class will be starting soon. Waiting to hear from Jay as to when we will meet to plan our shoots. Sure am looking forward to that!.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
This is one of my favorite paintings at the DIA! It is by Dutch painter Rachel Ruysch.
An interesting side story. I read a gardening book by the English writer Beverly Nichols (who by the way was a gardener just as a hobby). He wanted to replicate this flower arrangement. He could find every flower exactly except for the red and white Parrot Tulips. During WWII, he was wounded in Africa. While he was being carried down a mountain on a stretcher he spotted the Parrot Tulip. He asked them to stop and dig up the bulb and eventually carried it back to England where he planted it in his garden. Eventually, he was able to duplicate this flower arrangement exactly.
Whenever I go to the DIA, I always end up in the same area...modern art, which I really don't like. The last visit I made a point of going to the 3rd level which, among other things, houses the Dutch Golden Age. Rarely would I take photos of paintings but these are some of my favorites. The light is fantastic. The painting calls you from across the room. I did make a few notes on some, not all, of the paintings. Hope you enjoy and visit the DIA . It is a first class art museum.
Moonlit landscape with a windmill
Oil on oak panel
Coastal Scene with a Man-of-war and other vessels
Oil on Canvas
This is a small scene from a much larger painting.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Above is my own little Fiesta miniature that only holds about 1 cup of tea and is identical to a real size teapot of which I also have in yellow.
Both of these teapots were my Mom's. The pink pot is a Hall and the green is an original Fiesta Ware from 1940 as my Mom got it as a wedding gift.....so that pot will be 75 years old this August.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
The dried hydrangeas and the dried lavender are all from my garden. The blue vase and perfume bottle were my Mom's and the frame I bought at the gift shop at Greenfield Village and of course, the picture is of Emma taken a few years back.
This had a lid so was it a soup tureen?
I love the birds on the edges.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
with a temperature of 14 and a wind chill of -2 it is about noon and the sun is shining brightly!
Way in the background you can see the Detroit Lighthouse.
Swans a' swimming
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Went to a fund raiser spaghetti dinner on Sunday for one of my photographer peeps. She has been sick since summer and just recently had surgery again. There was a great turn out so I hope that there was a lot of money raised. It was good to see everyone and I loved talking about photography...that and eating spaghetti...what more can you ask for?
It has been too cold to even get out to the park and after Saturday's trudge I think staying at home is the best for me right now. We have a few nights coming up that will be below 0 degrees :-(
Can't wait to go to SC to see my family there. We are planning what to do when I'm there. I think we will go back to Magnolia Plantation in Charleston and then there are my almost daily treks to Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park. Love it there......sunshine, palmettos, shopping with my daughter and granddaughter, and best of all taking photos, dinner with my grandson as our server is also a treat. Hoping that my son-in-law will cook for us when I'm there.
At Magnolia Plantation
Sunday, February 8, 2015
We had the smallest group ever (only 7 walkers) and it was too bad because it was a great walk. It wasn't too cold but the trails were treacherous and I was happy to get back unscathed. Starting off we saw a lot of song birds as someone had put down corn on the sidewalk. There were White-throated Sparrows, Juncos, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Downy Woodpecker and a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Cardinals and Robins.
This guy was just not obeying the signs as he ran off...deer everywhere.
Look at that Swan taking off...what a racket their wings make.
Remembering the meadow in summer!