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An Amused Homage to a Bird-Chasing Dog

An Amused Homage to a Bird-Chasing Dog

A very specific dog loved chasing birds, back when Longwood Gardens was a private estate. His antics amused the nature beings, who sculpted his story into this old cherry tree. The foremost image here is a specific startled bird, feet splayed wide in flight mode,...

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Chrysocolla Blue | Having Fun

Chrysocolla Blue | Having Fun

Chrysocolla is one of my favorite stones. It brings together a community of singular minerals - turquoise, malachite, apatite - into its own unique blend. It is a happy stone, comfortable in the grounded earth, protecting with good cheer and no fear. Here's a...

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Find the Happy Smile…

Find the Happy Smile…

Can you find the little "dried flower" smiling happily amongst his friends? Or maybe even two of them... How long did it take you to find him/them? Pretty Dead Things I guess this counts as one of those Pretty Dead Things folks have been photographing this year!...

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Fun Becomes Art in Nature Photography

Fun Becomes Art in Nature Photography

Here are some fun lazy-summer day camera shots of nature that lead us into the fairy realms and then into abstract art. They're shown from the most subtle of moves to the wildest. The first photos are from the open sun and spaces of Illinois; the last takes us into...

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Fun with Skies

Fun with Skies

This is a fun blog about learning to work with all the digital tools available to us. Adobe Photoshop 2021 has introduced a very nice new tool that makes a landscape photographer's life a lot easier. It's a sky replacement tool and I must say it works very well. I had...

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Go No Further!

Go No Further!

So simple, polite, and definite - this tied rock is a Japanese folk symbol for "Stop - Go No Further!" This rock lives at the entryway to the Zen Garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  ..... There's a blessing in all situations and I must say this sequestering period...

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Happiness – A Wound Well-Tended To

Happiness – A Wound Well-Tended To

Cheers to you from a very happy magnolia spirit!  I have on a number of occasions found huge smiles on trees where a limb has been clean cut. Wouldn't you think that strange? Part of a life form has been cut off and it results in a smile? The trees tell me they are so...

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Happiness in Just Being

Happiness in Just Being

Here are some nature spirits who are happy just...being! They are life forms who have chosen to live in joy. These folks are not the obvious leaders of the nature world, who like our human leaders have more than enough worries. But they are leaders in their own way,...

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Happy Earth Day from the Trees

Happy Earth Day from the Trees

Sometimes it's good to look up! Here's a blessing for all who walk the path. From a grove of cypress surrounding a path through the woods. Cypress trees signify the immortality of the soul. They are symbols of growth and resurrection. These trees are part of a...

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Having Fun – Tree Style

Having Fun – Tree Style

Sometimes the nature beings like to have fun and challenge themselves to fashion, on their particular canvas of tree trunk or rock, multiple images that morph into each other. This may be the tree spirit itself who may be joined by the nature beings who live around...

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Holiday Spirits

Holiday Spirits

I went to photograph the holiday spirit at Longwood Gardens, PA - and spotted a lot more than the plants and the lights! These spirit beings popped forth and asked to be photographed as well. Conservatory Celebrations The extensive conservatory is fully decked out in...

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Life is Good!

Life is Good!

A very content flower fairy is enjoying the good life in one of the hot houses of the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Outside winter is blasting its howling winds...but inside, all is light, warm and happy!  

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