Sunday, October 30, 2011

I ❤ Macro October 30, 2011

Joining Lori Plyler, of Studio Waterstone, for "I Heart Macro" slash "I Heart Close Ups: Up Close Photography for Macro Makers and the Camerologically Challenged".

This weeks macro shots, featuring weeds from my yard.

Carolina Snailseed.  The name refers to the seed, which supposedly resembles a snail shell.  The birds really love these bright, red berries.

And the lovely Rag Weed.  We try to eliminate these before they bloom, but missed this one.

I also wanted to share a picture of this little guy.  It's one of the many Battle Beasts that my eldest son collected when he was a boy.  About twenty years ago my son accidentally pulled one of the arms off and for the life of me, I could not get it to snap back into the darn, little hole.  I sat it on a shelf to fix "later" and over the years would try again, to no avail.  This morning I gave it a try and after wrestling with it for 15 minutes, the arm finally snapped into the hole!  Proof that mom's can fix anything, even if it takes twenty years.

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Enjoy your week!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I Heart Macro October 16, 2011

One of our neighboring towns has a wonderfully large community of artists.  Every type of artist you can think of are represented in this town.  These talented artists have banned together and organized an artist tour and for one weekend in October, their studios are open to the public.   We have been going for several years now, and that's where I'll be spending my time today.

My "I Heart Macro" picture today is of a piece of pottery that I bought at an artist tour a couple of years ago.

I pretty much love all forms of art, but I'm a sucker for pottery!

This piece was made by Marty Ray, who also teaches ceramic and sculptor at the local community college that I attended.  Marty is a very talented potter and most of her pieces are incised with wonderful drawings from her day to day life.

I'm linking up with Lori, of Studio Waterstone for "I Heart Macro" slash "I Heart Close Ups: Up Close Photography for Macro Makers and the Camerologically Challenged".  

Come join the fun!

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Enjoy your week!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I ❤ Macro October 09, 2011

Good Sunday morning!  It's time for "I Heart Macro", hosted by Lori Plyler of Studio Waterstone.  

While rearranging my work space, I ran across some old keys that I've had for a couple of years.  I decided to leave them out and I have a couple of ideas on how to work them into a necklace.

I think these three are my favorites.

And I really like the design work on this one.

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Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Heart Macro October 2, 2011

Over the years I have collected various plants, shrubs, trees and bulbs from family and friends.  My mother in-law gave me the bulbs that produced the flowers below.  Blooming in the fall, I usually forget about them until this time of year, when I see the spear like stems emerging from the ground and then the beautiful flowers that follow a few weeks later.

I have always simply called them Spider Lilies and until now, never thought to research them.  Per Wikipedia, they are called Lycoris radiata (red spider lily) and are in the amaryllis family.  Wikipedia has some very interesting information regarding the origin of the flower and some legends about the flower, some being quite sad. 

"Red Spider Lilies are the alarm clock for the sleeping South." – Chris Wiesinger

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