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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Colorful Outdoor Miscellany for those Snowed In

Make Time for Small Reflections
Snag this for your sidebar and/or your Color Carnival entries...




Miscellaneous
photos from my colorful

world ... just for you!






I have no clue what
caused this most unusual
cloudy formation ...

I used Poster Edges on the two Ruby photos below ... just because.


Click any image to embiggen for better viewing
and for others participating in

Today's Flowers
Blue Monday
Mosaic Monday
My World
Ruby Tuesday
Color Carnival
Midweek Blues
Outdoor Wednesday
My Mellow Yellow post is at Sacred Ruminations
Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."
e.e. cummings

66 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Virginia, How gorgeous... And they are all blooming NOW in your part of the country???? WOW----Now I know that I can't wait 'til spring.. Our yard is DRAB now (and full of snow)....

Interesting cloud formation for sure....

Thanks for the GREAT post today.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dimple said...

Very colorful series! That cloud formation looks like a jet trail which has been blown in opposite directions at each end to me!

podso said...

All the color (and the photos) are beautiful! We could use some color here in the middle of winter. With all this frigid weather our pansies aren't flourishing at all.

ellen b said...

Thank you for the lovely views!! Happy Blue and Mosaic Monday to you!

Lana G! said...

Lovely! Great mosaics with all the colors to share!

Carletta said...

Love the mosaics but I must tell you I love the rose in the center and the purple flower just below it - very lovely!
The palm tree shot is wonderful!

Mike Golch said...

I always enjoy these photos of yours,yes I really do.(Ok so it's beginning to sound like Green Eggs)I do appoligize that for not commenting all the time.

Kathy said...

Beautiful, colorful mosaics! Makes me super anxious for Spring!!!
Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

Gena @ thinking aloud said...

Lovely mosaics!
Gena @ thinking aloud

Akelamalu said...

You're pictures have cheered me no end - they reminded me that Spring is just around the corner. :)

Ginny said...

I am one of the ones who have been snowed in, so this is a delightful post! What a pretty and interesting collection. In trying to identify as many as I could, I see roses, maybe a rhododendron, something that looks like chickory but is prettier. The cloud formation is very unusual and intreguing! Quite something.

Ingalill said...

Wonderful mosaic :)

Carver said...

Wonderful array of beautiful flowers and trees to warm the winter months. They are all so beautiful and I love the e e cummings you included.

SmilingSally said...

Beautiful mosaics, Virginia. Happy Blue Monday.

Carolyn Ford said...

What a nice series of photos to cover so many memes this week. That cloud formation is awesome! I guess a little heavenly wind stirs clouds into amazing creations! Lovely post!

Manang Kim said...

Missed those flowers already we are covered with white snow here and it is bitterly cold too. Thanks for sharing!

BlueMOnday:Scuba Diving

Pacey said...

Wow, I like that red and lavender flowers...they are so beautiful my friend.

gengen said...

All are pretty shots the flowers, sky, everything are perfect....Happy blue Monday.

Karen said...

I look out my window and I see brown and white and I feel oh so cold...I look at your lovely photos and I see blues and reds and pinks and yellows and I feel oh so warm. Thank you!

Joy Des Jardins said...

Oh how I love these mosaics Virginia...I'm pining away for spring. Darn snow. Thanks for those gorgeous bright colors...everythings covered up around here. Love ya, Joy

George said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful flowers with us. You can't imagine how good it is to see things in bloom while we're sitting in a deep freezer!

Mary said...

Virginia,

Your photos of the blue sky and your flowers are gorgeous. What lovely blooms to lighten my life this morning. We had a beautiful sunny day yesterday, as you saw on the swan photos, but today is gray, overcast and the temperatures are plummeting.

Wishing you a great day.
Blessings,
Mary

chubskulit said...

gorgeous blue sky shots!

Colored Pencils is my entry! Have a lovely Monday!

Mary said...

Oh how beautiful! What a treat to see flowers and blue skies! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful mosaics. I love all the beautiful colors. My favorite is the photo with the neat shaped cloud.

Tricia said...

My goodness, that IS a strange looking cloud formation, but very nice blue sky, especially w/ the palms there to the side!
And the flowers are definitely sights for sore eyes - They're beautiful! Great shots!!!

Marice said...

what a fun collection of colored photos!

u may view mine here

Melissa B. said...

Oh, so lovely! And I'm oh, so jealous that your garden is still blooming this time of year...

bj said...

Beautiful....so full of color.

J Bar said...

Beautiful. Colourful.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

LV said...

You shared some really awesome sights today. I really like and think it is such a neat cloud formation in that picture. You did a super job capturing that. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

Kathy said...

Love that cloud formation and your beautiful sunrise mosaic from last week. Your selection this week has me longing for spring and our roses to make an appearance, I guess they will be here soon enough :-). Hope you have a happy week, Kathy.

Sylvia K said...

Such a lovely collage! Beautiful colors and skies -- does have me longing for spring time! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Sweet Repose said...

You were right, this made my chilly evening so much brighter. Since moving back from my 3 years in Florida, I've struggled to make an honest, modest living, the recession took it's tole, but you know, I've truly learned to live with MUCH less...and I'm OK with it...I've accepted winter as it comes to me and I know spirit will guide and watch over me through these tough times...and I've just squeaked by...and my friend, there is nothing wrong with just squeaking by...IT IS WHAT IT IS...(my new favorite mantra)!

Thanks for the posies and the blue sky!

sharon

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a lovely reminder that colours other than white snow, and warmer weather prevails in some parts of the world. I am not a fan of winter and I am really looking forward to spring's arrival!

lisaschaos said...

Of course they're all beautiful and I love that cloud!!

Wren said...

Oh, how lovely of you to share pictures of blue skies and warm weather. I'd hate to forget what that looks like before spring arrives.

Ivanhoe said...

That sure warmed me up, Storyteller. Thank you :o)
Hope you are doing well, I was not around lately...

Tammie Lee said...

it is wonderful to see all these beauteous flowers and blues skies! My days are quite cloudy, mixes of whites, grays and greens. Winter.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
I was blog hopping this evening and found a post from you signed the storyteller. Oh my goodness, I was so intriqued I had to stop over and say hi.

I have traveled around the world with you this evening and had the best time of my life. I cannot begin to tell you how much you touched my heart this evening with your beauty that you allowed me to see through your eyes. Thank you so much for sharing with me sweetie.

I have signed up to follow your blog. I can't wait to see what you share next. I would love it if you popped over and said hi. I would be so honored if you decided to follow my blog as well. I love meeting new people, and I love to chat.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Jim said...

S.T, it can't ever look this pretty again. Winter has come and ruined things!
But do your best and show us. I might be surprised, I hope so.
Happy RT!
..

Ricepatty said...

Love all of the photos the sky shot is very interesting - it almost looks like a "twister" but the momma duck with ducklings is my favorite!

Ricepatty said...

I love all of the pictures - the sky shot is very interesting it looks like a "twister". My favorite is the momma and baby ducklings!

Ralph said...

The look of palms and roses in SoCal feel warm. There is nothing about nature that isn't beautiful in some way, but these lovely exteriors invite us to stare and enjoy their ultra beautiful poses...

Leora said...

What a delightful group you assembled! Thanks for reminding me of how a red rose looks - maybe I will search for a perfect one come spring.

Joops said...

Great sky shots!

Art Enthusiast

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Very pretty mosaics so full of color and certainly a winter brightener! CA is lucky to have such nice year round weather!

Robin said...

What a wild looking cloud, almost a funnel.

Love all your beautiful colors!

jingle said...

lovely photos,
admirably notes!

Elegant Blog.

Hootin' Anni said...

Love the poster edges on the red roses...and ya, you wonder what caused that odd cloud formation? Must be a lot of air turbulence and a plane's contrail?


Mine's Here A sweet kitty...but sour puss under the Christmas tree with ruby colored, red bows...you need to scroll down on the post, just below my pencil sketch!

Dianne said...

the cloud is amazing!!
I really like the purple-ish daisy, so pretty

Denise said...

How clever of you to include so many meme's in one post. I find it hard to keep up sometimes and this is a great way of doing that. Great series of photos, all so beautiful and interesting. Thank you for including Today's Flowers in your post.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I LOVE the colourful miscellany you find!

Mary said...

Oooo, I like that e.e. cummings quote! and your pictures. That "poster edge" you used on the red roses, is that from Photobucket or do you have PhotoShop or something? Very nice effect.
Happy Blue Monday~

Lianne said...

that's a really cool cloud formation!

leethroughthelens.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

That could formation is interesting. Looks like the clouds are playing tornado on a sunny day. The flowers are so pretty too, not seeing any of those in my neck of the woods these days.

Thanks for posting at Midweek Blues

Carol said...

Gorgeous colors in your mosaics! have a great week!

Ann said...

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-world-tuesday-brisbane.html

Your mother duck with her ducklings on her back is quite a coincidence that I saw my mother duck in Brisbane. Mothers are something.

I have never seen a ducklings hitching a ride like your ducklings. In Auckland, we have a big lake, and I see ducks often.

The other photo of the clouds, it looks like a pipe with smoke coming out. Great shot.

SquirrelQueen said...

No snow here at the moment but lots of fog so all the blue skies and color are a welcome sight. I love your mosaics, the colors are gorgeous.

mbkatc230 said...

What a beautiful, cheerful post! I love, love, love the shot of the palms against that gorgeous blue sky. And what a neat cloud formation. Love the cummings quote also. Happy OW! Kathy

Paz said...

a lovely collection of photos!

paz

Mama Zen said...

I needed that!

Martha@Menagerie said...

Always such pretty mosaics! Hope you are having a wonderful week :-)

Janie said...

Love the beautiful flowers and trees from your warm(er) world!
I see a bird of paradise bloom, one of my favorites.

Linnea W said...

That's a great selection for this week. I especially like the palms with the strange cloud formation. The soft sunlight on the palms is exceptional. Happy days to you!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful! We have a butterfly conservatory near us I'm thinking we need to visit soon! hehe

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