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Monday, February 8, 2010

Continuing Transitions ...

Make Time for Small Reflections
Scroll down for Mellow Yellow Monday
Blue Monday, Macro Monday & Ruby Tuesday

Meet the 'new' me!
Since getting my Nikon D60 a little more than a year ago, I seem to be more of a 'photo blogger' than 'storyteller' ... so (as I indicated in Sunday's post at Sacred Ruminations) I've decided to make some changes in my online persona reflecting these shifts because this 'feels' right (for the moment at least).

The pansies seem to have weathered the rains just fine so far, though more rains are predicted for Tuesday & Wednesday ... with additional 'fronts' just behind. The average rainfall in Southern California is just under 12 inches and we've had more than that since January. Of course the last few years we've had less that 5 inches per year ... so I guess this is how 'averages' happen, right?

I feel for the folks who live below the foothills that burned last October ... the mudslides there have already destroyed about 50 homes and there's no telling what will happen when the rains return. Watching the news about the SNOW on the East Coast is pretty amazing too. I feel grateful that the only weather-related damage I'm dealing with is a small slow leak coming from the deck
(outside my bedroom) just above causing moldy discoloration in my living room ceiling.

It's the 2nd Monday of the month and that means it's ...
'Retired Ladies Lunch'
... time to 'connect' with friends to see what they've been up to.

Hard to believe, but

this is happening right now
in my So Cal yard

Click to embiggen for better viewing
and for others participating in Macro Monday

Recent views from my
front yard here in Southern Cal ...
in between rainstorms

Click to embiggen for better viewing
and for others participating in
Blue Monday
Mellow Yellow Monday
Ruby Tuesday

A Valentine for all my 'virtual' friends!
(a smaller version is available in my sidebar)

What do you think of the 'new' me?

My Photo

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Children learn to smile from their parents." Shinichi Suzuki


gengen said...

pretty entries good job...Happy blue Monday.

Debbiedoos said...

You take beautiful photos...and I find it to be a new hobby of mine as well, soon to be investing in a better camera!!~ Happy Monday!

Kim, USA said...

Oh my your macro is super over the top excellent!!

Macro-Dama de noche

foto CHIP said...

This was the cutiest one - all the kids on the back :)

Stephanie V said...

Everywhere I looked a little - or a lot of yellow. Keep up the great camera work. I love that emerging flower. Gorgeous.

Akelamalu said...

You have new shoots in your garden already? Wonderful. :)

Pamela said...

I have some little green sprouts poking up in the back yard. So afraid we will get a cold front that will bite them off before spring arrives.

Lovely shots you got!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful entries and photos! have a great week.

Karen said...

Where to begin?! I LOVE the new you--that's really well done! And that close up flower bud is so beautiful--goodness to come!

We seem to be getting lots of challenges weatherwise, aren't we? I'm glad all you have to worry about is the leak--though that's a bit of a pain, too!

The final tally in my neck of the woods was 35 inches of snow--and apparently more is coming tomorrow--between 8 and 15 inches! And our street STILL hasn't been plowed! We literally cannot go anywhere. Thank goodness I did extra shopping the day before it first started!

I'm really enjoying this more personal you--it adds even more texture to your always good entries!

Unknown said...

G'day ~ You have an eye for capturing things so beautifully, they tell the story alone.

Happy Valentine's
Have a beautiful week.
Hugs, Marydon

life's journey said...

You always have a beautiful shots happy mellow yellow Monday.

Irene said...

Happy Mellow Yellow Monday, great shots.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I like the new you. You remain my mystery blogger friend! It reminds me of that very old T.V. show "The Shadow". "Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of men? The shadow knows!" That looks like a bleeding heart, but the white bloom is spectacular!! Is it a lily of the valley?

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness -- Jack and the Beanstalk come to life. Nice series.

Hootin Anni said...

I simply, continually, and always admire your photography talents!!!

Beautiful pictures.

...and, thanks for the birthday wishes!!

jay said...

What a gorgeous bud! So fresh and green, and going to be sparkley white!

How awful to hear about the mudslides. Those poor people. :(

Tammie Lee said...

I love the flower buds, so sweet and precious.

threesidesofcrazy said...

Horrible winter, but beautiful flower blooming there.

Jean Stockdale said...

Great post. What great pictures. THanks for sharing.

I am out doing some blog hopping with the Mellow Yellow Monday participants. Stop by if you have time and see mine at http://jeanstockdale.typepad.com.


Leora said...

Thanks for your tales and photos of life across on the other side of the country - I love the snow, so the upcoming blizzard excites me!

The lily is striking.

EG CameraGirl said...

Love the plant just about ready to blossom!

Martha@A Sense of Humor is Essential said...

Enchanting photos, love the macro especially. I am saddened by those who have lost their homes in the foothills also. We are all at Mother Nature's mercy, always.

Ralph said...

The SoCal rains leave beautiful cloud formations, and the precip is allowing the flora to grow. The prolific greenery is lovely, the Golden State beauty so easy on the eyes...

Marites said...

i just love the sky colors! just beautiful. The macro shots are really good! thanks for sharing. My RT is here and my mellow yellow is here.

sherri@lavenderfields said...

You take such breath taking pictures! Very talented. Hope you had a great Blue Monday and enjoy your week! Sherri : )

Gattina said...

Your Macro shot makes me dream of spring !

Dianne said...

you captured the flower buds so perfectly

I love your photos and enjoy checking in to see what you've created

life's journey said...

All i can say is pretty pretty entries...Happy Ruby Tuesday. Mine is up too.

Marice said...

i agree :) you did wonderful macro shots :)

u may view mine here

Diane AZ said...

Oh, what an amazing macro, I love it! The skies look dramatic and the vine is pretty against the blue fence.

SandyCarlson said...

Those blossoms are gorgeous. Amazing place that produces such beauty.

Melissa B. said...

I think I need to move. I've had it up to HERE with all the snow...we've got another storm bearing down on us, as I type this comment. Guess I'll be posting snowy snaps 'til we get all dug out...

maryt/theteach said...

Great shot for Ruby Tuesday, storyteller! Nice job showing beautiful Springy flowers! :)

Suburban Girl said...

Pretty shots and great color...we're snowed in.

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