Blue

 

Blue

Blue

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“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle

This image was taken during the evening blue hour on the Pacific Coast in February.  The “blue hour” refers to the period of twilight every morning and evening when the sun is below the horizon and the indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue with a cool color temperature.

To learn more about the blue hour, the golden hour and twilight feel free to read this great article by PetaPixel.

Remember, tomorrow is Thursday and I will be posting a black and white image on Monochromia.  Be sure to stop by!

A Door Closed is Another Door Open…

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Look without Regret

Look Without Regret

 

“God enters by a private door into every individual.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knock and the Door will Be Opened

Knock and the Door will Be Opened

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

Happy New Year

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”

– Alan Cohen

Happy New Year

Happy New Year – Cherish the Old, and Bring on the New

 

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season with many special moments with family and friends.  My wish for you for 2013 is that you are happy, safe and healthy and have a year filled with a surplus of blessings, peace and laughter.

Thank you for all of the visits to, the likes, and the comments left on my blog in 2012.  I truly appreciate the love and support.

Happy New Year!

 

The Side of an Old Buck’s County Barn

The sight of an old barn moves me.  Why?  I am not completely sure, but it must have something to do with the Sunday afternoons I spent on my great grandfather’s farm as a child.  The sight, the smell, the size, the history, all move me.  I want to take in every inch of the structure.  Today’s post includes two images of the same side of an old Buck’s County barn.  The sun was setting and gave such warmth to the barn.  It reflects the  heritage of the barn, the families who worked in it, the animals who lived in, the labor of love that went into maintaining it.

I typically convert images of old structures to black and white. I didn’t do the conversion for this image because the setting sun on the white barn gave the glow of warmth and history.

Despite the warm glow of the setting sun, I did convert this image to black and white. It speaks of the age of the barn and reminds us not only of the warmth, and love associated with it, but also the labor and distressing moments that went into making the farm the barn supports successful all those years ago.

Art for History

The Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio in the heart of Doylestown recently hosted an art show and award ceremony to commemorate the bi-centennial of Doylestown being the county seat.  I photographed the event for The Buck’s County Herald and felt so blessed to get to meet so many wonderful, and very talented people.  The owners of the Gallery are kind, knowledgeable and a pleasure to get to know.  For information about the Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio visit: http://www.gratzgallery.com/.  To view additional images from the special event, or to learn more about the sponsors of the event, the winners and see their work, visit http://www.buckscountyherald.com/.  This link will take you to the Buck’s County Herald, a weekly newspaper reporting on the happenings in and around Buck’s County.

Paul and Harriet Gratz, owners of The Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio

Attendees visiting and taking in the beautiful artwork.

The music.

 

Flowers on the Roadsides of Buck’s County

“The tender words we spoke to one another are stored in the secret heart of heaven and one day, like rain, they will fall and spread and our mystery will grow green all over the earth.” – Rumi

If words could fall like rain, I would want them to grow and look like the flowers I see adorning the roadsides during Spring in Buck’s County.

Yes, it is the same winged creature from my post on Saturday, just on different flowers. It has no bias for colors.

This week in Buck’s County you don’t drive far without seeing these flowers alongside the roads. They are so cheery and catch my eye every time I pass by them. Wouldn’t it be nice to rest in a field of them and day dream under the warm rays of the sun?

 

Simplicity and Contentment

“Let your capital be simplicity and contentment.” – Henry David Thoreau

I truly desire to achieve the mindset of simplicity and contentment every day.

A Back Door at Fonthill Castle and Museum

Do you like change, or resist it?

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!”- Peter Senge

Spring in Buck's County