Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stones on Red

Here is the latest (perhaps the last?) in the series of natural things against the red dinette table.  I took this one at the same time I took the last few, but it just took me a bit longer to choose it.  But now that I have, I can't imagine having chosen any of the other shots.

 I love this little pile of rocks.  I found them in an ancient Cool Whip container that I've been carrying around since, I think, a vacation I took with my parents when I was young to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  We found these rocks in a chilly rushing little stream, when, I believe, we were panning for gold.  Isn't that just like a child, to find true treasures in things other than what we are told are precious?   These pretty river rocks are precious to me still.

And, of course, if you find peace or meaning in this image also, it is available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wuthering Heights

I wanted to share a little birthday goodness with you all today.  My sister gave me one of those cloth-bound Penguin Classics that the entire blogosphere (myself included) has been lusting after.  I started reading it right away, though it is different than I remember from high school.  But I am enjoying it all the more for my lack of memory.  And one of my best friends sent me flowers, which was truly a surprise.  They are still looking good, even a week later, I might add.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Broken Blogger

I don't know what's going on, but I can't see any photos in any post of mine or anyone else.  Is anyone else having this issue today?  I'll try again tommorow.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

ETSY PLUG: Irene Suchocki

Irene Suchocki is one of the most successful photographers on Etsy, and for good reason.  Her shop has page after page of images that I just find myself getting lost in.  But the instant I saw "The Secret Life of Trees" on her blog, I knew I had to have it.  I wish I could tell you exactly what it is that appeals to me so about this particular photograph, but I can't even put it into words.  Once I have it framed, I'll be looking at it every night before I fall asleep, to dream about just such a lovely, peaceful place.

But then again, every single one of Irene's gorgeous photos could inspire sweet dreams.  Go see for yourself.


Friday, March 26, 2010

FEATURED ON: Going Home to Roost

I was thrilled when I visited one of my daily reads, Going Home to Roost, and saw two of my photos featured (top left: Wide Open and bottom left: Reading Material).  Bonnie, who writes this wonderfully homey blog, has a great Flickr pool on the same subject where she found my images.  If you have anything photos that really say 'home' to you, share them.

New In The Shop

New in the shop from the "Leaves and Branches and Natural Things" collection:

Warmth of the Sun

Cedar Berries


And from the "Wyoming" collection:

Moon to the East

Thursday, March 25, 2010

First Trip With The Camper

We got this great little pop-up camper for free, essentially, when we bought an old little Toyota a few years back. It smelled like it was from the 70's, so I made some new cushions for it (with the help of my kind mother-in-law) and some new curtains, and aired it out. Bri worked on getting the heater running and sealing some cracks in the vinyl, and my birthday weekend was our inaugural trip to test it out. This location was day two - in the Shoshone National Forest west of Cody. I'm happy to report that everything worked just fine and it was a pleasure to not have to worry about a bear snuffling the tent while I was trying to sleep.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ghost Town of Gebo, WY

Hello everyone!  I'm back from my birthday adventure.  I decided this year I didn't want to sit in the house on my birthday, and since it fell on a weekend, Bri and I planned a little 3-day weekend trip.  I wanted first and foremost to hit the hot springs in Thermopolis.  I can't even describe how fantastic it feels to soak in the hot water and feel the cold air on your is both relaxing and invigorating all at once.  Between soaks, we located the nearby ghost town of Gebo.

According to my research, Gebo was a coal mining town, opened in 1907 when the coal from the site was first shipped out on the railroad.  Mining was discontinued in 1938 and the town was bulldozed in 1971 by the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

In 1929 there were about 1,200 employees and families living in the area with over 600 employed in the coal mines of Gebo, though these few stone buildings are all that are left.  The place is clearly frequented by folks dumping their garbage and using it as a shooting range.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The First Day Of Spring Is Nearly Here

Well, the weekend is nearly here, and so my 30th birthday is near, too.  We will be celebrating by escaping to the hot springs in our newly renovated pop-up camper, and then we'll be off to Cody and the nearby national forests for a bit of exploring.  So, I will be away from you all for a few days.  I hope to relax and unplug and to come home with some new photographs, of course.

The one thing I always loved the most about my birthday was that it was on the first day of spring.  Spring is my favorite season, heralded as it is by blooming bulbs and chirping birds and warmer temperatures.  Iris are my favorite, though in Wyoming it will still be another month or two before they are up and blooming.  But I always think about South Carolina this time of year, where things are already emerging from their short winter nap, and this photo brings that to mind, for me.  It is one of the first macros I ever took, with a regular lens turned around backwards like I learned how to do in college.  There is a definite lack of control with the focus, and with the light, but I have always associated that margin of abandon with spring and it makes my heart sing to see this image again.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and that you see at least some small sign of the spring to come that will make your heart sing, too.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bird's Eye View

I've been going through some photos I took last summer in the Butterfly House at Cypress Gardens near my hometown in South Carolina.  There are a lot more than butterflies there, including some exotic flowers, turtles, and birds.  This guy, with his/her red-ringed eye, was interesting to me.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you remembered to wear some green :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


"Sprout" is new in my shop, just in time for spring.  I love seeing little green things emerge from the ground this time of year.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Defunct Businesses of Wyoming

I think I've shared all of these before, but I hadn't actually added them to a collection.  I was thinking of making an entire one for defunct businesses, but I'd rather get them out there than have them languish away on my hard drive until that time.  So, here they are.  They are all in the "Wyoming" collection on my site.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

ETSY PLUG - Handbags By Daphne

I fell in love with this purse from Handbags By Daphne a couple of years ago and bought it for myself.  I have a bit of a purse obsession, the way some ladies feel about shoes, though I rarely indulge myself anymore.  But I loved the shape and the fabric of this bag that I thought about it all the time until I bought it.  I'm sorry that I took my sweet time sharing it, because it isn't available in this fabric anymore.

However, there are 26 other fabrics to choose from in the "Small and Sexy" style, including the above and a black and white version of the circles fabric.

This pleated bag also comes in a larger version.

This is called the "Hot Clutch."  I love all the fabrics Daphne uses that I've never seen anywhere else.  That's because they are made from Italian tapestry, with blends of chenille.  I can attest that mine is pretty rugged and that the craftsmanship was top-notch. 

Another great style is the "3 Way Bag" that can be worn as a purse, a messenger bag, or a backpack.

There are not a lot of feathered handbags in Daphne's shop, but I couldn't resist sharing this one.  It's so pretty, don't you think?

IMAGES: Handbags By Daphne

Friday, March 12, 2010

I'm Going Where Spring Is

Usually I'm ready to pack it up and get out of town when spring fever hits, but luckily I don't have to go far this year.  We've had an unusual amount of pleasant days - over 40 degrees and snow-free - and it really does feel like spring here.   I know it is going to snow again, and feel like winter again, but I can't help but revel in this nice weather.  It makes my heart sing.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I was rooting through some old files yesterday when I found many, many shots I took of this group of antelope, two summers ago, I think.  I'm not sure how I overlooked these, but I was pleased when I rediscovered them.  I had to crop a bit, and I've got a test print on the way, but I have to say I'm pretty excited by the prospect of finally having a good antelope shot.  These guys usually bolt when you pull the car over to get a better look, but we were way out in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road when we saw these guys and they weren't so skittish.  In fact, at one point, I thought they might run at me.  But after posing nicely, they skittered off.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


It has been recently announced that near the next town south, 300 windmills will be built for energy production.  I think that's pretty cool.  And I don't know that there is a windier place anywhere (you have to watch out for flipping semis when driving that section of interstate).  But isn't it funny that humans have been harnessing wind power for hundreds of years?  These little windmills that pump water for cattle are everywhere out here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cali Camo

I've spent the past couple of days working on making new curtains for our camper.  We got it pretty much for free, and just bought a truck that it will fit in the back of.  I don't know how old it is, but it smelled 30 years old, so we bought  new cushions which Bri's mom helped me cover, and the curtains I am now making are the last touch.  We need to fix a couple of minor things, but we hope to have it ready in a few weeks so we can take it out on my birthday.  I am so looking forward to spending some time in the woods, waking up to morning light on the trees, and seeing the sun set behind them. 

These shots are from northern California, and when I first saw them, I thought they looked like camo patterns (hunting camo, not military camo), like some of the Mossy Oak varieties.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Orange and Petite

The weather has been oscillating between snow and 60 degrees.  There are days I actually believe it is spring, and I've never had the courage to think that before while living here.  But then a day with sleet and snow comes out of nowhere.   I'd rather have the sunny, warm days, Mother Nature, in case you're listening.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

ETSY PLUG: A Stitch In Dye

I was drawn instantly to the design aesthetic of A Stitch in Dye when I first saw these beautiful things on Etsy, for the bold colors and patterns (and of course that yummy green wall used as a backdrop).  But do you ever find yourself so drawn to everything in a store that you can't decide on one thing to buy?  I hate to say this happens to me a lot - my decision-making abilities are disabled by choice.  Well, my momma helped me out in this case and bought me this GORGEOUS pillow cushion for Christmas.  This aqua color really is my favorite, and combined with the red polka dot backing, it looks very at home in my living room.

I love the pillow my mom chose for me, but look at all of these other ones, too!  There are so many amazing creations in this shop.  How does anyone ever choose?

There are quilts, too, of course.  This one is named "Lifesavers" and that made me like it even more.  How can you look at this and not smile?

Malka Dubrawsky, the genius behind A Stitch in Dye, makes these gorgeous works with her own hand-dyed and batiked fabric.  She offers it for sale, too, in her shop for all the other crafters out there.

And last but not least, you can buy these colorful camera straps.  I can't say that I ever use one (gets in my way) but what a cute idea for those who do.

IMAGES: A Stitch In Dye