Thursday, January 28, 2016

Virtual Assistant

Today I'm sharing the new business venture of a friend, Patty Manwaring. Patty's created the perfect business for herself...and hopefully for you!...combining her creativity and attention to detail with her awesome tech skills. Virtual Assistant brings them to you for both business and personal matters from helping with website and social media presence to sending hand-written thank you notes and planning your vacation travel itinerary. Patty works with authors, for example, who are trying to build their online presence with readers via Facebook, Instagram, etc. by relieving them of the time-consuming demands for frequent posting. I have some friends who just returned from a two-month vacation in Australia that could certainly have used Patty's assistance in planning and coordinating their complicated travel plans. Interested? check out Patty's user-friendly and informative website: Virtual Assistant. The beauty of it is since it's virtual, she can work with you anywhere in the world!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Day # 7: Seeds in the Making

Onion Seeds in the Making
Cadrieu
July 2013
Two years ago, one of the local farmers grew onions for seeds. I thought they were gorgeous!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Day # 6: Jewels of Dew

Bejeweled Spider Web
Cadrieu France
April 2011
I had this image printed on canvas and stretched on a frame. It hangs above my couch with two other green images. For some reason, I've hung it upside-down on the wall; I think I'll flip it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day # 5: Reflections of Nature

Reflections in the River
October 2010
Along the Lot near Cadrieu
Sometimes nature takes on an entirely new persona when it's reflected in the water. Here it looks like an Impressionist painting as the hillside is reflected on the Lot River.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Day # 4: Trees at Cong Abbey

Trees at Cong Abbey
Co. Mayo Ireland
30 August 2014
 I've posted this photo before of the magnificent trees on the grounds of Cong Abbey in Ireland. It's one of my very favorite photos from my 2014 trip to Ireland's west coast. I loved these trees! And expected to see a druid pop out from behind one as I walked through them taking photos. It is a truly magical place..

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Day # 3: Luna Moth

Luna Moth
Red Pine Camp
Minocqua, WI
June 2011
I'd never seen a luna moth before my summer as a camp nurse at Red Pine Camp. This one is a little ragged around the edges, but beautiful anyway. I love the pale green color.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 2: Bringing Nature Inside

Walnuts by the Fire
The Chatette
Cadrieu
October 2010
Walnut trees abound in this part of France. These we gathered in back of Laury's house. We spent a pleasant evening in 2010 shelling them on the hearth proving you can enjoy nature both inside and out.




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Seven Days of Nature Photos

Trees in the fog
Cadrieu
6 December 2015
Laury tagged me today in a Facebook challenge: post a nature photo each day for seven days. At first, I hesitated; I don't take nature photos. After only a moment's thought, it was like 'Duh! Of course you do!" Since I've been a bit neglectful of my blog lately, I decided I would accept this challenge and make each day's photo part of a blog post. I'll search my archives to try and find some nature photos I haven't posted before. Here's #1.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Very Early!


I didn't hold out much hope for a snowdrop adventure this morning. It's been raining and cloudy for the past two weeks, and this morning was no exception. I took my camera with me to church, though, just in case. And voila! the skies cleared and the sun came out halfway through our home church worship. After coffee and treats,  I headed up the Bonnette Valley where the catkins are already dripping and the waterfall is rushing...




I've checked my photo archives to confirm just how early this year's snowdrops are. It was Feb.11th last year when I made this same trip to photograph snowdrops at the Abbaye Beaulieu. They're a whole month earlier this year due to our mild winter weather. I hope the pretty catkins and other flowers starting to peek up out of the cold soil aren't being foolhardy. We could still have some really cold weather. After all, it's only early January!




I turned up out of the valley and cut over to Parisot. Then followed the Seye River downstream to the Abbaye.The snowdrops there did not disappoint! They are everywhere, plentiful, like a gorgeous white carpet laid out to brighten a winter-weary soul. Their beauty is hard to capture with the camera. You really need to see them in person. They are truly a gift.

Friday, January 1, 2016