French Friday: Les Mimosas

« Véritables boules d'or parfumées, les mimosas en fleurs attirent le regard de très loin. Non contents d'illuminer le jardin à un moment où ce dernier préfère le repos, ils embaument l'air d'effluves incroyables. »

- Parfum du soleil, La Route des Mimosas - Grasse, France

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One of the first signs of spring in France, is the appearance of the brilliantly yellow and fragrant mimosa. It’s the French equivalent to spotting your first robin. As early as February, you’ll find them dripping from branches in Provence and along the Côte d’Azur and offered in great bundles in the markets of Paris.

Week 49 - Vision: Look Back

(339/365) We need to look back to see how far we've come. If you were Captain Ahab, which skill/week would be your whale?

SS Advent Calendar

When I look back on this year's #Dogwood52 Challenge, I think my two weakest weeks were Week 2 - Composition: Color Harmony (since there isn't much color in Wisconsin in January and because I'm not a fan of saturated color in my images) and Week 6 - Alternating Rhythms (I love the photo of Piper running through the fresh snow and the shadows cast by the bare trees, but I don't think that this picture really met the challenge). So I looked way back to this photo taken on trip to San Sebastián/Donostia, Spain. I love the symmetry and and the colors of this building in the Constitución Plaza. The grey and yellow are opposites on the color wheel and thus fulfill Week 2's challenge, while the repetition of numbered windows, open and closed shutters, and wrought iron railings against the white washed walls creates a pleasing alternating rhythm...Though, if I'm honest, I really chose this photo because it reminds me of an Advent calendar. #dogwoodweek49

Golden Autumn


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"The time of the falling leaves has come again. Once more on our morning walk, we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds and the rains...How full of light and color are their last days in October...the whole body of air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light that they have been absorbing all summer." - John Burroughs, "The Falling Leaves" 


Take Notice

September 6, 2018 (249/365)

"Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. " - Ashley Smith


August 25, 2018 (237/365) "How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun." - Vincent Van Gogh 🌻


August 13, 2018 (225/365) “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” - Saint John Chrysostom


August 1, 2018 (213/365)

“This morning, I realize that it is August: the summer's last stand.” - Sara Baume

Lady Slipper

May 26, 2018 (146/365)

"If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers." - Saint Therese of Lisieux


April 29, 2018 (119/365)

"Forsythia is pure joy... Pure, undiluted, untouched joy." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Bushels of Happiness

March 10, 2018 (069/365)

"One daffodil is worth a thousand pleasures" - William Wordsworth