Art, Creativity, Nature, Photographs, Photography

Gaze Into My Crystal Ball

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One night I was compelled to take my multi-colored LED base light, plopped my crystal ball and its crystal stand on top, and started taking photographs. I loved every minute, especially when I downloaded the images and saw the results on the computer. WOW! I love this particular image because it is so colorful with so many angles. Gaze into my crystal ball, what do you see?

Look for more of these images soon!

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Day 340/365 – Change the World

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is ready for your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 339)

Kim guessed, “A Christmas ornament?” Not a Christmas ornament. Katie said, “Disco ball!! No….just kidding, but I couldn’t resist!” Not a disco ball but I can totally see that. 😉 Brenda’s guessing started with, “A fairy’s wing?” Not a fairy wing, very difficult to capture. “One of those tissue decorations that unfold?” Not one of those either. “Is it fabric?” Not fabric. “Glass?” VERY CLOSE! “Plastic?” Not plastic. “Metal?” Not metal. What is very similar to glass? And then, while I was typing this post, she figured it out. “Crystal? My son guesses it’s a diamond. My husband sided with me that it’s crystal.” Ding ding ding! Yes, it’s indeed crystal.

What you saw was a decorative crystal knob.

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Day 330/365 – Success!

Success is dependent on effort. – Sophocles

It’s been a long, long, long day, traveling from the top of Florida down to the bottom. Oh my goodness! At least I’ve got today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture ready for your guessing pleasure. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 329)

Kim asked, “Is today’s pick Rock Candy?” Not rock candy. (Mmmmmmm, rock candy.) Amanda thought, “Hmm today’s looks like quartz stone. :) Ding ding ding! Kim said, “Dang, was my second guess…Good going Amanda!!” (Honorary ding ding ding for Kim, too!) Marilyn’s perspective, “A chrystal. It’s a chrystal.” Another ding ding ding, as this is crystallized quartz. And then Brenda came back with, “I guess crystal, but saw I was too late. And then I thought, hmm, could it be a crystal cloud over a fairy summer palace?” Now that’s a spectacular perspective. Ding ding dings all around! 😀

So yes, what you saw was the inside of a geode, which is crystallized quartz. Very pretty!

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Day 260/365 – Tell Me, Crystal Ball …

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. – Pablo Picasso

I can really “relate” to this quote, it’s these types of things that truly capture my attention, my own perspective. Need I find inspiration? I look up to the sky, eye level with the trees, crouched to study the spiders weaved into my garden, a bug eye’s view of the life at ground level. I need not look far.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is now ready for your guessing pleasure. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 259)

Looks like the detail on a silver tray. Not detail on a silver tray. Zipper? Not a zipper either. Scissors? The kind that cut triangle edges??? Not scissors. A dymo machine? Not that either. Cookie cutter? Not a cookie cutter. So what was it?

What you saw was a crystal vase, zoomed in close to the detail held within. I loved this abstract feel, it took on another dimension when photographed as a macro picture.

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Day 218 – A Bug of a Treasure

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

There are indeed hidden treasures in everything – and I do mean everything – if you’re willing to search. Yesterday’s subject was indeed a perfect example. But before we get to that, here’s today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 217)

A couple of things I’ve learned from doing this blog: photographs I think will be easily identified often are not, and photographs I think will be unguessable often are. Yesterday’s subject was indeed one of those I thought would be guessed. Although not, there were lots and lots of guesses/perspectives, most of which I could “see” in the image. Was it flour? Not flour. A brush? Not a brush. A glacier? Not that. Chalk? Not that either. Could it be cheese? Not cheese. Ice? Not ice. Sand? Not sand. Sugar/powder/chalk? No/no/no. Waterfall over rocks? Not that either (but really neat perspective). And another really neat story from Terry! But first …

What in the heck was it?!? What you saw was a piece of lighted crystal. When I was cropping one of the images, I happened to find the hidden treasure. I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Trapped inside this crystal is a bug, which is not visible to the naked eye.

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And now for our story from Terry:

When Chance Kinnard went to bed it was cold; but not that cold!
Chance owned a ‘hell of a doona’ and no matter how cold it got it would always keep him warm.
He always turned off the central heating at night, partly because he was a cheapskate, and partly because he got too hot under that spectacular doona.
His two dogs had lovely thick coats but they would always end up under the doona with him as the warmth slowly oozed out through the cracks in his ancient abode.
Two dogs plus spectacular doona equalled a lot of heat so occasionally he would have to throw the doona off for a few seconds.
He slept in his birthday suit which helped a bit but it got a bit tricky on entry.
The dogs wondered why he always made strange noises when his naked flesh hit the cold sheets.
Chance lived in what used to be a temperate rainforest so although it got quite cold in the winter it rarely ever snowed.
When he got up that morning and looked out of his window what he saw was not snow, but ice. Several feet thick in places, as though God had left the freezer door open.
He thought about ringing someone to report it but then he decided to go back to bed. The dogs agreed with his assessment of the situation and after taking a wee in the laundry they joined him under the doona.
“Global warming, my arse”.
These words hung in the air as he slowly drifted off to sleep.
The rescue teams found them several days later, looking peaceful but frozen solid.

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