Art, Creativity, Nature, Photographs, Photography, trees

The Watcher


Looking up through the most massive and ancient Southern Live Oak tree I’ve seen yet this lifetime, this is “Mags,” who has resided in what is now Lichgate in Tallahassee, Florida. I cannot even describe just how large Mag’s trunk is, perhaps large enough to encompass 20 people? Maybe more? This is a view looking up just one of her branches. I look at this picture and see her head leaning back and arms outstretched as she stands tall, watching over all that occurs in her domain.

Lichgate once belonged to Dr. Laura Pauline Jepsen, a Florida State University English Professor for more than 30 years. She sought out a location to build her dream home, an English Tudor cottage, and it was this tree that led her to build at this location. What an inspiring quote from Dr. Jepsen herself:

It was a tree to inspire poets.” 

Thanks to Laura Jepsen, through her donation of Lichgate, many generations of Tallahassee residents and visitors have enjoyed this piece of heaven on Earth, tucked away, and just waiting to be discovered by the next lucky person. The minute I saw one of her huge branches, I gasped in awe. Mags is truly one heck of a tree.

And I do love trees. 🙂

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Macro Monday | 04-25-16


When the dark rain stops, the light is even more beautiful than ever before. 

Posted in honor of an enormously talented musical genius and humanitarian, and a very special light maker; may Prince’s light continue to shine through all the others that carry the light. They’re the beautiful ones.

Even when they don’t know it.

P.S. Did you know that Prince wrote many hit songs for other performers? I can’t help but sing “Just another Macro Monday” in place of “Just another manic Monday,”  each time I make one of these posts. I didn’t realize he wrote this song for the Bangles.

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Wordless Wednesday | 05-27-15


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The Wishing Tree


There’s a tree in the woods, grand and majestic, arms outreached toward the sky. Reminds me of special times. This is how I spent Mother’s Day celebrating the life my mom gave me, and the appreciation I share with her for nature and the beauty all around us.


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Macro Monday | 04-20-15


Took my dog, Boo, and my other best friend, a.k.a. “my camera,” for a walk last evening, and these berries caught my eye.

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The Old Oak Tree


(Two images) Every Monday and Wednesday we drive by this huge old Oak tree in one of the oldest neighborhoods (Indianhead Acres) in Tallahassee, Florida. This is one of the trees that I hope to recreate in a drawing or painting. We are so very lucky to have quite an abundance of old Oak trees in our area. They are simply magnificent!

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The Beauty in Life


You don’t have to look far to see the beauty in life. The beauty is in everything – you just have to look!

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One Image | Three Perspectives | 1-23-14

These reed’s reflections in the water immediately caught my eye. I converted the image to black and white and a new perspective appeared. I thought the image looked better upside down (can you tell which one?), and then thought it looked quite abstract as a vertical image.

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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Intangible

To me, it’s like the difference between a pen and a paintbrush. Music draws from almost the identical place as art does, which really is that intangible – it’s like you’re pulling from the ether. I don’t know where it comes from. Nobody really does. It sort of arrives when it wants to. – Brandon Boyd


The creative fire that burns within: intangible.

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Day 277/365 – Happy Happy Happy

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

When I began this blog 277 days ago, I never anticipated the strong sense of community that is a result of sharing my work. I’ve made so many friends all over the world, so many connections! I have had some very nice compliments, and these just make my soul sing, so thank you! How gratifying and satisfying. 😀

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

What Is It?!?


What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 276)

First, I want to thank you for all of the happy anniversary wishes! Y’all are so, so nice! Cee guessed the “mystery” subject right away: “Maybe a leaf for today?” Jude also figured it out, “Looks like a decaying leaf to me …” Indeed, what you saw was a leaf, or rather the skeleton of a leaf. The intricate pattern in such a small scale is phenomenal. Don’t you just love Mother Nature?