Brush stroke

brushstroke

I really love how this turned out. Delicate ambience…

I shot this during an early morning haze. At the time I felt that it wasn’t a great shot. Nevertheless, I was drawn to the texture and colour palette along with the idea of the garden waking up to take a peek through the fence.

The natural soft blur really sets a calm tone for me. ‘Brush stroke’ spoke to me instantly as the persona for an image that feels like a painting. A waterwash that reveals as brushed over.

If you like this photo; what do you like?

Blossom

blossom blossom2

As anyone who follows my blog or keeps regular tabs on my posts knows; I am taking a lot of pictures of flowers from different perspectives and birds lately. These are the blossoms that my daughter likes to pick.

I believe I’ve been looking for something. When I know what it is I will let you know. I do know that I think I will find what I am looking for if I add a macro lens to my camera.

Has something like a camera lens ever helped you find what you were looking for?

Living Wall/ Green Wall

A living wall inside my home is a great use of space and a beautiful health-wise addition. I will now be finding a way to make one work for our family in hopes to grow herbs and food indoors. Happy Earth Day!

inspirationenergy

GREEN WALLS 3

 

interior-green-wall-vertical-garden_001

A living wall is either a hedge that is entirely composed of plants, such as trimmed shrubs, or a wall that is partially or completely covered by plants. The latter is commonly referred to as a “green wall”, particularly with the development of recent technological innovations that allow for walls to be entirely covered by irrigated living plants.

Living walls help to reduce local wind speeds, traffic noise, and localized temperature extremes (urban heat islands) by shading and converting liquid water to water vapour (evapotranspiration) which cools the air. They help to improve air quality by reducing dust and particulates and help to reduce the amount of heat lost from a home. Another significant benefit is the increase in biodiversity, along with aid for food and shelter for wildlife.

Living walls may have a positive impact on both physical and mental health and wellbeing. Green views and access to…

View original post 117 more words

Spring Treasure; Starting Seeds

If you are garden savvy or want to try your hand at growing your own food, it is easily done with the right information to start you off. It is easiest to buy a plastic seedling tray, or humidome, with a lid if you are trying this for the first time.

Most seeds should be started between 4-8 weeks before the last frost, depending on what it is. Some seeds such as flowers and peas are sowed directly in the soil after all frost probability has passed. Each pack of seeds has instructions as to how to handle planting.

Once you have your Humidome, fill each rooting cell with pre-moistened ‘seed starting soil’ about 2/3 full. Place a couple of seeds on top and cover with a thin layer of soil. Mist all cells with warm water, lightly. Be sure to label or separate between different types of seeds. Cover, keep moist and in a bright sunny spot, but not somewhere that gets direct sunlight. Take the lid off when your plants are an inch or so high. Once you see fine white roots you can plant them in large containers or in your garden after the last frost.

I have failed with starting seeds of some flowers at the point when I have to take the lid off. I still am not sure why. Nevertheless, it was much easier than I thought. All you need to do is read the seed requirements, keep soil moist and watch the progress. I listened to my intuition as well.
Either way, it is very rewarding when they grow those tiny little plants right in front of your eyes.

I encourage people of all ages, abilities, time and space restrictions to try a garden of their own.
When my mother-in-law visits us from El Salvador, she frequently watches and picks from the garden. She seems to take pride and much joy in choosing what she wants for us that day.
It is especially relaxing. I am adding this self-sufficient, observant, patient, gross and fine motor activity to my daughters learning right now.

I’d love to hear what you grow and what worked or didn’t in your garden!

A natural glow

glowing flower

Today has naturally become all about the sunshine and beauty that it displays. I am thankful for the sunshine outside today. Somehow the sun represents hope, purity and nutrient full life, for me.

I usually feel my most healthy, eager, artistic and social on those brighter days. Natural light does that to most of us, I believe. It’s best to apply makeup in a natural lighting. Photographs take on a life of a different character under natural light. You’ll find that people flock to patios, parks and outdoor venues when the sunshine flows through our communities. The other day I saw a man walking his dog in shorts and a t-shirt, in -4 degree weather, with the sun blinding his path.

Open air and sunshine are the best medicine; for whatever you need them for.

If these shoes could talk…

growing shoes
These are my younger brothers shoes, then as a size 15 teenager, which seem to have been around the world and back. What a story they could tell, and look like they are about to! In my Mums garden they will now root and enjoy the sun; maybe walk away to another part of the garden for retirement…

I was browsing through my reader yesterday and came accross a post from “The World’s Top 10 of Anything and Everything” that happened to spark a memory of this photo I had that related to this post subject; 10 best images of plants in shoes. I think my favourite is the baby boots, which I have now decided to use this idea for making my daughters first runners into a grandparents gift. Can’t wait to see Nannys’ face!
He, Russell Deasley, opened up by describing having to go shoe shopping as a boy. His posts are always great fun, well written, greatly researched, informative and interesting in a wierd kind of way, well not always wierd. “Anything and Everything” means just that. I have enjoyed posts about the best pallet tables, images of cats doing just about everything, best uses for old records, best places for a fish tank and the best benches; of course he words it more eloquently than I have.

Go take a look at this: http://www.theverybesttop10.com

Spring Treasure; Spring Ahead

This past weekend was daylight savings. The third sign of warm days and prolonged outdoor fun to come. The first, a melting thaw with fresh breezes. The second, finding fuzzy buds on tree branches.
It is just days from the First Day of Spring. The sun seems to have a renewed purpose as it shines brighter than ever. I’m finding more tracks in the snow than previous months. Just yesterday we heard migrating geese passing by. Are we really that close to walking around, in public, with tshirts and shorts??!

The first day of Spring is March 20th, the March Equinox, which is observed around the world by means of cultural celebration, religious events and historical tradition. I once worked with a woman who was from Iran. The Persian New Year, Nowruz, started in the March Equinox and lasted 12 or so days. She would get everyone in the family new clothes and clean the house from top to bottom. I remember her bringing in fantastic spiced lentil dishes for lunch.

The Spring Equinox is a fascinating time; globally, spiritually, culturally, traditionally and in a general sense of needing to take care of an earth that has provided in all aspects of life but is in trouble of not being able to sustain this healthy cycle.

In community guides and newspapers alike I am seeing trash pickup events, growing food seminars and conservation workshops. Earth day, which is observed on March 20th or April 22nd, was first observed in 1970.

I am going to see how tree planting goes with a toddler. Obviously our home garden will be a daily activity. The forest and conservation areas are great for learning, observing and teaching little people how to tread lightly in a fun way. I’ve got to find an Aquarium nearby. Plus, Local farms; here we come!

Let’s try to do our part in preserving the life of our world, creatures, plants, friends and family.