New Words for the New Year

Each year my husband Rick and I each choose three words that will guide and inspire us through the course of the year. My words for 2015 were “create”, “celebrate,” and “energize,” and I was fortunate to have done a lot of all three. I still love those words and will carry their spirit with me into 2016, but they are action words guiding what I do.

For 2016 I have chosen “gratitude,” “mindfulness,” and “authenticity,” words that reflect the spirit that I wish to bring to everything I do, principles that will help me live more fully, more consistently with my values.  Words that remind me to be myself in the present moment, and never for a moment forget how lucky I am.

Happy New Year to all of you, and may you all have as much joy in your lives as I have in mine.

10 Comments

  1. Diana Foster

    Great words. Your work is so lovely. Visiting from Kim Klassen’s Be Still – One Year Wiser class.

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    • Anita

      Oh Diana, thank you so much for your lovely comments!

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  2. Beverly

    This is just perfect Anita…your 3 words for both years. I like that idea of 3 words instead of one…as it captures more areas to focus on. Wow, yours are just beautiful, as are you! I’ve linked your blog into my “feedly” list so now I can easily check yours.

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    • Anita

      Oh Beverly, you are such a sweetheart – thank you so much for your lovely comments!

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  3. Kristi

    Beautiful post and beautiful words Anita! Very grateful to have you and your friendship in my life!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Kristi! And I and so lucky and grateful to have you and your friendship in my life!

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  4. Donna Milburn

    Oh Anita… your words for both 2015 and 2016 are so beautiful. Although we haven’t met in person, I am so blessed to have met you through the Studio Online. I look forward to getting to know you more. Your photos are always amazing…. love love love all your gorgeous flowers! Donna :o)

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    • Anita

      Oh, you are so kind, Donna – thank you so much! I feel so blessed to have met you as well, and both your wonderful, creative work and your beautiful, kind words are such an inspiration to me. Hugs, Anita

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  5. Ann Davis

    Anita,

    What perfect words for 2016 and actually for always. 3 of my favorite words. Your words for last year were wonderful. I am forever grateful you have come into my life.

    Ann

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    • Anita

      Oh my dear Ann, your kindness and support mean the world to me and I am equally grateful to have you in my life – you are truly a treasure, my dear friend! Hugs, Anita

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Yes I Canna!

Orange Canna

I had a delightful lunch with Kristi Cromwell at Tower Hill Botanic Garden last week, and we had a wonderful time strolling through the gardens.  They have beautiful cannas planted in pots throughout the garden, and this this beauty really caught my eye. She was bold and sassy, and I really wanted to do her justice. But I was shooting with my point and shoot camera that day, so when I looked at the image at home, all I saw was the distracting background.

Fortunately, I love playing with filters almost as much as I love shooting, so I brought the sassy gal into Photoshop where I used  several presets from Totally Rad’s RadLab plus a duplicated layer set to “multiply” to get the look I wanted. Bye-bye background, and hello gorgeous!

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  1. Kristi

    You did an amazing job with the processing Anita! She is a bold and sassy flower and you did her justice. What a delightful afternoon it was…summer was still in the air and such good company!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much, Kristi – I’m so glad you like it! And yes, it was a delightful afternoon spent with delightful company!

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A Beacon of Hope

A Beacon of Hope

It was over 3 weeks ago that we enjoyed what we thought was the last Pink Apricot Serenade daylily – the queen of our garden.  Yet a little over a week ago a new bud began to form, and we knew we were in for one more treat. Each day it got a little bigger, and we thought it would bloom this past Thursday, although we hoped it wouldn’t since the forecast was for heavy rain. And she held out for one more day, blooming gloriously on September 11th, a beacon of hope on this most solemn of days.

6 Comments

  1. Lyne Nagele

    Lovely! Looking forward to reading and seeing your photos Anita!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much, Lyne – you are so kind!

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  2. Donna Milburn

    What a gorgeous flower and photo. I can see why it is called the queen of your garden and it was meant to bloom on September 11.

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    • Anita

      Oh Donna, thank you so much for your lovely comments! It felt so right to have it bloom on September 11 and I’m so glad I had the chance to capture it!

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  3. Ann Davis

    This is fantastic. It would make a wonderful card for this date. You do have a way with the lilies.

    Ann ?

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Ann! I have a lot of practice shooting them!

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Every Flower is a Soul…

Every Flower is a soul blossoming in nature.Coneflowers are one of my favorite flowers, and I always enjoy spending time among them in our garden. As with all flowers, each one has its own personality, and this one really caught my eye. She seems to be looking up at the sky with a sense of joy I could feel as well as see. And I love the soft glow effect from the Lensbaby Velvet 56.

I wasn’t familiar with the Gerald De Nerval quote, but once I found it I knew i was the perfect complement to my lovely coneflower.

Processed with On1 Perfect Effects 9, customized preset from Nicole S. Young’s Portland Matte presets, and added Lemoncello from Flypaper Textures and Light it Up #19 From 2 Li’l Owls.

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  1. Beverly

    I’m late … This is really beautiful and I like all the processing you added to it. Glad you shared your blog link on FB. xx

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your kind comments and your support, Beverly! xx

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  2. Lyne Nagele

    This is such beautiful softness. Beautiful work.

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Lyne!

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  3. Melinda

    This is really lovely- I love the hazy look and composition! I have Perfect Effects- just checked and I don’t have that preset- darn! I never think to do this kind of processing in that program (tend to just use it for landscape and gritty photos)- you’ve inspired me to explore some of the other options!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Melinda! I do find that some of the presets work better on the kinds of images you mentioned, but I’ve had good results with Portland Matte presets on some of my flower images. You can check them out here: Portland Matte presets.

      I hope you have fun playing with presets and trying new things with your lovely images!

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  4. Caz

    What a lovely photo , so soft and tranquil, love it so much !

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    • Anita

      Oh, you are so kind, Caz! Thank you so much!

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  5. Kristi

    Beautiful quote Anita and the picture is just gorgeous….so soft and inviting!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your delightful comments, Kristi!

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  6. Ann Davis

    Anita,

    Perfect flower and photo. Nice and gentle. Just what we all needed after yesterday.

    Ann

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, Ann! And yes, we can all use some “gentle” after yesterday!

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  7. Lynn

    Your photo art is just beautiful , and I love the quote, fits it perfectly !

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Lynn! I’m so glad you like it!

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Queen of the Garden

Pink Apricot Serenade

The daylilies in our garden have given us a magnificent show all summer. Although most of them have finished blooming, we are lucky that the most majestic of them all is still strutting her stuff.

She is called Pink Apricot Serenade, and she holds court in the far upper corner of our garden where she can be seen and enjoyed up close and from afar.

This majestic beauty may have been the most glorious all season. Wider than my hand span (about 7 inches) and bursting with life, she summoned me to shoot what would have been many rolls of film, and I’m so thankful that digital photography gives me that freedom! The early evening light was magical, and shooting toward the west gave me a lovely background.

Processed in Photoshop with a touch of Oil Paint from Snap Art 4 and 2 textures (Caspian and Brushed Rose) from Flypaper Textures, using Adobe Paper Textures.

8 Comments

  1. Carolyn

    Glorious . . . . a piece of nature that you captured and turned into what would be a fleeting memory into a forever art piece.

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    • Anita

      Oh, you are so kind, Carolyn! Thank you so much!

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  2. Kristi

    This is wonderful, Anita! Congrats on your new website!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much, Kristi! I’m so glad you stopped by!

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  3. Melinda

    Fabulous, Anita! Beautiful image and beautiful website- congratulations!

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment, Melinda!

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  4. Ann Davis

    Anita,
    What a beautiful flower and a great story. Congratulations on your relaunch. I am excited for you Your flowers are amazing.

    Ann??

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    • Anita

      Thank you so much for your kind comments, Ann! It was a labor of love!

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