Thirty Word Thursday: Garden Visitor

mule deer

Garden visitor, timid and alert.

Nibbles the lawn. Jaws working side to side.

Glances up.  Ears rotate independently of one another.

Bite. Chew side to side. Check for danger.  Repeat.

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple…

Take an image.  Write 30 words about it.

No more. No less.  Post it each Thursday.

Condensing thoughts, feelings and experiences to just 30 words creates a poem-like reflection.  Head over to Erin Prais-Hintz’s blog, to find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

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Brown Bunny

 Tuesday News Day

Welcome to News Day Tuesday -  the day for jewelry updates and snippets of life

Garden Visitor

We live in a little neighborhood that is surrounded by woods. Our neighbors are not only human, but also include deer, great blue herons, bats, newts, raccoons and bunnies.  Lots of bunnies!  My husband is an amazing gardener, and as such, he is not too fond of the little brown rodents with the fuzzy white tails.  However, since I do not like to muck about in the dirt, I love our rabbits.

One day, last week, I took an evening stroll through our garden and noticed that we had a visitor.  I dashed inside and grabbed my camera.  The sun was setting rapidly and it was a bit difficult to get clear pictures in such low light, so I apologize.  But be patient, please, because the pictures improve a little further down the page, once I realized that I should change the camera settings for low light conditions. In the picture below, our furry guest was checking me out and wondering if he could go on nibbling the grass or if I posed a threat.

Bunny

 He decided I was safe and he proceeded to roll over and over in the bark, in order to scratch his back.  I had to chuckle.

Bunny rolling

Bunny rolling

Bunny rolling

Next came some washing…Bunny washing

Bunny sniffing….some sniffing…

Bunny

…and some exploration.

Bunny

Bunny

Bunny 12 clear

Bunny 13 clear

All this time I had been slowly creeping closer and closer to him.  In the picture below, he turns to look at me and assess the situation.

Bunny

He notices a glimmer of light, turns toward the fence and spies an escape route under the fence!

Bunny near the fence

Bunny escape

Bunny 17 clear

“Bye-bye.  I’m outta here!”

Bunny 18 clear

I have always loved bunnies and have made 2 bunny necklaces in the past.  It was about time for bunny necklace #3!  It just so happened that I had a cute little handmade ceramic bunny by Shaterra Clay Studio.

Brown Bunny Necklace

Isn’t he a cutie?  I placed him on a sage-green  lampwork glass headpin. I had some really cool peach aventurine triangles that look awesome with the brown bunny and sage green lampwork. I like this color combo so much that I’m looking forward to doing other projects in the same color-way.

Brown Bunny Necklace

I threaded sage green Czech glass within and between the peach adventure and finished it with an antiqued brass chain.  You can keep this bunny.  He won’t run away under the fence! ;)

Find the “Brown Bunny Necklace” here.

I am always delighted to read your comments!  Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
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I Heart Macro – Pods

Welcome to Macro Sunday.  I actually took these pictures a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting them.

Five leaf Akebia pod
Five Leaf Akebia pod

We have a Five Leaf Akebia vine twining along the railing of our backyard deck.  My husband is the garden expert at our house, so I’d never paid much attention to this vine before.

Five Leaf Akebia pod
Five Leaf Akebia pod

A couple of weeks ago, he called me outside to show me these giant-sized seed pods!

opened pod of a Five Leaf Akebia
Opened pod of a Five Leaf Akebia vine.

I was astonished at the size of the pods.  Some were over 4 inches long!  Heavy with seeds, the pods caused the vine to droop down.

Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.
Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.

Surely this vine had never produced such extraordinary fruits before!  However, my husband said that, yes, these pods grow every year at this time.

Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.
This one makes me laugh! It looks like it is talking!

Well that humbled me!  We’ve lived here 7 years now and I’ve been totally oblivious to these long, fat seed pods!

Mass of black seeds, contained within two thick, fleshy pods.
Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.

This experience taught me the importance of really seeing things, of looking deeply and paying attention.  What’s the point of having a beautiful garden, if I’m not truly present in the moment. If I am too preoccupied with the cares of today or with concerns about the future, then I’m unable to accept the gifts our garden is offering me in the present moment.  Gifts of beauty, abundance, calm, color and the cycle of life.  I must make sure I am really living with my eyes open!

Mass of black seeds, contained within two thick, fleshy pods.

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Hey!  who let the gremlins in here????  I never said they could doodle on my picture!

doodling on a picture of a seed pod/
“Hello there friendly reader!”

Oh well, I guess I couldn’t remain so seriously philosophical for too much longer…..

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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News Day – Tuesday: Mt. Rainier

 Welcome to News Day – Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or possibly irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

This has been an unusually busy week and I didn’t have time to add anything to my shops.  I made some jewelry, but haven’t had time to do photos and listings.

In the meanwhile, these earrings sold last night from my Etsy Shop.  I’m quite new on Etsy, so I get excited when someone finds me there and makes a purchase.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig Jewelry

Other News:

I’ve written my first post for the Art Jewelry Elements  blog.  It will be published this Friday, Oct. 12th.  I hope you’ll look for it.  I’ll be posting on AJE every other Friday.  This is a cooperative blog written by a team of about 11 people.  There is a new post every day.  Its a great daily read for handmade jewelry info and inspiration. 

There’s also an AJE Facebook page where you’ll find lots more jewelry eye candy and info.  I hope you’ll follow us there, too.

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Art Jewelry Elements Blog

In non-jewelry news, I wanted to share pictures with you of my recent trip to Mt. Rainier.  A friend and I went to Paradise…..no I am not writing this from heaven!!!  Paradise is the name of the second highest point on Mt. Rainier that is accessable by car.  It is aptly named. The views are magnificent. 

ravine with a river
View on the way up to Mt. Rainier.
twisting river in Mt. Rainier National Park.
Winding river on the way up to Mt. Rainier.
Vine maple, turned bright orange in autumn.
Fall color on the lower slopes of Mt. Rainier.
foothill of Mt. Rainier
 Bright orange autumn foliage near the foot path at Paradise .
The mountain from Paradise
Mt.Rainier. The glaciers are receding.
Mt. Rainier, partial view
Mt. Rainier

If you stand in the parking lot at Paradise and turn your back to Mt. Rainier, you see this view of the Tatoosh Mountains.

View oppostie of Mt. Rainier
Tatoosh Mountains

The view when standing in the same spot in the Paradise parking lot; and turning toward the mountain.

view of the mountain near Paradise lodge
View of the mountain near Paradise lodge.
View from the walking path at Paradise on Mt.Rainier.
View from the walking path at Paradise on Mt.Rainier.

On our way back down the mountain, we stopped to view a waterfall.

waterfall near the road on the way down Mt. Rainier.
Waterfall near Mt. Rainier.

I hope you enjoyed a little virtual vacation here today.  I always love to read your comments.

-Linda

I Heart Macro – Buds

“This bud’s for you!”  No, not that bud–flower buds! (sorry!)  Its that strange time of year when hints of spring are everywhere, but where we get snow, hail,  rain and even sunshine all in one day.

yellow flower buds
forsythia buds
flower buds
buds
fir tree
fir tree buds

cherry tree buds
cherry tree buds
cherry tree buds
Rhododendron buds

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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I heart macro – Snow

If you’re looking for the blog hop, it’s here: Copper Components Blog Hop

Snowmageddon 

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

The big snow storm that hit us in late January has affectionately been dubbed Snowmageddon in the press!  First we had 11 inches of snow in 24 hours, then we had freezing rain, which coated everything with a heavy layer of ice.

snow in treeThe ice was followed by a windstorm with gusts up to 60 mph.  Whole trees snapped under the weight of the ice and the force of the wind.

snow in treeThe ornamental cherry trees that line our long driveway were severely damaged.  A tree toppled down at the end of our road and landed on the overhead electrical wires.

downed tree in the roadWe were without electricity for 3 and a half days—brrr!  We live in a rural area and are on well water, which is pumped to the house via an electric pump, thus we were without, heat, light, telephone, running water or flushing toilets for those 3 and a half days.  We were entirely snowed in for the first two days, so we couldn’t even drive to a warm restaurant for food.

snow in treesThe stuff in our freezer was melting, so my husband gathered up the thawing chicken, and made barbecued chicken soup!  Not many people can claim to have eaten barbecued soup!  He also made barbecued hot tea for us.  I took these pictures when the snow had just started.  My husband took the picture of the downed tree (admittedly not a macro shot), that zapped our electricity.

dog paw prints in the snow
Chochi has been here.

snow on a spent flower head

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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I heart macro – Snow Melt

Snow Melt

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I think this is one of the best pictures I have ever taken and I’m very happy to be able to share it with you today.

water drps on branch
Snow melt

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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