I Heart Macro – Abandoned Warehouse

We recently visited a small town, north of us, called LaConner.  The town has a reputation for many delightful art galleries and boutiques.  The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed meandering from shop to shop and then stopping at a small pub, overlooking the water, for a lunch of fish and chips.  After lunch we strolled to the end of town and found an old, abandoned warehouse that was truly a photographer’s delight.  Technically these are not macro shots.  They are close-ups.  But whatever–I hope you enjoy them.  The last picture steps back from the warehouse to give you an impression of the size and overall appearance. 

peeling paint O'conner, WA

Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

 

boards falling of an old warehouse

Abandoned warehouse in LaConner, WA

 

moss growing on the boards of an abandoned warehouse

Abandoned warehouse in LaConner, WA

 

chain link fence by old boards with peeling paint

Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

 

broken window, boarded over in an abandoned warehouse

Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

 

side view of an abandon warehouse.

Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Grasshopper

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A Grasshopper in the Dahlias

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I was taking macro photos in my friend’s garden when she noticed that a grasshopper had found a comfy spot in one of her dahlias.  I zoomed in and here are the results.  I wish I could have such a lovely space in which to sit!

macro shot of a glasshopper in a flower

Grasshopper in a Pink Dahlia

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Orchids

Orchids

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I have a small collection of orchids on my kitchen window sill.  I water them when I remember, but I don’t fuss over them.  Two are blooming now.  The blooms last a month or more.  I had one orchid that bloomed from the beginning of Dec. until the middle of July this year!

Magenta colored orchid

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Orchid buds on a branch

White Phalaenopsis Orchid Buds

White orchid in bloom

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

Close up view of center of a white orchid

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

close up of orchid, showing white tendrils

White Phalaenopsis Orchid

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Blueberries

Picky-Picky-Picking!

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I went blueberry picking last week.  I’m not very fast.  My friend filled up two cans in the time it took me to fill one.  But I enjoy getting out and picking berries and then having fresh berries for breakfast smoothies and muffins!  I was struck by how beautiful the partially ripened fruit was, with its greens, magentas and blues. And I love the little “frill” at the top of each berry.

Fresh picked blueberries

M-m-m-m, fresh blueberries!

green and magenta blueberries

Check out those colors!

green and magenta blueberries

The colors make me wish I could paint!

And here is one of the results of all this picky-picky-picking!

blueberry muffins in the tin

Warm blueberry muffins, right out of the oven!

I also love to make smoothies for breakfast.  Here’s Linda’s top-secret recipe for:

Superior Smoothies

Serves 1

1/4 cup frozen blueberries (or any berries of your choice)

1/2 sliced banana, frozen

1/4 cup 1% or nonfat milk

1/4 cup nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt

Buzz the ingredients in the blender and enjoy!  The frozen berries make it cold, like ice cream, only its full of good health.  Cheers!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

Close up of center of sunflower, showing the spiral pattern of the stamens.

Sunflower

marcro shot of sunflower

Sunflower

macro shot of sunflower center

sunflower

macro shot of upper part of a sunflower

Good morning, sunshine!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Ribbit

Frog Friend

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I was going to go sit by my husband on the front porch one day this week, when I discovered that “someone else” had already claimed that chair.  This little guy was perched on the top cross-bar of the chair back.

green frog with a black stripe

Western Chorus Frog

green frog

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

He (she?) sat there very patiently, while I ran into the house and got my camera.  I took macro shots from all different angles.

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

We have a protected wetland area behind our house.  Having so many frogs in the area is considered a sign that the wetlands have a healthy ecosystem.  This guy is a  Northwest Chorus Frog, and believe me, these guys can really sing! On spring nights their love songs are almost deafening.

A third grade class at Boston Harbor Elementary School in Olympia, Washington successfully proposed, to the state legislature, that the Northwest chorus frog should be the state amphibian.  And so,  in 2007, the Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) became the official state amphibian .   Now why states need official amphibians, I don’t know.  But it was a cool project for the third graders!

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

After awhile the Mr. Frog grew tired of his photo shoot and started climbing down the chair.

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

green frog with black stripe

Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

Eventually he hopped onto the seat of the chair and then sprung off into the garden.

green frog with black stripe

Northwest Chorus Frog

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Pollen

Pollen

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

More goodies from the garden.  I made another bouquet and then took these close-up shots.:

Macro shot of flower centersthree brown flower centers with yellow rings of pollen

yellow dahlia edged in pinklilac colored flowers in my dahlia bouquet

bouquet of Dahlias

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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Lilies

In the Garden

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

My husband is an amazing gardener.  I like to make floral arrangements, but I don’t actually like to garden.  He grows ‘em and I cut ‘em!  But today’s flowers have not come under the knife.

Center of an orange lilyclose up of a day lily

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FUSION Summer Arts Festival 2011

Fantasia

The FUSION  Summer Arts Festival, a fundraiser for homeless housing, took place on August 3rd.  This year’s theme was called Fantasia and it featured food and performing arts from several Asian countries.  On the stage were traditional songs and dance from Japan, and Chinese drumming and a dragon dance, to name a few.  Surrounding the stage and dinning tables were artist’s booths–including mine!

This was the first outdoor show that I had ever done, and to be truthful, I was quite nervous.  My friends, lampwork artists,  Jenelle Aubade and Dan Caracas loaned me their tent.  Another friend of mine (pictured below, on the left) helped me at the show.  I was especially grateful for her assistance in setting up and taking down the booth,  but she also kept me company throughout the show, helped customers and calmed my pre-show jitters.

Jewelry booth at the Fusion fundraiser for the homelessThis was also the first time that I had ever had two display tables.  I worried that I wouldn’t have enough jewelry and display pieces to really fill two tables.  It was a little sparse, but not embarrassingly so. I need signage and more jewelry busts, I think.  Other ideas?  I’d love feedback on how to improve my booth from those of you with more experience than I–or anyone with an idea!  Be honest!

I had laid out my camera to bring along with me, but somehow neglected to pick it up when I loaded up the car.  (*Curses under her breath*)  Jerry, the nice guy in the booth next to mine, took these two pictures and emailed them to me the next day.  If I’d had my camera along, I would have shown you pictures of some of the performers and the other booths.

My jewelry booth at a fundraiser for the homelessI used Picnik photo editing to make my first(!) blog collage to show you a few of the items that sold.

bracelets, earrings and a necklace that sold this weekAs you can see, there is no particular trend here.  There’s dressy, casual, elegant, funky, sterling silver, copper, gunmetal, and brass.  I sold an absolutely wild, bright green and black, huge necklace to an artist before the show even started.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of it to show you.  It was so-o-o big, spiky and nearly-florescent green, that I thought it would never sell.  It had been passed over at shows for several years and I was starting to hate it!  But sometimes it just takes awhile for a piece to find its proper home.  The painter who bought it was a “live-your-life-out-loud” kind of gal and the necklace was perfect for her.  She put the necklace on right there, wore it throughout the show and pointed people to my booth, every time they commented on it. It makes me smile every time I think about it!

The show was the same week as the budget crisis impasse and the sales in most of the booths were down over the last year.  However there was also a silent and live auction, at which people made generous bids.  It was all for a good cause and I learned a lot by doing this show.

Click on this link for a slide show from the local news, if you’d like to see more pictures.  (My booth is not included in these slides).

I’d love to hear from you and I’m interested in suggestions for my booth.  Have a lovely weekend.

♥ i heart macro ♥ – Fancy Daisies

Daisy Bouquet

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I made a simple bouquet of Shasta daisies and astilbes for our dining room table.  They looked so lovely that I had to go fetch my camera.

close up of fancy daisyunfurling Shasta daisyAnd here is what the whole bouquet looked like.  I snapped the picture just as the sun was streaming through an opening in the woods behind our house.

Tall vase of Shasta daisies and false spireas

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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