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{just for fun} WATER PLAY

We have a beautiful outdoor shopping center nearby that is home to a magnificent marble fountain.  It’s beautiful from every angle.  Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, MS, welcomes shoppers with a massive, hand-crafted Italian fountain made of quarried marble.  It’s designed in the likeness of a fountain in Rome which has four sea horses.  This exquisite creation  is 16-feet tall and sprays 14,000 gallons of water per minute into the lower chamber.  Ever since the first day I saw it, I have been wanting to take pictures of it.  Why?  Because of the water, of course!  One of my favorite things to do with my camera is stop water or blur it.  While driving past the shopping center this past weekend, I excitedly realized I had my camera with me.  So I quickly requested that my husband run me by the shopping center for a moment.  He said, “Sure, what do you need?” – as in what store did I need him to pull up to.  I replied, “Oh, no store!  I want to play with the water.”  With a puzzled look but no further questions, he turned into the parking lot, and as we passed by the fountain I yelled, “Right here, you can stop right here!”  “In the parking lot?” he asked.  “You want me to stop right here?”  Then I pointed to the marble fountain and said, “Yes, THIS is the water I want to play with!”  So he parked the car and out I hopped and the next 45 minutes were total fun.  Even though the sun was going down and I didn’t have my flash with me to help capture crisper images, here are some of my favorite photos from that play time.

Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park
Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park
Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park


I cannot imagine being so gifted as a craftsman that I could cut a chunk of marble to the point of it looking life-like.  But this artisan surely was; and he surely did.  These horses seem to have emotion.  They appear forceful yet graceful.  I could just sit and look at them for hours.  Beautiful.  Entertaining.  Why is water so mesmerizing?  The same with watching the flames of a fire.  They just draw you in!  The next three images may look the same, but the difference is in the water behind the horse.  Subtle yet different captures of the water flowing on and around the horses.

Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park


In the image above, the horse looks powerful.  In the one below, it appears soft and gentle.  This is a great example of how the framing of a shot can provoke a particular emotion from a photograph.


This is one of my favorite photos.  It looks as if the horse is charging right at you, running with all his might.  And the water seems to add a sense of speed and force to the image, too.


And then as I was walking back toward the car, I spotted these pretty flowers and just couldn’t pass up such a pretty photo op.  These colors together just make for an eye-pleasing image.


I love purples and greens together, and this flower bed was nothing but purples and greens!  Click.


Whenever I shop at Renaissance, as I pass the hand-crafted fountain, I always roll my window down and enjoy the refreshing sound those 14,000 gallons make as they spill over and down upon the chiseled horses.  I am reminded of God’s gift of craftsmanship to mankind.  And of His refreshing the earth with water.  And for that very fleeting moment, I feel refreshed, too, and am thankful for His many blessings; the great ones as well as the simple.  As you hustle and bustle through your day, don’t miss the gift of beauty that surrounds you!

Special thanks to Jeff for always being willing and happy to stop the car for an impromptu photo session of whatever!

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Beautiful days call for a road trip with a camera.  And just look what I found!  Lily pads.  Everywhere.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in one body of water before today.  And I was able to get up close to a lot of them.  They were so pretty floating in the water and bobbing up and down with the waves as boats cruised past.


I was amazed at all the differing colors of green.  I don’t know much about lily pads, but I’m assuming that was due to differing stages of life of the lily pads.


It was a very windy day and the edges of the lily pads would get flipped up frequently.  It almost looked as if they were waving at us.


As I was taking this photo, a wave tossed a puddle of water onto this lily pad.


The flowers are the softest shades of white, cream, yellow and green.  Being from the South, they remind me of little magnolias.  I wonder what they smell like?  Lily pads are so pretty and fascinating, I wonder if their flowers have an equally delightful smell?  Maybe next time I’ll get close enough to find that answer!


I took this shot just because I thought it would make for a pretty image.  I like the way it turned out.


And red-winged black birds were everywhere.  Well, that’s what I call them!!  Not sure the exact name.  But they are black birds with patches of red on their wings.  What I learned about them is that they are very fussy.  They were so noisy!  They did not like us at the water’s edge, so they flew above us just a fussin’ at us.  Finally this one landed and I could take his picture.  I love the way the lily pads off in the distance look in this photo – like little green and yellow polka dots.


Besides the color variations, I was also amazed at the sheer size of some of the lily pads!!


I love when I upload photos and then find a surprise in it that I didn’t know was there.  Do you see the surprise in this one?  There’s a dragon fly in there somewhere.  Not gonna tell where!


I’ve never seen a lily pad seed pod, but I’m assuming that’s what this is.  Anyone know?  It looks like it’s been all tied up with a bow.


I love the way the water puddles up and rolls around on the top of the lily pad, much like mercury would do!  I remember when I was a child that our thermometer accidentally fell on the floor and busted open.  Little puddles of mercury danced all over the floor.  It was great fun to watch and we could make one little puddle scoot over and join up with the next little puddle to form one bigger puddle!  Mom wasn’t too happy about the situation, but it really was great entertainment for me and my brother!


Another waving lily pad.  And look, their undersides are pretty, too!


If you didn’t find the dragonfly in the previous photo, perhaps you can find this one!  I love dragonflies and was tickled to discover this one just hanging out nearby, but it was a little too far off for my zoom lens.  Oh, well, I sat there and enjoyed that little beauty for a few minutes before calling it a day.


It is a blessed day, indeed, when I can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and have fun taking pictures of it, too!  Now I need to go learn a little about lily pads so I can marvel at the  brilliant wisdom of the Creator God.  Next time you take a road trip, don’t forget to grab your camera!

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{snapshot} BACKYARD

You know those days!  The ones when the skies are blue and the wind is blowing and the sunshine is calling you outside.  Well, I heard the call and with camera in hand went out and took the time to enjoy the beauty of the everyday colors in my own backyard.  Have you ever looked at a cactus so closely?  No wonder it hurts when you touch one!


This yard ornament turned out crazy wild!  That great texture is from a window screen.  Shot right through it.  Anytime I can see light coming through purple glass, well, that makes me happier than you can imagine.  Love it!


And speaking of purple, this mushroom beauty nestled in a pot of aloe vera sitting in front of a screen window with ferns on the other side is one of my favorites of the day.  I love the purple and green combination.  Always my favorite two colors together.  And again, the screen added the perfect touch of texture.


Clematis.  White Clematis.  If you don’t have one of these beauties climbing a tree or trellis in your own yard, you are missing out!  This one is called Henry Clematis.  More specifically, it is Clematis x henryi.  It’s a classic.  Gorgeous in the moonlight.  If you don’t have one, go get one!  I’ll always have one of these growing in my yard.  When you plant it, make sure the roots are very well covered with shade.  The vine needs sun; the roots like to be shaded.  I have a broken piece of tile on the ground over the area where the roots are.  Don’t ask me exactly why I do this.  Just read it somewhere.  Seems to work!  This vine is easy care with lots of show-stopping blooms.  The next few images are all from the same vine.  The first one even has a busy little bee in it.  Love when I load my images and discover an extra surprise!


It’s not often my husband is out in the yard relaxing instead of working!  I get to enjoy a beautiful backyard mostly due to his keeping it looking so nice.  I plant the flowers.  He keeps the beds looking good.  Teamwork!  Glad he humored me with a quick pose even though he was enjoying reading the newspaper.  He can read a newspaper like nobody else!  Covers every square inch.  Marketing guy.  Guess that’s why.


Ah, the purple iris.  My favorite.  Well, one of my favorites.  But it is an absolute favorite!  Actually, I love any type of purple iris.  This one is a purple swamp iris.  I have yellow ones, too.  Purple and yellow together in the same flower bed make a stunning presentation.  I started with a few of these and now have tons.  They multiply every year.  What’s not to love?


And here’s Sarah Cat, the neighbors cat that spends all her days in our yard.  Ain’t that the way it goes!?  We like having her visit every day.  She was hiding in one of my flower beds and when I got close she sprang out and decided it was time to head home.


I like this shot because it has the birdhouse that my dad made me.  Make that “one of the birdhouses” my dad made me.  Have lots of them around the fence.  Several have little baby birdies in them right now.  As I walked around the yard, I could hear little chirps coming from some of them.  This one has a bluebird family that has come back the past three years.  At least I think it’s the same family!  Hard to tell.  And I like that it has some of the yellow swamp iris showing in the background.  And you can see all the stages of the flower: a bud, a bloom, and  . . . hmmm, what do you call it . . . a spent bloom?  Whatever!


Thanks for stopping by and scrolling through my images.  I look forward to reading any comments that you leave.  I’m already planning out what I’m going to do with my camera on the next sunny day that I’m free to go out and play.  Way too much fun!



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My daughter adopted this incredibly loving Great Pyreneese from our local CARA chapter and named her Rosa.  And ever since, life has been very “Marley-ish” around here!!  She can climb a 6-foot fence,  leap over her 3-foot crate with ease, dig a ditch lickety-split, and uproot a flower bed in seconds.  Seems she learns a new skill every week.  Keeps us on our toes!  Jessica has always wanted a big fluffy Pyreneese and now she has one!  Happy Valentine’s Day, Jes!  Me and Rosie made you a special card.

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This photo session started out with one goal . . . a quick pic for a Christmas card.  But while we were out having fun, it turned into a great couples’ session!!   On the way to our location, we passed this faded brick wall.  Had to stop.  There’s something incredibly nostalgic about a faded Coca-Cola sign.  Couldn’t pass it up!



We were on a seldom-traveled road that was perfect for a sweet little “kiss-in-the-lane” shot!  I was so busy concentrating on getting a really quick shot that without realizing it, I captured an old blue truck that had just passed by.  Perfect!!  Love surprises like that.


This is my new favorite photo.  I love love love images in shades of chocolate . . . and this one is just in time for Valentine’s Day! 


What do you do when you come across a huge tree that has been cut down and forgotten?  You turn the car around, climb up and strike a pose!  All sessions should be this fun.


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