Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Way I See It {bees}

I’ve been in Charleston, SC, and boy do I have some pictures to share! Can’t wait… But for today, these little buzzing bees fascinated me. I’m sure those folks were very skeptical of the woman running around Cyprus Gardens, moving about very erratically chasing what looked like nothing from where they stood, with her big […]

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Kim - April 30, 2010 - 12:12 pm

OH I LOVE the little bee getting a drink from the big ol’ iris…I didn’t even see it the first time I looked, that’s how observant I am. You have such a good eye. Everytime I see your work it makes me want to run down to camera castle. And I’m really jealous that you are in Charleston.

cathy - April 30, 2010 - 12:27 pm

oh sugar! i totally forgot about “the way i see it” today! perhaps 2 post in one day are in order. that may just BEE the way it has to BEE. i’ll FLY around and see what i can do. (too early to BEE punny). :)

YOUR bee photos are the bee’s knees!

Kellee - April 30, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Love this!!! Bees are so interesting, and it’s never easy to find so many all together. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pics!

Cate - May 1, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Wow – LOVE your bee pics girl!

Sarah G {austinbygeorge} - May 1, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Girl, these are amazing!! I haven’t stopped by in awhile and I just love the iris and bees.
Also charleston is amazing, have a great time taking it all in and walk along the Battery for me!!!

Se'lah - May 2, 2010 - 8:53 pm

We were just at a farm and it was amazing to watch the bees too.
That first capture is amazing…awesome!

Hannah - May 4, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Love the pics of the bees! Don’t worry I think no one is a good photographer if they not willing to stretch limits for that perfect pic… I often fall behind in the pack because I stop to take a pic… I’m always hearing “Where’d Hannah go?” and the reply is simply “Somewhere withher camera.” etc.

I call it a photographers ADD it kinda goes like “Ooh a leaf!!” “Hey a bug” “That rock is pretty cool” (but usually these items are at least 5ft away and you have to dart over there)

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cathy - April 29, 2010 - 11:55 am

Awwwww! you’re the best! i started to wax poetic about you on my post, but it got to be TOO long. blogging’s fun, friends like YOU are the best! this is going to be fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kim - April 29, 2010 - 12:47 pm

I like your roof :)
I also really like the purple topper on your page, it caught my eye right away!

carissa... brown eyed fox - April 29, 2010 - 12:49 pm

okay… before i say anything…
HELLOOOOOOOO… your spot looks great! loving… LOVING it!
and unbelievable photos patty! wow! you’ve been exlporing!
just an eye you have!
i hate i’ve missed so much! been gearing up for our big trip.

so glad yall are doing the team up dip too. very fun.
and the FRUIT well… it’s perfect! look at those hanging bananas.
like on a tropical island or something!

love to you girl.

Cate - April 30, 2010 - 12:40 am

Gorgeous pics girls!

Kellee - April 30, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Ohhhh, you know how I heart the diptychs! Love this one! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sarah G {austinbygeorge} - May 1, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Yay!! So glad you’re doing Team up Thursday too!!!

a different take

Care to guess? My son thought it was an anemone. And he’s pretty smart. ‘Cept they live in the ocean, and there’s no oceans here in East Tennessee. {Just the Lost Sea. In Sweetwater. Seriously.} It’s an iris, in macro. And surely the folks at Lowes think I’m crazy. ***** Joining the fun at ย My3Boybarians […]

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Dawn Farias - April 28, 2010 - 1:49 am

Wow! That is so cool. No, I never would have guessed. I was with your son on this one.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving so many comments. You really made my day!

Heather - April 28, 2010 - 2:47 am

That is exactly what I was going to guess! A bearded one? I am anxious for ours to bloom, still have a ways to go in Oregon. Unusual and beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy - April 28, 2010 - 11:10 am

I love macro photos like this, when it’s fun to guess what it actually is! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! This is my first attempt at “Sweet Shot” and I’m so touched by all the positive comments that were left for me. So inspiring!

Alysha - April 28, 2010 - 5:48 pm

Oh wow… those are some beautiful pictures. Thanks for stopping by my place :)

carissa... brown eyed fox - April 29, 2010 - 12:52 pm

crazy lady at lowes! oh… i love that! you go girl!

oh… and i noticed your photo mark. love that TOO! :O)

beautiful iris! next time i see one… i’ll peek a little deeeper! thanks!

shelle - May 1, 2010 - 5:46 am

what a fabulous shot…the colours are just divine.

Se'lah - May 2, 2010 - 8:55 pm


Rachelle - May 26, 2010 - 3:56 am

I thought it was an see-an-enemy (lol)as well. I bet the folks at Lowes get photographers all the time. And now I want a macro lens so I can play in the garden section, too.

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cathy - April 26, 2010 - 11:03 am

no {thanks for asking}. with baseball, softball and soccer games for the kids — what i have been putting in my mouth is hideous! i am grocery shopping today and buying fruit to make a BIG fruit salad! my body is craving GOOD fuel ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cate - April 26, 2010 - 10:13 pm



pam - April 27, 2010 - 12:59 am

i needed that today…thank you doll. beautiful photo as always you talented artist, you! xoxo

Sarah@BlueCastle - April 27, 2010 - 7:16 pm

Beautiful pictures! Wish there was a better word, but really, your photos are stunning.

Kellee - April 28, 2010 - 12:27 am

Not always, but I try… very hard! And I’m doing better than I have been, which is always good! Beautiful picture. I just tried to comment on the Iris, bu I don’t see the comment option on there. It’s gorgeous, by the way. I was going to guess Iris simply from the colors. Beautiful!

Dawn Farias - April 28, 2010 - 1:50 am

Wow. It looks…glittery. How cool is that?

Bonnie - April 28, 2010 - 3:30 am

I turned 50 this year. And at 49 1/2 I woke up and realized that I didn’t like who I had become in the last few years. I had gained weight, turned gray, stayed at home too much…and I decided that I would be a different person by the time I hit 50. I lost 35 pounds, got rid of the gray and now I’m out with my camera as often as possible and am meeting new people along the way. Oh, did I mention? I met the love of my life this last year? Yep he popped up on facebook out of my past. So this has been a really great year!!
Love the irises by the way. Such a unique flower. Beautiful shots!!

e l k - April 28, 2010 - 8:02 pm

i found you!! i have been missing blessed moon and visited to see you have moved…it is a beautiful stop here was kindness to my heart today!! your on my blogroll now…

carissa... brown eyed fox - April 29, 2010 - 12:56 pm

you know what… no!
how’s that for honesty?
but this trip is just what is needed… i’ll come back…
hopefully with lots of inspiration & motivation to be a better me.
with soulful inspiration from you… help from the big Man… it’s all good!

thank YOU.

deb @ talk at the table - April 30, 2010 - 10:33 pm

life has been crazy busy,
you know the drill.
I only want to come here when I have real quiet time, to savour the photos,
your heart and inspiration,

so yeah,

I’m a little behind.

I truly love this new space of yours.

and your photography is a dream. a dream

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water & gratitude

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one. Jacques Cousteau ***** I stood in the shower a bit longer today. My upper back, neck and shoulders are killing me, and the warmth and pressure of the hot water felt so soothing. I kept the lights off, and slowly breathed in the […]

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Vegemitevix - April 25, 2010 - 8:53 pm

What beautiful photography and a great post! I’m over from Cate’s and so pleased I popped by.

Cate - April 25, 2010 - 10:07 pm

Wow – Patty this is incredible. What a timely, profound post.

And as you know, water is very much on my mind at the moment too. Since we have gone to tank water with our move in December, we have also encountered the worst drought for upper NZ in 40 years – our tank is nearly empty again, and we are praying for rain to come in the next day or so or we will need to buy a tanker-load.

Thanks so much for sharing girl,

Cate x

Cathy - April 25, 2010 - 10:10 pm

Great post, Patty. Isn’t it amazing how good we have it? Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ˜‰

imoomie - April 26, 2010 - 3:40 am

Patty, love the flower photo! Is it phlox? Gorgeous!

What a great celebration of life sustaining, life giving water!

Ruth - April 26, 2010 - 10:50 pm

An amazing post. Really makes you stop and think. How often we take these things for granted.


Torie - April 27, 2010 - 1:46 pm

love this. i am baffled by how much we live in abundance.

alita - April 27, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Here I sit in wonder. Thank you for posting this elegant post!

Beth - April 27, 2010 - 7:30 pm

What an amazing post! Very well written and provacative! If I can figure out how to follow/subscribe I will do so! Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts and inspirations!


joann - April 27, 2010 - 8:42 pm

i love this.
Have you watched or read Cadillac Desert? You’ll never look at water the same way and it’s SUPER interesting. But then again, I like documentaries.

Kellee - April 28, 2010 - 12:37 am

Beautiful, Patty. I catch myself, sometimes, “throwing” water away. Being wasteful. Letting the tap run while I do something, when I don’t need to. I don’t often do it, but sometimes it happens. And when I catch it, I feel that guilt. The guilt of ignoring something that you so eloquently summarized here. <3

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