Category Archives: Photography

Celebrating the gift of trees…

with many thanks to the people of Japan for their gift of friendship in 1912 of 3,020 cherry trees to the people of the United States

Tidal Basin Washington Monument

it is not difficult to understand why flowering cherry trees called “Sakura” in Japan are highly exalted and cherished…

Floating reflected blossoms

thanks also to all those that have worked over the years to preserve and protect the cherry blossom trees here Washington, D C…

Sunrise silhouettes tidal basin

the delicate blossoms are a good reminder for us to appreciate what is…

BLUE sky blossom closeup

the blooms are fleeting and last only about two weeks at the very most and that is if no harsh rain or wind storms hasten their demise…

Parasol Patty

for many years now people have flocked to the United States capital to enjoy the beauty of the blossoms along with the magical fairyland that they create…

12 April 2014 JJJ Cherry Blossoms

our strategy this year was arriving at 6:30 am just before sunrise when the crowds are a little lighter than in the middle of the day…

Cherry Blossom Shade Quote

before we knew it three hours had passed and we had walked all around the Tidal Basin enjoying some monuments along the way…

Tidal Basin Jim and Patty 2014

this rite of spring has coincided with the blooming bluebells usually on time for our 11 April wedding anniversary for some years now…

Sakura Traveling Tea Cup

this is the fourth year that our traveling tea cup has made the trip to visit the Tidal Basin in Washington…

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

March 2011 was when I first had the idea for a traveling tea cup (more on that another time)…

Cherry Blossom Beauty 2014

I will be a bit scarce in blogland but did want to join in with Bleubeard and Elizabeth to wish you a Happy T Day

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

The light filling the air

is so mild this spring day

only the cherry blossoms

keep falling in hast—

why is that so?

 Ki no Tomonori (c.850-c.904)

time flies when you are having fun

and spending time with your best friend and L♥ve…

Jim and Patty checking out the bluebells

Mr Magpie and I are celebrating 33 years of marriage today…

Bull Run Park

April is a month full of hope and promise when nature comes back to life here in Virginia

Virginia Bluebells Magpies Nest Patty Szymkowicz

the blooming Washington Cherry Blossoms are on our list to visit but yesterday we decided to head away from the city and check on the annual bluebells in Bull Run Regional Park

hillside always first to bloom

most of the bluebells are in their very early stages with a ways to go but we checked on a hidden hillside that gets afternoon sun

busy bumble bee

and there we found some of those beautiful blooms in stages of unfurling…

Bluebells beginning 2014

April is a month we look forward to for many reasons…

magpies-nest-der-kuss-bighugelab-stamp

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.”
– Unknown

Art Journal Journey and Mix It Monthly…

my art journal pages qualify for two great challenges this month: Art Journal Journey’s “Moments of Happiness” and Mix It Monthly’s “Maps”

Cherry Blossom Time Again (1)

nature makes me happy for so many reasons and in the Washington, DC area we always feel like Spring has finally arrived when the cherry blossoms burst into bloom…

Cherry Blossom Time Again (2)

I also have a thing for old maps and enjoy using them in collage…

Cherry Blossom Time Again

*here is some of what went into my pages: personal photographs…torn map pieces…paint…gesso…chalk…Stabilo pencil…computer printed words on painted paper along with happy moments and memories*

 

♣ Happy St Paddy’s Day ♣

Irish snippets June 2013my maiden name is Mahoney ♣

Traveling in Ireland

but then everyone is a little Irish on St Patrick’s Day…

Robin in rain Glendalough

thought I would share a sampling of photos from our trip to the Emerald Isle last June…

Dublin Glendalough Cty Wicklow

it was so beautiful there…

outside Kenmare Ireland

with sunshine…

Ring of Kerry Ireland

or without…

Rainy day Kenmare Ireland

we look forward to visiting again some day…Glendalough lovely day for a guinness

 “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” -Ferris Bueller

an early Valentine…

part of a class assignment in Misty Mawn’s FULL CIRCLE Workshop was to create a “day in the life” photo collage and poem…

Pin cushion I made for my Mom

photos are something I enjoy taking each and every day but releasing words and emotions can be a bit more challenging…

Snowheart

on an icy day recently I snapped lots of photos using my favorite Pixlr along with Misty’s generous class instructions to make a collage/mosaic…

Lady Love

the heart in the center below was created out on our back porch in January when our weather went from very cold to much much warmer in an instant steaming up a mirror…

Happy Birthday in Heaven Sweet Alexander

 I lit a candle and wrote a little Love note to our son Alex

Heart for U

wishing you and yours a lovely Valentine’s Day and may each and every day be filled with L♥ve Sweet L♥ve…

“chipped and broken 
this heart anchors me in ice

warmed by L♥ve
my frozen fears turn into dust

to shine and glow 
…still…”  

~Patty Szymkowicz

*please send healing prayers and get well wishes to a most beloved artist and blog friend Dorthe Hansen*

2013 in Tea…

my tea (T) Tuesday posts go back as far as 2009 when I first joined in the weekly group tea blogging fun

Spring 2013 T Highlights

for the last couple of years I have done a tea year in review here and here

Summer 2013 T Highlights

so I thought on this New Year’s Eve I would revisit some of my 2013 tea highlights with you…

Autumn 2013 T Highlights

to keep today’s post from getting too long I plan to do a Traveling Tea Cup review later this week…

collage

 I am very grateful for your visits and the time you spend with me…

Magpie's Nest Lilac Tea (1)

each of you help make my journey very rich and interesting…

Harbor View condo (2)

thank you and Happy New Year Dear Ones as I join Elizabeth and Bleubeard today for the final T Stands for Tuesday until next year…

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”  ~Oprah Winfrey

 

Christmas Tea …

Tea and German Lebkuchen

may this season of Light…

Rita Holzner's painted angel ornament

bring you comfort and joy…

MagpiesNestWinterWishes XOXO

how ever you celebrate…

a bit of Christmas creating

I did manage to make a small handful of cards this year…

Bits of Christmas

and put some finishing touches on a few ornaments that I started last Christmas (the little angel is one of my Mutti’s soft original creations)…

hand dyed and colored bottlebrush trees

all the while feeling the push and pull of this tender time of year when he♥rts come home for Christmas even if only in our dreams…

Christmas PEACE

may your days be merry and bright…

Washington DC Capitol Tree

and may all of your wishes come true…

Lights for St Jude Children's Hospital

I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today and wishing you a Very Merry Christmas oxo

Colorado T

hope you enjoy the “falling snow” that WordPress added to my blog for December (for some reason WP is not allowing clicking on photos like they did last month??? shame because I usually title the photos to give a bit more information)…

Sunlight Mtn Glenwood Springs CO

I have been among the missing as we just returned from traveling 3,324.4 miles (5350.10 kilometers) to spend ten days with our son in Colorado

Denver street mosaic game boardswe brought our traveling tea cup along again this year

Creperie du Village  ASPEN, Colorado

there was lots of eating out…

Denver Art Museum Passport to Paris

along with plenty of tea and coffee stops…

Common Grounds Coffee House Denver, CO

we enjoyed some scrumptious vegetarian chili that our son made for us served in mugs where we stayed at the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs

Hotel Denver Colin's Chili

I hope that you are well and enjoying the holiday season…

Boulder Tea House, CO

I am happy to be joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T on Tuesday and I look forward to catching up with everyone…

Soartful Challenge “Trees”

this is my first time playing along with the Soartful Challenges Blog for their November challenge of

“TREES: … since it IS fall, let’s go with the colour orange, plus one other colour.

Oatlands Plantation Tree Sampler

with Autumn winding down here in Northern Virginia I have been enjoying the fall foliage and snapping photos of trees left and right…

Tree Photography pages (2)

last week I was playing with a tree photo I took at Oatlands Plantation using a free photo editing service called Tuxpi

Tree Photography pages

I really liked the “negative” effect I got on the last photo which lead to me using my tree photos for the challenge…

tree pages supplies

I must confess orange is not often my ‘go to’ color but it just so happened that I had some paint scraped pages sitting and waiting in my journal (I did wonder more than a few times WHAT in the world I would ever do with them!)…

Tree Photography pages (1)

my favorite altered photo above was the inspiration for my pages…

Tree Photography pages (4)

as I was dashing out of my art cave into another room to find some different silk leaves I spied a sprig of three bittersweet blooms which were the perfect finish to my pages…

tall trees

I get a bittersweet feeling as we leave colorful fall going into the darker bare winter months which do of course hold charms of their own…

*if you are interested there are photos of other spreads in this art journal here with one of my favorite spreads here*

♥ thank you very much for your visit … I always appreciate your comments and time ♥ 

the door to happiness…

the theme over at Art Journal Journey this month is “Doors (all are welcome to join in) …

UK door sampler

I snapped quite a few photos of doors (and windows) while we were traveling in the UK this summer and decided to use a photograph I took in Oxford for my journal pages…

door journal pages supplies

using layers of paint (cheap paint worked great) and gesso slathered on with a plastic palette knife with a bit of rubber stamping…

Doors Art Journal Pages (1)

a few cuts on the door (printed on card stock) so that it would open…

Doors Art Journal Pages (2)and my pages were complete…

Doors Art Journal PagesI found it interesting where this door took me…

who were those masked ‘bandits’…

the gang's all here Cedar Waxwings (1)what to my delight when I looked out the window this morning…

Cedar Waxwings visiting

there was a flurry of activity around our farm pump water fountain…

Masked Cedar Waxwings

I was not familiar with these masked birds who were so busy making them quite challenging to photograph…

Cedar Waxwing waiting in Wisteria

a little searching and I found out they are Cedar Waxwings

Busy Cedar Waxwings

getting their names from their waxy red tipped feathers looking as if they’d been dipped in sealing wax…

the gang's all here Cedar Waxwings

more red tipped feathers are considered very attractive to the female Cedar Waxwings…

Water break Cedar Waxwings

they stayed only a short while as they still had many miles to travel on their journey south…

Hosta Sun

I ♥ Nature and am so grateful for the many ways it touches my life…

William Cullen Bryant Autumn quote

timing is everything … if I had not looked out the window when I did I would have missed their visit…

Grace … it always works out in the end …

thanks to sweet Jean for introducing me to this artist back in September…

 I had wanted to share this with you here back then…

Grace

when the video came my way again today (by chance?) I knew the time was right…

oxo

Wordless Wednesday: Forest Gold

Walney Woods Fungi

Walney Woods Fungi (1)

Walney Woods Fungi (2)

Walney Woods Fungi (3)

Walney Woods Fungi (4)

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