Category Archives: Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC)

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 3 – Strasse/Street }

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets

early on a chilly Saturday morning is a good time to drive the streets of Washington, DC…

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets (1)

it is not a long trip on Route 50 from our house in Virginia about 25 miles (40 km) to Capitol Hill…

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets (2)

our capitol dome is under repair with special scaffolding on the rotunda…

Magpie's Nest Wash DC streets (3)

you too can join in Manuela’s “street” photo challenge this week here

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 2 – Dankbar/Thankful }

there is so much to be thankful for in this life and focusing on gratitude has helped me get through many dark days…

Magpie's Nest shadow play

I was charmed by these shadows on a door recently as the November sun dropped low in the sky (it gets dark now around 5pm)…

Jim Szymkowicz under the mushroom

for more “thankful” impressions you can visit here

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things . . . the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” -Barbara Pym

MiFoC November { Woche/Week 1 – Herbstzeit/Autumn Time }

after a little break Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge is back (everyone is welcome to join in this weekly challenge)…

Autumn Days 2014

 a couple of photos I took with my iPhone on a lovely walk recently using apps to layer them…

~Happy November Dear Ones~

MiFoC August {Week 4: Mood}

this week’s inspiration for the Mikrokosmos Photography Challenge is MoodMagpie's Nest Playful Creative Mood

I was in the mood to play…

Magpie's Nest iphone app painty hand

snapping the photo very carefully with my iphone because both hands were coated in paint and gesso and then using some phone apps (DistressFX, Diana, Gloomlogue) to alter my original photo …

Magpie's Nest Diana App

and a photo of my iphone showing the two photos in Diana app that created the photo in my collage above top right (how many times have I typed the word PHOTO *ggg*!)…

Magpie's Nest Gloomlogue app

and Gloomlogue another fun app … grateful for so many ways to play and be creative

MiFoC August {Week 3: Color}

Color has been on my mind for Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Photography challengeMagpie's Nest wardrobe sampler

this peek at some of my wardrobe shows a few of my favorite colors (altho the purple turned out looking burgandy…I did not have natural light when I snapped the photo)

Magpie's Nest Stargazer Lily Shelfie

today I cut some Stargazer lilies in our garden and took this shelfie photo (thanks to my art friend Christie for introducing me to that term)…

Magpie's Nest mystic realm of color quote

I just happen to have two of my favorite colors in sari ribbon hanks…

 

MiFoC August {Week 2: Summer}

summer makes me think of sunshine and flowers …

Anthropologie window Mosaic center

bare feet … watermelon and refreshing drinks …

shadow summer Q A Lace

chirping birds and the smell of honeysuckle …

Magpie's Nest Sparrows

come join the Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge for more summer photos…

Magpie's Nest Balloon flower

MiFoC August {Week 1: Schuhe/Shoes}

chatting with Mr Magpie about wanting a special shoe for Manuela’s Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC) this week he suggested my mermaid shoe which is indeed one of my all time favorite shoes…

Magpie's Nest Mermaid Slipper

if you are interested in the story behind my shoe you can visit my post here … everyone is most welcome to join in the challenge each week

 

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 4 “Brief/Letter”

for this week’s MiFoC challenge I am reaching back and borrowing from a blog post from earlier this year about some romantic 1900’s letters that Mr Magpie and I rescued at a small shop on the Eastern Shore in Maryland…

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters

if you are interested in more of the story and photos of these letters written by Henry to his dear Kate you can visit my post here

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters (1)

thank you to Manuela for another fun photo challenge this week

Magpie's Nest 1906 rescued Love Letters (2)

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 3 “Drink”

the challenge this week at MiFoC is “Getränk/Drink”…

I am sharing some Lavender Honey Lemonade that I made using fresh lavender from our garden with local raw honey and organic lemons…

Lavender Lemonade ingredients

a recipe from Mother Earth News here inspired me to get busy…

organic lemons local honey garden grown lavender

there is even a nice video link here of the largest lavender event in North America which happens to be this weekend…if only it weren’t on the other side of the U.S. 3000 miles/4828 Kilometers away…

Refreshing Lavender Honey Lemonade

simple ingredients that made the house smell wonderful…

it was delicious

I used some of my borage blossom ice cubes but I think I will enjoy the next glass of lavender tea served cold without ice…

Borage blossoms lemons and lavender

wish you could join me…

Homemade Lavender Lemonadefor more drink photos visit Manuela at MiFoC and you are welcome to play along too!

Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge July Week 2 “Im Garten”

“Im garten” is the challenge theme over at MiFoC this week and in the garden is always one of my favorite places to be…

Parasol Reflection

  Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a most beautiful and magical place just outside of Washington, DC…

Lots of Loti

this is the second year we have been lucky enough to enjoy the blooms there…

Lotus and sideway Bud

it is not hard to snap hundreds of photos of the Loti (plural for Lotus)…

Lovely Loti

we were sharing a camera so we lost track of who took which photos exactly which really does not matter since we are a team…

Dragonflies and bees

there is wildlife to enjoy there and the dragonflies do a great job of controlling mosquitoes around all that water…

Great Blue Heron and turtle

this handsome blue heron had cameras clicking as he was casually fishing for his lunch…

DSC09051 waterlily damsel fly

there were lots of photographers with really fancy cameras and super duper lenses…

Waterlilies

the pretty water lilies are very nice but the Lotus are what really speak to me…

Blue Sky Lotus Day

the park is free to the public…

perfect lotus

we hope to return again…

Heart lotus leafjust because these water gardens are such a special place…

storm damageeven with a bit of damage from a recent storm there was still so much beauty everywhere you turned…

inverted lotus

I will stop now ending with a lotus photo that I took using my iphone altering it with several different apps…

Mikrokosmos July “Clouds” Challenge

the MiFoC photo challenge theme this first week in July is “Clouds” and I really wanted to play along so here we go on a little two day trip into Washington, DC where my husband and I played tourist for the fourth of July…

storm Arthur Clouds

these storm clouds show a bit of what Hurricane Arthur had in store for us but we were lucky and only had to deal with lots of wind and rain but no damage…

sun flag old post office

and just in time for the 4th of July when all of America celebrates with fireworks and parades the skies cleared and the hot sticky weather left us with gorgeous and comfortable weather to enjoy…

Environmental Protection Agency Wash DC

we walked all over and enjoyed some of the Independence Day parade down on Constitution Avenue …

clouds near China Town

a nice meal tasted even better al fresco at a favorite restaurant

Poste Restaurant courtyard al fresco

then it was time to walk down to The National Mall to get a spot on the grass to see the fireworks

4th of July

everyone seemed to be in great spirits and it was a melting pot of nationalities with people visiting from near and far away…

smoke clouds 2

the fabulous fireworks made special smoke clouds in the night sky…

Kimpton selfie

all we had to do was walk back to our hotel not worrying about dealing with traffic and leaving the city with the throngs of other people…

Doors of Old San Juan * Puerto Rico

thanks to the challenge of DOORS over at MiFoC I made time to look back at some photos we took on a trip in February of 2012

La Casita

I had wanted to share these photos with you back then…

Waffle Era Tea Room Old San Juan

for all of you who enjoy doors as much as I do…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR

I think I got carried away with my Stone Angel Sunday Freebies and ran out of steam…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (1)

because of the hilly streets of Old San Juan some of the photos look slanted…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (2)

each of these photos are for you to DOWNLOAD for FREE and use in your art if you wish…

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (3)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (4)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (5)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (6)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (7)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (8)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (9)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (10)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (11)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (12)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (13)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (14)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (15)

the doorway above was perfect for some art journal pages I created here

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (16)

Patty Szymkowicz Doors of Old San Juan PR (17)

~♥~ hope you enjoy this sampling ~♥~

MiFoC Doors and AJJ Houses

this week’s challenge theme of Doors over at Mikrokosmos Foto Challenge (MiFoC)  got me very excited…

Haight Asbury San Francisco

 snapping photos of doors is something I often do…

UK 2013 door sampler

I am drawn to doors…

Weathered Doors

weathered doors…

Fells Point Charm city Police Station 2012

garden doors…

Dumbarton Oaks pool door

so many inviting doors…

Dumbarton Oaks Orangerie

 each with a story to tell…

Doc Holiday's  Glenwood Springs CO

it just so happened that a door image popped up on my art table and  got me creating another piece for the Art Journal Journey (AJJ) June Houses challenge…

Welcome Home

 before I knew it it had sprouted wings…

Welcome Home Door

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” ~John Barrymore