Saturday, February 28, 2009

365/57 Saturday February 28, 2009

I just walked down to get the mail, there are a lot of birds out and about flying here and there. The trees are still so barren that it's not hard to spot them amongst the bare branches. On the way back I kept hearing a sweet song. It was coming from these two little fellows perched high in the neighbors tree.

I hurried back to the house to grab the camera and sure enough they were still there upon my return. That wasn't the problem! They are so small that they blend into the limbs, it was hard to find them in the view finder to get a good shot before they spotted me and flew off. I wanted something a little clearer, a little closer but I guess I won't be unhappy because at least I did manage to get the two of them.

Their tummies were such a bright yellow, I don't think the pictures do them justice. I went searching online to see what yellow song birds are in my area I would guess these are goldfinches

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

365/54 Wednesday February 25-2009

I have a thing about Bell Towers lately. There are so many here, with the Mormon population so large there are many churches with towers on each. I've wondered if they are all the same or each different. Another thing to photograph I'm sure. This one was on the old school in the Historic District, the building dates early 1900. Beautiful isn't it, especially against that gorgeous blue sky.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

365/52 Monday February 23-2009

More of the statues from earlier this week. These were the readers, a little boy and girl sitting and reading their books. I love how they have been placed just out and about in the yard like they are really there just enjoying the sunshine with their books.

I love the details the artist has painstaking added, especially the facial expressions and fingers and toes.

When we were out today, we passed by here and I saw a couple of other ones of children jumping rope and jumping over stones, so I'll need to go back and show you them another day!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

365/51 Sunday February 22 -2009

I don't know why this sign just captures my interest but it has each time I see it, just off Main Street in downtown St George. I think it must be something from home years ago that's there, buried in the back of my mind, but not yet ready to pop to the surface of my memories. Perhaps from early teen years of walking down Commerce at home in Washington, when signs like this were top notch and right in style. Now they are dated but still there sure is something about them that draws you more than just flashing neon.

365/50 Saturday February 21-2009

No statues today but these gas pumps were along the same walking path we took while taking the photos of the statues. I just had to take photos of them. I remember when I was very young, probably the mid-50's there was a Richfield Station, the last one before home, that had pumps like this that sat in front. Funny I hadn't thought of that station for years and yet as a small child I remember how neat the flying winged horse looked.
See things are still there in the recesses of our mind just
waiting for something to trigger them.

Friday, February 20, 2009

365/49 Friday February 20-2009

Zepher - Another of the 'Art Around the Corner' Piece - This one is for sale and is in the Historic District, which you see in the background. Don't you just love this face?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

365/48 Thursday February 19 -2009

Over the next few days I may be posting a series of photos instead of just one. After looking at the photos I got I just couldn't narrow it down to one a day.

We went to the one of the original historic
parts of St George around Main street where artists have donated these beautiful pieces of art.

Called "Art Around the Corner" it's a beautiful display of sculpture.

There are a lot of art galleries along main street and many buildings date back to the 1800's. If you come to visit make sure you take a right on 100 North and see the historic buildings there.

Many are on loan and are for sale, some will remain for just a period of time for the communities pleasure and others have been donated to the city for the
public's viewing for as long as the city wishes to display them.

This first set was a depiction of
two children on a bike, the detail is amazing. I tried to get enough shots so you could really get a feel for the detail in the face, feet and hands as well as everything else. Beautifully done, I'll be on the lookout as some are replaced with new ones. I'm sure we've missed some that hopefully I'll find as time goes on.

I think the artist has really captured the essence of youth here. I hope if you visit our community you'll have time to take a walk in the sunshine and enjoy the talent of the area.

Take a look at these tennis shoes and the bike, looks real doesn't it?

Southern Utah has surprised with how many unique things they have, St George itself was recently listed as one of top places to visit in the nation.

There are a lot of art galleries along main street and many buildings date back to the 1800's. If you come to visit make sure you take a right on 100 North and see the historic buildings there.

This last photo shows a close up of this little foot in the background. So precious

365/47 Wednesday February 18 -2009

365/47 Wednesday February 18 -2009

I saw her in a neighbors yard and had to take her photo. I think she's saying a prayer to Mother Nature don't you?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

365/45 Monday February 16 -2009

365/45 Monday February 16 -2009 - From my morning Walk

Sunday, February 15, 2009

365/44 Sunday February 15 - 2009

365/44 Sunday February 15 - 2009 - Kayenta Art Festival - A short drive from our home is Kayenta a development of artists who are sculptures, jewlery makers, potters, iron workers, painters etc etc etc. Today they had their Festival featuring over 90 artisans.

Amazing talent in such a small area.
This is a view of one of the metal sculptures that was blowing in the wind. This is the weaver showing us how he moves his loom. He was from Prescott Arizona and had the most amazing rugs.

Friday, February 13, 2009

365/43 Friday February 13- 2009

365/43 Friday February 13- 2009 - Taken through the window in our computer room.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

365/42 Thursday February 12 - 2009

365/42 Thursday February 12 - 2009

Waiting, two park benches alone in the day, waiting for young lovers, climbing children, elderly remembering 'the days'.

Two park benches.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

365/41 Wednesday February 11 -2009

365/41 Wednesday February 11 -2009

Stormy skies bleak and dreary
Or, if we just look a little further
we may find a little blue sky
just within our reach.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

365/40 Tuesday February 10 -2009

365/40 Tuesday February 10 -2009 -Water Wheel

OK so I didn't like the building and cars behind the water wheel, it took away from the great mood this projected.

I had taken the photo of the trees next to it at the same time so I popped out the background and added the new one in Photo Shop. Here's the original photo

Monday, February 9, 2009

365/39 Monday February 9 -2009

365/39Monday February 9 -2009 - Water Wheel at the Park - in the next few days I'll be posting more pictures of the Wheel and Wheel house but this one just intrigues me as you watch the water flow from the sluce box into the wheel.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

365/38 Sunday February 8-2009

365/38 Sunday February 8-2009
Sorry I didn't get photos taken this weekend except of the Paper White, and I must say it's worth adding a new photo of . It makes me think of Hoya flowers. Funny I'd never made that connection before, but really I don't think I've ever looked and watched one as closely as I have this year. I didn't realize Paper Whites were a cluster of small flowers that form the whole bloom. So pretty. The other 7 plants are really being pokey, I may have them in time for Easter, lol.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

365/36 Friday February 6 -2009

365/36 Friday February 6 -2009 The beginnings of my Paper White blooms. Stay tuned for new buds, new flowers.

365/35 Thursday February 5-2009

365/35 Thursday February 5-2009
Flower Explosion
(click to enlarge)

OK I have to fess up, I took this photo in November when I was home visiting the family. On my son's deck my daughter-in-law had put an arch and planted honeysuckle on it. There were few blooms remaining but a few was all I needed. When I spotted this photo on my hard drive the other night I knew I wanted to play with it. I duplicated the original photo and added a Radial blur filter to it then with a soft brush erased and blended the flower from beneath until the end result, which you see here. When you click to enlarge you'll see the wonderful curls and twists that mother nature has embedded in this delicate little flower. So beautiful.

365/34 Wednesday February 4-2009

365/34 Wednesday February 4-2009 - If you continue on Green Springs Drive, about a 1/4 past our turn off you'll see this sign, it's the only one I've ever seen like it. I had to shoot a photo of it and the road/street it's on. Comical I think! In the bottom photo you can see the sign to the right.

Now keep in mind I live in Southern Utah, this is desert! I suppose there is mud at sometime, short times when it rains. There is, to the cities credit, lots of red dirt all around.

365/33 Tuesday February 3-2009

365/33 Tuesday February 3-2009 I had gotten these glass vases filled with tulip bulbs. When the bulbs had grown, bloomed and were done I decided I would hunt for another bulb to replace them. Watching the bulbs grow roots in the water, produce their green shoots and glide up and over the rim of the vases is an enjoyable and makes me feel like spring is just around the corner. I planted 4 of these vases and this little guy took off immediately growing inches over night. Now I have a the bulge of a bloom at the top. The others, well they are still being stubborn producing just a few straggly roots here and there, but that's OK it means my bulb watching days will last for quite some time. As soon as the blooms pop rest assured I'll be back with updated photos.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

365/32 Monday February 2-2009

365/32 Monday February 2-2009 - Flags waving in Mesquite Nevada.
There's just something about a flag waving full out in the wind. These have been waving a lot as you can tell by the rips and tears, which I think just add more character.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

365/32 Sunday February 1 -2009

365/32 Sunday February 1-2009 - The way I start each and every day......... mmmm good even if it is brewed at home!
A Birth Certificate shows that we were born --- A Death Certificate shows that we died --- Pictures show that we lived!