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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Be Still 52 - Week 45

The morning was overcast and with the gentle breeze blowing, it was slightly chilly. Just my kind of weather and a perfect time to take a nature walk around the yard. I took a little blue bucket with me and a pair of clippers. I was looking for bits and pieces of nature to create still life photos for this week's Be Still exercise. As most of you know, this exercise fit me very well. There's no place I'd rather be than outside. The weather, the temperature, the pollen doesn't bother me. I only sneezed half a dozen times!!

For the first image I knew I wanted to use this little egg that we found lying in the dirt. I think it's a wren egg, but I'm not sure. The little nest is so sweet. Momma bird found a piece of very fine black netting to decorate her nest. I wish you could see it better, but it's tucked inside.




Next, I tried some azalea and narcissus blooms against a rotting piece of bark.




I used narcissus, dandelion flowers, and fern fronds to decorate an old limb covered with lichen. I couldn't make up my mind which picture I liked best, so I just made a collage. 





Can you tell I'm having a wee bit of fun here? I couldn't stop at one or two or three arrangements. I went for four!

Lastly, I gathered a bucket full of green. It's amazing all the shades of green, the textures, and the shapes that can be found. I didn't even use half of what I gathered.




This was fun!
Challenging, but not stressful.
I enjoyed the outdoors,
the pollen fresh air
and the exercise.

beyondlayers

17 comments:

  1. I'm not sure where I found your blog, but these still photo are beautiful. I love nests too and keep the ones that have fallen as little treasures.

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  2. Simply gorgeous finds and wonderful photos!

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  3. I can definitely tell that you had fun, Cathy! I love all your nature still life creations! It's so lovely to have a back yard to pick up such lovely varied things. I can't have a favourite because I like them all! The egg in the nest is so sweet and the azalea and narcissus make such a lovely cheerful spring statement. The narcissus, dandelion and fern are so fresh looking and the last arrangement, all dressed in green is delicate and lovely with so many different shapes of green! Very well done!

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  4. Love the composition on all of these especially the third one with the branch. Love how you have taken beautiful nature and made art.

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  5. Yes, I can certainly tell you were having fun - that spirit of joy shines in each of these wonderful still lifes. So very beautiful. Love the bird's nest and the creative way you showcased all the different greens.

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  6. Exquisite!! So very lovely. You do such a good job.

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  7. Exquisite!! So very lovely. You do such a good job.

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  8. These are all great and know what fun you had creating them!

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  9. I too love this assignment :) love your green composition but to be honest i love all of your nature shots !

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  10. Beautiful work! And the color of that azalea ... LOVE!

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  11. Isn't it wonderful to have all the beauty of spring everywhere?! Love your photos!

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  12. This is my favorite kind of prompt too at this time of year! Love that sweet little wren's egg! and I always love to see what birds have used to build their nests....I used to find lots of cigarette filters in bird nests but happily this seems to have decreased! Love your framed green too! It reminds me of my very favorite blog...Still

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  13. Well done. I really like them all but especially the yellow narcissus collage.

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  14. ooooo, they are all so beautiful, very creative. i really love the birds nest, i have a robin nest in the wreath on my front door!!!!

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  15. I agree with Sandra that they are all lovely, but I definitely have a favorite! It's that adorable nest and egg, as you might have guessed. I've got to get busy and catch up with Be Still again.

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  16. Each still life a metaphor for spring. The little nest and egg are so dainty. I've enjoyed your still life photography, Cathy.

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  17. Your photos are just the perfect thing to view on this fine spring morning, Cathy! I love how you've arranged the last composition in green--so creative and fun!

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