Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Come Closer


Sunflowers grew very tall and huge in the park that we went for soccer conditioning. I was on my tip-toes zooming all the way in with my little camera to take these photos.


Besides fighting with the bees, I also had to fight with the sun in my eyes and the wind swaying my flower away. It was quite a sweating challenge, but fun to go after.


We don't have many summer days left here in Michigan, so I took full advantage of being outdoors this past week, and taking as many pictures of flowers as I can. Our mornings and evenings are getting to be very chilly already.

Linking this post to Wordful Wednesday, and Outdoor Wednesday!



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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Game Time


We had four hours between games in our last weekend soccer tournament, so to stay dry, we went to Best Buy after lunch and the boys headed toward the game systems area. Each one found something to do while the moms were chatting away.


I took a few snapshots and saw many blue color shirts, which were perfect for Blue Monday! My son dressed like Darth Vader with his hood on all the time! Though it was only the third week of August, the weather was very chilly!


Do you see that littlest boy? He even had blue shoes and blue shirt! We lost all three games but the team gave their best, and learning to play together since they are a new team!

Have a great new week!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Purple Thistle By the Water


While we were at Metro Park, I saw so many different wild flowers by the water edge. This was the purple thistle that grew abundantly everywhere. They were huge, and very beautiful.


The wind was a bit stronger by the water, and I had to give up after three shots. I knew my battery wouldn't last if I didn't move on to other areas to take pictures.


It was not hard to find beautiful things to see in our world. Who would have thought that weed flower could be this gorgeous? Wild flowers are one of my favorite things also. I saw yellow thistles, but the wind blurred all of my pictures. Have to go back one of these days soon!

Linking this post to Finding Beauty Friday!


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Exploring By the Water


We've just returned from an outing at Metro Park, where I took the boys to the water edge to look for photo opt. Not even a minute later, they were immersed in looking for something to do.


Kids and nature were mesmerized each other! Soon the boys found all sorts of small shells, including water snake, snail, little fishes, and mussels.


They wanted to go fishing right there on the spot, but we didn't bring any fishing poles. The boys tried to make their own, but got distracted by other things. We then moved on to different spot!


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Monday, August 23, 2010

Red Azalea Flowers


I love Azalea, and of course the blooming period had come and gone. These pictures were taken a while ago, but they got lost in my archive.


I saw these flowers in purple, and white, but these red ones got the best of me. They were such a nice shade of red, and I found these shrubs growing along the outside wall at a dentist's office. They were used as border around this building.


I took these pictures on a Sunday afternoon after pulling off the road, so I didn't want to hang out too long in an empty parking lot. I was fearful that someone might call the police on me stooping, and snooping for photos.



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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Orange Dahlia in Macro


Just a quick post today to let you know that I'm currently out of town with my son this weekend, for our Soccer Tournament. Lots of time on the field and driving back and forth.

I will visit all of you soon! Have a fabulous weekend...

Linking this post to Maia at Macro Flowers Saturday!



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Simple Pleasure





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Our Weekend Routine

Contribution by Stevie Kirby

My two children, love to play sports. As a parent it makes me very happy because I don't feel like I'm forcing it on them. By the time they were about three years of age, they started showing interest in different sports. My daughter who is now ten, loves to play soccer in the fall and my son, now fifteen is on the football team. The best thing about my children playing sports is that they get a chance to support one another. Because their schedules never conflict with one another, they are able to cheer one another on at every game. The games and practices are usually held on the weekend, we have a whole routine that we are accustomed to. We wake up really early and have our showers and then breakfast. They decide what they want for breakfast the night before, which makes things much easier. We then start gathering all items needed for the day, as far as game equipment and lunches that were packed for the day. The kids start packing the car up, while I makes sure we were not leaving anything important. I have a checklist that I use to keep me organized. Once I check off the list, I set my security alarms systems in Texas prior to leaving and our day begins. The kids always remember to ask me if I set the alarm, they are a fan of the check list.



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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Baby Blue Hydrangea


Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.
~Roy R. Gilson ~


A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~


She walks in beauty,
Like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes
~Lord Byron ~

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Friday, August 13, 2010

My Pink Zinnia


I planted three pots full of different zinnia flowers this year, but only three plants came up: one deep pink, one peachy, and one light pink color. This is my deep pink zinnia, and it has multiple layers, which I love to see.


The heat and rain this year have also affected the growing stage of this zinnia. It didn't seem to last that long, and the petals were fried quickly. I like them, nevertheless!


Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow from seeds, and I have successfully planted three pots full last year. I also noticed that the flowers last for more than a month if not cut.

Linking this post toA Few of My Favorite Things, Finding Beauty Friday!


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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Bowl of Cherries





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