Recent photography // Moon, stars, birds, etc!

Photography

Howdy thar!

Well, I believe that’s enough of my southern accent for one post. XD

Hello! I hope you’re all doing well!

Recently my camera has been in full use, almost daily. The weather has provided some lovely shots, from rain, to snow, to heat, to MORE rain, to more heat, and things finally starting to bloom, it’s been fun to experiment!

I’ve enjoyed using Canva to edit and adjust my photos, it’s such a great site!

One thing I’ve been wanting to really work on this year is nighttime photography. I understand my settings, but for some reason night photos were always reeeeaaally dark. I’ve just started to figure it out, so here are some shots from that!

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You can juuuussstt make out Orion’s belt there. Don’t you love stars?

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Haha, I sneezed while I was taking a picture of this star. XD

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With so much rain, the birds have enjoyed getting out and eating. They, for some reason, love to sit on my window.

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It looks as if he’s falling! I love watching the birds outside.

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The animals, especially during the snow we got a week or two ago, really enjoyed being out.

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The evening sky was especially majestic one night. Ah, those colors! True art.

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Hehe, these are some strange violin-playing pictures for ya.😂

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I bet we’ve had over two feet of rain this year. It’s been crazy!

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Heh, we weren’t supposed to have pond here.

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aannnddd… then there’s me. 😆 My good friend Savannah took some pictures of me when I went to her house one day.

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This was me back in June when I still had bangs. XD I just found this.

I have been painting and drawing deer a lot lately, so I decided to put a little fawn on a letter. I really like how this one turned out. Have y’all ever seen baby deer? In the Spring/Summer they cross through the field next to us a lot. They’re so cute!

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I hope you enjoyed a few recent photos I’ve been taking! Let me know, which was your favorite?

I hope you’re all doing wonderfully!

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What’s your weather like? Do you have snow? Do you like sunsets? How about fawns? What’s your favorite season? What are your thoughts on Mac ‘n cheese; the real deal, or from a box? 

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Recent Letter Art… PART TWO!

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Hello again!

I recently made a letter art post, though many more pictures have amassed in the good ole’ memory card, so I thought I would empty it until the next time! (which, I almost promise, won’t be a week from this one)

I hope you enjoy!

I love to theme my letters or make everything (inside and out) the same. This letter to my friend Bronwyn I kept the same, using the gold Tombow dual pen 026, and grey one, N89 and the bullet end of a back one to create a shadow effect and I also used the grey one for a border.

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I feel like keeping it cohesive and match-matchy makes letters really pretty and there are so many ways to change it up with the lettering and art and styles, so fun!

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I love creating wild, fun art on the envelopes. Though, if you’re using waterbased pens, be sure to seal it in something or else it will look like watercolor if it goes through rain–and you might not want that. XD

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Hehe. My friend’s name is IrisAnne, so I attempted to make the letters in her name different flowers. Failed attempt? XD

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I love using washi tape as borders, and lately I’ve been loving layering two tapes, or even three, for variety in color and shapes. It’s simple, but still fun!

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I layered this one as well. I love layering pattern on solid or vise versa. (Thanks to one of my pen pals for sending some silver washi tape. I love it!)

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For that letter I used a silver theme, with that same backdrop black shading as the first letter. OH! My brother got me some awesome pen+gear pastel envelopes for Christmas that have a sticky backs so that you don’t have to lick them. *ahhhhhhh* I DIDN’T KNOW THIS MAGIC WAS REAL. If you understand the mucho disgust in licking the envelope, you’ll love these.

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This one I just did a basic black font, but I went with a more script font than I normally use. I want to start adding more loops, but I don’t know, they scare me! (:

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I went very abstract and bright with this one. I wanted to include bunches of shapes. What do you think?

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This one’s pretty simple, another floral theme. This pen pal loves purple, so I tried to include that a good bit(:

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I experimented with a circular/abstract/mandala art in watercolor for this one. I really enjoyed the outcome! It was fun creating the shapes.

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I wanted to use a yellow envelope for this letter, so alongside the “sunny” (know where I’m going?XD) yellow, I drew a rather sketchy sun. I think it turned out pretty cute! I love yellow.

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I wrote my friend Sammi in French, so I addressed it (other than the actual address, I didn’t think the postman would be fluent. XD) in French, alongside a flower. I also use that same technique for a backdrop as before.

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I painted this pen pal’s name, but then I thought, “hmm… this needs some color.” VUA LA!   (is there an actual way to spell that?) Hehe. I just randomly placed oblong shapes in different colors everywhere.

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For the entering greeting in a letter like “Dear …” or “Hello, …” I like doing lettering and I usually close with lettering as well.

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This one I basically used my Tombow pen as a highlighter and lettered on top and added some random greenery. I did this to a lot of letters because I liked it, but I’l only show this one. It’s fun to do this in different colors. (:

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I love using bold washi tapes on the back with matching lettering. Ah, don’t you love washi tapes? ♥

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(I use that washi tape combo a lot. XD)

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Well, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed part two! I hope you’re all having a great day!

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Do you like envelope art posts? Would you like to see lettering posts in the future? What’s you’re opinion on kale? Do you like peppermint?

 

The Camera Shall Not Be Forgotten! // Recent Photography

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Hello There!

Boy, I can’t remember the last time I did a photography post. I felt it was long overdue! I have pictures from November and December here. They’ve been piling up! I hope you enjoy.

Ah, back when there was color in the trees! I miss it, though I look forward to when everything buds and blooms, it’s just as beautiful!

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DON’T DO THIS IF YOU DON’T LIVE ON A SLOW COUNTRY ROAD! xD Not the safest… but I liked the yellow with the red. (:

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This was one of those weird November days where you’re not sure if it’s cold or warm, it’s cloudy, no wind, etc. A perfect time for a tree photoshoot! XD

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See what I have to put up with? Haha, Maisy was enjoying it as much (if not more, it seems) as I was.

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This was a separate day. Isn’t this stretch just gorgeous? IMG_8901.JPG

One of my friends I was with is a gymnast, so she hopped in the picture and did some fancy thingI don’t know the nam of. So cool!

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The moon was something shining in my room one night, so i thought I’d take a photo of it. Isn’t the moon amazing?

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Lastly, I did a photoshoot with my piano teacher’s baby. Hehe.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you like these types of posts, and what you’d like me to post more of this year!

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Well, Hello, 2020! // January Bullet Journal Setup

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Well… 2020. You have a ring to ya!

Happy New Year, friends!

Have you ever accidentally taking a break? Well, I believe that hath happened to me the fine December past. XD Whoops!

Well, I’m back now, and I have a new bullet journal I really wanted to break in.

To start out, I want to show you my 2020 bujo! I’m thinking of a name, any suggestions?

I really wanted an Archer and Olive bullet journal. They’re just so beautiful, but they were constantly sold out, and they came back in stock the other day, but I wouldn’t have gotten one until mid-way through January, so maybe next year!

I found, after searching for “like journals” I found this Tekukor bullet journal on Amazon. Actually, i’m very well impressed. It’s very much similar to the A+O bullet journals: cloth cover with gold embossed design, 160 gsm paper (Ahh) and 192 dot grid pages. And it came in two days! (Can we take a moment to appreciate Amazon prime??)

If you’re thinking about getting a bullet journal, so far this, and Minimalism Art, are great ones!

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There’s always that one first page where only one side has dots, so I just put a opening page. I used a black Tombow dual brush pen, a hard tip (my sweet) Tombow fudenosuke brush pen, and a white signo broad gel pen.

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I added a short quote to start off the year, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” by Roosevelt.

To the right I have my “year at a glance” page.

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I use certain color for different things, such as Holidays, Events, and Birthdays. It’s also helpful for me to see what days are on what days of the week and such. I refer to it a lot throughout the year, it’s very helpful!

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Ah, now January, at last!

I used a little flower theme I made up I call “September” (you can see it here). I liked it best from 2019, so I chose it again for January. I put my calendar to the right, though I only fit 24 squares on the one page so could have enough room.

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I stretched the remaining days over to the next pages. Since I had extra room at the bottom, I put the goals froms the month of January down there, and added the same leaves as in the previous page.

My habits for the month (to the right) include 5 or more cups of water, reading my bible daily, practice all my instruments *sweats*, and my daily skin routine.

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I made a “to do” page and a “reminders” page side by side. I like how neat and simple it looks (now, at least. XD)

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This is my monthly money tracker, I started this in November and I really like it. It’s helpful to see the amount I spend and save.

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I made a page for books I want to read in 2020, so I’m hoping the books on these shelves will all have titles soon! I made this page into bookshelf form. It makes me happy to glance upon.

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My January letter tracker has the same green vine as the opening page, but otherwise, it’s fairly simple! I check the little “stamp” in the corner when I’ve responded. It’s very helpful for me, I often get lost in responding quickly or knowing if  I have or not. I wonder if I’ve ever sent a pen pal two letters with the same content. XD

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This is a new page I’ve added to my bullet journaling. I needed something to help me track savings, and what I’m saving for. I hope to meet my goals by 2021!

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My last pages are (left) my January blog post ideas page. I have a lot of ideas for the new year, but please be sure to let me know what you want to see! the next page, instead of “resolutions” I put 2020 hopes. (I don’t know, something about the word resolutions…)

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I hope y’all enjoyed seeing this, and let me know what you’re looking forward to for 2019–no, (ugh, we’re in for about 4 months of this. XD) 2020!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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What are you looking forward to in 2020? Did you do a bullet journal this year? Which page was your favorite? What do you think of sauceless pizza?

A Gathering Of Recent Photography

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Hello my friends!

I do hope your day is grand!

I have gathered an amount of photos in the last few days and I am longing to share them with you all!

We have had some rather beautiful sunsets of late. I love how they change so many times in the short time they’re in the sky. God’s masterpieces! Aren’t they gorgeous?

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”

Psalm 113:3

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The view of our neighbor’s pond across the street. Ahh! I just love sunsets.

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Our neighbor’s house had the sun sitting on it’s roof! Look how golden it is!

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I love using manual focus and making everything bokeh-d(:

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The cherry tree finally bloomed! The blooms are so pretty. I had never smelled one before, til I took the pictures. They’re so sweet!

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AHH! I love this one. They have a nice view(:

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I crossed the street when I saw purple. Ah, yes, a nice bed of chickweed there for me(:

Isn’t purple LOVELY?

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My Dad and Evan (my brother) went out to play frisbee. I wanted to try some action shots(: It was hard to get everything still! I used Shutter Speed on the dial first, but then went to Tv 3200, F-stop 1/125. It seemed to work alright. Learning!

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Hehe. Evan did an Olympic catch😂

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Evan looks so determined! Haha.

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Right before the fall. 

Haha! A very enthusiastic catch!

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Alrighty! There we are. Just a few photos for your pondering. I hope you enjoyed!

What’s the weather like where you live? It’s finally Springish here!

Thanks much for viewing!

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Do you like Frisbee? Do you have a flowering cherry tree? Do you prefer sneakers, flats or boots?

Also: Abigail is hosting an awesome giveaway for reaching 100 followers (!) over on Books, Life, and Christ. Go check it out and enter! Give her a follow!

Testing All Of My Watercolor Mediums

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Hi!

I am SO happy it paused raining today! I went outside and sat, just watercoloring, for a few hours, soaking in all the sun! I’m so glad God gave us a hint of Spring today; I would’ve gone crazy without it! (He probably new that😁)

Also: Thank you guys so much for 60 followers! Thank you so much for reading my little blog here. It has been a fun journey(:

MOVING ON…

I have acquired a few different versions of watercolors over the past little while, and I wanted to test them all out, and I thought y’all might like to see!

I have these small pieces of paper cut out for swatching, which is almost my favorite part. It’s so fun to see all the colors on the page.

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I decided to start with my tube paints first, so that I could give them ample amount of time to dry. The brand of these paints are the Royal Langnickel Essentials. I really like these paints and how saturated they are compared to some of the others. They can also be layered well, which I’m a big fan of. I think you can get these paints on Amazon

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I put them all out on my palette I got HERE and then went to get some water.

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I love how bright the colors are, especially the violet! I love the color Prussian blue, too.

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Next I did some swatches with this super old Crayola watercolor palette we had. I knew these wouldn’t be very good quality or colors, but they were watercolor…😒 The blue turned out well!

Heh. Yeah, that’s all I had to say about them(:

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Then I used this old (even older than the last one) watercolor set. This was the one I loved to use before I got my Windsor and Newton palette last year. This is a Prang Oval-8 palette. This is a great palette for beginners, and it’s very affordable😊

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As you can see, It’s been “well loved”

This is my Winsor & Newton compact watercolor set, which is my favorite. (They also come in bunches of different formats, not just compact😁)

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These are all of the swatches on this page. I’m actually happy I did this because I had no comparison swatches. (All of them together)

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Then I started swatching all the watercolor pencils. The brand of watercolor pencils we have are the Conté a paris aquarelle pencils. I found this set at a yard sale in the fall and I hadn’t really used them until recently. I would totally recommend these are the Winsor and Newton ones to anyone(:

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So How these work is: You sketch the color with the plain pencil down THEN add water. (It took me forever to figure this out!)  I have heard of people putting water ON the pencil, but I have found that that doesn’t quite give the same effect.

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I wanted to see if they blended well together, so I swatched them all beside each other.

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Then I added water. I think they do blend well! I like how this turned out. I shall be using this technique in the future. (Also: do y’all have any tips for watercolor pencils? I’m all ears!)

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Oh, while I’m on it, I am using the Marvy Watercolor brush pen. I love this one. It’s the perfect thing for traveling, mainly because it’s (pretty well) self-cleaning, and it holds it’s own water. I also have used the Pentel version, but I like these better.

The other brushes I’m using are the Yohino brand from Amazon(:

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Then I quickly switched out something. I planned on using at least one color from each medium.

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The overalls and from the Prang palette, the hair from the tubes, and the shirt from the Crayola palette.

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And the rest was the watercolor pencils. Definitely not one of my favorite illustrations, but for not quite knowing what they’d all be like together, it’s okay.

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I wasn’t fully satisfied with that last illustrations, so I quickly sketched out and eye to see how it’d do.

I used a few different palettes and tubes for this iris.

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I used the Crayola palette for the eyebrow, which was quite the mistake, but then I used the watercolor pencils for the eyelashes and skin.

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Thank y’all much for reading! Can you all believe it’s already almost MARCH??!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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A Few Photos (+POTP Entries)

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Howdy, everyone!

We finally had a break from all this rain we’ve been having and I pounced on the opportunity for some pictures!

Also, I am in Meg’s photo contest. (POTP) And some of these shall be my entries. I will label the ones that are(: The category for this is bright/bold, so I tried to stick to that as best as I could(: If you’re interested in joining be sure to go and let her know and have your entries in by March 3rd(:

 

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Let’s go, shall we?

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To start out, as my camera was on a 10 second count down, I slipped down a bank in our woods, ending up like this😆


                                        POTP Entries

I’m starting with the photo contest entries. This looks like one I’ve used before, (see HERE 😁) but I love how bright (and PURPLE!💜) and how the colors are fading from day to night.

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I do love sunsets! I love the bold colors against the silhouette of the foreground objects.

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With a bit of editing, I think this turned out pretty cute! I really enjoyed this one. I really wanted the bold pink color to stand out against the grayscale(:

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Hehe, my brother took this one. It’s funny😂 I like it, again, because of the bright pink color with the blank background.

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This is when we harvested our sunflowers. I know this isn’t very recent, but it fit the category so well(: Don’t you just love the golden petals of sunflowers?

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Those are my entries! This theme was fun to take pictures for. Be sure to go visit Meg’s  blog and join! I’m in team fox, and she has a few other teams, too!


 

Okay, now here are some photos I’ve taken over the past three or four days…

So many Springy things have sprung up over the past days of all this rain. It really looked (but I can’t say felt…) like Spring outside today!

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Hehe. My friends and I did a photoshoot. Here we are very realistically running, holding hands, through the field😁 I love photoshoots(:

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Walkin’ into March like…🤣

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Our creek looks so pure and clean after all the rain that has rejuvenated it!

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Little Maisy (disobediently…🤔) ran a long way down to the woods to come see where I was… (:

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The fog this morning was SO pretty coming through the trees, and the picture would’ve been pretty too except..except… the CAMPER!? NOOO!

hEHe..

Isn’t fog gorgeous?

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That is it! Thank you so much for reading this, it was fun!

Come by again sometime!

Y’all, be sure to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see soon, I’ll do my best to do it!

Have a great day!

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN POTP? DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES? HAS IT STOPPED RAINING WHERE YOU ARE?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

I just know you’ll say chocolate😏

Sunsets, Sunrises

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Hello, Friends!

I went to bed late and got up early for a couple nights/mornings a couple days ago. I took the opportunity to take pictures of the sun rising in the early morning and setting before I went to sleep. (A few of these you might’ve seen before, but they still fit in here😁)

Now, let’s get to it, shall we?

This first one is at, just guessing based on the time I got up, 6:15 a.m. It was still super dark out!

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This is about 20 minutes later. The light comes fast! Look at those pinks way down there!

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I’m pretty 100% sure i’ve already used this a bunch, but I took it a few mornings ago.

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This was blurry but I still love it😍

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This was the sun setting one night. It’s kind of hard to tell, but this was a pink X in the sky. (Airplanes crossed paths) I thought this was pretty cool. I looked out my bedroom window and, being me, I immediately scurried to get me camera. 🍀

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Here’s another I’ve used in the past couple days. This is also a sunset. (Isn’t purple so pretty?)

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This sunset’s clouds look like mountains!

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I don’t know why, but I take a lot of blurry sunset pictures. They look so soft and pretty☺️

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Well, There ’tis! There weren’t quite as many as I thought, but I hope you enjoyed this post!

Let me know if there’s anything specific you want to see soon. Something Valentine’s Day related? Bullet Journaling? Writing? I’d love to hear from you!

~theJunebugblog

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Yet Another Clump

Hello, All!

Do you have any snow? We were supposed to get one inch yesterday, which is about the only amount of snow we get every year. Guess what?

We got 20 MEASLY MINUTES of FLURRIES!!!

😞 Well, there’s Georgia for you.

It seems lately that I have been taking a lot of random photos that don’t really fit in certain posts or categories, so I shall cluster them together in a pile of pixels here! Most of these are quite random, though. Enjoy!

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Maisy taking a winter rest.

 

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Then there’s this. 😆
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Whoa. Lots of animals!

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WOOK HOW TUBBY! (is that really the best baby voice I can do?!😄)
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I made a card for a baby shower.
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All the DEER! (There are 7 more behind these!)
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I got up with the sunshine the other day and found a glorious frost and sunrise to capture a picture of.

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A purposeful blurry pic😜

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a winter walk with a friend.
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Some gorgeous dead hydrangeas. (;

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I hope you enjoyed this small cluster of pixels! Come back soon!

Thanks for reading, friends!

~theJunebugblog