Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Painting With Words

Life is so colorful
blue like the sky
in search of the infinite
green like grass
to walk on freely
red like a furtive kiss
anticipating love
yellow like a sun ray
warmth skin deep
dark and light
with hope in between
a swirl of emotions
how liberating it is
to feel
e v e r y t h i n g

My poetic friends at Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ had a wonderful idea for a prompt: painting a picture with words. We are supposed to use a painting instead of a photograph for inspiration for a poem. I decided to dig out some old artwork from college and I found this abstract painting I did in an interior decorating class. It was meant to be a piece of modern artwork to display in a contemporary setting. I painted this for the class as it was a homework assignment then. When looking at it again today, it seems to me quite "moody" with such contrast in color from dark to light. It gave me the idea to write a poem about the colorfulness of life and the range of emotions, which are all valuable and are part of the experience of learning and growing. We've all come a long way from college, and what a treat it is to discover this piece of artwork, a bit of creativity along my journey. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts, art, and poetry with you.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lake Reflections


sunshine by the lake--
tree reflections on water;
a joyful moment


a joyful moment--
aboard yellow and blue boats;
sunlit horizon


sunlit horizon--
togetherness with nature;
a serene journey

~ ~ ~

We spent a lovely afternoon by a lake in Tarrytown, New York. This is the same lake where I took a sunset picture (http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/05/sunset-on-lake.html). It's just as beautiful on a sunny day!

I wrote a set of three haiku to go with each photograph I took today. I'm contributing my haiku to the very creative site, Haiku Heights at http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/, where today's prompt is "joy." And what a joy it is to spend time by this gorgeous lake!

I love the way the trees are reflected in the water in the first photo. If you look to the left, there is also a reflection of the little building in the water. I'm contributing my photograph to another great site, Weekend Reflections at http://weekendreflection.blogspot.com/.

I also love the colorful kayaks on the grass as well as on the water. In the third photo, I framed the kayak between tree leaves and used the rule of space, where you place the subject with space in front of it to create movement and direction. I'm contributing this photo to Weekly Top Shot at the lovely site at http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/.

Just a few photography tips for you today (reflections, framing, and rule of space). Enjoy my haiku and my pictures. May your life always be a serene journey!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Day at the Farm


Today, I'm taking you for a tour of a beautiful farm in Yorktown Heights, New York. My husband and I spent a nice day visiting the farm where a local artist was showcasing his work. This is called Hilltop Hanover Farm and the first photo is a panoramic view. The grass couldn't be greener and the sky couldn't be bluer on this sunny day!


Here is a view from a different angle with a white picket fence that goes all around this area of the farm. I'm contributing my photograph to Friday Fences at the lovely site (http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/), where bloggers share pictures of beautiful fences every Friday. I took the picture this way so the fence forms a leading line.


It wouldn't be a farm without chickens! Here is a picture I took of a couple of happy chickens near their red chicken coop. This is a fenced area as well to keep the chickens in. I'm contributing this photograph to Rural Thursdays at another lovely site (http://www.aruraljournal.com/), where bloggers share photos of beautiful rural areas.


Here is a shot from another angle that shows a great piece of machinery on the grass. Can anyone tell me what this machine is for? In case you're wondering, that is my husband's hand on the right pointing to the bolts and rust on it. A guy's fascination with machines--it was his idea for me to take this photograph!


Here is a view of the machine from another angle next to a bed of flowers. You can see the horizon on this picture as in the first picture. Anyone know what this machine is yet?


Here is a close-up shot of the pretty yellow/orange flowers. I like the way they are casting a shadow on the supporting stone wall. Does anyone know what these flowers are? I'm sharing this photograph with Floral Friday Fotos at the informative and pretty site (http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/), where flowers are showcased on Fridays.


As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, there was a local artist at the farm showcasing his beautiful work of hand-made pottery. This is a display of the different types of pottery that he makes and paints by hand. They are all safe for holding liquids or food. The artist's name of his pottery art is Hugick Pottery from Peekskill, New York. We fell in love with a ceramic bowl which doubles as a colander for rinsing out strawberries or cherries. It's the white and blue bowl on the bottom row to the right.


Here is the beautiful bowl on our dining room table complete with freshly rinsed cherries! I'm contributing my photograph to Friday My Town Shoot Out!!, a very interesting and fun site (http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/). This week's topic is "made by hand." Enjoy my photos of this beautiful New York farm and have a cherry or two!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Whimsical Garden


Today, my friends, I'm taking you to a whimsical garden in Chappaqua, New York. The name "Chappaqua" literally means the "rustling land," or a place where nothing is heard but the rustling of the wind in the leaves. Isn't it a wonderful description for a town? This enchanting garden is called "Pocket Park," and I thought it would be perfect for the photographic challenge with the theme of "fences" at two lovely sites (http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/ and http://lifeaccordingtojanandjer.blogspot.com/). This garden has many different fences surrounding it and encircling flowers and shrubs. What I like about this garden is that it has some unique features and a soft zen-like ambiance. The first photo is very inviting with a bench where you can sit and admire the flowers or perhaps listen to the birds landing in the little bird house to the left near the fence. Why don't you sit down and stay for a while and I'll show you around the garden.


This is a trellis with pink peonies and climbing pink roses. I love how the soothing green color of the trellis fits within the colors of the garden. Does a trellis count as a fence?


This is a close up shot of the pink roses on the trellis. Notice how I used the "rule of thirds" to divide the photograph into three sections with a focus on the middle blooms.


This is a bird bath in the midst of evergreen shrubs and more climbing plants on another fence. I like how the fence forms a grid with the siding in the background. More soft greens. The birds must love it here! And so do I! Don't you?


Here are some interesting looking flowers. I have no idea what they are, but to me, they look like giant lollipops, maybe blueberry flavor? I'm sure my very informative blogger friend who blogs at Floral Friday Fotos at http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/ will know what they are! Sharing my photo with this lovely site as well.


To the right of the lollipop flowers, there is an interesting blue structure, which fits nicely within the garden. I don't know why but this reminds me of the Eiffel Tower (sort of).


Here is another fence, which I shot from above to get a view of the flowers through it.


Along the same fence, there are more colorful shrubs and gorgeous pink flowers. I just had to show you this whimsical garden light, which looks like a mushroom!



And lastly, this is sort of a gate behind the shrubs. It's next to a mural made of tiles with some adorable images that look like children's drawings. Enjoy the garden tour in beautiful, Chappaqua, New York, and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wild Roses


big city forest--
wild roses unmask red petals;
peaceful oasis

 ~ ~ ~


I had a lot of fun combining all the prompts from three different sites and coming up with a photograph and haiku that mention all three topics! I took this today at Madison Square Park in New York City on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Enjoy the photos and haiku!

For more oases in the city, please check out my post, "Urban & Natural," at http://loredana-donovan.blogspot.com/2012/04/urban-natural.html.

Linking with Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/ (prompt: "forest"); with Haiku Heights at http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/ (prompt: "mask"); and with The View From Right Here at http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/ (prompt: "wild").

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sunset on the Lake


Tonight, I'd like to introduce you to a river town, Tarrytown, New York, which is only 10 miles away from my hometown of Pleasantville and about 25 miles from New York City. Tarrytown is on the Eastern Bank of the Hudson River, and is the historic hometown of author Washington Irving. It's a very vibrant and beautiful river town so close to us to enjoy. My husband and I went for a romantic walk along the Tarrytown lake tonight, and I took several pictures of the sunset on the lake. A beautiful evening with great views.

It just so happens that two of my favorite sites have a perfect theme for my photograph. The inspiring topic this week at a creative site, Friday My Town Shoot Out! at   http://mytownshootout.blogspot.com/ is "silhouetted." I captured the shrubs, the side of a small building on the left, as well as the trees in the background silhouetted against the bright light of the sunset. Also, another inspiring topic at an equally creative site, Pixel Dust Photo Art at http://www.pixeldustphotoart.com/ is "horizon." And there it is, the horizon on  the Tarrytown lake. I'm contributing my photo to these two wonderful sites.

Enjoy the photo and may all your sunsets be beautiful in your part of the world!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fashionably Late


ready in an hour--
little black dress and red shoes,
moonlit rendezvous

~ ~ ~

Just a little fun and lighthearted haiku and photo. This week's prompt at Haiku Heights at http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/ is "hour." I took this photograph today inside Grand Central Station in New York City. It's the new window display for spring fashion at Kenneth Cole. I'm contributing my photo to The View From Right Here at http://www.theviewfromrighthere.com/blog/ for the "Weekly Top Shot" challenge, where this week's theme is "shopping." I just love New York fashion, don't you?

With a dress like this, I think I might as well be fashionably late.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lovely Lilacs


Does anybody know
why the sun rises every morning?
No matter what the day brings,
it still wakes me gently at dawn

Does anybody know
why an evergreen keeps on holding on?
No matter what rain or snow,
it still stands tall by me

Does anybody know
why a tiny seed grows into a flower?
No matter what shape or color,
it still blossoms within

Oh, I know why:
it's simply because I'm loved



After writing a lot of haiku in the month of April, I'm back jamming with my poetry friends at Poetry Jam at http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/. This week's prompt is to write a poem that starts with "Everybody knows," or "Nobody knows," or "Does anybody know." I chose the latter and I had fun writing this poem in free verse. I took these photos in the park today, and I thought they would go with the poem: evergreens and flowers. I believe these are creamy purple lilacs. The scent was wonderful as I was taking the pictures. I'm contributing my photos to one of my favorite sites, Floral Friday Fotos at http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/. Enjoy the photos and poem, and remember that you are loved, always!