Tag Archive | Leila Arboretum

5 Days of Simplicity

 Beauty or Gratitude? 

I was going to post something else today but I wanted to share my experience of this past weeks new daily seriesSimple Beauty.” I was also itching to share some of the other pics I took each day. 

 

Can you see what the sun’s rays in the top left picture form? ❤ I couldn’t believe it!

During this nature walk, I was particularly drawn to what I call theunder glowof leaves. That and the way light moved across and through the environment. 


Each time I took part of the day to find something beautiful, I did. In the top left leaf here, you can see another heart that was possibly made by a bug 😉 . 

My trip to the lake was immersed in the curiosity of the wind and water’s movements…(I think this is my favorite picture of Odin too 😉 ).

The remaining pictures from yesterday and today’s walk were also begging to have their debut. Light, color, shadow and composition… are truly fun to capture.

 

I was nervous at the creation of this new series, scared to commit to something fun, scared to commit to myself, and I think scared of not be able to find beauty in each day… But what is beauty really? An appreciation of something, gratitude towards something perhaps? All I know is that since I’ve made a commitment each day I find myself smiling more, laughing more, creating more, and overall taking notice of each passing minute in my life. These little moments each day have opened up a lot more than just my senses… and for that I am GRATEFUL ❤ !

 

Next week’s post will be about one the affects the daily prompts have had on me. If you want an idea of what it will be about check out a previous post from 2015, Artist Date Turned Project. See you soon!

Embraced Within the Fog


A Choice

I was driving home after a wonderful morning with a friend when I noticed how much the fog had enveloped everything. I thought how cool the pictures would be at the arboretum. Almost passing up this moment because I didn’t have my good camera, I decided my phone’s camera would be good enough. The moment was here and I didn’t want it to slip away  just because the pictures wouldn’t turn out “Perfect“. I’m glad I did because I would have missed out on soo much fun and love.

 

 

Towards the middle of my adventure I made one of my famous snow hearts ❤ ❤ Odin had a good time too 😉 ~ ❤ We even came across deer tracks, which Odin followed enthusiastically. The rest of my time out and about though was pretty much absorbed in silence.

 



When I left the arboretum I picked up where I left off at home. I grabbed my camera and went out to my favorite spot.


My connection with this tree is beyond words ❤ ! I’m not sure which one I like best, lol.

 

A Reflection From Nature

The top left was at the end of the day at my mother’s house. At any other angle this rock looks nothing like a heart! The top right and bottom left were after my favorite tree. The last heart is a deer’s footprint in the snow, at the right perspective 😉 .

As I walked back nature reflected my snow heart, from earlier, back at me four times the amount of love that I gave ;). I’m really glad I didn’t let the fear of my phone’s camera not being good enough get in the way of all that I experienced today. If you ever feel the need to capture or express anything, take that moment…. the choice is yours~ ❤ !

 

Nature Walk: 4/22/17

 

There is nothing like going to the arboretum to calm the senses. This time I took my mother with me ❤ .

 

 

When taking pictures, I made a point to get the name tags of our subjects. 

 

 

My mothers muse was the weeping Higan cherry.

 

 

These delicate pink flowers made me giddy and feel like a girly girl again, lol.

 

 

And mine was the Cucumber Magnolia.

 

 

We had others as well but…

 

 

We both came back to the Higan cherry one last time before we left.

 

 

All I can say from this experience is that when you feel drawn to visit a place in nature, follow your heart and go. And if anyone else comes to mind, they may want to go too 😉 ❤ .

 

Monday Moments:

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From a distance I thought the glowing red I saw were leaves that had changed color. When I got closer I knew I found my muse…

 

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(This is why going to arboretums is nice, I don’t have to try and identify my subjects from a book or Google, lol.)

 

Monday Moments: Just One

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There is always one picture out of the many photos I take during a walk that seems to pull more than the others. This was the one from my mother and I’s outing yesterday. ^_^

 

Weekend Walk

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I went on another photography walk with my friend Jenna a few weeks ago. This time we went to Leila Arboretum. We visited the Fantasy Forest and walked around in search of our muses :). 

 
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We were drawn to the variety of colors and textures of different tree trunks.

 
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We were fascinated by this one tree… I just forgot to look at it’s tag to see what type it was. It reminded me of a large rose bush, but with pine cones instead of flowers. The other picture on the bottom right was a different tree as the sun began to set.

 

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As another walk came to a close, I thought “I am grateful of my friend and these weekend walks. I feel this is just what I have needed to get me back out into nature ^_^.”

 

Fall in Love

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year and the color display in Michigan is breath taking, so as a little project for myself I’m going to create the mini-series “Fall in Love.” For the next week I’ll share pictures of Autumn from the past and present.
 
Today’s pictures are of our walk last weekend with our dog (Bear) at Leila Arboretum, in Battle Creek, Michigan.

 
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I was hypnotized by all the colors in the sky.
 
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Had it not been for my boyfriend, whom pointed at the ground, I would have missed these goldie-locks at my feet.
 
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I rearranged them a bit with a smile across my face, and told him “this is for you.” ~ ❤
 

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Battle Creek’s Fantasy Forest

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Into the Artistic Woods

As a weekend refresher I stopped by Leila Arboretum and caught some great pics of the new Fantasy Forest. The ash trees were killed by Emerald Ash Borers, but artists across the US helped give the trees new life. I was amazed by the difference in each artist’s style and grateful to see families out enjoying the pieces. I had a wonderful time and plan on going back out again.

 

Enjoy the video below~My favorite was the one with the swing ^_^.

 


 

Unexpected Artist Date

While running a quick errand for my father, I decided to stop and eat an amazing black bean burger at Players Bar and Grill, then drop into the local Arboretum. I was going to have my artist date later in the week, but the timing and weather was too perfect to pass up. Since I had my camera with me I thought “why not?”

 

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I found a new setting on my camera (extreme close-up) and had a great time playing around with different angles ^_^.

 

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Leaves and Things

I captured my palm tree friend after seeing their sad umbrella tops. As I walked around in the grass I found the design of a decaying leafs’ veins intriguing. The one below gave me a sense of fun and play as if the budding leaf were a fairy ready to dance. The other pictures unmentioned had appealing color compositions such as: cool colors, complimentary colors, and contrast of light and dark.

 

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Do You See What I See?

Towards the end of my Artist Date I looked down and saw little hearts here and there upon my jeans. Yet another good day~ ❤

 

P.S. Thank you dad for giving me the opportunity to have a wonderful day 😉