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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Creative Every Day Ponderings

The days seem to fly by without my writing anything about the CED challenge. This month's theme is Sound, and soon after I read this, I received a photo from Jill that fit the theme perfectly. What is more distinct than the cry of a newborn? And then before you know it that sound is different, not to return until another baby arrives. As you can see David doesn't mind this sound one bit!
The Sound of a Newborn
Then there's the sound of laughter, or at least my laughter, because that's what I did when I saw today's picture of Sophia wearing her new hat. I wonder what mischief she's planning?
Silly Sophia
April's theme was Color, and in thinking about that, I realized that my color choices are pretty predictable as you can see in Sophia's hat and sweater. So, one of my new goals is to expand my color horizons, and we'll see in the coming months whether or not I can do it.

The theme for May was nature, and despite the fact that I never posted anything, we enjoyed taking lots of photos with that in mind. I should say, Dick took the photos, and I chose the subjects. During the month of May, it was pretty easy to find lots of colorful examples of nature almost anywhere you looked.
Eastern Washington
The day Cascade Pass opened following its winter closure, we drove to Winthrop, WA, and were amazed by the yellow hills, covered with a daisy-like flower, and all the fruit trees in full bloom.
Melting Snow
The snow was still present at the top of the pass but elsewhere we saw lots of cascading waterfalls, the very kind that gave our mountains their name.

Our own yard had lots of hyacinth, crocuses, camelias along with lots of tiny little bunnies looking for snacks. The appearance of this trillium was a lovely surprise; I had so hoped it would survive the winter!
Late one afternoon we went for a walk at a park in Kent where we saw more skunk cabbage than we'd ever seen before.
Soos Creek
True to its name, it does smell rather like those furry black and white critters.
Pretty but smelly!
We also found this example of what happens in the rain forest where we live. The trees often are covered with moss or lichens, and sometimes its a struggle to see which will survive.
"Hairy" branches

The signs, colors and sounds of nature are all around us, just waiting to be noticed if we but take the time.


Susan Elliott said...

Daniel, David and Sophia all win the prize from me today! But...that is the HEALTHIEST skunk cabbage I have ever seen!! I always enjoy your pictures of lichen and mushrooms...yours are unparalleled, my dear!

BeadBag said...

Lovely photos.

Fünfzigerjahremädel said...

Thank you for the great fotos of nature,...but the best are the fotos of your grandchildren!I always notice your joy about them,when you tell little stories from their life!
All the best for the new born baby and your whole family,Ulla

Paula Hewitt said...

lovely - l love this kinds of posts. having never seen nor smelled a skunk I will take your word for it about the cabbage.

Barbara C said...

I enjoy your travel photos--even though there's pink in your knitting, your photos are full of greens. Of course they're full of cute grandchildren too.

spinndiva said...

Hello Judy!
Wonderful Pictures! :)
We were here yesterday:
It is right here not in Seattle!
It's small but if you happen to be here anyway, go see it! It's fun! :D


Rian said...

Such lovely photos. And I love the sound of a newborn baby letting the world know he or she is displeased!

spinndiva said...

Me again! :)
We seriously should exchange email addi's LOL (mine is on the sidebar of my blog ;)
anyway, if it was a scarf with a flowermotive on the bottom then it was mine yes :) You are welcome!
I think Karen does such a great job hosting those things! have you tried out the quilt dash? ( I think you are sewing too...)
Have a great day!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Lovely post. I especially like skunk cabbage - and it does get big around here doesn't it? I grew up in Southeast Alaska - where there are no skunks so when I smelled the skunk cabbage in the spring I didn't know we were supposed to dislike it - and I didn't. It can get strong - but we love to drive around in the spring to our favorite boggy areas to smell the skunk cabbage.