Friday, April 29, 2016

Focus on You

You all have outdone yourselves this month with your Spring Color photos! It was impossible to choose one to feature each week and this week is no exception, so I made it easier and chose two! First is this gorgeous shot by Janice Johnson.


The beautiful pale pink of the flowers is the perfect setting for a Monarch just stopping by to have her photo taken!  You can see more of Janice's beautiful images on her Photostream

And this shot by Maria (echie52) with the lovely pink wax flowers, beautiful depth of field and perfect quote captured my heart as soon as I saw it.  The perfect shot to finish off our springtime theme! You can see more of Maria's photos on her Photostream.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Flickr group this month. It's always such a pleasure to see the photos you have taken. Thanks for sharing them with us!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shades of Gr..?

by Linda



hah! Caught you looking!

I bet you were thinking about that book that my daughter won't let me read! So I don't know what all the fuss is about. (fingers crossed behind back)

While you get your mind out of the gutter, (I'll wait), this is really going to be about shades of color. Specifically, green.


As a child, I was pretty much a pure color kid. I always wanted the biggest box of crayons but only used about 4. The three primary colors because the sky was BLUE, the sun was YELLOW and RED was my favorite color, and always the shortest crayon in my box. (I have since matured and moved on from red, sadly my mother did not think purple was an appropriate color to paint my room, but I doubt if she would have liked red any better) If I wanted to color grass, it was GREEN.


There was always all these "other" colors in the box with weird names. As well as lots of colors with mixed up names like blueish green and my particular thorn in my side spring green.

Spring green. What is that? I would often try to use it but it always looked too yellow. My grass looked like it was dying a slow death in the heat of summer. Who made up this color? It was terrible. But I couldn't leave it alone. I kept trying to use it on something.


Then I grew up. Suddenly a whole new world of color exploded before my eyes. Every color changed and became something close to what I remember but a completely new experience. A feast for my eyes. I felt like I must have been color blind my entire life because now, seemingly everywhere I turned, a new shade of a familiar color revealed itself!

I found spring green! And I love it! It is a yellow-green and it is much more than just a color. It has become a sign of growth and new life and hope that is spring.

I love it!

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But purple is still my favorite color.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Coloring Book of Spring

by Deanna

Each month we here at Focusing On Life chose a theme for the month.  We each have an opportunity to pick a theme that appeals to us individually. Since my month to choose was April, I naturally went for the first idea that came to my mind.....Spring colors.  We here in the Midwest sometimes don't see many colors until late April or sometimes even into May depending on the length and breadth (that means just how damn cold it was) of our winter.  But golly, for the first time in several winters we had a rather mild one, not too lengthy and not to brief.  Our colors began poppin' early this month, and now all of our Spring colors are blooming and some are, sad to say already gone.  Spring has been glorious this year and thus I present to you a coloring book (because I have so many images you will definitely think this is a book) of our Spring colors.

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle....a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
                                                                                                                   ~  Barbara Winkler

First the pinks....from the lovely magnolias to the cherry blossoms, to the crab apple and the redbuds.



"Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day."
                                                                                                                                    ~  W. Earl Hall



"If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall."  ~  Nadine Stair



And the oranges and yellows.....





This was a orange/peach color quince but when I uploaded it to blogger it changed the color, blogger has also changed many of the pinks to almost purples.  Anyone else having this issue??  Technology, it's great when it works the way you expect, but this is discouraging.  (Sorry about the complaint in the middle of this post, but I have never had that happen to me in the past)


We can't forget the white blossoms that are as stunning as the colors....


"Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment."  ~  Ellis Peters



And finally, the lilacs are in bloom.  Really early for these beauties to be bursting. I wonder what May will bring since the colors of April have been so dazzling.


I think this quote from Virgil A. Kraft pretty well sums up my feelings on Spring.....

"Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world."


 
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