I like tires. I really do. I like that they are on my vehicle which takes me places I need to go. But I don't like buying new ones, especially when I go to get an oil change and come home with two new tires I wasn't planning on. Oh well, I guess no one is ever happy when a tire purchase is part of his/her day!
This week is the week of vacation bible school at my church. A little birdie told a VBS director that I like to make mosaics, so when they planned to do a mosaic craft, they asked if I would help. And I am glad to do it. The 4th and 5th grade girls (about 40 of them) had a blast gluing the little tiles onto the crosses. They did a really good job. And tomorrow we grout!
My son's piano teacher came over today for my son's lesson. His car suffered some significant damage in last week's hailstorm, so I took a picture of it. At first, the pictures were looking pretty boring. Then I got an angle that looked kind of cool. The tree in my yard was reflecting in the hood and at a certain angle, these swirls showed up. It kind of reminds me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.
These little dahlberg daisies look so dainty, but don't let looks deceive you. These little flowers can take our Texas heat. They actually start growing better when it gets really hot. (I was going for really shallow depth of field, but still had trouble getting sharp focus where I wanted it.)
Tonight's dinner was meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy and fresh green beans. Normally this is considered comfort food eaten in January or February, not in June. But I'm pretending that it's not 104 degrees outside!
I was uninspired today, so just started playing with the camera. This time I zoomed and attempted a swirl. That's the part that I have trouble with. Got the start of one. And I wish I'd tried it earlier in the day when there was more light. This is actually a mosaic turtle that I have in the backyard. You can see a hint of the texture on the right.
Our dog has lots of dog "stuff". From front to back, rawhide bone, squeaky monkey toy (his fave), fuzzy squeaky weasel toy, rawhide bone, pillow. You'd think we had a toddler! There is lots of noise in this photo, due to the low light.
I don't know the real name of this plant, but we used to call these cattails. I have memories of them at the Colorado River (the one that is the California/Arizona border), where my family spent a lot of time during the summers. But these are here in Flower Mound, TX. Technically, it's not summer yet, but it sure has felt like it around here with temps just above 100 degrees. But this evening it cooled off a bit and there was a breeze as I walked around this park and pond.
This is the place I go to buy MDF crosses. They have all shapes and sizes. They have other shapes as well, but mostly crosses. I found them on Etsy, but then learned that their shop is only 15 minutes from my house! For anyone interested, you can find the shop on Etsy. Name is Mr. Woody.
Some say that zinnias are old fashioned flowers. The zinnia was indeed my dad's favorite flower. There are new varieties that are popular today, but I like the tall ones that are started from seeds. These are in my backyard. I've been playing in Photoshop Elements. On this, I just changed the blend mode to soft light. Gave it a bit of a punch that I like.
Tonight when the sprinkler system came on, the birds came out! They were so cute, playing in the puddles created and even standing where they could get sprayed. So some like a bath; some like a shower. I had a blast watching them. I know where I'm going to be at 7 p.m. when I'm home. This little guy had just had a bit of a shower before he flew off. (added texture45 by ellenvd on flickr)
These are some of the kids at marching band practice. Just a taste for them of what's to come in the fall. I love marching band season and am looking forward to it. This is not the greatest shot. I wanted to get out of my car, lie down on the ground and take a photo of their feet. But there weren't a lot of parents around when I was there, that I could blend in with, so I decided not to embarrass my son. This photo depicts two aspects of marching band practice - sun and pavement!
I love these coreopsis plants. We have two of them in the front yard. I like how the petals are tubular. This evening when I was taking photos in the front yard, I was laying on my belly in the grass, and wouldn't you know it, the sprinklers came on!