Mandalove

Occasionally, I indulge my love of symmetry and play with making mandalas and kaleidoscopes.  Like these:
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Leaf and Lotus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one created from illustrations of leaves in 19th C botanical art.
Or this one below, made from a photo I shot of some vintage pearls:
Pearl Mandala
Pearl Mandala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And…. dreamed up out of my foggy head:
Eastern Nouveau
Eastern Nouveau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this, I think is my favorite at the moment:
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Tree of Life and Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have favorite mandalas you’ve saved on Pinterest or We Heart It, send me your link so I can share them!

Follow Deb’s board Eastern Influence – Mandalas and Symbols on Pinterest.

To see more of mine, visit me at:
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/9-deborah-smith.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=217056

Or view a variety of divine geometry in the mandala gallery on Fine Art America:  mandala posters for sale

 

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Random February Snaps

It has been a loooong winter!  If you live in the northern, northern hemisphere, I don’t need to tell you that!  

The month of February was especially painful for those of us who long for spring like a little kid wishing for Christmas morning.  

I did manage to get out once or twice for photo expeditions and thought I’d share a few of the results with you.  With luck, the next batch will be full of spring blossoms!

 (As always click on the image and click again to view it full size.)Foggy Panorama with Eagle

Foggy Panorama with Eagle

  I took the first photo in an attempt to capture that little tree lined peninsula out in the river on a very foggy February morning. I was aware of a bird crossing the frame which I assumed was a Pelican. When I reviewed the shot later, much to Mr. Occam’s dismay, it was a Bald Eagle with a fish that was almost as big as he was! My kind of surprise. :)

Moon rising over the marsh.
Moon rising over the marsh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd photo was also a consolation prize. We could hear an Owl in the trees down by the marsh just before sunset and ran down to try and spot him. Alas, no luck, but the rising moon was impressive. :)

Pink Perfection
Pink Perfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it wouldn’t be February if there were no Camellias! These hardy blooms have had a hard time staying fresh between freezes, but there were a few good intervals. This is one known as Pink Perfection, and I think the name is self-explanatory.

 

Only 6 more days until the Spring Equinox! Hang in there. :)

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Beginning and Endings: Georgetown County Images

A few recent photos from my home town and surrounding areas with a sort of a theme; beginnings and endings. Enjoy!  (Click on any image to see it full size.)

At Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown County, S. Carolina.
At Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown County, S. Carolina.
The sea wears on the walls built to protect vacation homes on Debordieu Beach, Georgetown County, S. Carolina
The sea wears on the walls built to protect vacation homes on Debordieu Beach, Georgetown County, S. Carolina
A fisherman tries to catch breakfast in the midway inlet, Pawleys Island, S. Carolina.
A fisherman tries to catch breakfast in the midway inlet, Pawleys Island, S. Carolina.
A couple strolls at sunrise on the wide beach at Pawleys Island, S. Carolina.
A couple strolls at sunrise on the wide beach at Pawleys Island, S. Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Photo Haiku #8

As the countdown indicates, we’ve not quite reached the first day of summer, but since it’s been over 100 F in Deb Land the past few days, I hereby declare that summer haikus, 2014 may commence!

That said:

“the marsh is a stage in the shape of the wind

cat-tail top hats nod

approving of soft rush ballerinas”

Marsh sunrise off Winyah Bay
Marsh sunrise off Winyah Bay
Moon and marsh
Moon and marsh

Pee Dee River Egret

Summer Sunrise and Fog
Summer Sunrise and Fog

 

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Todd Kincannon should grow some empathy & common sense.

Momentary departure from photography for a sec.  This Todd Kincannon tweet occurred 2 days ago and thanks to Steve Marmel, (@Marmel) I saw it this morning.

But 2 days from now, I’m sure I will still be trying to forget this disgusting representative of SC GOP and his complete lack of empathy or even basic decency and common sense.

Pro-gun or not, this is beyond the pale.  How low can our political discourse get? C’mon, people!

Hey Todd! Insensitive much?

“I have fantasies about how my child will die.” – @Todd__Kincannon So sad. pic.twitter.com/a2gK7HrL64

— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) May 27, 2014

Embedded image permalink PS: So proud that Kincannon is from my home state. NOT.

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Sunday Serenity Photos

The “Sunday Shows” get me riled up.  It occurs to me that others may have the same level of anxiety after listening to politicians who, quite frankly, seem to be insane. 

Remedy for us all: two of my most serene shots from the past week. Enjoy!  Breathe deep. :)

Harbor Rest - Sampit R, Georgetown, SC
Harbor Rest – Sampit R, Georgetown, SC
Just opened Southern Magnolia blossom
Just opened Southern Magnolia blossom

Hope you feel calm and serene! Thanks for visiting. Peace. Photography Prints
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Bright Yellow Wake-up Call

Good Morning!

As I post this, it’s not yet 7 on a Sunday morning after a very, very long Saturday day and night.

As I begged the coffee to take effect, I was downloading some garden shots from my camera and these yellows refreshed my tired eyes. I hope they will do the same for you if you are in need. :)

Straight out of the camera with just some cropping and brightness adjustments. Enjoy!

Big Time Happy
“Big Time Happy” daylily.
The first Marigold
The first Marigold

psst! I think this 3rd one’s my favorite.

Tiny blossoms with a tiny-er admirer.
Tiny blossoms with a tiny-er admirer.

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It really is Spring!

This is true:
phloxHowever, .. it will happen!  Here in the southern USA, it already has. :)

So today I’ve added my favorite day to the home page countdown: Summer Solstice! Those of you who know me or my blog know that I L-O-V-E summer!

So,…what’s this solstice thing? According to the Farmer’s Almanac:


The word SOLSTICE is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).


This year it happens on June 21st, at 651AM EDT. The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. By then, I should have lots of these little guys in the garden.

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In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.

This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.


Don’t you love that?

The reliable Farmer’s Almanac has a list of 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer

And if you decide to throw a party on the big day- and I think you should – I hope you’ll take a look at my Solstice greeting and invitation cards on Zazzle!

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The Iceman must Go-eth!

For my friends in northern climes who are literally buried in ice and snow and my southern friends experiencing this unusual cold, and rare wintry precip,    take heart – 36 days til the Spring Equinox! 

I know – 36 seems like A LOT of days right now, so meanwhile, I continue to try to spread light and color for all my fellow S.A.D. sufferers.

Here is today’s offering, and for a look back at some from last winter, here are links to 3 oldies-but-goodies:

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http://debinsc.pixity.com/?p=2796Yellow Chrisanthemum in bright morning light.Yellow Chrisanthemum in bright morning light.Lotus Lake MorningLotus Lake Morning

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Saturday morning ritual

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