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Crush

I’ve got a bit of a crush on lens flares.

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I’ve been trying to soak up as much sunshine as I can this summer. Well, not literally. I’m still as white as snow. (My coworkers don’t call me Snow White because I talk to animals. At least, that’s not the only reason.)  I just really love the summer sun, and I want it to last forever. My relationship with winter has relatively recently turned sour, and I’ve really been dreading its return. I kind of wish I could extend this season, summer, just a little longer. It’s been nice so far, it just seems to be running out too fast.

Most of my projects- digital art, crochet patterns, and the like- have been back-burnered in favor of just coasting through the summer days, trying to enjoy it while I can. I’m not quite ready to give of my summer vacation yet. And I figure since fall doesn’t officially arrive for another month I don’t have to.

YOU HEAR THAT TREES? IT’S NOT FALL YET SO STOP CHANGING COLORS.

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Lookin’ Up

Yes, this is another flower photo post. I COULDN’T HELP IT.

Lookin Up by Karissa Cole 2014

I saw these yesterday while out walking and made a beeline for ’em, camera in tow. I have discovered that I really suck at landscape photography, but I don’t do too poorly with these kind of up-close shots, I think. Guess I’m more details than big picture.

My Week in Review

In hindsight I realize that deciding to make a full week’s worth of posts all in one was not my brightest idea ever..It’s not my dumbest idea, but it’d be on that list somewhere.

Alrighty. So, last week marked the first official day of my summer, as far as I’m concerned; Thursday, the 15th, was the last day of work for the spring semester @ school (for me anyway).  I have to say, I am ready to greet the summer (which I do realize doesn’t actually start ’til 6/21) with open arms. Tilting my face back toward the sun, enjoying the warm air, being surrounded by lush trees and greenery is something I have discovered I quite love. Of course, it would be easier for me to enjoy the warmth and the sun if, you know, it actually was warm and sunny. But the gloomy-ish weather isn’t getting me down (much). Besides, it certainly is warm. Topped near 80° today, I think.

Anyway. I had all last week off and I set out to enjoy it. I recently bought a new camera and I’ve been fussing around with it a bit. Eventually I’m sure I’ll cave and actually read the manual. But that day is far off. For now I’m content to just press buttons and see what happens. Which is pretty much what I did all during my week off, as you shall soon see.

Saturday, last weekend, turned into a pretty nice day outside. At first it was dark and overcast in the morning, but by 3:00 it was warm and sunny (yay!). I needed to take a break from the computer junk I was working with, so I went for a walk. Naturally I took my camera:

Saturday walk by Karissa Cole 2014

And, okay, I know this next pic is only a weed, BUT I THOUGHT IT LOOKED COOL:

Wicked weed Karissa Cole photos 2014

I did, though, get the chance to try photographing some legitimate flora. During the week, I was helping my mum do some work in her (rather expansive) garden. I’m really no gardener -I can tell you what color a flower is, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge and capability when it comes to plants- so I was just there to move the gigantic bags of red mulch for her, and sneak a few quick shots of the surrounding-calming- trees and whatnot afterwards.

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I think it was yesterday, the clouds just looked so awesome. I tried taking some photos of the sky, but, what can I say, I’m still so amateur:

Look Up by Karissa Cole 2014

I was looking straight up, so in the photo on the right you can see a bit of telephone wire and pine tree. Ooops.

At one point, when I was at my mum’s garden, she encountered a little frog (which, I quote “scared the bejeebers” out of her). She called me over so I could try taking a few photos. It’s not something I get to see everyday. He (or she, I don’t know how you tell…) was pretty cool! While lying on the ground trying to snap shots, I found myself really wishing I had read that new camera manual…:

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So all these shots were just taken at my folks’ house. I’m still really excited to go on a real trip of my own, to a small state park, where I can enjoy more of this kind of thing. I was at this park once before, when I was sixteen or so. There were so many flowers of all kinds of colors and variety, winding trees like something out of a fairy tale, frogs, hummingbirds, a large lake, trails…I hope it’s all still as great as I remember. I am so looking forward to being somewhere NEW, I can’t even tell  you.

Other exploits of mine last week include shopping, hanging with some friends, and other general un-artsy things that I’d prefer to write about. I did, though, get the opportunity to use my cat as a wonderful test subject for more photography. One warm evening I caught him like this on my bed:

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I tell you, this is one of the most irritating (nonhuman)  creatures that I have ever encountered. Just earlier today while I was working, apparently not paying enough attention to him, he jumped onto the back of my desk chair, and started playing with my hair. And by playing I mean whacking, attacking, and licking. He also, somehow, learned how to use those big mutant paws of his to tap me on the shoulder when he wants attention. He’ll stand on this back paws, reach up, and tap my arm until I pet him. He drives me mad sometimes, BUT HE’S JUST SO CUTE. Seriously, I love this cat. But I digress.

These photos of my baby man (yes, that is what I call my cat) actually printed out pretty nice so they went right in my photo journal. Which brings me to one of the other things I’ve been doing during my week off, besides playing with my camera: SMASHING. I mentioned before that I picked up papercrafting and journaling as a hobby about a year ago. It’s a nice tactile creative outlet. I did up three new pages in my book during last week.

This one is my favorite thus far:

Summer SMASH page

In a sunny mood, I went through all the photos I’ve got just sitting around in my memory box and decided to give this one here a better home. I took this flower shot last year right around now, actually. Thought it was a nice way to help kick off my own personal first week of summer.

SO. That’s where I’m at now. I feel a bit lopsided, mainly blogging silly photo posts. I haven’t done much drawing, crocheting, or digital art lately. But I can’t seem to help it. For the most part the weather’s just been too inviting to spend the day inside toiling on the computer or whatever. Hmm. Maybe I should take a sketchbook or some yarn with me next time I go for a walk…

Who knows what this upcoming summer has in store :)

My Today

I have to admit to being extremely groggy today, so blog-writing might not be the best idea. But I figure typing will at least keep me from falling asleep at my computer. It may turn out that I lack enough brain power to type anything that makes even the remotest amount of sense, but I’m really just too tired to care.

So yesterday was my last day of work for the spring semester. It’s really all a bit of a blur now. For a while there it felt like life was just dragging on so slowly, but, now I can’t believe we’re halfway through May. Funny how that works..

It being my last day for the term I wanted to take some photos of the grounds because, for some reason, in the three years I’ve been working at this school, it’s something I’ve never done. There were actually some quite pretty flowers (and even weeds IMO) growing neatly by the pond along the road. I parked my car out of the way and went walking about.

My Today Flowers May 2014 by Karissa Cole all rights reserved

It was really nice to take some pictures off my home lot, even if it was just at work. It made me pretty psyched for real trips I can take this summer. It’s been a long time, it feels, since I’ve gone anywhere just to explore, just to get out of my own lonely simple world.

Since yesterday was my last day of work (at least for a week, until the summer semester starts, but summer work hours are pretty short anyway) I say this means it was also the first day of my summer. A last day, first day. Which made for a pretty nice photo journal page. At least, I thought so.

My Today Photo Journal page May 2014

With any luck, by the end of the summer this notebook will be full of pages and places and words and wanderings. I don’t plan on going anywhere all that special. I just want to leave the confines of home, I want to expand my world to include some of the things outside these four walls I spend so much time behind. I’m not exactly a fearless traveler, so it’s unlikely I’ll be going too far away from the familiar. But I really think there is awesome to be found right down the street. All I have to do is look and I’ll find plenty of great new things I’ve spent years just walking past without giving a second thought.

At least, that’s my hope :)

 

An Extended Family

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More garden-themed photos, as promised. Well, I pretty much just promised myself. But if you can’t keep your own word to yourself then I think you’re pretty much hopeless. Of course that’s besides the point. And I do have one. A point, I mean. Well, it’s not really a point, per se. Actually, it’s really more rounded, not very point-like at all. Too bad, too. If it weren’t so round maybe it wouldn’t have gotten away from me so easily…

So this flower-photographing has really become a habit of mine. These photos represent my little excursions from the past two days. For the most part I quite like these particular pictures. I can’t help but feel like something is lacking, though. There’s a little voice that says to me. “if they’re all good that means none of them are; they could be so much better than this.” This little voice crops up a lot in my life, I’ve noticed. I think it’s about time I silence it and just enjoy what I enjoy.

:D

a Beautiful Lie

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Another flower-themed photo post here. This seems to be turning into a habit. But I suppose it’s not so bad :)

I took these photos early last week. I love the sunshine, the bright blue sky, and the vivid colors of summertime. But today is one of the many dark, rainy, thundery days that’ve plagued my fleeting summer. So I thought if I posted some of the brightness from a few days ago, it’d carry me through this dark day.

All bloo–blooty? All blooty is bootyful.

It has come to my attention that time has been passing entirely without my permission. Summer is going by too fast for my liking. I MUST SAVOR EVERY MINUTE!

Hmm. I kinda sound like a complete spaz in that introductory paragraph, huh?

Today is an amazingly beautiful day, almost perfect. I don’t want it to end. Being the amateur photographer I am, I thought, as I often do, that it might be nice to take a few photos. I wish I had someplace to go, somewhere new that I could explore with my camera. But for the time being I’m confined, so, I just have to make do with what I have :)

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It’s all pretty fleeting. As soon as it comes it goes. I don’t think people were meant to live fast-paced lives. I think we were meant to go slow, to enjoy every minute.

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