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It is because of my father that I have a tremendous love for plants and flowers. It’s his fault I have more “favorite” plants and flowers than I can count.

And because of both of my parents I love animals the way I do.

My dad sent me these photos yesterday. I love that he loves to send me pictures of his flowers.

I love my dad. ♥ ♥ ♥

p.s. And I love my mom. ♥ ♥ ♥

When I’ve finally had the time and inclination to be outside taking pictures this week, Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

While I always prefer being outdoors taking pictures with natural backgrounds, I figured now was as good a time as any to learn something new; taking indoor glamour shots. You know, the ones where the subject looks like it’s sitting in a studio with professional equipment?

Guess what? It’s easy to do right at home. I still can’t believe I took this picture:

Don says the smell of Stargazer lilies reminds him of Bengay, but they evoke a sense of grandeur and opulence for me. One whiff and I’m at the Waldorf Astoria. I love, love, love Stargazer lilies, so I wanted the focus of my pictures solely on the flower, not our kitchen in the background.

Here’s how:

1. Move a table so that it butts right up against a window. You’ll be using only natural light here, no artificial light at all.

2. Tape tissue paper to the window. This allows natural light to wash in, but blocks the direct, harsh light.

3. Tape aluminum foil to the table. Be sure to smooth it all out.

4. Place your glamour object (flowers or cupcakes would be my favorites) on the table and snap away!

Really easy, and really fun.

And honestly, who doesn’t want to feel like a professional photographer at least once in their life?

3/24 Update: Check out Flartus’s glamour over at Flartopia.

I’ve felt a serious need for some color these last few weeks…

…so I hope you don’t mind that I pulled out some oldies but goodies to share with you today.

I feel better now. Do you? ♥


Spotted in downtown Albuquerque yesterday. A sure sign that spring is on its way:

“Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy.”

~ Anne Lindbergh