Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One Pale Star

One pale star
in an eggshell blue sky
just before twilight...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mountain Road in Autumn: Beautiful, Deep Color

Mountain Road in Autumn

I'm always so moved by the beautiful, deep contrasts in color of trees in the mountains during the fall; not just the brilliant displays, but the myriad soft nuances of each hue. This photo inspires me. I love the deep blue of the mountains, with the sunlit greens and pinks just peeping out between the rust red and deep juniper-green colored trees. The pale gray of a hardwood that has lost its leaves has a slight shimmer, like dull silver or platinum. The road is a mellow blue, curving off around the trees into the foothills. I was about to drive past this mountain road near Cool Springs, but the colors beckoned to me... I turned down the road and took several pictures, inspired by the lovely autumn colors. The landscape always makes me want to paint!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Morning Glories from my Mural

morning glories from mural
Morning Glories from Mural by D.K. Pritchett

The morning glories are from my mural ~ one of my biggest projects. It included so many different elements: town and country scenes, with mountains, trees, animals, and stores with toys and treats. It took about a month of actual working days. I've blogged the experience on The Talking Artist. Here's a link to just the mural posts...

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mma Ramotswe: My New Favorite Detective

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1)The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the most original tea-and-crumpets mystery I've read in awhile. In this case, the tea is bush tea and the preferred delicacy (which Mma Romotswe simply cannot resist) is mopani worms. That's because it's set in Africa ~ Botswana, to be precise. The mystery is secondary to the character of the detective, Mma Ramotswe, an honest, far-sighted soul, who is very effective in her newfound business of detecting. Her story is told with delightful humor. Careful, though ~ the book is full of sudden, sly insights that sneak up all at once and stab at your heart. Mma Ramotswe is my new favorite detective. I don't think I can stop at one book.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cohutta Springs History

Cohutta Springs is a historic community in Murray County, Georgia. Though a once thriving town disappeared into the forest, the old historic town of Cohutta Springs is not completely forgotten...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Old Summerour

What a magical trip to work it was, this midsummer morning. Dusk made the sky slightly pink and the mountains a pale blue. There was a light mist lying along the hollows and bottoms. Raindrops, still clinging to the tall grass and wildflowers, caught my high beams, and a little rabbit risked his skin, darting across the road. The old road is familiar to me ~ I've travelled it many and many a time. The curves of it are like an old familiar tune. I come to a stop at Old Summerour Road, where the pretty old cemetery quietly beckons ~ reminding me that we are mortal, in spite of the immortal beauty of the place. Next is the oasis, I call it, where an odd little island of trees looms lush and black against the morning sky. Then, one of my old familiar landmarks, a line of hanging gourds, home to martins and a gardening tradition dating back to the Moravians, or maybe even the Cherokee. I climb the hill, watching for deer, to a secret, lovely lake, still as a mirror, with the mist just discovering the morning sun. It creeps away as I step out of the car, keys jangling, my mind already turning to my morning cuppa...

from: Southern Muse Journal (my blog)
(Post of June 18, 2010)