Photo 101: Day 13: Moment and Motion

Among the things that last a mere moment, and are most often in motion, are bubbles. My grandchildren love to blow bubbles and watch them float away on the breeze. We found a bubblemaking toy at the store, which produces clouds of bubbles. Take one bubble machine,  a bit of a breeze, and a camera and here’s what you get:IMG_0315


These look like slinkys.

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These bubbles look like they contain  small  flowers



A sudden gust of wind and watch them fly…


Staying in Focus: Focus On: Just Add a Little Soap and Water

This past weekend was a shenanigan weekend at our house. In other words, the grandkids were coming to visit. We started calling them shenanigans when my son asked what shenanigans were planned for an upcoming weekend with them , and I replied, “The shenanigans will arrive about 1:00 on Saturday.”  So now they are our little shenanigans. Not so little, anymore though. We celebrated Evelyn’s 9th birthday this weekend. I truly do not know where the time has gone.

When they arrived, Evelyn opened her presents, and then wanted to spend some of her birthday money. We took her to Toys are Us. She is very careful with her money. She wanted to buy something, but didn’t want to use her money unless she found something she really liked. I spied these Skylander figures that I knew she and Gavin both liked. and to her delight, there was  a special sale – buy one, get one 40% off. So she bought one for herself and one for her brother, and spent only half her money. She said she couldn’t wait to see the look on Gavin’s face when she gave him his surprise. We stopped to pick up dinner at Noodles and Company and headed home. Gavin didn’t let her down. I wish I had thought to have the camera ready, but Evelyn made him close hie eyes, and the look of surprise and delight on his face when he opened them was award-winning.

Later we had ice cream for dessert, played outside for a while at Gavin’s suggestion because, as he said, it was  such a beautiful day,  and then it was bedtime. On Sunday, I made a big breakfast, and then we made terrariums. Part of Evelyn’s birthday gift was a week of learning about plants and gardening at the Arboretum, which she really enjoyed, so she was thrilled to make her own terrarium. It was another 90 degree day, so we had a plant-mister water fight, and that’s where the soap and water comes in. They love to put their bathing suits on and run through the “splashy ball”, with the bubble machine going full blast.

When we came inside, I guess she hadn’t had enough of soap and water, as she requested a bubble bath in my big garden tub. We ate lunch, we played a card game we gave her for her birthday called Spot it, which was great fun and wound up the festivities with the Game of Life.

Needless to say, both Bill and I collapsed on the couch and watched the end of the Braves game before putting things back in order, coiling up the hose and putting the bubble machine away, until those shenanigans return to add a little soap and water to their fun.

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Staying in Focus: Daily Prompt: Don’t Miss the Magic

Daily Prompt: You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?

Don’t Miss the Magic

One really doesn’t have to be a mystical being to experience magic, for magic is all around us, unfolding every day; but were I a mystical being, my task would be simple:  to open people’s eyes to the magic that surrounds them.

There is magic in the rising sun IMG_8448as it heralds the break of day. There is magic in the wisps of fog, which wreathe a distant mountaintop, and in crystal dew, shining like diamonds in the morning sun.

There is magic in the delicate wings of a butterfly Photo05_3and the intricate veins of a leafIMG_8125

There is the magic of birdsong in the morning, and in the mystery of the stars in the evening sky. There is magic in the velvet petal of a rose,IMG_0015 - Copy
in the first flower of spring and the vibrant leaves that dress the trees in autumn splendor.IMG_2260

I see magic in the very existence of bubbles,

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My Whale Ivory

My Whale Ivory


and whales.

 There is magic in birth, the creation of life; the soft touch of a newborn baby’s skinevelyn2and in a hug from a 20130828_190029great grandchild. 

Where would we be without the magic of family?coyle family

and friendship:

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Don’t let it slip by unrecognized. Take time to see it, feel it and enjoy it for momentary is our life and elusive the magic it brings.

Focus On: How To Spend a Sunday Afternoon

Today was grandkids day and did we have fun! We planted flowers in pots, played with bubbles, went to the neighborhood park and finished up at their dad’s house for a spaghetti supper!

Here is a photo journal of our day:                                      058054 063 064              Planting008001



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Focus On: Bubbles

I never know where the inspiration for a new post is going to come from.  Who would have guessed it would come from a small plastic invention I purchased for my grandchildren for Easter? The worth of this little invention is immediately apparent to any grandparent  shanghaied into blowing bubbles for their grandchildren to chase,  for what seems like hours at a time. Now, instead of ordering an oxygen machine, grandparents can sit back, and with the flip of a switch, breathe easy as this little machine spits out a gazillion bubbles at a time.

In addition, as anyone who has ever spent a lazy summer afternoon blowing bubbles as  a child knows, it is one of life’s great de-stressors.  There’s something about watching  these little globes of psychedelic colored soap float effortlessly up into the sky and disappear that has a calming effect on us. And bubble attraction is ageless, as this photo of Gavin and Great- Nana found when playing with bubbles recently.

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With this clever little machine, you can become  a part of the show, as it spits bubbles out so fast you are literally surrounded by them, amazed at their delicate beauty. I don’t know why, but I feel the presence of faerie folk when surrounded by bubbles.Something not exactly of this world. Where do those bubbles go when they climb into the sky?

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bubbles take to the sky

Bubbles also have an important lesson to teach. No matter how short an existence, how delicate a nature, how basic a design, one can bring beauty to the world in  ways as simple as a small bubble sitting on a rock wall. You see, as soon as I purchased this wonderful invention, the photographer inside me shook free of its winter stupor and encouraged me to grab my camera and show just how much fun people at any age can enjoy bubbles. Enjoy my bubble adventure!

It's raining bubbles!

It’s raining bubbles!

a bubble armada

a bubble armada

crystal clear view

crystal clear view

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Bubble Christmas lights

Bubble Christmas lights

Butterfly bubble

Butterfly bubble

Another thrill seeker on the edge

Another thrill seeker on the edge

bubbles on the edge

bubbles on the edge

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