Thursday, December 29, 2011

Haiku Wednesday word prompt: Review...


Accept the Invitation: The Year in Review
by klr 

Cedar tips fill out
A warming gale blows leeward
Winter in our eyes

Let open the door, 
open the eastern window
Accept the invitation

We sing parting songs,
reviewing the best and worst
The pendulum shifts

There are no bookends
on the shelf of life and time,
only knowledge gained

To live simply and earthly, 
with passion to give, 
share, build, salvage, and renew

Friday, December 23, 2011

Noche Plateada...see below...

Or, silvery night...
Exploring the cosmos, especially the moon, is the theme of many a painting or photograph.  Here, I have collected just a few of many of the most Christmas-like or that remind one of a Holy Night.  Noche Plateada is also the name of a beautiful love song or Ranchera.  I  wish I had names to give credit to all the art.
Edward Streichen   The Pond

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Sugar Plum Memory...

My first contribution to the creative website in the focus 52 category...prompt for this week: in sweet memory...

by klr

Glowing memories
in flickering candle light
Grandpa nudges me
Christmas bells resonate,
birds announce the hour,
tricycle under the tree

Morning chore at hand 
as we step outside,
lacy white flakes kiss my face

The screen door squeaks to a close;
his wool wisky white beard
tickle my round red cheek
Sugarplums keep guard,

Silvery reminders of
long nights, years ago, 
the winters he carried me
to the old gray barn
through moon shadowed snow too deep

Time to milk the cow
A lantern lights the distance
from the front stoop to the barn
Mittened hands hold tight
around grandfather's shoulder

I wonder if he 
somehow watches o'er me
He had a nickname
for me that I loved so much:
"..hello, Sugarplum.." 
From that walk in the snow until
just before he passed,
he always called me his "Sugarplum"


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday...Preparation..

I've a list ready
of the preparations
for the finale'

Much ado about
champagne bubbles and music
a soiree' no less

by klr

Somehow I thought the word prompt for today's Haiku was Indulge, but I was mistaken;  I thought I would share this anyway...hope that's o.k, Jenn.

    Some prefer to binge
    minor indulgence aside 
    Think moderation

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Collage...

I got a bit behind this last weekend and am just now putting up the photos for Scavenger Hunt Sunday  You will see some unique Christmas photos entered there, perfect for home made cards and fun work published by really good photographers.  These are my contributions in response to the 5 categories or prompts that you can follow below:

1.    Less is More                          

A cherished porcelain angel, one of five given to me years ago.  This lone angel is the only one that has both wings intact due to young ones picking them up.  The crocheted lace doily was made by one of my grandmothers and it has been in the little frame for many years.  It is one of my favorite ornaments to display during Christmas.

2.  Christmas Lights - (I played over at Picnik for awhile to get the effects)   3. Ornament - Glass jar with little gold tree and snow inside and lace for a nice touch.    4.  A Cup of Cheer - I found these vintage cups and saucers on eBay last year and am looking forward to filling them with hot chocolate and marshmallows soon.   5.  The Nativity - a wee one with figures cemented onto a small 3" octagonal mirror made when we were in Girl Scouts in the 1950's. How fun to share them with you.   ;-)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Haiku Wednesday...Malice...

                             by klr

                    She meant no malice 
                    when she entered the palace
                    just to glimpse his face...

Join the fun!



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Missing photos...and mixed nuts...

Good morning,,,there were funny clouds out yesterday...a weather change around the corner, I think.

For those of you who stop by following a link or if you regularly visit the Eyrie and can't find pictures that go with a post it is because I inadvertently removed them from Google....some of the more technical aspects of having a blog cause me to misplace things or otherwise complicate matters.  I'm good now with the basics ;-)
I intend to re- post all photos but it will take awhile as I do only a couple per day and they are not as easy to find as I would like...thanks for understanding...any photos posted since Nov. 27 are  not effected.
The Christmas tree is going up today; it's the earliest I have ever put it up,  but I am in the mood.  I'll be back with more after the weekend as I have company to tend to.   Again, thanks for your continued support and comments on my blog....there's so much more to say!
BTW, I purchased the pink embroidered tablecloth in Ecuador.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3rd Haiku entry...Absence...


My heart grows sadder
knowing that you are absent
and distant from me

by klr

I cannot take credit for this photo.  It was taken from the web some time ago, but we can all relate, I think.

Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday...

First, I must tell those who are familiar with or who visit my blog that I made a huge mistake while fine tuning the template design yesterday!!  I accidentally removed most or all of my  blog photos!  I thought I was simply moving them from my profile page only ;- (  -  I have of course sent my request for help but it may not arrive quickly or I may have to start all over re- loading them to the previous 60 or so posts...grrr. I  will hope they can be retrieved more easily than going to all that work again.  Or, I will just begin again!  

And so today I found myself scavenging through past and present photos for something to submit for my first entry to this popular websites' challenge.  These will have to suffice as I am indeed needing to replenish my stash. The objective is to choose photos that show our interpretations of the 5 word prompts given this week:

1.  Waiting

Obviously this antique clown doorstop is waiting for a little boy or girl to buy one of his balloons...why do they have sad faces?  This photo is not original but is from an eBay seller's page.

2.  Foliage

I am ignorant of this tree's name and unfamiliar with it's fall blooms which I captured last week.  It does remind one of cotton, though.

3.  Candid

My daughter did not know her picture was being taken at the time while with friends in Las Vegas.... 

4.  Knife, fork, or spoons

I chose this pretty Mozelle grape patterned silver plate ladle which is a favorite of mine.                                                                                                               

5.  Rule of the Thirds

A common choice perhaps, but the ocean is always a good example  because of the layers of land, sea, and
it is a favorite place of mine.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This week's Haiku...Ponder...

Rodin's The Thinker
ponders all the world's problems

                                Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving...Over the River and...same tune, different words...

 by  klr

Across the harbor and through the trees
in soft pink glints of the sun,
 angels are your guide, chariots your ride
last red ochre leaves of autumn

Sweet scented smoke of apple wood fire
snow dusted boughs of blue spruce
the wink of any eye, some pumpkin pie
Fill your heart with warm gratitude 

I took these pictures from a small park in Steilacoom, WA while the small ferry was heading for Vashon Island in the late afternoon.  The apple and maple trees stand starkly bare and there are benches engraved with local people's names. Early settlers' names are on the older renovated homes and on benches for sitting. In the distance one can see the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and a small strip of a beach and picnic there is an old fashioned wooden swing for two.  A nice place to watch the sun go down.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Color bursts...

Photo Art Friday ~

For today my best intention was to read a tutorial on texture in photos.  However, I went back to picnik, and played with a few effects with this photo I took SOOC of a pink dahlia (right).

First I added a simple soft border.....then 'puddled' or 'rippled' it for this artsy result:

Then I made a 'waterfall' of pixels and a hypnotic setting for this original  kaleidoscope effect. (Below) For the last one I used black, white and sepia tones and the cross process with color focus at the center for a vintage look:

With the upcoming holiday there will be little time,  but I will have something else to share for that occasion. In the meantime, please visit the other outstanding photos submitted to Pixel Dust Studio this weekend:

Photo Art Friday


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My first Haiku submission: MEDITATE



by klr

Chambers Bay Golf Course...

Until I take a tutorial on textures, picnik color focal point, sepia, and black and white vignette matte effects are my tools.
Local links modeled after St. Andrews in Scotland...which do you prefer....SOOC (straight out of the camera)or textured a bit.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Silver spoons vignette...

Shiny silver spoons
Hints of golden times to be?
Share some light today

For more photos by talented people please visit Lisa Gordon Photography here at:

Thank you for stopping by - Kathy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A color pallet to ponder...

This grouping has been on my back burner for some time.  Needless to say these are not photos I've taken, but rather ones of other artists' work that I came across and didn't always have the source for or neglected to make note of.  To me, the colors would be wonderful for a fall or winter wedding or a Christmas party or a summer lawn party....the deep purple, the shades of teal and  red, and lighter blues and lavender come together with a touch of mustard in places and have the effect of causing me to dream and my heart to flutter a bit.

But maybe it is more the images themselves that push my imagination further.  The muses are forever a favorite subject, their sprightly selves dancing together, though the colors are muted for the period effect, however here I count 10 instead of nine  I see delphiniums or hollyhocks in the impressionist garden painting.  The model holding the pink flowers could be a bridesmaid at a lovely outdoor wedding.  The princess and the pea, a girls' fairy tale, and what girl would not want to bounce up on that bed with so many mattresses!!  Now maybe someone can help me with the last photo taken of some one's painting....I hope so, as I can't find anything online myself.  I adore it!  At first I thought a string quartet in Mozart garb, a fun gig someone had at this particular venue?.  Or, is this something Amadeus might have actually done in his flamboyant lifetime?  Is is a true depiction?   Is it a fine art piece that I cannot locate - or is it some person's version of a vision of theirs of a scene they would like to see played out?  

I fall into the last category as I would love to be there in person,  to hear the sound of the mini orchestra that includes the sea.  I'm imagining a long dining table on the beach as well with many guests and delicious fare and delightful cakes being served....perhaps people are dancing in their bare feet in the sand into the late evening hours, drinking champagne as the sun goes down.  So, I thought I would share this and possibly find out what other ideas it might prompt or what it might suggest to others, as I would love to hear them.