I’m back with another random photos post and BOY did I need to make one! I found over a hundred miscellaneous photos I wanted to use today. :O Heh heh, but don’t worry, I cut it down to about half that amount with much labor. 😛 Sit back, relax, and start scrolling!
New Blog Design!
First things first: if you haven’t noticed yet, I changed my blog design! (You’ll have to actually go to my website to see, if you’re reading this in WP Reader, Such hardships, I know.)
What do you think? I drew all the design elements (a.k.a the fonts, header image, and watercolor background), but digitized them in PicMonkey. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, especially since I hadn’t updated the design for a while and it need to be refreshed and simplified, I thought.
Oh, and here’s my new button! I would be MOST appreciative if you updated it for me. If you want to trade for the first time, just let me know on my blog buttons page!
Now for a little cuteness, namely Megan’s donkey, Eeyore! She got her (yep, it’s a female, despite the name XD) pretty recently. Now Megan randomly squeals about how cute she is or opens a window and shouts, “EEEEEEEEEYORE! OH GOOD DONKEY!” And sometimes Eeyore brays back. :’D Dear me. She IS pretty cute, though.
Warning: for some reason there is a LOT of tall vertical pictures in this post. But sometimes you can’t fit everything in any other way… Like, I couldn’t crop out this pretty sun flare, could I?
I find it amusing to take pictures of Eeyore in this position. :’D
She ran up to me while I was trying to get pictures of her in the pasture. She usually does that, which makes it hard to get a picture from far away.
Next we have a bit more refined cousin of Eeyore’s. (Heh heh, not really.) This horse’s name is Puzzle – isn’t he sweet? I took care of him and a couple of other horses when I stayed at a friend’s house with her coworker a couple of months ago. It’s too bad the lighting has to be so harsh, because it would be a great picture otherwise!
This VERY energetic pup followed me around while I fed the horses. He looks so happy!
My friend also had a beautiful bird (I believe it was a conure). He talks and does all sorts of tricks, and is also pretty cute. 😉
She had a beautiful white cat as well, but I sadly didn’t get any good pictures. You’ll have to make do with our slightly less beautiful but hilarious cat, Tom. Cats choose the STRANGEST places to sleep, don’t they? XD XD (Side note: Tom scared me by whacking a piece of bubble wrap in my studio while I was writing this post. 😛 )
I shall end this section with BUNNIES, YAYYYY! Oh my word, isn’t Lavender the CUTEST?? Willow, her mother, provides an excellently fluffy backdrop as well. 😛
This category is pretty self-explanatory (and also that rhymes!), so let’s hop right into it! Heh, I guess I’m still thinking about rabbits… Ahem. First, a couple of sunsets.
OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THIS PICTURE. Because 1) it’s a sunset, so duh, 2) THE COLORS (I didn’t even edit this picture!), and 3) tiny moons make everything aesthetic. 😛
This sunset isn’t QUITE as pretty, but it looked better in real life. I like the tree’s lacy silhouette against the clouds, though.
Our neighbor generously made us a TON of birdhouses to replace the old, crumbling ones all over our farm. And it’s worked, too – we’ve seen many bluebirds this year, which I’m happy about indeed.
Sometimes when the light from my studio window is too pretty but I don’t feel like going all the way outside, I take my camera to the upstairs balcony and get some pictures. 🙂 It’s a lovely view from there!
Once I saw a double rainbow right outside my studio window, and instead of going to the balcony, I opened the window and climbed out onto the roof. XD This picture is rather weirdly edited, but at least you can see the beautiful colors.
Clay Dog Figurines
Over the past year or two, I’ve gotten a fair amount of orders for custom clay pet figurines on my polymer clay Etsy shop. Just recently, though, I decided to deactivate the listing because phew, those orders wear me out! It’s always a struggle to get them to look right, and it takes up a lot of time that I’d rather be using toward my main Etsy shop, The Color Box Studio. But anyway, here are the last four figurines I made before I stopped the listing. Which is your favorite?
Wow, that was a short section. XD
Even though softboxes are a pain to set up, I’ve been really enjoying them! Recently I started playing around with product/still life photography. Not really sure that’s what it’s called but HEY, that’ll work. XD Subject #1 was a bag of scrumptious Dutch licorice Aria sent me.
Ever had Dutch licorice? It’s kind of salty (some kinds are VERY salty), which cuts the sweet and improves the taste, in my opinion. I don’t like normal licorice but I love this kind!
Here’s a fun flat lay for you. I had already eaten a FEW pieces, but not too many. When I got them I knew right away I wanted to take pictures of them, so I held off on eating them for a while. XD Now the bag is empty. *sigh*
Subject #2 was… SUCCULENTS! Yay for succulents and plants in general! This is my entire collection (of succulents) so far. Aren’t they cute? The smallest succulent used to be part of the one it’s touching on the right, but since it was growing a long stem, I snipped off the top and replanted it. Surprisingly, both pieces seem to be doing pretty well.
I got all but one of my succulents as gifts, but this one I bought myself at our tiny farmer’s market. It’s supposed to be Hens and Chicks, but so far it’s just a chick. 😛 Also, doesn’t the bokeh on the background succulent look like snakeskin??
Nature is one of my favorite things to photograph because it’s just… *happy sigh* SO PRETTY. This is before Megan‘s flower garden died in the frost.
Who doesn’t love monarchs? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way.) And even better, monarchs on zinnias! Also taken in Megan’s little flower garden. 🙂
I found this butterfly on the mushroom path walk, but before I discovered the mushrooms. What an intricate design for such a tiny creature! God sprinkles beauty over us with overflowing generosity, does he not?
I found this acorn then too, and LOOK, it has freckles! (By the way, I knew I wanted to say “LOOK, it has freckles!” when I posted this, as soon as I took the picture. :’D Blogging is part of my life, guys.)
ALSO from the same walk. I absolutely love photographing foxtails in golden light. ❤
I got this at the old corral where I took some pictures for the photo challenge I participated in a while ago. Even weeds and broken pallets look pretty at the golden hour. 🙂
One last golden picture for now… I took THIS on one of the many walks we’ve gone on by a beautiful stream on our property. Ferns make a forest so much prettier. ❤
Fall is the season for spiders, am I right? And while I don’t exactly want one crawling on me, I do think they’re fascinating. And spiderwebs with dewdrops are just plain STUNNING. I took these pictures with my macro extension tube lens kit and I adore how they turned out.
AHHHH IT’S SO PRETTY! The clarity of the drops with the sun shining on them was breathtaking!
Even those ugly tangled up webs look pretty with dewdrops. (Ahem, because bokeh.)
And now for all the really miscellaneous of miscellaneous pictures. This looks like a writing prompt or something. It’s not foggy outside right now, but it sure is raining. And raining, and raining… Please go away, rain, and come again another day, after we harvest the corn.
What do you know? More rain. I think this picture is really neat. The splashes on the sides of the picture are super clear, but the middle ones are obscured by a sort-of-rainbow.
Ahh, our house looks so pretty in golden hour. ❤ Notice the little wooden acorns under the eves? Kind of random, but fun. (By the way, the top level is the balcony where I took some of the pictures in this post.)
I think I took this picture the same day as the above. I LOVE it! The light is just too perfect. This was when we had the anniversary celebration, as you can tell by the croquet game in the background. 😛
These pictures aren’t really in order, since I took this before the anniversary. After cutting down trees (more on that later), the yard was a mess, so the boys and Dad smoothed it out, and we all helped plant grass. Orange-gold rays of sun were shining through the dust in such a picturesque way that I had to run and get my camera… but I missed it. Oh well.
Heh heh, this picture makes me smile for some reason. In case you wondered, the rest of us were scattering straw to help the seeds germinate. The grass is up now – a little patchy, but better than it was.
We drove by this old, old church one day when we went to visit our Canadian cousins who were staying at my grandparents’ for a few days. It was sad to see how crumbling and dilapidated it was… but at the same time, it had a humble, weathered beauty.
I took this blurry picture through the car window, streaming with rain. I like it. 🙂
These next several pictures were taken the day we cut down three or four trees behind our house. It always makes me sad to cut down grand, old trees, but they really were dangerously close to our house for how unhealthy they were. This tree was my favorite. ❤
It’s enormousness made our house look small! But you can see how bad it would have been if it fell – and not too long ago it did drop a huge branch that barely missed the house.
It was rather frightening to watch the tree fall, because it twisted toward me unexpectedly and came crashing down over the bulldozer. Phew! Thankfully no one got hurt and the bulldozer still works. It made an interesting picture, though! 😉
I took SO many pictures that day, but I narrowed it down to these three so the post wouldn’t get any longer. You can see another picture of the fallen tree here.
Subject change! XD I took this one on the balcony again, because I loved how the setting sun made my hair look red. This was before I got my hair cut. 😉
Let us end with an aesthetic tractor picture. XD XD I’ve always liked how the Allis Chalmers almost shares my name. 😛 It’s an oldie-but-a-goodie, I guess. 😉
*satisfied sigh* There we go! I’m now mostly caught up on my orphan pictures. I hoped you enjoyed browsing through!
Do you have a favorite picture or section of pictures? I’d love to hear so I can take more like that in the future! Isn’t Eeyore cute? Is it sopping wet where you live too? And do you think tractors can be aesthetic? XD
Thank you so much for reading, dears, and please have a lovely day!