Sunday, March 18, 2012

Moving!!

This Chix Pix is moving to The Journey is Happiness. I have four blogs (yikes!) and by consolidating a few I can still blog without feeling like I have spread myself too thin. Also, the blogs will be updated on a more regular basis.

I love photography and not all my photographs are of gardens and plants so it seems logical to place This Chix Pixs within The Journey is Happiness.  I hope you will join me there!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Morning Walk in Philadelphia


 









Time was not on my side this morning. I was in town for work to attend the Philadelphia Flower Show-- pretty fun work I must say!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Benched Out

The Childrens' Garden at the Cincinnati Public Library
I am not sure why, but I seem to be drawn to benches. It is always a good idea to have a focal point or something to ground an image when you take a photograph.

Benches are an invitation for us to sit, rest, enjoy the moment- the view-song of the birds- a good conversation or the simplicity of just being for a few moments.

Benches have stories. Each person that sat on a bench leaves a trace of themselves behind- perhaps an energy. At a crowded bus stop the bench is energy mixed with exhaustion. At a park it is quiet thoughts, romantic meetings, sleepy moms and reflective older gentlemen.
Eden Park on a quiet path near the Art Museum and Playhouse in the Park.

Ault Park- I have photographed these benches many a time.

See! Another photo of those Ault Park benches.

Memorial bench at Spring Grove Cemetery

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Discovering Downtown- Enjoy the Journey

One of the joys of living in a large city or town, such as Cincinnati is finding new streets, neighborhoods and buildings to explore. I was walking around downtown the other day, just doing a bit of sightseeing, when I was drawn inside this building. It wasn't this sign, that I only noticed when I left, that drew me in, but rather the architectural details and an inviting entryway.








 




A slightly more elegant way to travel. I would think beginning one's journey in such a train station would be as exciting as the journey and destination itself. When traveling was more of an art, not just a way to get someplace as quickly as possible.
Enjoy the journey!

Floor tile


Detail of the railing to the lower level.

The workers were hanging large wreaths and the Christmas lights were being installed when I was there. I can only image how stunning this must look at night with the gold accents, arched ceiling and polished floors with bronze tiles illuminated by Christmas lights.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stained Glass Windows


    


        A friend noted that the fall leaves were like stained glass windows. How lovely! Both are beautiful works of art; one by man and one by nature; both from God. Is it no surprise that we find ourselves in prayer and meditation in church, as well as during a walk in the woods?






Today, I hope you find your place of beauty where your soul feels light and free and your heart full of gratitude and awe of the abundance of beauty that is all around us.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There's Something Wonderful Underfoot

Once I started hiking with a camera, first with a small point-and-click and later with my Nikon 3100, my pace began to drop dramatically. No longer do I find myself at the front of the group. Now I am more towards the back, and lately acting as sweeper. The camera is not solely to blame for my declining athleticism. I do not run as often as I used to and hiking with a camera makes it far too easy to stop (especially going up a hill) and look for the next shot. As a result I am not pushing myself the way I once did.  I can still catch up with the group after pausing to take a picture, so I am not that far gone. 


Even when I can hiker faster again I think I will still go slow. I do not want to miss seeing all that the woods has to offer; underfoot.