December 5, 2017: Solstice Challenge – The Psychedelic Owl

The Psychedelic Owl

The Psychedelic Owl

Ok, I have to admit…this is the craziest Solstice ornament we have.  We picked up the “Psychedelic” Owl a few months ago and I know it will be a favorite for years to come.  It’s a glass ornament made of very thin glass and is almost translucent.  Just looking at the Psychedelic Owl with its wild eyes and flaming red hair, the array of blues, greens and how beautiful it looks glowing in the sun makes me happy!

I absolutely love the southern sun when if flows into the living room and wraps itself around the Solstice tree and makes everything magical.

Yep, as you can see, I’m excited!

iPhone 7+, Halide, Apple Photos, Luminar 2018

 

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December 4, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Moons, Sun, and Hearts

Moons, Suns, Snowflakes and Hearts

Moons, Suns, Snowflakes and Hearts

Today’s image is one above the living room fireplace…over the years, we’ve hung a number of different ornaments in varied arrangements over our living room fireplace.  A few years ago, we placed hooks under the mantle to make it easier for the ornaments, garland, and ribbons that we place each year.

Today’s image was taken this morning in southern light to accentuate the metal suns and moons.  If you look closely, you can the red hearts caressing the suns and moons in the faint background!

Always a favored decoration motif!

iPad Air 2; Halide; Apple Photos; Luminar 2018

 

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December 3, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Three Hearts, A Cardinal, & A Bear

Three Hearts, A Cardinal, and A Bear

Three Hearts, A Cardinal, and A Bear

The hearts theme continues…this morning’s image is from our small tree in our home office which, by itself, has a warm, comfortable feeling with art on the walls, a small red rug (we love the color red), and, as always, full of books!

Today’s Solstice image was composed to capture the three hearts, a cardinal, and a small hand carved wooden bear.  The three hearts are interesting in themselves…the red one has been with us for many years; the middle heart is made of wax from Germany by my wife; and the small heart at the bottom is a handmade “ginger-bread” made of applesauce and cinnamon (also made years ago by my wife)!  One of our granddaughters calls the”ginger-bread” heart a “dark chocolate heart”.  Yes, they’re in here with me as I’m composing this post – they are a joy!

iPad Air 2; Halide; Luminar 2018

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December 2, 2017: Solstice Challenge – The Hearts Continue..A Heart within a Heart

Today’s heart has a heart within a heart.  It’s probably around 10 years old or so that tickled our fancy when we were out shopping one day.  Tho’ it looks like wood we’re not quite sure what it’s made out.  The “glow” that looks backlit from the window is painted on.

Heart within a Heart

Heart within a Heart

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December 1, 2017: Solstice Challenge: An “Old” Stained Glass Heart

Our "stained glass" heart

Our “stained glass” heart

This particular heart is over 20 years old…it cost a whopping $1.00 and came with an electric light bulb that never really worked.  This heart, along with the many, many others, is always looked forward to when the Solstice decoration times begin.

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November 30, 2017: Solstice Challenge – Bright Sunny Afternoon View

A cheery and warm view of Solstice on a bright, sunny afternoon

A cheery and warm view of Solstice on a bright, sunny afternoon

Yesterday’s post was of two hearts on a bright sunny afternoon.  Today’s post is a follow-up of that bright afternoon, more of a macro view that highlights the sun-lit Solstice tree, window decorations and one of our many book-cases.   A cheer view in late fall rainy times.

Camera:  iPad Air 2; Halide camera app; Processed first in Apple Photos, then with Luminar 2018

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2017 11 29: Solstice Challenge – Two Red Hearts on a Sunny Afternoon

As you’re probably aware, the Pacific Northwest is famous for its rain and this past month has been no exception – of the 29 days thus far in November, only five had no moisture.  So, when the sun comes out mid-afternoon, you bet we take advantage of both the sun and clearer skies.

Two Red Hearts on a Sunny Afternoon

Two Red Hearts on a Sunny Afternoon

Today’s Solstice Challenge is “Two Red Hearts on a Sunny Afternoon”.  Simply beautiful!

Technical data…iPad camera; processed in Apple Photos, then in Luminar 2018.

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