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(Bird of) Paradise Family Vacation

Now I know I've gotten way too into giving my flower pictures a personality! I've never liked Bird of Paradise flowers that much. But they're blooming in my yard, so I tried taking some pictures of them this afternoon. When I uploaded them, I wasn't that happy with them technically, but they kept reminding me of a family of wacky birds on vacation. So here they are at the zoo, at the beach, at a nightclub, in a cheesy family selfie shot, and one closeup portrait. I know. I'm weird. 
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And I'm soooo into anthropomorphic flowers right now +Jim Gomes​ .... :)
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I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody - too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Dont tell! they'd advertise - you know!

How dreary - to be - Somebody!
How public - like a Frog -
To tell one's name - the livelong June -
To an admiring Bog!

Emily Dickinson
published posthumously 1891
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They do, and e.e. cummings wrote a poem about that too .. "when faces called flowers float out of the ground" .. I always thought he must have been talking about pansies :)
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Sometimes when life beats you up, the only thing to do is fight back. RARRR!! What's your favorite way to get energized? 
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A good hard workout
22%
Make a new playlist and play it LOUD
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Coffee!
26%
Other .... (in comments!)
39%
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How .. bracing, +Kent Oldhøj!
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I don't really know why I'm messing with black and white, when I have enough problems with color ... but I kind of like this misty enchanted mushroom, a souvenir from the Tripod Adventures. Happy Sunday! 
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White Rose
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It's only because I have a zillion failure versions in lightroom. Looking now. Getting distracted by the gnomes too ... 
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Icelandic word of the day: Gluggaveður

Definition: window weather, or weather that's nice to look out at, but you'd rather stay inside. Apparently Icelandic weather qualifies for this description most of the year. 

I love this word because it reminds me of curling up with a book when it's raining. Icelanders are voracious readers, not surprising in a culture with such a vibrant storytelling tradition, where the sagas are still widely read and understood in the original language. In fact, Reykjavík is a UNESCO City of Literature. It's said that every Icelander dreams of writing a book, and one in ten will publish one at some point in their life. With so many Icelandic writers, Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country. Most books in Iceland are published in December, for the "jolabokaflod", or Christmas Book Flood. Books are a popular topic of conversation, recommendations are shared, and the media focuses on literature and authors as well. 

There is a lovely Icelandic tradition of exchanging books as gifts on December 24, and then staying up all night reading. Imagine a whole country where everybody is snuggled up in bed reading ... magic!

What's your weather like today? Can you stay inside and curl up with a book? Are you back to work tomorrow, or do you get a few more days off? 
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A warm atmosphere...the one I like best! ...I do stay inside and curl up with a book! +Armida Evony​ ;-) 
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Garden of Discovery

It's always exciting moving into a new place, but especially when someone who lived there before was a gardener. As part of my Remedial Tripod Training, I've been exploring in my yard almost every morning, and I usually find some new little surprise. Today it was the pretty yellow flowers that have popped through the Purple Vine of Frustration on the back fence. An added benefit is learning to be flexible, since my back yard is on a slope. It's kind of like extreme yoga, figuring out how to adjust the tripod without sliding down the hill or dropping anything. My lens hood went exploring today all by itself ...
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It might be named after "Den standhaftige tinsoldat" by H.C. Andersen ;-)
But I´m not sure.
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Pluminimalism

My next-door neighbor's elegant minimalist house, all austere neutrals, is not exactly my style, but it's certainly impressive. The house's dark grey/natural wood color scheme and stark window patterns made an interesting out-of-focus background for the pictures I've been waiting to take for a week. He's got this row of plum trees marching perfectly across his front property line, and they were in full delicate bloom today. It was overcast, which was nice because I love the combination of greys and pale pink, and it really suited my mood. Since I didn't want to mess up his pristine gravel with my tripod, these are handheld and wobbly :)
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Happy Valentine's Day :) 
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Oooh a triple rose! Thanks +Katherine Bond​ :)
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Blossom Time
I know those of you in snowy regions may grind your teeth and mutter at me for this, but here in California our fruit trees are in blossom. I thought it might encourage some of you to believe that spring will come. For you schadenfreude types, the last time our fruit trees budded out this early, we got a ton of rain in March and the weensy fruitlets all fell off the trees and were ruined. So carpe diem. Plus, I very much needed the focusing practice. 
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Great, please tag me if you do post pictures +Leo Lawver​!
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Icelandic Word of the Day: bjartsýnn

Definition: optimistic
(bjartsýni is optimism)

Hope your week is off to a good start. 
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Really taft plant. it just needs dry and the sun to make a flowers. glad someone have this one at the home garden ;-))
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Today I finally had time to take pictures in my new yard. It's been months since I used my camera. I feel very rusty :) 
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Gnomepocalyse...giggle, snort, guffaw!
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Hi there! I'm the mom of two fascinating and funny boys, ages 9 and 15, who are polar opposites. I am passionate about encouraging kids to read and encouraging families to volunteer together. I take a lot of bad pictures, read a lot of books, and have extremely feisty gnomes living in my garden. I like to sing along, loudly, with a wide variety of music including baroque opera, country, metal and various quirky icelandic bands. I wish I could speak Icelandic or Finnish .. but at least I am a power user of Google Translate. My current fantasy is to find a sod-roofed hut in Iceland as a vacation home, and invite G+ friends to HIRL there with me. Sadly, I do not actually own the boots in my profile pic because they are custom-made and were no longer avaiIable by the time I found the link .. but .. I do have a lot of boots :) I am a real person, but I don't share pictures of myself publicly. My profile .. my choice. I'm an untypical California girl (Bay Area brunette, carnivore, don't drink wine or coffee) and tend to find nerds and vikings very sexy. And finally ... I totally have a crush on Finland. Yes, the country. Ask me why.

I mostly decide to circle people back from seeing their comments on posts (mine or other people's) and thinking we could have an interesting conversation. Please introduce yourself, I look forward to getting to know you! 
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