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Be Kind (Collage)

Hello everyone and Happy Monday ūüôā

Did you all have a nice weekend?¬† For those of you here in Australia, hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Australia Day and got to spend time with family and friends.¬† I managed to do just that AND get some crafting time in.¬† I got started on some new collage canvases and finished a couple of them.¬† I am slowly learning to leave things alone and move on to something else, if they are proving problematic.¬† Sometimes you need to step away from a particular project, in order to “Regroup” and get a fresh perspective.

This little 6 x 6″ canvas was giving me grief, and I couldn’t make it work, so I put it aside and started on a new one.¬† When I came back to this, I managed to finish it off and be reasonably satisfied with it.¬† I cut out numerous caterpillars – none of them looked right – until I found this pinky-red one, that seemed to suit ok.¬† I can waste hours trying to find just the right critter or leaf or flower.

I wasn’t sure what words to incorporate and was focusing too much on the bird looking down.¬† I thought of “Keep your head up” and “Don’t look down” and other head-related nonsense.¬† In the end, given that the bird is letting little Mr Caterpillar have a free ride, rather than eating him, I figure “Be Kind” was as good a message as any.¬† As yes, I did need to put a crown on the bird.¬† It looked naked without it.

Hope the week ahead is kind to you – thank you for stopping by ūüôā

 

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Quotes for the Day : Crescent Moon

“…When hope is fleeting, stop for a moment and visualize,
in a sky of silver, the crescent of a lavender moon.
Imagine it — delicate, slim, precise,
like a paper-thin slice from a cabochon jewel.
It may not be very useful, but it is beautiful.
And sometimes it is enough…”

— Vera Nazarian

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Lake Lovely

When I am feeling energetic (and, quite often, when I am not) I go walking after work. ¬†I wish I could say I am diligent and do this every day, but I would be a liar. ¬†I usually manage about three times a week, which is a bit pathetic, but it’s better than nothing. ¬†This is what I tell myself anyway.

Some afternoons I go walking along the beach, which is lovely and scenic and blows the cobwebs of the workday away;  most days, however, I walk around the local lake, which is on my way home and provides me with a nice, easy, 3.5km route.

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Because I am generally quite lazy, it is good to have a circular route to walk – it means I just keep going until I get back to where I started. ¬†I don’t have to think about it. ¬†I don’t get tempted to turn around and head back either. ¬†The lake also has multiple paths; some of them meander through the bush so you can jog a bit and no one can see you ha ha. ¬†I don’t run in public unless I can be sure I don’t have witnesses. ¬†No one needs to see that.

The lake is populated by LOTS of birdlife.  Swans, ducks, moorhen, and herons, as well as my favourite, the pelicans, and some long-necked tortoises, which I am yet to spot.

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As it is breeding season for many of the birds, there are cute, fluffy bundles of downy joy dotted around the lake, following their parents around and getting up to mischief.  There are plenty of reeds and other plant life to provide happy nesting spots and hideaways for the vulnerable babies.

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I am dying to see some cygnets. ¬†I love the black swans – they are so majestic and beautiful. ¬†There are a couple at the lake that have allowed me to get quite close – sometimes they waddle up to me of their own accord. ¬†During breeding season, they can become a little bit aggressive and protective of their offspring, which is totally understandable. ¬†It’s best to keep your distance at those times and give them their space. ¬†Even if you do want to run¬†headlong into those gorgeous, grey, fluffy cygnets and squeeze them in an adoring cuddle. ¬†It’s not really recommended.

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There are also lots of cormorants. ¬†I adore them. ¬†Those funny webbed feet! ¬†The fluffy, shaggy feathers on their plump bellies and chest! ¬†The almost bat-like wings! ¬†The way they dry themselves in the sun, holding up their wings like laundry! ¬†The way they hiss at me when I get too close and annoy them with my photo-taking! ūüôā

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The lone egret¬†is a tricky individual to photograph. ¬†He doesn’t like being bothered and you can’t get too close before he flies off. ¬†It could also be because I have mistakenly been calling him a heron, and he’s not. ¬†I have offended him and now he doesn’t want a bar of me, or my camera. ¬†So all my shots of him are blurry (because I am far away and have zoomed my camera in). ¬†It’s very inconsiderate of him, to be honest.

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Towards sunset, the lake takes on a magical quality. ¬†I tend to keep stopping to take photos, which is not really making efficient use of my exercise time, but hey, the sky and water is so pretty at night! ¬†It’s hard to take a bad photo, to be honest.

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I am always on the lookout for new places to walk ;¬†it’s nice to have a change of scenery and some different landscapes/wildlife to look at. ¬†The lake, for now, remains one of my favourites. ¬†Easy to get to, easy parking, lots of people around (for safety’s sake) and lots of lovely birdies for me to¬†photograph. ¬†I am lucky to have these spaces to utilise and enjoy, and get that much-needed exercise. ¬†That egret will just have to get used to me because I’m going to keep coming back ūüôā

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Nature’s Hearts

Thanks in part to Kelly Rae Roberts and her #kellyraeshearts on Instagram, I am always looking for little hearts everywhere. ¬†Usually, if you’re intentionally seeking them out, you won’t find any. ¬†They just tend to present themselves when you are least looking.
Which, I guess, is like love itself. ¬†Although I don’t seem to find that
whether I’m looking for it or not ha ha!

This particular one I really like – I found it at Hungry Hollow Beach in Bunbury, on a recent road trip, and believe it may be a piece of weathered coral rock. ¬†I keep thinking I should do something with it, incorporate it into some artwork or another, but it’s so perfect on its own. ¬†I might actually just frame it.

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I tend to doodle hearts a lot too. ¬†Doodle experts (now¬†there’s a title!) would probably say that means something very deep and meaningful, but I just like drawing them. ¬†My notepads and work papers are covered in them, which is probably not ideal and makes me look like a love-starved teenager. ¬†I balance it out by also doodling stars everywhere.

Is there anything you particularly like to find, when out and about?  Perhaps you collect interesting rocks, sea glass or feathers?  Do you purposefully look or just enjoy finding them by accident?  Do you display them somewhere, use them in your art, or just delight in discovering them, and then put them back where you found them?

Thanks for reading – hope you find some happy hearts in your world today x