Beautiful Summer Day

June 30, 2010


oakville, indiana

blue skies 

sunshine 

birdsong 

weeding meditation 

yoga 

tofu scramble 

blackberry jam 

open windows 

cool breeze 

clothes drying on the line 

children 

laughter 

friends; human + animal  

flowers 

vegan ice cream sandwich 

music 

tolstoy 

peace 

love 

what makes up your beautiful summer day? 

 

Union Pacific

June 24, 2010


oakville, indiana

good morning!

cool and windy here on the prairie this morning. it’s expected to heat up, so the kids and me are packing our lunch and heading to summit lake to picnic, swim, and sun ourselves.

i live right next to the railroad tracks and snapped this photo earlier today on my way to the post office which i also live right next to.

i like to tell folks the kids and i live in the business district ;).

happy summer day!

peace,

julayne

ps does anyone else see a strange face in the window, or is it just me?

Snow Day (again)

February 16, 2010


oakville, indiana

another day off from school due to blowing and drifting snow. what a snowy winter it’s turning out to be!

 i see this building every day when i come out my door and i never tire of looking at it. no one lives in it and it’s actually filled with old pianos and things piano related. the more imperfect things are, the more i’m drawn to them. i like it when things stand out;  it makes me want to get to know more about it, study it.

this interest in the imperfect applies to people as well as objects. i like trying to figure what makes a person tick. it’s also been very helpful to me in my work with the disabled. it’s very rewarding for me to be able to help someone learn to overcome the stigma a disabled person sometimes has to deal with and especially to be able to convey to them that i accept and  admire them for who they are instead of what they’re not.

i believe that a kind and compassionate approach always produces a positive result. 

peace,

julayne

Early Dismissal

February 5, 2010


oakville, indiana

i remember how fun and exciting it was when i was a kid to have school dismiss early because of a winter storm. even though i’m no longer the student, the feeling is still the same. teachers stop in the hall and discuss in hushed tones their hopes for an early dismissal. during one of those conversations today, i learned how to say ‘it’s snowing’ in french. 

this storm may bring quite a bit of accumulation, so i’m glad i was able to stock up on  snacks, veggie soup fixins, and books from the library. i’m keeping my fingers crossed that the mail will make it out here to oakville tomorrow for my netflix delivery.

it should be fun to get out and about post storm and see what mother nature has created for my camera to capture.

Blizzard

by William Carlos Williams

Snow:
years of anger following
hours that float idly down —
the blizzard
drifts its weight
deeper and deeper for three days
or sixty years, eh? Then
the sun! a clutter of
yellow and blue flakes —
Hairy looking trees stand out
in long alleys
over a wild solitude.
The man turns and there —
his solitary track stretched out
upon the world

peace,

julayne

Winter Thoughts

January 17, 2010


oakville, indiana

winter gives me a time to rest and reflect.

foggy and warm here on the prairie.  this weather seems a bit unusual to me for this time of year. the fog came in early saturday morning and hasn’t lifted yet. something else a bit unusual for me is that i’m not out there roaming around in the fog. does this mean i’m getting old? i hope not.

i did get out a few weeks ago during our first arctic blast. it was cloudy with glittery blowing snow that morning. i took some photos i liked of an old stone bridge. 

i’ve been reading no impact man’s book. i was such a fan of his blog! it’s a great read as far as ‘annualism’s’ go. there is also a doc that should be released to dvd soon. i can’t wait to see it!

i hope everyone is warm and happy and enjoying their winter.

peace,

julayne

2009 Retrieved

December 27, 2009


oakville, indiana

i’m about to upgrade to the 21st century! i have an new computer and am now busy trying to better organize my photographs. i’ve decided  to post a few photos that didn’t make it to the blog this previous year.

this photo , taken in janurary or febuary 2009, is the view out my west bedroom window looking southwesterly toward henry county, indiana. i wonder if i actually opened the window to get this? (i have old, dirty windows.) i love how the subzero temperatures make mother natures colors more vivid; it makes me feel like i’m in a maxfield parrish painting. looking back now, after photographing all four seasons, i know for sure that winter is my favorite.  followed closely by spring.

what is your favorite season to photograph?

“i am on a lonely road and i am traveling

 looking for the key to set me free” ~ Joni Mitchell | All I Want

peace,

julayne

ps the cold wind is blowing across the prairie; along with a few  inches of snow.

Harvest 4

November 23, 2009


oakville, indiana