Welcome Summer

June 23, 2010


la salle county, illinois

 hello!

summer has arrived! i’ve had some wonderful adventures to begin one of my most favorite seasons; seeing new places and making new friends. the garden is planted and even though it’s been difficult to tend to it (due to an abundance of rain), things are going well.

i’ve read a wonderful story that i think would appeal to all ages: The Curious Snowflake  by james struck. it’s available in the amazon kindle store for an extremely reasonable price. the good news is that you don’t have to own a kindle to purchase it. there is also a link to The Curious Snowflake blog listed in my blogroll. take a look for instant inspiration.

a change of scenery is just what i needed to revive and inspire me.

what revives and inspires you?

peace,

julayne

ps happy birthday dad

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The Last Place on Earth

February 28, 2010


delaware county, indiana

i have a big crush on roald amundsun. i guess you could say i have a thing for rogue polar explorers from the late 19th, early 20th century; especially if they are of scandinavian decent.  i’ve just finished watching a series from masterpiece theatre; the last place on earth, made in 1985 (available on dvd through netflix). it’s based on the book by roland huntford by the same title. it tells the story of amundsun and robert falcon scott‘s antarctic expeditions as they race to be the first to reach the south pole (circa 1911).

 as scott and amundsun race to the pole,  their story unfolds into a tale of adventure and misfortune.  amundsun and his team of 3 men plus their invaluable dogs and skiis did it with superhuman strength and will. scott (who was an officer in the british navy) with his team of military men and scientists, siberian ponies, mechincal sleds, giant ego and arrogance, perished on the ice barrier with the 4 men who went with him to the pole. reaching the pole a month after amundsun,  scott’s expedition was miserable and was a series of one disaster after another.

in the end, amundsun is made to be the bad guy and scott is hailed as a hero. amundsun is portrayed as a simpleton by the british and humiliated to the point that he flees england during a lecture/book tour, calling the british  ‘ignorant’. he goes to america continuing to work toward repaying his debts and to raise funds to finish his work in the north. while there, he visits an old friend and fellow arctic explorer frederick cook.  cook is behind bars for some kind of fraud\ scandle involing texas oil.  he brings his good friend a book;  scott’s last journey.

that is my kind of man.

 i was born in the wrong century!

peace,

julayne

just a note about the photo published in this post:

 i first published this photo titled  sunset silhouette in the winter of 2009.  it has proved to be the most popular photo on the blog according to my stats. i took this when the temperature had dipped below zero. in subzero temps, colors appear much more vivid.

all i got to do is to love you
all i got to be is, be happy
all it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
blow away, blow away, blow away.   ~ george harrison

julayne

Favorite View

February 15, 2010


delaware county, indiana

i have photographed this view many times.  i pass by here often as i head out for work, the hill, the library, and various other destinations. for me, it’s one of those idyllic scenes  i wrote about in an earlier post. i took this on a foggy morning and i just love how the tree’s branches are highlighted. also, it’s always nice to visit my cow friends, who on this morning, were quite vocal. i think they were complaining to me about the cold and the snow.

i wonder, how many more days until spring?

peace,

julayne

p.s. a few more inches of snow on the prairie. i’m so grateful i have a friend who can plow me out when the snow gets deep.


wilber wright fish and wildlife area, henry county, indiana

it’s quite foggy on the prairie this morning, a good day to make a pot of veggie soup.

 i took this photo last winter while hiking one of my favorite trails at wilber wright, near  rural  hillsboro, indiana.  if you venture off the path a little, you can find some ruins of the old state hospital. according to what i’ve been told, the grounds are haunted. cool.

i’m not much for resolutions. however, i think i’ll stay focused on the path i’ve been following: yoga, meditiation & prayer, vegan diet, anticonsumerist (is that an actual word?), mother, photographer, teacher, friend & lover. it’s all good stuff.

happy new year!

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.

Welcome Winter

December 21, 2009


delaware county, indiana

Almost Winter 2

December 20, 2009


henry county, indiana

hello.

i really don’t mean to start ripping off another artists work,  and then put it with my own work.

 however,  i have the say the lyrics from this neil young song do a great job at summing up my life right now.

 “See The Sky About To Rain”

Neil Young

See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
whistle blowing
through my brain.
Signals curling on an open plain,
rolling down the track again.
See the sky about to rain.

Some are bound for happiness,
some are bound to glory
Some are bound to live with less,
who can tell your story?

See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
whistle blowin’
through my brain.
Signals curlin’ on an open plain,
rollin’ down the track again.
See the sky about to rain.

I was down in Dixie Land,
played a silver fiddle
Played it loud and then the man
broke it down the middle.
See the sky about to rain.

almost winter.

peace,

julayne