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A New Clutch

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 11:45 AM Mindspill

Another year, another robin's nest.

I love the eggs. I love seeing them hatch but I hate sharing my deck once they do hatch because I have to limit my chill time.

Gonna be a few weeks with these loud needy babies but it's all good. Update: I went to peep out at the nest this morning and two more eggs hatched. Wonder if the 4th will hatch before I arrive home.

When I Think Of You

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 9:10 PM Mindspill

You came into my life & stole my heart and I love you more every day. Now it's you that I am dreaming of. I want you more than words can say. I need you more each passing day… When I think of you. The words that you say to me... They drive me crazy. You're stuck in my head like a photography. Better than anything that I've ever had. When you touch me, it's wonderful. When you look at me, you're beautiful. When you have me, it's sensual. When you love me, it's mutual. I have no choice but to fall in love. Kerri Chandler - "I Think of You" Mindspill

Progression In Color

Author: Tafari, Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at 12:32 PM Mindspill

I can’t remember the last time I pulled out my camera to take macro photos of flowers. It was quite fun & relaxing to do these photos with begonias from my garden. A nice throwback to one of my first photography passion. Mindspill

I only photographed 3 flowers but I took over 60 photos. I went a little crazy but I like to have a lot to choose from. Every angle and shadow tells a different story. Mindspill

In Wonder

Author: Tafari, Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 10:08 PM Mindspill

Late this spring, I started a new exercise plan that included cardio & weight lifting 3-4 times weekly in addition to daily power walks with the goal of 10 miles per week. It started off rough but after a month, I was really in my groove! Once I hit my stride, I significantly increased my cardio activity. Now, I’m at the point where I’m running on the treadmill. Go figure! Coupled with this tattered exercise plan, I have been really watching how & what I eat. All of this has been working and I have met my first goal, which was to lose 10 lbs before I went on my late summer vacation. I have added a new goal to be at a total of 25 lbs down by the end of the year. I know I will do it because I want to do it. Turning 40 next year has given me a new outlook on life & fitness, so I’m about to make this happen! On my 2-mile walk today, I noticed a patch of woodland sunflowers and I got pretty damn excited. These happen to be one of my favorite wild flowers and they only are in bloom for a couple of weeks. Watching these delicate flowers dance in the breeze gives me a sense of wonderment & make me daydream… It’s the simple things that tend to give me the greatest joy.

Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Author: Tafari, Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 2:58 PM Mindspill

I walked past a patch of wild flowers the other day & started singing spontaneously.... Totally made me happy! Just bee's and thangs and flowers Just bee's and thangs and flowers Just bee's and thangs and flowers Just bee's and thangs and flowers Roy Ayers - 1976 - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"

Simple Summer Pleasures

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at 9:59 PM Mindspill

My King Tut Papyrus plants are going crazy & I’m loving it.

The stalks make for cool cuts in a vase & they last for several days.

Simple summer pleasures!

Container Garden Goodness

Author: Tafari, Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 5:00 PM Mindspill

With a new home comes a new garden. I miss all of my gardens at my former home but I am finding new peace in my fun and English style container garden. One thing that I do not miss about the old gardens is the level of upkeep. It was a lot of work to get the beds started at the beginning summer, maintaining over the summer months and finally breaking everything down late fate. This new space is probably more my speed and I can have a different look every year. So far, I'm off to a great start in my  little lush oasis. Pictured here in order: Calla Lily, Hibiscus. Petunia, Hen & Chicks, African Daisy, Icelandic Poppy. And all of these were taken with my iPhone 4.... Crazy right? Mindspill Mindspill Mindspill Mindspill Mindspill

Different Perspective

Author: Tafari, Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 11:25 PM Mindspill

What's not to love about tiger lilies? Especially bright pink ones... Actually, the lilies in my garden are your standard range variety but sometimes when I'm processing images, my mind wonders, then I tend to chop & screw colors like Michael Watts does beats. Life would be the bomb, if you could alter reality with the flick of a slider as you can in Lightroom or Photoshop. Until then.....

Wild Flowers and Hummingbirds

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 9:00 PM Mindspill

As I made my way home this evening, I decided to stop to pick some wild sunflowers. They are all over the place creating small seas of sunshine. Once I got home, I took a few photos to unwind. As I wrapped up, I heard this rapid buzzing sound. When I looked up, I was greeted by a broad-billed hummingbird. As soon as I lifted to my camera to get a snapshot, the bird was gone.

Simple Illumination

Author: Tafari, Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 6:07 PM Mindspill

For shits and giggles, I used an iPad as a light table to illuminate this white henryi trumpet lily. I, then took a few photos of it with my iPhone using Camera+. After I was done playing with Camera+, I realized that I should capture this with my "real" camera. This was a fun & very geeky thing to do but the end result cannot be denied. On a related note, I now know that the iPad has another practical use for me because I'm not really finding it good for much. Yeah, I'm still not feeling the iPad but I'm totally feeling this image.

I Stay Woke

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 7:32 PM Mindspill

Over the past week or so, my gardens have been in full swing boasting bold colors, fun shapes and patters with tons of fragrance. I have been enjoying every single moment of it. While I have been enjoying it, I have been lazy with the camera and not too motivated to capture any macro shoots as I have done in previous years. Monday, I happened to look over at a Texas rose and found the inspiration that I needed to get off my put to pick up my 105mm macro lens. I actually got really busy photographing many things. It was like I woke up from some kinda of artist coma. So yes, floral images are back, bitches!

Three in the Bush

Author: Tafari, Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 12:41 PM Mindspill

While preparing my lunch a few weeks ago, I looked out of the window over the sink & noticed the robin’s nest from last year was occupied. Like a kid, I got all excited. I don’t claim to be an ornithologist so I researched aKa Googled to see if robins reused there nests from previous years.  Evidently, they do not reuse the nests but may build over it.  I also found that the nests should be destroyed after the babies leave the nest to prevent bug infestations. I actually thought about doing that last year but didn’t want to affect another being as I was not sure if anyone would return. I guess the nest was healthy enough because Momma Robin looks relaxed out there. I’m hoping that I will be able to see the babies once they hatch, but the growing foliage may prevent that. The above photo was a little tricky to get so I had Olivia help me out a bit by holding back the branches while I almost broke my neck standing on a chair as I leaned over the deck. It was worth it though!