January 2, 2010

color my world

Happy New Year!

I love the fresh start of a brand new year.

I am motivated for so many things this year. My head is filled with projects and ideas. Unfortunately, when my brain is going in so many directions, I usually end up spinning my wheels and not knowing where to start. So, I need a plan. A "to do" list. A project manager would be nice.

This blog has been a pretty good motivator for me to get things done, so in the very near future, I will be moving some of the crazy ideas from my head to this little internet journal in hopes that sharing will help to keep me focused.

Or, perhaps you will just keep me company while I flake out on everything...a much more likely scenario.

So, I will start with the biggest goal I have. And as I love to repeat myself into oblivion, I will tell you once again that...it hasn't changed....it's still photography.

My photoshop catalog for last January and February is empty. If it wasn't for a greenhouse we built last spring, March and April would be empty too. Montana in the winter can be very bleak. The grass goes dormant. It's brown. No green. The sky can be gray a lot of the time. I am a color loving person, and while brown and gray are legitimate colors, we all know they are not the popular kids in the crayon box. And as such, they do not inspire me to get my camera out.

Flowers inspire me to grab my camera.

Mix flowers and a baby, and I'm a photo taking fool.

Or even a baby with no flowers.

Boy, do I love babies. Anyone have one I can borrow for about three years? I promise to give it back when the fat rolls start to go away. Maybe.

I have a baby coming to visit in a few weeks, but for right now, this is what I've got to work with.

My initial impression is blah. But while this seems stark, lonely and desolate, forcing myself to take pictures of what's available to me has helped me to see things a little differently.

There is a kind of moody beauty here as well.

I'll still take green leaves, flowers or babies any day, but in the mean time, I'll have my eyes open to new things.

I have a couple of crazy photo ideas to fill the color deprived months. If they turn out even close to my vision, I will share them with you.

In the mean time, we all wait for Spring.

She takes her sweet time arriving here, but pretty soon, I will have this...

And shortly thereafter, this.....

Eventually, I will have a lot of this....

And hopefully, in the midst of summer busyness, I will take the time to sit here and enjoy this.....

Before I know it, I will have more color than I know what to do with.

I can't wait.



  2. That last photo just blew me away. So beautiful!

  3. I'm one of those people who see beauty in the winter skeleton. Where I live, there is beauty in the fog - enveloping the soul, protecting the heart, offering anticipation of spring's return. You'll have to be very still (mind, body, spirit) to hear the soft whisper of God in winter. It's there. :o)

    jAne * tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

  4. Teresa..I'm right there with you on being so motivated and excited about the new year and all the possibilities. I usually spin my wheels alot the first couple of weeks. I adore photography as well, and wish that I had a better camera. But, alas,I don't, and will make do with what I have. I look so forward to what you have up your sleeve for the coming wintery months!

  5. I am the same exact way - minus the photography talent, but whatevs.

    I was just daydreaming about Spring today during church...thinking, "How can I survive the Winter?" Then it hit me:
    January: new seasons of Big Love and the Bachelor
    February: Valentines Day (love it)
    March: Cory and Calvin's b-days
    April: Easter! And tulips and such
    May: Well, may was really the goal all along, so I'm good!!
    Here's to embracing what we've got, until then!
    ps- Dreamy tree.

  6. I'm all for seeing more "colorfull" photos of your HOME! = )
    LOVE your dishes~ can you tell me/us, what are they named? They are fabulous! I'm a color loving person too~ my goal in 2010, MORE COLOR!

  7. I just found your blog through the farm chicks. Wow, it's gorgeous, I will definitely be back for more.

  8. is all of that for real? GORGEOUS photos. Where are you? I'm in atlanta ga and have no idea how I found your beautiful blog . . . but thanks for sharing!

  9. Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  10. OOOOO - I just discovered your blog. Love it!!! I read through the entire thing. Your house re-do is amazing. So bright and cheerful.

    Gwyn Rosser @ The Pink Tractor

  11. found you from farm chicks and your photos and farm are stunning.

  12. Your pics are beautiful....makes me wanna move to Big Sky country!
    Smiles, DianeM :)

  13. Loved this post so much! I feel the same way!

  14. okay, it's settled. I'm coming over this summer, for sure. camera and laptop in tow. oh the fun we'll have! end of July still best?


  15. Just found your blog through farm chicks, will have to add it as one my blogs to follow. Just love it! Love the remodeling, photography & photo experiments, scenery, & a few recipies thrown in... Can't wait to read more. Have a fabulous creative new year... Laura
    Here's hoping I can be a better blogger in the new year: artgardenlaura.blogspot.com

  16. Oh jeez! I can barely stand to look at those pictures they're so pretty. Ahh, spring. Can't wait.

  17. Oh, the last photo is spectacular! I want to sit there. ;D I'm looking forward to your upcoming projects and of course your beautiful photography! :)

  18. Beautiful! I found your blog through Farm Chicks - love your home. Our family used to live in Missoula and I am hoping to be able to move back there some day... when MT gets in your heart, it doesn't leave quickly. Where are you located?
    Lisa in WA

  19. All of the pictures are stunning but that one with snow on the tulips...it takes my breath away. Keep up the great posts and the beautiful images. Happy New Year!!!

  20. Your blog is a welcome sight with all of your beautiful photos! I, too, live in Montana, and it has been quite gray lately, but I had my own little chubby babies for Christmas, our 3 grandchildren, and that made up for it! I look forward to reading your blog and seeing what you have to share.

  21. I really, really want to sit in one of those Adirondack chairs...by myself or with you would be fine too! ;-)
    ~such a stunning view!

  22. you have sooooooo much talent. all the photos are beautiful...they command attention!

  23. I've been away a bit -- but you still make me want a farm -- I am a farmers daughter but without a farm --- can ya still have one if you're 50yr? Happy New Year!

  24. Do you plant most of your marigolds, zinnias, etc from seed? Your gardens seem extensive, so I am guessing you might...
    Oh, I am so excited that spring seems to be arriving! I can't wait to get my gardens going this year!!!