Monday, February 1, 2010

A Rainbow In February for Muse Day

Warmed by the vibrant posts that have popped up by so many garden bloggers in response to Rebecca's Rainbow Invitation at In The Garden,



I dug into my photo files and attempted some artful color coordinating myself.



My motto has been 'better late than never' for longer than I can remember,



 so I decided it wasn't too late to join in on the fun.



Thank goodness for garden blogging, for otherwise I might not have kept so many photos to sort through for a fun project like this!



There is one thing I'm not going to be late for, and that is Garden Bloggers Muse Day, held at Carolyn's Sweet Home and Garden Chicago, on the 1st day of every month.



A Rainbow In February

There's white stuff on the ground, the trees are brown and bare
the sun is shining brightly and there's winter in the air.
Thoughts of spring are on my mind today-it's February First.
The rainbow garden in my head has just come forth and burst!
(by me. Corny, I know...) It's nothing compared to the likes of Emily Dickinson and others that you'll find garden bloggers posting about today).

~Anyway, why not hop on over to Rebecca's for a look at all the gorgeous rainbow's that garden bloggers have created.


~And while you're at it, make a trip to Carolyn gail's to see what some of the participating garden bloggers have come up with for Muse Day.


*Last but not least, be sure to participate in the Garden Bloggers Sustainability Project and garden product Give Away here on my blog! Your posts may be linked here through March 1, 2010 to be eligible for the Give Away. Let's share how we all contribute to giving Thanks to Mother Earth!

--Today I am thankful for digital photos of my flowers, their colors like rainbows to my snow-covered eyes.



Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.

46 comments:

  1. That is just super beautiful Jan! I love rainbow spectrum things... and your pictures are full of little jewels. Your color sense is faultless, too.

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  2. Jan, what a immense amount of work, but such a beautiful result. Those would make stunning posters, or even gorgeous cards.

    Thanks for letting me know about those little blue birds. I was so surprised to see them, they have always stuck in my memory over the years. I can only wish, but oh if we had that many species of birds, I would be in "bird heaven".

    I hear you on the spam, I have been getting around 15 a day. It is frustrating, and infuriating that they keep coming through. Not to mention that it is a complete waste of every ones time.


    Jen

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  3. How absolutely wonderful Jan! I just about to go to bed and now I certain I will have wonderful, colourful dreams.

    Tyra

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  4. Jan,
    What beauty you have found in your surroundings. I will have to take a look through my pics and come up with something as fun and interesting as you have done here. It really does look beautiful!

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  5. Jan, your rainbow post is simply overflowing!! So much beauty in one place! That had to have taken you FOREVER to put them all together so wonderfully. Thanks for doing it; I SO enjoyed looking at your collages. (And I'm not generally a big fan of collages!)

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  6. These are gorgeous and just about had me drooling on my laptop. I needed that brilliant splash of color today!

    I'm getting lots of spam too. It is very annoying. I sure wish there was something that Blogger could do to stop it.

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  7. Brilliant post, Jan :) Happy February Muse Day!

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  8. wow jan you put alot of thought and effort into this...this is beautiful...great job!

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  9. You have put together quite a masterpiece of rainbow hues, Jan! And I loved your poem. Heartfelt and understandable, what I am looking for in a poem. It's perfect, as are the photo groups. I really liked seeing them altogether too. Thanks, I know this must have taken a lot of time, but was probably fun too. :-)
    Frances

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  10. Now Jan girl that is my kind of rainbow. So many pretties I didn't know where to look first.LOL! My Mind runs a muck. (What's new) I tries to pick out some favorites but I just liked them all.

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  11. What gorgeous, vibrant colors, Jan! This is just what I need to get me through February. Your poem is anything but "corny"--the sentiments echo the poem I chose for today, too.

    Sorry I haven't visited in awhile--I plan to check out your post on sustainability, too.

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  12. Wow! OMG! Your mosaics are exquisite! I don't have that range of colors in my gardens....such as they are....but you REAL gardeners are putting many wonderful thoughts into my head. This is glorious!!!!!

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  13. These are just fabulous, Jan! I love the thoughtful way you've combined flowers, foliage, fruit, wildlife and other objects into your rainbow collages. They put a huge smile on my face, and I'd be hardpressed to pick a favourite colour in this case.

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  14. What a spectrum of colorful and gorgeous photos, Jan! I couldn't fix my eyes on a single one. Want to look at all at the same time. Wonderful! I can't praise your skills enough...

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  15. These collages are so gorgeous! What a beautiful rainbow post!

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  16. Love your collages, glad you went through your files to pull these together. What a great collection you have.
    I put WV on because of spammers too. Used to have approval before it got posted but took that off long ago.

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  17. Gorgeous photos Jan and thanks or penning the poem for our Muse Day.

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  18. Wow Jan, your post is absolutely amazing, it must have been so much work to put together. I love your collages! What a beautiful interpretation. The orange flower (zinnia?) in the centre of the post is stunning, I don't have much orange but would gladly grow that in my garden. Thanks again for your contribution, I truly appreciate it. :) Rebecca

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  19. You sure went all out! The collages and the poem are both great!

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  20. Your rainbow blooms are simply beautiful, Jan! A great idea for GBMD, too!

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  21. Jan, you've really warmed me up on this cold February morning with your impressive rainbow of colors.

    Your poem made me smile and relate and in my mind, that makes it a very good poem.

    donna

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  22. Jan, These were fabulous -- well worth waiting for!!! -Jean

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  23. Wow, what a wonderful pick-me up riot of rainbow colors, to look at again and again!! I esp. love the expression on the cardinal in the red shots!! I'm all ready for the GBBC--I just hope I get something other than ducks!!

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  24. Oh thank you for that wonderful colourful display for fab photos. I really needed cheering up and that has certainly helped! Off to stare at them all again - just gorgeous xxx

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  25. Lovely photo collages for the Rainbow post.

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  26. I like how you incorporated birds and bugs in your color groups. I'm going to have to do something creative like that to come up with something for orange.

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  27. Fantastic color photos, beautifull put togetther. Well worth waiting for!

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  28. Wow, all those beautiful photos were a wonderful introduction for someone like myself who is new to your blog :) I'm going to be back soon to explore some more!

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  29. I just noticed now that you are back!:) I am not blogging much lately yet either, therefore they delay. Beautiful collages! Maybei I will attempt some as well if we get any more snowdays:)
    Bek

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  30. Good morning Jan. Your photos are so beautiful. I'm sitting here facing the window with the computer screen between. Outside it is gray and white and cold but the colors on your pictures are so vibrant. They take my mind away to some warm garden if only for a moment.

    Did I mention before how much I enjoy your birds. I have no bluebirds at my home so it is a pleasure to see yours.
    Marnie

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  31. Jan, you asked about the big pictures -- I switched the format to Minima Stretch. Catherine at A Gardener in Progress told me how to do it. There's more information at this post.

    With the slow loading -- have you tried asking about it on the blogger forums? They are very active and when I've had questions or problems I have been able to get answers there.

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  32. Only one word for this psot: Fantastic, or wait maybe splendid will fit more!!! I'm speechless, so many nice photos there!

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  33. Jan, You spent a LOT of time on this post - and it shows! Beautiful photo collages!! :-) I like that you combine both Muse Day and the Rainbow muse.

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  34. Wow! Jan, what a wonderful, bright and cheerful post! I enjoyed it. Thank you!

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  35. Hello Jan,

    I love all of your mosaics..so colorful and full of beauty.

    I live on a mountain ridge so there's not much gardening going on up here (unless I'm growing it for the wildlife to enjoyf (and eat or walk through) :0)

    So I guess my contribution to Earth Day this year is protecting and feeding the wildlife. :0)

    Thanks so much for visiting me..It's nice to meet you! Do come back soon and I'll do the same.

    Scatter Bliss..
    Stephanie

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  36. I am sitting here with my mouth open...my goodness those are some stunning shots. I can't imagine the work you put into them...LOVE your rainbow!!! Kim

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  37. Your blog is lovely! Thank you for visiting mine.

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  38. Beautiful!! I want the calendar!

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  39. You did a wonderful job on the collages! The birds are just spectacular with the snow on them and they’re just busy away at the feeders. The only time we ever see the Eastern Bluebirds at the feeders is when they go for meal worms we set out. I have never seen them at the seed feeders. Over the weekend I saw a hawk swoop down and get a dove from a tree. It was an awful sight to see but nature doing its thing….

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  40. Beautiful collages Jan. It would take me forever to put all the colors together! You should print those out and frame them. :-)
    The sustainability project is great too. I'll try and remember to participate. My brain sometimes fails me!
    btw, I don't know of any card making software?? I wish I could be more helpful. I usually just create my own but that's easy for me because I've been doing it for so long. There are some sketches out there (both in book form & on the Internet) that might be helpful in placement of papers, embellishments etc. Google card making sketches and see what comes up ~ hope that helps? I'm excited you might be getting into cardmaking!

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  41. I love your colorful cordinated rainbow of pictures!
    The poem is sweet too!!

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  42. Wow, Jan. After seeing those beautiful collages I'm glad I am better late than never. What a treat. I can't imagine how much time and energy that must have taken. Stunning!
    Meems

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  43. Hi Jan, I loved each of your collage to go with each of the Rainbow Colours. I really enjoyed being here. Thx for sharing these Amazing shots :):)

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  44. my goodness, there are so many lovely photos here!

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  45. Jan, I suffer from insomnia so I have to browse for a few hours before I can fall asleep and I just discovered your beautiful blogspot. Your photography is outstanding. Have you considered making and selling a calendar made up of all of your photos? I'd buy quite a few to give as gifts. Perhaps you already have them and I missed it in my skimming over the blogspot. Your story of your salivary gland surgery caught my eye because we have a friend that has gone through a similar experience. I will email him and ask him to check your blogspot out today.

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  46. Thanks Betty, nice to meet you;-) I haven't printed anything from my photos yet but thank you for your kind compliment. I've never considered my photography professional enough to do that-so that really makes me feel good! I will keep that in mind! Hope you were able to fall back to sleep!

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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