As the Festive Season was looming, I made a dash through many folders to find some flora studies. Added some textures to create a moody, old world feel, of my fairly ordinary photographs. Then I had a dilemma, which 12 could I choose to create a calendar?
So I created two different versions for gifts. Hope my friends will enjoy their 2015 Flora Studies in Grunge.

Just for something totally different and a wonderful interlude from photography yet still art.
Do you know about Zentangle® ? Well I have just discovered this wonderful pure relaxation for my mind. Yoga for the brain so to speak. And now I am a devoted Tangler.
We had the good fortunate to entice a most talented artistic Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) Michele Beuchamp to teach Zentangle® by the founders, Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.
This is how 13 novices were converted.

  • Katherine Middleton - September 27, 2014 - 4:11 AM

    Love that you ladies had such a good time. I’ve been doing this for years and I just called in doodling. It’s so very therapeutic and love that I get lost in it. This looks like a fun workshop.ReplyCancel

It is winter in the tropics and I am feeling blue … but all I can see is green upon green.
Needless to say this wet monsoon season is relentless.
On the upside – it is warm, the gardens are more than lush … and that I am thankful for. Not the mud, nor the mould, nor the lack of sunshine and inability to be out and about more.

What bliss …
I just stumbled across a very old slideshow I created years ago and you will find it on YouTube.
Kerrie Biddell singing   “It’s Not Easy Being Green
This was from an album that we used to play a lot when I met my husband in the early 1970s.
Sweet memories. Ok I am now smiling.

“It’s not that easy bein’ green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that

It’s not easy bein’ green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over ’cause you’re
Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky

But green’s the color of Spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like an ocean
Or important like a mountain
Or tall like a tree

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder, why wonder?
I am green and it’ll do fine
It’s beautiful!
And I think it’s what I want to be.

Witten by Joe Raposo 

Ah this one had me thinking. Many creative ideas and thoughts, sadly due to lack of time, this is all I could muster up.

The tropical rain has been relentless these past few days. >150mm in fact.

We are now in our Autumnal Equinox in our Southern Hemisphere
From: 20-03-2015, 23:45
Until: 20-03-2015, 23:45
(though in Australia they tend to say our Autumn commenced on 1st March)

Thankfully that will mean no more 34C days, we will be enjoying our lush green gardens, listen to our rainforest breathing a sigh of relief and as our nights will be cooling as well, it will be time to snuggle up. Then before we know it the doonas will come out. Which of course is quite ludicrous as it might be only as low as 19C. But it is all relative to what we have climatised to.

What are the best months to be in the tropics? I favour any time between April and October.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to be part of and witness a fabulous wet monsoon season. If you have never experience it, that is another story.
To bare witness to see the heavens open up, with the heaviest of heaviest of warm rain is just as wonderful. It is just the humidity, the Midgies, the Mozzies, the March Flies that I would happily do without.
But I wouldn’t be dead for quids!

Enjoy the music “I love a rainy night” by Eddie Rabbit.

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