Thursday, September 26, 2013

Circles and Spheres



this week is circles.



Do spherical garden gazing balls count?

You betcha.
I'm playing by my own rules.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In My Hands



Held securely.
With love.



Time for a little eye contact
between Mom Katie and little Oliver.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bright



The 52 Photos Project theme 
this week is

bright.



pink
shiny
silly

a
whole
flock
of 
bright


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Unusual, Uncommon



The 52 Photos Project topic this week
is Unusual, Uncommon.


How about the bubble gum wall
at Seattle's Pike Place Market?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

52 Photos Project: I Went for a Walk



A few days ago, I had to make a run
to Seattle to get copies of a court document.

I arrived early and it was a beautiful day,
so I went for a walk,
like the bear who went over the mountain,
to see what I could see.

This is what I found. . .

Birds, singing their song.

(the goldfinch is the Washington State bird)

Bees flitting around flowers.



Regal Bears and Grazing Bison,
totally oblivious to Mount Rainier
in the background.




All these critters, right in the middle of the city.

Who knew?

These great images were all publicly-sponsored street art
on the walls surrounding a construction site next to 
the downtown bus tunnel.

Unfortunately, this marvelous artist wasn't identified
and I don't recognize his or her style,
so I can't give proper attribution.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Haiku My Heart: Pagoda






as above, so below
leaves skitter across water
pagoda stands guard


Thursday, June 27, 2013

52 Photos Project: Neon Color



The 52 Photos Project theme
for the week is NEON COLOR.


Hmmm...... what constitutes
neon color?



Does this qualify?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

52 Photos Project: Chopped




From whole



to chopped (and arrayed on a plate) 




to all finished!



Sunday, June 16, 2013

To The Dads in My Life



It's a day to celebrate Fathers,
and the place they hold in our lives. . .

fathers
here and gone


My father,
very much here,
with my sons


He's blessed with great curiosity,
wisdom, a lively mind, still-quick-reflexes,
and the gift of grandchildren 
and great grandchildren to enjoy.


There's the father of my sons. . . 
blessed with a zest for adventure, a love of sports,
and the ability to turn the "game" of golf
into a quest for perfection.


My daughter's father, Jon --
brilliant, caring, musical, a great conceptual thinker




There's my elder son,
great, systematic problem solver,
patient teacher,
fabulous husband,
tender, loving father. . . .

and there are fathers that have gone before,
blazing a trail,
leaving their genetic material
as a DNA ladder for us to climb





My mother's father, with his bride 
Lela Emmoline Lile
(my mother's mother)





my father's father Loren Lloyd Arnett
(with his bride, my grandmother Mafie Marie Arnett)

and of course,
the fathers of my grandfathers


Immigrant Swede, Samuel Miller (born Bengtsson)
father of my mother's father

and


Anvil James Arnett, father of my father's father,
and Mary Biggs Arnett, my paternal great-grandmother.


Happy Father's Day
to the Fathers in my life!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Haiku My Heart: Aquarium




soft undulations
seasons shifting far above
ocean sunflower


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

52 Photos Project: Stripes



The prompt for this week's
52 Photos Project
is

stripes...

and what could be better than
stripes
Venetian-style?













Thursday, June 6, 2013

52 Photos Project: Crimson



Crimson.


The lone leaf, showing off her stuff.


The carnival costumed figure.


Chairs in Seattle Art Museum's 
waterfront sculpture park


Cardinals -- though in the Pacific Northwest,
I have to settle for replicas. . .  (sigh)


the word "PARIS" spotted in an antique store


Dancers. . . 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Postcards from Paradise: Happy Birthday



In honor of Rebecca's birthday
(Happy Birthday, Dear One!)

I thought I'd share some
images from a place near and dear
to Rebecca's heart.






and finally,
a picture of the birthday girl
with fabulous friends Deb and Stephanie. . . .




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

52 Photos Project: Uncommon Shapes



The 52 Photos Project theme this week is

Uncommon shapes. . . . 



this assignment intrigued me 

"Born Again into Color" © 2010 Meri Arnett-Kremian

Piqued my curiosity.



Made me excavate my photo files
to see what fit.



Should I choose this?



Or this?



So many possibilities



I can't decide.



Please forgive me. . . .


I'm feeling a little gluttonous. . . 

it's a Miss Piggy kind of day.


(For a more weighty, philosophical post
from me today, check Meri's Musings.)


Since so many of you are intrigued by the teapot,
here's some info from Conde Nast

The close up of Chihuly glass is from a huge installation
in Tacoma, Washington outside the Museum of Glass.
If you're an art glass lover, check out the museum's website
and the live feed when artists-in-residence
are working in the hot shop.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

52 Photos Project: Water Droplets



This week's theme for
is water drops.

Plenty of those falling
 out of the sky right now. 
They beat a soft snare drum sound 
all night on the skylight in my bathroom.
Somehow, those water drops 
seem most suited for soaking into the garden
than capturing with my camera.
I'll bless them, of course,
but leave them to do their job.

Which is to create shots like this one.

"Ballerinas" ©2011 Meri Arnett-Kremian


I got up early one morning 
when the sun had broken through the clouds,
remnants of the previous night's showers,
and went out
camera in hand
to meditate through the view finder.

Looking up
looking down
there was magic
all around me.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

52 Photos Project: Crop



The theme this week in
is "crop."

As in taking a photo
straight out of the camera
(or, in this case, with the saturation 
bumped a little to approximate
what I remember of the absolute
saturation of color,
the variety of blue to aquamarine,
the hazy blue of the distant sky,

Surfer © 2013 Meri Arnett-Kremian

and 
cropping it
to enhance the composition
by focusing in on a particular part
of the original.

Surfer © 2013 Meri Arnett-Kremian


Here, my goal was to focus in on the surfer,
showing a world in which the ocean,
its magnificent power, 
and the thrill of riding a wave successfully
are the only things on his mind.

In the moment.
Present.






Thursday, April 25, 2013

52 Photos Project: Conversation



Conversation. . . 

a lively topic,
holding the possibility for 
creating or deepening connection,
solving problems,
choosing a destination,
popping the big question,
exploring the possibilities.



The most affirming conversations are ones that say
I love you,even still. . . 
after all these years.