Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dull Tree to Interesting Tree

This picture of trees is a bit flat, no?

With a little bit of light, we can improve that.

Some highlighting . . . even better.

We could make it look cold.

Or tilt it so it's straight.

But I like it best this way . . . wondering what world we'd find if we walked through these mystical trees to the other side.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continued Backpacking in Italy

I loved Venice so much. The gondolas were amazing. And the buildings are so beautiful. It's a very exciting place to visit and no need to worry about cars.

Venice is not just water. This is St. Mark's Square.

Speaking of beautiful buildings, the Duomo in Florence is pretty fancy, isn't it?

Another quite fascinating place in Italy is Pompeii. This is the courtyard of a rich person's house.

You can see Mount Vesuvius in the background.

And more clearly here.

Image by Morn the Gorn

At noon on August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius exploded. Volcanic ash and pumice stones showered onto Pompeii. Many occupants fled, but about 2,000 people stayed and were killed on August 25 by a toxic gas cloud that suffocated them. The bodies were covered with ash that hardened, preserving their bodies. 

Pompeii was not excavated until 1748. Just thinking about what it must have been like for the people living there when the volcano erupted is heartbreaking.

Let's leave Italy on a lighter note with the fabulous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Good thing restoration work has been done to keep the tower from falling over!

Image by Saffron Blaze

Sunday, August 10, 2014

More From My Creative Artists

When I gave writing assignments to my first-grade students, they always illustrated their stories. This one was from a book report about a frog.

We did an assignment about penguins. I love looking at the different ways the students drew the penguins.

The babies are so cute!

This is one lucky penguin, to have a diamond and live in a castle.

Captions identify Mom and Dad.

Sometimes a student would write a little book for me. Those are always very special.

No wonder I love my job so much.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Creative Artists

One of my favorite things is seeing the creativity in children's artwork. Even though my students started this year at 4 years old, I still found their art delightful. 

How could you not love the wonderful smiles in this picture?

A very tall woman with a very tall pumpkin.

Happy children with scant, though fashionable, hair.

One of my students loved bugs. He included some in every picture.

This tiny girl watering a giant flower is adorable.

Such imagination! I love it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Seahorses Standing, Seahorses Hanging

My mom had lots of Seahorses either hanging on the walls or standing on shelves. They are too cute not to have out where one can look at them frequently.

I have this darling Seahorse poster hanging in the bathroom.

Isn't the texture on this little guy interesting?

This is also hanging in the bathroom. So pretty.

My sister in law found this Seahorse wind chime in Florida.

This one has a magnet on the back. I used it on the white board at school.

Isn't this Seahorse adorable?

My mother kept this yellow Seahorse in a large glass bowl with shells.

This beautiful Seahorse is one of my favorites.

I made this quilt for my mom. I love having it hanging in my home, now.

Giraffe #321 also has a magnet on the back and I used it on the white board to hold white-board markers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Backpacking ~ Italy

When I backpacked in Europe, Italy was one of my favorite countries. I stayed in a pensione in Florence. Isn't it pretty?

Traveling on to Rome, I took this shot looking up towards the Spanish Steps.

I got some nice bargains from the sellers on the Spanish Steps. At least I think they were bargains!

This interesting musician was playing in the Piazza della Rotonda.

This Coltelleria store front is by the Pantheon. I thought the picture of men carrying giant knives, forks and spoons was so funny (coltelleria means cutlery).

This view of Rome was taken from Capitoline Hill.

Bridge of Sighs. I fell in love with Venice. 

The buildings along this canal are just gorgeous.

Another canal. It almost looks like a painting, doesn't it?

A funeral gondola. So fascinating.

Baby Giraffes #320 have their own personal gondola.