Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday Recap

Monday turned out to have it's
typical Monday blues.

Thankfully though,
I managed to discover some real treasures.

First, I logged onto blogger and discovered
I had won something very special from
a wonderful blogger, friend!

from Whimsical Musings
is a fantastic artist and
I was chosen as a winner
of two of her beautiful tags.

I can't thank Cindy enough for sharing her art with me!
Please check her blog out.  She is amazing
and will inspire you!
Thank you, Cindy!

I've been moaning a bit about the lack of snow
here in Minnesota.  Now that Christmas is done,
I'm OK without snow but the brown was
getting to be a little depressing.
That is, until I went for a walk
and found some browns I thought
were beautiful!

A high of 50 degrees is expected today
but ice continues to hang on in this nearby pond.

I found the varying shades of brown
in these trees outlined
and softened the pond gracefully.

On a Monday,
I learned a valuable lesson:
Beauty is always near,
sometimes, I just have to look for it.


Lisa said...

That is so true - I find that often looking through the camera lens forces me to see what's around me in a new way. Beautiful browns, Jill!

Judy said...

I totally agree with Lisa, all I need to do is get my camera out and I then can see the beauty that is there.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Congrats on your win! I think your walk does look pretty!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Those tags are fantastic! How fun that you won two.

I'm with you on the lack of snow. However, all the brown we're having means there's less chance of ice on the roads - and for that I'm happy.

Debbie said...

sometimes you have to look "hard" for it but it's always there. your pictures are beautiful. i think you are a little like me, once i put my camera in my had and step outside, i just feel awesome!!

those tags sure would cheer me up!! hahah i will visit with her!!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Your pictures are so cool. I am horrible taking pictures. Your pictures would make a beautiful card.
Have a wonderful tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the lovely pics and congrats on the win. Very pretty tags.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Awesome win, Jill. I know you will put these tags to good use.

And I find, sometimes in winter when it's brown and dingy -- you need to create your own beauty. :)

Melodie said...

That is a lovely win!

Flora said...

Lovely pictures...great post!

snowwhite said...

I agree with you! Brown bare trees have quiet beauty. Myriad of shades of brown are exquisite and please the eye of people only who have the eye to see their beauty.
Always lovely, lovely blog!

Becky~ said...

Congrats on your win Jill.Awesome tags.I love the browns you photographed.isnt it so true beauty you have to look for it and sometimes you dont need to go far.

Your temps are about the same as here.I loved yesterday it was so gorgeous out.I even checked to see if my crocus and grape hyacinths were coming up lol.

Enjoy the day!

Farm Girl said...

I like what you won that is so nice. So you are having nice weather too?
That is amazing.
I am glad you can see the beauty all around you, that lifts my spirits.

Dianna said...

Glad you found the beauty in the day, Jill. Sometimes it IS elusive, isn't it?

nanny said...

Great shots.....
I get tired of blah brown too. Look so forward to beautiful green coming back!

TexWisGirl said...

amen to that, sister friend!

Ed Pilolla said...

beauty does indeed fill our world. if you have the attitude to find and recognize it, you are in a good place, no matter where you physically are. congrats on the award:)

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Jill,
Oh gosh, you are so sweet for posting the tags! Thank you so much! I hope you really enjoy them--and they also look cute in an open book just laying inside. I hope you're having a great day!

Ellie said...

What a lovely win - congratulations.
I am getting fed up with brown too - role on the spring. This is a lovely shot the white of the ice really brings the trees to life.

Janie said...

I am so happy you won!
Great gift for the new year.
Browns are browns, like I sometimes call brown birds, the dirty brown bird.
All in all I apprecitate all that is around.
If you came here you would see some lush.
Will try to post some, and we have had no rain either.

Gloria said...

So happy you found some beauty in brown! And what a super prize!!!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

You're right! There's always beauty in something! Great pictures! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog this morning!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Yes Jill... you did learn a valuable lesson... and Nature is truly beautiful!... your photos are just stunning... I just love the places you have to take a Nature walk... and those browns are gorgeous!... xoxo Julie Marie

Dar said...

Your pics are fantastic, looking almost 'sepia.' I love them and you're right, beauty is always near, then we open our eyes, and there it was, all along.

ღ Life According To Milo ღ said...

I'm not a big fan of the browns either, I love the greens of spring. : ).. Those browns though are pretty nice, is that still a little snow by the grass? We haven't had much but there is a chance of some tomorrow night. : )..

Chatty Crone said...

Congrats on your win - very pretty.

And browns can be pretty too!


Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Hi Jill,
I just had to pop over and visit. I am a friend of Julie Marie. I always see your beautiful face and sweet comments on her blog. I always love to "discover" new blogs and find new friends.
Such a wonderful blog and so many wonderful pictures. We are almost neighbors. I live in WI and yes it is crunchy and brown by us also. Thanks for sharing a new view.

Donna said...

How wonderful for you! Cindy is an amazing artist and such a giving woman. Every time you look at these beautiful tags, you'll be inspired!

Congratulations, Jill, have a marvelous rest of the week!


Tammy said...

Congrats on winning the tags. They are lovely....will have to check her out.

Bonnie said...

The tags are lovely! Congratulations on your win.