Sunday, January 31, 2010
2,000 years ago they had a commercial bakery in Pompei. That's right. Want some bread? Just send the kids to the town bakery to pick up a loaf. It would be fascinating to see what type of products they created in these ovens.
"Pompei Bakery" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
"Wolf Moon" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Venice is my favorite city and the Grand Canal is the "freeway" of this spectacular water bound metropolis. No cars or trucks. Just lots of boats to move from one point to another, unless you like to walk a lot.
"Grand Canal" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This time of year we have lots of Iceland Poppies in bloom. They are one of my favorite garden flowers. Bright colors and lots of drama in the wrinkled petals as the early morning sun skips across their ridges always delight my artistic eye.
"Fuzzy Centers" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
From the looks of the sign, wine, music and fun are what you can expect in the "Cafe de Pays". We were too early to check it out but I discovered lots of signs created in this manor in the Dordogne region of Southwest France. Whether it was the baker, artist or cafe, they all had unique signs of their trade.
"Cafe de Pays" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The storm has passed, the sun is out and in another month the wildflowers should be blooming. But the daffodils are showing up in the flower shops so it must be getting close to spring.
"I Wish It Was Spring" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We've had a lot of rain the past few days but the silver lining in all this is the potential we have for a great wildflower season. Good rains in the fall followed by good rains this time of year should provide us with a banner year. This shot was taken 2 years ago at the California Poppy Preserve near Lancaster. Well worth the trip to see the hills covered with California Gold.
"Hills of Gold" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
One of the few plants that have pre-historic roots, the Sago Palm is a popular landscape plant. Native to the islands of Southern Japan, this slow grower, is one of the most primitive living seed plants. Its origins can be traced to the ancient flora of the early Mesozoic era. Often called "Living Fossils", the Sago has changed very little in 200 million years.
"Heart of a Sego" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Fog is not a weather phenomenon that we see in the desert. Let's face it, no humidity. But it rained all day yesterday, another phenomenon we normally don't see. And this morning the valley was covered with a thick blanket of fog. At first I couldn't believe my eyes. And by the time I grabbed my camera it had lifted partially but I was able to capture the sunrise through the trees and fog.
"Morning Fog" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
It's fun taking pictures of children when they aren't looking at you. Catching them in a candid shot can yield some spectacular photos. I don't know who this little tyke is but with the messy face and innocent expression I just couldn't resist.
"Girl with a Pink Ribbon" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
"A Warm Bahama Beach" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
"Gothic Quarter" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
I've taken an interest in Eurpoean door knockers. I was amazed at the variety, size and subject matter. Even though they have door bells like we do, door knockers are part of the door decor on must European homes.
"Knock on My Door" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Near here in the mountains, on the way to Big Bear, is a place called Daffodil Hill. It was started many years ago by a lady who started planting daffodils. And each year she kept adding more bulbs. Then she planted tuplips and hyacynths in oak barrels, created paths, added benches and now she has over 3,000 bulbs planted. When they bloom it's fantastic. A blaze of different yellows and all the colors daffodils come in. I don'tknow how many varieties she has but there's probably over 15, at least.
"Daffodil Hill" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I am always amazed at nature's palette. How does she do it? And do it so well. The other thing that is so cool about plants is the variety of unique shapes. Look at the the long purple extensions and the deep "wells" on each petal.
"Colorado State Flower" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
"Tahitian Sunset" © Kathy Dunham 2010
As an artist, greens are challenging colors to re-create. Mother Nature has given us such a huge array of them that many painters become overwhelmed. But then that's the beauty of painting the out of doors.
"It's All About the Greens" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Just north of here is Joshua Tree National Park. Named after the unique plant that is indigenous to this region, the park is popular with rock climbers. But in the spring, after good rains, the joshua tree unveils huge stalks of blossoms. I've never seen any of these open any further than you see here. But these giant spikes of flowers are an added sight to an otherwise stark desert.
"Joshua Tree Blossoms" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
"Think Spring" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
"This is Retirement!!!" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
"Pow Wow Feathers" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
"Delicate Shadows" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
"Happy Accident" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
The hillside farms in Sorrento are small and terraced. Many are no more than four acres with some as large as 10 acres. I know that doesn't sound like a lot of property for a farm but this works quite nicely in this hilly landscape. They grow lemons, olives, tomatoes and other row crops in addition to having farm animals like pigs, chickens and goats. Being a farm girl myself, I appreciated the opportunity to visit one of these farms where I was able to capture this colorful sunset.
"Sorrento Sunset" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
The Amalfi Coast is very similar the the rugged coast of Central/Northern California, only warmer. The sheer drops of rugged rock, straight down to the water offer spectacular sights around every bend. This shot was taken early in the morning before the haze burned off. The rest of the day was vibrantly clear and colorful.
"Amalfi Coast" © Kathy Dunham 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
"Colors of the Sunset" © Kathy Dunham 2010