The amazing thing is that no editing was needed.
These flowers are fluorescent pink all on their own.
June 27, 2015
June 23, 2015
June 14, 2015
I finally got some time to photograph my latest index cards. I told myself that this year I was going to share ALL of the index cards that I create and not just some of them as I have in previous years. If I am going to make that goal, I guess I had better get busy sharing those cards.
For my second index card I did a quick wonky doodle. It makes me cross-eyed just looking at it. It's neat how just a few stripes can make such a trippy pattern. For supplies I just used a black pen. Pentel EnerGel liquid gel pen to be exact.
I have been wanting to update my blog template for quite awhile now, years actually, but I haven't had the time to devote to it. Tonight, I quickly wanted to check to see how a custom template would look so I did a quick backup of my blog template.
I usually copy and save the blog HTML and use that as my backup, but this time I made the mistake of using the Full Template Backup that Blogger provides. Big. Mistake. I lost it all! All my widgets and special coding. Ugh! I have no idea all that I have lost because I have been adding and updating the same template for years!
So, you may end up seeing weird things happening on the blog over the next few days.
Note to self: NEVER EVER use Bloggers full template backup!
June 8, 2015
I am really getting a late start on sharing my index cards for this year's Index card-a-day challenge.
I don't usually follow the ICAD prompts so I really hadn't paid any attention to them this year. Last week, when I was looking through the ICAD Facebook group I started to see a lot of owls. My first card this year has owls. Apparently, I end up following the prompts without even trying or I just have way too many owl stamps. I even did an owl card during my first Index card-a-day challenge back in 2012.
For this index card I used rubber stamps, stencils, Distress ink, Stickles and Modge Podge. I find that my stamped images are never dark enough whenever I use black ink so I usually have to use an ink pen over any stamped images that I do.
What I learned: The new pen that I bought during last year's ICAD smears when using Modge Podge. At first, I was a bit disappointed but now when I look at it, I kind of like the effect.
May 26, 2015
Next week it will be June. How is that even possible? I am still uploading February photos to Instagram. Yep, I am THAT behind.
With the coming of June comes the start of the Daisy Yellow Index-card-a-day challenge. This will be my 4th year participating in the challenge.
Lately, it seems that ICAD has become the only time of the year when I get to do something creative every day. I am really looking forward to June getting here.
Will you be joining in on the fun this year?
|icad 2012 :: index card no. 7|
|icad 2012 :: index card no. 16|
|icad 2013 :: index card no. 1|
|icad 2014 :: index card no. 2|
|icad 2014 :: index card no. 10|
If you would like to see all of my past index cards, you can click here.
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April 30, 2015
The Sonoran Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, a natural history museum and a botanical garden. The Museum's main focus is on the plants and animals that live in the Sonoran Desert.
It really is a wonderful thing to have such a place available. It gives everyone the opportunity to experience the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert up close and personal and not just in pictures.
|Photo by Karen McCrorey|
|Photo by jenohnsworld|
The Yuma Desert is a lower-elevation section of the Sonoran Desert. This area of the desert contains sparse vegetation and has sand dunes. With an average rainfall less than 8 inches each year, it is among the harshest deserts in North America.
Many of you have probably seen this part of the Sonoran Desert but probably didn't realize it. If the sand dunes look a little familiar to you, that may be because the movie Return of the Jedi was filmed there.
|Photo by Erik Halfacre|
The Sonoran Desert is a land of eXtreme climate.
The Sonoran Desert doesn't have the typical 4 seasons that everyone else is used to. People who live here like to joke that it only has 2 seasons. Hot and hotter!
It does get quite hot in the Sonoran Desert, especially in the Summer. Temperatures during the Summer can soar way above 100 degrees for multiple days in a row.
And sometimes during the Winter, it snows.
|Photo by Dave Smith|
|Photo by BongoInc|
|Photo by Matt Granz|
|Photo by Karen McCrorey|
When you think of the desert, the first thing that usually comes to mind, is that the desert is not a place with an overabundance of water. But, did you know that the Sonoran Desert is actually half marine?
The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, is where the Sonoran Desert meets the ocean. Jacques Cousteau once called it the "Aquarium of the World."
|Photo by Jamie Friedland|
|Crown of Thorns Starfish Photo by Ashley Hauck|
|Flying Mobula Photo by Antoni Murcia/MantaWatch|
|Photo by Tina Thompson|
|Dolphins Photo by Cal Alumni Association|
April 29, 2015
Many animals in the Sonoran Desert spend most of their life Underground.
In the summer when temperatures soar, these animals burrow Underground to escape the heat of the day and come out only at night when the surface temperatures have cooled. Kit Foxes, Kangaroo Rats, Ground Squirrels, Ringtails, Tarantula, Tortoises, Gila Monsters, Horny Toads and Snakes are just some of the animals that live this nocturnal lifestyle in the Underground world of the Sonoran Desert.
|Photo by Kate|
|Photo by Dianne White|
|Photo by Desert Argonaut|