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2023448Smiles. Be The Reason.

Who do you make smile, and who makes you smile, asks The Daily Artisan??!

February 2, 2023
2023447Simple? Extraordinary.

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” (Paulo Coelho)

February 1, 2023
2023446Why We Photograph …

“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” (Ralph Hattersley)

January 31, 2023
2023445Living A Bold Life

What are three things you do to live a bold life of passion, asks The Daily Artisan??! 

January 30, 2023
2023444Doing Our Part

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” (Desmond Tutu)

January 29, 2023
2023443Where Can You Be Found In Nature??!

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” (John Muir)

January 28, 2023
2023442Every Day …

“Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible words.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

January 27, 2023
2023441Look Really Closely

There are many things I enjoy about photography, and one is to take an object – like this artichoke – and really study it from outside to inside…

January 26, 2023
2023440Perfectly Spending A Day …

On a day with no obligations or responsibilities, how would you perfectly spend it, asks The Daily Artisan??! Mine would include the …

January 25, 2023
2023439Name Your Contentment

What are five things that bring you contentment, asks The Daily Artisan??! (Ah … the first quote pretty much says it all for me!) …

January 24, 2023
2023438200th Win Reached in Photography Competitions!

Exciting news to report! With five new photography wins, I’ve now reached a total of 200 wins in Instagram competitions! …

January 23, 2023
2023437Find Your Happiness

What are three things that make you happy — and also three new things you’d like to do that will make you happy — asks The Daily Artisan??!

January 23, 2023
2023436The Creative Life. Your Creative Life.

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” (Bruce Garrabrandt)

January 22, 2023
2023435Trust Yourself. You Know You.

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

January 21, 2023
2023434Follow Your Heart … Where Next??!

Where will you go — or what will you do — next to follow your heart, asks The Daily Artisan??!

January 20, 2023
2023433The (Cow) Eyes Have It!

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” (Martin Buber)

January 19, 2023
2022432The Nuance

Where do you go to “see life at a pace at which you can actually observe nuance,” asks The Daily Artisan??!

January 18, 2023
2023431195 Photography Competition Wins Now Reached With Newest 45!

The past six weeks have been busy ones for me, and also exciting ones with 45 new photography competition wins on Instagram — bringing the grand total now to 195! …

January 17, 2023
2023430Your Imagination …

What’s in your imagination these days, asks The Daily Artisan??!

January 16, 2023
2023429The Magic And Mystery

“Life is a magical journey, so travel endlessly to unfold its profound and heart touching beauty.” (Debasish Mridha)

January 15, 2023
2023428Where Do You Find The Beautiful For Your World?

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” (Erol Ozan)

January 14, 2023
2023427Pick Up A Camera …

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” (Dorothea Lange)

January 13, 2023
2023426Wildlife Dwelling Among Us …

“The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its wellbeing -– all of this is the integral community in which we live.” (Thomas Berry)

January 12, 2023
2023425Your Choice

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” (Roy T. Bennett)

January 11, 2023
2023424Keep Shining

“Be uniquely you. Stand out. Shine. Be colorful. The world needs your prismatic soul!” (Amy Leigh Mercree)

January 10, 2023
2023423Some More Of My Friends!

“The cow is of the bovine ilk: One end is moo, the other, milk.” (Ogden Nash)

January 9, 2023
2023422Twenty Years From Now …

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…” (Mark Twain)

January 8, 2023
2023421Stay Curious

What’s something new you’re curious to learn more about or how to do, asks The Daily Artisan??!

January 7, 2023
2023420Gentle Ways

“It is always a good idea to be good and kind to yourself …” (Gift Gugu Mona)

January 6, 2023
2023419What We See

“What we do see depends mainly on what we … .” (John Lubbock)

January 5, 2023
2023418Indomitable Yellow

“The flower that follows the sun does so even in cloudy days.” (Robert Leighton)

January 4, 2023
2023417Pretty, Powerful Pink

What’s pink and reminds you of your childhood, asks The Daily Artisan??! (My answer is …!)

January 3, 2023
2023416Exploring With Mother Nature

As we start the new year, what will you explore with Mother Nature, asks The Daily Artisan??!

January 2, 2023
2023415Happy New Year 2023!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2023
2022414Sneaky Squirrel

Let me start out by just saying I’m not a big fan of squirrels. (Sorry to any and all squirrel lovers!) …

December 31, 2022
2022413Seeing Double??!

Yesterday when I was photographing for The Daily Artisan at a local rescue/rehabilitation center for birds and animals, it occurred to me that I was seeing a lot of pairs!…

December 30, 2022
2022412Bright Colors, Bright Life!

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world…” (Allen Klein)

December 29, 2022
2022411Color Coordination!

In case you’re wondering, this white ibis is standing in the orange reflection of a nearby flamingo’s long neck!… 

December 28, 2022
2022410Ibis Talk

This white ibis flew up to a perch higher than the rest of the birds and gave a little speech of…

December 27, 2022
2022409Flamingo Fever

This is my favorite (so far!) flamingo photograph as it reminds me of an …

December 26, 2022
2022408Merry Christmas 2022!

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2022
2022407Merry Christmas Eve 2022!

Even in south Florida, the temperature today is in the most unusual 30s, and I’m watching how low it’s going across the country where many of you are!…

December 24, 2022
2022406The Beautiful Ordinary

Can you see something beautiful today that ordinarily you pass by as just, well, ordinary, asks The Daily Artisan??!

December 23, 2022
2022405Be You! Be The “Purple!”

“Be different. Be original. Nobody will remember a specific flower in a garden filled with thousands of the same yellow flower – but they will remember the one that managed to change its color to purple.” (Suzy Kassem)

December 22, 2022
2022404The Magic Around You!

What magic do you value most in your life, asks The Daily Artisan??!

December 21, 2022
2022403Countdown To Christmas … !

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
(Hamilton Wright Mabie)

December 20, 2022
2022402The Flowers Of Our Childhood

Is there a flower that brings back recollections of your childhood, asks The Daily Artisan, and if so, which flower and what memories??!

December 19, 2022
2022401Finding Your Trails In Life

“Leave the roads; take the trails.”

December 18, 2022
2022400The Nature Of Our World

What has nature quietly taught you about life, asks The Daily Artisan??!

December 17, 2022
2022399Do You Talk To Animals … And Do They Talk Back To You??!

“There’s nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows.” (Russell Crowe)

December 16, 2022
2022398What’s Your Art In Life??!

“Art is what we call…the thing an artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it…” (Seth Godin)

December 15, 2022
2022397Dancing Leaves And Spilling Light … Ah!

“A slight breeze would make the leaves dance and the sun’s rays would flicker through the branches and throw beautiful patterns of shadow and light on the ground.” (Martha Begley Schade)

December 14, 2022
2022396The Photograph Is Part The Photographer

What makes your heart sing loudest when looking at or taking a photograph, asks The Daily Artisan??!

December 13, 2022
2022395As We Approach The Holidays…

As we approach the holidays, I’ll be photographing and posting some family favorites, like this lovely little doll who’s actually a Christmas tree ornament! …

December 12, 2022
2022394Simple Elegance

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” (Clare Boothe Luce)

December 11, 2022
2022393The Incomparable Orchid

“Don’t compare her to sunshine and roses when she’s clearly orchids and moonlight.” (Melody Lee)

December 10, 2022
2022392Your Passion

“Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” (Lao Tzu)

December 9, 2022
2022391Comical Cows!

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to visit “my” cows, but recently when I went out to see them, they were acting so silly and funny!…

December 8, 2022
2022390Perspective. Proportion.

“Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

December 7, 2022
2022389On Wings To Fairyland …

“The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers, but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.” (L. M. Montgomery)

December 6, 2022
2022388Uniquely, Your Vitality!

What’s an example of vitality you bring to world around you, asks The Daily Artisan??!…

December 5, 2022
2022387Exciting Photography News!

Today I received my 150th photography win in Instagram competitions, and it was an EXTRA special one!…

December 4, 2022
2022386Looking To The Light

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” (Leonora Carrington)

December 3, 2022
2022385Magic Of Your Mind

“She looked like a radiant little cherub fallen to earth.” (Kathy Love)

December 2, 2022
2022384Our Strength

What new will you wake with tomorrow, asks The Daily Artisan??! …

December 1, 2022
2022383150 Photography Competition Wins Now Reached With Newest Eight!

Tonight I’m so happy to report the milestone of reaching 150 photography wins in Instagram competitions! …

November 30, 2022
2022382Here’s To New Beginnings! What’s Yours?!

What’s a new beginning you’re eager to start (and another one you know you need to), asks The Daily Artisan??!…

November 30, 2022
2022381The Colorful Life

With my photography for The Daily Artisan, I love vibrant colors – all colors! Fruits and vegetables are some of the most colorful subjects to photograph (and there’s always a snack afterwards)! …

November 29, 2022
2022380Hanging With Mr. And Mrs. Florida Sandhill Crane

Yesterday in Punta Gorda, I spent time with a pair of (Mr. and Mrs.) Florida sandhill cranes, and they were fascinating to watch and photograph! …

November 28, 2022
2022379Throwback Tacos (And Other Favorites From A Southern Childhood)!

Today’s post is a throwback to one I wrote last year called “Those Cherished Childhood Southern Dishes.” It included my kitchen recreation of the tacos station I grew up with!…

November 27, 2022
2022378Your Truest Life

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” (Henry David Thoreau)

November 26, 2022
2022377Where Is Your Secret Garden??!

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” (Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden)

November 25, 2022
2022376Happy Thanksgiving 2022!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2022
2022375A Joyful Simple Life

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” (John Burroughs)

November 23, 2022
2022374Where Do You Find Your Magic??!

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” (Roald Dahl)

November 22, 2022
2022373Be Soft

“Be soft, don’t let the world make you hard. Be gentle, don’t let the people make you difficult. Be kind, don’t let the realities of life steal your sweetness and make you heartless.” (Nurudeen Ushawu)

November 21, 2022
2022372Whose Soul Do You Make Blossom??!

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” (Marcel Proust)

November 20, 2022
2022371Building Your Air Castles

“There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare – and seek some quiet haunt where…” (Washington Irving)

November 19, 2022
2022370Pretties From The Past

My little vintage dolls are made of porcelain and bisque, and they range in height from 2″ to 4.5″, shorter than a teacup! Some I’ve found in antique stores over the years, and some were…

November 18, 2022
2022369The Beauty Of The Blueberry

If you could have any five people sitting around your table for a baked blueberry dessert and conversation, who would you choose, asks The Daily Artisan??!

November 17, 2022
2022368Happy One-Year Anniversary Today To The Daily Artisan!

One year ago today (November 16), I launched The Daily Artisan with a website (social media came a bit later) – all with a commitment to encourage and practice creativity every day!…

November 16, 2022
202236642 New Photography Wins in Competition!

When your community has been hit by a massive disaster like Hurricane Ian – and so many people have lost lives, homes, and peace and safety of mind — celebrating non-important things just doesn’t feel right…

November 15, 2022
2022365Where Do You Find The Beauty In Your Life?

“All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.” (Joseph Joubert)

November 14, 2022
2022364What Are YOUR Three Favorite Southern Foods??!

“During the meal I consume every last bite of my shrimp and grits, relishing the uniquely Southern combinations: tart lemon juice, savory scallions, crisp bacon, and a dash of paprika all mixed in with…” (Julie Cantrell)

November 13, 2022
2022363“Sweet Crazy Conversations Full Of Half Sentences, Daydreams And Misunderstandings…”

“Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.” (Toni Morrison)

November 12, 2022
2022362“The Privilege Of A Lifetime Is To…”

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” (Carl Gustav Jung)

November 11, 2022
2022361“In The End…”

“In the end, you will not see the physical beauty in others that caught your eye, but the fire that burned….” (Shannon L. Alder)

November 10, 2022
2022360When Reading A Quote Once Just Isn’t Enough …

“An absolute patience. Trees stand up to their knees in fog. The fog slowly flows uphill. White cobwebs, the grass leaning where deer have looked for apples…” (Denise Levertov)

November 9, 2022
2022359When Standing Before A Magnificently Unfolding Setting Sun … What Dreams Are In Your Heart??!

What do you dream about when standing in front of a magnificently unfolding setting sun?…

November 8, 2022
2022358Legendary Musicians and Cadillacs!

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. Ain’t nowhere else in the world where you can go from driving a truck to a Cadillac overnight.” (Elvis Presley)

November 7, 2022
2022357In The Words of …

“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.” (e.e. cummings)

November 6, 2022
2022356Finding Your Authenticity, Your Treasure, Your Peace

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”(Brené Brown)

November 5, 2022
2022355Camouflage Cows??!

Recently when I was out photographing cows, some of them acted like they were playing hide and seek with me! …

November 4, 2022
2022354What Do You Think About When … ??!

Tonight was the first time in a while I’ve photographed sunset over …

November 3, 2022
2022353“And One Day She Discovered …”

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” (Mark Anthony)

November 2, 2022
2022352“I Don’t Ask For The Meaning Of …”

“I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.” (Pete Hamill)

November 1, 2022
2022351We Literally Cannot Live Without Our …

My grandfathers and my great-grandfathers on both Mother’s and Daddy’s sides of the family were farmers in Georgia, and I have …

October 31, 2022
2022350Autumn In South Florida?? Yes.

“The first breath of autumn was in the air, a prodigal feeling, a feeling of wanting, taking, and keeping before it is too late.” (J. L. Carr)

October 30, 2022
2022349What New Language Are You Creating??!

“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, …” (Monique Duval)

October 29, 2022
2022348When Witches Go Riding … !

“When witches go riding, …” (Unknown)

October 28, 2022
2022347Going All-Out!

“My mantra has always been to have zero regrets in life. Everything I do at one speed: I go all-out.” (Apolo Ohno)

October 27, 2022
2022346Walkin’ On Water!

“The secret to walkin’ on water is knowing where the rocks are.” (Bootsy Collins)

October 26, 2022
2022345Where Do You Find Your Best Silence??!

“I woke up early and took the first train to take me away from the city… (Charlotte Eriksson)

October 25, 2022
2022344What’s Your Level Of Vibrancy??!

“Your heart and soul are full of beautiful, colorful, vibrant threads, and you deserve to shine.” (Jamie Edelbrock)

October 24, 2022
2022343Where Next Will You Soar As In Never Before??!

“Whether outwardly or inwardly, whether in space or time, the farther we penetrate the unknown, the vaster and more marvelous it becomes.” (Charles Lindbergh)

October 23, 2022
2022342Hurricane, pray tell, which will it be this time?

Wind or water. Hurricane, pray tell, which will it be this time? Which will take our people? …

October 22, 2022
2022341Where Do You Find Your Inspirations And Creativity??

“It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something.” (Charles Dickens)

October 21, 2022
2022340Flowers Lasting Long!

The $4 bunch of mixed flowers I brought home to photograph (and posted) 8 days ago was pretty much finished when I deconstructed them to make flat lay designs 4 days later … except for …

October 20, 2022
2022339Sweetest Mama And Baby

This afternoon I spent some time communing with cows, including this adorable mama and baby pair! The little one was at times rambunctious, shy, hungry, and curious about my camera …

October 19, 2022
2022338“Nothing Is Ever Really Lost To Us …”

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” (L.M. Montgomery)

October 18, 2022
2022337What was hard to suffer …

“What was hard to suffer is sweet to remember.” (Seneca)

October 17, 2022
2022336Flat Lay Flower Designs – Petal By Petal

All the places I usually go to photograph flowers were heavily damaged by Hurricane Ian, and visits aren’t possible yet. Last week I saw a $4 bunch of mixed flowers in the grocery store and …

October 16, 2022
2022335What Life Story Will You Create And Star In This Week??!

“Our lives are stories in which we write, direct and star in the leading role. Some chapters are happy while others bring lessons to learn, but we always have the power to be the heroes of our own adventures.” (Joelle Speranza)

October 15, 2022
2022334What Seeds Are You Planting Today?

“All the flowers of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” (Indian Proverb)

October 14, 2022
2022333Some Quotes I Find Inspiring …

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” (Roald Dahl)

October 13, 2022
2022332As You Bloom …

“I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

October 12, 2022
2022331My Morning’s Trees

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” (Alice Walker)

October 11, 2022
2022330Silent. Stealthy. Successful.

Yesterday I stumbled on this Great Blue Heron and spent an hour watching and photographing him stalking prey for lunch…

October 10, 2022
2022329A Beautiful Early Morning Unfolds Before My Eyes

This morning I got out early under complete darkness to my location, and quietly sat in the car 30 minutes waiting on the sun to rise.

It was a “Florida-brisk” 70 degrees with a soft breeze, and the changing colors of the sky were beautiful — starting with fiery orange and yellow…

October 9, 2022
2022328The Difference In 24 Hours

These photographs are from my backyard 24 hours after Hurricane Ian hit Lee County, Florida — and 24 hours earlier during the storm. Gratefully, I’m among those whose lives and homes were spared…

October 8, 2022
2022327How Does Nature Live In Your World?

“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” (Gretel Ehrlich)

September 26, 2022
2022326Win #100 in Photography Competitions Comes In Tonight!

Win #100 came in tonight for photography competitions on Instagram, and I’m thrilled with the accompanying increase in visibility for The Daily Artisan!…

September 25, 2022
2022325Always New

SHE silently raised the camera to her face with trembling hands and drawn breath so as to not disturb a precious moment of what was unfolding before her eyes seen before but always new…

September 25, 2022
2022324Now At Win #99 With Six Photographs Selected As Competition Features!

I’m excited to report this morning that six more photographs selected as features in Instagram competitions brings the total number of wins now to #99!…

September 25, 2022
2022323Unexpected Flowers … Unexpected Glow

When I photographed and posted earlier photos of these hydrangeas 11 days ago, I had no idea that now as they fade, little white flowers would emerge…

September 24, 2022
2022322A Cow By Any Other Name …

More cows … what can I say?? I love cows!

I’ve been naming them even though, for the record, I don’t own these cows and have no such naming rights! Regardless … check out their (new) names!…

September 23, 2022
2022321What Is It About Silhouettes?

This morning I got out early to photograph the sun coming up — and returned to this location so I’d have the lines as silhouettes…

September 23, 2022
2022320Golden Hour For Gala Apples

During the Golden Hour for approximately one hour before sunset, photography subjects are bathed in extraordinarily beautiful light. I’ve been taking advantage of this glorious time to experiment with photographing different items, and today I have for you Gala apples in the Golden Hour!…

September 22, 2022
2022319Part 5 (FINAL)– (Thursday/More Birds): An Early Morning Adventure With Camera In Hand

The graceful flight of a bird is something beautiful to see — and in today’s photographs, I had the opportunity to capture some quiet bird moments before flight begins…

September 22, 2022
2022318Part 4 (Wednesday/Birds): An Early Morning Adventure With Camera In Hand

I found a couple of birds hanging out on fence posts. The foreground bird was acting like a normal bird – BUT – the one in the background was behaving very erratically and caught my eye!…

September 21, 2022
2022317Twenty-Four Photographs Selected As Competition Features Since Last Update!

These past few weeks have been great with 24 more photographs selected as features in Instagram competitions – bringing the total now to 93 wins!…

September 20, 2022
2022316Part 3 (Tuesday/Cows): An Early Morning Adventure With Camera In Hand

From my below adventure on Sunday, the shots posted today are of some cows with BIG personalities!…

September 20, 2022
2022315Part 2 (Monday/Owl): An Early Morning Adventure With Camera In Hand

From my below adventure yesterday, the shots posted today are of a burrowing owl who spent about an hour with me while I was photographing cows!…

September 19, 2022
2022314Part 1 (Sunday/Scene): An Early Morning Adventure With Camera In Hand

This morning I got out early with my camera before daylight to a rural spot 15 minutes away from home. I was expecting to photograph the darkness into daybreak but was pleasantly surprised by the addition of thick fog!…

September 18, 2022
2022313When Time Stands Still

“Sometimes in the waves of change we find our true direction.” (Unknown)

September 17, 2022
2022312RED: Rose, Rebel, Rhapsody, …

“He tried to imagine the sound of the color red.” (Pete Hamill)

September 16, 2022
2022311So, So Swoonworthy …

All of a sudden, the skies parted – and a gorgeous Golden Hour (make that exactly 6 minutes, no hour!) emerged. I grabbed my camera and got some shots off before the magical light was gone as suddenly as it appeared!…

September 15, 2022
2022310Dreaming Of Dreamy Flowers …

“Don’t compare her to sunshine and roses when she’s clearly orchids and moonlight.” -Melody Lee

September 14, 2022
2022309Adventures Both Obvious And Hidden …

In addition to photographing obvious, pretty things, something I enjoy about outdoor photography is the opportunity to scout around for unexpected things behind the scenes…

September 13, 2022
2022308It May Not Feel Like Fall Yet But At Least …

Although the “fall” weather here in south Florida still is hot hot hot with rain rain rain — it is nice to be able to get fresh vegetables and fruits (to photograph and eat)! Here are a few of the …

September 12, 2022
2022307What Will You Include In Your Photographs?

Bringing together unrelated things to style as scenes for your photography is a lot of fun – and the best part is there are no rules. You’re limited only by your imagination – so gather up those photo props!…

September 11, 2022
2022306With A Fishing Rod In Your Hand …

This is a vintage fishing rod and a Pflueger “Captain” saltwater, fly-fishing reel with its original copper line — that I found years ago and brought home with me…

September 10, 2022
2022305More Daydreaming?? Yep!

Where will your daydreams take you today??!

September 9, 2022
2022304A Lifetime Of Service – Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

September 8, 2022
2022303Throwback To The Pears!

As I’ve posted about before, one of my favorite things to bake (and photograph from start to finish) is the galette — a rustic, delicious dessert created by the French (but of course)!…

September 7, 2022
2022302What Are You Daydreaming About Today??!

What are you daydreaming about today??!

September 6, 2022
2022301Pay Attention To A Flower Today!

Flowers in all their varied colors and shapes are amazing, and they provide wonderful subjects for photography. Today I’m posting three I shot this weekend at Lakes Park Botanical Garden — they each have the dramatic, dark green leaves and backgrounds that really showcase a flower…

September 5, 2022
2022300Just Hanging Out With Florida Cows

Today I spent time with some Florida cows for photographs — and I’d describe various ones as (1) entirely disinterested; (2) a daisy-eating Houdini artist; (3) slightly (?) grumpy; or (4) cooling off at the swimmin’ hole on a very hot day!…

September 4, 2022
2022299Fading Beauty

Day 10 of the Paloma Roses I recently photographed and posted arrived today, and I’m surprised by the color change in the faded version. The freshly bought flowers reminded me …

September 3, 2022
2022298Center Stage!

Mini carnations take center stage in pink today!

September 2, 2022
2022297Let Me Introduce You To …

Like yesterday’s first time photographing Delphinium, today’s also is a first for me – the Purple Matsumoto Aster – and they’re such cheerful flowers! I’d like to say I planned the whimsical, polka-dot bokeh up and down the stems … but … it was a macro-lens happy surprise! 

September 1, 2022
2022296Learning Something New

One of the things I like about photography is shooting something that’s new to you — and taking the opportunity to learn about it. Today was a good example…

August 31, 2022
2022294Setting The Scene

Today is a throwback to a blog post I did called “The Creative Life Is The Beautiful Life,” which features some items I treasure and used to style a scene for flat lay photographs…

August 30, 2022
2022293Dewdrops …

“Be aware of your own worth, use all of your power to achieve it. Create an ocean from a dewdrop. Do not beg for light from the moon, obtain it from the spark within you.” — Muhammad Iqbal

August 29, 2022
2022291Eight Photographs Selected As Competition Features!

This past week has been great with eight photographs selected as features in Instagram competition – bringing the total to 69 wins! I’m excited and appreciative about the increased exposure …

August 28, 2022
2022290Listen To The Wisdom Of (Pink) Flowers

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”   – Theodore Roethke “Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift of …

August 27, 2022
2022289Animals, Fish, Reptiles And Birds … You Can Photograph It All At The Wonder Gardens!

Today I visited the (wonderful!) Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs — a place that rescues, rehabs, and homes unreleasable animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. Although it was a typical steaming …

August 26, 2022
2022288Paloma Roses … Or Strawberry Cheesecake?!

Yesterday afternoon I got a bunch of Paloma Roses but by the time I was home a dark-skies thunderstorm had come up. My natural light was gone, so I waited to photograph them this morning.

Paloma Roses are known by their creamy interiors and hot-pink petal edges. They make me think of strawberry cheesecake!

August 25, 2022
2022287Watching A Waterdrop … Drop!

Waterdrops feel so fresh on most everything, especially flowers! Enjoy your day from The Daily Artisan — and remember to do something (small or large) that’s creative …

August 24, 2022
2022286Indigo Blue and Burnished Gold

Last night’s dusk turning into sunset turning into nightfall … ah. It was a beautiful, dizzying jumble of indigo blue and burnished gold … oh, how I love dusk as …

August 24, 2022
2022285Eat More Chocolate!

It would be hard to say which I enjoyed most: (1) baking these yummy, double-chocolate-espresso muffins; (2) photographing them; or (3) eating some before I gave away the rest as …

August 23, 2022
2022284Small. Soft. Dreamy. Check, Check, Check!

Driving around town looking for flowers to photograph, the assignment I gave myself was (1) flowers or berries had to be no larger than a dime, and (2) backgrounds had …

August 22, 2022
2022283Shades of Blue Don’t Disappoint!

Tonight’s sunsetting skies were full of clouds — and although oranges and yellows did not make an appearance — shades of blue delivered on beauty! The blues kept changing as …

August 21, 2022

Last night’s sunset was magnificent! I grabbed my camera and ran outdoors to soak it in. Seriously, who could ever become tired of seeing these gorgeous skies over Florida??! “Never …

August 20, 2022
2022281What Will You Cook This Weekend??!

One of my favorite places is in the kitchen baking or cooking while photographing the results (before eating them)! Everything from fancy cakes to sheet pan suppers to pizzas — …

August 19, 2022
2022280Throwback To Earlier Post

A (1) piece of burlap; (2) Kodak 35mm camera that went through the Korean War with Daddy; (3) $4 bunch of carnations; and (4) shopkeeper’s antique ledger with daily coat …

August 18, 2022
2022279Just Keep Walking!

Today I met someone for lunch and then stopped by the market on the way home to continue working on a project. I had a list of a few things …

August 17, 2022
2022278Sunset. Dusk. The Moon. Ah…

“A time when sky blue love bids farewell to the day and before dusk falls, the sunset ignites the smoldering embers of the moonlit soul.” ―Virginia Alison “Nature is painting …

August 16, 2022
2022277One Of Those “Not Sure When I’ll Ever Use It But Could Never Throw It Away” Moments

When styling scenes for these light-green and fuchsia carnations, my thoughts went to a creamy vase and linen napkin — as well as a fuchsia ribbon I’d stashed away in …

August 16, 2022
2022276Six Photographs Selected In Whirlwind Wins Since Friday!

These last few days have been a whirlwind of photographs entered into various competitions receiving wins — with six selected as Instagram features since Friday! Now at a total of …

August 15, 2022
2022275The Dreamy

Some days it’s all about the …

August 15, 2022
2022274Old Florida But Still Bringing Us Shrimp!

This morning I grabbed my camera and headed out to an authentic part of Old Florida that still operates today — the shrimp boats at Fort Myers Beach. Our shrimp …

August 14, 2022
2022273Get Messy Sometimes!

Sometimes it’s fun to get your hands (and everything around you) messy when staging a still life shot. These spices were a great example of that, and the messier the …

August 13, 2022
2022272Flowers Posing Pretty

Photographing cottage roses with their yellow, gold, red, and magenta hues did not disappoint! I shot these a while back but tonight there are some new photos previously unposted. My …

August 12, 2022
2022271Nine Photographs Recently Selected As Instagram Features!

Frankly, I feel like pinching myself each time a photograph is selected in competition as an Instagram feature! The first win felt surreal, as have the ones that followed — …

August 12, 2022
Two Photographs Selected Today As Instagram Features!

Today I’m happy to report two new wins (#54 and #55) as photography competition features by Instagram hubs! The first is a a photograph of last night’s moon framed by …

August 11, 2022
2022269Never Too Much Blue

During this time of year in south Florida, we typically have at least one big thunder and lightning storm every day — and they often will turn into sunsets of …

August 11, 2022
2022268Flower Words

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”  – Audrey Hepburn “Every flower blooms in its own time.” – Ken Petti “Open the bloom of your heart and become a gift …

August 10, 2022
2022267If You Look The Right Way …

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret …

August 9, 2022
2022256Who Knows?

“Who knows what may lie around the next corner? There may be a window somewhere ahead. It may look out on a field of sunflowers.” -Joe …

August 8, 2022
2022265Traditional. Timeless.

When I see white flowers with dark green leaves, it makes me think of traditional and timeless.  It’s one of my favorite color combinations, and here are several photographs from …

August 7, 2022
2022264Parrots And Pink Leaf Photographs Pick Up Competition Features Today!

Today I’m excited to report two new wins as photography competition features by Instagram hubs!  The first is a photograph of two parrots (by a nature hub), and the second …

August 7, 2022
2022263Partying Flowers!

Yesterday I posted several photographs of flowers with a quiet, muted personality — but today’s shots are more like party flowers with lots of colors and movement. Party on, flowers, …

August 6, 2022
2022262The Personalities Of Flowers

One of the things I find so enjoyable about photographing flowers is how their personalities seem to take on surrounding influences such as the amount of light; the time of …

August 5, 2022
2022261Five Photographs Selected As Instagram Features — Bringing Total to 51!

Tonight, I’m happy to report The Daily Artisan has had a whirlwind past few days with five new wins in Instagram photography competitions (bringing the total number to 51 so …

August 5, 2022
2022260Pink …

PINK cotton candy, ballet slippers, strawberry ice cream, tulle skirts, hair ribbons, babies’ cheeks … and …

August 4, 2022
2022259Back-To-Back Spectacular Sights Last Night And This Morning

There are lots of places in the world with beautiful sunsets and sunrises, but Florida’s have to be a standout among them! I photographed back-to-back spectacular ones last night and …

August 3, 2022
2022258Turning Into A Wild Bird For Breakfast … !

Here are some photographs of a beach bird hanging around yesterday’s net casting for fishing bait. In this first photo, you’ll see a rather sedate bird (with great posture!) — …

August 2, 2022
2022257Casting For Bait

Here are some photographs I shot of throwing a cast net for bait out on the beach early this morning.  Many years ago when I learned to throw a cast …

August 1, 2022
2022256(Another) Bird Photograph Wins Instagram Feature!

From a reluctant bird photographer (they can swoop at your camera on a moment’s notice…), I’m happy regardless to announce that another bird photograph has won a feature spot in …

August 1, 2022
2022255Purple …

PURPLE plums, sunsets, blueberries, butterflies, grape jelly, tulle skirts … and …

July 31, 2022
2022254Yellow …

YELLOW sunshine, lemon candies, rubber duckies, butterflies, golden retrievers, rain boots … and …

July 30, 2022
2022253Little Treasures …

Little treasures found on an aimless wander …

July 29, 2022
2022252Blue Skies Overhead …

Blue skies overhead and sunshine on the lily pond … ah, …

July 28, 2022
2022251Best Ending …

Best ending to a perfect …

July 27, 2022
2022250Morning Walk

July 26, 2022
2022249Handful Of $4 Flowers

A handful of $4 pink daisies from the grocery store can be as fun to photograph as expensive florist flowers! What will you do creatively …

July 25, 2022
2022248Hold Your Breath …

Hold your breath for the beauty that catches in your throat to last – just – one – more – …

July 24, 2022
2022247Moments Like This …

Moments like this don’t ever leave …

July 23, 2022
2022246Photograph Of White And Magenta Orchids Wins Instagram Feature!

Today I was thrilled to learn my photograph of white and magenta orchids has been selected as a featured winner by an Instagram hub for orchids! It was my first …

July 23, 2022
2022243With A Flower …

““If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson “May the petals teach me the art …

July 22, 2022
2022241Over The Moon With “Solo Feature Photographer” Win!

Very exciting news to share today! Some of the photography competition hubs on Instagram sometimes will select multiple pictures from a single photographer and feature them as a group gallery …

July 21, 2022
2022240Just Bloom

“Bloom beautifully, dangerously, loudly, softly, however you need just bloom.” – Rupi Kaur “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse “And the day …

July 20, 2022
2022239Bird Photographs Win Two More Competitions Today! (Second One)

Certainly I never set out to be a BIRD photographer, but some of the photos are doing well in Instagram competitions, including two more wins today! This second one was …

July 19, 2022
2022238Bird Photographs Win Two More Competitions Today! (First One)

Certainly I never set out to be a BIRD photographer, but some of the photos are doing well in Instagram competitions, including two more wins today! The first one is …

July 19, 2022
2022237Put Some Splash In Your Color

Colors pop against neutral backgrounds like black, white, grey, and dark green — and some of the photos I took yesterday at Naples Botanical Garden have this colorsplash look with …

July 18, 2022
2022236Two Bird Photographs Selected As Instagram Features! (Second One)

Two of my photographs of colorful birds have been selected as Instagram features! This second one was for a themed hub of “Wildlife,” and it’s a weekend shot of two …

July 18, 2022
2022235Two Bird Photographs Selected As Instagram Features! (First One)

Two of my photographs of colorful birds have been selected as features on Instagram hubs! The first one is the shot of the bad-attitude bird I blogged about in “Red …

July 18, 2022
2022233Meet Some New Friends!

“Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.” -Gretel Ehrlich Follow The Daily Artisan on Facebook and Instagram @thedailyartisan, and check out The Daily Artisan online store …

July 17, 2022
2022232Lost In Dreaminess

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo, …

July 16, 2022
2022231Meet Florida Panther Athena

Today I visited and photographed Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, and this was the closest (safety restricted) I’ve ever been able to get to Athena to photograph her! She seemed …

July 15, 2022
2022230The Turquoise Of Summer

Is there a more summer feeling than turquoise?! Follow The Daily Artisan on Facebook and Instagram @thedailyartisan, and check out The Daily Artisan online store for note cards of my …

July 14, 2022
2022228Sunset Sky, And Movie Projector Photographs Selected As Competition Features! (Second One)

Photographs of a purple and pink sunsetting sky, and Thomas Edison’s original movie projector invention have been selected in competitions as features on Instagram hubs! This second one was for …

July 13, 2022
2022227Sunset Sky, And Movie Projector Photographs Selected As Competition Features! (First One)

Photographs of a purple and pink sunsetting sky, and Thomas Edison’s original movie projector invention have been selected in competitions as features on Instagram hubs! The first one is a …

July 13, 2022
2022226Mixing It Up A Bit

Usually I shoot brightly colored flowers, animals, and other things because it’s my favorite photography, but some times I like to mix it up with different looks. On Sunday, I …

July 12, 2022
2022225Red And Yellow Colors Photographed Together … From Beloved To Bad Attitude!

Today I entered a photography competition with the theme of “Red and Yellow,” and as I reviewed my archives for pictures to submit, I was reminded of the vast differences …

July 11, 2022
2022224Two Flower Photographs Selected As Instagram Features! (Second One)

Two of my flower photographs have been selected in competitions as features on Instagram hubs! This second one was for a hub’s themed competition of “Peach,” and it’s a studio …

July 11, 2022
2022223Two Flower Photographs Selected As Instagram Features! (First One)

Two of my flower photographs have been selected in competitions as features on Instagram hubs! The first one is a shot that previously won from a different hub. It’s the …

July 11, 2022
2022222Olympic Swimmer?

This afternoon I was on a wooden footbridge, and this alligator swam about 50 feet in a straight line directly to me. I waited until the last possible moment to …

July 10, 2022
2022221Today Was “All You Can Eat Mullet” Day!

If you haven’t eaten fried mullet, you haven’t eaten fish. Plain and simple! How’s this for today’s typical south Florida afternoon in July — (1) storm clouds making up for …

July 9, 2022
2022220A Good Start To The Day

Actually I’m more of a dusk/sunset person than sunrise but some mornings I get out early with my camera — and enjoy the fresh start to a new day! This …

July 8, 2022
2022219Found Treasure

Here’s an example of why you should never leave home without your camera! I stumbled on this working fountain in the courtyard of a very old chapel in Florida. I …

July 7, 2022
2022218White Peacock Photograph Selected As Feature Today By Instagram Hub!

Today this white peacock photograph was selected as an Instagram hub feature, and I’m delighted the animal gets to make a winning debut on social media! Some of my previous …

July 7, 2022
2022217Florida Skies

Sunsetting skies over Florida are something …

July 6, 2022
2022216Fascinated Or Freaked Out?

In this photograph I recently took, can you be fascinated by the detail – and yet freaked out by the creature?? I think so – yes on both counts! Follow …

July 5, 2022
2022215Two Photographs Selected In Instagram Competitions (Second One)!

I’m happy to report today that two of my photographs have been selected in Instagram competitions! This second one was for a hub that selects feature photographs of wildlife, and …

July 5, 2022
2022214Two Photographs Selected In Instagram Competitions (First One)!

It’s with great excitement I’ve learned today that two photographs have been selected as features by Instagram hubs – the first a photo of a compote bowl with strawberries, and …

July 5, 2022
2022213Happy July 4th, America!

July 4, 2022
2022212Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Follow The Daily Artisan on Facebook and Instagram @thedailyartisan, and check out The Daily Artisan online store for note cards of my …

July 3, 2022
2022211Animals Acting Like Ballerinas And Gymnasts

Animals can be quite flexible, similar to ballerinas and gymnasts! Sometimes when photographing them it can be comical seeing how they contort their bodies for various reasons including sleeping and …

July 2, 2022