Sunday, April 29, 2012

As the Holidays Fly

To say I'm behind is an understatement. I still have my Christmas decorations up. I meant to get to that this past weekend, but that's another story. So granted this post is about three weeks behind, but I figure it's better than having two sets of easter egg photos to post next year:)

This egg was made by boiling a set of eggs in a pan filled with blue food coloring, vinegar and water.

This egg was made by dripping food coloring on the top of it.  If the egg is left in place too long, it will have a large spot on the bottom from the combined colors.

These eggs were all made using the rolling method.  You can buy kits that do this by spinning an egg around a dish when you press the button at the top.  We pretty much did the same thing only we used an old leftover container in which we put some food coloring.  Then we placed the egg in the container and spun it around by hand.

This is the method we've been using to dye egss for a couple of years now.  Simply place some karo syrup in a cup and add some food coloring.  You can paint the egg with this mixture or dunk it straight in.  If you dunk the egg, you'll find the karo syrup can be sticky, so you may want some paper towels handy to wipe your hands.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Most Awesome Hike Ever!

To begin with, once again, I managed to struggle up the steep side of The M Trail. Any day I pull that off is awesome. The icing on the cake though was coming down the easy side. A, it flew by since the incline, or decline I suppose, is less instense. B, we were hiking with cubscouts, and they managed to find a snake. How exciting was that? Pretty newsworthy. By the time I was done with the impromptu photo session, we had attracted a few more people who wanted to take a look. Poor thing couldn't get back under the leaf litter quick enough. Fortunately, for us, the snake is not poisonous. In fact it's a member of the boa constrictor family: the rubber boa. Also fortunate for the boys and me, our new found friend is not large enough to squeeze us into a meal.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Walking in Wonderland

These photos were taken during a walk along the trails near my home. Such beautiful scenery makes it very easy for me to get my daily exercise in.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Beauty of a Rainy Day

Drinking Horse Trail is one of my favorite spots to go hiking. I had decided to take one last hike up the trail as fall began to set in. I'm a wuss when it comes to winter hiking. One small problem though, the weather decided that was a good day to rain. Hum, not exactly the crisp fall day I was hoping for. Fortunately, I didn't let that deter me and dug my umbrella out from under the front seat. I have never seen so many opportunities to photograph water droplets before. (Perhaps I need to get out in the rain more often.) While I quite enjoyed the bejeweled beauty of nature, that wasn't the best part. Toward the end of my trek, I found a little treasure taking shelter from the rain under a thistle blossom. Turned out to be a gorgeous day after all.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Garden Remains

A quick post. I took these shots last summer while pruning my flower garden. The bottom one is a double exposure. I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I'm thinking a little less yard work this year. My poor lilacs may never recover from my butchering. I just don't seem to have that magic touch, so I'm going to let nature take its course.