Saturday, September 23, 2017

24/365- The Harvest of My Daily Life

outbuilding in a field of corn
Digital Painting by Tracey Grumbach

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Friday, September 22, 2017

23/365- September Field of Topaz

meadow of yellow golden rod at Longwood Garden
Meadow of Golden Rod at Longwood Gardens- Mobile Photography by Tracey Grumbach

"The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her..."
-Elizabeth George Speare; The Witch of Blackbird Pond


Walking with two of my friends at Longwood Gardens, we needed to decide which path to take where the trail split. They both deferred to me and at first I was tempted to take the trail I knew well. But then something made me say, "Let's take this trail. I've never been on it before and don't know where it goes."

And so we did. And this is what we found. A meadow carpeted in golden rod and other yellow wild flowers. I'm so glad I took a chance on the trail less taken. The extra steps it took to go the long way around was so worth it. The quickest way between two points is a straight line but sometimes it isn't about is about the view. I think I will be taking the miandering trails in life a little more often now that I know the rewards...

Have a fantastic Friday. I can't believe another week has flown by!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

22/365- Rest and Be Thankful

Mobile Photography by Tracey Grumbach
"Rest and be thankful." -William Wadsworth


A long time ago I began a series called "Resting Places." I am fascinated with empty places of rest...benches, chairs, couches, etc.  Something calls me to them. I guess it's the open invitation to sit for a while...and be thankful.

I've decided to start this series again so I will be posting some more resting places over the next few weeks. This particular bench I found at Longwood Gardens on my recent trip there. I fell in love with the delicate green vines growing around the bench, the cut out in the wall, the colorful litter of fall leaves, the cool smooth stone...everything about it really. To me it is perfect.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes and messages. I had a fabulous day visiting a friend in the morning and then having lunch with a new friend/colleague. We rounded out the day at the twin's school for a back to school barbeque. I'm so thankful for all the blessings in my life. I am one lucky lady.

Have a great day!  I have a follow-up appointment at my Lyme doctor today and then an interview for a volunteer opportunity. See you here same time, same place tomorrow!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

21/365- The Longwood Tourists

Digital painting by Tracey Grumbach
“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
―G.K. Chesterton


Today I am 45. I am half way to 90. Enough said. 

Until tomorrow


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

20/365-Our Picnic Spot- Digital Painting by Tracey Grumbach

digital painting of pond at Longwood Gardens
Digital Painting by Tracey Grumbach
It's not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know. Annie Lennox
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It's not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know. Annie Lennox
Read more at:
It's not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know.
-Annie Lennox


For this digital painting of a pond at Longwood Gardens, I took a photograph using my Canon 5D Mark III and then painstakingly used different brushes in Photoshop to paint over it. Next, I exported it to my iPhone 6S Plus and used various apps to add elements and textures. Then, I returned it to Photoshop and tweaked colors, contrast, and sharpness of details.


Brenna made it safely back to Winter Park yesterday. Her car was covered in leaf debris, but otherwise unharmed. Her apartment complex has a lot of piles of debris, but her building seems to have faired the hurricane well. The apartment building next to hers had some minor damage to the siding but seems otherwise livable. Her food was a complete loss in the refrigerator, of course, but she went grocery shopping last night to replace what was lost. She is scheduled to start classes again today. Thank you all for your amazing support during this difficult time for her. Now, if we can keep the other hurricanes away, I will be one happy Mama!

I am heading back to Longwood Gardens today with some dear friends. I am looking for inspiration and beauty!

Have a great day!