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Plant a Tree Today for Arbor Day!

Posted in Arbor Day, Daylight, Detail, Digital Image, Nature, Seasons, Trees with tags , , on April 26, 2013 by melabeemiller

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According to the book, The History of Arbor Day, found on The Arbor Day Foundation website, the first Arbor Day was April 10, 1872 in Nebraska where over one million trees were planted.  All thanks to J. Sterling Morton and his wife, pioneers who moved from Detroit to the Nebraska Territory in 1854. As the editor of a Nebraska newspaper, Morton advocated tree planting as much for his love of trees as for the need for windbreaks to keep soil in place, for fuel and building materials, and for shade from the sun.

As secretary of the Nebraska Territory, Morton proposed a tree planting holiday called “Arbor Day” in 1872 and in 1885 it was named a legal holiday in Nebraska. Since then National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April.  Some states have their own celebrations on a day that coincides with the best tree planting weather. For example, Florida and Louisiana celebrate on the  third Friday in January.

Above are my photos of trees-care to guess which one is my favorite?

Respite from the storm.

Posted in Claude Monet, Daylight, Detail, Digital Image, Fall, France, Melabee M Miller with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2012 by melabeemiller

The past two weeks have been quite difficult.  I hope that my photos from a recent trip will transport you away….for just a moment or two.

In mid-October, I went to the New York Botanical Garden‘s show, Monet’s Garden. My garden had just a few flowers, so I was amazed at the amount of plants in full bloom outside the Conservatory.  Even some water lilies were still blooming in the courtyard pools. Of course, inside was overflowing with plants similar to the ones that Claude Monet  planted in his garden in Giverny, France.  I hope you enjoy these photos and take a moment to smile.

All my best to those who are still struggling.

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May is National Photography Month

Posted in Colors, Detail, Digital Image, New York City, Photography, Tulip with tags , , , , on May 1, 2012 by melabeemiller

And, it is the perfect time to try photographing something new.

Try taking photos of things that would not be your typical subject.

Try taking photos at an unusual time of the day or from a different height.  A friend once asked if I could shoot from the vantage point of a small dog. This challenge opened my mind to consider radically different viewpoints when photographing.

I hope this inspires you to try something new.  Be sure to let me know.

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Visiting Radda in Chianti, Italy

Posted in Colors, Detail, Digital Image, Italy, Italy, Melabee, Melabee M Miller, Mountains, Nature, Photography, Radda in Chianti, Summer, Sunlight, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by melabeemiller

Our first day trip was to the lovely hilltop town of Radda in Chianti in the center of the Chianti region.  Our host explained how safe it was by relating this story: A previous workshop participant lost a camera somewhere in the town.  The next day it was returned by the Policia.  A local resident found the camera, recognized the photos of Borgo San Fedele and knew that it had to belong to a visitor staying there.  You can’t get much safer than that.

We found the perfect bench in a small park overlooking the countryside and painted the fabulous views.  The Church of San Niccolò is in the center of this circular town so we knew exactly where we were at all times. In the middle of the Chianti region, we found many black roosters (found on the seal of Chianti Classico wine) and the most delicious white wine made with the typical Vernacchia grape.

Of course we didn’t paint all the time.  We visited abiti e accessori, a store with home accessories in one room and, in the other, beautiful clothes made with hand painted fabrics made by the artist in the middle of the store.  Other stores featured the food of the region including pici pasta and a tasty olive oil, of course.  And, don’t forget a fabulous lunch.

The size and friendliness of Radda was just perfect for our first adventure.

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In like a Lion

Posted in Animals, Chicago, Colors, Detail, Digital Image, Lion, Winter on March 1, 2011 by melabeemiller

A symbol of courage, strength and bravery, let March’s lion be the start  of something memorable.

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Reflections….take 2.

Posted in AT&T Building, Coastal, Daylight, Detail, Fall, Lights, Metropolitan Life Building, Nature, Nautical, New York City, Sailboat, Seasons, Sunlight on December 9, 2010 by melabeemiller

I’ve been experimenting with more reflection images and turning  the image led me to look at them differently.  Time to upend the normal.  What do you think?

Reflections autumn

Met Life Building

 

MoMA Automobile

 

Reflections

Posted in Coastal, Colors, Daylight, Detail, Digital Image, Motor boat, Nautical, Sunlight on November 1, 2010 by melabeemiller

The photographs of reflections on glass buildings that illustrated my last post sparked my interest.  These water reflections are more fluid and  fascinate me.

Trees reflecting in the water

Reflections © melabee m miller

Boat & reflection

Reflections © melabee m miller

Masts reflecting in the water

Reflections © melabee m miller

We’ve all seen reflections on water before but it is always inspiring to “see” again.  Guess what is reflecting in the above photo?

Chicago on my mind.

Posted in Chicago, Detail, Digital Image, Park, Travel, Windows on September 23, 2010 by melabeemiller

Reflections, reflections and more reflections-the images tell the story.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Cloud Gate, Chicago

Cloud Gate reflecting the skyline. © melabee m miller

Boat tour

© melabee m miller

Boat Tour

© melabee m miller

Remember these sites for your next adventure:

Millennium Park

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

Skydeck Chicago, Willis Tower

Spring Showers Bring Fabulous Flowers

Posted in Ann Arbor, Detail, Digital Image, Flowers, Lily, Michigan, Nature, Pitcher plant, Spring, Tulip on March 29, 2010 by melabeemiller

Last time I took you to sunny Puerto Rico, this time let’s go to cold Ann Arbor, Michigan where both common and exotic flowers are blooming at the  Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory.

Lily Matthaei Botanical Gardens

© melabee m miller

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

© melabee m miller

Orchid

© melabee m miller

Pitcher plant

© melabee m miller

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  Luther Burbank

February 2010 View from a Window

Posted in Architect/Architecture, Artist/Writer, Daylight, Detail, Digital Image, Duomo, Florence, Italy, Ellis Island, Filippo Brunelleschi, Italy, Landmark, Mountains, Nature, Roof, Sala Consilina, Scan, Statue of Liberty, Steven Wright, Sunlight, Tom Peters, Travel, Trees, Windows on January 31, 2010 by melabeemiller

Looking out the windows of the Naples hotel as seen in last month’s blog, I realized that every time I visit a new place or revisit a familiar one I am curious about what I can see through the windows-anywhere and everywhere-in private homes, museums, even restaurant restrooms.  It keeps me oriented especially if I am returning to take photos, well, maybe not the restrooms.  Peeking out shutters or drapes I might discover some interesting things and occasionally I’ll see a few gems like the three images below.

Duomo, Florence Italy

© melabee m miller Roof tiles, Duomo, Florence Italy

View from window at Ellis Island toward Statue of Liberty

© melabee m miller Through the window at Island 3, Ellis Island

Over rooftops toward Valley of Diano, Sala Consilina, Italy

© melabee m miller Over rooftops in Sala Consilina, Italy

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade” says American writer, Tom Peters.

And, I couldn’t pass up this quote by comedian, Steven Wright…….. “Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture.”