Archive for Nature

I colored my Coloring Postcards.

Posted in Animals, Colors, drawing, Serpent, Zebra with tags , , on May 10, 2016 by melabeemiller

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What colors would you use?  I hope you picked up my coloring postcards last week at Montclair Art Museum’s First Thursday. They were given out during Studio Montclair‘s Draw Along.  Here are my postcards again-with color. Thanks for voting for me and enjoy!

Studio Montclair will be using the postcards for publicity.  Call them for your own copy.

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My Pine Tree

Posted in Daylight, Digital Image, Earth, Nature, Pine Tree, Trees, Winter with tags , , , on December 17, 2013 by melabeemiller

I loved the pine tree outside my bedroom window.  I watched it grow almost 20 feet and stand tall through all kinds of weather.  When the oil tank was removed, my pine tree’s stability was compromised.

I’ll miss the way the snow rested on it’s branches and the way I felt protected by it’s presence. Below is one of my favorite photos of

My Pine Tree.

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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?

Celebrating Women

Posted in Flowers, Holiday, Melabee M Miller, Nature, Photography, Rose with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by melabeemiller

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March 8th is International Women’s Day, let’s remember all the women in our lives.

I know it’s Autumn when…..

Posted in Autumn Leaves, Coastal, Colors, Daylight, Fall, Nature, Rainbow, Trees with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by melabeemiller

The days are shorter, the weather is cooler and orange becomes nature’s favorite color.  It’s mine, too.  What’s yours?

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Relax at the Water’s Edge

Posted in Beach, Caribbean, Coastal, Daylight, Digital Image, Memorial Day, Ocean, Summer, Sunlight, Travel, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by melabeemiller

On almost every beach we visited in the Virgin Islands there were lounge chairs perfectly positioned to watch the water lapping the shoreline.  Find your ideal spot this summer and 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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