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In Reach of my Chair

My days can be hectic with lots of comings and goings (or is it vice versa?)

But my home provides the rest and relaxation that I need to recharge. I often trundle around the yard to investigate the happenings in nature, and to see what plants are now guests at "our place". For most of my life I had "a home among the gum trees". Now in Sandy, Utah I find my surroundings to have a perpetual freshness.

I appreciate the mature trees with their new foliage, I delight in the small plants and their struggle to make themselves known, and I can invite the snails and slugs to live elsewhere.

Springs brings much activity; so much and so varied. With the soil being super-saturated, I keep my chair to hard standing and pathways. Abundance is within my reach. Today I sampled new leaves to inspect  their intricacies.

I have long used my scanner as a camera (take image and store as a file). In this case I have kept a white background, but the use of different cloth covers allows me to change background colors for this miniature work.This technique can make masterpieces of  the small, small world.




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Lois Davies
Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral & SW Florida

Unless you have spent time in a garden you don't truelly understand the peace it can bring you.  It's a wonder what goes on in a garden.

May 25, 2011 01:36 PM #1
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

The advantages of a home office. Pajamas optional.

May 25, 2011 01:52 PM #2
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Hey, Larry, I really love the beauty of nature and all the wonders which await the discerning eye; thanks for sharing.

May 25, 2011 02:24 PM #3
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Larry, One of these days, I will have to take time and visit when I can see your garden.  It sounds delightful.

May 25, 2011 03:27 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Larry,

I love your creativity from your photo, to your writing and your imagination. When it comes to creativity - you've got the talent! I also have a great appreciation for nature and one of the favorite books that I read after having five surgeries several years ago was by Bill Bryson. The name of the book is A Walk in the Woods. While I was on the mend, and could hardly walk, I took my imaginary walk in the woods with Bill Bryson by being a page turner in my chair through the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. I found the book to be very light reading and very entertaining. It was published in 1998, the year I had my surgeries and you can still find it at Barnes & Noble and probably any Half Priced Book Store or better yet, the Public Library.

Larry, your collage of leaves is magnificent! I love the placement for the leaves and the fact that you used different sizes and shapes. The leaves look like they are pressed and ready for hanging on the wall! I know you put a lot of time and effort into making it and it turned out very, very well.

Your writing is extraordinary. I could see you being a teacher or a Boy Scout Leader. You have so much talent that can be shared with children and/or adult! I know that if you were my teacher, I'd be proud to hear what you have to say and see your creative photographs and collections of leaves and other things in nature.

Thanks for the inspiring post! It's a keeper!



May 25, 2011 04:11 PM #5
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

how creative you are... i am a #1 fan of virtual office aka/home. ;) and your fun blogs... ;)

May 25, 2011 08:32 PM #6
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Larry -

The grouping of leaves was very interesting. 
You always have an eye to get the right final image. 
Well, at least the ones you show to us!

Have a happy day -

May 25, 2011 10:37 PM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Your writing places me in your garden enjoying nature in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the day!

May 26, 2011 12:45 AM #8
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Lois - too true. I am more an observer than a doer. But I enjoy.

David - my pyjamas can be a bit scrappy, so I tend to dress for work. You can never tell who is going to turn up.

Tish - You and me too. sometimes I have to look harder to get past the blearies.

Gary - come on down anytime. We are warmer than you even.

May 26, 2011 05:57 AM #9
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Patricia - WOW. What a warm comment. Glad you enjoyed.

I have been around cameras for most of my life (incl 30 years as a commercial photographer, during which time photography was my hobby as well). I have used antique cameras to digital, from pinhole cameras to walk in 50" x 30" rail cameras (that camera was 30 feet long), and I still like to experiment with images.

Yesterday I relented and picked up a webcam and tried it on an international call. My Aussie friend was surprised that I had gotten better looking in the last five years. :-}

Does being a Merit Badge Counsellor in the Eagle Program of BSA count for being a Boy Scout?

I have become involved in story telling (tall tales and mostly true).

Like you I do not let maturity and political correctness stand in the way of adventure. Very impressed with your recent European trip

Go get 'em, girl.

May 26, 2011 06:11 AM #10
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Lauren - in my case, virtual is real (separate part of the house, reception etc) It reduces my time in traffic, although sometimes hard to close the door on that work. Keep smiling ~ it's infectious.

Lynn - I learned long ago that a good photographer only shows his good work (high rejection rate to get to the great) Most times I am my harshest critic, but I keep smiling.

Wayne - Glad you could enjoy with me. Great power in the picture and the word.

May 26, 2011 06:18 AM #11
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

Beautiful, you amaze me in all that you can do and get done in a day and you're creative too!  Thanks for sharing 

May 26, 2011 01:23 PM #12
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Kim - you do pretty good yourself, and you have the mom handicap as well.

May 26, 2011 04:06 PM #13
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