Sunday, February 14, 2016

In The Raw


empty vessel


better yet

a humble one

les dames d'abord

is the best place 


 Behind the scenes 


les dames d'abord

new ideas have been opening up

into opportunities



les dames d'abord

Since finding the 


setting on my Canon Rebel T2i

a much clearer, honest view 

into the 


of a subject

 is made possible.

les dames d'abord

les dames d'abord

les dames d'abord


once again

learning that


exposure of yourself



disappointments and failures

gives a much clearer view


who you are 

and who you can become.

(Thank you, God)



The Dutchess said...


Karena Albert said...

So beautifully poignant Anita!! Happy Valentines Day!

The Arts by Karena

donna baker said...

Absolutely stunning post. Raw setting? I'm going to look right now.

Marijke said...

Beautiful as ever, Happy Valentines Day!
groetjes van Marijke

Rhonda said...

Well hello sweet Anita! How refreshing your post is this fine morning. Raw settings are fabulous! Keepin' it real....keepin' it pure. xxoo

Red Rose Alley said...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Your pictures are lovelier than ever, and the soft pink roses are perfect for Valentine's Day. You know, Jess has the Canon Rebel too. I'll have to tell her about the Raw setting. The picture of the tall purple flowers is gorgeous!

Yes, thank God for fresh starts. :) I hope you have lots of chocolate, spend time with your loved one, and have a terrific day! I was going to e-mail you today, and then I SAW THIS! WONDERFUL!

love, ~Sheri

Jade said...

Love, love, love your wonderful pictures, dear magical, so fresh & full of poetry.........they speak their own language: YOUR´S! Happy valentine,

with love, Jade

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Dear Anita, happy Valentine's day. I so miss your posts, it's good to see this one. Have a fabulous day, filled with flowers, love and chocolate. xo

speedyrabbit said...

Beautiful ,Happy Valentine's day!hugs and Snuggles from xx Speedy and Rachel

June said...

Beautiful-Beautiful-Beautiful!!!! I loved sighing through every photo Anita!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Anita, I told you about the raw setting a year ago where you just the white balance with the mega-pixels... Happy this has worked out for you and wanting those white balance foto's...

All things beautiful in the eye of the lens


A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm so happy to see this today, Anita. Your images are stunning and more vivid than ever. You are so adept at picking up on a word (such as RAW) and turning it into poetry that relates back to life's journey. It's one of your many amazing talents It's wonderful to see your beautiful blog active again and to be able to comment. I'm going back to scroll through your post and take it all in again. (Third time). Hugs, Nancy

A Joyful Cottage said...

Yes, I'm back. I just had to add that the metaphor is brilliant. Love it! Hugs.

Christie Jones Ray said...

How absolutely beautiful! These images take my breath!
Happy day of love, my lovely dearest friend💗

Amélie said...

What a gorgeous fresh start! Your images of flowers are awesome. Happy valentine day!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Dear Anita,
Happy Valentine's Day! I see you figured out how to enable the comments again, glad you did, I knew you'd figure it out. Your photos are stunning and I like your poignant metaphor to your life. The Roses are incredibly gorgeous, stunning floral captures of vivid color's.

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

So happy to see one of your posts and to be able to comment! Hurray! Your photo's are lovely Anita! The clarity, the light, the colours.......A beautiful fresh start indeed.

Hope you are having a romantic Valentine's day. Enjoy your new week!

Madelief x

Kerri said...

Oh Anita! So glad you allowed us to comment again!! I keep visiting your blog to say hello, but I can't find a way to let you know. I love your photos...and of course the subject! Happy Valentine's Day! Missed you!


It's me said...

Anita my friend we can comment here from me Ria x❤️❤️❤️......Happy valentine's day ....❤️❤️❤️

Lucy martin said...

That really resonates with me...learning and bending and emptying so we can be a vessel filled up and poured...thank you.

Daniela said...

So very beautiful, my dearest Anita !
What a blessing to me to be able and comment a post of yours, it's truly a Gift, a precious Gift, thank you for this opportunity filling my heart with so much Joy !

Hope you're having a Happier Valentine's Day ever,
I wish you a most beautiful new week ahead,
sending so much dear love and sweet hugs across the many miles

wanda miller said...

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY...........I can finally leave a comment......I missed you.....and this is RAW CREATIVE ANITA LOVE right here....also MISSED. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY LOVELY LOVELY SOUL AND FRIEND. XOXOXOX
P.S. NEVER EVER feel you have to retort back to me...just keep bringing your CREATIVITY have inspired me all along xoxox

wanda miller said...

I couldn't find anywhere else to leave previous comment so....;0

CiciBianca said...

Lovely Anita. I am considering embarking on "A Fresh Start" myself. So for me, your beautiful post is most appropriate. Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day.

Sylvia said...

Happy Valentine's Day, dear friend! Cheers to the ordinary, everyday, and perhaps, RAW love!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

YAY!!! :-D
Happy Happy JOYOUS Happy xxx ooo!!!!
Sending Love Warmth Blessings and dancing JOY!!!!

Botanic Bleu said...

Beautiful photos and a wonderful way to describe RAW. This post is perfectly timed for me. I am in the process of buying my very first real camera... a DSLR, and have been seeing a lot of discussion online about shooting in the RAW (no layers of meaning intended on my part) instead of JPEG. Tomorrow I am going back to the camera store with hopes of coming home with a new Canon Rebel T6i.

Happy Valentine's Day, mon amis.


MJH Design Arts said...

So true--the photos are gorgeous. Happy Valentine's Day. xoxo Mary

The French Hutch said...

Blessings to you Anita, so happy to see your beautiful and creative blog posts where I can comment. Missed you……..
In this season of love, sending you hugs and well wishes :)

Mapi said...

Hello dear Anita, hope I find the right way to comment to you.
So glad to see you again, Happy Monday !


Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes said...

Just stunning, Anita! I have been following your amazing work on Instagram.
Happy Valentine's Day! ♡

Jeanie said...

Biggest and most glorious sigh! Such gorgeous flowers, such detail and such a wise message. And thank you for finding your comment turn on!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Welcome back Dear friend and also for sharing these photography tips with us too.
Your thoughts and photos are always, always a bright spot in my days.
Thinking of you!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Simply ~ gorgeous! So glad you've enabled comments so we can say 'Hello'.

bernadette b said...

superbe Anita Bisous

Mindy Whipple said...

Lovely photos and sentiment. Robyn is such a dear! I dream of being able to use my camera in that way...

Robyn said...

Oh my gosh, Anita. As I scrolled down the page my eyes were getting bigger and bigger as I took in every exquisite detail of your jaw-dropping photos! The colors, the composition- everything just makes my heart sing, dear friend. So proud of you and your immense talent!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Anita,
Your words are as beautiful as your photos.. So good to see you here..
The roses are breathtaking!

Dewena said...

The loveliest of photographs!

One of my favorite quotes and God given life themes is from a Bess Streeter Aldrich book. As the father winds the clock each night before bed, he says: "Day's over. Fresh start tomorrow."

Thank God!

Pétales de fée said...

Les jacinthes fraîches et parfumées sont le délice de l'hiver en attendant les roses de mai ! Belle semaine à vous

Kirby Carespodi said...

These photos are GORGEOUS!!!

Barbara Fisher said...

How lovely all your pictures are Anita. I am in awe of your talent. Much love xxx

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Beautiful pictures and wonderful words!

La Petite Gallery said...

How we accept change, will shape our lives. Bend like a willow. love yvonne

Ana said...

How very lovely indeed my sweet friend. You certainly have a great eye. Nice to see you're back blogging.

Much love,

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Marie-Paule Faure said...

Magnifique Anita!!! Vous avez un oeil d'une grande délicatesse et vous avez l'âme d'une poétesse. Vos images, vos mots vous ouvrent peu à peu la porte d'un" fresh start". Envolez-vous ma chère amie!!!!!

je vous embrasse,


francis said...

oh how I love to find you overhere again .
and what an amazing progress you made by making your own pictures now .
That must be a lot of "work"
to learn how to work with your camera .You are an artist Anita . Cannot wait to buy your book SMILE

"Create Beauty" said...

absolutely G O R G E O U S photos Anita!!!!! Dreamy.... Lovely...... Delightful!!!!!!

A fresh start. yes. His mercies are new every morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
~ Violet

Art and Sand said...

Have you just turned comments back on? For the longest time, I have not been able to comment when I read one of your posts.

Your photographs are always spectacular and I am anxious to see your next step.

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, how lovely to see a new post up here! And such a fresh and positive one! The pictures are exquisite my dear, and awwwww, flowers are just what i long for right now. I hope you are very well. I had problems with my blogger account and somehow couldn't get a post up, but now it seems to work .... Chrees to creativity and friendship!

Denise said...

Anita : D I've missed You . Glad I found the comment spot.I'm afraid it just might have been Me,but in the last few months,I couldn't find how to comment.Now I have to go back and read it once more. Blessings and hugs Your way sweet lady-Denise

Stange and ich said...

ohh what great pictures, I get fancy spring
Sunny greetings

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Oh MY LOVELY ANNITA!!! I had missed you all this time , and i just read you today. AGAIN YOU ARE like a new spring!
Such a great picture and such a Great words

Lots hugs my friend

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, so happy to be able to comment on your lovely post filled with beauty. Wishing you a wonderful new week. Blessings to you dear one! xo

La Petite Gallery said...

I can smell the HYACINTHS and what kind of roses are they?
Can't wait for Spring. Be war Darling Anita. yvonne

Laura said...

What a stunningly beautiful post.
I have always benefited from that point in life when it is time for a fresh start.
And photography?
I am in a bind.
I have a Canon T3i that I can't get to operate at its full potential.
I have plenty of windows but very little natural light.
It is so frustrating.

Do you have any posts where you discussed your photography learning journey?

White Spray Paint

Kim said...

So excited to see you back here, Anita, I have missed your sweet words, but have loved keeping up with you via Instagram! Your photos are stunning. I have not yet tried raw shots, but I have been tempted. You have inspired me to try and make a fresh start with my own camera...on raw. I'll keep you posted.

Alicia said...


janice15 said...

Beautiful photos happy weekend with love Janice

^.^ said...

... can't find your comment box, so I just put my comment under Janice's comment ... hope that's okay ? What a wonderful blog you have ... Love, cat.

Jeri Landers said...

Okay, so what the heck??! I had no idea you were posting again> WOW, you are becoming an expert with your photography, unbelievable. I would like to improve my photos,but simply haven't had time to learn how. It really is an art in itself to produce stunning pictures. Fresh starts hold such promise, keep it fresh and who knows where it will lead?!

Troebadoer said...

Un grand bonjour, Anita.

Je suis si heureux d'obtenir enfin un signe de vie de ta part...
Un message plein d'images tendres et subtiles et de mots spirituels...
Je te souhaite des jours lumineux...

You taught me
the essence of all things: 
all life is giving...

handmade by amalia said...

A stunning post. Stunning.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, cher ami, je suis très contente de vous voir ici! Oui, je suis de retour mais après une pause de reflexion. Maintenant, je suis sûre que ma poèsie sera accompanée d'un art visuel: la photographie. Mais, j'ai tant d'apprendre. Merci mille fois de vos paroles ici, et ce petit poème en anglais me coupe le souffle! Aussi, j'écoute la video que vous m'a laissée. C'est BEAU!

Lowcarb team member said...

I am so pleased to see you back blogging ...
What stunning photographs - I've just spent a most pleasant few minutes admiring them all.

I love purple or any colour hyacinths ...

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Many thanks I got your comments fine ...

All the best Jan

Stephanie said...

My sweet friend, what a joy to find this beautiful post! Oh, how I have missed your lovely posts, your lyrical words, your stunning photography.

Your photos make me want to swoon, dearest Anita. The vibrant pink against the soft white is breathtaking.

Love and hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita - Your photography just keeps getting better and better. I am loving your Instagram. Love - Deb xo

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Anita your photo's are stunning. So happy to see you back blogging again. I have missed you.

Pétales de fée said...

Muscaris et narcisses ouvrent le joli printemps !Les roses doivent encore attendre Mai pour éclore au jardin ! Merci pour ces si belles images de la vie !

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Good morning Dear!! Happy March!!
Sending love and warmth!!
Happy "best match of love" Anniversary to you
and Ruben!! :-) Have a wonderful weekend!!
xx Linnie

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a dear you are to come visit! Thank you so much... I would send you some sunshine, but we are expecting RAIN tomorrow... This is a good thing.. We sure can use it.
Wishing you and Ruben a wonderful Anniversary this weekend!!
Love you,

A Magical Whimsy said...

This was like walking into 'Days of Future Past' by the Moody Blues!
Your photos are so crisp, and refreshing, and breath-taking.
How are you, my friend?
I hear the snow was melting in Minnesota as the temperatures were exceeding the 50's.
Almost time for spring break, a refreshing reprieve from normality.
love always, and blessings to you

Red Rose Alley said...

Is it your anniversary today? I just wanted to wish you and your husband a happy anniversary. I'm doing ok, my friend. There's just a lot going on right now. I'm off to check out your instagram. I so enjoy browsing through your pictures. :)

Have a wonderful day.

love, ~Sheri

Kerri said...

Hello Anita! I see Sheri says its your Anniversary, so Happy Anniversary my friend!! Hope you are having a blessed weekend with your sweet hubby!


Heather Lindstrom said...

Happy, happy anniversary my dear Anita. You and your hubby are indeed an inspiration to us all.
Life, light and love everlasting.
Beautiful post...

Botanic Bleu said...

Hi, Anita,
Attended a FREE introductory camera class on Saturday evening to begin the journey to learning how to use my new DSLR Canon T6i camera... RAW is not in my foreseeable future because there is so much to learn. Your photos are a testament to the beauty of RAW.


Jean | said...

Happy 34th anniversary! (Saw your comment at Art and Sand.) Someday I will reread this post with a new and better camera in my hand. sigh

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Omigosh! You're back! So happy to see you at Penny's and now to see your gorgeous photos. I also have a Rebel...but don't yet know how to use it. Need to take a class. Welcome back...and soooo look forward to your stunning posts. Missed you Anita!

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Simply splendid, Anita. Seriously beautiful work. And, it feels wonderful too. I don't know what you're going to do with these images but I think they're saleable for certain. xx's

"Create Beauty" said...

Hello Lovely!
I've come back to enjoy your images and insights..... always inspiring!!!!

And finally did a blog post myself, long overdue!
~ Violet

Bonnie said...

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