Thursday, April 7, 2011

Around the House

As the post title would suggest, these are a few photos taken around my home. Come wander around from room to room with me.

This straw hat belongs to my son and it was asking to be photographed. Who am I to refuse?

These glass candle holders sit upon a chest in my dining room. The little guy who lives across the street loves to play with the stones which surround the glasses.

A green-faced sun adorns my living room wall. I squeezed in beside him and snapped his profile.

Three candles stacked and tied up with rafia sit upon a shelf in my upstairs hallway.

I have a miniature shelf built in the shape of a row boat also upstairs on the landing. This feather is tied to one of the small oars on the outside of the boat.

That's it for today. Thanks for the visit.


Anonymous said...

What gorgeous artifacts you have! Superb photography - as always!

Maggie May said...

My rabbits would LOVE that straw hat!
You have some lovely bits and bobs in your house!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

ADRIAN said...

Another good set....I'll do a set from around my home one wet day..did I say home? I meant tip.

Brian Miller said...

nice...i like the hat...and the textures of the feather against the grain of the wood...

CiCi said...

The profile of the sun is a great shot. We have a sun face over the two light switches at the front door. It always makes me smile. The boat shelf sounds like a nice addition to the landing area. Thanks for the tour.

Leah J. Utas said...

Lovely textures.

She Who Carries Camera said...

ooh..i love seeing little tidbits to get my mind wondering about the rest of your home. i might just have to do a similar post soon!

Suldog said...

I say it again and again: I'd pay to look at your photos.

DJan said...

I am tempted to put my macro feature on my camera and take pictures like these. Somehow, though, they never EVER look like yours. Your eye is unique and precious to me, but I have to discover my own eye, I guess!

Anonymous said...

Nice as always... in fact, fabulous as always... need to try to do your puzzle again as it got the best of me yesterday. Stupid thing.. LOL


Out on the prairie said...

Very nicely done Hilary, you always take very nice photos. We may have to place you in the photo section of your Wed. blog.

ellen abbott said...

love the colors and textures.

Bossy Betty said...

I love the way ordinary everyday objects become works of art when you have your way with them!

Frank Baron said...

Nice colours and textures. There's times I can lose myself in contemplating a feather. That one is a beauty. :)

Dawn said...

So many designs and color and textures. Lovely home!

Kristina P. said...

You have some amazing things floating around in your house!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

You have a way of taking the most mundane things and turning them into a work of art. It's a gift. Thanks for sharing that gift with us.

messymimi said...

Making the ordinary look extraordinary. That's your gift to us.

chariskalee said...

You have a way of reminding us that even the little things can be spectacular with the right perspective. Great post!

Anvilcloud said...

The feather on the boat is really good for complementing/contrasting textures. It's got a nice non-balanced composition too.

Cricket said...

Extraordinary views of the ordinary. I suppose it's all in how you look at things, a simple change of perspective is sometimes all that's required.

It's not a perfect choice, but for some reason, I'm thinking of Suzanne Vega's Night Vision. Make of that what you will. :-)

In my house right now, I'm listening to Robert Fripp's A Blessing Of Tears and enjoying it immensely. That works for me, but I'm not so sure for you.

MaggieGem said...

It's all about perspective, isn't it! Lovely images of the everyday, thanks for sharing!

Reb said...

Lovely! I really like the straw hat and the sun profile.

Dan said...

Love the 'Green Faced Sun' and the shadow it casts on the far wall. I also admire the 'Feather' texture and lines as it lays on the board with the distressed effect and vertical lines.

You are blessed with an artists eye and vision for creativity.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovley.I enjoyed walking through your house looking at all the pretties.

Anonymous said...

Deceit follows a dirty cloud. You need "to be told" if you know.

Daryl said...

I can see one thing I have that you dont: DUST

Bob Bushell said...

It's brilliant, all of them are well photographed.

Karen said...

Hilary I love those close ups! The feather and hat were my favs.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

My goodness! I guess you really can make anything look beautiful. :)

Sebab said...

They are just lovely. Thanks for visiting me and the comments in my Cruise blog.

ds said...

Okay, what's the story behind that hat? Love the textures in the feather/boat photo as well. How cool to know the sun will always "shine" in your own home.
Thank you.

Rosaria Williams said...

I want to linger, soak them all in, appreciate the colors,lines, composition. So good!

Cloudia said...

I love your milieu!

Warm Aloha from Waikiki

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yaya said...

You have a way of taking the ordinary to extraordinary! I love the sun profile...very cleverly done!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Hilary, Great pictures today... I especially like the last one of the feather.... NEAT!

Glo said...

Texture, shapes and colours are shown in a new light :) Your photography is inspiring ~ I've been wandering around the house looking at stuff and if someone saw me they'd think I was a bit off ;) Sure is fun looking at things up close and from different angles.

Dave said...

Unusual shots Hilary. I can understand the little guy wanting to play with those smooth stones. Whenever I see them for sale I feel that I want to play with them too. - Dave

Friko said...

that's plenty to be going on with, all of it beautiful seen and executed.

Not a bad idea to see things around the home with a proper 'eye'. I'll have to take a leaf out of your book.

Anonymous said...

I love that hat!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Hilary: Wonderful captured as you wandered through the textures of your abode.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

a pleasure for the eye!

Nick said...

Good close ups. I especially like mystery close ups....hint hint

Kat said...

I love the pattern of the soft feather against the wood. :)
Great shots, as always!

Hilary said...

• Thank you, Lady Fi. :)

• Thanks, Maggie. They'd sure have some fun with it. ;)

• Thank you, Adrian. I'll look forward to it. :)

• Brian, thanks kindly. :)

• TechnoBabe, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the mini tour. :)

• Thank you, Leah. :)

• Jillsy, thanks. I look forward to seeing your post. :)

• Thank you, Suldog. I'd pay to keep you from quitting blogging. :/

• Thank you, DJan. No doubt you will discover your own eye and it will be wonderful. I wasn't using a macro lens for these. I was just up close and personal, and did a bit of cropping afterward. :)

• Thanks so much, Di. I hope you conquer that puzzle. :)

• Thanks, Steve. But that would be breaking my POTW rules. ;) I appreciate the sentiment though. :)

• Thanks, Ellen. :)

• Betty, thank you so kindly. :)

• Thank you, Frank. I know how special and important feathers are to you, which is largely, if not mostly why they've become part of me too. Thanks for that. :)

• Thank you kindly, Dawn. :)

• Thank you, Kristina. Much appreciated. :)

• Linda, thank you so much, dear friend. That means a lot to me. :)

• MessyMimi, thank you very kindly. :)

• Chariskalee, thanks so much for such kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• AC, thanks very kindly. I'm glad you like it. :)

• Cricket, thank you. Perspective makes the difference in so many things. As usual, I'm listening to your choice(s) as I type out comment responses. A Blessing of Tears will be next. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Maggie Gem, agreed. Perspective is everything. Thanks for the kind words. :)

Hilary said...

• Reb, thank you. :)

• Daniel, thank you so much for such kind words. You never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thank you for that, my friend. :)

• Thanks, Ruth. I'm glad you could join me. :)

• Anon, you ought to know about deception - being anonymous and all.

• Daryl, I have plenty of that. And the foresight to clean it away from my photo subjects before I snap a shot. ;)

• Bob, thank you very kindly. :)

• Thank you, Karen. I'm glad you liked them. :)

• Elizabeth, thank you so much for that kind compliment. :)

• Thanks very much, Sailor. :)

• DS, not much of a story. I think a friend gave it to him. It looks adorable on him but if I say that, he won't wear it again. ;) Thanks so much for your always kind words. :)

• Rosaria, thank you kindly. Please feel free to linger and enjoy. Put your feet up.. have a drink. :)

• Thank you, Cloudia. :)

• Yaya, thank you so much. Such a lovely thing to say. :)

• Thanks, Betsy. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Glo, thank you, and I know the feeling. Photography around the house is to be done while completely alone, lest you get "the look." I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Dave, I think it's kind of like playing with marbles. Except I've lost mine, long ago. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Friko, thanks very kindly. I look forward to your sharing your own leaf down the road. :)

• Barbara, it looks so cute on him, too. :)

• Fishing Guy, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Gary, thanks kindly. :)

• Nick, thank you. I'll have to work on some of those again soonish. :)

• Kat, thanks very much. :)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous images! You've got a great eye.

Mage said...

You sweep me away with the colors. Thank you.

Indrani said...

You have a beautiful collection. Thanks for sharin.

D said...

Lovely macro photos, Hilary.

Barb said...

So much wonderful texture and color in your photos, Hilary. The photos tell something about your personality.

Country Girl said...

What? We're done? I wanted to stay longer!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I especially like the candle photo-- The colors are striking! And that hat-- It looks well loved and well-worn.
Happy weekend, jj

Wendy said...

I like the green sun king the best! Candles are so colourful and I knew there would be a feather somewhere! Nice pics - once again, you turn the ordinary into something special.

Pearl said...

Love the close-up of the candles.

Hoping your part of the world is warming up,


VM Sehy Photography said...

Nice shots. My favorite is the hat. Interesting how the stuff you have around the house just catches your eye from time to time. It's like seeing where you live in a whole new light.

Kappa no He said...

I want you to decorate my house. I'm afraid my "around the house" would be half chewed pencils and mauled cat toys. ^^v

sage said...

Small things are special! Nice photos

Nancy said...

You have the most interesting home. And an eye for texture, color, and the perfect photo.

Betty Manousos said...

Hi! Those are great captures!!
Great perspective!

Hope your weekend is great!

Dianne said...

I love the color of your living room wall!!
it suits you

it is so amazing how you create art out of the things you live with

NotaSupermom said...

Very beautiful! Everyday things can be totally different from a different perspective.

Hilary said...

• Welcome, Kelly and thanks very much for the kind words. :)

• Much appreciated, Maggie. :)

• Indrani, thank you so much. :)

• Diana, thanks very much. :)

• Barb, thank you kindly. I hope. ;)

• Kate, kick you shoes off and stay as long as you like. I have wine! ;)

• Joanna, thanks so much. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Wendy, I like that you knew you'd see a feather. You know me fairly well. Thanks so much for your always-kind words. :)

• Pearl, thank you. It is indeed.. spring is bursting forth! I hope you're enjoying yours. :)

• VM, thank you. And very true about perspective. It has a way of making everything new again. :)

• Terrie, I have those things too. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Sage, thanks kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Nancy, thank you so much for such kind words. :)

• Betty, thanks kindly. And right back at you. :)

• Dianne, thank you. You always have the kindest things to say and that's so appreciated. :)

• Nota, thanks kindly. Perspective truly is everything. :)

Jayne said...

Love, love the straw hat. They are all so beautiful, such rich colors. I love how these ordinary things inspire you so, and when re-imaged (so to speak) through your eyes, you lens, they become inspiration for us all. :)

Gary said...

The colors are stunning!

This reminds me of a night, years ago, when a friend of ours went through our home with his camera taking close-up photos of things around the house. When he was done we viewed the photos to see if we could identify the objects we saw all the time, things we owned. For the most part we did well but not entirely. We have not done that since but I think it's high time we revisit that activity.

lime said...

fun bits and pieces of your life. :)

Lisa said...

All are so very gorgeous . Your photography is outstanding.
Loved my visit here.

Hilary said...

• Jayne, thank you so much for such a lovely compliment. Your kind words mean a lot to me. Much appreciated. :)

• Gary, thank you. That game sounds like great fun. I'll have to try that at a friend's house sometime. Thank you for the idea. :)

• Michelle, thanks kindly. :)

• Lisa, thank you so much. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

Cheryl Kohan said...

The way you coax texture into your photos is just amazing! Each of these could be matted and framed and would be awesome hung in a grouping.

As usual, I can't pick a favorite but if I absolutely had to it'd probably be that straw hat.

Hilary said...

Cheryl, thanks so kindly for such a lovely compliment. It means a lot to me. :)