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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Elusive Butterfly

It's time to try and get back to blogging again.  So today I'm sharing my photo that I submitted for 52 Frames this week for the theme:
"Details"  - If you click on the link you'll be taken to the entire album. - Well worth checking out.

Here was my submission:

“ Elusive Butterfly ”
My inspiration for this weeks theme was a little garden stake that belonged to my mom. She loved butterflies and flowers. Butterflies now serve as a memory reminder to me of my mom. I love all the pretty details of the garden stake and how the sun was shining on it and how the muted flowers in the background help to bring out the details of the garden stake. I used a feature on my camera, HDR Backlight that takes 3 consecutive pictures at once and combines them to create light and shadow. Did a smattering of Editing on PicMonkey as well.

I'm doing okay.  It's been a busy few months since she passed away.  We've had to clear out her house and get it ready to be rented.  We are in the process of doing a remodel on it right now.  Lots of time was spent remembering her through the various items
as we decided which to sell and which to keep. There have been moments of tears and moments of sadness but also moments where I am so grateful that she is no longer suffering and I cherish all the wonderful memories I have of her.  This is one of those memories.


  1. Beautiful butterfly. A wonderful keepsake.

    I've been though this with my mom, but it was 29 years ago. I still miss her every day.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  2. I am so very sorry! Your header is beautiful! Is the flower part of the stake, or it it real?

  3. glald to see you pop in my feedly list. the photo is gorgous. I would like have that setting.. i know how difficult it is after our loved ones leave us, bittersweet going through what she loved. I wish you much luck with getting the perfect renters next door..

  4. Ida; and someday; the tears will be replaced with a smile and perhaps a laugh, about something mom said or did; this is a promise. ♥♥♥ Your art submission is really cool !!

  5. That's a beautiful photo and it's nice to say welcome back.

  6. What a beautiful and unique garden stake.
    Cleaning out your mom's stuff isn't an easy job. Lots of memories go along with the work

  7. Happy to see you are posting your beautiful photography again!

  8. Sending love and warm thoughts.

  9. Beautiful photo!

    So sorry for your loss.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  10. Hello Ida. I'm pleased you are blogging again, and it was wonderful to see you come visit with me during your time of mourning the loss. I know how difficult it is to go thru all things and try to reestablish a life without. You're in my thoughts and prayers...since I've been through the loss of both parents I can say that the sadness fades but the wonderful memories never cease to exist.

  11. It is beautiful....I have been waiting for you to blog again so was so glad to see this. I know you must miss your mom a lot...but so glad it is pleasant memories. How is Coleen doing? How are all your kitties? (Giving you blog fodder for when you want to post again...I know one of your kitties passed over the rainbow bridge, but hope the others are doing okay.

  12. Ida - it is hard not to write something cliche at this point in time, but it does sound like you are on the healing journey. Welcome back to blogging - it is a beautiful picture, and all the more so that it honors your Mother.

  13. This is a beautiful photo Ida! What a great feature to have on your camera! I always find that good pictures generally need just a touch of editing, too. I love that you are remembering your mother with butterflies. Such a sweet way to celebrate and remember her life! Many hugs and prayers for you during this difficult time!

  14. Ida, I'm so sorry I haven't been a good blog friend lately. I'm sure I didn't even know your Mom died and you've been going through the grieving process. I know how hard all of this is as I went through it years ago. Perhaps you can now think of her and smile. One day it will be easier. Hugs.

  15. How lovely to remember your mom via butterflies. I hope you find comfort as you sort through your mother's things. Hugs, Lorrie

  16. oh ida...not everyone is lucky enough to have what you had with your mom!! you are lucky to have had her and she to have had you. colleen too, i too am glad she is no longer suffering!!

    maybe blogging will help mitigate some of the sadness!!


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