In the pink

I believe in pink.  I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.  I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.  I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

~ Audrey Hepburn

I’m bringing out my girly side today.  I am not a girly-girl most of the time, but every now and then I surprise myself (and others) with the part of myself that loves pedicures, pretty clothes, and the color pink.  The unnatural pinkness of the above photo is courtesy of Pixlr.  Working with a point & shoot camera, I don’t have the option of using filters so this is the next best thing as far as I’m concerned.

For those who prefer True Colors over Girls Just Want to Have Fun, the above is what the image looked like before I started trying to make it Pretty in Pink.


The azaleas were pink on their own.  They didn’t need any help from filters.  Just a touch of softness added around the edges which is blurring out some of the features I didn’t like in the one and only photo I took of the azaleas.


The redbud tree is one of my favorites of the spring blossoming trees.  I’m not sure why it’s called a redbud as the buds always look either pink or purple or some combination of the two to me.

The redbud trees were the main attraction for me the day we visited Lake View Cemetery.  Of course I enjoyed the other blooming trees and flowers as well, but the redbuds were by far my favorites.

Redbud glow

The redbud spirit is one of joyful and creative expression and she stimulates creative expression within us.  Redbuds also stir passion especially in regards to expressing love and emotions.

~ Ted Andrews, Nature-Speak

I’ve had a couple of requests for prints and greeting cards lately (and sold a few which is terribly exciting to me!  Thank you!).  I finally did something I have been meaning to do for a long time, but have put off due to, well, laziness.  I now have a little shop at Red Bubble.  ←You can find it at that link over there.  Or right here.  If there isn’t something in the side bar of my blog by the time this post goes out, there will be soon.  I’m still working on uploading images and there may be some shifting around in my portfolio.  Actually, there will be some shifting around as I don’t intend to leave the images available for more than a month or so.  My plan is to switch them out occasionally.  Hopefully my laziness will not get in the way of the plan.

A pink view of the dogwoods from this morning's walk.

Enough of that.  I’m not particularly good at selling myself or my work, something I suppose I ought to work on.  I find it a little embarrassing.  While I work on that, here are a few photos from this morning’s walk around Breezy Acres.

Crabapple blossoms

It has been quite breezy the past two days.  This morning we had frost.  Between the chill in the air and the breeze, it was a bundle up kind of morning.  We had a Great Blue Heron visit.  I almost missed him as I went running down the big hill (trying to warm up).  Thankfully he didn’t fly off when he saw that crazy woman with the camera running as fast as she could towards the pond.  It’s fun to all-out run like that.  If the grass hadn’t been so dewy, I might have rolled down the hill.  Because that’s fun too.  When was the last time you let your inner child run (or roll) crazily down a hill?

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  If you want to run all loose-limbed and child-like down the hill, I promise I won’t laugh.  I’ll probably join you.  Or we could roll down the hill now since the dew has dried.  Stop rolling (or running, for that matter) before you get to the pond or it won’t matter that the dew has dried.  You’ll end up going for a swim.


49 Comments on “In the pink”

  1. niasunset says:

    amazing colours… Thanks and Love, nia

  2. Gosh, Robin, I adore the redbud tree photo. I think the redbud in bloom has got to be one of my favorite. The color is so yummy!

  3. I second Kathryn’s comment on the redbud tree photo. The colors are spectacular.

  4. I love the pale pink dogwood against the blue sky!

  5. your girly side is absolutely breathtaking!

  6. I am going to be partial to the dogwoods, but every gossamer part of this post is beautiful, Robin!

  7. I’m not a pink girlie-girl either, Robin! I see it all day at school . . . but in nature–I love it. Like those petals spilled over the grass.

    • Robin says:

      I love seeing petals strewn all over the grass, too, Teresita. While I there the wind would blow once in a while, creating a shower of petals. I couldn’t quite capture it with camera.

  8. Kala says:

    Beautiful springtime images, Robin. I love the redbud!

  9. Karma says:

    I love your spring-y-ness! I’m enjoying your 80’s references too (teenager of the 80’s here – ever hear that song “1985” by the group “Bowling for Soup”? It speaks volumes to me, LOL)

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      I had to go look it up at YouTube. I have heard it… just didn’t recognize the title or the group. The video is hilarious. 1985 is one of those years I have no trouble at all remembering because my youngest son was born that year. 😀

  10. Dana says:

    Hooray for pink! (And for getting your online shop up and running!) I’m not much of a princess, either, but when my royal side comes out– watch out! Sparkles and unicorns for EVERYONE! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      LOL, Dana! I’m not sure I’d go quite that far. Well, unicorns maybe. Oh okay, sparkles too. 🙂

      And thank you for me get it in gear with the online shop. 😀

  11. Carla says:

    Love this, Robin! So has Pixlr replaced Picnik for you?
    Oh, and I can’t remember if I mentioned this to you last year or not, but the redbud flowers are edible! So sprinkle them on a salad if you like!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carla. 🙂

      I think you may have mentioned that last year and I forgot all about it. Our redbud trees haven’t bloomed yet (we’re a little behind Cleveland). I’ll pick some and try them on a salad when they bloom.

      Pixlr is a good place to play. It hasn’t replaced Picnik just yet, but it’s a good possibility. I’m still looking around. I’m also spending more time learning about Photoshop since I do have it and only use it for resizing and a little tweaking. The trouble with Photoshop, though, is that it takes many steps to accomplish what I can do in one step on Picnik or Pixlr.

  12. Anita Mac says:

    Absolutely gorgeous – love this time of year. Your shots are stunning. I love the natural look and the azaleas – stunning.

  13. Joanne says:

    I can see why you are going through a pink phase Robin, with all of the pink tones nature has on display in the bogs right now. I’m so happy that you are going with the flow of nature!

    And congratulations on getting your online shop up and running. I’m sure it will be a huge success. 🙂

  14. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I love the ‘Crabapple blossoms’. And the Audrey Hepburn quote. Jane

  15. Just amazing…
    Our trees have yet to burst, so I’m going to enjoy yours for a while…

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    Good choice of girly colors for this time of year. Enjoy your weekend.

  17. CMSmith says:

    The great blue heron is awesome. We had one fly over and land on our neighbor’s roof for a few minutes the other day, but my camera was nowhere near.

    Thanks for the link.

    • Robin says:

      Isn’t that always the way, Christine? The herons seem to move off quicker than I can usually grab my camera. I got lucky with this guy, especially since he didn’t fly away immediately.

      I finally got around to adding the Red Bubble link in the sidebar today. Yay!

      I am still reading Pillars of the Earth. This is actually a second time around for me. I read it when it first came out, which seems like eons ago. When Ken Follett came out with a sequel, I decided I needed to reread the first because I couldn’t remember the characters or what went on in the story. It’s well worth a second read, I think.

      As for the 50 books project, that’s just an arbitrary number I assign every year as something to strive towards. I haven’t made it yet. I keep a list (and the count) on the blog here (it’s the page titled “50 books project” (the link is up there above the header).

      • CMSmith says:

        I got a photo of a blue heron today. It landed across the drive and I ran for my camera. I hope to post them sometime next week.

        I may have to reread it myself. I don’t think I read the sequel.

        Good luck with your books. If you need any suggestions, let me knw (although at the rate you read, you’ve probably already read everything I have.

        Let me know if you’d like to read Dancing in Heaven. I’ll send you a free copy. It’s a quick read.

        • Robin says:

          I already had it on my Wish List at Amazon, Christine, and went ahead and ordered it yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading your book. And seeing your blue heron. 🙂

          I’m actually a pretty slow reader these days. I used to gobble down about 2-3 books/week. I’m lucky if I get through one a month lately. I attribute that to spending too much time on the computer.

          • CMSmith says:

            I’ve recently switched things up a bit and doing more reading and less computer – one of the reasons I’m falling so far behind on my blog reading.

  18. CMSmith says:

    I’ve just been checking out your sidebar looking for the information you promised. What is the 50 books project? I’m reading 24 for Goodreads and that seems like a lot.

    Are you still reading Pillars of the Earth? I read it many years ago and liked it very much at the time. Love Ken Follett—went through all his books at the time.

    How can you even think of calling yourself lazy?

  19. Maggie L R says:

    Brilliant photos, I love it when you go all girly…

  20. paul davis says:

    I like ALL of these shots, and I like the one with rock background the best.

  21. milkayphoto says:

    Pink is good. I could live all my life in PINK! 🙂

    I’ve been feelin’ a bit girly myself these days…all of my new swimsuits are pink and I have this strong urge to paint my toenails…

    • Robin says:

      Pink is very good, Tracy. 🙂

      I went through a pink phase a few years ago, and still have plenty of pink clothing to show for it. I’m more into blue lately, the beachy turquoise kind of blue.

  22. Oh, I wish I could press the Like button more than once, Robin! Ah, pink. As someone said above, “pink is good” – YES!

  23. Kathy says:

    Pink! Pink! This post is so pretty in pink. (I haven’t read all the comments to see if others said this, too.) I remember rolling down hills as a child and getting dizzy, dizzy, dizzy. It was more fun to make snow angels. Thank goodness the snow is gone ’round here or you’d be telling me to go outside and play.

    • Robin says:

      LOL, Kathy! I don’t think anyone else said it. And you should go outside and play. But only if you have the time and energy. I know you’re busy caretaking right now. 🙂

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