Busy As A Bee

Life at Indigo Acres has been extremely busy.  Summer is always packed full!  There is so much to accomplish and enjoy, before Michigan’s Winter weather arrives.  On top of vacations and family time, we have spent much time finishing farm projects and expanding our gardens.  The kids return to school in one week, so I am going to cherish these last few days of family fun!  Time sure flies…

With that being said, I thought I would kick off this beautiful Monday with some beautiful BEE Photos!  Late summer is a perfect time to add flowers to your garden!  The bees will thank you!

Honey Bee on False Sunflower
Honey Bee on Hydrangea
Honey Bee on Echinacea
Honey Bees & Capped Honey


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just BEE You…



When Fashion & Nature Collide: August Edition

I am so excited to share August’s Edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Once again, this month is packed with stunning photography, amazing art and fashion features that will truly inspire all! This month, we have not only included a few beautiful critters, but some stunning landscapes as well!

On the third Wednesday of each month, we celebrate the beautiful collision between nature and fashion. Keep in mind, my focus will be to share a detailed background of my critter/landscape photography, featured in the current edition. I highly recommend you visit the other three posts, from The Arty Plantsman (botanical photography), LisMorePaper (Artist) and 3C Style (Fashion) to present you with “When Fashion & Nature Collide” in its entirety. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the sixth edition of…

When Fashion and Nature Collide: August Edition

The Green Sea Turtle

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The Green Sea Turtle, resting on the black sand beach of Punalu’u.  These beautiful creatures can live to be 80 years old.  They grow to 300-400 pounds and 3-4 feet in length. This green sea turtle is listed both as endangered and threatened.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda


The Midland Painted Turtle

Midland Painted Turtle: this turtle is small to medium sized, ranging from 5-9 inches.  Its shell ranges from black to olive-green.  Their skin is usually black to light green, yet their forearms display vibrant red lines.  The head and neck have yellow lines running from the nose to the mouth, downward, turning red as the lines meet the neck.  This beauty is found in most of the US and Southern Canada.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda, Turtle Art by LisMorePaper


The Shores of The Big Island

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The shores of the Big Island of Hawaii
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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda, Flower Photography by The Arty Plantsman
The Shores of the Big Island
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda


Butterfly – The Small Postman

Small Postman – Heliconius Erato –  Central & South America 
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda


Michigan Lighthouse & Feathered Friends



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Mute Swan: This beauty is 55-63 inches long with a wingspan of 79-94 inches.  They are the second largest waterfowl species, after the trumpeter swan.  This heavy flying bird weighs 20-30 lbs.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda


The Shores of Lake Michigan

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Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Nature Photography by Roda


For a look at the big picture of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, don’t forget to visit the rest of the team:


The Arty Plantsman



Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 7th Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide”, on September 19th. Did you miss a past edition? No worries…

March Edition

April Edition

May Edition

June Edition

July Edition

“There is something magical about being nestled among a field of wildflowers or resting on a fern covered forest floor, waiting for gifts from Mother Nature. For me, it is not just about photography…it is about being one with magnificent creatures, up close and personal.” ~ Roda


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


*For more nature inspired photography by Roda, visit…
Nature’s Lens

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Day 5: Black & White Photo Challenge


3cstyle nominated me for a black and white photo challenge. How can I say no?! Black and white photography is a true passion of mine!

RULES: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.

*I am going to be a bit of a rebel! Anyone that would like to participate, please do so!


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…