Layers…Roda Style!

Layers – Weekly Photo Challenge

When I discovered that the topic for the weekly photo challenge was “layers“, I was not sure what direction to go. I thought about the layers of an onion or the tiers of a cake. I contemplated layers of rock and the delicate folds of a flower. Yet, nothing felt quite right…

Enter Wifey: “You look perplexed. What’s on your mind?”

Me: “The topic for the weekly photo challenge is layers. I’m not feeling excited about this topic… I just can’t think of anything that tickles my fancy.”

Wifey: (appearing amused): “Really? You can’t come up with anything for the term layers?”

Me: “No….I’m stuck.  Any suggestions?”

Wifey: “I have one word for you… Chickens.

And that, my friends, is how “Layers…Roda Style” was born…

I would like to give a big shout out to the “Layers” of Indigo Acres, for making this photo challenge possible…

“Big White” – Brahma
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“Hawk” – Easter Egger
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“Francis” – Khaki Campbell
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“Molly” – Barred Rock
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“Poe” – Silkie
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“LuLu” – Indian Runner
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“Snape, Dartha, Tico” – Black Australorps and Rhode Island Red
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“Sweetie” – Seabright Bantam
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“Hermione” – Golden Laced Wyandotte
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“Buffy” – Buff Orpington

Thank you to our Girls for being such amazing egg layers!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You



Where Did It Go?

What?!  No Weekly Photo Challenge? This can’t happen!  What will I write about on Thursday?  I always post my Weekly Photo Challenge post on Thursday…

What happened?  Where did the Photo Challenge go?

These were my thoughts when I read that the weekly Photo Challenge would not be happening this week.  Then, that beautiful little light bulb went off!  I had the perfect solution! I would take this opportunity to write about the photographers I have met, while blogging, that inspire me to grow and improve! Now this would be exciting!

This is going to be exciting!!!

Let’s start with Ark! Ark’s blog, is truly eye candy!  His photography has taught me to be patient!  I love insects and tiny critters.  Ark’s photographs have inspired me to find a spot in the garden and just wait for the magic to arrive!  He is a true gentleman, with an outstanding sense of humor!  These are some of my favorite posts, from his site:

Another wonderful photographer is Andy,  Andy and I share a passion for not only photography, but geology!  I so enjoy when I stumble upon another rock hound!  From close up critters, to stunning black and white scenes, Eye For a Pic is a wonderful place to relax and take in the scenery! I hope you enjoy Andy’s work as much as I do!

Last, but not least, is Rhapsody!  When I think of the most magical places on Earth, filled with moonlight and fairies, I think of her! Rhapsody seems to capture these exact places with her magical lens…she makes Mother Nature come alive within her photographs!

Thank you Ark, Andy and Rhapsody for being a beautiful inspiration!

“Anyone can take a picture…a person with passion sees the picture before it’s taken…”  ~Author Unknown

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Beautiful Endings

via Photo Challenge: Waiting

While your are waiting around in life, stop and observe Mother Nature’s beauty surrounding you…

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Wait to discover those special individuals that feel like sunlight in your life…

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Don’t wait for sunlight on the dark days…go and find it!

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Don’t always wait for the big moments…learn to live for the small ones.

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Don’t wait…find out what sets your soul on fire!


What are you waiting for…

Embrace life’s small moments of happiness…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


September’s Welcome…

Welcome September!  Change is in the air and my senses are tickled with delight!  Although the gardens are quickly fading, they hold a more relaxed and peaceful beauty, this time of year.  They have worked hard and are now able to rest, allowing their colors to adjust to the season’s change.

There are some things too beautiful for human words.   With that, I will pass this post over to Mother Nature’s September Beauties…

Dahlias, Black-Eyed Susan & Butterfly Bush
Hydrangea Love
Hydrangeas in Pink
Hydrangea blooms, hot pink Echinacea, Hosta buds and Aphrodite.
The Sunflower

Let Autumn petals dance in the breeze…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


Wondrous Webs…

Structure – Photo Challenge

One of my most favorite Fall activities involves the camera, some glistening due drops and my eight legged friends!  When I contemplate structure in nature, I can’t think of a better example than a spider’s web…





One of my all time favorites…

“Weave the web you want to live…”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…