When Fashion & Nature Collide: March Edition

Fashion is such a beautiful form of self-expression.  Although, I do enjoy clothing, I admit that I am not a poster child for the latest fashion craze.  If sandals, embroidered floral jeans and “I  my donkey” tees are in style, then I am golden!  I do find it interesting to learn about current trending styles and colors, but I will always be true to myself.   Feeling confident and comfortable, in my clothing, always makes me feel extra fabulous! As I always say, JUST BE YOU!

Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life.  Nature is inspiring!  Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode!  Mother Nature’s inspiration is endless… we just need to slow down and take the time to notice.

On the third Wednesday of each month, you will experience the beautiful collision between nature and fashion. Keep in mind, my focus will be to share a detailed background of my critter photography, featured in the current edition.  I will reblog 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…

When Fashion and Nature Collide

March Edition

Critter Photography Features

Silver Sebright Bantam Chicken

Sebright Bantam – The Sebright is a breed of chicken named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright. This fantastic little breed, weighing only 20 oz., is one of the oldest recorded British “true” miniature breeds. Most bantam breeds have a corresponding full-size version, but not the Sebright. This little one is in a class all alone! Through a very selective ornamental breeding process, this beauty was created in the 19th century.
Sebrights are gorgeous creatures that have slate blue skin and non-feathered legs. Their feathers are laced around the edges with black and have a base color of either dark gold or silver. Their combs, ear lobes and wattles vary from bright red to mulberry. The hens are not prolific egg layers and only produce 60-80 creamy-white eggs each season. Sebrights are extremely friendly and very social birds, while retaining a strong flying ability. This breed is generally hardy and is a beautiful addition to any backyard flock.

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Sebright Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Nature Photography by Roda

Spotted Cucumber Beetle on a Chrysanthemum

Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica Undecimpunctata) This colorful beetle is native to North America. Although it has a major cute factor, it is known as a serious pest to gardeners and farmers. In adult form, the spotted cucumber beetle damages leaves of many crops. During the larval form, this pest is known as the southern corn rootworm. It spends its days tunneling through the roots of tender plants, eventually killing them. Adult beetles are greenish-yellow and have six large black spots on each side of the sheath. They make their home throughout southern Canada, continental USA and parts of Mexico. Although this is a stunning insect to photograph, I highly recommend keeping a close eye on your veggies, if the spotted cucumber beetle comes to visit!

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, 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:

Darren – https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com

Dominique – https://3cstyle.com

Lisa – https://lismorepaper.com

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Mark your calendars! You won’t want to miss the 2nd Edition of “When Fashion and Nature Collide“, on April 18th

“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…


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The Launch of an Exciting New Project: When Fashion & Nature Collide

What happens when 4 friends collaborate, sharing their passions for nature, art and fashion…one word, MAGIC!  I am beyond the moon excited to announce our creative project, “When Nature & Fashion Collide”!


Meet the Fabulous Four:

Dominique from  https://3cstyle.com

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“Personally, it is a dream come true as nature and art have inspired my fashion sense for many years.  I feel so much joy to be working with such creative artists and dear friends.”


Lisa from  https://lismorepaper.com

“I love fashion and have always loved the vintage frills. I have created private artwork with fashion, but had never shared it. It’s exciting, because of this project, I will have the opportunity.”


Darren from   https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com

“I am delighted to be working with such lovely and talented people on a project that celebrates friendship as much as it does our shared love of the natural world.”

And Me, Roda

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“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.  I feel honored to celebrate Mother Nature with these three beautiful souls!”

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning on March 21st, you will experience outfits styled by Dominique, that are inspired by my critter photography and Darren’s flower photography.  Lisa will then pull these three beautiful elements together, through her stunning artwork, to create a new masterpiece each month.  We have all been inspired by Mother Nature’s beauty and hope that our exciting adventure will encourage you to seek inspiration from Mother Nature, as well.

Stay tuned for our respective posts for “When Fashion and Nature Collide” on Wednesday, March 21st. That’s in 2 days!   Tomorrow, I will share an interview with Lisa, herself!  You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to learn more about this fabulous artist, up close and personal!

Have an inspirational Monday!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…





Artistic Hives!

I have had a fantastic few days, filled with wet paint and creativity.  I have been waiting for so long to make my beekeeper dream come true… the time is actually here! There is no doubt in my mind that bees appreciate art, so my first gift to them will be beautiful and colorful hives!  I started with the deep brood boxes…

Putting an exterior paint, only on the outside walls of the hives, will protect and seal the wood.  
Then the real fun begins!  Green is my favorite color, so I started there.
Adding detail…
One side complete…many more to go!  I think I am going to create the same scene on each side of this brood box, with each representing a different season.  One never knows where the paint will lead me…

Watch for creative updates to come!  And remember, BEE Amazing today!

Love Yourself…embrace Yourself…Just Be You…