Breathing Space – October 19/14

Breathing Space 10-19-14aToday we were back to sunshine, but I just had to share these two shots of the mist on Mt. Si at the end of the evening yesterday when the low sun was tinting the clouds with warmth.

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Breathing Space – October 18/14

Breathing Space 10-18-14Today went from gorgeous to extraordinary.

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Breathing Space – October 17/14

The heavy rains have left mantles of mist that wrap the surrounding peaks in intriguing beauty.

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Breathing Space – October 16/14

I felt like I was being watched, and there he was with his eye on me, watching my walk on the river trail.

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Breathing Space – October 15/14

The ducks usually are wary at the edge of the lake and leave the beach to swim away long before you reach the water’s edge. It may be because so many dogs play here. I’m not sure why this one slept so peacefully. Perhaps the shallow moat of water between she and I was enough to keep her daydreams sweet and secure.

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Breathing Space – October 14/14

The river below…Soon it will be rising on the banks with the winter rains.

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RAVEN HEIGHTS MANOR – Book Review -Upcoming Release!

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My review of Sharol Louise’s upcoming release…

Originally posted on FreeValley Publishing:

RAVEN HEIGHTS MANOR by Sharol Louise will be released in January 2015. This is the first published mystery by this established historical romance favorite. This is based on an ARC given to us to be reviewed–A sweet sneak peek!

ravenheightsmanor413x638RAVEN HEIGHTS MANOR as reviewed by Sheri J. Kennedy aka Kennedy J. Quinn

I don’t usually read mysteries. It’s because many modern mysteries come across as contrived puzzles on which the author drapes words willy-nilly to get to the next clue. They’re as formulated as the order of the letters of the alphabet.  As a reader I feel pushed along, rushed through with as much intensity as the author can dish. In such mysteries there is plenty of plot but little sense of story.

RAVEN HEIGHTS MANOR is NOT that kind of mystery. It’s refreshing! I had the privilege as a fan of Sharol Louise’s other writings (notably ROSEHILL MANOR)…

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Breathing Space – October 13/14

Gentle tones painted in grey.

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Breathing Space – October 12/14

After an October rain…Unmistakably autumn.

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Breathing Space – October 11/14


The wet and windy weather arrived in spurts today, and my spiderweb-suspended leaves were long gone this morning. The rapidly changing weather – from bright sun to cold pouring rain and back again – culminated with a lightning storm at sunset. Exhilarating!

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Breathing Space – October 10/14

Suspended – just like the blustery weather of Autumn. The weather has been so still and dry that the leaves are not leaving. I keep finding them caught in spider webs. I’ve never seen this before since it is generally so windy by the time they come off the trees. These two have been hanging at chest height from the eaves of the house for two days. Since it’s so unusual the artist in me just can’t bear to knock them down. It will be fun to see how long they last.

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Breathing Space – October 9/14

Early this morning I caught the last moments of the full moon setting. An inspiring start to the day!

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Breathing Space – October 8/14

??????????The sunny days continue, but the mist grows more plentiful, and each evening the risen mist forms fabulous halos around the mountain’s top. So beautiful in the low light before day’s end.

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Breathing Space – October 7/14

The funny thing about chasing photos with clouds of mist in them is that you can easily end up on the wrong end of the cloud. Today I went to Millpond thinking the reflection of the gorgeous mantle around the foot of Mt. Si with the sunny blue sky would be spectacular. As I followed the base of the mountain around, I soon found myself in another part of the mist that was at the level of the valley floor. Not quite what I’d traveled to find. But I made the best of my lunchtime photo op and was able to catch this small flock of ducks in the air across the pond and then passing overhead. It was a refreshing tour, and then it was back to sunshine and back to work.

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