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The magic of nature

The most inspired I ever feel is after experiencing the power of nature. I am most moved come autumn when the colors jump off the landscape and captivate the soul. Since moving to Texas, I have been kind of depressed and realized in the last few months that the lack of seasons resulted in the lack of a color show and man, do I miss that. It really affects my mood. As a lover of seasons (especially winter) this has been quite an adjustment since winter here is a steady 70-80 degrees. All of my favorite clothing is going to have to go into hibernation for the next few years! But FINALLY, almost the last week in November, the trees finally began to change colors & once again, I am inspired.

This week, I had the opportunity to visit an artist that moves me with her work. I was first introduced to her by my mother in law, who is a collector of her art. I remember writing a term paper about the talented Mikki Senkarik for one of my college art classes and being amazed at her story. Well, my mother in law arranged a visit out to her home to see her studio & experience her working environment. The minute I stepped foot on her property, I was in awe. She and her husband Jack, an equally talented artist himself, maintain the most beautiful landscape I have seen in Texas. They so kindly opened their doors to us, and I am so thankful for this opportunity!  Since I get so many of my color palettes right from nature, I decided to take some pictures of their amazing homestead. Some of these could so easily be the inspiration for an entire room! Thank you Jack & Mikki, for letting us experience a little bit of your world!

The light kept changing and got more & more beautiful as the afternoon turned to evening and that magical sunset light was filtered through the enormous oak trees. This flower was so captivating, as butterflies jockeyed for position and it was seldom without one:

Just a sampling of the hundreds of varieties of gorgeous plants growing on the property:

The landscape includes a pond, that due to the current drought, is all dried up. The view from their back porch:

nature is beyond beautiful:

probably my favorite shot of the day, a simple, rustic fence:

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  • Kim Percival - look at your showing off not only you photo skills, but your photography skills. very nice!ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - thanks kim! always attracted to flowers…ReplyCancel

  • Erica Powell - These pictures are gorgeous! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Mikki and Jack - Shawna,
    We really enjoyed the three of you visiting us. What wonderful pictures you posted. You’ve made us proud. We have seasons in Texas, they are just much subtler than in the north. We’ve even had snow in San Antonio although that doesn’t happen on a regular basis. Jack and I are wimps and love the absence of extreme cold. But wait until you see the Texas spring. If we get some rain over the winter you will be overwhelmed by the abundance of wildflowers in the spring. We have lived all over the United States including Hawaii and there is nothing that compares to the Hill Country Spring. Thanks again for visiting and sharing.ReplyCancel

  • -shawna- - Erica-thank you!

    Mikki & Jack–so glad you found me! THANK YOU for allowing me to experience your beautiful environment! Now, I am excited for spring!! But not too soon…I need some sweatshirt weather first!ReplyCancel

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