Friday, September 9, 2011

Zinnias Galore 2 & A 31 Days Question

Last night I worked some more on my 31 Days to Releasing Your Inner Artist series which starts in October.
One of the specific posts I worked on was about finding time to be creative. I posted the question on Twitter and I'd like to ask you too:

How do you make time for being creative?

And now, more zinnias as promised!


I'm going to let you in on a little secret...
this pink zinnia wasn't actually pink. It was more purple like the shot below.


No matter how many times I see a zinnia in full bloom, I am always amazed at their beauty.
It's as if each flower has it's own miniature garden inside it.
God is a creative genius, is He not?!


I have one thing to say about this shot...."proper" exposure is so overrated!


  1. Yes it is. Ha ha. I try to find time to be creative with my camera while Carsyn naps. I will go outside and walk around. I have been getting kind of board around here though.

  2. God = a creative genius? YES indeed! Also - love photos of flowers from the underside -- just saying. The sky makes an awesome background. Gorgeous photos. Love the PINKED one.

    About making time to be creative... When I was young, someone once said to me that "you always find time to do the things you love." When I was young - I think that was true, however, often doing things I loved came at the expense of giving up something I should've done (if I had been more responsible). As you age, and (in theory) become more responsible, it becomes (has for me) harder to "make" time for the fun stuff -- which often includes creativity. Sometimes I just have to "play the SELFISH(?) card," and take some time for me -- letting everything else just WAIT.

    How's that for a convoluted answer? =) ~Sally

  3. My shots tend to be a lot less artistic than yours. I am looking forward to your releasing your inner artist series.

  4. Hehee Katie sometimes I love it when the exposure is not what it should be and the shot turns out so interesting like yours.

    To be creative I need firstly to be relaxed, no one else looking for my attention and all the major tasks of the day done. Easier for me having teens rather than tots!

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  6. can not wait for the series...and ya know I am a rule breaker, so i think your focusing technique rocks!!!!

    I lose sleep when I am feeling crative, too many other people need my attention to jsut go with what i am feeling.. I wait until i can find my own time.

  7. How can you not believe when you see creation in all its glory!

  8. Love them all!

    I haven't found much time to be creative lately and I'm missing it.

  9. I would like to say I had the whole finding time to be creative thing all figured, but I have realized my mind is always working. I'll see something and think I should do this or that.

    Where I used to move on and forget about it, now I write it down.....immediately. Then, I revisit it when time allows.

    In regards to photography, I just set time aside to go for a walk or to a new location with the purpose of taking photos.

  10. I would love if you used my picture! It's an honor.

    I find time to be creativity because it's necessary. If I'm not creating something, I feel off. It's a bit hard to explain, I guess.

    Marla @

  11. Yes, it is! You make "focus" so overrated also though. :) These are beautiful! I sure wish you lived right close to me girl. I could use you tomorrow. BADLY!!! I'll email you later.

  12. beautiful ~ i'm a sucker for zinnia's....missed them so much not having a garden this year!

  13. oh my goodness--SO GORGEOUS!!!!! WOW!

  14. Beautiful! I do a few things to make time for creativity. One, I always have my camera and journal with me so I can take advanatage of little snipits of time. Two, I have started haveing a 2 hour "whitespace" time on Saturday mornings. I get up at 5:30 and have my private devotions and then I take my Bible, a journal, and my camera and I hit the road. This morning, I got some beautiful sunrise shots. The third thing I have started doing is on Sunday afternoon's I have given up my naps. I have time blocked out to study photography and time blocked out for creativity. I actually write "creativity" in that time slot in my planner on Sundays. I can use that time to scrapbook, blog, take pictures, bake, make something crafty, whatever. That's it! Thanks for the opportunity to share, and thanks for sharing your creativity! Have a blessed weekend!

  15. I love photography. I love everything about it from capturing the shot to processing it later at home. I've found that it feeds my soul. Since I love it so much, I utilize all my spare time to work on it. However, I have a 2 year old and a 6 week old, so spare time is precious. In order for the time to count as spare time, both babies must be sleeping (I won't sacrifice being in the moment with them for my passion), the house must be cleaned, and my schoolwork must be done.

    Some days I find 2 or 3 hours to work on my photographs, other days I have 30 minutes. For me, it's not about finding the time, but rather prioritizing my schedule so that I don't invest too much time into it at the expense of other important parts of my life.

    It's all about balance.

  16. oh, my! that third photo is exquisite!


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