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Photography exhibit & contest

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Do you want to enjoy an evening of fun, live music, art and photography? I'm thrilled to announce, my rhododendron photography has been selected for an exhibit and contest at "4th Fridays" at the Starline. The exhibit will run on Friday, July 24, from 6-9 PM at the Starline Factory in Harvard, Illinois. Please come out and enjoy an evening of art, photography, music and fun. This show is quite popular, bringing 600-1000 visitors from different areas. There is a $5 entrance fee, free appetizers and water, cash bar, live music, an art & photography exhibit with contests (voting ends...

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What does a record-breaking month of rainfall do?

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  The month of June, in Illinois, broke the record for the most rainfall in June since 1902. It was also the second wettest month of all-time since September 1926. Illinois wasn't the only state with a high level of rainfall in June. The weather has been unseasonably cool and we hope summer will arrive soon.       One thing the rain did was grow the biggest hydrangea's EVER! The hydrangea's in my yard have never been this big in the 6 years I've lived here. The corn fields have also surpassed the old saying, "knee high by the...

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Instagram Challenge Week 2

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  Did you know May is National Photography Month? To celebrate National Photography Month, I’d like to challenge you to use your camera phone every day in May. Here’s how it’s going to work: Every Friday in May, I will post a theme you can use for inspiration. Feel free to create your own inspiration. Post your snapshots on Instagram tagging #hscphotomonth and @heartsoulcreate. At the end of the challenge, the person who has the most combined likes on all their snapshots posted (following the above guidelines) wins! I will post the name of the winner and their Instagram handle on my Instagram...

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Rhododendron Black & White Photography

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  Rhododendron black & white photography[/caption]Rhododendron black & white photography from my garden. These flowers are a pretty pink and capture nicely in black & white. The groundcover shows as a nice textured background providing contrast against the flower.  

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Herbs, Veggies & A Toad

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Herbs, Veggies & A Toad

  I hope all the dad's out there enjoyed their Father's Day celebrations.  My green and purple basil plants are growing nicely.  They started flowering this week and they smell wonderfully delicious.  I'm looking forward to adding some basil to my salads and other recipes this summer.     My patty pan squash plants are coming along nicely as well.  One plant is quite larger than the other.  I think it's due to the different sized pots I used to plant them in.  Buds are starting to form on these guys too.  I moved all these plants from my deck...

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