{Photo Journal} Lion

This picture was taken in one of the Polish zoos, few months before I came to States. I call it Lion in the Snow.

Ania Archer, Lion

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{Inspire Me…} Thoughts

There is so much true in this quote. I really need to hear that to feel better on a days when I feel sad and little bit down. Even thought it is more than 6 months after my dad past away I still have those days very often.

Ania Archer, Sunset

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{Art Journals} Birds

Better late than never, it is still Monday – so I’m posting my Art Journal like on the last 4 Mondays.

Week 5 – Birds

Sometimes finding an inspiration is really hard, but not this time. Few weeks ago I started having bird visitors on my patio. I’ve been waiting for them the whole winter. Now every morning I’m waking up  to birds singing above my head. The bird feeder is just outside our window. I love these little singing visitors. They remind me of home and my University life, where I studied ornithology and took lots of 2 – weeks long bird watching trips. I think I will have to tell you more about those trips in the future. I already promised my husband I will take him for a few days bird watching trip, while living in Poland for 6 months, next winter.

To create this drawing I used Pastels, color pencils and stamps. I had fun creating it.
Ania Archer, Birds

Ania Archer, Birds

I played around little bit with Picasa and Pixlr-o-matic. Here is my HDR version :). I love add effects to my pics. What do you think? Do you like it?

Ania Archer, Birds

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{Random Facts From My LIfe} Busy Life

It is so busy week for me. Dog walking, meetings, consultations, 2 weddings coming up this weekend, helping my husband (The Posture Guy) with shooting his videos, and lastly all the other daily things I have to deal with. Days don’t have enough hours. Busy. Busy. Busy! I feel like I neglected my blog this week a bit and I’m really not happy about it.

Oh, and I got a new computer MAC! My life is supposed to get better, well at least the tech aspect of it. I have tons of pictures  on my old computer and an external drive and transferring everything will take me hours. Long hours. I hope it will finally motivate me to come up with a new system to organize my photos and I will be finally able to find what I’m looking for much easier than it is now. Anyone has any suggestions?

I love Garfield and I found this picture little bit irritating today :/ My weekend will pass quickly working on Saturday and Sunday 😦 Well at least I can count on Monday Memorial Day – my day off – I really need it!

Ania Archer, Garfield

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When I saw this beautiful picture I had to share it with you. I think it is one of the most gorgeous animal portraits I’ve seen. I just love it!

{Random Facts from My Life} Sunshine Award

Ania Archer, Sunshine Award

I was nominated for the SUNSHINE BLOG AWARD!!! Thanks to journeybits.wordpress.com, who I follow for some time now. I have to admit I have been inspired a few times by this blog!

Rules to Accept the Award:

1)  Include the award logo in a post or somewhere on your blog.

2)  Answer 10 questions about yourself.

3)  Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.

4)  Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.

5)  Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

Answers to the Ten Questions About Me:

This part is really hard for me, because I want to share with you so much! I will start with 5 random facts about me:

1.  According to my husband I talk in my sleep.

2. I believe dreams come true! I have a  few that came true 🙂

3. I’m a kid at heart. I don’t want to grow up!

4. I have 2 jobs at this moment: on a weekdays I’m dog walker/pet sitter and after hours and on a weekends I’m a wedding coordinator. I love both jobs for different reasons.

5. I have a master degree in biology, my specialization is bird migration.

The second part of this I want to answer following questions:

6: 10 things I’m passion about: my family and friends, nature, helping animals, photography, travel, colors – especially bright colors, scrapbooking/crafts,  desserts,  my blog,

7. 10 things I can’t live without: my family, animals, my laptop, my camera, my iPad, drawing journal and pencils, photoshop, sheepy, music, chocolate,

8. 10 thing I can’t resist: French Fries with vinegar, Ben & Jerry Ice Cream – Cookie Dough and Dublin Mudslide, Chocolate – only European (Belgian is the best), Tiramisu,  Polish homemade apple pie, Mojitos, Baileys with milk and Amaretto, Pineapple, Strawberries.

9.  10 places I want to go: Italy, Greece, Hawaii, Alaska, Costa Rica, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Egypt.

10. 10 things on my bucket list: Learn Italian –  I think it is very beautiful language, Go on Safari, I want to learn how to make delicious chocolate from scratch – hopefully it will be as yummy as Belgian chocolate, Scuba dive in the Barrier Reef, Swim with dolphins, Learn horseback ridding,  Grow my own herb garden and strawberries, See a sloth, Volunteer in an animal rescue organization, Live in a beach house,

My 10 Nominees Are:

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

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shpics

iPhone Photographer

The Oven Mitt

iamsickandtiredofbeingsickandtired

Michelle Mattox Photography

Tania Jessica Smith

Lady Fi

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{Art Journal} Cats

Challenge Week 4: Cats – Study

I missed our little guest Luke recently! So I thought I will work on my kitty drawings. How do you like it?

Ania Archer, Cats

Here are some fun facts about cats:

1. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.

2. When kittens are born, their eyes are blue – but they often change color as the babies grow.

3. Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed. Interestingly, while 90% of humans are right handed, the remaining 10% of lefties also tend to be male.

4. Only about 80% of cats have the gene that allows them to respond to the effects of catnip. The other 20% are not affected by it

5. A cat’s brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dog’s. Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brains that are responsible for emotions.

Ania Archer, Cats

6. The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space. Electrodes implanted in her brains sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip.

7. The biggest wildcat today is the Siberian Tiger. It can be more than 12 feet (3.6 m) long (about the size of a small car) and weigh up to 700 pounds (317 kg).

8. The smallest wildcat today is the Black-footed cat. The females are less than 20 inches (50 cm) long and can weigh as little as 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg).

If you want to learn more fun facts about cats check out these two posts: 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat and 99 Interesting Facts About Cat.

Ania Archer, Cats

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I love San Diego. It is one of the best places to live. Some of the reasons why I wanted to move to San Diego are San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, and Sea World. I’m not visiting these places as often as I would love to though. I love animals, they are such a great subjects for pictures. I want to share this post by Michelle because I want to encourage you to visit places like zoos or animal parks, sanctuaries, etc. in search for amazing pictures. Enjoy!

{Charmed by…} Water Drops

There is something magical in water drops. I’m just fascinated by water drop photography. Enjoy!

Raindrops are such funny things.
They haven’t feet or haven’t wings.
Yet they sail through the air,
With the greatest of ease,
And dance on the street,
Wherever they please.
– Anon.

Ania Archer Photography, Morning Dew

Photo by Ania Archer

Happiness is perfume, you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.

Ania Archer, Daniel Y. Go, Water Drops

Water Drop for a rainy Day by Daniel Y. Go

Ania Archer, Frederic Labaune, Water Drop

Drops and Glass by Frederic Labaune

Ania Archer, dolfi, Water Drop

Drop Water Photography by d o l f i

Ania Archer, Dmitry Kolchev, Water Drops

Drops by Dmitry Kolchev

When time comes for us to again rejoin the infinite stream of water
flowing to and from the great timeless ocean, our little droplet of
soulful water will once again flow with the endless stream.
–   William E. Marks, The Holy Order Of Water

Ania Archer, Water Drop,

Drop by Ali

Time itself comes in drops.

Ania Archer, Zanimo, Water Drops

Drops by Zanimo

Ania Archer, Bahman Farzad, Water Drops

Dandelion Seed by Bahman Farzad ©Bahman Farzad / lotusflowerimages.com 

Ania Archer, Photophilde, Water Drop

Water drop in dandelion seed by photophilde

Ania Archer, Steve Wall, Water Drop

Pussy Willow and Dandelion by Steve Wall

Ania Archer, Steve Wall, Water Drops

Drop of Pink by Steve Wall

Ania Archer, fxdx, Water Drops,

Dew Drops on Cloverleaves by fxdx

Ania Archer, Yogendra Joshi

Water Drops by Yogendra Joshi

Ania Archer, Svetlovskiy Alexandr, Water Drop

Drop by Svetlovskiy Alexandr

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{Art Journal} Water Lily

Challenge Week 3: Flower

Today I have drawing of Water Lily. I really like these flowers. It is one of my favorite flowers. What’s your favorite flower? Let me know and maybe I will draw it next time.

Ania Archer, Water Lily Deawing