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Weekly Photo #34

It’s been an odd week of storms, rain, and floods here in Tidewater. I haven’t seen much outside of the house or the office (other than a couple short training runs), so I took another photo during my commute. Might be another sunny/stormy day, according to the looks of this morning sky. Taken with iPhone.

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Run Like the Wind

Did I tell you that I signed up to run my first half marathon? Yep, in 9 days, I’ll be participating in the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half! With some weekends out of town lately, it’s been hard to find time for the long training runs, but last Saturday I was able to. Ran/walked over 12 miles on a hilly trail in the park. I just love trail running, in comparison to pounding the pavement on the road. In fact, here’s a little poem I wrote in my head while I was running:

The woods are whispering, “Run like the wind!”
My feet and my mind become free.
The willows sway,
The leaves listen.
“Here she comes!” they say.
My smile returns to me.

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Weekly Photo #33

I hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s weekly photo #33…. A self- portrait of sorts. I was trail running, was admiring the view, and noticed my shadow. I was feeling one with nature at the moment, so this photo seemed appropriate. Taken with the iPhone.

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Weekly Photo #32

Good morning, let’s start out early this week…here is weekly photo #32. This was taken during a visit to Manteo, NC on the Outer Banks. Taken with the iPhone. Looks inviting, doesn’t it?

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These Standouts Stand Out

Happy Friday! I decided to experiment with a new contemporary print technique by ordering my first “standout” or “box mount” prints from Mpix. The two photos I chose are of contemporary themes (both taken in Barcelona) so I thought it would be suitable. I had them printed on metallic paper (great choice for vibrant colors), then mounted on this 1.5″ foam, the sides being a smooth black. I promptly received them in the mail (thanks, Mpix!) yesterday and love the look! They are so smooth, shiny, vibrant….and light! Now I just need to figure out how to attach hanging wire to them and enter them into the annual Isle of Wight Members Show….hopefully they will be accepted, even though they are not technically ‘framed’. Has anyone had experience (success or failure) using photo print mounts in an exhibition?

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More about standouts here

My Newest Oil Painting

I hope everyone is having a great week! I want to share with you the most recent addition to my oil painting portfolio, a 36″x54″ (big!) oil on canvas of a pastoral scene that I recently completed. This was created for a friend’s mom, based on the view from her house.

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Oil paintings by Jennifer Lycke

Weekly Photo #31

Hello! My regular weekly photo posting schedule became discombobulated mid-year, but after a couple of batch photo postings, I think we’re caught up now. This is the new weekly photo, taken from an observation pier in a nearby neighborhood, with the iPhone. It was a lovely weekend, and we enjoyed some neighborhood pools, and the company of friends.

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