Shades of Celebration at Northport

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”

As a graphic designer, my eye is trained to automatically find contrast and balance in my compositions. This image of a fireworks display from the fourth of July this year, has a rich gradation of pink to burgundy. Even though this shot is monochromatic, it is still full of color and energy. Capturing this color on my iPhone was surprising to me.

What surprising photos have you uncovered this Summer?

~~Tresa

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July 4, Northport, Michigan 2015 by T. Meyer Clark

Back to School Connection

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

 

Starting out in the world as a first-grader can be frightening, but not in Germany. Parents help their children make the transition from kindergarten to primary school more enticing. They give them a “schultuete” or school cone. The large cone is decorated and filled with candy and gifts.

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Candy Cone
Ceramics and Photo Styling of the Schultuete by Tresa Meyer Clark

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A Little History
My Oma (Grandma in German) gave me a photograph of my Dad on his first day of primary school, holding his schultuete, in Hamburg, Germany in the 1940’s.

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School Candy Cone
Hamburg, Germany

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The expression on his face is priceless. That photo inspired me to create a collage, and a ceramic piece, as pictured above in a shadow box display. Spending creative time to stylize all the German items my Grandparents saved over the years is one of my favorite ways to decorate. As a graphic artist, combining old hand-written letters from Europe and postcard memorabilia helps me to connect the past to the present in a collage.
A way to capture the light, or bring the old stuff up from the basement storage and make it meaningful again.

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the water and boats in Germany

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Tresa Meyer

Just for giggles, here is my first-grade portrait. I took the time today to retouch it for spots and crinkles. Obviously my parents had great sense of style. ( :

~~~Tresa

 

Nature’s Jewel

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:
“From Every Angle.”

The tiny single flower caught my eye along side of the dock.
I’m glad I took the time to photograph this. Looking forward to seeing how it’s changing, or if there are more, later in September.

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A close-up, side view of the tiny flower in Lake Charlevoix, Mi

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Tiny Trumpet Flower
A tiny slipper shaped flower growing in water next to the dock.

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A look inside the pretty speckled yellow and orange flower.

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After further research, I decided to reference, Artfire.com. where I found the definition of the flower, and its medicinal uses by Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley.

“The Jewel weed grows up to five feet tall and likes a cool shady environment,
often along a river bank. There is a clear, liquid inside the stems and along the
nodes. This sappy liquid is often applied to the skin as a relief for various irritations
like poison ivy and insect bites. The morning dew sparkles on the leaves like little jewels because they are water-repellent, thus giving it the name, Jewel Weed.”

iPhone Photography by Tresa Meyer Clark.
Meyer Clark Studio 2015

To Learn More about Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley, the “Soapsmith”, visit her facebook page.

Makes Me Smile

Is there one word to describe feeling happy and sad at the same time?
The last day of August brings to mind how very short the Summer season is in Michigan. While I’m feeling melancholy that my favorite season is almost gone, I pore over all the Summer months of photos to get a sense of time gone by.

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Summer Sunset with Dad and Ron.

Makes me smile.
Capturing the tiny details of flowers at different angles, watercolor sunrises and boats were my subjects this year. On August 22, my Dad and my Husband on the dock studying something in the water at sundown, symbolizes the goodbye to Summer for me. Still, I’m happy because we were all together in this beautiful place. 

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Traverse City, Clinch Marina

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Photo by MeyerClark Studio, Moody Sunrise on Grand Traverse Bay
Moody Sunrise on Grand Traverse Bay

 

Photography by Tresa MeyerClark.
MeyerClark Studio 2015

Fun Times

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:
“Today Was a Good Day.”

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We are always happy to visit Traverse City, Michigan. Traveling by boat is the only way in my opinion, because the water and the scenery in Grand Traverse Bay is gorgeous.
It takes us almost three hours to travel from Lake Charlevoix to Clinch Marina where we were docked. In this mini “mesh” photo gallery is a pic of a sail boat, and my husband on our power boat. Also, at Clinch Park, I quickly grabbed my camera to capture the cutie patootie toddler, who at first, seemed to be walking all alone. I love taking pictures, and there are lots of opportunities to capture beautiful sunrises and sunsets too.

Look forward to posting more soon.
~~Tresa

For more information on Traverse City:
http://www.traversecity.com/

For more information on Mesh photo gallery and sharing:
For your computer:
https://me.sh/dashboard

For your iPhone:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1011903565

Our Voyage

August 20, 2015

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It rained on our anniversary this year, but the rainbow was a gift. –We docked at Traverse City, Michigan – Clinch Marina in Grand Traverse Bay.

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It takes time away from the every day work schedules to reflect. Time to think about how I’m leading my life and how I would like to feel like this, relaxed on vacation, and thinking about what I can do better. How can I be a better wife, be as creative as I can during the work week. I create more beaded jewelry on vacations than I do during a regular work week! My husband is very understanding and has valuable input to quality control. He also has a creative eye. If only we had more hours in the day to enjoy the fun stuff. Our fourth wedding anniversary has arrived today, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!

August 2015 on our way to Traverse City

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Dad can do what he wants, after all it’s his boat!

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August 20, 2011 – Wedding Reception

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Our cake cutting picture with the lighthouse cake I designed.

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Poster design I did for our guests to sign at our reception.

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A piece from my summer 2015 collection with turquoise, gold filled stardust beads, pearls and agate.

August Treasures

Say hello to August and the birthstone Peridot.

Imagine a beach that sparkles with the crystals of Peridot. On the Island of Oahu, it is so very treasured, that the people have illuminated many beaches by adding tiny grains of light green crystals.

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Photo by SilverRushStyle on Etsy

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A Little History

Miners have found Peridot in volcanic rocks and even meteors that landed on Earth. It is the only gemstone that comes in one color, and is not heat-treated to alter the color, as many gemstones are. Because it is sensitive to fast changes in temperature, it is not advisable to clean Peridot with an ultrasonic method.

Since 1500 B.C. valuable Peridot was mined near Egypt, on St. Johns Island, in the Red Sea. However, it was nearly depleted up to the time WW1 began. Later, it became more abundant in 1994 after a mine was discovered in Pakistan, west of the Himalayan Mountains. Today, in Arizona, 90% of the worlds Peridot comes from the San Carlos Apache Reservation, a very large source, which is mined only by the Apache Indians.

Peridot can be found in museums all over the world, with the largest on display at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., containing 310 carats. The second largest documented display is the Shrine of the Magi with 200 carats. It is located in the Dom, a Gothic Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. In 1988, I viewed the breathtaking shrine which is a reliquary for the Wise Men or Three Kings who visited the birth of Jesus.

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Shrine of the Magi, Cologne, Germany

Traveling in Europe left a big impression on me, it was amazing and unforgettable. For me, it is easier to understand and remember history when art plays an important role in our world.

Interested in learning more about birthstones and fun factoids? Great! Next month it’s all about the amazing blue Sapphire.

~~~Tresa

 

Research from www.vivalachi.com

Moving On

Glad I saw this writing. I’ll pass it on!

From The Inside Out

Here & Now

I remember being asked, “Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?” countless times throughout my childhood, and my answer was always “yes.” However, I don’t remember ever being asked, “Do you believe that Jesus rose again from his death so that you can have new life?”, or anyone describing what said “new life” would look or feel like.

I believe many Christians are stuck at Christ’s death and have never discovered the purpose behind his death – NEW LIFE. The Gospel was always presented to me as a way to get to Heaven – a security for my physical body’s moment of death. What I didn’t know is that it is even more essential than that, because without Christ I am dying more and more each day. Now I know the Gospel as so much more, that my heart saddens for those living constrained in the death of…

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Fly Like an Angel

“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.”
— Emerson 

~~~~This sunset photo was taken from a moment on July 1, 2015 at Northport, Michigan at the Marina. Dad and I were trying to capture the image of the moon on my iPhone, when the Martin flew into the picture frame.

❤ Dedicated to our little Morgan who passed away in a fire on April 1, 2015. He was only nine months old.

Soar little one, Soar.

God Bless,

~~Tresa

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