Monday, April 13, 2015

Mosaic Monday #36 Tranquility and Photo Despair

A few weeks ago I mentioned changes with a blog makeover in progress. Welcome to my new look!
Another change which I was not expecting was an update to my MacBook operating system that has thrown me into a tailspin. All my neatly organized folders of photos were dumped and are now found by date only. As a garden writer, it has been important to have these folders for specific flowers, gardens and techniques to quickly and easily access for articles.
Anyone else in a quandary over this?  I've started the reorganizing by deleting unwanted photos and creating albums again. This is going to take me hours! (sigh)
At least I could easily find the photos from when hubby and I recently went for a walk around the arboretum.
The totem pole is well weathered as are the long forgotten swallow houses. There are a few benches about to sit and rest on or just enjoy the tranquility of this wonderful place in the country.
On the left some flooding in the upper meadow caused by the beavers and the pond starting to thaw out on the right. The arrow is showing the beaver lodge. 
Long ago someone erected a bench by the pond's edge and I've captured it in late autumn and during winter. I wonder if this pond was ever used for swimming or skating long ago? I can imagine a mother sitting on the bench watching her children or perhaps it was built merely for a place of solitude.

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I ask for your patience please for with the gardening season starting up it may take me all week to get around to visit everyone.


  1. Good Morning, Judith. Sorry you are having problems with your Macbook and photos.. Sounds like you will be busy working on your photo albums.. I love the totem pole! Looks like a pretty area for a walk with nature. Thanks for hosting! Have a happy day and week ahead!

  2. Some lovely views in your collages. Love the design of the totem pole.

  3. Hello, Judith!
    The arboretum looks like a fascinating and peaceful area for a walk. I like especially the pond, and enjoy imagining children skating there.
    I'm very sorry to hear about the problem with your folders of photos. I have taken digital photos only for about two years, and there's already an awful lot of them.
    Thank you for hosting MM and have a great week!

  4. So sorry about the photo troubles. It sounds awful and tedious! Love the photos you shared today though, especially that totem pole :)

  5. Love the new look on your blog - so fresh looking. How frustrating to have your photos re-organized for you by a system that doesn't understand your needs.
    A lovely visit to the arboretum. Beavers are amazing creatures, although they can wreak havoc with the landscape.
    Enjoy the start of gardening season!

  6. Yes, computers and the internet are not always easy. When updating new problems always crop up. Hope you sort your photographs in the end.
    Have a good week ahead.
    xoxo Ingrid

  7. Oh what a pain t have your photo's turned upside down like that, on the upside at least you can delete those you always meant to!
    The bench by the water's edge looks like a wonderful place to sit and contemplate Mother Nature at any time of the year.
    Enjoy your gardening this week, we're quite busy over here at the moment, too.

  8. Thank you for hosting, Judith. How frustrating about your photos. These are pretty photos from your recent walk. Interesting to see the beaver lodge. The bench in the different seasons is very sweet, also. I hope you have a nice week.

  9. The pond is so beautifully secluded and lovely to look at. I like your new blog layout!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  10. Your new blog dress is just beautiful.
    Be sure to back up your photo files to an external hard drive and you'll never lose them again....
    Thanks for the Monday party...

  11. Hi Judith
    Like the 3 story high rise calling for blue martins maybe.
    Organizing files, ugh. But it will probably be a good thing in the end.

  12. The new look is lovely, light and spring like but still in your favourite colours. Do you keep your photos in iPhoto as I know they go by date, which I hate? I don't use that for mine but use one that came with my Canon camera, but there is an option to view in folders or by date. I also use Picasa for Mac which shows all my photos in folders.

  13. Good morning! It's no fun to have computer problems. Hang in there. I enjoyed your walk around the arboretum .. tranquil indeed!

  14. What a nuisance to have your folders changed. It's hard to know what to do when something like this happens. Love your photos of the bench. Enjoy your week sweet lavender Sis, Diane

  15. I like the new look of your page. It is very fresh looking. And I wouldn't mind sitting on that seat by the lake. Certainly a place of quiet solitude. Have a happy week and thank you for hosting.

  16. I suffer from chronic photo despair; can never get a handle on proper filing and sorting. But that doesn't stop me from adding more! Love your tranquil walk and your new page design. Thank you for hosting.

  17. Wonderful photos - I do like an area that has benches for enjoying nature.

    And what a pain that the update messed up your photos. I would be absolutely ruined if that happened. I have been doing a little organizing of my photos - it does take a long time - even when you don't have to start from the beginning.

  18. Your makeover is just lovely, Judith! Very classic and classy. And I'm so sorry to hear of your photo challenges, especially since you have taken such care to keep things organized. Why can't computers and their offspring behave better? ;)

  19. I LOVE your new blog looks, Judith, it's so pretty!! My favorite thing is the pretty lavender wallpaper background. I'm so sorry about your pictures; the same thing happened to a good blogging friend of mine a few years ago. She was sooo frustrated! I would be in a real tizzy should this happen to me.

    Your photos from the arboretum are lovely; it looks like such a peaceful place. Love the mosaic of the bench by the pond. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday and have a wonderful day!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  20. Hi Judith - I like that Totem Pole! Sorry about all your photos. That can be frustrating, to say the least!

  21. Hi Judith...what a lovely place! I can only imagine how peaceful to sit on a bench and just take it all sure would be cool to see that little beaver do his thing! I'm really sorry about the problem with your photos. Hopefully you will be able to accomplish this without too much trouble. I really need to take a whole day (or more) and reorganize and delete some of mine too. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday!!

  22. Dear Judith!
    Alot of work behind the laptops and screens - I know...It will be a nightmare for me to losing my photos...
    I giving you some bluesfrom this spring and the Swedish nature.
    Have a nice week!
    Best wishes,

  23. How annoying to have your pictures re-organized automatically. But I'm glad you found that totem pole! :) (interesting to me as we don't have those here...)

  24. Hi Judith, thank you for Mosaic Monday 36. Always a pleasure to join in. Now I will have to look into what happens when the Mac System is upgraded to iPhoto. What a huge job you will have resorting all your thousands of photos. I was about to upgrade but now I will research first.

  25. I am so sorry that your photos were all unorganized! I had the same thing happen a few months ago on my pc after a glitch crashed the photo program...everything reverted to dates and even pulled out of my recycle bin...haven't completely redone it sincere condolences!!

  26. Sorry about the problems with your photos. I need to clean mine out and reorganize. Sure hope I don't have a system issue that makes even a bigger mess.
    Thanks for hosting!!!

  27. Hi Judith,
    I'm so sorry about your photos! It will take awhile, but you'll get it accomplished, I'm sure.
    Your mosaic is lovely. My late beloved and I used to enjoy strolling the Dallas Arboretum during the different seasons of the year.

  28. Judith, I fully understand your problems but from a Microsoft perspective. When I updated my lap top a few years ago it was loaded with Windows 8 software. It was very different from Windows 7 and I had to relearn its new system. Happily, I upload my photos to Picasa and it basically remained the same, but lately updates are now being placed in a "Google plus" folder instead of my Nikon folder. I panicked until I realized that, as I thought I was losing photos. Take your time and you will re-learn your computer's new system. It's a challenge, but good mental exercise!

    The arbotetum you visited looks very intersting! I htought the totem pole was an angel at first. The bench looks like a nice place to sit and enjoy the lake.

    Your new blog look is very sleak and modern looking--very pretty! I have some trouble seeing light colors these days, as I have eye troubles so I have to enlarge my browser to se eit better. It is thre same for many blogs I visit.

  29. I love the new look of your blog Judith! I'm sorry I can't help you with your computer troubles, but I'm like Pat (above) and changed to a laptop with Windows8. It was confusing at first, but I don't mind it now. I just had to slog through it until I figured things out. You can always google your queries, as I've found my questions have always been asked by someone ahead of me.
    Your photos from your walk are just beautiful ... love that little pond, and I could sit on that bench for a while just enjoying the sound of birds and the wind in the trees :)

  30. Lovely and interesting photos. An your new blog looks beautiful.

  31. Lovely and interesting photos. An your new blog looks beautiful.

  32. I love the place of solitude shown in your pics!!! :) Wonderful aspects, so true... And it must be so good to have a walk through and in the arboretum... Great idea! Thankful for this post. Warm greeting of Spring, Alexa T

  33. Love that totem pole!!!! Hmmmm...I wonder if hubby could do something with a tree here in the yard...hmmmmmm???? Love the look, Judith although it is upsetting to hear about the setback with your photos...:)JP

  34. I love the new look of your blog, Judith. Karen did a fantastic job! I enjoyed seeing photos from the arboretum; it brought back sweet memories of visiting there with you and Glenn last summer. Sorry to hear about our photo albums. If you have as many photos online as I do (8k plus), it's not easy to find things without lot of looking. Have a great week!
    Hugs, Beth

  35. Oh dear Judith! I just updated the operating system on my Mac too. I have not even looked at the photos etc! I am sorry this is going to create so much work for you!


  36. Hi Judith,

    Your new look is lovely! I especially like the pretty, lavender coloured background pattern.

    Sorry to hear about your photos. It must be very frustrating to track them down by date, but at least you still have them! Hope you get it sorted out soon.

    I am enchanted with the bench in your photos, and like both your suggestions as to how it may have been used, both in the past and the present.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week! I know you got plenty of sunshine yesterday!


  37. I'm so sorry to hear about your photo Judith. I have a MacBook Pro but my pictures are in Picasa and not iPhoto. Are yours in iPhoto? That would be a terrible mess to figure out! Your blog's new look is really lovely and fresh and I love the header. The walk around the pond looks lovely. The farm pond near us is still frozen but I noticed a dark area today where it's thinning. Have a nice week. Pam

  38. The layout is lovely Judith and I enjoyed this post very much. Have a great week :)

  39. The layout is lovely Judith and I enjoyed this post very much. Have a great week :)

  40. Don't talk to me about computer updates Judith - I resist pushing the 'update' button now.
    The last time I did that, I couldn't access my printer and I had to take everything to my computer 'fixer upperer' to sort out that tangled web - oh dear!

    The arboretum looks like a beautiful spot for a stroll to enjoy the scenery.
    Interesting to see the totem pole.

    Good luck with sorting your photo library, I can imagine your frustration.

  41. Your blog's new look is beautiful. I can't imagine the frustration you are experiencing. I can't help you with computer problems. Your photos are lovely. The arboretum looks like a peaceful place to go for a walk.

  42. Hi Judith, As I said earlier you are an inspiration for blog design and organization. One of these days I hope to do the same. We are off on our adventure so apologize for being tardy to the linkup, I seemed to have missed Monday somehow as it is now Tuesday afternoon in Bangkok!

  43. the new look is very nice! I saw some purple flowers today and thought of you!

  44. Bloomin' annoying I'd say to have organised and then lost is a pain! It's lovely to see the bench in two seasons, it looks a magnificent place to sit and forget the computer woes?!
    Have a happy week gardening!
    Wren x

  45. Dearest Judith; The weathered totem pole looks fascinating♪ Arboretum is first word for me p:-) Happy for your tranquil walk too. And congratulations on Your BEAUTIFUL new blog very elegant♡♡♡ So sorry about your precious pictures! I have no idea about MacBook, but I can guess how you feel.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

  46. Oh I would not be happy to have my pic files switched up. All the best with getting them reorganized. I'd not be surprised to learn that the ice in the pond has already gone.

  47. I just picked my Mac up from the Mac doctor! I'm just happy to have it back.


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