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Spring 2014 in Idaho

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Spring 2014.  All taken with my iPhone 5S, with an Instagram twist.  Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign.

If the neighbor girls strolling a bunny around in a doll buggy is not a sign of Spring, I don’t know what is.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

The first of my beautiful plants to spring to life is the bleeding heart.  It starts popping out of the ground like this.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then all kinds of heart babies form…

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And row after row after row of hearts grow.  I love these!

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

This year we installed a birdhouse that our neighbor friends made for us.  My neighbor designed and assembled it, and I painted and tiled the roofs.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I hope some birds move in here – there’s room for 7 families 🙂

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

My new lilac bloomed for the first time!

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And the anenome blooms make an appearance, too.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Here’s the Idanha Building in downtown Boise.  <sigh>  I love Boise.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And here’s my husband, a Boise hacker.  The best lookin’ software engineer in Boise is mine all mine 😉  We got this shirt from our buds over at Wear Boise.  Wear Your Where!

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Clematis craziness!

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

A clematis closeup shows the tiniest bit of yellow in there.  Complementary colors in the wild!  Yellow and purple.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And analogous colors in the wild: yellow and green on a hosta.  Can you tell I’m learning about color theory?

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

One of my favorite parts of spring is being able to hang out on the porch.  Hard cider on ice for me, and a beer and cigar for my man.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Lunching on the patio.  #heckyeahiputchipsinmysandwich

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Aw, these two.  Mom and Dad at Blue Heart Springs.  For Dad’s birthday we went on a dinner cruise on the Snake River in Hagerman. Turns out this was where Mom and Dad had their first date! Aw!

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Love these shy little guys.  Mediterranean Bells.  Hey! More purple and yellow complementary colors!  And green and red in the background!  Nature is an artist.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I love it when the viburnum blooms.  It’s such a pretty lacy delicate thing.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And then there’s the blaze rose at the front of our house.  Note to self: reinforce the support on this guy before it blooms next year.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Blaze rose blooms in sunlight = beautiful.

Spring 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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Winter 2014 in Idaho

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Winter 2014. All taken with my iPhone 5S, with an Instagram twist. Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign.

We had a ton of ice this winter.  So, so cold.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And like last year, we had quite a bit of snow and some freezing fog.  I love how the frozen fog prettifies all the landscaping.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And then the fog really set in.  We had week after week after week of inversion.  It was really quite maddening.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

So we hung out inside alot.  Here’s my little cuddle partner, Jasmine.  Such a good kitty.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And here’s the bad kitty.  Naughty Fiona!

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

We traveled to Sun Valley to spend Christmas with family.  They didn’t have a ton of snow this year, so it wasn’t quite the picturesque winter wonderland, but it was still so pretty.  I love how folks there really dress up their evergreens, putting lights on every single tree branch.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

On Christmas Eve we visited the Sun Valley Lodge for a fireworks show.  So dang cool.  It was my first time, and now I don’t ever want to miss it.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

As the fireworks were going, there was also a torchlight parade.  Lots of skiers held torches, skiing down the hill.  It was magical.  Even though it was really cold out, every single person had a smile on their face.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then back home to Meridian.  From the crisp clear Sun Valley skies to the foggy inversion of the Treasure Valley.  I can’t wait for spring.

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Time to enjoy ourselves indoors again, with what is quite possibly the perfect drink: the greyhound.  Cheers!

Winter 2014 in Idaho by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

 

 

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Fall 2013 in Idaho

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Fall 2013. All taken with my iPhone 5S, with an Instagram twist. Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign.

Fall began with the Boise Buddy Walk, a beloved occasion for my entire family.  It’s the annual awareness and fundraising event for the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association, who is passionate about promoting understanding and supportive environments.  We want everyone to know that people with Down syndrome have wonderful talents and attributes just like everyone else!

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

This is my bud, Justin.  We call him Bergie.  He’s my cousin and the biggest Bon Jovi and Boise State fan EVAR.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

This picturesque place is in Star Idaho.  The boy on the far left is mine 🙂

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

The scene of a barn dance in Star, Idaho.  My 14-yr old boy was not a fan of the dance.  Nope, not at all.  Oh well, I tried.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

My girl sure liked feeding the ducks at Ann Morrison Park in Boise.  Sometimes it’s the simple things kids like best.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

A blurry shot, but it’s a kestrel in my backyard!

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I’m pretty sure this clematis plant had a lone late-bloomer last year, too.  So funny.  I wonder why this happens.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Confession: this is my neighbors red tree.  I couldn’t help but lean over the fence to grab a shot of these red/orange/purple leaves.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

My boy was in his first play at the Boise Contemporary Theater.  This is a true talent of his, and it was so great to see him in action.  He enjoyed his fight scene 🙂  He’s the one in black.  Gotta love a $7 wool coat from the thrift store.  Washed it in hot water and it shrank nicely to fit him from an adult size XL.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Taps galore for my man’s birthday.  This is at the Yard House at The Village At Meridian.  We’ll be back.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

My Dad’s first attempt cooking a turkey on the grill.  I’d say he nailed it.  This is his backyard in Twin Falls.

Fall 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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Summer 2013 in Idaho

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Summer 2013. All taken with my iPhone 4S, with an Instagram twist. Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign.

Summer began with sightings of ducklings all throughout our neighborhood.  A neighbor girl brought this little one over to say hi.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Meet Mini-Coop, the lil’ one that got left behind 🙁

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Did you know that clematis blooms turn into Lorax?!

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Here’s a quick video clip of the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Majestic.  It’s such a shame that only when we grow up and move away from such beauty, do we appreciate it.

We spent Independence Day in Hailey, Idaho, and got to experience the local parade.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Here’s our parade perching spot, The Wicked Spud.  We enjoyed a few of their hard ciders from our lawn chairs out front.  It was perfect.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

During that visit, we trekked to Sun Valley for an afternoon of sight-seeing.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Back in Meridian, now.  Gino’s patio – one of my favorite places to be, to enjoy carbs in solid and liquid form 😉

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Remember Mini-Coop?  This is the same duckling, about 5 weeks later!

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Chloe and I had fun making a little art in our yard one day: a heart-home for some rolie pollies.

This summer I frequented a nearby farmer’s produce stand.  Sweet mother.  These plums are the best I’ve ever had.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

One day during lunch a colorful something caught my eye from behind the window.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I got closer and snapped a picture.  This shot is from behind the window!  I can’t believe how its body is spotted, too.  So pretty.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then I went outside and caught a little video.  It almost flew right into me!

We had our share of smoke this summer, from numerous surrounding fires.  Worst part of the summer, in my opinion.  Some days the sun was a hazy orange.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

One day we had quite the rainstorm in Meridian.  It’s so weird when it rains while the sun is shining.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I ended the summer with drinks with friends, celebrating the official formation of the Boise Modern Quilt Guild in the perfect place.

Summer 2013 in #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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Spring 2013 in Idaho

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Spring 2013.  All taken with my iPhone 4S, some with an Instagram twist.  Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign.

Spring: definitely my favorite time of year.  Nature just seems to wake up in such a beautiful way in Idaho.

Really, it’s amazing how well this little iPhone can capture Mother Nature.  Here’s a closeup of my lenten rose.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Lenten Rose via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Here’s another lenten rose.  Love this purple.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Lenten Rose Purple via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Little lady bug likes the lenten roses, too.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Ladybug via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

The weird beginnings of a bleeding heart, one of my favorite plants.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Bleeding Heart Beginnings via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Clouds and a chocolate field, about a mile from my house.  Every single time I pass by this field, I think of a big square of chocolate.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Chocolate Field via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

A gorgeous Idaho sunset.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Sunset via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

My Chloe flying a kite at Grandma and Granddad’s in Twin Falls.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Kite and Ponytail via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

The new Chobani plant right by my folks’ place in Twin.  What a facility!  And it’s by a chocolate field 🙂

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Chobani Plant via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And there it is, the first bleeding heart of the season.  Perfect.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - First Bleeding Heart via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Hashtag in Nature.  I see stuff.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Hashtag in Nature via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

A sweet couple walking under a sweet sky of clouds.  Boise Foothills backdrop.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Clouds and Couple via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

A bee lovin’ on my flowering plum tree.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Bee and Bloom via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

More bleeding hearts!  I’m sorry, but it’s just hard for me to fathom a plant like this exists.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Bleeding Hearts via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

This is a closeup of…..

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Clematis Closeup via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

this, which is a closeup of….

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Clematis Bloom via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

this clematis.  Such a beautiful creeper.  It didn’t bloom as much as last year, maybe because of the super-cold winter we had.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Clematis via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Jacob’s Ladder.  If you want a plant that comes back year after year, spreads into new plants, and love a sports team with the colors purple and yellow – this is a must-have.

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Jacob's Ladder via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

This peony isn’t the most stunning of blooms, but I was stoked about it.  This is the first time it has bloomed since I planted it 5 years ago! Every time I see it I break out into my best Mother Gothel voice: Flower, Gleam and Glow….

Spring 2013 in #Idaho - Peony via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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Winter 2013 in Idaho

Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Winter 2013.  All taken with my iPhone 4S, some with an Instagram twist.  Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign.

It’s funny now…  at the beginning of this winter I didn’t think I’d have any good photos for a blog post.  Winters in our part of Idaho can be dry, cold, and dull.  But this year the snow, fog, freezing fog, and art-filled skies made for a gorgeous winter.

Way to Snow #Idaho via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

We got quite a bit of snow this year.  This day was especially picturesque.

Winter 2013 Mailbox

And can I just say that I love my neighbors with snowplows?

Winter 2013 Snow Plow

It was hard to capture with the camera, but the flakes were ginormous.

Winter 2013 House

A sad day, felt all the way across the country. I cried watching the news about the shootings in Newton, CT. Emotional day for me, picking up my girl from kindergarten. I’m not telling her about the evil in this world just yet.

Winter 2013 Flag

On a lighter note, cloud stripes 🙂

Winter 2013 Cloud Stripes

And snowflake stars.

Winter 2013 Star Snowflakes

We saw our fair share of fog in Meridian, Idaho.  Here are some fog shots from around our neighborhood.

Winter 2013 Foggy Road

Winter 2013 Foggy Trees Fence

Winter 2013 Foggy Road to Nowhere

And then the fog froze. Fog + zero degrees = beautiful.  Here are some pics from our yard.

Winter 2013 Frosty Table

Winter 2013 Frosty Evergreen

Winter 2013 Frosty Maple

Winter 2013 Frosty Maple Seed

Winter 2013 Frosty Tree Blue Sky

Earlier this winter we traveled to Twin Falls so our son could go pheasant hunting with Granddad.  I love the part of the drive when we see the windfarm near Bliss.

Winter 2013 Windfarm

Then in Twin Falls we got to see one of the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever seen.  This one is from my parents’ backyard.

Winter 2013 Sunset Birdhouse

And the obligatory wagon wheel arch picture out front.  No filter, folks.

Winter 2013 Sunset Wagon Wheel

No filter.

Winter 2013 Sunset Stoplights

NO FILTER!

Winter 2013 Sunset

Ok, now back at my place in Meridian.  A lone clematis bloom in my backyard.  I found this so inspiring.  Beauty can survive in the harshest of places.

Winter 2013 Lone Clematis Bloom

Taken before we got any snow, this pic shows the Boise foothills getting a light dusting.  Love the clouds.

Winter 2013 Clouds