Thursday, January 17, 2008


Rain Drop. I snapped a ton of shots in the pouring rain just to capture this droplet. Macro setting. Light source:mid-day, overcast & rainy.

Geranium bloom in the dead of winter. Macro setting. Light source: mid-day, overcast & rainy.


Light source: Natural light filtering through window.

Candle light. Shot from above.

Obviously there is a lot of camera shake in the photo, but I still like the fire trails.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Just a flower growing on the deck. Taken with a Sony point & shoot.

The Miracle of Spring

Every Spring we welcome newborn fawns. And every year there is a Doe that has a set of twins. This was taken next to our barn. Photo shot using a Sony point & shoot.

Winter Sunset

Winter sunset. I shot these with my little pocket sized point & shoot camera. Unfortunately there is no optional setting to remove date stamp.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My Beautiful Miss Riley

Grow Old With Dogs
When I am old...I will wear soft gray sweatshirts and a bandana over my silver hair,and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair and listen to my dogs' breathing.I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night and take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow.When people come to call, I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs,and talk of them and about them......the ones so beloved of the past and the ones so beloved of today.I will still work hard cleaning after them, mopping, washing, brushing, and feeding them, and whispering their names in a soft loving way.I will be an embarrassment to all, especially my family,who have not yet found the peace in being free to have dogs as your best friends. These friends who always wait, at any hour, for your footfall,and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep, to greet you as if you are a God.With warm eyes full of adoring love and hope that you will always stay, I'll hug their big strong necks.I'll kiss their dear sweet heads,and whisper in their very special company.I look in the mirrorand see I am getting old.This is the kind of person I am,and have always been.Loving dogs is easy,They are part of me.Please accept me for who I am.My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives;they love my presence in their lives.When I am old this will be important to me.You will understand when you are old....if you have dogs to love too.
~author unknown~

Tips for an Exceptional, Superb & Powerful Life!

Tips for an Exceptional, Superb & Powerful Life!

1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3.) Buy a Tivo (DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4.) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to________ today.'
5.) Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6.) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.
7.) Always pray and make time to exercise.
8.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of Six.
9.) Dream more while you are awake.
10.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.
11.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13.) Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14.) Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15.) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class .......but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17.) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
18.) Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19.) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20.) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21.) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22.) Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
23.) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24.) Ladies - Go on and burn those 'special' scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.
25.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
27.) Forgive everyone for everything.
28.) What other people think of you is none of your business.
29.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!
30.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31.) Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
32.) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
33.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God provides remember?!
34.) The best is yet to come. (in Heaven)
35.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
36.) Do the right thing!
37.) Call your family often.
38.) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: 'I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.’
39.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
40.) Enjoy the ride.
Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!
~~Author Unknown~~

First Blog

Welcome to my new blog. This is the first requirement for the Photography 101 class. Yikes! A blog?? I'm already feeling intimidated! I have enjoyed photography my entire life. I never go anywhere without a camera. Just ask my family & friends. When the digital revolution hit I put away my 35mm SLR and replaced it with a digi point & shoot. Love it, but I felt it was time to advance my skills and equiptment. So, Santa being the good boy he is, gave me a Canon Rebel XTi for Christmas!! Woohoo! Thank you Santa Baby!! I am so excited about learning more about photography and improving my skills. I'll still continue to carry my P&S in my purse so I'm seldom if ever without a camera; however my main objective is to learn how to use my new Rebel to it's fullest potential! Please feel free to leave critique comments, as I have so much to learn. Your thoughts and advice will help make me better at what I love! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Canon Rebel XTi
Lens 18-55mm
Lens 75-300mm
Sony Cyber-shot


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