Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Somewhat Wordless Wednesday 216/365

Linking up with and then she {snapped} for Wordless Wednesday, but with words.  I love the ambiguity of it all, and most the time I really can't totally shut up anyway.  This is a match for sure.

and then, she {snapped}
So inspiration from winter has totally dried up/greyed over/withered and here I sit waiting for spring and warmth-surely something inspirationally fabulous will happen when spring gets here, right?
Meanwhile a dear friend loaned me a tripod...yay.  It's actually been pretty cold here for the last week or so-too cold for fiddling and fumbling with a tripod with bare fingers-that is until last night when the lion finally piped down for a bit. 
Along about dusk I decided to set myself up on Main Street (well on the sidewalk) for a little motion fun.  I've never done this before-yessuh-inspiration in a blur.   I love this.  That's the photographer's jazz.

Red Blur
Red Blur

Whoosh {216/365}
{216/365} Whoosh


This last zoom, zoom, zoom, photo was my neighbor heading home-she gave me "the friendly wave", and since I was doing the tripod thing....I had a free hand to wave back.  Very cool.

Happy wordless, but not really wordless Wednesday to you.


Linking with Maegen at The Sunday Creative for this week's prompt "Cranes".

The Sunday Creative

Setting Docks
Sign of Spring?  Setting docks along the Kennebunk River

I know what Maegen meant by cranes.  People all over are folding oragami cranes for Japan, the crane a symbol of giving luck and hope.  My photograph means no offense to this beautiful gesture-I think it a lovely and caring thing to do.  My thoughts too are with the people of Japan as they face the mounting uncertainty in their homeland.

When I saw the word crane however, this image came to mind.  I captured it a week and a half back...early on a Monday morning.  It's not often you see a huge crane on barge floating along the river normally reserved for high cost power and sailboats, and for scenic lobster and party boats taking passengers on whale watches and such.  I saw this scene as a "behind the scenes" peek at the less glamorous aspects-what happens before the summer party starts.  I saw it too as a sign of spring.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Linking with Communal Global for "today" from around the globe.  Everyone's take, totally unique.  Very cool.

Today I'm noticing I've had a little store front thing going on lately.  Must be on the edge of spring....wandering out of the hibernation hole.  Either that or I'm drinking more coffee than I should be.

Coffee shop

Pastry Reflections

Store Fronts

Hope you have a lovely "today" wherever you are.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Creative Exchange

Linking with Lisa for The Creative Exchange.  Lots of heartfelt creativity at this link up.  Take a look.

Recently spent a wonderful late afternoon playing in the light.  Haven't had a chance to share my photos aside from 2 or 3 that I managed to sneak into other posts where appropriate.  I like sharing photos here at the Creative Exchange, where it's not so much about the quality-though I'm constantly striving for that-but about the process.  Kim Klassen recently shared a post about whether as an artist it is the process or product that drives you.  I think I must be a process kind of girl.  When I was a musician, the rehearsals were for me what it was about, not the performance itself.  The performance was just bonus fun at the end of the journey.

Ahhhhh.  Moving on.  Always so much to ponder.

I didn't set out to capture this....but this is what caught my eye. This ugly beast; abandoned and huge radiating in the afternoon light.  How could I not? 

My photography teacher said she shoots whatever makes her turn her head for a 2nd look. I only needed one look to be sure.

Silent Steps
I thought about the glory days...before.  I thought about how many feet pounded up and down these stairs; working whistle to whistle for a paycheck.  Not an easy life, I'm sure.

And how now, everything looks so lonely, desolate, and done with.  Even the weeds.

Keep Out
Neighboring buildings have not fared much better....perhaps even worse.

These giants now brought to their knees, so to speak.

By the River
My tiny shadow along the bridge between these imposing, mamoth......empty shells.

Squares and Shadows
Shadows and Squares.

Shadow Walk
But in the shadows....a couple with life.

Thanks for taking a look at my post.  A lovely contrast of lively light and decaying buildings.  Very much a delight to my eye.

Sweet Treat

Linking with Faith over at Simplicity for this week's photo challenge where the subject is sweet treat.

I don't eat a lot of sweets.  Either that or I eat them so fast I don't think to take photos of them.  I can pass on the cake, cookies, and candy (I'm not saying I always do, just that I can), but when it comes to ice cream, I have a really hard time saying no.  It is not uncommon for me to decide to skip dinner and just have ice cream instead....and I can.   It's one of the best things about being an adult.


I'm not delighted with this shot, but let me tell sure was delicious.  M & M ice cream is great.  It isn't easy finding ice cream in Maine in the winter months.  Along about May most of the ice creams shops open up for the summer....and believe me, I know where they all are.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scavenger 207/365

Loving that link up with Ashley on Sunday morning for Scavenger Hunt Sunday....becoming a weekly ritual 'round here.  Dog says she liked it better when the ritual included something fun for K-9s.  I'll catch her fancy a little later.  Low tide is midday today.  Priorities I say, and I'm the one who works and buys the dog food.

This week's hunt included: Decay, Group of 3, Kitchen, Things that make you go Hmmmm, and "Me" Time.

Mill Sales
Decay:  Late one evening I caught some really great light around a couple of old abandoned mill buildings and got tons of snaps. It was hard to choose just one, but I think this angle might give the sense of the enormity of this building-now just an ugly beast with an "unfit for human occupancy" sign on one of the doors.  I was delighted to see "decay" on the list this week.  I love shooting stuff like this; what's up with that?

Three Arches
Group of 3:  Here's a building that's been restored in different mill town.  3 pretty arches on the 3rd story.

Kitchen:  OK...not kitchen, but in my kitchen?  Can't be showing you my kitchen at the moment.  Maid service (that would be me) hasn't been by to tidy up yet.

Things "Thangs" that make you go Hmmmmm:  I don't know....1970's era VW, burgers, Christmas in late March.  Hmmmmmm......
(**I guess when I go Hmmmmm? it's that something has struck me as peculiar, as opposed to some of the other post links where hmmmm is mmmmmm-like yum.  Guess it's a Maine thing lost in translation.**)

Shadow Dance {207/365}
{207/365}  "Me" Time:  I don't know that there's a time I'm having more fun than when I'm chasing the light.  Love this shadowy selfie I caught on one of those abandoned mill buildings.  This was a good day.

I do thank you for stopping by and checking out what I found on the Scavenger Hunt trail.  Have a great day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Magnified 212/365

Last minute link up with Maegen for last Sunday's prompt of "Magnified" at The Sunday Creative.

The Sunday Creative

Yesterday my brother's life was magnified.....and I am so lucky I was one of the first to see how his family (and therefore my extended one) has increased.

Welcome Gus {212/365}
{212/365} Welcome Gus

I don't believe there are many things cuter than a new puppy.  Aside from a few chirps here and there this little guy seemed at ease almost right away.  I can see my brother was totally smitten within the first hour.  I look forward to my "puppy time" too.  Fortunately our family business is dog friendly, so I will see Gus most every week day at the office.  Makes going to work just a little bit sweeter.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekend Reflections

Linking up with James for this week's Weekend Reflections.  Check out the fabulous reflections from all over this world for yourself.  Thanks James.

When I was teaching music, as my students reached about 9-10 years, I'd occasionally play a music selection for them to help them listen more carefully.  I'd have them listen for tempo, dynamics, and style.....and then list any instruments they could hear.  I can hear myself saying, "listen behind that lead singer.....listen high and listen low."  I would physically point or trace paths of what some of the instrumentation was doing.  I was amazed how much they picked out with a little nudge.

I went out shooting on a rather drab and dreary gray March day this week.....certainly not inspirtational....until I considered looking beyond the obvious.......kind of reminded me of the listening beyond the obvious I did with my students and I managed to catch some fine and dandy window reflections.

Adams Street

Adams Street

Window Shopping
Window Shopping

Beer Reflections
Beer Reflections

Another late afternoon I was driving home through the open blueberry plains outside of town.  The sky was a beautiful lavender-pinkish-blue.  I didn't need to look behind or beyond anything; this beauty was in plain sight.

Another Day
Another Day

Thanks for swinging by to check out my reflections this week....and have a fantastic weekend.

Fabulous Friday

Linking with Jennifer and her new linky Fabulous Fridays.....just sharing any photo you like from the week that speaks to you.

Here's one that fits the bill:


Looking forward to seeing what others have posted on Fabulous Friday.  Thanks for checking out something that spoke to me when it came out of my camera this week.

Macro Friday

Linking up with Laura over at Blogging from Bolivia, for this week's Macro Friday.  Great shots normally abound so click thru and take a peek.

I'm glad that no one is following me around while I'm out taking photos.  They might have to call the sanitorium and request space for me. 

Here's a perfect example.  Why would anyone just HAVE to pull over and take a photo of this?...well anyone other than me.

Electric Shack
Small unkept utility(?) building I saw peeking out of the woods yesterday......ooooh.....slam on breaks and get out of the car for that, yes indeed.  I mean, it's hardly much larger than an outhouse, and not even presenting itself in good light.

Rusty Latch
However.......I love this close-up of the rusted door latch.  What pretty blues and oranges.

Old Hinge
And on the right side of the door, some interesting hinges that I added texture too-don't know why, they've already got a lot of natural texture.
Glad I pulled over-and glad no one took notice.  My sanity is in tact.

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scarlet P64

Linking up with Project 64....for this week's color challenge, Scarlet.

project64 button


Think or Swim

My mouse and mouse pad at home.  The mouse pad was a freebie from a course I took about trading stock options.  Think or Swim is a trading platform sort of like e-Trade with that cute sarcastic talking baby.

Are your eyes glazing over?  I said baby to keep you interested......
Besides having a creative side, I have an analytical side.  I'd really LOVE to learn more and more about stocks, options, and trading in the marketplace making my money make money.  OK-now your eyes are glazing over, I just know it.  ROI, Forex, Vertical spreads, Butterflys and Iron Condors.....come back little Sheba.....don't drift too far away.  See if I could make money doing that, then I'd be able to have moo-lah-lah for taking photos.

I also love this cute little mouse and as I was thinking about scarlet....noticed the cool racing stripes on the side match with the mouse pad and just decided to get it done.  I'm good with that.

If you're an expert on trading options....look me up.  I need a mentor.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Linking up with the lovelies over at Communal Global for "Today" from around the globe.

I've been sort of in a "global" place in my head lately, if that makes any sense at all.  I think it's based on all that's going on around the world.  All the rumbling, destruction in many forms, looming dread, so much "crisis" talk. 

For nearly 4 years now I have not watched the news or read the newspaper.  I decided to just stop.  Too much stress; too many crises, too many things going on that I can't control or do anything about to help.  All I can do is feel sad or sorry or heartbroken. 

It's not that I don't hear the news-it's pervasive-you can not avoid it. It's not that I don't care; I do. I guess it was a need to step away from the hype, the news that seems like little sound bites and info-tainment, a need to just slow down, breathe, and do what I can where I am.

So thinking globally about all that's going on, and just trying to stay calm.  That's what's going on in my today.  I hope yours is calm, peaceful, and stress free....and I wish that too for all those places in the world that need it most.

The Plains

Faded Memory

Christ Church

Monday, March 21, 2011

Square Format

Linking up with Kat for Come Exploring With a Camera.  My first link with this link, so to speak.  I'm looking forward to learning some things from Kat.  I like learning....yay!  Thanks Kat.

The topic for this exploration was square format.  Kat gives some insightful tips for shooting in a square format, as well as compositions that work well in the square format.

Last night I skipped dinner and went out shooting in the late day sun, one of my favorite things to do.  I had  a daily prompt of "hope" in the back of my mind, yet found myself traveling inland towards Sanford, a former mill town, primarily blue-collar, that speaks not to "hope", but more to hard times.  I guess my shooting time fed my own sense of hope rather than finding a way of picturing hope; I captured a lot of photos that I like.

This morning I thought I'd see if something I captured might lend itself to square format before the link deadline of March 22 comes and goes.  I look forward another time to shooting with square format in mind, rather than just cropping that way.


Old arched entry to a mill building now abandoned.  Sanford's mill buildings stand large and is sad to see them empty and lifeless being only able to imagine them in their glory days.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Scavenger Sunday 204/365

Time to link up with the fab Ashley over at Ramblings and Photos for this week's scavenger hunt.

This week out on the scavenger hunt trail I was looking for: Camera Phone, Camera, Shoes, Chair, and Imperfection.

Virtual Vacation
Camera Phone:  Still using a cheap flip phone.  Saves me lots of $$.  My dear friend is on vacation in Puerto Rico.  Don't know whether to love him or hate him when he sends me little reminders like this.

Happy Monday
Camera:  What can I say?  Not the view I wanted to see in the side mirror first thing on Monday morning.  Alas.....just a warning for no seat belt. 
 I snapped this while waiting for the officer to return to my car.  Meanwhile I started taking pics of the building across the street. When I took my camera away from my face, he was standing right next to me.  I guess he believed me when I said I kept hopping in and out of my car to take pictures and just forgot to put the seat belt back on.  "Ma'am....put your hands up and step away from the camera".

My Shoes {204/365}
{204/365} Shoes:  The other day I wore sneakers for the first time in months.  The next morning it snowed and it was back to the sensible boots.  This shot from above is looking from a bridge down to a little stream below.  I wasn't thinking of jumping...I know spring will be here soon.  A little hard mix on this upped the saturation.

Chair:  Didn't catch a chair shot I liked this week.  Rats.  I do like this shot from a sunny day last fall outside the library.  Can't wait until its warm enough to see outdoor seating available again!  Soon, I say.

Farm Mug
Imperfection:  People tell me I'm a perfectionist.  It's an imperfection of mine, I guess.  Meanwhile without putting a selfie here, I was stumped-most any photo is going to have an imperfection.  The category was wide open.
This sweet mud spattered horse came right over to me the other day when I stopped to take some shots of the farm behind her.  She didn't seem to mind at all that her face wasn't looking clean and perfect.  Lots to learn from animals.

Have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by to check out my scavenger finds.  Your visit is always appreciated.