Friday, April 29, 2011

Pets 244/365

Linking with Faith at Simplicity for this week's photo challenge-pets.  Yay, something I have on hand.  Not much hunting around required for this challenge.

Pick Me Up
{244/365} Pick Me Up   
A. Pamina
 "Princess P"

I love my pets.  Pets have always been a huge part of my life.  This little lady I adopted from the animal shelter about 1 1/2 years ago. Her age was believed to be 10.  Everyone said I was so "good" choosing an older cat.  Truth be known....she chose me.

She is my first cat ever.  I had no idea how much I would love her.  Strangely, of all the 50+ cats at the shelter that day, her name Abbie, was the same as the dog I had lost 6 months earlier.  I took that as a sign.

I didn't have space in my heart for another Abbie, so I made her first name an initial and named her after the princess in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.  Many of my friends mocked me and said the name was stupid.  I don't care, I like it and so does she.

I share often photos of "my girls".  I think Tula might get her little nose out of joint if I don't throw in a  recent snap of her as well.  Just to keep things on even keel, here's my other joy.  Not as fond of the camera, but equally fond of me.  I am so lucky.

Tula Dot

Weekend Reflections 242/365

Linking up with James for this week's Weekend Reflections.  Great reflections from far and wide....take a look.

Been a foggy grey week for the most part.  The sun has surprised us now and then by making an appearance, but it's been predominantly overcast.  One morning I did get out early-let's be real, the pets woke me at 5 so by 6 I gave in and decided to run out to catch some snaps.  While I wasn't happy on the front side of that, by the time I was out and about shooting pics, I was content.  Perhaps pets know best.  Perhaps not-I'm missing some beauty sleep, but I did find some pretty reflections.

I've tried to salvage this quickly grabbed side mirror shot I overexposed.  You can see the fog off in the distance.  Something about this reminds me of films shot about WWII in Europe.  Lots of bicycles for getting around and doing that risky resistance work.

Red House
Red House
I'm pretty certain this was worth getting out of bed early for.

Still Morning
{242/365} Still Morning
And if that one wasn't....well this one was for sure.

Have a great weekend.  Thank you James.

Feeling Fab on Friday 245/365

{245/365} Gull

Linking with Jen for Fabulous Friday.  Friday continues to be my favorite day of the week, so yes, it is Fabulous....and the fact that there are no rules for this link makes it even more fab.  Hope you have a fabulous Friday as well.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday, but.....241/365

Linking with Rachel at "and then she {snapped}" for Wordless Wednesday but with words.  You figure it out.

and then, she {snapped}

Normally I'm about words and images.....but these don't really need any.  Just think, I could be posting to a Wordless Wednesday that didn't allow any words, but this is better.  Have a great day.


Berry Pie
{241/365} Berry Pie

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pacific Blue P64 and Creative Exchange 236/365

Linking with Project 64 for this week's color contest of pacific blue and also linking with the very sweet and talented Lisa at The Creative Exchange.  It's a 2-fer.

I've yet to figure out why I'm drawn to shooting graffiti.  I mean, not 24/7, but it's something I have a hard time passing by/up without getting a little rush and a busy trigger finger.  I know that graffiti is destructive, a nuisance, and sometimes offensive, yet I still "have" to photograph it. 

Pacific Blue GERU on the wall.

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Maybe it's like singing the blues-tho' they're not a nuisance or destructive, but they're sure as hell not up-beat.  I used to like up-tempo feel good dance music AND slow mournful/melancholy music in minor keys or the Dorian mode (that is where the Dorian Susan moniker came from), so I guess it's OK that my last post was full of seemingly perfect pink spring flowers and this one is....................not.

{236/365} Imperfect

The thing about catching graffiti is, it's often in areas that can be a little edgy.  I have a sense of wanting to watch my own back-no can do when I have a camera attached to my face.  Being hard of hearing, that sense doesn't alert me to danger-so I guess I'm going to continue to just be careful and observant and trust that inner "gut" feeling and not stray too far from safety and known quantities.

Metal Works
Metal Works Building


Some of my best graffiti finds are near train tracks and rail yards-and I love shooting those as well.  Time to stop thinking about it, and just enjoy the rush.....and the little surprises that come along to delight me.


Moving Train
Moving Train



Linking up with Communal Global for my "today".  Beautiful todays to be seen from around the globe, take a peek.  

If it were all as easy as......



More to Come

Mother Nature making it look so simple.
Have a wonderful today; Spring IS here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Reflecting on the Coffee Routine

Linking with lovely Faith over at Simplicity for this week's photo challenge where the topic is "routine".  Press on through to check out the other fab blogs linked there as well.

I truly do have the world's best best friend.  I'm so thankful to/for her....she loves me where I'm at, the good, bad, and ugly and we've been friends now for 30+ years.  I guess if she was going to bail out, it would have been a long time ago.  She is my life's biggest blessing.

Which brings me to "routine".  My best's and my "routine" is getting coffee.  More joys, woes, bitches and moans, silliness, dreams, deep thoughts, spaced-out forgots, and countless other of life's jumps and bumps are shared over a cup of joe than anyplace else.  It's a constant-a remnant left over from high school days of talking on the we talk over a cup of coffee.  How great is that?

My best is extremely busy these days...about to be ordained an inter-faith chaplain (I'm so proud of her), has a child about to graduate and head off to college, spends countless hours volunteering and care-giving...and yet there's still time for coffee and for me. Sometimes our routine falls into the night, sometimes in the morning, and quick afternoon cup is not out of the question.   I love her and our routine.  Thank you my know who you are!! 


Recent site of the "Coffee Routine" at Dunkin Donuts....under the colorful pendant lights.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday Scavenger 239, 240/365

Linking with Ashley over at Ramblings and Photos for this weeks Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Fun place to link up....check it out. 

This weeks search included:  Reflections, Guess What This Is, What's Inside?, Playtime, and Lawn and Garden.

Garage Window
Reflections:  I love looking for reflections....and since I've started really looking for them, well-they're everywhere.  This old garage needs to be torn down.  The other side is completely collapsed...sadly, it's not salvageable-but maybe this rustic door is.  Reflections in the diamond window.
{PS-if you like reflections too, check out the meme weekend reflections hosted by James.}

{240/365} Accumulation
Guess What this Is:  I'm afraid this isn't very clever.  Water droplets on the patio umbrella outside the local cafe.  Plenty of seating available.

What's Inside?:  I love the name of this shop.  It's a hair salon.  The Spartan-esque name so speaks to me.  To me a good haircut is one that doesn't cost a lot, lasts for 6 weeks, and only takes 1/2 hour start to finish....but if I were a hair kind of girl, I'd definitely check this place out.
Pardon the odd blur thing....trying to practice skills for my digital imaging class, clearly more practice is necessary.

Lucky Jack  
Playtime:  My friend Susan's band called "Lucky Jack" had a friends and family concert last week.  (Are you digging that floor and the 70's paneling at the old Mason Building?)  This was their first time playing for an audience and they did great.  Susan was awesome holding down all the beats!!

I've noticed a real lack of color in this post, so I'll show you someone else who thought "Lucky Jack" was pretty awesome too...especially during intermission.  Such joy.


Playing Under Trees
{239/365} Playing Under Trees
Lawn and Garden:  Lawn and garden?  Are you kidding me?  How about mud and bud?  
Just on the verge of looking like spring around here.  I had fun playing under the trees on the library lawn just before dusk the other night.  Across Main Street is the town hall on the far left and the Brick Store Museum with multiple store front faces.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekend Reflections

Linking with California bound James for this week's Weekend Reflections.  Great link to check out for lovely scenes from across the globe.  Don't know how James will out-do himself over last week when he posted that awesome reflection with William Penn towering nearby.  Makes me think that now that I've got the knack for finding reflections, I need to step up my game a little and make them more dynamic.

Concession Reflection
I suppose this shot isn't very dynamic, perhaps more "everyday".  Attended a playoff hockey game this week.  During a lull in the 2nd period I took a little stretch of the legs, and found this reflection.  So many people need their beer and snacks to make it through the game.

In the Crane's Shadow
Perhaps I need to give myself a touch of the dynamic credit for this shot.  The visual and conceptual contrast of the little independent lobster boat moored in the shadow of the towering cranes at the US Navy shipyard appeals and speaks.  Nice reflections too.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 233/365

Connecting with Rachel, and then she {snapped} for this week's wordless Wednesday, but with words.  Mute no more.

and then, she {snapped}
Something that often strikes me odd is when I run into the grocery for a few things....totally unrelated things.  I wonder what the cashier thinks of my purchase of: loaf of bread, sponges, can of pumpkin, and shampoo.  Strikes me as odd.  If I were a grocery cashier I would think about these things, and therefore likely lose my job for DWW-daydreaming while working.
My post today is along the same theme.  I am not DWW, but my photos totally do not go together.  They're like a "huh?" assortment.  Whereas the boundaries of Wordless Wednesday, but with words are slightly blurred, I thought this the perfect occasion to go out on a limb.
Thanks for taking a look....don't even try to understand the theme, there isn't one.

Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese

Carriage House
Carriage House


Night {233/365}
{233/365} Night

Magenta P64

Breezing in for a quick link up with Project 64 for this week's color magenta.

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Little Lamp
Little Lamp

On a hostess stand in a restaurant.  Love the colorful beading and much of it seems to be magenta.  Why don't I think to buy cute items like this for my house?  This is so sweet.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Scavenger Time 226, 228/365

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Great linky so check it on out.

I like this week's list, it was wide open for interpretation and being creative with each topic.  Thanks Ashley.

This week's items were: Time, Poem, Outside, Zoom, and Isolation.

Morning Flight
Time:  Many days I have commitments that don't allow me to photograph at early morning....but when I do, I delight in that precious and beautiful time of day.  On this morning I captured a pink sky and loved the contrast of the little seagulls vs the enormity of the silent shipyard crane sharing the sky. 

Sad and Gray

Poem:  I appreciate but oft don't understand poetry. I'm trying to "get" poetry....there's still time.  I found this poem that resonated with me.

A Secret Life-Stephen Dunn
Why you need to have one
is not much more mysterious than
why you don't say what you think
at the birth of an ugly baby.
Or, you've just made love
and feel you'd rather have been
in a dark booth where your partner
was nodding, whispering yes, yes,
you're brilliant.  The secret life
begins early, is kept alive
by all that's unpopular
in you, all that you know
a Baptist say,or some other
accountant would object to.
It becomes what you'd most protect
if the government said you can protect
one thing, all else is ours.
When you write late at night
it's like a small fire
in a clearing, it's what
radiates and what can hurt
if you get too close to it.
It's why your silence is a kind of truth.
Even when you speak to your best friend,
the one who'll never betray you,
you always leave out one thing;
a secret life is that important.

Purple House on Corner {226/365}
{226/365} Purple House on Corner
Outside:  I love this shot.  Don't know why....perhaps the boldness of someone painting their home purple in the midst of traditional whites, yellow, beiges, and greys or perhaps it reminds me that warmer weather is coming, or perhaps I just like the composition and light....or all of the above.  But thanks for looking and hearing me out.

Green Zoom
Zoom:  Went to see the Portland Pirates AHL playoff game last night.  They won in sudden death overtime 3-2.  This zoomy moment was when the opponents were on the offensive march....but if you look in the glass reflections on the far can see one of the "Pirates" ready on the defense.

{228/365} Simple
Isolation:  I love a single subject from nature-be it a flower, a tree, a leaf, a quiet empty path- in isolation.  These things in solitude seem to beg to be photographed.  A lovely spring display in an area restaurant.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my scavenger finds.  Have a great day.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Creative and Fabulous Friday 230/365

I'm linking with Lisa at the Creative Exchange, finally....I've been meaning to since Tuesday.  Love to connect with the inspiration of Lisa's link.  Thank you Lisa. 


It's also my favorite day of the week....and now, not only is it Friday, it's Fabulous rules, just photos.  By Friday, that's about all I can handle.  Thanks Jen.  Here's my entry-a late day catch, pardon the pun.

Lilly C
{230/365} Lilly C

I am lucky to live in a scenic area of Maine quite near the ocean. About this time of year, I start to appreciate it more so than say....early January. Tourists will flock to the area in another month or so, but it is now that we locals have a little window of wonderful rather all to ourselves.


Tuesday evening I grabbed a pizza at "Pizza by Alex"-which looks and tastes the same as it did 35 years ago (or even longer, I imagine) and headed out to catch some snaps.  I found myself in the quiet little community of Biddeford Pool-even quieter on a breezy spring eve before sunset.  Aside from a few seagulls and the occasional friendly year 'round home owner, it was all about me.


I haven't spent much time in this tiny enclave, but I like the little village feel-so quintessential New England.  There are sooooo many little villages like this in the region-how quaint and how lucky for me.  Two summers ago I stopped here at Goldthwaite's with some friends and we had sandwiches and ice cream in the back "yard" overlooking the ocean.  Kind of chilly for that yet, but the view works in any season.

View by the Sea

I was brought back from that memory by the distant sound of church chimes faintly flowing through the crisp air.  A path I remembered took me to the little chapel.  By then the sounds had stopped, but my eyes found sounds of spring color nearby.

Mini Daffs

Violet Path

I walked back towards where I'd parked but took a little detour into the yacht club, which looks more like a lobster wharf this time of year.  There were "for your safety, members only" signs around which I ignored.  I felt safe, and alone.  It was here I caught some lovely pics and reflections in the tiny harbor, including that first shot I posted of the Lilly C.


Skiff Reflections

As not to be a pest to anyone who might come along besides the seagulls, I decided to pack it in and head for home.  On the main road that runs with coastline on one side, and marsh views on the other, I spied this last precious view-too lovely not to stop and shoot. 

Water Tower

All and all a great, no, fabulous day....and it wasn't even Friday. I do love when my heart and emotions intertwine with what I'm capturing with my camera. I keep thinking of it as "jazz" and me as an improvisor...I think I may need to change the name of my blog.

Thank you for stopping by.  I always appreciate your visit and any comment you wish to share.  Have a great weekend.