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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Red and Yellow



In Open Shade
In Open Shade


Last week I took my friend Lee's advice and stopped at Laurel Hill cemetery to visit the tulips.  Lee and I had been a couple weeks earlier to visit the daffodils which I posted about here.  Ah-maze-ing. Gazillions of them.

However....I may have enjoyed the tulips even more.

You might recall, or not, that I'm not a huge fan of flowers.  Oh, they're lovely to look at and the colors are cheerful, but I don't ooh and ahh and I HATE gardening.  I have a small 6 x 6 garden in my back yard where I'm only permitted the hardiest of perennials that will come back no matter how much I ignore them.

But, these tulips were pretty awesome and I had a great time taking pics of them.


Red and Yellow
Red and Yellow

There were a variety of places where the tulips were in large patches.  I loved this group by a pretty chapel and had fun playing with the angle of the sun striking some, and shade harboring others.


Tulip Patch
Tulip Patch

The most fun for me though were the patches that were standing tall in the midst of open grass areas.  There were people around walking for exercise or visiting a grave site, but I didn't care.  I lay down on the lawn, on my stomach, on my back, turning upside down, or sideways and enjoying the picture taking process oblivious to anyone who might be staring, pointing, or giggling.  I don't know if they were or not.  I paid no attention to anything but my own child-like enjoyment.  It was all about me.
Geez, I'm kind of selfish sometimes.....


Across the Sky
Across the Sky


Red Lipped Yellow
Red Lipped Yellow

.....but it was totally worth it.


If you enjoyed looking at these tulips even 1/8th as much as I enjoyed taking them, it's all good.
Have a wonderful day.



Friday, April 27, 2012

Selfie on the Run



Airbourne {16/52}
Airborne


Last Friday of the month, time to connect with Christy at Urban Muser for {in the picture}. 


In The Picture

This month's theme was "shake it out", which I interpreted as "move your ass" and in that meaning your whole self.  I'm not sure I was shaking, but I was trying hard to MOVE.

I haven't struggled with taking selfies.  My strategy is take a whole bunch and then have plenty to delete and a few that will work safely.  What I've struggled with is taking pictures of my entire self.  I'm working on losing weight including going to the gym 6 days a week-(there was spinning at 6 a.m. today please and thank you)-but it's not working.  That sucks.  I'm kind of stuck.  That has been my hang up with the whole self selfies so it was a push to put my whole self in when I wanted to put my whole self out.  Yes-a hokey pokey reference.

I went to the beach one day and spent a long time running and jumping.  Tula thought this was enormously fun.  Selfies with dog.

Play BW
Play BW

Beach Run
Beach Run

Ready Set Go BW
Ready Set Go BW
(Hee, hee...Tula missed this photo op)

This was really tricky because I don't have a wireless remote and with the wind, waves, and poor hearing couldn't hear the beeps from the camera.  There was a lot of counting and a lot of outtakes.

Outtakes
Outtakes

Goober City.  Honestly.


Another day I amused the neighbors playing in the yard and out on the street.


In the Street
In the Street


Hi Neighbor
Hi Neighbor


Blah
Blah

How the hell do you jump, time it right....AND put a good look on your face? Could it be more obvious that that's the step I'm missing?  Good God!

All and all jumping and running was pretty fun and silly and it exercised me and the dog at the same time.  There is a part of me tho' that's looking forward to next month's theme sure to be something that will make me look good, or glamorous, or hip, or intellectual or something other than like a big goofball flying through the air. 
As they do say....be careful what you wish for. 


Sitting Still
Sitting Still


Thanks for taking a stop by and looking at my April selfies.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Diagonal Thinking

Linking with Kat for Exploring With a Camera on this month's topic-diagonals.  Yum. 

I use diagonals a lot.

Open Sky {16/52}
Open Sky
(parallel)

A lot.

Down the Line
Down the Line
(linear perspective/converging)

A LOT!!
When Spring Comes Early
When Spring Comes Early
(more parallel)

I think that I can't help myself.  I think I do it all the time.  Almost any image I take that I actually like....you guessed it; diagonals.  I noticed this about my photographs late last year and mentioned it to a friend. "Why do I do this all the time?", as if a steady diet of diagonals might be a bad thing.  She said "it's just the way your brain works."  She's always noting how my brain works and how my feelings are reflected in my photos-how does she know what I'm thinking?  You know who you are too "P".  I'm calling you out!


Thing is, I don't shoot diagonally intentionally.  But I did try to be a bit more aware in the last week or so after reading what Kat wrote about it.

Side Garden
Side Garden

How about a little organic zig-zag?

Friday Night BW
Friday Night BW

Or a low POV with linear perspective?

Warm Spring
Warm Spring

Or converging diagonals all over the place?

Near the Chapel
Near the Chapel

I even use light (my fave photog element) in diagonal.

Geez....there's all kinds of "natural" diagonal stuff going on in this one-more than just the light I was thinking about.  I guess I'm just not balanced evenly, I'm crooked.  I hope that's OK....and I imagine my friend will be analyzing what the hell that means about my brain too.  Either that or she already knows.


Gunwale {12/52}
Gunwale

This diagonal is from March.  I love this photo, but didn't share it because I didn't think many people would "get it" due to perspective.  This is the edge (gunwale) of a little row boat shot from above.  Looks like it has the parallel thing in the boat's line and in the reflections....and an implied line in the little seat that moves from left to right giving a converging diagonal too.


Made for Walkin'
Made for Walkin'
(too damn many diagonals to think about)

I do wonder about the direction of the diagonals I choose setting the tone of faster or slower or moving "backwards" from right to left or down to up or up to down.  That must say something else about what's going on in my head.  This picture thing is getting a little revealing me thinks.  Yikes.

Thanks for checking out my diagonal pics and my mind wanderings.  You needn't remind me that this is just how my brain works, well that is unless you want to gang up on me along with my friend.  She'd love that.

Have a great day...thanks to Kat for a great topic.  You might try exploring with a camera too.  You never know what you'll find out about your photos (and your brain).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scavenging Right In

Linking with Ashley today for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.







Rain today and tomorrow.  We haven't had much so everyone is at that cliche "but we need the rain".  Me?  I was totally diggin' that all day/everyday sunny weather thing.  However-I did do some seeding and feeding of the lawn yesterday (perfectly timed please and thank you) so at some point there will be green out the window rather than yellow- brown mixed with lovely patches of dirt and dust.  It also allows me the perfect excuse to take a "rain" day and enjoy a book or watch a film. 

I've been thinking about those Lowe's ads that picture the "average homeowner's" yard looking like professional gardeners have magically instilled their skills/abilities on said "average homeowner".  Trust me, I sell houses-it ain't like that out in the real world.  I'm going with mulch sprinkled with day lilies that this average homeowner can totally ignore and still look genius.

You didn't need to know all this, did you?  I'll get on to the SHS now.


Work Zone
Work Zone

Yellow:  I had LOTS of flower pics, but decided to go "out of the flower box" with this instead.  One skill I could really use to work on is panning.  This one's not bad.  Would prefer a better backdrop, but when the moment strikes, you know.....


Finding Happy
Finding Happy

Something That Made Me Smile:  Tula Dot.  When I see my overly timid and stressed out rescue dog in an environ where she can relax and feel stress free, that makes me smile.  I guess it's the simple things.



White Rocker
White Rocker BW

Ancient/Antique:  This is an antique child-sized chair.  I'm afraid I didn't capture its scope well which would have made the image more powerful, but I like the sun and shadows and the sense of solitude.



Droplet Bokeh
Droplet Bokeh

Splash:  This is a small waterfall-I could look down over the water flow w/out getting wet.
Confessing this is from a series last August sitting in my archives waiting for my attention.  It is newly processed however.  I love this collection of shots and want to work on them with time to be careful with processing.  Um...."self" you need to get going.

Footpath
Footpath

In the Sun:  An unexpected find one afternoon when I wandered in an area I'd never explored before.  This footpath leads to the beach over that little hill. 
The hardest part of this topic was choosing "one" shot so......

Afternoon Sun
Afternoon Sun

......here's another "in the sun".  Lucky to find this footpath in spring with no one else around.  It let me be a goofy photog and go thru contortions w/out the world seeing me or me having to wait for people to go by.


That's it for this Sunday.  Hope you have sunshine rather than the liquid kind.
I also wanted to thank those of you that stopped by on my '"blogiversary" the other day.  It was lovely to get so many kind thoughts.  You all are the best.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's All About Me!


Yes
Yes!

Ok....I've been blogging 2 years today .  Yay me!  576 posts....averages out to 4 to 5 posts every week where you all have endured funky pictures, quirky and sarcastic humor, grumpy sad days, goofy selfies, discussions/pics about my cat and dog, soul searching, my department of redundancy department, and on.  And you've left kind comments-sincerely, thank you.  I don't think I've ever received a nasty comment from anyone (not that I'm putting a request or bad karma out there for any).  My ego endures and prospers.


Beach Wall in Spring
Beach Wall in Spring

So, now that I've been doing this awhile, suddenly I find myself sitting here, much like my very first post, staring at the block of white wondering what might be on my mind that anyone would care to read.  Hmmmmm.  I have this urge to delete the first few month's posts that were sort of pathetic, but how can I gauge growth if I do that?  I'll let it be.  Two years from now (God willing) I may want to delete this post too.....Nah.


Heart in Hand {sh 94}
Heart in Hand

One of the best things about blogging is I've made a lot of friends and connections.  I'm not sure anyone that embarks on blogging realizes that that will happen.  I have friends not only here in the U.S., but friends all over the world.  And I have made friends that live nearby too.  How cool is that?  I used to think of these friends as "blogger friends", but a variety of my contacts have crossed that line, tho' we've never met, I've found like souls; legitimate friends who I care about.  What a wonderful gift.


Lookin' Good
Looking Good

I must also credit blogging for the push for me to take pics.  When my hearing became too compromised to really enjoy music anymore, I didn't understand that my creativity would burst if it didn't find a place to speak.  After realizing my posts would be far more, interesting, with images, I picked up my point and shoot and started.  Billions (ok that's an exaggeration) of pics, linkys, e-classes, and inspiration and encouragement from others later-I am an artist-(with a better camera)-I own that-(the camera and the artist thing too), and I feel comfortable standing behind and sharing my images. But do realize I will continue to grow and there's LOTS of room for that.  That's a good thing.


Already?
Already?

Well, listen....gotta get running along.  Just wanted to share this sort of benchmark with people that get it and say I'm glad that we're doing what we're doing in this blogopshere. Thanks for stopping by today-as always it's nice to be heard.  I hope you have a great day too and I'll catch up with you soon.

Beach Run
Beach Run

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday




Periwinkle Door
Periwinkle Door



Linking with Kent for this week's Wordless Wednesday.


WW_KW


Monday, April 16, 2012

Laurel Hill

Yesterday I went with my friend Lee to Laurel Hill Cemetery.  She had promised me that that daffs were spectacular and plentiful.  I'm not really a big flower person-not that I don't like them, but I'd say I'm more inclined to shoot urban decay vs. flowers. 

Sometimes though, there are exceptions.....


 
In Good Company
In Good Company

 
High and Low
High and Low

Yellow and White
Yellow and White

Spring
Spring

Leave for All
Leave for All

Daffs
Daffs

Even In Black and White BW
Even in Black and White

Daffodil Sea
Daffodil Sea

Abundance
Abundance


The one thing I wished was that I could capture the scope of how many there were....there was just no way.  I'd say "Abundance" shows maybe an 1/8th the number of daffodils along the hillside.
Glad I was there to see the show.  Any photographer can "score" beautiful images in this setting.

Thanks for checking out my blooms of spring.