Pages

Followers

Friday, June 29, 2012

Let the Tour Begin


Almost ready to hop a plane to Cuba.  Sunday morning at "dark o'thirty" I'll be boarding a bus with 110 other women and 1 man (my dear musician friend Randy-what a saint) to head to the airport.  People keep asking me if I'm excited, and honestly I'm not.  I'm still in getting things together mode.  Maybe the excitement will come on Sunday morning-if I wake up on time.

Alto I
Alto I's

Thought you might be interested in a bit of info on this trip.  Voices from the Heart a chorus from Portsmouth NH has a membership of 200 women.  They sing songs "from the heart" and anyone is welcome-no auditions, no age or ability restrictions and almost all the music is learned by rote (meaning aurally rather than looking at written score).  They sing music from around the world: Balkan, South African, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, as well as traditional American music such as gospel, spirituals, folk music.  Sometimes I play West African djembe along with a few other drummers to accompany songs, but mainly they sing a capella.


Leader of Song
Leader of Song

"Voices" is the brain child or perhaps baby of Joanne.  How she manages to keep 200 women focused and do it with love and care and bring out that love and caring in her singers....it's sort of miraculous.
Although no religious affiliation, it is like a ministry of music and kindness.

Paula
Paula


In Bucovak Perusic

Five years ago Voices traveled to Croatia; before departure raising $140,000 to have a mine field cleared.  Today this small village is essentially mine free.  The fields are used to plant and harvest potatoes, for food and income.  While there the chorus was able to visit the village and meet a few people including this woman and her elderly mother.


Restrictions between the US and Cuban govts have not allowed the chorus an opportunity to do something of this magnitude in Cuba.  However, 200 women are resourceful....

Supplies for Cuba
Supplies for Cuba

Chorus members and friends purchased small everyday items for family, children, musicians, etc.  Soap, desitin, band-aids, M + Ms, baseball, small toys, chalk, paper, shirts, etc, etc. are packed in gallon size plastic bags which will be distributed as "gifts" for our hosts, and shared where need is found.  Each member is carrying 1 or 2 bags within their own suitcase-of course these bags are for "personal use".


Study
Study

Back of the Hall
Back of the Hall

Soprano II BW
Soprano II's BW


So, everybody grab your name tag (and a spare one....) and board the bus.  It's going to be a journey of memories, of flexibility, of heat, of heart, of music, of the unexpected, and certainly of life changing moments...and hopefully with a photographer that can capture just a piece of all that it is.

Nametags
Name tags for All

 

Selfie Check In

Last Friday of the month, time to check in with Christy for {in the picture}. 


In The Picture



I blew it this month.  Man I bailed on the selfies, on photo snapping in general.  I'm not beating myself up over it, just acknowledging that it happens.  I did take photos more than once every week, but felt most often really blah about doing so.  Either that or I was super gi-normous busy.  Oh yes, and there was a lot of rain.  Am I all excused up?  When I was a teen my piano teacher said I was the best excuse maker she knew.


Aside from some shoe and feet shots, I only had one day that I slipped in some selfies.  I stopped by a pretty cemetery when the rain let up for a bit.  I hadn't planned to take selfies, but found a bench and a nearby headstone and "made it work".


Cemetery Bench {23/52}
Cemetery Bench

If you're gonna "make it work", you might as well put a smile on to go with.
I might have been inclined to try a face down plank, but I hadn't read the month's theme when I took this.  Rats.  I missed a good opportunity.

There's always next month, right?  No one said I can't plank anytime I want to.
Have a great weekend.  Looking forward to seeing all those spot on "face down" interpretations.



Weekend Reflections

Linking with James today for Weekend Reflections.


I've been nutty busy preparing for my upcoming trip to Cuba.  One of the cool things-the choral group I'm traveling with rented some lenses for me so I've been trying out equipment normally not available to me.  (this could be dangerous for the I want list) There's been good, bad, and ugly amongst the learning curve, but I'm feeling that I'll be able to document their trip and take some photos for myself too, with success.

With practice needed I've been getting out between the raindrops.

House on the Hill BW
House on the Hill BW

This house sits like a beacon just asking for people to take it's photo.  How could I say no?  Nice large tidal pool left by the outgoing tide was pure bonus.


Tidal Pool Reflection
Tidal Pool Reflection

Then my dog decided to dip her toes in said tidal pool setting off gentle ripples.  Thank you Tula.  This is the same house and trees.

Just Nibbles
Just Nibbles

I hear the outgoing tide is the best time to fish.  He said he hadn't had any success....yet.

Window Table
Window Table

I like to treat myself to breakfast out after an early morning photo shoot.  This spot always has fresh flowers on the table-and great food.

Standing On Cars
Standing on Cars

Fun selfie with a car park in the backdrop and a bit of a city skyline above my head.
 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Will be back in a couple, hopefully with some images to share.
Have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Scavenger on Sunday

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday....my ritual.  Thanks to our lovely hostess.








Fence Line
Fence Line

Warped:  A lovely old fence-warped in many places.

Push Play
Push Play

Concentric Circles:  This is going to have to work.  I have this little shuffle and a bigger ipod as well.  I don't listen much, but on good hearing days I enjoy finding some fave tunes.


Cog Wheel {21/52}
Cog Wheel

Gear:  Yup.  This works.
Funny, "gear" is a word my father uses often, but in an odd way....if you're going to the beach he might ask "you got your gear?" and that means a towel.  I could have pictured almost anything and had it meet my father's interpretation of gear.

It's the Humidity
It's the Humidity

Glazed:  Stretching here....the air was "glazed" with sticky moisture this week? 


Water the Lawn
Water the Lawn

Marble:  Doesn't it look like my friend has some "mini" marbles on her bracelet?  Doesn't it?  C'mon work with me here.....I've been wicked busy, and I really like this water shot too.


That's if from "the Ears".  I think I have just enough time to do one more SHS before I shove off to Cuba.  Don't tell anyone, but I'm going to have to do it on Friday or Saturday, but it's totally worth it.  Looking forward to this week's topics.  Have a great rest of the weekend.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend Reflections



Linking with my friend James for this week's Weekend Reflections.  I missed out last week, so I must be diligent this week.



Water View
Water View

Ah, Maine in the summer.  Nothing better.  Clear air, blue skies-I love these picture perfect days.
I won't tell you about the fog.

Gone Fishin'
Gone Fishin'

Found a couple of really beautiful days lately...guess I'm not the only one.



Cereal Bowl
Cereal Bowl

I'm glad there's a place to share reflections....I fear most people wouldn't appreciate this image.
Nothing like a quirky selfie.

Thanks for checking out my reflections today.  Have a great weekend.



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Scavenger Time

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  I've said it before, if you're sitting on the sidelines thinking this looks fun and you should give it a try; you're right.  You should.








Since I found out a week ago that I'll be going to Cuba in 2 weeks, I've been super crazy busy running around trying to get things ordered, purchased, borrowed, etc.  Progress has been made, but there's still a lot to do, and I'm a smidge stressed.  If I'm planned ahead of time, then I can relax and know everything is OK.  I want to thank all of you that stopped by with best wishes, super helpful tips, and jealousy.  Much appreciated.

Taking some down time before revving up to tackle today's list.  SHS is always a welcome diversion.  Was it just me, or was this a tricky, yet creative list this week?


Easel
Easel

Meet Me at the Corner:  Likely a lame interpretation for this, but I do like all the colorful dried paint on this childs' easel.  It's such a delight that children choose such vivid colors.  What happens to us?  I guess we move up to flowers.



Virtual Vacation
Virtual Vacation

Mother Nature Meets Technology:  From the deep and dark files of the archives.  A photo my friend sent me when I was stuck in winter filled Maine and he was in Puerto Rico.  Hmmm.  Friend?

Sometimes I'm Still 12
Sometimes I'm Still 12

One Step at a Time:  Playing on the town hall stairs.

Trespass
Trespass

What's Wrong with this Picture:  My brother often says "but is it enforceable?"
Quick little selfie over at the RR tracks...I could have smiled a bit-that's wrong too.

Railing {23/52}
Railing

Standing Tall:  Still playing on the town hall stairs.  Hasn't a girl got anything better to do?


Well off to take care of the list of chores and more Cuba prep.  Thanks for stopping by to say hi and have a wonderful day.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Very Exciting News!!


Well, I have some really big news. 
So big my brain hasn't really wrapped all the way around it yet.

 
Red and White
Red and White

No....I'm not pregnant.  Good God, that's not for me.


Shine
Shine

I've been hired as a photographer....my first "real" job. 
It's a travel job-to document the tour of a choral group-110 women who are traveling to.....


Dashboard
Dashboard

.....is your seat belt fastened?......

Buick BW
Buick BW

CUBA!

It was a last minute thing.  A singer cancelled leaving an open spot for ME!
I have 3 weeks to get ready.  Holy Schmoly.

Dr for immunizations, getting some light light light weight clothes, lenses, passport, memory cards and batteries, external hard drive,
camera bag and lightweight tripod (anyone have some good advice on either of those?-HELP)

What am I forgetting?
...besides sunscreen and insect repellent.

What else all you awesome photogs out there?  I'm counting on you to help me think.

How do you say "cheese" in Spanish?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Speedy Quick Scavenger

Linking with Ashley today for the Scavenger Hunt.







Really busy, busy day....so making my stop at the SHS a quick one.

Suzie
Suzie

Travel:  This is my friend Suzie who visited all last week from England.  She traveled here....and left yesterday and traveled back home.  It has been 4 years since I've had a vacation-sadly, me gots no travel pics.  Fingers crossed...maybe soon.



Squish
Squish

Silly:  I didn't execute this very well....I think the focus would be better on the hand, but the idea is silly and I can try again.  Plenty of houses around.

Dockside BW
Dockside BW

Black and White:  Lobster boat tied at the wharf.  I liked this with a little blue tint.

Slow Crawl
Slow Crawl

Spots:  These are snails taken from above looking down toward a tidal pool.  All those "spots" are barnacles.  You see barnacles everywhere-especially near the low tide mark (and on the bottom of your boat).

Pink Pencil
Pink Pencil

Paper:  Confessing this is from waaaayyyyy back in the stacks, but it is newly processed and well, I like it.



Thank you to Ashley for being a wonderful hostess (isn't she the best?) and to you for stopping by for a peek at this weeks takes.  Now on to that long "to do" list.  Have a great day.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekend Reflections

Linking with Sir James for this week's Weekend Reflections.


Still working with a lot of gray and wet weather.  I think it's finally breaking which should help both my sanity and my photographing opportunities.  Having to tiptoe between the raindrops is tough duty.

At the Beach
At the Beach

Doesn't this look like clearing to you?

All About Me
All About Me

My friend's little dog Myles.  Jus' sayin'....he's an imp.  Cute though.

Take Off
Take Off

Here's an oldie from early April that I just processed.  Wonder if these Canadian geese are still around or they were heading back north.

With Geranium
With Geranium

You know you have reflection "issues" when you're taking selfies on grave markers in the cemetery.
 

That's about it for reflections from gray and rainy Maine.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Scavenger in Gray

Linking with Ashley today for Scavenger Hunt Sunday.







I'm not sure if I'm linking with Ashley for the Scavenger Hunt or procrastinating going to the gym, or perhaps the motivation is two-fold.  Never-the-less, link I will, or am, or something.  Another series of drab and drizzly days has made it difficult to feel motivated to take the camera out and about, but for the Scavenger you gotta "make it work".  Please, send sun.



Break in the Clouds BW
Break in the Clouds

Shine:  OK, here's a moment.  Pulled right to the shoulder of a busy street to grab this.  Make hay when the sun shines....or make pictures when the sun shines.  Same concept.


Rainy Day
Rainy Day

Fast:  Fast asleep.  Smart cat.  I should follow suit.


Sudoku BW
Sudoku

Left:  Just a few spaces left.  What is it about these puzzles?  While I don't do them every day, I kind of enjoy them.  Check it out, I'm on the "Beware!  Very Challenging"  level.  Perhaps there is an addiction issue here.


Trees
Trees

Peace:  Fog has a way of making everything look so still.  Somehow I equate stillness with peacefulness.  Should the fog move along, I wouldn't mind being a little less peaceful.



Near the Horse Farm
Near the Horse Farm

Plain:  Plain old ordinary buttercups. It was still a gray day when I shot this, but the dancing buttercups provided a bit of "sun" and cheer.


Thanks for stopping by with a sunny hello for my gray collection.  Gray collection...that sounds like something I could offer on Project Runway.  "Designers, I'm sending in your models".   I love Tim Gunn. 
Have a great day.