Friday, December 30, 2011

Photo Hunt: Gather

This is a wonderful house to gather in for the holidays and other fun events through the year with family and friends.  99% of the time my photos are taken inside but for some reason I got the idea to take the photo from the outside looking in.   My husband and I are thankful every day for this awesome house.  We were initially drawn to it in the Fall season when the warmth of the colors of the golds and reds of the falling leaves left a glowing carpet surrounding the house.  Added to that was the warm glow of the golden wall panels that made us fall in love with the house right then.  These warm and inviting rooms have made it a cozy place to entertain and gather together.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Photo Hunt: Broken

Finally had time to put this up and it's so appropriate as to what's going on in CT and the Northeast US today. 
The bizarre snowstorm in CT has broken my favorite tree to take photos of.  See the limb on the lower right corner?

Here's what it looks like in the Spring.  Now that lower limb is all broken. :-(

This storm is really crazy.  We have six plus inches of snow already today and it's supposed to snow all night plus get winds around 40 mph.   The leaves hadn't even fallen off of the trees yet so they are all so heavy and are snapping branches off all kinds of trees left and right.  

You can see in the back of my next door neighbor's yard some branches that have broken off his trees.  Just about a 1/2 hr ago another HUGE limb broke off of another tree and his whole yard is covered with broken tree limbs now.   It is really important to take care of trees that are rotting and make sure you trim what you can.  It's not easy to keep up with all of them if you are surrounded by trees but with the crazy weather we have had this year it was all stressful for the trees.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

End of a Pair

The last burst of beauty for my Kniphofia plant.  This last pair didn't last long and they stayed a lighter color, very little of that pretty orangey red they were earlier in the season.  These are my favorite new flowers and I am looking forward to adding some more to my spring garden.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Photo Hunt: Public

The Public lined up and waiting to get into a Packers Football game in Green Bay, WI.  This was just one of the lines.  Packer's fans are some of the most well mannered, friendly, nicest people I have ever met!  It was pure pleasure to be at a Green Bay Packer's game and be able to just enjoy the game and the people around us.  They sure know how to have a great time!  

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Photo Hunt - Wrong

This is just the WRONG food to eat on a diet where you want to lose weight!  And I believe desserts that look this yummy is why so many people find it so hard to go on a diet to begin with.  That said, this lovely, heavenly, ice cream concoction was at a ice cream/dessert restaurant in Little Italy in Baltimore, MD.  Sorry I can't remember the name but I'll never forget how incredible that dessert looked.  Now you can drool over it too!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Photo Hunt - Drink

My first thought for drink was wine of course... but I decided to go for something just as healthy and tasty in a different way.  This is a glass of Green Goddess juice.  How do  you like the look of that drink?  It's a mixture of cucumbers, zucchini, lots of spinach, pineapple, green apples, and a lime.  The lime gives it that great limey kick and makes it thirst quenching to me as well.  It's all run through the juicer and then I pour it over ice in a nice glass.  Voila!  Drink up!

I don't know too much about juicing, so if anyone does this a lot can you tell me what the true benefit of it is?  It just seems strange to me that you take all that wonderful pulp out of the food to make a juice when it seems that the pulp is what is really good for your system.  Any thoughts?


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Photo Hunt - One

One lone bicyclist on one of the hottest days of the Summer on the shores of Lake Michigan.  This was taken on Tuesday, August 2 at the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL.  That white sky was the haze from the clouds and humidity.  At least she was getting a little breeze riding her bike in that hot sticky air!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Still life with Flypaper textures added

I have seen some beautiful photos reworked with the "Flypaper" texture Summer Painterly series added to the original.  I love the effects and finally had the time to buy the pack.  
The upper left photo has the Nuriel Clouds and Brushed Rose textures added in Photoshop.  I used a combination of multiply and color burn and added a mask to one layer to lighten up the vase a little.  I did not want to bring it all the way back to the whiteness of the original but rather keep that same tone from the Nuriel Clouds texture.    I only added the two textures because I like to keep things simple.  Sometimes less is more.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Photo Hunt - Patch

Lily pads flowers in a patch of Lillies.  These beauties are a lovely warm shade of white with a pale creamy yellow center.

Half of the North Farms Reservoir in Wallingford, CT is covered with these Lily pads.

It's just a sea of green and white all over the place.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Backwards - Photo Hunt

This turkey is looking backwards at me.  It is amazing the eyesight these buggers have.  He can see me move over 50 feet away, through the slightly tinted windows in my house.   And he can hear well too.  So it's hard to sneak up on him to get a decent photo.  I managed to get this shot through the windows at the back of the house with my Tamron 28-300mm lens.   The cats, Beau Beau and Angie, have been chasing him when they have been outside.  Other than that, they are entertained by watching him stroll by the windows early in the morning.

Happy photos!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Independence Day Design

I took a photo of the outside of a restaurant in Bar Harbor, ME a few years ago.  It had a flag on it and a bunch of bouy's hanging all over it.  This was the same time that I had discovered how to create "amazing circles" in Photoshop.   That's how my photo turned into this interesting shape.  Fourth of July in America reminds me of the American flag of course, lobsters, New England and Maine in particular.  Plus being on vacation reminds me of freedom and what Independence Day is all about.

Enjoy your day and create something beautiful wherever you are!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Photo Hunt - Self Portrait

Trying to get a self portrait for my avatar for facebook was not as easy as I thought.  Actually none of the photos I took of myself came out the way I liked.  I tried a couple places with different lighting. This photo is with my fireplace as a background with lighting coming through the windows.  I tried another with my white background and the 580EXII flash and those didn't do so well either.  Time to practice a little more with the strobes so I can improve my portrait ability.
Go to to see more self portraits from today's photo hunt.

May you have a photo filled day!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Coyote Blue in Sedona

There's some talk about Coyote and other animals coming closer to humans and houses because of all this crazy snowy weather we're having.  This guy has his winter coat on but I was told that he looks pretty good for December, not all scraggly or anything.  He must have known to fatten up before this cold winter in anticipation.  I used the Pixel Bender filter on this photo to soften it up a little, plus the photo wasn't as tack sharp as I would have liked so the pixel bender helps.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Another January Snow Storm Photo

Snow wreck
Took this from the train with my little Fujifilm S000 finepix P&S somewhere in NY or NJ off the Amtrak line.  It was from the last big storm on 1/26.  Sometimes that camera gets some pretty good shots!  It does not like bright photos at all though.  It just blacks out.  This photo is also as is.  It was snowing and overcast but it came out with no color whatsoever.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Another Snowstorm Another Snowflake

January 21, 2011 snow storm in Connecticut.  Snow crystal photo taken on blue felt.  I'm still getting the feel for getting the focus right on the snowflakes.  Typically the sky is pretty gray while it's snowing and the light is low.  I'm using a 60mm lens with one extender, my Manfrotto Tripod, and a remote shutter release.  I'm still getting blurry snow crystals yet they are getting better each time.

While everyone in the area is already getting tired of the snow, I can't wait for the next storm to try some more photos!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 2011 Snowstorm

January 2011.  At least 24 inches of snow between 1/11 and 1/12 at our house in Connecticut.  My seasonal favorite tree provides the background of beauty for this snow storm again.  Doesn't take too long before the wind blows and takes away the white glow again.