May Retrospective

Looking at this mosaic, I am pleasantly surprised at how much meaning there is for me in each shot.

Even though I am always trying to be creative and improve my photos, this month I got a little something more. These shots have somehow become a part of me. I wonder if that is specific to the shots, the month, or just a progression of this project and how important photos have become to me.

May is filled with shots that are special: a treasured tree, a place where I met a friend, my children being who they uniquely are, shots that brought funny and kind comments from all you 365'ers, and many others that are just plain evocative of the feelings that passed through me this month.

All that and two shots of the little dog -- who came through a cancer scare this month, and now has a clean bill of health!

Sigh, this is a happy thing.

Porch Vacation

Gracie and I had a wonderful porch vacation this morning.


Ever Green

I took this shot on Monday morning, after the storm, but I photoshopped it today :). I used the cyan filter to bring out the blues a bit more.

Today just has not brought any photographic inspiration for me. I think that is a first!


Morning After...

...the storm.


Memorial Weekend Extra

The swirling winds and flickering lights meant a t-storm was about to hit. I grabbed my camera and got this shot of my neighbor's flag just seconds before the downpour. I so love a good storm.

My Suburban Cottage?



And Another...

What originally drew my eye to the tree, was the variation of color in the bark. This version, created with the trial version of Adobe Fireworks, illuminates the patterns in the bark.

While I like the first version, created with Photoshop Elements, this one is closer to what I was going for when I took the shot.

Modded Maple


Through the Looking Glass

It was strange today, to have the thought of *what* to take a picture of, after two days of such a target rich environment. I glanced around the store and saw this on the counter.

Looked interesting. Took one shot, this one here. "Out of Memory."

Yep, exactly how I feel today!


Into the City, Day 2

The National Cathedral

The kids and I metro'd into DC again today.

As we did yesterday, we met up with Sandie, Dirk, Sandie's Dad, Athena, Nathan, Brandon, Gabriel, Edward, and Sue. I will blog more about our two days on my main blog, tomorrow, when I am not so wiped out.

We had a fantastic time meeting them and running around DC with them for two days.


Into the City

We met some friends in DC today to take in the sights and attractions. This is the National Museum of the American Indian.

We left the house at 8:30 this morning and just got home a bit ago...uploading pics, of course, and then off to bed. We are t.i.r.e.d. But we are going back for more tomorrow!


My Boy

Well, he's not really a boy anymore, but you know what I mean.

I'll try to limit my photoshop mods to the weekends, just so I don't go crazy, but I can't make any promises : ).



My daughter did some creative things with her makeup (white mascara!!) and clothes, I did the photo shoot (used the night shot exposure to get some interesting results) and then played with my new toy: Photoshop Elements. Too much fun!

Perhaps we have been watching too much America's Top Model?


Field Envy

Harry would very much like to go outside and play.


Yep, it's that kind of day.



Well, you guys know how I am about these shots!


My Girl

Reading Spin Magazine.



Next door to my art class. Many photo ops to be had in this neck of the woods.


Build Me Up, Buttercup

I love, love, love this field of buttercups that I pass on the way to the barn. I was worried that they would mow the field before I could get my shot at it :).

Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart


More tree love

I took this one yesterday evening, before my barn run. It is the flipside of this one.


Evening Sun

I drive past these beauties several times a week to and from the barn. I caught sight of them tonight, with the evening sun dappling their branches, and had to stop for some shots.

This is the same stand of trees that has the tango pair. Here they are too, dancing in the warmth of the sun.



My daughter put these on my wrist...she has a matching set.
I'm not taking mine off any time soon, they remind me of thirteen, and love.



Last Day of School...

...for me in my drawing class at my local community college. The class actually ends next week, with a final review. But I had my review today, since I am starting another art class, color pencil drawing, next week at a community art center.


A Part of Me


XBOX Abstract

Taking a page from Scrivener's book, I used his technique on our wall of XBOX games.


Cuff Me

Had my annual check up.