Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people. - Audrey Hepburn FOCUS: Life Unscripted For as long as I can remember my husband has requested 'Gram's Lemon Cake' on his birthday. As a child, he was only able to get this special treat when he visited his... Continue Reading →
If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. - Anonymous FOCUS: Everyday Objects I was feeling like my photos were getting a little too 'pretty' lately. You know, too much nature, too many flowers... heck, even a rainbow. So I decided to mix things up and go for the... Continue Reading →
Rainbows apologize for angry skies. -Sylvia VoilorFOCUS: LandscapeAhhh... the illusive rainbow picture. So many things have to go right to capture a rainbow that it is almost ridiculous...1. First, you need to find a rainbow. Sounds silly, but it's true. Rainbows really aren't that common.2. Then, you need to have your camera ready. Carrying your... Continue Reading →
The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. - Helen Garner FOCUS: Nature A cool, cloudy, rainy day in July is a rare thing in Colorado. Sure, we expect afternoon thunderstorms to occur, but only after a... Continue Reading →
When was the last time you did something for the first time? - Anonymous FOCUS: Life Unscripted Today my family tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time. Although we fully expected to spend more time in the water than on top of it, we were pleasantly surprised that none of us fell during our hour-long... Continue Reading →
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. - Jean Toomer FOCUS: On the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO there is a large, stainless steel art sculpture entitled "The Gordian Knot" that was fabricated by artist Douglas Kornfield out of 300 feet of stainless steel. Like the... Continue Reading →
I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness. That it yearns to be carried away. ~Author Unknown FOCUS: Nature The daylilies in my garden are blooming with flamboyant peach flowers atop long graceful stems. It is such a shame that each bloom only lasts for a day, but I suppose... Continue Reading →
Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.” ― Lorraine Anderson FOCUS: Nature I am just over the midway point of my Project 365, and I am always looking for new inspiration for my photos. Therefore, I... Continue Reading →
I've always enjoyed being in the background, sitting in a cafe, watching people. - Eckhart Tolle FOCUS: iPhoneography I have discovered that walking around with a big, black DSLR camera draws an awful lot of attention - and not necessarily in a a good way either. That has been one frustration of my Project 365... Continue Reading →
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water. And yet nothing can resist it. - Lao Tzu FOCUS: Everyday Object As a kid I used to love getting sprayed by a garden hose on a hot summer day. I would run to-and-fro through the cold stream of water as the grass got more and more... Continue Reading →
There is a fungus among us. - Carol Benati FOCUS: Nature The wet weather from a few weeks ago combined with the warm temperatures recently have created the perfect environment for mushrooms to take hold in my lawn and garden. I know many would consider these to be nuisance, but I find them rather interesting. ... Continue Reading →
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. - Ralph Waldo Emerson FOCUS: Cloudscape Watching the moonrise over the spectacular thunder clouds this evening was a surreal experience. There is nothing quite like the colors and formations of the clouds during monsoon season. Absolutely breathtaking!
Me and you and you and me No matter how they tossed the dice, it had to be The only one for me is you and you for me So happy together I can't see me loving nobody But you for all my life When you're with me, baby The skies will be blue for... Continue Reading →
A storm was brewing. The wind has picked up and a mass of purple clouds was coming in from the West. It felt good to have my hair whipping around my head. I thought it might feel good to have hail beat down on me. - Elizabeth Chandler FOCUS: Clouds Afternoon thunderstorms are rolling in... Continue Reading →
We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing. - George Bernard Shaw FOCUS: Black & White A midsummer day and the playground is empty. Where is everyone?
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso FOCUS: Technique (Using a lens in a new way) I've been wanting to try freelensing for a while. This technique basically involves taking photos with your lens not firmly mounted on the... Continue Reading →
Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer - Walter DeMulde FOCUS: Technique (Using filters in a new way)Today's photos happened completely by accident. I had set out to take some more close ups of the flowers in my yard, but I was struggling with my macro filter. The wind was blowing, the light wasn't... Continue Reading →
Where honeysuckles, ripened by the sun, forbid the sun to enter... -William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing FOCUS: Macro The honeysuckle vine in our backyard is growing fervently. Its showy sherbert colored flowers fill the air with a sweet, heady scent on these warm summer nights. While I think the vine is fabulous, my husband... Continue Reading →
The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing -- a blanket -- the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of... Continue Reading →
Bring me the sunflower, crazed with the love of light. - Eugenio Montale Focus: Saturation I was looking back at my gallery from this past week and I noticed that I've been favoring black & white photos lately. So, in an effort to infuse my gallery with some new energy, I decided to... Continue Reading →
Sometimes in our confusion, we see the world not as it is, but through eyes blurred by the mind. - Unknown FOCUS: Photo Technique (Scanned Images) I decided to play around with my scanner again today. One characteristic of scanners is that they tend to have extremely shallow depths of field. Yesterday, I chose... Continue Reading →
“It has become much harder, in the past century, to tell where the garden leaves off and pure nature begins.”-Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire FOCUS: Photo Technique (Scanned Images)I thought I'd try a new photo technique today by using my computer's flatbed scanner as the medium for my photography. This particular technique has developed an... Continue Reading →
As a teenager, my only birthday wish was that my parents wouldn't do anything to embarrass me... FOCUS: Life Unscripted My how the years fly by... Happy Birthday to our incredible son!
They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot They took all the trees And put 'em in... Continue Reading →
Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves. They flickered out saying: "It was worth being a bubble, just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds."- Carl Sandburg FOCUS: Self Portrait "This is a self portrait?" you may ask. In fact, it is. Look closely and you find will me reflected in the bubble's... Continue Reading →
An arts festival helps a city to express itself. … It lets it come into its own. — David Binde FOCUS: Digital Art On the first weekend in July every year we attend the nearby Cherry Creek Arts Festival. This festival is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts and... Continue Reading →
He loves me... He loves me not... FOCUS: Black & White It must be July because everything is coming up daisies!
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that... Continue Reading →
Wander here a whole summer, if you can. Thousands of God's wild blessings will search you and soak you as if you were a sponge, and the big days will go by uncounted... The time will not be taken from the sum of your life. Instead of shortening, it will indefinitely lengthen it and make... Continue Reading →