In the Distance

Turquoise Lake, Colorado

I think this photo was made for color, but I thought the lake and mountains in the distance were perfect for Cee’s Black & White challenge today.

Also… I found an interesting quote that I’m going to keep in mind when I go back to school…

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.

Ansel Adams

Make a Wish

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to do that perfectly. St. Frances de Sales

This just happened today while we were walking to the park (my five year old grandson). He’s funny. After looking, he had a funny look on his face, and wanted to know why it was so dark.

I DO have a tendency to darken photos a lot. I love deep contrasts, shadows, and vignettes. After I captured him in this photo-making a wish- he politely suggested that I “keep it light.” Anyway, I thought it was funny that a five year old paid attention to things like that.

Something I’ll have to work on this year I guess. Keeping it light. 🙂

A Day in L.A.

I was all prepared for a quiet day at home—on day one of the new year—when my friend Sherry dropped by and snagged me! We went hiking at the Old Zoo in Los Angeles.

This is one of the many photos I took, and it’s a favorite of mine.

It’s an old animal enclosure of some sort, and it looks a bit scary—but it’s colorful!

Rainy Day Art

Well… I have been at this a good part of the day. It’s raining again and the fireplace is ablaze. This is kind of crazy stuff. Just having some fun with the water and some artsy effects.

Teardrops in the Japanese Maple

Reflection in the driveway

A rain drop on the Christmas lights

More Japanese Maple droplets

That’s all for now. Just enjoying these rainy days!

Preparing for Take-off

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Chinese Proverb

I got a bit of a crow in the walnut tree next door. It’s not a pretty tree (if you ask me), so I did a little crazy stuff to it. I like his stance—he looks very brave. And for some reason every bird around here is ALWAYS behind a branch. It’s like they do it on purpose!

That’s going to change though. Believe it or not, I FINALLY picked up the SUV that my friend and her husband gave  me. It’s HUGE! It will be great for hauling furniture someday. So, I’m super excited about that.

It’s a major, awesome, wonderful Christmas gift.

I have wheels again!

 

Art is Everywhere

Sometimes the scenery around here gets old. Maybe that’s an indication that I need to take a walk. I will, I will! The backyard is getting boring, so I’ve been trying to be creative indoors—turning plain or blurry photos into something different.

The leaves are really falling off of the Ginkgo. I’m still trying to capture one of them mid-air, but still no luck. Eventually!

Peace & Love!

Through a Window

I mentioned to a fellow blogger that many of my photos from Colorado—of the sky, clouds and sunsets—were taken from our living room window which was on the third floor, facing the mountains.

This is one of those photos! I guess the main thing I had to remember in those days was to keep my windows clean! Sometimes I wonder why I was in such a hurry to leave there…

But then I remember all that snow…