Thursday, October 18, 2012

Street Feet Theme

In the Photographer's Guild this month the challenge theme was "Street Feet". Here are my entries:
Super hero Captain "A" (aka my grandson Aaron) creeps around the corner, looking for the bad guys. We are all safer today...

 My grandson, Drew.....a little Photoshop experiment with layers and masks.

And for my entry for the "Photo of the Month" contest...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I Heart Faces Photo Challenge.....Friendship

I entered the "I Heart Faces Photo Challenge". The theme was Friendship..... these little guys are my awesome 4 year old twin grandsons....they truly are "best" friends.

Photo Challenge Submission

Friday, October 5, 2012

September Photo Theme - Action

The theme for the month of September was Action.  Blurred action, frozen action and panning action. Here are some of my photos.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Photography Heading in a Different Direction

I can't believe I haven't posted in a month. I'm taking a break from the Scavenger Hunt to spend more time on improving my photography skills. (There are only so many hours in a day).  I have joined a local Photographer's Guild and I'm trying to learn as much as I can. This is a photo I took after taking an Architectural Photography workshop.  We learned about the importance of choosing your topic, identifying your reason for shooting it, choosing the right time to photograph it, composition, lighting, having the camera level and creating a theme or story to communicate to the viewer... and how to use "lens correction" in Photoshop.

I wanted to combine what I learned in the workshop with the Guild's monthly photo challenge....the theme was "drought".

Saturday, July 21, 2012


We spent a couple days this week in Holland, Michigan...riding the bike trails and taking photographs. It was a great mini-vacation. Here are the themes for this week's challenge: Wrapped, Time Together, Tell Me a Story, Love or Couple, & Duplicated.

1.  Wrapped - A building (Old Hoosier Meats) totally wrapped in ivy. (This one was taken Friday in Middlebury, Indiana).

2.  Time Together - To me it looked like a Grandpa spending time together with his grandson... playing in the sand at Lake Michigan.

3.  Tell Me a Story - It could be a fishing story that will be told? Three young men heading home after spending some time fishing off the lighthouse pier in Holland.  The story might read something like this.....the really big one got away.

4.  Love or Couple - Sunset...a time when one couple and their dog head out into the lake for a sail.....other couples walk out on the pier on a beautiful warm evening...
And one more couple/love shot...right at dusk.

5.  Duplicated - A photo from the beach in Holland... How many duplicated items can you find?

Saturday, July 14, 2012


This week we spent some time visiting friends in Marietta, Ohio. I had fun taking photos around town, looking for the Scavenger Hunt items: water, petal, fresh, eight & calm. 

1.  Water - Marietta, is located on the Ohio River, in southeastern Ohio. This is an old train bridge, turned into a walking bridge near the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers.  We walked across and had lunch on the other side.  Notice the floating dock in the lower left-hand corner and the 2 tall posts that allow it to float up or down. Right now, with the lack of rain, the water level is low. There have been times when the rivers flooded and the dock floated all the way to the top. The river level this week is between 15 and 16 feet.  During the floods of 2004 and 2005, the river reached 44.97 and 43.3 feet, respectively.

2.  Petal - My friend had an herb garden on her back deck and I was attracted to this delicate flower petal on an arugula plant.

3.  Fresh - As I was taking some photos of her "fresh" herbs, I noticed a little grasshopper who was probably helping himself to the basil plant. Fresh basil is my favorite adds a wonderful taste to many dishes.

4.  Eight - We walked across the bridge and were exploring the other side of the river when we came across this wonderful "outdoor bicycle mobile" with "eight" wheels... hanging high up in the tree.  I had to take some photos of this great work of art.

5.  Calm - We had a great time traveling, but there's no place like home....You can't beat the calm waters just before the morning sunrise. 

Ramblings and Photos

Friday, July 6, 2012


Sunday again and time for the Photo Scavenger Hunt...This week was busy, busy, busy and I struggled with finding my photos.  I'm not very happy with what I came up with, but here they are...

1.  Patriotic- I stopped by a very old cemetery on the 4th of July to take this photo.

2.  View from Above - I took this from my deck above the water. In the morning the ducks come in to shore and tucks their heads underwater to find some breakfast.

3.  Mosaic - I just didn't find I photo I was happy with for this prompt...

4.  Something Tiny - I love watering cans, so this is a photo of several of them... including the tiny one.

5.  Vibrant - In our county there is a "Quilt Garden" tour. This is one of the gardens where flowers are planted in the specific pattern of a quilt design. The flowers are quite vibrant.
Since Ashley is on maternity leave with her new baby, this week the Scavenger Hunt will be hosted at Sarah Halstead's blog.
Ramblings and Photos

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Scavenger Hunt Sunday items: Sunset, Sweet, Hanging Around, Funny Face and Space
This week the "Hunt" is hosted by Sarah Halstead.

Happy 4th of July week!!!  It was a busy week filled with family, friends and fun, too.  Here are my photos for the challenge:

1.  Sunset - I thought I was going to have to dig into the archives for this one, but I got a shot of a beautiful sky with clouds, right after the sunset.

2.  Sweet - We spent a day with friends in Michigan and this was a photo of the "making of fudge". I'm not a fudge person, but it was fun to watch it being made.

3.  Hanging Around - I caught a shot of a little girl "hanging" in a park we walked past.

4.  Funny Face - And my little grandson came for a visit...of course I was able to catch at least one funny face picture.

5.  Space - I love the design created by the "space" between the slats of the Adirondack chairs at the end of our dock.  I decided that the reflection in the water made it even more interesting.

Ramblings and Photos

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Scavenger Hunt Sunday items: Warped, Concentric Circles, Gear, Glazed and Marble

1. Warped

2. Concentric Circles - We took my father-in-law to the Studebaker Museum for Father's Day and this was a shot of one of the fancy tires on a beautifully restored car.

3. Gear - You have heard of "Stone Ground flour" ... well these gears were used to grind wheat into flour at the old Bonneyville Mill in Bristol, Indiana.

4. Glazed - showing no expression, he seems to have a glazed look in his eyes...

5. Marble- This photo I pulled out of the archives. It is one of the marble statues you will find at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Oh, wait a minute, this guy is of the "Living Statues" who looks like marble.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


I was flattered this week to have my themes chosen for the Scavenger Hunt. I thought there were many different directions you could go with these, so I hope the hunt was fun for you and stimulated your imagination. Here is what I came up with...

1.  Meet Me at the Corner - I took a couple shots for this one. I found the first one while driving through the country-side...two yaks, meeting at the corner of the hay bin.  They sure are interesting creatures...
The second shot shows the corner of a roof in a nearby park...the moss caught my eye!

2.  Mother Nature Meets Technology - I probably spent more time on this one, looking for the perfect shot. And actually ended up with several that I think fit the idea.

3.  One Step at a Time

4.  What's Wrong with this Picture? - This item made for a fun search ...I passed an entrance to someone's property where they had taken two trees and turned them upside down so the roots were sticking up in the air and the top of the trees were buried in the ground. Then they put a third tree across the top of the two others, and finished it off with a very large rock on top.
This is a photo I took last summer as I passed a junk/antique shop in South Haven, Michigan. I think the dog was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5.  Standing Tall - the picturesque windmill and its reflection in the river, taken at Bonneyville Mill in Bristol, Indiana.
Thanks for stopping by...have a good week.