Friday, December 31, 2010

Final Post/SkyWatch of 2010 ~

Northeasten USA was blasted with a blizzard the day following Christmas. Shutting down most of my state for 2 days. Now, 5 days later the sky is clear and bright. The temps have raisen to a warm 38 degrees. After being "trapped" in the house for several days, we decided it was a good day for a trip to the beach. We waited abit for the sun to be at it's strongest. By the time we arrived the fishing ships were back with their mornings catch.

Happy New Year to Everyone!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hibernate ~

My girls are not allowed to sleep on our bed, however due to the recent winter storms and freezing temps, I find it difficult to chase them off of the heated bed. Each morning they jump up and cuddle in with us. I fear we are falling into hibernation mode.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Click it Up ~

36 hours after it had begun, the snow ceased falling. The bone chillin' wind did not follow suit. It continued howling for 2 days, seemingly finding pleasure in it’s great strength against both man and beast. Unfortunately, the world did not come to a stop and we needed to get busy digging out. A path for the pups was our first priority, second to finding our car under a mountain of snow. With drifts standing over 5’ tall, it was difficult to see anything other than a frozen wall of white powder.

Three days later the local airports are still back logged, and to my joy, extending my son’s Christmas vacation and visit. The abandoned cars have finally been removed from the roadways, and the streets are now plowed. It was a Christmas Blizzard to be remember for many years to come.

I learned ~ I would rather be the person, with camera in hand, responsible for documenting a pictorial history of this day, than to be the one outside with a shovel in my hands!

Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sleeping in ~

After a record breaking blizzard, which left us with over 2 feet of snow and 5' snow drifts, Willow decides it's a good day to sleep in.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My World ~

The day after Christmas brought a storm of 30" of snow, 60 mph winds, and drifts of over 5'.
Don't think I'll be out until Spring!

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Center of the Wheel ~

~ center of the ferris wheel.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing you ~

the Merriest Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Berry Marco ~

While most of the country was blanketed in snow, we received a light dusting. Just enough for Santa's sleigh.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

SkyWatch ~

the sky was bright and blue, the wind strong, the tide tough, and the air temps in the single digits, yet we enjoyed the day playing with props and photography

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Click it Up ~

I learned ~ I was able to talk a friend into going to the beach with me today. With temperatures in the single digits and a photo shot in mind, I learned it is sometimes just necessary to shot in auto mode.

I posted two photos this week, first the photo I had in mind. However, just by looking at it one can not tell how bitterly cold it was standing in the sand. The second photo proof it was a necessity to shot in auto.

Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My World Tuesday ~

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we were delighted to take a lantern tour of an 1800 iron ore bog. Costumed interpreters throughout the Historic Village's homes offered visitors demonstrations in various aspects of 19th Century domestic life. Carolers strolled and Santa made a visit.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Willow Critter ~

Willow, at 3 years of age, is the older of my 2 black labrador retrievers.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Click it Up ~

For this weeks "I learned", at Click it Up ~ it is best to run the puppies for (oh) about an hour before a puppy photo shoot. Then with much patience and lots of luck, one can capture a good photograph. Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome.

SkyWatch ~

Would you know from looking at the photo the temps were in the low 20s with a wind chill of 10? Pretty darn cold!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

23 days, the count down ~

Better not cry, better not pout. Santa Claus is coming to town.

For "click it up" ~ I learned to layer photos.
For SkyWatch ~ When what to my wondering eyes should appear.
*I have used this photo previously, however I thought it looked like the perfect backdrop for Santa.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Marco Monday ~

end of the fall, dried up, flowery, leafy, thingy

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Friday PhotoShare ~

SkyWatch one photo down...

During this pass week, B and I continued to explore our local lighthouses. I spent most of our time clicking and snapping away from every angle while B read all about the history of the guiding lights. I practiced more with night photography resulting in some interesting photographs. However, I will share a photo I took and textured. Kim's class was fabulous, not only did she share her "secrets" of texturing, she taught many tips and tricks to use while working with photoshop.

Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome.

SkyWatch ~

Grey and rainy skies surround this "Captain of the Ship" ~ the last one off.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Friday PhotoShare ~

I am trying to learn to embrace the Autumn season.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grape Day ~

I'm planning on having a grape day!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday Critter ~

hmmmm... wonder why this fellow's name is Spoonbill?

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Friday, November 5, 2010

First Frost ~

I miss summer already ~

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Friday PhotoShare ~

Thanks to Courtney’s encouragement I decided to jump out from behind the camera. As a rule I prefer to be behind the lens, resulting in my absence in many of our family photos. The photographs I have of “B” and I were all taken by someone,(she says, trying not to sound like an elitist) less skilled. In general, they are often missing tops of our heads, sides of our faces, or one of us is blinking. As most folks aren’t interested in taking 100s of photos to obtain one which could be considered passable, we have learned to settle.

Having almost mastered my tripod I felt finally the time had come and this past week took the leap. To help “ease the pain” B and I went over to one of our local historic parks. I can honestly report we had a blast. A side from the self timer, my camera can be set to take up to 9 consecutive shots. I took over 200 photos, many resulting in me running into the photo and B laughing as he is yelling “run Forest run”. I was able to get several which we both liked. B, the amazing man that he is, suggested the next day we go to our favorite beach area. We were having such a great time, in fact, several people stopped to laugh along with us. ~

Please critique, any and all comments are always welcome.

SkyWatch Friday ~

... and I was fortunate enough to see it in person.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Full Moon ~

there is such an Autumn feel to the air this evening ~

Monday, November 1, 2010

Marco Monday ~

a little twisted wine ~

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Sunday, October 31, 2010


ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/2 sec

Saturday, October 30, 2010