Monday, February 28, 2011


When visiting B at work, I noticed the awesome lighting on the operation board. This "board" holds all the important buttons which reside on the other side of your radio. One wrong move and there is no song to be played. It's nothing but dead air, complete silence nothing coming out of your radio.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011


Since under taking Project 365, I find my eyes are wide open, continuously
scanning for a new and different photo. I found there is much more beauty in the winter then I ever imagined.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Generally when I take out the camera with hopes of photographing the puppies, this is what I get.
 Major dog goobers on the lens. I just gotta love Willy.

Friday, February 25, 2011


In it’s heyday Asbury Park was glorious, full of summer vacationers from both near and far. At nearly a mile long, the boardwalk is one of the smaller ones down the shore but it had the Casino. A grand building featuring a carousel, race track cars, roller rink, arcade and ocean side restaurants. Over the last 20 years the town has fallen into poverty and the crime rate is at an all time high. Many of the boardwalk buildings are currently in a state of disrepair.

This town was made famous by Bruce Springsteen. He can still be heard playing at the legendary Stone Pony. He has sung about the “wind whippin' down the boardwalk” and used several of the town landmarks on his album covers. Still the town is not one in which most people have on their must visit list. I did say most people. Phriend and I knew it would be full of many photo opportunities and included it on ours. With fingers crossed, we ventured into town. We captured some wonderful photographs of the old buildings, had a fabulous time looking around and I am glad to say returned home unharmed.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Last year when I purchase my DSLR, it came with 2 kit lens, a 18-55mm and a 55-200mm. While these lens have functioned well and fit many of my photography needs, I found I was forever changing between the two. Jokingly, I call B my “camera boy”. He, ungrudgingly, would carry and hand the lenses off to me as needed. Phriend even made me a fabulous lens bag to carry them so they were both at the ready. During my 50 + years and as a general rule, I don’t find I envy others.

Recently, after Phriend purchased a 28-300mm, I got a major case of the “I wants, I need to haves”. This lens covers most of the range I shot in and as an added bonus it ups to 300mm!

After pining for sometime and doing much investigating, Phriend and I went to our favorite camera shop. There sitting in the show case was this “must have“. I touched it, played with it, took several photos with it and drooled all over it. I treated myself to it! In celebration, Phriend and I just had to get out. Luckly for me I found this roller blader out practicing his skill too.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Most people have heard of the great Redwood trees, which stand over 280 feet tall. These beautiful trees are monstrous. While these amazing tall Redwoods are fairly well known throughout the world, most have not heard of the Pitch Pine. In contrast, it is pygmy pine tree, not growing more than 5 to 6 feet tall. In the NJ Pine Barrens, with the sandy, nutrient-poor soil, plants have difficulty growing resulting in a unique drafted forest of evergreens. The Pitch Pines are scrawny, god ugly, trees which rely on the strong heat of frequent fires to open the tightly closed pine cones.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Happy 11th Birthday Murf
~ ♥ ~
10 years ago today, I brought this little orphan boy home from the shelter.
He is the sweetest, gentlest dog I have ever know.
Although it was I who adopted him, I know he rescued me.

*this photo was taken moments before his recent leg injury.

Monday, February 21, 2011


I recently came across an old weathered trunk. The once fine cloth, which for years had protected it, now torn to pieces, the locks and hinges rusted and broken, and the wooden bottom decayed. It was in quite a state of disrepair. I could only imagine the places it been and the many miles it had traveled.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011


The sun was shining, the earth was warming and I rejoiced. In celebration of this glorious day Phriend and I went to explore another one of our “local” lighthouses. The Tucker's Beach Lighthouse is a recreation of the original which fell victim to a raging stormy ocean, in 1927. Non the less, it is an replication and even houses the original Frensel lens. It sits in a maritime heritage area surrounded by historical homes and shops. There are demonstrations and classes, if you are so inclined, of decoy carving and basket weaving. We found many photo opportunities and we can now check another lighthouse off our list.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


There is little color present during the cold, dark, bleak, months of winter. On occasion one can find the bright shining colors of berries. These colors, whether blue or red, stand out against the drab gray background. I just can’t seem to pass by without snapping off a few photos. They’re a hidden winter treasure.

Friday, February 18, 2011


join I Learned @ Click it Up

Back in November, I learned of Phriend’s interest in photograph. After discussing our quest to improve our skills, we decided to plan a day trip to a local historical site. Aside from having a great time exploring the area, we learned a great deal from each other. I didn’t know the green light flashed when the subject was in focus, she didn’t know how to read for the correct manual settings. Little did we know what our first photography outing would lead to.

Since that day in November, we have been venturing out, weekly, both near and far. We have been out on a freezing cold December evening, standing by the ocean, while the frigid winds blew over us, just so we could practice starbursts. She has since mastered them, I still stink at them. We were out during the “Great Blizzard of 2011”, along with several other snow storms. We’ve gotten up at the crack of dawn, just to get some foggy photos. We have stood out, on the boardwalk, in the pouring rain, all with hopes of capturing a different look of our favorite Ferris wheel. We’ve climbed in snow banks, rolled in freshly fallen snow, stood in ankle deep mud, got drenched to the bone in the rain, slipped and slid on the ice, and one day during a strong wind storm Phriend was nearly blown into the freezing cold bay. But mostly we have had lots of laughs.

I learned I can talk this girl into almost anything. I learned it is much more fun to out in all kinds of nasty weather when a phriend is with you, and hopefully, but not as importantly, I hope I have learned to improve my photographs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


The weather has been teasing us. We know winter is not gone, in fact, some of our biggest and worst snow storms have taken place during the month of March. However, Old Man Winter has taken a nap and the last several days have been well above freezing. A mere taste of Spring. A reminder of what is to come. The warming rays were just begging me to come outside and kick start my bones into the defrost mode.

With Shyla still not home and Murf resting his leg, Willow has had plenty of time to build up a bundle of winter time energy. Today was the perfect day to get her out to try and run some of it off. You ask, “did it work?”. I answer, “not so much.”

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


My World Tuesday

With temperatures raising to the high 50s, I just had to get out and soak up some of the sun’s warming rays.
Although the wind was strong, it felt great to just be outside and not be shoveling snow!

ISO 200, f/9, 1/320

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I like eating fruit and always enjoy a good orange. The key word being good. I find joy in while splitting the rind, the sweet juices of the delicious, brightly colored, fruit, spray out covering my hands. My mouth starts watering in anticipation. It is worth the chore of uncovering my sweet treat. I will most likely be enjoying it with a piping hot cuppa of Earl Grey tea.

However, there is nothing more disappointing, then breaking the rind and not a drop of juice sprays. And after spending several minutes and burning several calories peeling back the skin only to find dried up pulp covered in a thick transparent layer of chewy stuff.

This is why, when reaching out for my next snack, I am always happy to choose a Hershey bar. It is consistently the same sweet, smooth, chocolate, delight. I never have to guess what I will find under the brown wrapper, I am never left disappointed and can still enjoy it with my Earl Grey.

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Monday, February 14, 2011


Gone fishing ~ See you all tomorrow.
Oh gosh, I hope that isn't where he's taking me today.
Hope you're enjoying this Valentine's Day with loved ones.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


~ Finally above freezing!!! ~

Saturday, February 12, 2011


B has been immensely supportive and extremely patient with me while I undertake Project 365. Rarely does he see me without a camera in my hand, around my neck, pointing one at his face or packing it up for the ready to go.

Today we had the day off together, the first in several weeks. I decided to start ♥ Valentine’s weekend by giving him the gift of my full attention and a full view of my face. We went for an afternoon drive, ending up at Cracker Barrel for lunch and with tempertures finally above freezing, we strolled around The Promenade, home of our local LL Bean store.

Since the project started, today is the first day I have not taken a photo. Yes, not even one. Hence this was taken on a previous day. Admittedly, I am going through withdrawal. Do you think he’ll notice if I sleep with my camera under my pillow tonight?

ISO1600, f/13, 1/40

Friday, February 11, 2011


While raising a Seeing Eye puppy it is the Raisers obligation to attend bi-monthly meetings. At these gatherings we review training and socialize the puppies to both other dogs and people. A representative from The Seeing Eye, also attends allowing her to check on progress the puppies are making and discuss any concerns we may be having. We talk over any outings and events we plan on taking. Any social exposure helps in preparing “our” puppies to be a guide for a blind individual. Last evening was our first February meeting. I always arrive with my camera in hand. After spending some time training, several pups decided it was naptime. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011


During our visit to Sandy Hook last month to photograph the lighthouse and 1800s Army Base, phriend and I made a quick stop by the Visitor’s Center. As we walked through the door, with cameras and lenses draped around our necks, the Park Ranger inquired as to whether we were there to photograph the migrating birds or Seals. Seals? Who know seals migrated through New Jersey, certainly not I. We ran over to the harbor side of the island it hopes of catching a glimpse of these flippered, whiskered sea mammals. Luck was not on our side and there was not a one.

This past week we made plans to revisit. Our first stop at, what we were told was their favored resting place, we did not see them. Phriend suggested we make seal noises and think “happy thoughts”. All with the hopes this would bring them out from hiding. Sadly all it brought was strange looks from other visitors. We drove to the lighthouse again, watched some snow surfers, and admired the Manhattan skyline. On our way out of the park, we made one more stop to check for the seals and there they were 60 or more lined up in a row, sunning themselves on a sandbar. I was truly amazed, that this migration has been going on for years and I did not know about it. I am glad I do now.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Snow Surfing

Harbor Seals

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


With Murf on the injured list and Shyla on a Seeing Eye outing, Willow is lost. All she can find to do is rest her head on my lap.

ISO 500, f/4, 1/60

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Inside one of the arcade games on the boardwalk ~

ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/40

Monday, February 7, 2011


I mentioned yesterday Phriend and I found fun house mirrors while strolling through the arcade. We just could not help ourselves from posing and playing. In fact, we laughed and laughed so hard and loudly, we draw the attention of just about everyone in there. Here we are with our long body images having some fun with reflections ~

ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/30

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Some days I take my camera out with the intent of taking the great photo I have created in my mind. I spend time trying to recreate the scene, adjust my settings and find just the right light. I’ll take a hundred or so photographs, upload, and view. Then wonder if my camera was even in the same room as I was. The photos look nothing like what I had hope to create. What a disappointment.

Today was a dark, dreary, on and off rainy day. Phriend and I had the itch to get out and play. Lucky, I was out of work early and there was still some day light left. We could hear the boardwalk calling out to us. Approaching the bridge to the Island brought us into a dense thick fog. Twice in one week ~ jackpot!

After navigating our way down the boards and through the amusement rides, we decided to warm up and entered the arcade. Oh, what fun we had, bright lights, a carousel, fun mirrors and Elvis. We were in photographers heaven. I, luckly, was able to capture a great series of photos.

I know the 365 rule is to post a photo taken on the day of posting. This week I am planning on being a rule breaker and will post several over the week. Starting with …

ISO 1600, f/13, 1/125

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Feeling in need of a little pick me up, I purchased these ♥ tulips.

ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/40

Friday, February 4, 2011


I pulled his bed closer to the door, put a rug down so he could get better traction, and brought his food and water bowl over by his side. He can lay basking in the sun during the daylight hours. He is near enough to watch and listen to the household activities. I think he would prefer to just sink into his bed and be left alone.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I want to thank you all for your kind and comforting words in regards to my Murf. He is resting on his bed while we try to manage his pain through several medicines. Willow continues to keep watch over him.

We awoke to a dense thick fog. So thick, I could hardly see my neighbors house. My first thought, glad I had the day off. Next I was hoping phriend was game for yet another adventure, I text her and shortly later we were on our way to seek out the perfect spot.

After little debate, we decided the trolling, fishing boats and lighthouse would be a great spot to capture the eerie feel of the day. I don’t usually have the opportunity to photograph in the fog and found I liked the different look and feel of the photos taken today. Hence I share three. But if they’re in one collage, does that count as one!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Last Friday, while Murphy was out trotting through the trails, he injured his leg. He let out a piecing yelp and hobbling over on three legs. Thinking he may have twisted it on the ice, I thought with some rest he would recover. This was not so.

At the vet’s visit this morning, we were informed his injury is bad, really bad. He tore all of his ligaments and tendons. Basically he blow his knee out. Surgery is needed to repair his leg and at that he will, most likely, never gain full use of his leg. I fear his 11 years of age, will act against him during the surgery, and he may not come through it. Do I take the chance of losing him or do we try to control his pain through a lifetime meds?

After a stressful visit, Murf came home to rest. Willow tried to comfort him.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Last month I entered a photo contest at a local nearby winery. I won a bottle of wine and a gift certificate to their B&B. I had not had a chance to retrieve my winnings until the other evening. Being this winery holds a monthly photo contest, I called phriend and, as always, she was happy to go. With camera gear in tow we took the drive out, spending an hour or so out in the snow covered vineyard, photographing this and that. Phriend even made a little snowman, using dried grapes, pieces of grape vines and leaves for all the essential snowman parts. When our toes could take no more of the cold and our fingers were too frozen to press the shutter release, we heading inside to warm up by the roaring fire. We stayed until dark.  On our way out phriend spent a few last minutes taking some awesome night shots full of starbursts. I think she took this months winner.

ISO 400, f/9, 1/100