Monday, March 29, 2010


Yesterday I was all ready to find a new set of themes and finish out the month...then Ron aka: Danudin left this comment on my post. Ron I really appreciate your honesty and have taken a day to rethink my plan. I am going to stick to the posted themes and if I really feel energetic re-use them with the stipulation that it has to be in a totally different way. I like being a can always change your mind!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Themes to Complete the Month

I have run out of themes, used up all of this month's from the 2010 Virtual Photo Walk and the January themes I hadn't done, so what is next? I found Danudin's 2009 365 blog and thought I would get started on those themes.'s theme is One Hundred...hmmmm..

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I distinctly heard this Red Winged Blackbird warning me this morning... Summer is coming, beware. You will curse the heat and crave gallons of lemonade and popsicles. Your grass will be green and soft and need mowing, it is coming....warning, warning.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Thursday, March 25, 2010


Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The yearly migration pattern brings the first sign of Spring to my 6500 ft. mountain, Sand Cranes. This is another time I wish I had more zoom, every time I even stopped the car to get a picture they took off in the opposite direction. Shy Sand Cranes.

Monday, March 22, 2010


I love to meditate on scripture stories. I like to look beyond the story and think about the principle being taught and how it applies to my life, puts me in a meditative mood.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Just for the record I didn't take this picture, my daughter did. My husband took my 3 kids camping over the weekend and left me home ( yes, he is my hero!). I post it here to give her a chance to get some feedback for her work, I like the lines leading up to the sky...they had just shimmied through a crack full of waist deep mud so my son had his pack and shoes up high to keep them out of the mud. Did I say my husband was my hero?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Looking Down

With all that I have been learning about light recently, (thanks to the great tutorials posted) I did not notice the light on the grasses here until after I loaded the picture onto my computer. Oh well, at least I did eventually notice it.

Friday, March 19, 2010


I love all the elements in a fire. The layers of ash, wood, light, heat and all of the colors in the flames. It is relaxing and hypnotic... something primal here touches me.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Edible or Not

Six days ago I got 12 new baby chicks. I started out with 2 full grown laying hens last Fall as an experiment to see if I wanted to invest in a larger group and sell the eggs. I have loved it and looked forward to these little ones ever since. I really don't know what to expect as I have never had chicks before. I had them in a large metal tub, on a table, inside a chain link dog kennel inside my garage to keep them safe from my two dogs. In six days they have doubled in size, the little things are growing so fast I can't keep their feeder full of food. Today I went out to get in my car and one of them was perched on the top of the tub, and my dog was just waiting.... I had to revamp my entire set up to keep the little guys safe. Lucky for me today the chicks are not edible. As for the dogs, I am sure they are disappointed.

Doors and Windows

I loved this door, so many colors and textures.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I have finished all the March themes so I am going back to January to the ones I missed. Part of this challenge for me is to find something to take a picture of each day, sometimes the themes aren't so great for that particular day but it adds to the challenge.

Like today for instance, Spring is on it's way and we are having the highest temperatures of the year so far, and the theme is cold. Now last week when we got 14 inches of snow overnight this would have been easy picture taking, but today, not so much. I did see this deer trail heading off into the foothills, it reminded me of when my kids used to run out into the yard in the first snow storm bare footed and come back in laughing and very cold and leaving a trail of bare prints in the snow.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mini Assignment, See the Light

I chose this North facing barn door for this mini assignment on light. The idea is to take a picture of the same thing at different times of the day to see how the light affects the picture. I am not sure if something North facing was a good idea, maybe the contrast would be greater if I used something South facing? Anyway it is fun to see how different each picture looks in color and texture and to watch the shadows move, I know there is a lot for me to learn here, I am still taking it all in.

7:30 am

11:00 am

3:00 pm

5:30 pm

7:00 pm

8:00 pm


This barn is on a road that I frequently drive. Until last week I had never noticed it. I have lived here over 10 years! An added bonus this blog has given to me, I am seeing things I never did before.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I was working on this shot for my other blog Heal Balance Live. This was shot was unexpectedly cropped by the computer, and I really like the way it turned out. I had originally planned on using a much wider version.


Try as I might I couldn't find an umbrella yesterday in my snow laden landscape. I post this picture instead, taken in the Uinta Mountains while cross country skiing. If I had never lived where it snows I would guess people would use umbrellas all the time, but in truth the snow just brushes off your hair and clothes because it is frozen so you never see umbrellas unless it is raining.

Friday, March 12, 2010


This isn't the best shot but it is the best I could get out of my camera with the low light. It was a beautiful sliver of moon this morning...

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


A picture is worth a thousand words...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

(Nature's) Packaging

I looked all day for some kind of interesting packaging. I was making this way too hard. I noticed this pineapple was sitting on my counter and it made me realize that nature's packaging is interesting enough to deserve a picture.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Old Fashioned

I love these old Victorians, there are many in my town that are over 100 years old that are still occupied, some by the great great grandchildren of the original owners. In fact it has become quite trendy for newly married couples to buy one and restore it. I just think they are beautiful.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Yes, I know I need to quit taking so many pictures and dust!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Friday, March 5, 2010

Conspicuous and Inconspicuous

It wasn't hard to see the results of yesterday's storm this morning. Even the picnic table is buried. I didn't do anything with the color in this because it captures the cold gray feel of the morning and the sun getting ready to come out. I think it is it's own kind of beautiful.

Can you see the bird nest in the tree on the left? A friend told me it had to be a hummingbird nest because it is so small and covered over. I have tried to get a good picture of it before but just don't have the zoom power or a 30 ft. tall ladder. It shows up better in this picture because of all the snow stacked on top of it.

Here is a cropped version, more snow than nest.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


It was an absolutely gray day...not good for taking pictures. I did pump up the contrast and brightness a little. There was a big bank of snow so I couldn't get as close as I wanted to because I was wearing sandals...don't ask. I do like this angle though they seem to go on forever and for the kids who move them every 12 hours all summer long I bet they do.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I love it when someone goes crazy with a striking color. I haven't been brave enough to do it in my house yet but this is inspiring. This time of year the dirty snow and leafless trees tend to get drab, I noticed this coffee shop and even though I don't drink coffee I wanted to sit down awhile in the bright glow of the porch and table. I used the "cartoon" filter in Gimp to bring out the details.

I was so fixated on the porch I almost missed this tree in the parking strip, also filtered in Gimp.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This post is a little personal, forgive me. When I looked at the topic this morning, "blessing", nothing immediately came to mind. Then as I went through the day I was snapping photos left and right. I am very blessed. This is a picture of my youngest son at piano lessons. His teacher on the right has taught all of my 4 children over the past 10 years. She is so patient and kind and each one of my children have found their niche in music because of her compassionate teaching. Did you notice her leg up on the bench? She is never uptight or tense, always ready and asking the kids about their activities outside of piano. She has blessed my family and many others with the gift of music.

I am a beginning photographer and whatever comes before beginner is how you would describe my experience at taking pictures of people. I am much more comfortable with a mountain scene than moving, changing people. So that is one more thing I am getting the chance to learn with this project. I only took 4 shots total (trying not to interrupt the lesson), I tried to capture the dedication and focus of the student and the relaxed attentiveness of the teacher. I played around with the color and light and put a soft focus on it. I like it but then I am personally attached to the scene. Maybe next month I will take pictures of people every day....experience, experience, experience.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Yes, I am getting a little addicted after only a month of this Photo Blog. I was half asleep VERY early this morning and woke up to this beautiful moon. You guessed it, I grabbed my camera and stood outside in my bathrobe, in my bare feet, in the freezing temperatures to see if I could get any shots to turn out. I also keep finding myself looking at ads for used SLR's ..... I hope this doesn't become a problem.