From my ongoing series ‘Strange things I come across at the Metroparks.’
Not sure why these were way up in the trees…or why I took a photo of them, for that matter.
Yeah, I made these a little more vibrant – but not by much. These have been catching my eye every evening while out on the puppy walk.
Warning: I am feeling kind of depressed, so tonight’s post will probably be a major downer. If you need to – get out now!
A friend of mine just died. Actually, she was probably a better friend to me than I ever was to her. She was thirty-five and I hadn’t seen her in ten years. We drifted apart because she was going through some serious things that I didn’t know how to help her with and it was so, so hard to see someone so smart and fun and loving go through that.
I never stopped thinking about the fun times we had – we went to concerts together and she would come over to our house for Chinese food night periodically. It was she who introduced my husband and I to sushi – and we found we loved it! She reminded me of many things that I loved growing up but had pushed aside to get married and start a family.
Recently, I had been trying to find her online…i figured maybe if she had a facebook account or something that maybe we’d reconnect and I could say sorry for not being there before. I couldn’t ever find it…and then last week we heard she was on life support at a local hospital. She died Easter Sunday and my daughter and I went to the funeral home tonight to make a final visit. I tend to be inclined lately to think that there may not be a god or heaven, but if there is, then I hope that she saw that we came and that somehow she knows that we never forgot her.
No new photo tonight, but I thought that this one from the weekend might be a good and fitting one for today.
Almost didn’t get out with the camera today – so hurried and got a few quick ones in before the sun went down.
No new photo tonight (still not over the cold) but the post-a-day 2011 streak must…live…on. So, as a placeholder for the evening, enjoy this picture of a log.
…and it is too messy to go out.
A sloppy capture of a sloppy day – by someone with a sloppy cold.
Come ON – it was fifty degrees and sunny out last week! Now we’re having an ice storm and our power is out.
I won’t get a chance to take a better photo or post it once I leave work, so this will have to do for today. Well, I’m off to freeze my tookie in our power-less house…
This was the cool sky that was outside our front door this evening. Hope it means that spring is coming!
Went to the bookstore today and picked up Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting From the Heart. I really like it! They share the philosophy that the best photos are as much (or more) about the feelings captured as they are about technical perfection or flawless execution. I’m off to read!
Assignment – take a high contrast photo. Achieve the effect in-camera, little to no post-processing. Done.
Saw this recently:
“When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.”
~Cynthia Heimel, “Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics” via Flickr user heavenly~flower
Have tried to have photos and blog reflect my personality, but something got me wondering today if that’s right or wrong – there is an awful lot of “stuff” here. Hmmm.
This photo is a bit of a busy, loud, fuzzy mess ..and in my usual style, I cranked the colors off the charts – but there’s a good story to go with it.
Some of you may recall that I always seem to find unusual things when I go to the metroparks to walk the dogs – the mystery baby crib, the happy log and…I don’t even know what to call this. Today was no exception! Went to Swan Creek Metropark to get a long walk and about 1.5 miles into it, my daughter found this tree in the meadow that someone had decorated for the holidays. As we walked, we found a few more randomly decorated trees scattered throughout the meadow. I always wonder who does stuff like this. Guerrilla holiday decorators of northwest Ohio FOR THE WIN!
*This photo looks even better viewed large on Flickr in all its technicolor glory!
The blogging platform I use (WordPress.com) is offering a post a day/post a week challenge for 2011. I may take part in the hopes that some accountability might cause me to be more liable to post on a daily basis all year long. For the past two years I’ve been rather spotty about posting, so what can it hurt. I’m off to sign up!
Today’s suggestion from @dailyshoot was to incorporate a pattern into a photo. After taking countless pictures of my jewelry lying in scallop-leafed weeds, I took the above photo with the earrings in a nearby tree and it came out best of all. There’s no pattern here, but I do think the light and sparkle are crazy awesome!
Since I can’t much get around the fact that the skies are hazy and look burnt out in all my photos these days, I’m just gonna go with it, as in yeah, yeah - that’s how I meant it to look! There are some sunlight streamers coming in from the upper left of the photo that turned out nice.
Late day sunglow radiating through the colored windows and over the roof of a neighborhood church. For once, the burnt out sky doesn’t look like a mistake…
You keep breaking up, ice…
Harbinger of spring or just some freaky warm days in January?
I swear I think my pictures are getting worse as I go on! I took this one back in March at Fort Meigs and I don’t know – somehow I figured out how to make it look somewhat interesting…but now I feel like I’m really having to try hard to find interesting things or ways to capture them, not sure why…I go back and look at the ones from winter and I like them better than the current ones…feel like my brain is rusty! Reading a blog on creativity, hope it helps!
This came out a touch dark but otherwise is true to the amazing pink and purple sunset we had this evening…its rare to see the sky quite this vivid…
Glad we have tomorrow off for the holiday. Gong to a parade and community barbecue.
Wish this little dude’s head showed up better in the picture – it blends into the tree trunk too much.
This itty-bitty bird was sitting on the ground outside the door to my work this morning and he wasn’t moving, even as I got closer. When I came really close I noticed that he would occasionally blink his eyes..he wasn’t cocked to one side or dragging a leg – he seemed just out of it. Since we’re in a tall building and was right by the wall, I think maybe he flew into the glass and knocked himself loopy. He really stood out with the orange wings and tail. I don’t remember ever seeing a bird like this around here.
I did pick him up and move him carefully to a tall planter and tucked him in under the tree (which you see here) so that no one accidentally hurt him walking in. I took this quick snap and left. When I came out at lunch I noticed he was gone so I hope he felt better and flew away.
Well its been so busy at home and work that I haven’t had a chance to do much with the camera in the last few days, so I’m going to the vault for some recent pictures that I haven’t posted yet.
This was taken about a month ago…I really like the colors here…I do find it interesting that the moon never looks as big when you look at it through the camera.
…on the way to my sister’s house.
The neighbor’s garage looks creepy at night, especially with that green-tinged light…probably should have got closer for this picture…