Monday, August 31, 2009


Patterns show up in interesting places if you are looking for them. This board coming through the sander show the patterns of the wood grinding away the high points. Each time through the pattern would change.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Clang, clang, clang

Ever noticed how an out of focus shot becomes important not because it is a great picture but because it has captured a memory? This is the school bell by the door from my third grade class room. The building was replaced this summer and that bell will never ring again. Thank goodness. It sounded absolutely obnoxious.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Duck adapts

Not sure if the duck is hiding or sent to a corner for time out. I chuckled when I found this duck using the tire as a make shift hiding place.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Road Daisy

Yup, these amazing flowers are weeds. Too bad not everyone appreciates a weed.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Submarines Fly

So cool to get this series with my camera. I love my new camera. I hit 5000 pictures in 3 months.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pictures tell a story

Picture of loneliness or

A family outing?
One of the fascinating things about pictures is that people think they tell the whole story. You can see by these two pictures that pictures can be misleading or downright untruthful. The pictures were taking within seconds of each other. Just depends on what you put in and what you leave out.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


My sister suggested hiding the shoreline add a little fog and I could have a 'real' picture of Nessie right in my 'own' back yard. I must admit ducks dunking can look rather odd at a distance. What do you think?

Monday, August 24, 2009


I am driving down the street and came around the corner to see this car. I could hardly believe my eyes. My sister told me it is a New Orleans Maris Gras car. I didn't know there were such things. Stopped to take pictures.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Selecting what to shoot and cropping out all the foreground I was able to get a concert of blues. Atmospheric color from the air create the illusion that the distant mountains are all blue.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Desert blooms come in spectacular colors.

Friday, August 21, 2009


There is a type of duck that enjoys swimming under the water. Every so often it sticks his head out and swims like a submarine with the periscope up. It cracks me up every time.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Early this morning I watched our local neighborhood gray heron stalking the fish in the park 'lake.' I was amazed at how gracefully he stalked his fishy prey.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sunrise, Sunset

One morning I was out shopping very early and caught a spectacular sunrise over the grocery store. That night the sunset was no less spectacular behind the power lines. Urbanization doesn't stop beauty from shining through.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Light and shadow

Light and shadows are the essence of photography. One description of photography is painting with light. The lights and shadows on the rocks and waves caught my eye. I shot it from several different settings and angles hoping to capture the feeling of light playing on the water and rocks.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Indy patiently let me take pictures. I am trying to keep the flash from bouncing off the retina and giving her an alien dog look.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Point of view

Change your point of view and the picture changes. The top picture is a light with a crow on it and the second is a crow sitting on a light. Same subject 2 very different views. Some times when people talk about the same event I wonder if we are talking about the same thing since our point of views can be so different.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Last page

I am working on a book on integration and survival. This will be my last page. No matter how battered or scarred you may be, thriving is always a choice.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A camera sees?

The first picture is taken with a flash and looks similar to what I could see. The second picture is how the camera 'sees' the same light. I enjoy allowing the camera to reveal what it 'sees.' I don't know what the picture will look like until after I take the picture.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I am constantly amazed at the things you can do with a camera. By choosing where I stood I could make it appear that the moon is sitting on the mountain.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wedding reception

Wedding receptions are exciting family times. I like focusing on details that added to the evening.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mares tails

Clouds formations have all sorts of names but this one actually makes sense. In an interesting way they do look like mares tails.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

On the Road

Out the window, along the road side, the camera shows life at a 55 MPH blur.

Around the corner, coming down a hill I took this picture in southern Utah. I looked at the other pictures I took of this view and I liked this one the best. A change in the point of view can change the whole picture.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bright eyes

This little guy scampered across my path then sat up on this rock like he was asking, "What you doin'? Got any food for me? Huh? Huh?" No food - so he scampered off looking for cool shade.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Checking out the food

I wonder if this is the duck's equivalent of standing with the door open on the refrigerator?

Thursday, August 6, 2009


This is an Arizona 6 inch rain. That is one rain drop every 6 inches.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Colorizing photographs

One of the cool things I learned in photography was how to colorize photographs. This is a picture of a great Aunt that lived in the early 1900's. I was able to scan in the photo and use photoshop to make it look like something that was shot yesterday.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I was looking through this months photos and came across the inspiration for the wall I painted. I can now name the wall Urban Sunrise.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Life comes at you fast

Ever feel like life comes at you too fast? I like the way this night shot depicts that feeling.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Little Fish

Can you find the fish?

How about now?
These are the little fish in the Tempe pond they call a lake. Hopefully one of these days I can get a picture of one of the big fish.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


A photography degree requires drawing as one of the core classes. I took drawing first since I considered myself stick figure challenged. I learned to draw because I loved photography.