Sunday, November 29, 2009


I am totally intrigued by the many moods and looks of water. Slightly chilly, blustery morning by the park lake. I am trying to capture the water's restlessness. I am not sure I succeeded.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Looking for Breakfast

Thanksgiving morning our friendly neighborhood osprey checked out the park lake for breakfast. Unfortunately, he found breakfast across the lake and the camera couldn't get a good shot.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thankful for the year

Gratitude fills my heart on Thanksgiving Eve. I chose 3 pictures from this past year, one about beginnings, one about endings, and one about wonder. This was a spectacular year. I worked so hard all year to finish my degree in Photography. In one month, I will officially graduate. I am so excited.

Monday, November 23, 2009

One in the Show

Woohoo!! One of my pictures made it into the show juried by Joel Meyerowitz. His web page is I went to his presentation and found out he was the photographer picked to photographically record the aftermath of 9/11. He also spoke to the ASU photo club about what choices he has made as a photographer. I enjoyed what he shared. The show will be at Northlight Gallery at ASU Feb 2010.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


This is my favorite tree. I have a long history with it. I chuckled, when I saw that they have added supports for the tree. I got up in the tree to take some inside pictures. Fortunately, the branches are low to the ground, so that when I fell out of the tree I didn't have far to go. I protected my camera from the fall, in the process, kept myself from breaking my arm. I am amazed that I have no bruising from the activity. I need to work on paying attention where I am when taking pictures. When standing in a tree, do not lean a little further to the right to get a better picture.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Blending in

I was flipping through the ground squirrel pictures when I realized how the markings on the squirrel matched the colors on the rocks. With his tail flipped over his back, he looks like the rock just behind him and over a little. The dead give-away is the racing strip on the squirrel.
So cool. :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

New view

I pass dropped oranges on a regular basis, by crouching down, and getting a worm's-eye perspective, the orange takes on a new view.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Where it was

Sometimes all I get is a ripple of where the duck was. The submarine ducks just vanish and you have to scan the lake until you find where they pop up. I noticed that they can go 10 to 20 feet underwater.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Cactus wren makes their home in the desert. Their long beak helps them eat between the cactus spines. The birds fascinate me in that they make their home in a place considered hostile.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Juried show

These are the top contenders for a juried show I will be entering. I have to choose only four. I like them all, but I need to think about what might go well with other people's work that I haven't seen, an interesting guessing game.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Try again

I noticed that the picture looks darker online than the picture I worked with on my computer. I am making a second attempt using Photoshop to see if I can make the expressions more visible. Note to self: check the picture after posting to see if it is what I expect.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I was struck by the similarity of expression of the camel and the handler. Have they worked together too long? The camel in the back seems to be smiling about it, too.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Getting closer

I am getting closer and closer to the heron. I am totally amazed by the pictures I am getting. On my version with many more pixels, I can see individual feathers. I need to get some printed to see how they look on paper.

Dawning of a new day

Sometimes I need a reminder that everyday there is a dawning of the new day that I can decide what I will do with it. Life ends and life begins on each day. Am I at a beginning or an ending today?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A blur

Often a photographer will throw away blur pictures. On occasions the blur is what the picture is all about. Maui's ear is in sharp focus, everything around her is in motion. Trying to track her up close was a real challenge.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Looking forward to look back

Mirrors bring light at different angles. I saw this early one morning and took the time to snap.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Moon light

One of the interesting phenomena, I am enthralled by, is when the moon is out during the day time. This early morning shot I spent several frames trying to compose a combination that showed the light of day and still show the moon. I changed the exposure and composition until I was satisfied. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


I am trying to find my nitch in the world of photography. One of the possibilities is dog pictures. I am experimenting with a friends dog. We let the dog play, while I shot pictures. This is just one of many. I enjoyed doing the pictures, too.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Awesome Creepy Crawlies

I found this driving through a neighborhood, before Halloween. I was truly impressed by the the size. Add this to my list of decorations for next year.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Having fun :)

October was a hectic, crazy month. I kicked back on Nov. 1st and made this haunted house. I really had fun. My inner princess feels much better. If you want to learn more about your inner princess, try

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Passing by

I walk past this plant almost everyday. It takes a camera to notice the two plants intertwined. One is living and one is dead. How often do I just walk by without noticing?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fine Art?

I am in the process of picking 4 pictures for a fine art juried show. I am not sure if this is fine art, but to me it is one fine picture.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Every once in a while I see a picture that I know will be good before I take it. I create the picture by moving positions several times until the parts all come together. I spotted the balloons at ASU homecoming; they seemed to be begging to become a picture.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween.
Every once in awhile I really blow it. I had this beautiful white heron and didn't notice that the grass between me and the bird would translate to a blurry blob in the middle of the picture. I also learned why shooting RAW files is so important. The bright white in the middle of the bird I lost the detail of the feathers. If I had shot RAW, I could have gone back to the original file and reset the exposure. Sometimes I learn more from the ones I blow then the ones I get right.