Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wing Span

Action shots are tricky yet exciting form of photography. Many times every thing pauses for a picture. Striking a balance of action blur with elements in focus, create some of the most exciting photographs.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Beads Just for You

I took pictures for some wonderful artists that love jewelry. Their talent is wonderful. You can check out their blog at

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cloudy skies

Clouds. I love them. Stormy, fluffy, whispy, swirling, whatever. Mix them with sunlight and they create some amazing pictures.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Quote for my picture

I searched the web for a quote I heard years ago that seemed to suit this picture.

From Wikiquote
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Peking, February 1934, "The Evolution of Chastity" in Toward the Future, London: Collins, 1975: 86-87.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Blue Clouds?

The first picture is the JPG created by my camera. The second picture is much closer to what it actually looked like, thanks to RAW files and Photoshop. No wonder digital cameras can drive people crazy. It is what color?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Great Balls of Fire

Occasionally I know in advance that elements are coming together for something amazing. Clouds, sunset, and Arizona dust produce a spectacular sunset. It turned out better than I expected.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Shrouded Blue skies

...are rare in Phoenix but deeply appreciated, especially when sunlight plays in the clouds producing rainbows, sort of.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Complementary Color for Blue orange. The Koi fish at the zoo have spectacular colors and shallow water for a great photo op.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Back to Blue

I hadn't forgotten my blue theme. I am finding that a theme gives me a subject when I am too tired to think of an idea. Scrolling through my pictures I found these delicate blue beauties. Enjoy the day.

Hide Out

Usually our heron hangs out by the lake but something spooked him and sent him sailing up to the tree tops.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Have you ever taken the time to wander your neighborhood just to see what was there? I was walking down the road and saw this cute way someone was trying to help somebody else find their lost hat. A bit of kindness that had me smiling.

Friday, July 16, 2010

HOT and More HOT

Flashed fried before it died. This delicate paper rose is real. The petals didn't have a chance to fall off before being baked mercilessly by the scorching Sun. Phoenix in the summer hot is too hot for anything.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Herding ducklings

Where's my mama?
Are you my mama?
Hey there's the gang!!

And I was waddling around, I was lost. And then ... and then the other mama helped me find you.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Glad I am not a bird

I can't imagine having to feed a squawking child by stuffing their food down their throat. Somedays I used to whisper 'time for dinner' so I could eat it by myself, before everyone realized dinner was ready to eat. I am so glad I am not a bird.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So blue

I love Blue, especially blue flowers. Two varieties intermingle to show off the wide range of blue color, from light to dark. Looking blue is beautiful.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Purple and Yellow

I immediately thought of pansies when I think of purple and yellow combined in nature. I realized pansies aren't the only ones with that color scheme. I love flowers. I always think of them as mother natures smiles.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Complementary Colors

Every art student learns about complementary colors. Nature just does it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Courage to go forward

I was suffering from feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Deena shared a poem that struck at the core issue - self doubt. Her words are beautiful. Fortunately, she was browsing through my pictures and suggested I combine her words with my picture I posted in January. This is the results. You may need to click on the picture to get it large enough to read. To view Deena's link, click here, or you may need to copy and paste.
Thanks Deena. I enjoyed collaborating with you.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Light Dancing

Light dancing on the water can sometimes rival spectacular fireworks. Dancing light is so common and great balls of fire are just once or twice a year. Does the common loose its magnificent simply because it is common?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless America

I stayed home from the fireworks this year. My way of keeping the Sabbath day holy constrains me from working on Sunday if I can avoid it. My thoughts were turned to my Heavenly Father and Jesus. Our country is built on our belief in God and obeying his commandments. I love fireworks so I posted more from last year. I will look forward to next year.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New month

I learned a few things this past month with a theme of 'Red'. First I got in a rut. Second I didn't post somedays because I just wasn't feeling Red. (The cliche is actually 'being in the pink.') Third my favorite ducks and park pictures often didn't have red. I did explore older pictures. I thought more about what I was shooting pictures of and opened to possible themes. July is Blue with patriotic flavor since I live in the USA and this is our independence on July 4th. I will explore blue but treat myself and you to other ideas that come to mind.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Red, Red fruit

The infamous red dye added to food to make them look delicious and perhaps forbidden. One of my favorite photo bloggers Nikon Sniper captured red apples in a way that couldn't be beat
9 pictures done labeled "How do you like them apples." I decided not to run out and copy his shot but link you to his original. Red in your food checkout what you are eating today. Red M&Ms, apples, cherries, raspberries, cherries, chilis, peppers, reds spice up your dishes and delight your eyes. Gooo RED.