Saturday, January 31, 2009

And reality is back...

And here is the the reality... ol' man winter is back and layered us in ice and snow. Yippee...NOT.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Wishing for summer...

This was taken this past summer; not counting as my 365 pics, just an extra post. I was going into archives to find a fine art image that a client wants to purchase for their office, and saw this one; made me think of summer and wish it would get here!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing

This post would have been very cool, very retro if I had an old fashion coke bottle. That would be the coolest. Not retro here today, I have an aluminum can. Sigh...

You know you have made it as a company when only portions of your logo can be seen, and the world knows who you are.
Coke is one of those companies. Lyrics from the original 1971 song ad by Coke, sung by The Seekers...

I'd like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle doves
I'd like to teach the world to sing In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms and keep it company
I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills "Ah, peace throughout the land"
(That's the song I hear)
I'd like to teach the world to sing (that the world sings today)
In perfect harmonyI'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmonyI'd like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle doves

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

You're the BEST Dad EVER

This is my husband Joel and our black lab, Jazzy. She is the best dog I have ever owned. We have her and a yellow lab, Dakota. The two of them have been together since they were just a few months old and are best buds. I had already gotten some images of Joel and Dakota and ws in the process of getting some with him and Jazzy. She was very persistant on giving kisses and showing affection. Every time I would press the shutter, Jazzy would either put her head down on him, give him a kiss, or want to go get her ball. That girl! lol It is funny how they become attached to specific people. Jazzy is definitely 'my dog' and Dakota is definitely 'Joel's dog'. While they love us both, it is very evident that they are more attached to one over the other. Nothing wrong with that. :-) I will take one of Dakota and post sometime too, so he doesn't get jealous or feel left out. haha

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nothing like a favorite pair of Cons

Ah, yes. My red cons. I adore them. Out of all the shoes I have, expensive, cheap, dress and casual, I must say these are my fave. They rock! I don't know what I will do when they wear out completely. I sure hope they still make these particular ones! I have them in several colors, but nothing beats my red cons.
Ode to the cons...In honor of my red cons I am going to upload a large image in the blog, not the medium size that I normally use. Rock on red cons! And I even made sure that I took this image after midnight, so that it would be counted for my daily upload for 365! Sweet!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Weakest Link

We are only as strong as the weakest link. Live life to the fullest; be honest; be honorable; be trustworthy; be a friend; and always strive to be the strong link, not the weakest link. Be the leader, not the follower.

Little one, big dreams

For this image I am not going to say much; I don't think much needs to be said. Let the image tell you a story, or better yet, let it allow you to ask questions to create your own story.
Depending on your mood and how your day went, this image can be a wide array of stories.
Is she happy about what she sees on the other side? Is she excited? Or is it the opposite?
Is that anticpation, or rather, has she been left out of the fun? Inclusion or exclusion?
I was going to crop it from the top down a bit, but felt that I should leave it as created. It gives a better feeling of being so small in such a large world. Looking out with wondering eyes, thoughts wandering, feelings shared.
Ah heck, I said more than I was going to. :-)

My Country

"...The love of field and coppice Of green and shaded lanes, Of ordered woods and gardens, is running in your veins. Strong love of grey-blue distance, Brown streams and soft, dim skies I know, but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. " ~exerpt from a poem by Dorothea Mackeller
Dorothea Mackeller is referring to her homeland of Austrailia, but as with any poem or song, we can somehow relate and find meaning that pertains to our own lives.
This is actually taken on my in-laws farm. I really like how the snow clouds are coming in and creating the grey blue sky, the colors on the ground not giving in to the harsh winter weather, and the seeming calmness and silence you can hear just by sitting and looking at the land.

Days Gone By

Driving down a country road and came upon this old abandoned home. It was surrounded by harvested corn fields on all sides. I found it interesting how the trees seem to be growing and crossing each other in a manner that appears to 'protect and hide' the memories inside. This was shot from quite a ways away as it was sitting on private property with barb-wire fence.
If these walls could talk...I wonder what they would say.

As the colors melt away

Yellow daisy backlit, sprayed with water from a bottle.

And I dream of you in a field of yellow daisies, the sun is warm and the air sweet. Running, laughing, so carefree; as we lay under the shade tree you pick a flower for me. One petal...two petals and three; love me, love me not, what will it be? - :-)

The Rose

Winter blahs; bitterly cold; snow falling.
It is just too cold to be outside, so one improvises. Michael's and Hobby Lobby has great flowers that look increidable real. Combine that with spray from a bottle of water, and a simple light, and there is an image.

"...Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snow
Lies the seed
That with the sun's love, in the spring
Becomes the rose." - Lyrics from song "The Rose"

Friday, January 23, 2009

It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning, there was fog crawling over the sand...

(Boy)"On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?"
(Boy) "I bet you say that to all the boys."
~~partial lyrics to 'Bat out of Hell' by Meatloaf.~~
I love their old songs.
This image was not taken in the summer, it was taken this week, in the good 'ol January winter. But when I saw the scene, it reminded me of the song. The ice skaters had gone home, and there was light snow blowing across both the water and shore from the wind. The snow looked like fog, crawling over the 'sand' and just like that, I was singing to the Meatloaf song in my head.
Life is good.

What do dreams really tell?

Dreams are a funny, yet strange commonality that we all share. But what is a dream? What does it tell, if anything?
This image made me think of a dream. "In my dream I am alone; for the world has disappeared and left me behind. I can smell loneliness, taste silence and see my heart beating. I am alone, and my senses are not what they seem, not what I know to be real. In my dream, is nothing real, or in fact, is everything real? Is it imagination, or all a matter of perception?"

Don't sneak up behind someone with a hood up!

We were only suppose to have a slight chance of scattered flurries; well, once again the weatherman was wrong (must be nice to be wrong more often than right and still keep your job!). Well, this gal believed the weatherman and was clearly not dressed for the snow that started to fly. She was hopping from foot to foot and not paying attention. This guy came up behind her with his hood up and walking VERY quickly (he was cold!) and scared her pretty good. She nearly fell down. I had taken this picture right before she nearly fell backwards when he startled her.
Within a few minutes the wind was blowing 25-30 mph and the snow was blowing hard; created white out conditions. All in all we only got an inch of snow before it passed through, but it sure made for bad driving conditions and cold temps.

Take me out to the ball game

This is the outside the Lincoln Salt Dog Stadium. Saltdogs are a minor league baseball team that is part of the American Association. They rock. During the summer this place is buzzing with crowds, great baseball, and a blast. A great way to spend a summer evening.
During the winter there is only a few employees that maintain the fort. No laughter, no smell of hot peanuts, hotdogs and beer.
The snow was flying on this day, but like all things, this too shall pass and soon Spring will be here and the stands will be filled, the players will be playing and good times will be had by all.

I see the forest beyond the trees

Taken at dawn. When seeking dreams, we must go beyond the obvious barriers and look beyond what tries to obscure. Always look to what is further out, not what lies directly in front of you. Look for the forest beyond the trees.

Playing Catch Up on 365...

It is sooo good to have my computer back and working; it may have only been a week and a half, but it felt like 6 months.
I will be posting 10 images in the next couple of prepared! :-)

This is at Mahoney State Park in Nebraska. Winter doesn't generally lend much in the way of colorful landscapes, but I still like them just the same.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I have nothing; Only time, promise!

Well, I can't believe it. I was super busy all day and evening. Have only had a few moments this past half hour to stop and take a breath. So, alas, I have image today worthy of a blog. LOL. I took a few quick shots of things...hate them all...they bore me to pieces...they would bore you more.
So, I am pulling from my files. I promise this will be the only time in the entire year I do this. Pinky swear! And since I have to do this, and it will be my only time, I might as well make it worthwhile and post two images that were taken on the same day, same subject.
These two images are lilies that grow in our back yard in the summer. They are the most beautiful colorful flowers, and they get super tall. I am talking over 4 feet. Crazy tall. Maybe these images will break that darn Alberta Clipper that is hitting us and a very large portion of the country for the next few days. I have had enough of the cold weather. You know you are getting older when you decide you don't like snow anymore. lol. As a kid, its so fun. Young adult, snow is still ok, can be fun, don't mind it. Get into your 30's and beyond, and it just starts to piss you off. :-)
Stay warm everyone! And for those of you in warm climates right now...send some of that warmth and sunshine our way. We would love it if you would share. :-D

Monday, January 12, 2009

Whatcha looking at?

Had passed by the same field a couple times; the cows were all huddled up, waiting on the winter storm that was heading in. You don't need a weatherman to tell you what the day is going to be like. Just watch the animals, they will tell you. (Anyone who lives near livestock knows what I am talking about) A few of them kept looking at us like we were crazy, this one in particular. So, I decided that she deserved to have her picture taken; sort of a payment for disturbing them. lol.
Gave this one a nostalgic look, antiqued it a bit and vignette for an aged look. Living in Nebraska, I guess you just get used to all the cattle and don't really think much of them. There is probably as many cattle in the state as their is people. :-)
I don't mind. It's a great place to live.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Books of the trade...

I was doing some re-arranging and cleaning today and decided to move some of my photography books to a different bookshelf. You know, you really don't realize just how MANY books you really have purchased and read involving one subject until you want to move them. Here is a very small portion of my 'light' reading. Get it? 'Light'? Photography? Oh come on, you know that was funny. lol, hahaha
I know, that was a lame attempt at a play on words. But you have to admit, it made you laugh. Even if you were laughing at how dorky I am, you still laughed. And laughing is good for the soul. :-)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Everyone has a vice...

Ah, the smell of fresh espresso; the sounds of the steam machines heating up the 1/2 and 1/2, the slight hint of chocoloate, and of course the whip cream. I have just entered...the breve zone.

Yes, I admit it. I am a coffee junkie. A lover of the beans. And my absolute favorite is a Mocha Breve with extra shot, no foam with whip. A little taste of heaven.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Out of the blue...

I was at a loss today as to what to create an image of. Usually it just comes to me sometime throughout the day; I will be going about my business and then I just see a subject or a scene and know that is what I will create. Not today. All day long I have been doing this and that, running errands, watching the bowl game and nothing...

Then, I go out to the garage to simply put something in the fridge out there, when low and behold I look over and see my husband's drill bits just sitting on the workbench. Begging for 15 minutes of fame. So, I took them inside, lit them with a strobe and blue gel, and photo for the day.

Proof that I sometimes over think things and should just let things happen as they may...Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Where are you, Mr. Sun?

So, yes it is winter, and yes I should expect it to be cold, cloudy and gray out. But I just want to see the sun for one day...the entire day. Is that too much to ask? :-) This guy sits out on one of our back decks, calling to Mr. Sun and requesting an appearance. Not today, it was cloudy and cold all day. But, other than a dozen flurries that tried to act all big and bad, it wasn't a bad day. High in the mid 30's. No snow, no ice so all is good in Nebraska. hehe
Don't let the image fool you. It appears to have sun shining on it from the right, but that was my flash, off camera and set to the side to give dimension. Maybe tomorrow Mr. Sun will grace us with his warmth. And then again...maybe not...after is winter.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Words of wisdom

I really enjoy reading words of wisdom and quotes by the Dalia Lama. This is one of the pages from a book he has written. The passage is not from today's reading, but it has a powerful message that I wanted to share. More words of wisdom from him:

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values. Dalai Lama

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winter Sunset

One of the awesome things about winter is the sunrises and sunsets. The colors are simply amazing. It may be cold, windy and otherwise uncomfortable to be in, but you can't deny the beauty of a winter sunrise or sunset.

This was the sunset that mother nature blessed us with. A cup of coffee (or the occasional hot chocolate, yummy) and this view...who could complain about ending their day this way?!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Glass Refraction

This is part of a hanging windchime that we have on our back deck. It has many glass droplets that hang and swing in the wind. I have never understood why they don't break when they clang together on windy days. Good thing they don't I guess!
While cleaning it today, I was intrigued by the reflections it was displaying. Isn't it interesting to see that the glass acts not only as a mirror, but does so in a similar manner as our cameras see? Everything is upside down in the reflection. Well, I thought it was interesting But then again, I am easily entertained.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Foggy Morning

The weather sure changed within the last few hours. It was a fairly decent day yesterday temperature wise, but today...not so lucky. We are in a freezing rain advisory and winter storm warning. Ick. The temp has slowly dropped all day, and now the wind is blowing and the misty rain is falling.

We had some things to do this morning, so made it a 'road trip' day out of it. Love road tripping!
These trees caught my eye, love the contrast of the winter grass color, the fog and the trees.

Friday, January 2, 2009

I love Red

Red is my favorite color. And I love anything that has a rusty look. So, put the two together, and I definitely love it!

This is an ornament that I bought from Pier One a few years ago. I have it in a few different colors, but love the red one, against one of our doors that is red. :-) When I looked up and saw it today, it made me smile, and I know it will be a good day.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

And in comes 2009...

Had you of asked me yesterday, I would not have said it was going to be a happy New Year. 2008 appeared to be going out on a very low note, and 2009 coming in just as low. Without going into detail, I will just say that our youngest daughter was 'missing' for several hours, and no-one knew where she was. She was at a friend's house and that friend convinced her to go with some people that my daughter did not know. (this girl knew the people) My daughter relunctantly went (grrr) and was taken not allowed to leave or be taken home. Her phone died, and she had no way of contacting us. Needless to say we were panic stricken and scared to pieces. Several hours later, we received a phone call from someone who noticed her, cold and alone. She had left the location (abandoned place) and started to walk. She had no idea where she was and wound up lost and scared.
She is home safe now. Needless to say, she will be ever going with anyone she doesn't know again, even if her friends know them. Hard lesson learned, a lot of tears shed and nerves frayed. We are so thankful that everything turned out ok. She isn't the same today. I can't put my finger on it, but she is somewhat withdrawn and quiet. Just not herself.
The pictures aren't very good, they were taken today with my camera phone. (which take crappy pictures) but I don't care. It is of our daughter, home safe, and we are thankful.

Welcome to 2009

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Happy New Year to Everyone. May you blossom and prosper, and all your dreams come true in 2009. I hope this photo I have named 'Orange Dreams' inspire you to reach for the sky and look to the future.

Starting today, I begin my Project 365. My first official photo post will be sometime today, but for now I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open!