This week’s A-Z Archive Challenge is the letter M, and that worked out perfectly for me to use an image I shot while visiting the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Unfortunately, with unseasonably cool weather and no cloud cover, the photography opportunities during my Spring Break trip to Charleston, South Carolina weren’t quite as rich or varied as I’d hoped. My mother, an established oil painter in Charleston, joined me on this photographic adventure, and we arrived shortly after the 8 a.m. […]
Our five-day trip to South Carolina went by so quickly. It seemed liked we had just arrived and we were packing up to head home again. Although it was cool the skies were clear, allowing for some photo expeditions early in the mornings and in the evenings. Last night as the sun set I took the dogs out for a walk in the backyard. It was nice to see the azaleas in bloom and the many flowers welcoming spring. At […]
My trip to South Carolina this week has been so full of fun and photography that I ended up killing my laptop during a batch of downloading. I managed to revive it today, but it’s still quite under the weather. Thankfully I brought two portable hard drives so I didn’t lose any images, but editing has been put on the back burner until I return home. My old faithful MacBook Pro is long in the tooth, and I’ve been carefully […]
I wasn’t exactly pleased to spend the day shoveling snow at the end of March, but I have to admit the gorgeous morning after was worth it. I woke up to an amazingly beautiful sunrise, and before I even went downstairs to let the dog out I grabbed the iPhone off the charger and snapped this one out the window. After peeking outside after the dog, I quickly got the “real” camera and went out in my pjs because I […]
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was Future Tense. At first, I think I took the definition too literally when I read the description on Friday. All that came to mind were the buds on a tree or flower primed and ready to emerge or a newborn foal or an untouched meal ready and waiting for that first bite. As it turns out, I didn’t return to the challenge until this afternoon, and over the weekend among other chores and […]
I noticed in my recent posts I’ve highlighted most of the birds who visit our feeders, however, I’ve left out the sparrows. Today, I focused on these plain but cute birds that generally travel in a flock and are usually the ones that clean up the spilled feed on the ground. A few of the braver sparrows do take their turns at the seed bell, and that’s what this one was up to when I caught him waiting for an […]
When I started to learn photography, my high school teacher had us purchase a Pentax K1000 camera and a 50mm lens. Even though that trip to the local photography store was nearly 30 years ago, I still remember that day vividly. I was so excited to finally have an SLR of my very own after many years of plastic compact point-and-shoot cameras. It was daunting to see all of the dials on that camera, but I was determined to figure […]
It’s 31 degrees with a windchill in the 20s, and the Clarke County Crew soccer team members aren’t deterred. I, on the other hand, only managed a 15-minute walk on the trail with Peppermint before my hands and ears were nearly numb. I know spring is officially here, but someone needs to tell Mother Nature!
This week’s Fun Photo Challenge is Circles and Curves, and I found just the image for this challenge in my collection from Indianapolis. The Circle Centre mall is one of our favorite stops when we stay downtown. The interior of the mall is filled with shops, of course, but also various walkways and courts that incorporate natural light and bridges built over the streets. You can stroll from the mall to seven hotels and many cultural attractions without ever stepping […]
I found this bicycle leaning up against a sign post in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. I really liked the rough texture of the brick wall and the contrast between the shine of the well-kept bike. A lost image from the depths of the iPhone photo gallery edited in Camera +.
I hate to admit how long it took me to clean my office over the weekend, but let’s just say it was way, way overdue. The result, however, made me so happy this morning when I finally sat down at my desk. In addition to cleaning and decluttering, I reorganized and primed and painted an old bookshelf that now beautifully displays some of my favorite photographs, books and magazines. Among the stored items I uncovered was this large pine cone […]
We had a lovely surprise last night while having a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner at the Cork Street Tavern in Winchester when the City of Winchester Pipes and Drums stopped by on their annual Pub Tour. They played for about 15 minutes in the pub area of the restaurant, and we were able hear a variety of different instruments and watch the members, from teenagers to senior citizens, bring Saint Patrick’s Day to life. I checked out their website today […]
We had a flashback to winter today with snow showers cold rain and gray skies. The Phoebes woke me up, and as I watched them fly around the backyard searching for food I hoped they were having success. With more snow in the forecast tomorrow, it could be tough finding insects.
Spring. What a glorious word. Despite the patches of snow remaining in our yard, I felt spring in the air today. As I went outside to load the Tahoe with recycling this morning, I heard a familiar song. It took me a moment to brush the cobwebs from my brain and realize that the song I heard was the Phoebe. They had returned to our yard to nest as they had for the past couple of years. As I made […]
A pair of Cardinals has recently taken up residence in our yard. They were infrequent visitors over most of the winter, but I noticed them more often the past few weeks and especially during last week’s snow storm. Today, the male settled in at the bird feeder on the covered front porch and made himself at home while chasing off the other residents. Even the more aggressive Carolina Wren was no match when it came time to stake out a […]
These days, I’m out of my element when I spend time in big cities. Growing up just outside Washington, D.C., I spent lots of time around tall buildings, commuter traffic, riding the Metro, driving on the Beltway and among bustling humans rushing to and fro. Now, when I have the opportunity to spend time where pavement overrides grass, it’s actually a novelty, and I enjoy walking around and photographing the buildings, people and other aspects of civilization that I once […]
I spent time photographing the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana last weekend. It’s an impressive monument that stands 284 feet tall (just 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty) with a beautiful view of the city from the observation deck. You can climb the 331 stairs to the top, or pay $2 for a round-trip elevator ride. The monument was established in 1888 and designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz. It was finished in 1901 and […]
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On this day out in downtown Indianapolis I carried my DSLR, and it was a very different experience than the previous day when I walked around with my iPhone. While I enjoyed being an invisible tourist, I have to admit that being a photographer opened more doors, and I met some great people who totally enriched my day. The highlight was meeting four college students from the University of Georgia–from left, Erin, Brittany, Lauren and Rachel–on their spring break. They’re […]
We traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the weekend to spend time with family and friends. I always enjoy staying downtown, and on this trip I wandered around with my cameras doing some street photography. I used the iPhone on this day and experimented with a variety of apps and filters, including Camera+, HDR Pro and Snapseed. It was nice to be incognito walking around with just my iPhone, and I totally blended in to my surroundings as one of many […]
This week’s WordPress Challenge fit in perfectly with my week. We had 20″ of snow, and I spent some time outdoors with my iPhone, capturing images around my home and neighborhood during and after the storm. I had intended to take out my DSLRs the past few days, but it seemed each time I bundled up to go outside to dig out, it was simply easier to put my phone in my pocket and combine shoveling with photos. I’ve really […]