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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Top 9 of '09

Every year over at 2Peas we do a top 5 of our favorite images of the year. It is always difficult narrowing it down to 5 so this year I was thrilled when we made it 9 for '09!

So here are my favorites from this past year, in no particular order. These do not have to be your technically best images, just your favorites for whatever reason.

#1-I had a good time pulling out the point and shoot to get a few macro snowflakes.



#2-The birth of my nephew gave me lots of opportunities to get in some newborn practice.

 

#3-I actually really liked a different view of this little waterfall, but I'm going to include this one as a favorite because it was published in our local paper. Getting published is always so exciting!



 #4-Ring-tailed Lemurs at the Louisville Zoo.



#5- Twin tulips. I have never seen tulips joined together like these two. I thought they looked so beautiful and romantic.



#6- More tulips from The Lexington Cemetery. I loved this one for the way the tulips just glowed in the sunlight. I spend hours down there in the Spring and looking back over these photos, I remember why!!



#7- I'm going to cheat a little on this one and post a slideshow. We spent days watching the monarch caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies.





 #8-Bubble landscapes because they are just too fun!



 and #9- This one was one of my most viewed Fall images. I hope to shoot this spot again next year, only not in the mid-day sun. =)


I guess that is 9. I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I did taking them this past year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our house to yours...



“May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love.”

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Cactus Blossom

My kids brought home a Christmas cactus from a Boy Scout event and we got our first bloom yesterday. I almost waited until later to snap a picture to share. I'm glad I didn't because it had wilted down quite a bit by later in the evening. I can't wait for the rest of the buds to bloom.



"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, 
everything is softer and more beautiful."  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kaleidoscope Christmas

Last year I decided to try a bokeh shot of my Christmas tree. You basically just shoot wide open and throw your shot out of focus (you'll have to take it off auto focus) until you get the look you like.

Here is my image from last year of our Christmas tree. I think I probably used a 28mm 2.8 lens.



This year I decided to try a homemade shape filter. My paper punches are packed away so I had to freehand my tree. Here are some instructions for making the filter: DIY bokeh filter

I was browsing different bokeh images on flickr and came across this one using a tree shape and it inspired me to give it a try last night: stephendl photostream

Here is the result with the tree filter on and shooting the lights on my Christmas tree:



I tried another tree shape:

 

The more you throw the focus out, the bigger and closer together the shapes become.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Moon Halo

The moon has been so big and beautiful the past few nights and mornings, too. Thursday night I looked out and noticed a white ring around the moon. It is attributed to refraction in high altitude ice crystals. 




Sunday, November 29, 2009

Arboretum Cottontails

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for all of my internet friends. Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement during my first year of my photo blog. =)

Here are a couple more Arboretum residents I chased around after the birds had enough of my intruding on their bath time.




Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bathing Beauties

My son Jake had his Confirmation this weekend. We had friends up from Tennessee. Aren't old friends the best? It was nice just hanging out and spending time with them.

Here are a couple feathered friends. I love watching the birds play around the pond at the UK Arboretum. There were a  couple of cardinals, some sparrows and a very curious mockingbird on this day I visited. =)






Friday, November 20, 2009

Peaceful Pasture

Between trying to get the new computer all set up and lots of painting and home improvements, it has been a very busy week. And did I mention I have 6 kids and an extra precocious almost 11 month old nephew running around? Whew. =) No time to find my way around CS3 so I know these look a little off without my usual processing, but here are a couple of friendly Kentucky residents I stumbled across on one of my drives. 

I totally blew the exposure on this guy, but I love the peaceful scenery.




Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Noble And The Brave

I finally broke down and bought a new computer. I have spent a couple of days getting to know my new friend and getting everything transferred. Elements is not up and running, but I was finally able to install CS3 again. Boy that will take some getting used to! In the meantime, here is one I wanted to post yesterday from a recent trip to The Lexington Cemetery. I made adjustments using Adobe Camera RAW (a first for me) and added the watermark in CS3. Hopefully this looks ok to you because I also have a new monitor and everything looks so much brighter and sharper. I think I'm going to have to do something to get it calibrated properly so forgive me if something looks wonky while I adjust to my new toys. =)



The Noble and the Brave:
A Veteran's Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.
They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.
They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.
Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.
We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.
By Joanna Fuchs
 
From other visits:





And one from the Eastern Tennessee Veteran's Memorial in Knoxville:



God bless all of our veterans and those currently serving and their families.
Thank you for your sacrifice.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Frosty Morning


We had a hard frost this morning. I ran out to get a few shots of some leaves from the yard just as their icy blanket was beginning to melt off. I can't do any real macros right now since my arm is still weak and I have trouble getting crisp focus. Luckily the fall landscapes have been keeping me occupied. ;)

 

 



Thursday, November 5, 2009

Majestic Borders

Nothing says Kentucky like the classic rows of wooden fencing framing many of the local horse farms. Sometimes it is white and elegant like that of Calumet farm, but often it is black plank fencing gracefully winding its way around the rolling hills. I didn't set out to get images of the beautiful fencing. I should probably make a drive of that in itself one afternoon. I noticed looking through a batch of recent images, that I often sneak bits and pieces of the fencing into my shots. Here are a couple more:





Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kentucky's Scenic Byways

I promised the little ones we would go for another country drive yesterday and the weather cooperated. We started out down one of Kentucky's designated scenic byways and it didn't disappoint this time of year. We got lost once or twice, but somehow were able to make it home. I refer to these as my "Snap and Dash" trips. The horse owners are not generally very happy about anyone stopping near their horses. I have been shooed off a couple of times. The shoulder is also not the safest place to stop on some of these tiny back roads. I usually jump out, shoot a couple of quick shots (usually over and through fences) and quickly jump back in the van and make my getaway before anyone notices. =)



 


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Treat

Trick-or-treating usually begins as it is getting dark and runs from 6-8pm in our city. This year the time was changed to accommodate the UK football game and an additional hour was added beginning at 5pm. This worked out great for the little ones. They tired out just as the sun was beginning to set.

I mentioned how beautiful sunrises are here in central Kentucky in November and the winter months. Well the sunsets can be even more spectacular. I know we were a day short of November, but this sunset was one of the most amazing I have seen in a long time. At the far end of our street, I noticed a warm, hazy glow starting to fall around us as we walked.

As we turned toward home, the clouds were starting to glow. They were very low in the sky and the cloud formations were incredible. By the time we got back to our end of the street, the sky was almost other-worldly.





Flickr friend and fellow photographer Rebecca Higgins also captured some fantastic images of the Halloween sunset. I am always inspired by her work!

 

What a Halloween treat!

Happy Halloween!

Four of the older kids spent Halloween hanging out and trick-or-treating with friends so we only had the youngest two with us this year. I added it up and I have put together more than 60 costumes over the past 13 Halloweens! I was sort of happy three of the kids decided to skip the costumes this year. I played with a few of the pictures for the kids. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!



Lady N was supposed to be a  kitty cat, but changed her mind at the last minute and decided to be a witch like her big sister because she wanted to "scare people." I think she was way too cute to scare anyone. =)




Friday, October 30, 2009

Glorious Greeting



I have captured some of my best sunrises and sunsets here in central Kentucky during the winter months. November seems to be particularly beautiful. If the gorgeous colors we have had the past couple of days are any indication, this November will not be an exception. I saw the sky after the kids left for school and had to grab my camera. My neighbors must think I am crazy out there shooting away in my jammies. =)
 

Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as heaven whispers, "Do you like it? I did it just for you."
- Max Lucado

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kentucky Splendor

I mentioned I went back to the Valley View Ferry to try and recapture what I missed with the forgotten memory card. Here is a shot I was able to get this time around:


This fiery red caught my eye driving past Central Baptist Hospital. It is on the edge of their parking lot. I believe it is UK housing. Just goes to show you can find beauty anywhere.


I used to work as a counselor at a summer camp when I was in college. Camp Woodmen is just before the river so I stopped by on my way to the ferry. This is the view from the driveway looking back toward the river.


Kentucky farms have some of the most beautiful entrances with their stately gates and tree-lined drives. This one is particularly gorgeous in the Fall.
 

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