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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.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Coneflowers at Sunset

We are still waiting on info. from the inspection. Hopefully there isn't anything too bad on there. I have had my family here this week since my brother had to have two surgeries to repair the fractures in his face. They didn't anticipate the second surgery, but he was having trouble breathing and things didn't line up right with his jaw. Nancy now has MRSA again. She got the antibiotic shot yesterday and is on an oral antibiotic. She will be closely monitored throughout the weekend. We see the surgeon on Monday. Hopefully it will not come to another surgery for her next week, but I just feel like it will. She actually has it in two spots this time around. =(

Here are a few shots of coneflowers at the UK Arboretum last summer. I took these shots at sunset and forgot to check my ISO. It was on 800 and these are really grainy since it was with my point & shoot. I totally blew them technically, but I like them for some reason anyway. Might make some nice TTV images when I get time to play.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Checking In

Things are moving right along quickly with the house. We have the home inspection tomorrow. I hope everything goes smoothly with that. I haven't had time to pick up my camera except for a few snapshots of my nephew. I can't resist those first smiles. =)

Here is a photo from my yard I shot last Spring. We have been treated to this beautiful view each Spring for about 10 years now. I finally have something blooming one right after another and I have to leave most of it behind. I guess it will be fun building my garden again at the new house, but I will miss the blackberries, tulips and azaleas here the most.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Daydreaming of Summer

Whew. I finally have a few minutes to check in. I'm sorry if I have not responded to anyone individually. Things have been a little crazier than normal around here lately. I started watching my adorable nephew this week. He is a dream of a baby and all around to die for. =) I had some family issues and showings and more showings.

I am happy to report that we have a contract on the house as of today !! Thank you for your prayers and positive thoughts over the past few months. Your support has certainly been felt and appreciated.

I was going to post a few shots from the Arboretum this morning, but then things got crazy with news of the contract. I have been cleaning up one of my external hard drives and finding pictures I don't even remember taking. Here are a few from last summer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Inexpensive Baby Wrap

I am always on the lookout for great and inexpensive photography props. In the fall I purchased a couple of scarves from the Dollar Zone for my son and daughter. I never paid much attention to them. The other day my son had one upstairs playing with it and he had his legs stretched inside it. Of course my first thought was, "I wonder if I can use it as a baby wrap?" It also just so happens that I had a very adorable almost 7 week old around so I had to give it a try for research purposes, right? He was totally asleep when I put him down, but wide awake and wiggly the minute I turned around and had my camera in hand.

Here is our try. I should have pulled it tighter. I had his arms inside, but he wanted none of that. A 10 day old would be a little easier I think. You could also completely cocoon it around the baby, but I wanted to see a few of his little toes. You could also line a basket or bowl with it.

It turns out the official name is the "Magic Scarf." You can find them online and even on Ebay. You can also try your local Dollar Store, Deals or Dollar Zone. Maybe you'll get lucky and find a great deal like I did.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

“But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.”

I have had these rose images for awhile now and didn't share them for whatever reason. I thought today would be a perfect day to post them. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

I used my favorite PIFmarmalade texture on this one.

“A single rose can be my garden...a single friend, my world.”

I love finding these little hearts in nature. All of the roses are from the UK Arboretum rose garden.

“The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.”

Raindrops on Roses...
one of my favorite things. =)

Monday, February 9, 2009


I took a walk out at the UK Arboretum today since it is 67 degrees and beautiful outside. What a change from the 7 degree weather we recently had during the ice storm! Looking at the empty flower beds always amazes me what a transformation they make in just a few short weeks. Here are a few shots from last summer when the beds were in full summer glory. Looking back over my photos, I realized that I have taken so many macros that this year I need to remember to take that wide shot and capture the feel of the landscape, too. It is probably a good lesson for my life in general right now. I need to stop sweating the small stuff and look at the bigger picture sometimes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Be My Valentine

I was really bored tonight so I made this collage portrait/valentine. You can get the free heart texture as well as several other romantic textures and backgrounds here: Sarah Alfred Photography.

More from the Ice Storm

I'm still looking through images from the ice storm. The ice is gone for the most part, but we have a little snow left on the ground and more is expected this afternoon.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Nature's Bling

When the sun finally broke through the clouds and the ice began melting, colorful patterns glistened from the trees everywhere you looked.

This is not the greatest shot, but I was trying to give a sense of what the tiny prisms sparkling everywhere looked like.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

They ran my photo!

One of my photos from the ice storm was published in the Sunday edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper this morning. It is in the bottom right corner. Sunday circulation is about 140,000! I was also invited to submit a photo for the online news website NowPublic
The photo I posted yesterday with the green leaf dripping with ice was the one chosen. I now have a cold from spending so much time outside shooting, but I guess it was worth it. =)


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