Spring Blossoms In Winter

Here is the first flower blossom for the season but season of what? Winter? Spring? It’s a freezing 32 degrees today. Burr… that’s a difference of 16 degrees from last week. It’s no wonder this poor bush is so confused and decided to have spring blossoms in winter.  

However, the confused blossoms gave me the perfect opportunity — that is to have a flower date with Macro. It has been a while since we’ve done anything together. Needless to say, the date rekindled our love affair… 😀

Blogging Commitment

After more than two weeks of constant rain, I was desperate to go somewhere. I’ve heard about the annual eagle migration at Rockport, WA this weekend and thought it would be a great opportunity to get some photos of this magnificent bird for my blog. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Just as we were leaving town, the car developed some engine problem. To make the long story short… I was stuck at home all weekend and found myself uninspired today. Guess the thought of what the repair cost for the car might be, weighted heavily on my mind. From experience, going to the mechanics is like going to the doctors — every little thing cost so much — and I was right. The problem turned out to be the air sensor valve. I was told this tiny valve was going to cost $395.00 just for the part. As if to make the price more justifiable, the mechanic went into a long explanation about the purpose of the valve and all the intricate wires inside. Basically, it’s important for regulating the airflow to the engine. Okay… I can see its importance, though I still think it’s way over priced —  just like the over inflated medical costs.

After I got home from the garage, I didn’t feel like posting anything and decided to skip today. However, I reminded myself the commitment I made to post 5 times a week — I can skip only when I have good valid reasons — and being upset about my car is not good enough reason. As I looked through my archives of photos to use with the story, for some unknown reason; these shots made me feel better. Somehow, seeing the photos made me let go of the frustrations I had about the car expense. These photos were taken last July at the golf course pond near my home.

Celebrating 100

As I looked back on all the photos I’ve taken since starting this blog; I have to admit… it’s an immense feeling of accomplishment for me. I didn’t really know where this blog would take me or what I would accomplish by posting my images and thoughts for the world to see. Now six months and 100 posts later — one thing I do know is that without the motivation and commitment of this blog; I wouldn’t have taken so many photos and in the process gained some profound insights about who I am and my view on life. Thank you to all who have support the unfolding of my blog and leaving encouraging comments. The comments are a definite motivational source. I guess it’s like having someone patting you on the back… telling you a job well done. And even if it isn’t your best; it feels good to know your effort is appreciated. I’m sure many of you bloggers out there can identify with what I am talking about when I say — blogging is a life changing experience in more ways than one.

So what have you learned from your blog? For me, it was learning to Shoot for the Moon even if it seems so far away…

Because you never know what tomorrow will bring… but know that it’s
Another Day, Another Opportunity

To see things from a different perspective…  and be amazed by The World of Tiny Details

and Living In The Moment because the joy and laughter you can have by not dwelling on the past…

Even though at times when I feel like a Photographer in Distress

Uncertain that Shooting Ducks is my best…

Yet I feel blessed… to have the choice of Marching to a Different Drummer beat; knowing I’ve never been much of a sheep.

 The blog lets me shoot whatever I think is cool. Although, I realized I’m Stuck On Food. And it’s a passion I would like to pursue.

Rainy Day Fun

I had so much fun on my date with Macro yesterday, I was hoping for a second date… unfortunately, the rain came back. Not wanting to risk getting my camera wet, I decided to shoot whatever I could find around the house.  I bought a studio light box last week, so I thought today would be good to experiment with light and exposure. I started with my dog, Frisette. She was a great model… no attitude problems and only cost me a chicken jerky.

The next subject was my breakfast… when I first sat down to eat it, I thought it looked pretty enough for a picture and maybe I could shoot a few frames before eating it. Right… those few shots turned into a couple of hours. It was afternoon by the time I was done with it. 

Okay… I did sneak in a little Marco time with this shot.