Sunday, November 9, 2008


Although it hasn't been up to par with some of the gorgeous Indiana autumns I've seen, this has been by far the best year for leaves in Tennessee since I've lived here. Friday was dreary, but it made the colors seem so intense. I actually pulled off to the side of the road to take this shot (in the rain). I know people thought I was nuts, but I guess it's a sign you have photographer in your blood when you just don't care what people think!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall Photos

It's been too long... I'd forgotten how much I love to be behind the lens of a camera. I'm experimenting with vignettes, in case you couldn't tell. :) I think I like the finished look it gives, although I really don't want it to look overdone. Opinions are welcome!

The focus isn't perfect, but I had used my zoom lens instead of the portrait lens so I wouldn't have to manually focus, and in the waning light, it wasn't focusing on exactly what I wanted it to every time. Still, I'm happy with the results. I just wish I had a more cooperative subject! LOL

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Some things are just funny - like my tall-for-his-age boy furiously riding a tricycle around the front yard with his knees slamming into the handlebars with every push of the pedals.

And then there are things that are just plain cool - like this wicked pumpkin Braeden picked out at the pumpkin patch. Seriously, could he have picked a cooler pumpkin? It's all warty and lumpy, and has so much character.

Here he is, proudly holding the aforementioned pumpkin.

Speaking of pumpkins, check out this bad boy - I said I was going to do a Transformers pumpkin, and while I need to refine my technique a bit, I still think I carved out a way cool Autobot-o-lantern. I should win an award for Cool Mommy or something.

Another shot of my Halloween masterpiece.

And totally unrelated, here is one of the best pictures I've ever gotten of my sweet dog - we've only had him for ten years!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Yes, folks, I have finally taken some pictures! Unfortunately, I have a bad sensor in my camera, so anything take in low light will have this icky red laser line right down the center of the photo. Totally too expensive to fix. Totally unfair.

Anyway, here are pictures from our Pumpkin Patch trip this afternoon. I didn't take as many, since there were hundred of kindergarteners running around, but I did get two that I especially liked. Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween, 1980

Nope, I didn't take it. But I needed to post something, and this seemed rather amusing and appropriate for the season. It's me and my cousin Shawn. I'm the one in the Bugs Bunny outfit. Remember those gosh-awful plastic costumes from the 80s? They didn't even look like a costume - just a plastic suit with a logo and cheap plastic mask with elastic bands that hurt like heck when someone snapped them against your cheek.

Ah, yes. Those were the days!

Friday, August 29, 2008


No, not today. I have been sorely remiss in keeping up with my photography, and even though my online classes are going to require the use of my skills, I'm pretty sure you are not going to be excited about photos of a dissected sheep brain.

BUT - I am seeing the niece & nephews this weekend, and Mom has planned a photo shoot for them. So sometime next week, I'll have some new material to post.

And it will be considerably less disgusting than dissected organs!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Beautiful Visitors

This has been an unusual year. We've had so many beautiful butterflies around our house. I've been trying for days to photograph them, but they tend not to light in any one place for long. There are also lovely black butterflies, with wings tipped in the deepest teal - but they were nowhere to be seen today.

I went outside to untangle the dog's chain, and I saw this first little beauty. I ran inside for the camera and luckily, he was still there when I returned.

Does it get any prettier than this?

Just as I was about to quit snapping, a second one joined the first!

Then the real shocker - a third joined his comrades! I actually snapped a shot as he was landing, but all you can see are a bunch of squiggly legs.

I wish they'd been on the grass instead of the dirt, because it would have contrasted so nicely. Even so, I'm thrilled that I was able to get this much!

Friday, July 4, 2008


I admit it - I took a risk this year. I decided to try the display at South Pittsburg (on a whim, as most things I do). I thought I had a good spot nagged, but there were either power lines, buildings, or bridges in the way for the majority of the shots. In Tennessee, it's just tough to get a clear view of the sky. The thing about photographing fireworks is that it takes great patience. Of the 200 shots I took, only 2-3 dozen were in focus, and of those, here are the "good" ones. I was pleased that my color was better this year. My last attempt left me with washed-out photos.

It's a tricky thing, because no two situations are alike, so what works one year probably won't work the next. I literally had my hand on the camera the entire time - as soon as one photo would load, I was pressing the shutter for the next. At any rate, here are my favorites. You be the judge - was it worth the effort?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Care Bears & Kids

Just a few quick shots from the weekend. Katie took front and center because she was the only one who actually wanted to cooperate for the camera. :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Our Day out with Thomas

Some of the yummier photos from our outing Friday. :)

Friday, March 28, 2008

Birthday Boy

Yesterday was Bebo's birthday, and even though we won't be celebrating until next weekend, I felt a keen obligation to take pictures of him - especially since he was in a somewhat cooperative mood. :)

P.S. About that shirt - it was a present from his great-grandmother. Don't be hatin' on me because it's not Vols orange, okay?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring Is Here!

Yay! I'm so excited to finally see flowers again!

I know I posted Bradford Pears last year, but they are the first plants to really get going here, so you're getting at least one more picture of them.

*sigh* It makes me happy. :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Prince Has Come


I haven't posted in ages, so I thought I'd "share" my V-day present with you.