Growing up, I did not learn how to be a good mom. I did not learn how to be loving, kind or patient. I saw anger, abuse, and bitterness. I learned not to follow house rules, but to try not to make mom mad, especially if she'd been drinking.
When I had my first child, I knew little about being a parent. I made many mistakes over the years. I tried to learn and do better. I know I was a better mom than my mom was, but I was far from perfect.
Here is my Triumph photo. It shows the feet of our newest Read more [...]
Last night I posted my Photo 101 assignment. It wasn't fun or happy. But it was where my head was. This morning, I want to assure you that my head is not always in that place.
My life is full of joy! I don't sit around my house grieving or thinking about grief.
If you read about my Travels (find them in the category cloud at the side bar) you will see that we have adventures and fun. Or check out our cycling adventures!
Or let me tell you about my week....
We arrived home last Monday night Read more [...]
For my long time readers, there are only two more days of this class. I hope my daily posting of pictures hasn't bored you.
Today's assignment is:
Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.
Today's Tip: To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.
My photos for this assignment aren't very cheery. They are where my brain is tonight. They include straight Read more [...]
Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.
I took this picture last week from my daughter's kitchen window. This is what she sees when washing dishes. What a lovely view!
Today I took this picture off my front porch. I love looking out at our property.
But when I took a picture looking through the red glass hummingbird feeder, the scene is not so peaceful feeling!
Here Read more [...]
When my mom died eighteen years ago, my siblings divided up her belongings and sent me what was left. That may not sound quite right, but I received some beautiful things! We each did.
I had seven young children. I lived more than a thousand miles away and we were in the middle of moving to another state. I was not in a place to help with sorting out her house.
I'm glad each of my siblings got lovely things they wanted. They tried to be fair in dividing our mom's treasures. One of my favorite things Read more [...]
I was determined to take new photos for every assignment of my Photography Class. Then life happened: we got home from our three week trip and found the grass had grown, laundry needed to be washed, the bills and mail had stacked up, appointments needed to be met, etc. I had forgotten how busy my first week home from one of these trips can be.
I skipped a couple of assignments. They were on Scale and Movement. I plan on playing with my camera and working on those techniques, but I may not post the Read more [...]
For today's assignment we were to find interesting architecture. Then we were to consider it in monochrome.
My first photo is a window outside our veterinarian's office. The round wall makes an interesting element. Changing to monochrome looks even more interesting!
While out about town today, I shot a picture of this little castle. In our town, we have these little buildings. I think they are some kind of utility stations. Each one is unique. This one is lovely in color and a bit creepy in Read more [...]
Capture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning hike to a close-up of a leaf in your yard, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.
Ron is demo'ing in a parking lot of a large commercial office complex. Not much nature here!
I went for a walk between buildings determined to find a good shot, but everywhere I looked I saw concrete, highway, or trash. The flower beds haven't been planted for spring yet, Read more [...]