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Lost- and FOUND!

This week I was going through my antique dental cabinet and discovered some seashells that I hadn’t seen since the move to Arizona.  I had always kept my father’s shells from his tour in the Pacific in World War II in the cabinet, but didn’t realize that MY small collection had been put in there too.  I KNEW they would turn up somewhere!  I have photographed the little green one before, but felt compelled to shoot it again, because, well,  I was just so happy to see it again! So the shells are this week’s Friday Find.

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And, of course, here is a black and white version.

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A Few Random Clicks

Jade plant

jade_layoutSome bottles and jars (note the wizard oil!)

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Golden Hour- EXTREME edition

We have lived in Arizona for a year now, and I am still obsessed with the changing skies.  On Monday night, we looked out the window to see this (captured with my iPhone):

Photo Aug 25- 7 02 00 PMI grabbed my Nikon and ran outside.  Unfortunately my macro lens (85mm) was on the camera, but, knowing how quickly light can change, I didn’t take the time to change it to my zoom to be able to capture a wide angle view. By the time, I got outside, the rainbow had faded and everything was bathed in an almost eerie golden light.

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The clouds in every direction were shades of pink and gold, which darkened during the 5-10 minutes I took these photos.

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20140825-DSC_3431_melinda_anderson20140825-DSC_3439_melinda_anderson-EditAll the photos have only minor exposure and clarity adjustments. The last one has Kim Klassen’s everyday texture added.

 

 

 

Sunflower Monochromes

My grocery store sunflowers are starting to droop and turn brown on the edges, alas.  I took a bunch of macro shots- and then turned two of my favorites to high contrast, split-toned black and whites, which I then textured with Kim Klassen’s golden.

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Prairie Sunflowers

Prairie sunflowers! At our monthly photography club meeting last week, I learned that the Flagstaff area is blanketed with prairie sunflowers in August and September.  Bonito Park, north of Flagstaff, is a particularly photogenic spot as it sits between Sunset Crater and the San Francisco Peaks.  My husband and I headed up there on Saturday and found it lives up to its reputation.

Here is the meadow with Sunset Crater in the background.

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Looking the other direction, I photographed the sunflowers with the San Francisco peaks behind them.

20140823-DSC_3269_melinda_anderson-Edit 20140823-DSC_3185_melinda_anderson-EditAs we began the drive home, we enjoyed seeing prairie sunflowers in bloom everywhere.

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Say cheese!

20140822-DSC_3171_melinda_andersonPhotography seems to run in the family. My earliest memories involve being wakened by the glare of strobe lights as my father filmed every moment of  Christmas morning (perhaps that’s why I avoid having my photo taken to this day). In his retirement years, he took college classes in photography and captured some wonderful photos of my children when they were little. Today’s photo includes his Nikon on the left and my first good camera, an Argus rangefinder (right), as well as a toy camera (middle) which I picked up in an antique store when Joan was visiting.  In the front are two issues of Kodakery magazine from the 1920’s, which I bought in an antique store a few months ago.

Linking up with Friday Finds today.

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Sun, sun, sun- here it comes!

After the extreme rain, a day of sunshine was so welcome!  Sunflowers are among my flower favorites, so- to celebrate a day of sunshine- here are a few sunflower images (and yes, some are converted to black and white- I just can’t help myself).

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