Getting Together

I am working on some quick abstracts for my little photo group presentation. I set up the lemons and couldn’t help but see them as facing each other with their little lemon noses. Should I have put masks on them?

More Mojo, Please?

My photography resolution for 2022 is to get more creative- I have lost my mojo! In fact I volunteered to give a presentation to one of my photography groups on “Create Photography Abstracts Wherever You Are”- in order to make ME go out and find SOMETHING I haven’t shot before. I have had a lot of trouble in the last few months finding photo subjects, so I needed a kick in the pants to force me to get more creative.

I usually get inspired with macros, so I used my iPhone to take closeups in my kitchen. This was captured looking down at a Pyrex measuring cup. Yup, I was that desperate!

Christmas Day Outing

Christmas Day was quiet at our house with just the two of us, but around noon we took a walk at Watson Lake. There were many ducks, a very few cormorants, one heron, and one pelican. We were hoping to see some sandhill cranes, because we had spotted some flying over Willow Lake a few days before, but did not see any at the lake. We suspect they kept flying, heading south.

Almost immediately after we spotted the pelican, it took off, and I was able to see the tags on his wings (there is a band on his leg as well). I took the time today to report the tag number to the North American Bird Banding Program, which I think will let me know where the bird was tagged.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all!

I spotted this little tree on our October trip to Flagstaff and had to stop and take its photo. It was snowing, and I loved how the little tree was framed by the larger ones. Despite being overshadowed (literally), it grew, and showed its perfect form when covered with snow. The little tree that could!

Solstice

Solstice

This is the solstice, the still point

of the sun, its cusp and midnight,

the year’s threshold

and unlocking, where the past

lets go of and becomes the future;

the place of caught breath, the door

of a vanished house left ajar.

~ Margaret Atwood

Sunset X 2

Above is a diptych I created for my photo group- two images of sunset over Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The assignment was to choose two favorite images from 2021. Sunset over water at 11:30pm was an unforgettable sight as we celebrated our 50th anniversary last July!

Lynx

Lynx

We took our youngest grandson to our local zoo on Saturday, and I didn’t take my regular camera. This shot of a lynx was taken through the glass barrier with my iPhone, and I thought it did a pretty good job. Those paws are huge1

Thanksgiving Day

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandmother’s house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandmother’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

We have something to be very grateful for this Thanksgiving- for the first time in at least four years we will have family with us on Thanksgiving Day! Our son’s family will be driving- not through the snow, but through the DESERT and over the MOUNTAINS to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us! And of course we will be zooming with our Alaska family also. I hope your day is full of Thanksgiving blessings as well!

Vintage

Vintage Alaska

I enjoyed a presentation by Hazel Meredith last night at our camera club, so I used some of her techniques in Topaz Studio 2 to edit this rural scene shot in Alaska last summer.

Sticks

I never know what to call these stick tepee things I often see on our walks- nor do I understand why they are there. But- the autumn light coming through the trees called out to me to take this photo.

Moody Morning

Moody Morning

Sunlight broke through the fog and rain clouds, illuminating some of the waters of Kachemak Bay as cars and trucks began heading out the Homer Spit last summer. After a day and a half of rain, the sun was a welcome sight!