A little late…

I’m posting later than normal.

But for very good reason!

I got to spend some time today with one of my nieces (yay!!) so my to-do-today shifted a bit.

Someone else was feeling a little neglected, too (he didn’t get to go along.)

So, when I got home I started scratching under his chin and then…

well you tell me – does this look like an innocent face?


or does it look like he is planning something?

hint: it’s the latter of the two options!

I’m ok – no bloodshed or broken skin (whew! j/k, it was all in playful fun!)

But, then again, that was before I stopped to blog.

He’s eyeing me a bit now.


um… bandaids and neosporin, anyone?

Lines blurred

To paraphrase Confucius:

If you choose a job you love to do, it’s quite possible you’ll never feel like it’s work.


And if the fun job-thing doesn’t work out, at least you can try to  have a fun hobby! (<— silver lining!!)

Serious art

Sometimes when I set out to spend time with the computer, editing is the furthest thing from my mind or agenda.

But as I continue on this artistic journey, I find that breaking out of the comfortable and into the abstract is becoming more of a desire than a chore.

And I’m finding also that at times editing can take a rather pedestrian photo and make it (at the very least) a bit more fun.

Oscar Wilde once said: “Art is the only serious thing in the world…

and the Artist is the only person who is never serious.”

I don’t think he was being literal (at least I hope not!)

And as far as being serious? I personally wouldn’t go so far as to say ‘never’ – but I certainly attempt it less often!


Did you know?

Apparently there is this amazing phenomenon that happens every single day – it’s called “the Sunrise” (I can hear your oooo’s and ahhh’s!)

Of course I say “apparently” because this chick does not get up to see the sunrise on a daily basis. (I’m not crazy!! hehe!)

And, on those rare and special occasions that I do drag-butt out of bed and have the presence of mind to have the camera ready to go, I can capture some really beautiful scenes:

Through the trees.

Through the trees.

And show evidence that there are those who rise much, much earlier:

Criss-cross trails.

Criss-cross trails – beautiful colors!

Now, we all know that I could wax philosophical here about how there are only a fixed number of sunrises and sunsets to be enjoyed in a lifetime, which is why this self-proclaimed “not-a-morning-chick” gets out of bed and captures a sunrise every now and then (sunsets are so much easier!)

But I won’t…

because we are all lucky enough to get 7 whole sunrises ever week!

Ok, I’ll stop.

For now.

Star Gazing

Poor Louden.

It’s such a hard life for him… paparazzi (uh, that’d be me! hehe!) always following him around with a camera wondering what he’ll do next.

So there he sits.

In his (not his!) chair.

On his (not his!) blanket.

Doing nothing besides staring me down and trying to ignore me (which, let’s face it, is pretty impossible!)

And just when he turns away, thinking that there’s no way a photo would be taken, this happens:



Talk about looking to the Heavens for some assistance! haha!!

I left him alone after this (for a few hours, anyway!) I mean, he did such a nice job posing for me – look at that great sight-line!

PS: this is also a great lesson in paying attention to the photograph as a whole – photography is about not only concentrating on your obvious subject (that’s a snapshot), but to the background and composition as well.

Gifts and Talents

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use,  will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


You have something important to share with the world – don’t keep your talents locked up inside of you because of doubt or fear.

To paraphrase Henry VanDyke :

The world is pretty silent if only the best sounding birds sing.


Saturday Signboard #36

Be grateful for what you have now.


As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at how many thoughts come back to you of more things to be grateful for.


Not much would change without creativity…


so do what makes you happy.




It’s an inside kind of day

And the weather here changes again.

Today we’re getting lots of rain and thunderstorms.

Admittedly, I’m a big fan of thunderstorms – strange, perhaps, but true!

But they do put a damper (ahem, ‘damper’… get it?! haha!!) on any outdoor activities.

So this is how we’re passing the time today:


Ok, really it’s mostly this:


Best way to spend a rainy day!



Lookie what I saw today!!


Yep! That’s a big ol’ robin!

Don’t get your hopes up, though – Spring is still about a month away.


(sidebar: isn’t the sky color just amazing?!)

Plus, my Gram always said that in this area the true bird-sign of spring is the sighting of Red-winged Black Birds – and she was very wise so I believe it.

So when I see one, you’ll be the first to know!