Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Circle of Friends

I am blessed with a wonderful circle of friends!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Simple Blessings

I like surprises that make me smile inside — out-of-the-blue moments that give a boost to dry routine. Like a sudden burst of warm sunshine on a blustery afternoon, an unexpected hug from a giggling toddler, or an old friend standing at my door with a loaf of warm bread and two plates. Simple blessings that lift me up.

~Missy Buchanan

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fire in the Sky

Thanksgiving morning I was busy working and had been in a room with the drapes closed. When I walked into my living room…that has windows all across the front…I was astonished to see a blazing red sky; the whole room was enveloped in an intensely bright red glow. Such a dazzling sight I’ve never seen!

Knowing the magical moment was about to slip away, I dashed upstairs and grabbed my camera out of its bag.

I knew there was not a moment to waste. Forgetting about a tripod…or even a jacket…I hurried outside. Much to my dismay, the fire in the sky had already subsided. In fact, in just the 30 seconds it took to shoot half-dozen images, the dramatic color in the sky disappeared completely.

This photo (color is much more vibrant on my computer) was shot hand-held on Aperture Priority (F8.0, 1/30) and is straight from the camera (no computer manipulation of color). It’s a scene I’ve posted before, but the only one available to me on a moment’s notice!

My friend, Leslie, spotted the fire in the sky Thanksgiving morning as well…and she did a great job of capturing that magical moment. You can see for yourself at:

Sunday, November 28, 2010


There is always something for which to be thankful.

~Charles Dickens

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Appearances are Deceiving

It matters not what’s on the outside…

It’s the inside that counts.

Beauty is not in the face;

Beauty is a light in the heart.

~ Khalil Gibran

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Challenges Bring Opportunities

“The pessimist sees challenges in every opportunity and the optimist sees opportunities in every challenge.”

~Winston Churchill

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Driver!

“Sunday driver!” we’d shout in fun at the slowpoke car in front of us.

Growing up, the term “road rage” hadn’t been invented yet. So when we kids were bouncing along in the back seat (that was before seat belts!) while Daddy drove and Mommy sat beside him, holding the baby in her lap (before mandatory car seats, too!)…we’d simply giggle and yell “Sunday driver!” as Daddy sped by the poky car ahead of us.

Ah, one more sweet memory…and yet another “Bits ‘n Pieces” of my life!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Point After

Sometimes that’s all it takes.

William & Mary won their Homecoming game yesterday…by one point!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Drive-By Shooting

My friend is a wonderful photographer, and he continually amazes me with the images he produces from the inside of his car. While we all know that texting while driving is illegal, nobody ever told Steve he couldn’t shoot while cruising down the highway!

Yesterday as my husband and I were running errands, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, revealing a beautiful autumn morning. I thought of my friend and tried emulating his technique. While I can’t claim his fame…these were, after all, shot from the passenger side of the vehicle…they were taken as we traveled down the highway at 50 m.p.h.

Steve…these are for you! J

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I wonder...

I wonder why barns are always red?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Anniversary Wishes

One year ago today, Dee and Jack exchanged wedding vows.

Wishing you both all the happiness your hearts can hold.

Happy 1st Anniversary, Dee and Jack!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Autumn has arrived!

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Foto Fun

My friends and I had fun yesterday, clowning around with some stiff we met on the street.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Grab Shot

A few weeks ago I was walking along Main Street, when this big truck came roaring down the street. As it slowed to make a turn, I grabbed this shot. Not my best work, but it IS colorful.

Which brings me to my point. “A Splash of Color” was my intended post for today. Not a splash of color from a truck, but a splash of color from flowers.

So what happened? Your guess is as good as mine!

Over the course of a few frustrating hours, numerous attempts were made to upload the flower image. However, each endeavor resulted in something called “Internal Error.”

Hmmm. Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? I wondered if it meant my internal or its internal. Things were getting just a bit too personal.

I finally surrendered and grabbed this shot instead…and it worked. Go figure.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Early Morning Light

The beautiful glow of early morning light lured me away from my soothing cup of tea.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Gift of Knowledge

My son, a voracious reader, gave himself a gift. He purchased it online, sight unseen, and had it shipped here. It will be waiting for him when he comes home for the holidays, but in the meantime, here is a sneak peek for him!

A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


NO Bicycles or Skateboards

What about photographers?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Umbrella Wisdom

Nobody will lend you an umbrella when it’s raining.

~Really important stuff my kids have taught me by Cynthia L. Copeland

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Then and Now



Vanessa and Dave…friends from childhood to adulthood.

Friends are the sunshine of life! ~ John Hay

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Main Street

Spent a lovely afternoon on Main Street with friends.

Remember…it’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hoop Girl

Look at the size of that earring. I once had a hula-hoop smaller than that! J

Monday, August 16, 2010

Be thankful for the Past,

Have courage for the Present,

And have faith for the Future.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

…was first lighted on July 10, 1860 and has been operated by the United States Coast Guard since 1939.

View approaching the lighthouse…

Views from the top…

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Looks like somebody I know!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lucky shot!

Last week my husband and I were out for a drive and stopped at a red light. Just before the light turned green, I realized I was sitting in front of a photo op. Luckily, my camera was plopped on my lap, ready to shoot. I quickly fired off a shot…there was no time to compose…and hoped for the best.

I think I was lucky!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Connie's Party

To Jayme:

Thank you so much for helping me photograph Connie’s retirement party last night. I really appreciate your support!

We must have looked professional, because one partygoer asked if we were partners, and another asked if we do weddings! J

I love the image you posted, and can’t wait to see the rest of your photos!

Now here are a few of mine…

Happiness is not solitary, but social; and so we can never have it without sharing it with others. ~Henry Van Dyke

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It is NOT Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

…but it IS Mrs. Fields’!

Take time to enjoy quiet moments with yourself for inner reflection.

~Author Unknown

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I “sworda” like this one!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Seashell Art

Time you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted.

~John Lennon

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's never too late act on your dreams.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Jack gets promoted!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Each happiness of yesterday

Is a memory for tomorrow.

~George Webster Douglas

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pictures of Pictures

Photography serves at least two important functions: it not only preserves our memories, but it also provides a visual documentation of our history.

A few days ago, members of my photo group spent a couple of hours at the County Archives, poring over old photographs for our exciting new project, Main Streets of Montgomery County.

Image #75 depicts the NW corner of Main and Center Streets in Fonda, circa 1926.

#514 portrays Main Street in Fonda “before the demolition.” Can anyone help identify the year? The auto in the lower LH corner may provide somewhat of a clue.

You’re probably shaking your head and wondering what in the world does #586 have to do with Main Streets? The answer is nothing. I was simply intrigued with this 1976 image of the Fonda Bicentennial Committee. I recognized several people on the Committee, including my 9th grade science (or was it math?) teacher and a current co-worker! How many people can YOU name?

Considering these images were shot thru plastic sleeves under fluorescent lighting at ISO 3200, I was pleasantly surprised at the results. Of course, these photos would not have been possible without the assistance of my friend, Steve, who did a terrific job of helping to minimize the glare by holding the binder upright…and steady…while I photographed. Thanks for your help, Steve!

Friday, July 9, 2010


In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." (

This was my first attempt at bokeh, and I found it to be incredibly difficult and challenging. Nevertheless, I gave it a shot!

Thanks for the assignment, Linda. It was certainly a learning experience I won’t soon forget! “If at first you don’t succeed…try, try again!”

And I will.