spending all day sitting through a defensive driving course, I was
eager to grab my camera and start hunting for “something with
stripes.” My husband decided to tag along, and we headed to town.
had barely hit the road when he slammed on the brakes.
“There's your stripes!” my husband exclaimed. I looked out the window in
disbelief. Roadkill? “You've got to be kidding!” He wasn't, so
I dutifully took the shot and got back in the car.
had a barbershop in the back of my mind for this assignment, so that
was our first stop once we arrived in town.
barber pole wasn't as colorful as I'd expected and this image did
nothing for me. The hunt continued. Go
west, young man.
I instructed my driver to go north. We'd only driven
a couple of blocks when the hunt for stripes ended. “Pull over
here!” I cried.
wish there had been a breeze to capture the flag in full glory, but I
really liked the juxtaposition of the two forms of stripes against
the deep blue sky.
this week's schedule did not allow time for hunting and
photographing our Scavenger Hunt topic. Fortunately, I found a few recent images in my photo library that fit the topic!
image posted above was taken in Saratoga Springs this past July
during a “street photography” shoot with my photo group. My
friend, Steve, was the first to spot this photo op. We moved closer to
the stranger, and pretended to fiddle with our cameras while
surreptitiously shooting our subject. Steve captured a terrific
image of the “sunglasses” lady!
used my long lens and zoomed across the street to capture this scene
my trip to D.C. in May? There was a whole stadium of strangers at
the Washington Nationals baseball game!
arrived Monday night, our power/phone/Internet went out.They were still out the next
afternoon.Eager to get out of the
house (and hoping to catch some “storm” images for this week’s Scavenger Hunt),
I tagged along with my husband on errands.
the way to town, I mentioned that I would wait for him in the truck while he
shopped in his “man” store.I was
perfectly content to people watch while passing the time.Being the considerate person that he
is, my husband made a quick stop at Stewart’s and surprised me by coming out
with a newspaper.
stop:the “man” store. While I waited in the truck, did I read the newspaper that my
husband so thoughtfully purchased for me?Of course not!The whole
time he was gone, I was busily photographing the
newspaper!My husband got a big
chuckle out of that.
never did capture any “storm” images. Thankfully, Sandy didn’t wreak too
much havoc in our area.Other than
some stormy looking clouds, it was business as usual in the Glove cities.
This week’s scavenger hunt was to photograph “something you
Our leader thinks the topic is rather boring, but I
disagree.I’m curious to see what
people collect, and why they collect them.You’ll probably laugh out loud when you see my collection!
I can’t really tell you why I
collect this item, but I can tell you I began my collection at least 35 to 40
years ago.A few pieces in my
collection have even come from as far away as France (courtesy of my niece).
My collection definitely
shows its age.Over the years the
pieces have faded and torn; some are barely readable.Each one, though, is a piece of pop culture that evokes
memories of the past.
our leader posted this week’s Scavenger List, my heart sank. Where was I going to find that? I pondered this question for a few days
before an idea emerged.
the most likely place to find spirits would be in a graveyard, I headed to the
nearest cemetery and prepared to catch my ghost. Unsure of what I’d see, I certainly wasn’t expecting this
I scurried off, only to fall into a hole camouflaged by tall grass. “Ouch!” Twisting my foot, I cried out in pain as I sank to the
ground. I was helpless and
at the mercy of the spirit world!
the next ghostly soul who appeared was angelic in nature and allayed my fears.
week’s assignment was to hunt for “something that has had a better day.”Our scavenger hunt leader, being the
humorous guy he is, couldn’t resist adding “But no self-portraits!”Very funny.
through Gloversville, I hunted for the perfect subject.Bingo!I went back a few days later to capture my subject in the
late evening light.
as I began shooting, some guy came along and talked my ear off about this old
house.He told me it’s slated to
be demolished (what a shame, he said!), and went on to point out all the
beautiful features of the Victorian architecture.
Whipping out his smart phone, he rambled
on about his love of Victorian style homes as he pulled up a photo to share
with me.The image was of a
beautiful Victorian dwelling that’s for sale in a nearby city.The price?Only $1.6 million, he said…and definitely in much better
shape than this old house!
I must confess…these images were taken last month when I was
in Louisiana for my nephew’s wedding.
The Big Day was hot and steamy when family congregated at my
brother’s house for lunch. While
the adults lounged poolside, my nephew’s cousins had a ball jumping in the
Since these were “jumping” images that I had already taken, I
tried really hard to photograph specifically for this week’s Scavenger
Hunt. When I couldn’t find a
model, I was forced to jump in for a self-portrait.
I set up a black towel as a backdrop, donned a pair of
brightly colored (Easter) socks, and started jumping!
Have you stopped laughing
yet? Hey…you gotta give me credit
First, I rummaged around my house, searching for
“smart.”I found it!
Next, I hunted through my photo library for images that
embody the word “smart.”I found
it there, too!
In my opinion, Dr. King was a great man who personified the
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened to the public
on August 22, 2011.Interestingly,
its official address (1964 Independence Avenue, S.W.) commemorates the year
that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.I had the opportunity to visit this
magnificent national park when I was in D.C. this past May.
On this week’s Scavenger Hunt list: “glass/crystal”
I didn’t have to go far to find my subject.
On my desk sits a clear, glass cube paperweight with a large
black “P” on one side. Inscribed
on another side is Rudyard Kipling’s famous quote: “I keep six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and
Written on the next side is: “what”… “Never say no…say catalog!”
Engraved on side four is:
“why”… “Sales, profit & customer service!” and “when”…”EVERYDAY!”
Then, “how”… “Let catalog serve your special needs!”
Next, “where”… “Storewide” and “who”… “You and every associate!”
There is nothing particularly impressive about this paperweight. The glass is considerably scratched, a
telltale sign of its age. But it
is quite special to me, simply because it belonged to my father.
My dad was a JCPenney store
manager, and a “company” man through and through. This paperweight, meant as a motivational tool, sat on his
desk for many years. Now it sits
on mine. I see it everyday and
think of that very special man who I called Dad.
The photo group I belong to is doing a “Photo Scavenger
Hunt.”Our team organizer will
email us a weekly “list” to photograph.If we choose to participate, we have one week to hunt, photograph, and
post the image(s) to our individual blogs.
Here is our first week’s “list”:
“Photograph a ‘something’ that separates
something/anything else’ into TWO sections.”
Field trip time!My photo group went to Saratoga one afternoon this week.Our assignment:black/white street photography.We were instructed to shoot in b/w, but
I found some scenes that I just had to capture in living color.
Many of my co-workers will not be returning when school
opens in September.A very good
friend of mine is one of those casualties.
Yesterday was my friend’s last day of employment.She called, excited about showing me a
“photo op.”That’s just like her,
always thinking of others.Concerned
about how she was holding up, I planned on popping in on her, anyway.Besides, I couldn’t let her go without
a goodbye hug!
When I arrived, on her desk was a gorgeous bouquet of
flowers – a very thoughtful gift from a co-worker.Her lovely flowers were ablaze with color and contrast.She was right; it was a beautiful photo
The above images are not of my friend’s flowers; they are
mine, a birthday gift a few months ago from another thoughtful friend.But they do represent a lovely act of
kindness by one individual to another.
Love and kindness are
never wasted.They always make a
difference.They bless the one who
receives them, and they bless you, the giver.~Barbara DeAngelis
is a permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in
Washington, D.C.This display is
the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White
House, and it includes all 43 past presidents of the United States.
had the opportunity to visit this gallery last month, and I really enjoyed the America’s
speaking, which presidential portrait is your favorite?(Please, no political comments!)J
favorite portrait is of President Bush.I think the artist really captured his personality.The painting was so realistic, that one
could almost believe President Bush was in the room!
accompanying narrative to President Nixon’s portrait stated that Norman
Rockwell purposely painted the President in a flattering manner.I found that tidbit amusing!
President Clinton’s portrait is quite
creative and unusual.Isn’t it
amazing how squares of abstract art can create such a recognizable
portrait?Even though that style
is not my personal preference, kudos to the artist!