Sharing the beauty of the world through photography and writings.
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. " .... Ansel Adams
Welcome to my blog for photographers and nature lover's around the world. I hope you enjoy my chitter chatter about life, nature, gardening...and a little bit of kitchen.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Total devotion.



Door greeter.

Always there for matter. what.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Framing It

You can take a photograph where the subject is not even centered...and make it the center of attention with a bit of 'framing'. This was a shape worked into the side of the bridge as part of the 'architectural design'. It's a perfect view for an awesome candid photograph.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Winter Home

Even in the dead of winter, there are discoveries to be made everywhere. Sometimes even in your own backyard. Discoveries that appear on pathways that you have travelled so many times. Look around. You might find something in places you never thought you would find them.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day to ALL

Fire and Ice Event in Sturgeon Bay on Valentine's weekend. It was great fun filled with ice and snow sculptures, walking through the city, people watching, spending time with awesome friends, a great dinner and dancing....and lighthouse searching. A getaway weekend well worth it!!!

The details on this sculpture are amazing.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Looking Through

Have I mentioned that one of my favorite things is taking pictures 'through things'? Have I mentioned that one of my favorite things is wide apertures? Have I mentioned that moments like this....make some winter days....worth the cooped up moments?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

To Hike...or Not

I can't imagine being at a point where I couldn't walk....couldn't hike off into the woods....on a snow laden, winter day...or any day throughout the year, for health reasons.

To not be able to enjoy the crunch of the ground, snow laden or not.

To not be able to discover the simplicity of a sumac spent blossom in its rosy winter color. (Wide aperture wonders.)

To not have the opportunity to 'stumble' across the quaint, hidden treasures of the forest pathways. (Remember ....don't look just straight ahead. You never know what you will miss.)

(Photos taken at Butler Lake Loop Trail - Northern Kettle Moraine)

I can't imagine not being able to enjoy the world of wilderness.

I hope....I won't ever have to. Experience it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The View

Sometimes...the same view point....seems like the same shot....over and over and over...
Change it up a bit. Take the shot from a different viewpoint. Get down to the same level...or just below....of the subject. Focus on something totally unexpected. Or better yet....

Make the subject...something totally off the wall...or the floor....depending on who you are.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Someone told me once that the desert was ugly....then....I took a trip from Houston to Los Angeles. The smorgasbord of rock formations and earthen colors was breathtaking.

Winter, in the MidWest, isn't something that many residents look forward to. Four to six months of being locked up inside, bundled in extra layers of clothing, sitting by firesides, drinking hot brews from coffee to teas, cuddling and getting caught up with literature.

Some...brave the rid, if even for a short while, the winter blues. Some...upon a treasure hunt for gifts of nature.....will pleasantly surprised by the icy treats that await.

What treasures have you unexpectedly found during your escape from winter?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Furried Friends

Pets. You've got to love 'em!!!

Face it...they are part of the family. They are kids...or in some families...they are boss.

Thank you to all of you who have allowed me to photograph these special members of your family.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Post Processing

Truthfully....I'm ...well it just isn't an area I have excelled at. I haven't taken a lot of time to figure it out. to do whatever I can to get it right when I am standing behind the camera. I have a job that requires me to be behind a computer...10 hours too long each day...five days a week...and other than being able to satisfy my writing cravings...I don't want to spend a lot of processing on my photograhs. I like the creative part of actually taking the photo...getting it naturally...simply....candidly as often as possible.

Sometimes....sometimes...that 'serendipity' perspective shows up and surprises me....and I get that magical, mystic 'post processing' look that really natural as possible.
The above was taken recently during my personal weekly photographic subject of 'night, long exposure' shots as I attempt to 'expand my horizons' and creativity 'thru my looking glass'.
Someday...soon...I'll dive in deeper to the entire software version of post processing outside of the little tweaks I currently quickly as possible. My PS7...calls me quite often. I hear it. I acknowledge it...some day....I'll check out it's full potential.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My ...Techniques

I am asked quite often what my favorite thing is to photograph. Well....that is a really deep question. Even when I was growing up...I can't say I ever had a 'favorite' toy. I'm...for the most part....just an easy going, even tempered (yes...even as a true redhead), easy to please...simple person.

But....if I had to choose one thing that I would photograph for the rest of my life...hopefully making enough off of it to pay the would have to me nature/wildlife photography.

I took a macro course at my most favorite camera shop last summer and fell in love with macro photography. Since I love the outdoors and gardening, it all just fell together. If you have visited my website, you will notice the massive floral photos that comprise probably more than 75% of my photo archives. That and landscapes themselves.

I have only 2009...had a growing interest in portrait photography. If I would always be candid stuff. I've been asked to do family event photography and I always enjoy get people in their 'natural habitat' per se, to catch that natural smile...or other document with photographs...their special day.

Children...are so awesome.
graduates...rate up there with the best. make a long story short...give me a camera...I'll do whatever I can to find the magic in anything.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

BFF Model

So....I introduced I must introduce the best model a photographer could possibly ever GR...Lexi.

I just couldn't ask for a more patient, forgiving model. She has given me copyright release to every picture I take of her...allows me to post it and share it....wherever I want. She pay....just a meal or two here and there, a roof over her head, some non-stop continuous petting, a bath, pedicure and refreshed 'do' (hairbrushing) on a regular basis. Oh yeah.....and a warm bed to sleep in, a ham bone to chew on, a visit to grandma's and a regular walk...regardless of the temperatures outside. I...entertain all of these a reasonable far as I'm concerned. And although it isn't always as she wishes....she puts up..With me...and my photographic requirements of her.

...every event

Every Holiday

Every season

during workouts

or naps

She supports me...and many days....saves itself!!!