Saturday, November 26, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11-27-11

WAITING stoplight and brakelights through a rainy windshield

FOLIAGE speaks for itself

CANDID the Birthday Boy

Hi! I was a bit worried when I saw the list of prompts for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. I didn't get much photo time this week, so I was a couple of pictures short for the categories. I went to my Grand-baby Ethan's Birthday party Saturday night and Kim and I were discussing the prompts. This week they are: Waiting, Foliage, Candid, Knife, Fork or Spoon and Rule of Thirds. I knew I had Foliage, and didn't think Candid would be hard, but Waiting? As we were discussing this, my brilliant (favorite) Son Aaron said "Take a picture of some brake lights on your way home waiting at a stoplight" So I did, so easy and such a fun picture too. I took a picture of Kim's piece of cake with her fork and then came Rule of Thirds. Wouldn't you know Aaron once again helped me out. He went outside and saw the streetlight with the rain and trees and told me I had to snap a picture because it was so amazing. he was right! Thanks for all the help Aaron, I couldn't have done it without you.

I Heart Macro 11-26-11

OK - do you see it?
Pretty leaf at Rotary Gardens
Bare Branches
Thanksgiving Toast
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It was a rough week photo wise. Between the Thanksgiving holiday, the weather and Grand-angel Ethan's 2nd Birthday, time spent outdoors was sparse. Kim and I managed to sneak a little time in on Friday to get together and have some coffee before heading out to our local Rotary Gardens and then to the bead shop. I hope your week was as great as mine was!

Look Who is 2!

Ethan Michael is 2 years old today! It is so hard to believe, this 2 years have flown by.
Ethan, you are such a sweet boy and a joy to us all. I don't know what we ever did without you all these years. You are always such a ham, and love when you have an audience to show off all your dance moves and charming ways to. You also have such a sweet and caring way about you. I love you little man, more than you could possibly know. Happy Birthday, Grandma loves you very much.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so much in my life to be thankful for. My Family, my Friends, my hobbies and all of my blog friends too. I hope your day was even half as wonderful as mine was. I leave this short post with a picture I took today of a flock of wild turkey's I came across today while on my way to my Daughter's home for Thanksgiving dinner. If only they knew.....

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sweet Shot Tuesday 11-22-11

Sweet Shot Day

I decided to use this picture for "Sweet Shot Tuesday" as well as "World Bird Wednesday". I snapped this one at our local Coffee Shop. This is a Goldfinch in flight. I am sure loving my camera, I especially love getting these birds in flight shots. I wish I could find some larger birds, I would especially love a hawk or an owl. Wish I know where to find one. These little guys are hard to get! Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday

I am finding more and more photo challenges that I want to participate in. I just stumbled across this one and decided to give it a try. I love taking pictures full of shadows and light play. Sounds right up my alley! For this week, I am posting a shot I took of a staircase in our downtown area. I loved the colors and the way the shadows became such an important part of the photo.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Heart Macro 11-20-11

Last of the Leaves
Chilly Mourning Dove
Downed Tree
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mossy Oak

Tree Fungus

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. John Lubbock

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I cannot believe how quickly the weeks are flying! Seems like I just posted "I Heart Macro" yesterday. I went for a Nature walk with SIL Kim and her 2 boys last Saturday. We had a blast, it is so fun to see things through a child's eyes. We went to a small wooded area right in the middle of town. I was surprised to see Whitetail Deer droppings and tracks. No, I did NOT take a picture of the droppings for proof. You will just have to take my word for it....haha!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11-20-11

Mainly One Color #1 Staircase
Mainly One Color #2 Railing around Rock River Downtown Janesville
Around the Home House Finch I shot in our tree
Reflection tree reflected in a buildings window
Writing on a statue in the Courthouse square
Water Rock River in Riverside Park

I am once again participating in Ashley Sisk's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. I am really enjoying this challenge because it makes me think outside the box! I am usually more of a nature photographer, but some of the prompts wouldn't be as effective using strictly nature shots. I really had fun with all the beautiful architecture around my home town.
This weeks prompts are as follows: 1. Mainly one color 2. Around the Home 3. Reflection 4. Writing 5. Water. My SIL Kim and I met yet again at our local coffee shop for breakfast/lunch on Friday. We were joined by Jess (daughter) and Ethan (grandson)and even Son in law Mike made an appearance! We needed to figure out where we wanted to go for our weekly photo shoot. Kim suggested downtown Janesville, I was game, so off we went! What a great day we had even though it was in the upper 20's early in the day, and super windy. Most of the photos I am posting today are from that trip. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Heart Macro 11-13-11

studio waterstone

My love affair with Queen Ann's Lace continues.


Leaf Puppet

Weird fungus


What a beautiful week we had here is Wisconsin! The weather is beautiful, a bit chilly, but the air is crisp and fresh. Perfect weather for spending time outside with a camera! SIL Kim and I went for a hike on a local Ice Age Trail in one of our many parks. Of course, we took our cameras. I hope you enjoy some of the many pictures I captured on our walk. Check out her blog for more!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Please excuse my mess....

My blog is under construction! I want a much cleaner, simpler look with larger pictures and less "stuff". I will continue posting, but it won't be pretty.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sweet Shot Tuesday 11-8-11

My SIL Kim and I went for a long nature walk yesterday. We went to a local park and found an Ice Age Trail. I think we walked about 5 miles, and even got a little lost and ended up on the golf Course! The walk was a tough one, uphill and trecherous footing, but it was so worth it for the shots we got! The river water was so calm, it looked like glass. I loved the reflective quality of it. Here are some of my favorite shots, posted for Sweet Shot Tuesday.

WBW Downy Woodpecker

Hi everyone, it is World Bird Wednesday, and time for another bird picture. I went to our local coffee shop with SIL Kim. While we sat on the deck drinking our Chai and eating scones, I saw this beautiful little woodpecker in the trees. I was able to snap several shots of him. I think woodpeckers are my favorite type of bird. They are so pretty, and there are so many varieties, from large to small. I believe this is a Downy Woodpecker. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11-6-11

In disguise

Photographers Choice

My goodness, 2 posts in 1 day!? What is going on? I am having fun, that is what's going on! I decided to participate in another photo challenge this week. It is called Scavenger Hunt Sunday. This weeks prompts sounded enticing, so I thought I would give it a try. I hope you like my takes on the subject matters. Have a wonderful week, I know I will!

I Heart Macro 11-6-11

studio waterstone
Lonely little pinecone on the end of a branch
I was within 2 feet of this Mourning Dove.
Some flowers in surprising condition for November.
Nuthatch so close I could almost touch him!
Moss on a down tree

This week was a pretty busy week for me. My hubby was out of town deer-hunting all week, so I took advantage of it and spent a lot of time outside. We had some gorgeous weather for November, upper 50's to low 60's and a lot of sun. Kim (Jumbled Hutch) and I got together a few times during the week for coffee and breakfast/lunch followed by some time with nature. We always have the best time and share wonderment with our discoveries. It is so nice to have so much in common with someone, from art to nature. Both my girls and my grandbabies get in on the fun as well. The little ones have such a good time outside. Kileigh has really gotten in to photography as well. I will have to post a couple of her pictures one of these weeks. She has a great eye for 3!