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Posted by on Jul 8, 2010 in photography | 0 comments

Team-Up Thursday – July 8, 2010

I’ve decided to ask a different friend to participate in Team-Up Thursday every week. This week I asked Shannon, whose blog is filled with cute boys and other wondrous stuff. We’ve known each other for Internet-forever. I’m glad she participated even though she’s relaxing at the beach this week.

Then again, the beach was perfect, as I went out to the lake as well.

Team-Up Thursday

Her photo is on the left, mine is on the right. Makes me want to go back to the lake today.

I’ll have another post much later this evening for today’s Picture Summer challenge, though I have no idea how I’m going to shoot anything for this particular one. Hmm.

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2010 in photography | 0 comments

Picture Summer – Day 5

Today’s challenge was something to do with water. We were told we could stay simple or get festive. I chose somewhere in between.

I took some water, a glass, my mini-roses in various shades of living and withering and, voila!

July 5, 2010

I chose this one because of the dark background on the upper third (inside of a shaded bush) and the water droplets on the outside as well as the water bubbles on the flowers themselves. And just because I felt like it.

Some outtakes that made me smile.

Outtake 1

Outtake 2

Interesting tidbit: those roses are all from the same bush. They are coral when they first bloom. As they wither, they become a deep pink color. They’re lovely. I adore them.

Lastly, this photo was taken while out on assignment today. A wonderful and friendly lady was watering her plants despite the 90 degree weather. I fell in love with how perfect her cone flowers were, and she let me take a photo.

Cone Flowers

There’s still time to join Picture Summer. GO!

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2010 in photography | 0 comments

Picture Summer – Day 4

Today’s challenge involved taking our cameras along with us and capturing whatever it is that we were doing. Except that I knew I’d be traveling about today (and losing my wallet at a gas station in my hometown; word to the wise: don’t lose your wallet on a holiday weekend, sigh), so I whipped out a photo this morning during my coffee and reading time on the deck.

Whatever I'm Doing

That’s not to say that I didn’t take a lot of photos today. I was actually working on a photo assignment at my parents Farm out in the back 40 with the boys. I can’t currently show the results but I can share an outtake or two.



Kids are so cooperative. But not.

At least flowers are.


We also spent most of the day swimming. My mom found Puddle Jumpers by Stearns and I have two very happy, confident little swimmers. I imagine by next year they’ll be swimming without floatie-device assistance. For now, the jumping is good.


I’ll be traveling early in the morning but should find ample opportunity to tackle whatever task Tracey throws at us tomorrow! In the meantime, don’t forget to join Picture Summer, open to all until July 7!

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Posted by on Jul 3, 2010 in photography | 3 comments

Picture Summer – Day 2

Today’s challenge was splashy. I was initially panicked. We don’t have a pool. We don’t utilize our city’s pool. We weren’t going to the lake or fishing on the river. And we didn’t even have any rain puddles to jump in! I considered dropping ice cubes in a glass of water, but I got distracted with work and ran out of time.

After I finished shooting a baseball game, I went to the pond at the park and hoped some ducks would be splashing.

This guy? Was not. But his reflection made me happy.


Then I found baby ducks! I audibly gasped and snap-snap-snapped.

Baby Ducks! SQUEE

I finally resigned myself to taking a picture of the fountain. I mean, it looked okay.

Fountain Splash

As I started walking away, The Mean Goose (TM) started showing off. He was dipping his head in the water and flicking it back. This is the same goose who charged us on a walk last year. I have a series of photos of him getting closer and closer and closer and, OMG!TOO!CLOSE! Apparently he wanted to make up for it.

This is the photo I entered today. I am deeply pleased.

I think he was pleased with himself too.

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