Wednesday, January 31, 2007
6. I like boxes. Now as an adult, I've stuck to cool decorative boxes.. my prize possession is a puzzle box from Turkey. As a kid, I even liked cardboard boxes.. is there anything more fun than making forts and things out of boxes?? :)
5. I have been wearing a silver bracelet for about 20 years... only take it off if I go swimming. I love silver jewelry and am always picking up new little pieces.. but I usually don't wear it more than a couple of weeks and it ends up in the jewelry box. Except my bracelet.
4. I'm a collector of scrapbooking supplies. I used to paper scrap a lot... but now, if I scrap, it's mostly digital... but I still buy a lot of supplies and tools... I'm addicted to it.
3. I'm going to NYC in March (no that's not weird)... but I'm going with 2 others... one of them I've never met.. the other one I've only met once... Anna... Melinda... you know who you are! :)
2. I have an overly sensitive sense of smell.. especially when it comes to perfumes and colognes... I don't understand how people can put that stuff on so strong and not realize they are asphyxiating the rest of the world!
1. I like twigs... pictures of twigs... (okay.. this one should be obvious by now)... so it shouldn't surprise anyone that I'll probably be posting more twig shots before this challenge is over!
Okay... Now it's my turn... I'm tagging Melinda, Anna, Greg, Denise, Karrie, and Mike. So there!
My apartment complex is on this lake and I have always loved this view from around the bend. Today I finally snapped a quick shot on my way to work this morning.
When I took the picture of the flag yesterday, I turned down a street I have never been on before and found this old cemetery. Today I stopped by there to take a few pictures.
I want to go back when the light is different. After lunch today the clouds moved in again and by the time I got off work it was overcast and getting dark. I'll try it again another day.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I also stopped to snap a shot of this flag. It's out every day on this fence and I just like the look of it. Just a simple show of patriotism.
Monday, January 29, 2007
I love how the tree shadows created the straight lines on the path... This path leads to one of the local piers.. and I headed back over there after work.
The sun was just getting to that really pretty golden stage.
This little inlet was just up the path from the pier. That's about as far as I would go by myself in the evening and I'm glad I did... The sun and shadow really made this pop..
Then, of course, my usual twig picture... moon and twig again. What can I say.. I love the twigs.. and when the moon is in just the right spot, I can't resist taking the shot.
Finally, the colors really started to pop after the sun went down.. I can't decide which of these I like better.... this one?? or..
A family came to the pier and was asking me about the pictures. The wife asked me if pictures of the Mobile skyline showed the buildings really clearly. I told her with my lens, they wouldn't be great.. but I decided to give it a try.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Of course, it helps that the sky was cooperating. Now I'm tired... all that fresh air! :)
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I finally got my new gas grill set up and working on my balcony. Now you have to understand... I'm scared to death of fire and gas in the same vincinty... I mean really, what kind of idiot turns on gas and puts a match to it?? But, my apartment complex changed the rules.. no more charcoal grilling.. Since I really love to grill, I finally broken down and got a gas grill. Today a friend helped me get it upstairs.. so once it was hooked up.. I threw a couple of salmon filets and some chicken breast on to grill.. I'm going to love being able to grill again.. and not having to wait for the coals to get ready will be wonderful..
Of course, I love the twig shots.. I was struggling to frame this one with the moon.. couldn't get the angle I wanted from my balcony, but it didn't turn out too bad.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I've never quite understood why rabbit's feet are lucky... just the whole thought of them kind of creeps me out... I tend to think a rabbit that retains its feet are the lucky ones... :) Okay.. so I'm in a weird mood today.. blame it on the rain that came back today... yuck! I wasn't in the mood to get out and get pictures, but when I spotted this sweet bunny I grabbed my camera and got out to take a shot. Of course it took off pretty quickly so this is just about all I managed.
Friday, January 26, 2007
You can always find seagulls around here. I liked the look of these two... I think they are ignoring each other.
I am always watching for herons.. would love to get a GREAT shot... this one and the one below are some of the best I've ever gotten. This second one was almost an accident... I sure didn't plan it.
Now this next shot I planned. I saw these two walking.. saw the way the sunset was looking... and knew I could get a great silhouette... it turned out better than I thought it would...
And finally my favorite of the whole day!
This was one of the last shots I took... it was a 20 second exposure that was front lighted by a street light. I wanted to get that star in the frame and I love how it turned out.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Yep... another twig shot.. but see that blue sky.... it was beautiful!
Then I got to work and the main conference room was set up for CPR class... this was a weird site to walk in on..
Lunch with friends today at Guido's. I love this place... a little spot where they have the best food... Those are my friends in the middle.
The menu is put on the chalkboard each day and items erased as they run out. I had the crab cakes with creole sauce today.... yummmm... The salmon, the veal marsala, and the grouper are all good too although the sauce on the fish changes depending on who's cooking..
After work I headed out to the causeway to see what was out there... I've been wanting to shoot this shed for a while... I love the colors and things were just really intense looking tonight..
Then I headed over to another favorite spot on the causeway and found the pelicans hanging out. I got a TON of shots of them... but this is one of my favorites...
And even a heron... although shortly after this the pelicans ran him off...
It was great to be outside and really enjoying it today... And to catch the pelicans at the end of the day.. well they are some of my favorites so you can imagine that it just made my day.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
After a few shots, she let me know she was bored with the whole process.
I'm lucky to have such a sweet, sometimes cooperative, housemate. :)
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Today was another busy day.. with lots of frustrations at work.. and of course limited time in daylight... at least the rain sort of cleared up for a little while. So after work, since I needed some makeup, I headed over the Merle Norman. I love the store here because they'll do a facial on you anytime you drop in, no charge. Of course, I always buy something so maybe that's why Tressie is so good to me. Since my face has been horrible since I was so sick last week, I really wanted that facial... and while I was there, I noticed this mask. I really could have used a mask like this at work today to hide some of my feelings... lots of change in the air.. lots of stress.. It's just got to get better.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The dime was first. It took about 4 attempts before I got this one.
Then it was the bracelet... This is a stone bracelet, thick like a cuff, but put together with elastic thread.
This next one is the top of a box a friend gave me. Its made of straw and decorated with cracked eggshells. These are tiny little pieces of eggshell. The biggest piece is not much bigger than the lead at the tip of a pencil.
Then I took some of those little straws (the really thin ones) and taped a group together.. I love how this turned out... Sharpness is a real issue though with the tiny DOF.
Okay... I'm hooked on this... don't be surprised to see more... maybe some flowers...
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Made a quick trip out today and got these shots.... I hope to spend a bit more time out during this next week.. when I can get away from the office..
In the meantime, seagulls and shrimpboats are such a common sight around here, it just seemed natural to get a shot of them. The seagull is probably not the best quality, but there is something about the picture I really like.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Once again I've resorted to taking pictures of my sweet kitty... she's been my constant companion all week while I've been holed up here. She sleeps alot during the day (well we both have been) but she likes to play at night when I'm still wanting to sleep... mostly she likes to play with my feet when I move them under the covers.. thank goodness for the thickness of the feather comforter.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
After surviving the worse set of chills I ever remember experiencing this morning, and then sleeping away most of the day, I'm up and moving again.. at least a little. So I took the time to set up and snap a quick shot... Nothing exciting, but at least it's something.