Monday, October 31, 2011

Ninja Photographer

pine alley

My son routinely chastises me for my trespassing ways, afraid I'm going to get shot one of these days. I just can't seem to resist when I see the potential for a good shot.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Talking To Strangers

haney lane bridge

A few weeks ago, I was out on my morning walk when a man in a white truck slowed down and called me over. I admit, I was a little unsure what to do but I cautiously approached him. He said, "Hey, I see you every day out here with your camera...are you a photographer?" I just answer yes these days without any qualification.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Summing It Up

autumn vines
Scavenger Hunt Item #40: Fall/Autumn

Today I'm summing up my series of posts featuring photos from my retreat experience with a few items scavenger hunt items I collected during that time. I'm sure this won't be the last of my posts on the topic, but I'm ready to do some other stuff.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Attitude Of Gratitude


It is PhotoArt Friday again, and I've been saving today's image for the occasion.  As with all my photos this week, this one was also taken while on retreat.  I haven't picked up my camera all week!  Thanks to Linda Willets for identifying the flower as a Cosmos for me.  I jazzed it up and used Bonnie's "Soft Swirls" texture and added the subtle stripes using the gradient tool.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Going With the Flow of Life Where it Leads You

silky water

Four people were hiking on a wooded trail when they come upon a body lying face down next to a creek - the head hanging below the bank so far they could not see it. Cautiously, they approached while whispering to one another about what they fear they may have discovered.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Heads Up!


There's a bit of synchronicity happening with my usual Wednesday link ups. Not only is it What's Up Wednesday, but the theme for this weeks 52 Photos Project that opens up today is Look Up, What Do You See?"

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Falling Upward

fallen textured

"Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life."  ~John Muir

Even though it is already late October, the Autumn colors were just beginning to flare on the mountain this past weekend.  The first hard frost of the season is yet to come so the changing and fallen leaves were juxtaposed against the late blooming vibrant pink, purple and yellow flowers of summer.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Making Time

altar wreath

A year ago, when I told those close to me that I was going on a personal retreat to experience several days in solitude and silence,  I encountered mixed reactions.  Some were concerned that something was wrong, some thought it was such a great idea they wanted to go with me (uh...what part of solitude is confusing?), some expressed a bit of envy.  To the envious, I asked why they didn't do it?  Oh, there were many reason why they couldn't in spite of the wistful look in their eyes that told me they needed it - badly.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Coming Down From the Mountain

Valley Below St. Mary's

Did you miss me? I bet you didn't even notice I was gone. Since Thursday afternoon, I've been on personal retreat in the mountains of Sewanee, TN. This was my fifth such retreat in the past year, and as such, this particular soujourn to the mountain top represents the first anniversary of my initial visit here.

As I write, I've just cleared away the last of the dishes, packed most of my belongings in the car for the journey home. I'll post this blog entry from the main facility of the retreat center as my final act before leaving. Naturally, I have many more pictures and stories to share, but they will have to wait for now.

I'll see you back in the valley.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday Scavenger Share

#17 Fire
#17 Fire (bonfire at the parent's house)

I'm still plugging away on my Scavenger Hunt 101 project. Here are a few of the images I don't believe I've shared on my blog. Please forgive me if I've shared any of these before.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mixing it Up

autumn still life

Photo Art Friday has become one of my favorite linkups and although it is not a requirement, I try to use Bonnie's textures in my contributions to the link up. In this composition, I used her dark navy night, acceptance, and one life textures.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

This, That and The Other Thing

Sycamore Tree

It is once again "This or That" Thursday and the perfect excuse to throw together a bunch of images that I've been processing here and there while I have the time. My virtual work room is full of great photos from my trip up to the holler and I'm working through them as I can. The only unifying theme is that they were taken on the same day as the processing techniques vary widely.  Hope you enjoy them!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Seeing Red

bird on fence

Warm autumnal reds seem to be catching my eyes these days. Today's featured image was shot on my boyfriend's backyard fence which seems to be a popular resting spot for the neighborhood birds.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Double Barn Charm

lone oak barn 1

It seems I'm not the only one out of my normal routine this week. Kim Klassen is away at Camp Shutter Sisters, so there's no Texture Tuesday linkup today. So, I'll double up on Barn Charm today. These shots were also taken on my little Saturday detour off the interstate.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ole Blue Eyes

blue eye pony

My little detour on Saturday resulted in a wide variety of images and subjects. Considering how busy this week will be for me, that is a good thing since I don't know how much new photography will get done over the next few days. Yesterday was the first day in a long while that I took not a single photograph.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Week in Pictures: October 9-15

My Week in Pictures October 9-15

Sunday:  My parents' victrola

Monday:  Two images in one - trees in the morning and the moon at night

Tuesday:  Gumball "And Then Some" texture by Kim Klassen

Wednesday:  Happy Dahlias

Thursday:  Lunch hour at the pumpkin patch

Friday:  Morning Moon

Saturday:  Family time around the bonfire

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scavenger Hunting on Saturday Morning

#66 The use of an alternative energy source

My son and I had our Friday night date last night, and I was literally nodding off while we visited in his apartment afterward. So, I crashed on his sofa and headed home early this morning. With a busy day ahead of me, I had not planned any photography expeditions this morning. Then I saw it from the interstate - a windmill aerator. An alternative energy source is one of my scavenger hunt items, so I decided to get off the interstate and see if I could find my way closer.

Friday, October 14, 2011

How to Capture a Unique Pumpkin

medieval pumpkins

U 'neak up on it! Ok, that is a play on a really old and lame joke, but it is kind of what I did yesterday.

There is a pumpkin sale going on at a major intersection near where I work. I've been wanting to take my camera over there and snap some shots and yesterday seemed as good a day as any.

Down a hill below this corner there is a Walgreens.  I got some really great shots from this  low perspective looking up the hill from the parking lot. But, I needed to get closer and I felt guilty about "stealing" pumpkins. After all, it was a charity pumpkin sale.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Walking to the Rhythm of Life

daily practice
The distance between my house and the lane can be measured by the 
time it takes to drink one cup of coffee

Walking has always been a part of my life, even before I knew it was good for my health.  Walking was my meditation even before I knew what meditation was.  With the rhythm of each footfall, whatever jumble of thoughts, feelings, concerns, worries or ideas that accompany me assemble in an orderly fashion and fall in step as I move forward into my day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Moonlight Madness

Artsy Moon

Yesterday, the Inspiration Studio featured several harvest moon inspired images, which was all the encouragement I needed to branch out with some new moon compositions.   Unfortunately, it was a bit too hazy to get a good shot of the 100% full moon last night, but I have quite a few good ones in my stash now to play with.

Today's image was inspired by a painting they featured which used these wonderful artsy swirls and tons of texture. Shadowhouse Creations provided the textures and I used Jerry's "Hauntings-4: and "Stained-5."  The moon and the birds perched on the tree branches are separate photos taken this past Monday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

This and That Tuesday

Owner's Barn

Even though I participate in Deb Duty's This or That Thursday, I have so many linkups and groups that I participate on Tuesdays that I think I could easily dub Tuesdays a "this and that" day. I've been busy finishing up my processing this morning so I don't have much time for words - just a little commentary. All of today's photos are a bit different, but they all have one thing in common. They were all shot on our Saturday excursion back up to the holler.Today's featured image is linked up with Bluff Area Daily's Barn Charm. This is the property owner's barn where my grandfather was a tenant farmer. The texture is courtesy of Pixel Dust Photo Art.(Old Master Dust)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Creative Exchanges


It is good to see Lisa Gordon's Creative Exchange back in business after being offline last week due to weather related problems. Hers is one of my favorite linkups and it felt like there was a little hole in my week without it. I'm linking up with today's image taken Saturday on my trip back up to the holler with my dad and son. ("Catnip" texture courtesy of French Kiss textures)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Week in Pictures

My Week In Pictures- October 2-8

Inspired by Deb Duty's weekly collage for Naptime Momtog's 365 project challenge, I decided to challenge myself to create a collage of photos from the previous week. I'm not quite ready to commit to a complete 365 project and I may not be able to keep this up every week. If I manage to be consistent with it, I may join in for 2012.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Roosting Behavior


Lately, I've been fascinated by these birds roosting in a tree on the path where I walk each morning. They are there every single day and I can't resist taking photos of them in their various positions.  My archives are full of these spooky little guys.  I have a feeling they will be making several appearances in this blog during the month of October.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Shooting for the Moon

crescent moon

Thank God its Friday!  It has been one heckuva week around these parts and I'm feeling a bit singed around the edges.  All in all, it was a productive week photographically and at work. My house is still a wreck and I really need to do something about that.  Wouldn't it be nice if I could just add some gaussian blur to hide the cobwebs in the corners, and erase those dishes in the sink?  I'd pay a lot of money if someone that could invent a photoshop action that would do all that.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tickled Pink

#23 A Flower

Who needs a break from the heaviness of the past few days? I do. Today I'm linking up with Deb Duty's "This or That Thursday" with this sweet little dahlia from my garden. This tiny gem made me smile at its joyful bursting exuberance and at the same time want to cry from the perfection of it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Soul Searching

one tree

 “A genuine odyssey is not about piling up experiences. It is a deeply felt, risky, unpredictable tour of the soul. ” Thomas Moore - Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

The Shutter Sister's one word project for October is the word "you." I wasn't really ready for last month's theme to be done with because it fit so well with my totally unplanned and impromptu blog launch. But, I realized as I processed items I'd captured while away at LCPL Watson's funeral that photo blogging (at least the way I'm doing it) is a memoir of sorts. As a body of work begins to emerge on this blog and elsewhere, the bigger picture of a life's journey begins to reveal itself - where I've been, what I've done, and what speaks to my heart.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Little Corner Of the World


A couple of weeks ago at the Inspiration Studio we were asked the question What Corner of Your World Inspires You? Honestly that could be said of a multitude of places, but I decided to take the question literally and show an image of my home office - the place where I do most of my photo processing and journey to the far corners of the earth via the miracle of the internet searching for (and finding) inspiration.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hello Dahlia

hello dahlia 3

I was out of town this morning with crappy wi-fi at the hotel, so I missed my morning post. Not wanting to break my consecutive posting streak, I'll share just a few images that I captured with the flickr groups "Macro Monday" and "Happy Purple Tuesday" in mind.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Another Great Find

tree birds

This time, I'm not talking about my scavenger hunt.

Kathy, who blogs at Passion for Photography,commented on my blog the other day that there is indeed a texture "King" online amongst all the lovely ladies I speak of so fondly on this blog.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Saturday

#68 Something Rusty

I honestly don't know if there is a group called Scavenger Hunt Saturday on flickr or other sites, but I'm declaring it so - at least for today.   Today's featured image is #68 on the list: Something Rusty. I found these bed springs near that old abandoned house I've been picking over the past few weeks.

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