Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday Shoot-Out: Christmas

The FSO topic for this week is "Christmas in my part of the world".  One of the biggest traditions that I have grown up with is the Christmas tree.

I've often (and still do) feel torn about the idea of a live tree. I hate to take the tree's life for my own uses. It means a lot to John, my fiance', to have a live tree because it is part of his tradition as well as mine. This conflict will be solved once we get a house because of the ability to dig up and ball the tree. Then, after Christmas, we can plant it in our yard. I love that idea! In fact, John has taken me to a house he grew up in and showed me one of his past Christmas trees growing in the yard--it is like a 12 foot beautiful tree now.

Of course, another tradition is the chaos of wrapping all the gifts!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Holiday!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Vibrating Heart

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no stillness of self,
bell ringing, a vibrating heart,
one note echoing.

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the hunger

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ten Minutes Away Photo Shoot

The FSO theme this week was to take pictures of places ten minutes from where you live.  I think this is a creative idea.  It is one of those assignments that gets me out of my usual style.  Sometimes, I hate what I end up with and sometimes, I am amazed by it.  Anyone who does a creative activity benefits from stepping out of their comfort zone periodically.  These last two weeks have been incredibly chaotic in terms of time management, so I am sharing shots that I took previously of a place about ten minutes from where I live.  These shots are from when we did shoot-out on a building.  It was something I was totally new to and really enjoyed it.  Often, the FSO gives me permission (in my own head of course) to take a creative risk and try something I may or may not be very good at.  Everytime, I learn something and enjoy myself in the process!!  Anyway, I hope you like!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Dead Sky

failing as she
tries to meld instinct with intent,
the dead sky melts away.

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one single impression

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saying I love you at the beach

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Six Word Saturday

Why I named my cat Magnum.

Doreen from my reflections as I shutter along recently asked me how I named my cat Magnum.  I actually did not name him; he was originally my sister's cat.  She got him when she lived in Denver, Colorado.  I moved out with her when I finished my undergraduate degree.  She had another cat at that time, Simon.  When my sister was much younger, she was a huge fan of detective shows so Magnum is named after Magnum PI and Simon was named after the show Simon and Simon.  I'm surprised she never had a Remington Steele!  Magnum tends to be an anxious cat, but no matter how scared he has gotten, he has never become aggressive.  He is very sweet and gentle.  He is going to be  fifteen next month.  I am very thankful for my cats; they are an important part of the family.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Shoot-Out: Storefronts

This week from FSO we have storefronts/favorite stores.
First, let me say I hope everyone had a
Now, back to the topic.
The above shot was taken at one of my favorite places, The Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield, CO.  I took the picture because, frankly, I was snap-happy, which is the effect this place has on me!
I took this on my way to work in Sewell, NJ.  I pass this florist daily and they always have it looking colorful and beautiful.

These shots I took at a strip of stores in Vineland, NJ (it might actually be considered Buena, NJ which is next door; the town boundaries in NJ are sometimes confusing!)   I took these shots and made them black and white because it captured a certain ambience that attracted me.  I hope you enjoyed!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Night's Strange Apprentice

lost among phantoms
I am a ghost in a dream,
night's strange apprentice.



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winter watch

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quick and Late: Temptation

Here are my FSO shots for temptation. 

 Magnum knows he is not supposed to chew on the plants but can't help himself!
 Who isn't tempted to blow away these seeds.
 Juicy and sweet.
 My morning temptation.
A tradition of creating temptation.

Hope you enjoyed! 

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Echoes Through the Silken Chamber

The above picture was taken by me at The Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield, CO

exploding forces,
colors, life echoing through
the silken chamber.


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white blue tunnel
trees reach their fire

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Friday Shoot Out: Look Up

 The fso topic this week is "look up".  It was perfect timing because I just got back from a trip to Colorado. 

This picture was taken in Broomfield, CO.  It is amazing that people have this view right in their backyard!
This picture was taken at Look Out Mountain.  Going there was an amazing experience.  It was so peaceful, even with people milling around.  The views were spectacular.
Another shot from Look Out Mounain.
This shot was taken on the ride back from Central City, CO.  Central City has several casinos built into the mountains.
This was also on the way home from Central City.

Colorado is such a beautiful state.  Even when you just go to the grocery store, you are met with a breath taking view.  New Jersey seems flat every time I come back here; although nothing can beat our trees!

Hope you enjoyed!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Friday Shoot-Out: the letter "N"

The FSO topic today is the letter "N".
 A "No trespassing" sign--but you are welcome to trespass here anytime!!
 It is a little early for "Noel"!
 Here is a "Nautical" shot.
 Got to make sure you are going in the right direction, maybe "North."
I hope you enjoyed and have a good "night".

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday Shoot-Out: Spooky

The Friday Shoot-Out topic for this week was spooky.  I had a hard time with this one but here is my try at it. 

I want to wish everyone (who celebrates it) a Happy Halloween!!
I also have a new post on mindfulness on my other blog: findingelsewhere

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Optimistic Grace


the road stretches wide
seconds melt into nowhere,
a moment of grace.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Shoot-Out Patterns

This week's FSO is patterns.  This is one of my favorite topics.  There are so many patterns in nature, with so many wonderful colors and shapes.  I am constantly seeing ones I want to photograph.  Here are some of the patterns that I have found interesting.

 The picture above was taken in Atlantic City. 
 This picture is one of my favorites taken at the Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield, CO.  It is a photographer's paradise.
 This is from flowers that John gave me--he is very sweet.

 I don't even remember where I took these two shots.  I just found the patterns interesting and snapped away. 

These stones are around my apartment complex.  They are a great example of "art in nature".  I hope you enjoyed!