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Weekly Photo Challenge – Fresh

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a perfectly thawed out pond!

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I realize this photo does not shout “fresh”, but for those of us who have experienced a cold and very drab winter, this picture of a thawed out pond is a welcoming sight.  In my neck of the woods, green has yet to pop its way to the surface unless it is a pine tree.  Also, a thawed out pond means the fountain will be operational soon and this make me very happy.  Oh! Let’s not forget the Great Blue Herons, Sandhill Cranes, egrets, ducks, geese and the leaping fish…they totally dig our pond…

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March 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm 9 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Wall

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a door frame at our old two flat

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As usual, I had to skew the rules of this week’s photo challenge.  As you can see, the photograph is that of a door frame – not a wall.  In my mind, a door frame could be considered part of a wall, so… this is a wall.

This photo is actually one of several due to the fact I wanted to be able to see the details.  In case you are wondering, this is a quintessential growth chart.  It began in 2002 and was actually moved next door (in 2007) when our friend re-fabricated his kitchen.  I transferred the information from the piece of wood to the frame above and, of course, we added on…  I took this photo a few days before we moved in April, 2013.  (By the way, I was given the original door frame, which is still with us to this day.)

If you look very closely, you can see my name (mom) and when J and P passed me up!

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March 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm 22 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

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Mr. Jazz Man

Mr. Jazz Man – drawn by Peyton in 2004 – age 6

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artist – my mom, drawn while in high school, 1960

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Jordan’s 6′ Oscar, wearing a t-shirt given to him many years ago…

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Bonus photo: Sydnee Pee, wearing a multitude of orangey-ish (depends on the lighting) colors

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This week’s challenge encompasses the color orange.  It seems I have quite a bit of orange on my walls and walking around the house.  As one can see above, each element of orange, is related to the arts in some way, including the bonus photo.  My son Peyton has always enjoyed drawing and painting.  My mother’s dream was to become a commercial artist.  My son Jordan is on his way to becoming a ‘big deal’ in Hollywood and Sydnee Pee – everyone knows she is the quintessential super model and dramatic actress.

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March 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Reward

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my children

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My children are ‘the greatest’ reward.

(& to take a photograph where everyone is home at the same time, eyes open, smiling directly at the camera (big, natural, happy, unforced smiles) and the hairy one being cooperative….this was a rare moment captured on film.  This in and of itself is a reward!)

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February 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm 19 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds

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the eye of Pee

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This week’s challenge was a stumper for me – I had no idea there was a rule thingy about taking ‘off set’ photos (my personal terminology).  And a bokeh thing – never heard of it.  I am simply an owner of an I-phone who takes pictures of a lot of things and, well, most these things are of my daughter, Sydnee Pee.

I was entertaining the idea of sitting this week’s challenge out, but then I thought why?  I can do this…I can figure it out…  With the assistance of The Daily Post and the ‘easy to comprehend’ instructions, I set out to take a photo of an off-centered object with a bokeh thing. For two straight days, I was roaming my house – taking pics of plants, objects, my son, carpet, tree branches, food…..  It was not happening.  The bokeh was alluding me.  So yesterday, Pee was sitting on her couch and I had a moment of inspiration.  Fortunately, Pee was a bit ferklempt after having been outside and was cooperative.  She did not seem to mind having my phone in her face for about 20 minutes.

The photo above is the last of three taken in which I was specifically targeting her eye – but more than an eye – I was focusing on her eyelashes.  Pee has orange eyelashes!

I am not certain if this photo makes use of the rule effectively, but I gave it a go, got a really cool picture of Pee and she got a cookie out of the whole ordeal.  Not bad for a quiet Sunday afternoon…

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February 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm 15 comments

The Daily Post – Symmetry

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look at the red glare……….

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I must admit, I have bent the definition of symmetry…a little….or a lot, depending on your perception…

My original intention was to take a photo of the sun peeping through a few leaves and branches. When I looked into the screen of my i-Phone, I was startled – amazed, really. Instead of golden-yellow, I was greeted by a kaleidoscope of brilliant red light.  So, I shifted my focus (yes, terribly bad pun) on the red glare and it’s balance of shapes and sizes.  It is not a perfectly symmetrical photo, but I must admit, for a natural phenomenon, it comes pretty darn close.

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February 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm 31 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

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Spring Break 2006 – the three boys and mom

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One of the reasons why I enjoy the Weekly Photo Challenge, beside the obvious, is the challenge of challenging the challenge!  Make sense?  Please let me explain…  For the scale challenge, I was going to line up Jordan’s stuffed Barney dolls.  He has four – starting with the tallest being 2 foot Barney and the smallest being a Beanie Baby Barney, which is about 4″ or so.  Simple demonstration of scale….

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I stumbled upon the photo above and thought – “Aha! This one is perfect!  Yes, the difference in scale is obvious, however, there is more to this photo than which meets the eye.  For instance, a little family in a larger than life city.  However, the most poignant is the man (tall bald guy) who made his living owning a small sign manufacturing business – standing beneath what is considered to be one of the most quintessential signs in the sign industry.

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February 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth

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Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL

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My aspiring movie maker/Oscar-winning hopeful son attends SIU.  Last year with the aid of some very sophisticated film equipment (compliments of the University), he took several photos on campus.  What you see above is the lake situated in the center of the campus itself.   I was under the impression the pylons were ‘once upon a time’ parts of a pier, but they are actually a marker of some sort.  Jordan told me that he had to lie on his stomach, with his chin on the ground in which to capture the shot.

What else can I say except, “Hollywood… here he comes!

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January 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself

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“Pardon? You said what?”

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The most expressive person I know lives in my house.  I speak, she listens and she has an expression for everything I say and do.  I made the mistake of saying the ‘G’ word – or let me clarify a variation of the ‘G’ word.  She knows them all.

“Mommy needs to GET off the couch”.

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January 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm 15 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Serenity

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the pond outside my townhouse

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There is a pond outside my townhouse.  It is the first and last thing I see when I go outside each day.  When the weather gets warmer, the fountain will be up and running.   I am always amazed by the view.  Evening, daytime, winter, spring, summer or fall – it does not matter.  It isn’t extravagant – just a water retention pond dug out in a subdivision, but there is much beauty and wonder amidst the simplicity of its existence.

There is something supremely relaxing – serene – about this pond. 

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January 16, 2015 at 5:35 pm 17 comments

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