Share Six: August 2017: Collections

Kathy of KG Ledbetter Photography chose the theme Collections and this month had me really digging deep.  Besides for books, and Lensbaby optics, I personally do not have much in the line of collections.  I collected clowns when I was a teenager and up into my twenties, but they are some where in the shambles of reconstruction and to be honest I really do not know where they landed up.  I have family photographs but I am not sure that you really want to see any of those.

So I had to dig a bit deeper.  I hope you enjoy what I came up with.

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In the reconstruction zone I found 4 boxes of lego pieces that are part of a {Collection} that date back 25 years. I was a firm believer in using Lego and construction blocks for spacial development and fine motor skills and coordination. My children were encourage to play with their Lego daily. It was not unusual to find me down on the floor building Lego with them. Amy had the coolest beach theme Lego in pink and white and we created a whole coastal town with the ice cream parlor, play park, beach chairs and umbrellas with Lego people boating, windsurfing, and jet skiing. Every so often Cameron’s pirate people would invade the beach and all hell would break loose.  It typically involved a lot of screaming “Mom”.

 

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Another {Collection} image I came across was these calculators. Every years since 2002, I have worked at a fund raising banquet. Typically you would find these calculators laid out in the counting room in preparation for after the fund raiser ended. For accountability purposes all funds were counted immediately after the banquet.

 

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A {Collection} of raindrops. If you have followed my work, you will know that I love catching raindrops and their reflections. This particular day there was a collection of raindrops on the leaf.

 

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I looked at this image as a {Collection} of pages that tells a story.  Books and I are firm friends. I love the smell of a book. I love to turn the pages and feel the paper in my hands. I am looking forward to spending some of the up-coming months working through a series of books.

 

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I was at the Ren Fest when I saw this {Collection} of bottles of “pixie dust”. I loved the colors and the way they were hanging off the beam.

 

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I have ducks that a feed on a daily basis and very often they can get quite aggressive with each other resulting in feathers lying on the grass. This {Collection} of feathers was taken on a mirror.

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit our my friend Aubrey of Applewood Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme Collections throughout the month of August.  A new theme will come out on September 6.

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We look forward to seeing your images on the theme Collections.

 

Tell me a Story: July 2017

Recently when I visited the Butterfly World I got to see some stunning butterfly, along with the beautiful Passiflora plants.  One of the other aspects of the Butterfly World is it aviaries with a variety of birds.  Like some things in life,  walking in aviaries with birds can be messy, and the Lorikeets were the messiest of the lot.   I had to go and wash my shirt after I exited that cage.

Here are a few of the birds I got to see.

Sparkling Violet Ear Humingbird

 

Sparkling Violet Ear Hummingbird

 

Finch (Australian)

 

Finch (Australian)

 

 

Blue Black Grassquit (Brasil)

 

 

Budgies (Australia)

 

Budgies (Australia)

 

Lorikeets (New Guinea)

 

The beautiful Macaw

 

Red Legged Honeycreeper (S.Mexico – N. Boliva)

 

Canary (Canary Islands)

 

Red Cheeked Cordon Bleu (Africa)

 

Black-faced Dacnis (South America)

 

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger LUPJI Photography | North Virginia Event and Wildlife Photographer and see what he has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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30 Minutes in the Life: July 2017

In 2013, a number of photographers got together to form 30 Minutes in the Life.  A few years ago that morphed into Journey to Artist with the 30 minutes blog being a part of that group.  However, recently the Journey to Artist administrators felt the need to step away from the Facebook page and the blog group due to other commitments in their lives.  It has been such a pleasure working with these ladies and it was sad to see things come to a halt.  The blog group decided to continue blogging and moving forward the Journey to Artist page will become 30 Minutes in the Life once again.  The Facebook page will also change to 30 Minutes in the Life and we will see over the months how it evolves.

For this month’s 30 Minutes I am going to share the beauty of the Passiflora blossom. Beautiful butterfly’s evolve from caterpillars and the Passiflora is the food source for those caterpillar. I headed out to the Butterfly World recently and enjoyed a huge variety of butterflies in sub tropical temperatures, filled with butterflies and mosquito.  I was convinced I was a candidate for the Zika virus, but honestly it was worth the visit.  After leaving the butterfly enclosure, I walked though a Passiflora covered walkway.  Not all of the blossoms were out but what I did see was so beautiful.  I have bought three packs of seeds and I hope to grow a wall of passiflora blossom.

I hope you enjoy the beauty of these gorgeous plants.

 

Passiflora Mary Jane

 

Passiflora Lavender Lady

 

 

Passiflora Mary Jane

 

Passiflora Inspiration

 

Pasiflora Grace Ann

 

 

Pasiflora Inspiration

 

Passiflora Joan Marie

 

Passiflora Inspiration

 

This is not a passiflora but I thought it was pretty.

 

Passiflora Peter Lawrence

 

And thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 Minutes in Life.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my friend and fellow blogger Liz Godfrey Photography and see what she has for you this month.   Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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Share Six: July 2017: Artificial Light

This month Ceri of Ceri Herd Photography chose the topic Artificial Light.  I have to confess that once again I was pretty stumped.  I have done some studio work that I have already shared on this blog.  I don’t have a model at home except the cats and they are not very cooperative.  When the camera comes out they walk away.  Richard had put a bright night light on the upstairs level of the staircase which gave off some shadows but that wasn’t working for me.  Finally after breakfast with my son on Friday I decided to head on down to the Mizner Museum.  They had a great display of glasswork, but a lot of the art I had seen on my previous visits.  However,  the museum uses a lot of artificial lighting and so it was perfect for my theme this month.

All the images were taken with my 70-300mm lens.  I hope you enjoy what caught my attention.

This was a wall of what appeared to be glass half swords forming a cross in the middle and the overall image in the shape of a heart. While it was lit up on the wall I really did not see the shape of the heart until I was editing.

 

This image reminded me a bit of the “trash the wedding dress” phase that has been going around. I loved all the glass bubbles with the light reflecting off of them.

 

This was a bust in the middle of the walk way which I have edited only to show the light shining onto it.

 

This is a tree made up of tiny pieces of reflective glass. The lights shining onto it give a spray of light off the glass pieces. By focusing in a different area and then moving across to take the image of the tree I was able to get all of this crazy reflective bokeh light.

 

This is an interesting piece of art made up of balls. When editing I loved how the light was focused in the center creating shadows on the outside.

 

As part of the glassworks, this was one of the most interesting combinations on display. There is so much going on in this image.

 

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Share Six.  This is a circle blog.  From the sneak peak images I have seen, you are going to want to follow the circle.  Please take time to visit our my friend Claire of Wilhemina Photography and see what she has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their page as well.

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Now it is your turn. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Share Six and come and share your images on the theme Artificial Light throughout the month of July.  A new theme will come out on August 6.

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We look forward to seeing your images on the theme Artificial Light.

 

Tell me a Story: June 2017

It is so hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already.  For this months blog post, I wanted to do something different.  After all the rain the wetlands was not a place I wanted to visit.  Hot, sticky and mosquito’s come to mind.  So I decided to go to the Butterfly House…..hot, sticky, mosquitos!!! Add to the equation birds that poop on you.  It was a fun day.  I had to go and wash my shirt and ended up leaving my cellphone in the bathroom.  Thank you Lord for honest people.  All in all it was an eventful day.

Here are just some of the many images I took of the butterflies.  For this shoot I took 4 lens and ended up only using the Macro.

I hope you enjoy some of nature’s beautiful creatures.

Tree Nymph

 

Rosina

 

Piano Key

 

Piano Key

 

Butterfly selfie

 

White Morpho

 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

 

I think this is part of the Longwing family

 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

 

Thank you for joining me for this month’s Tell me a Story.    This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Events Photographer and see what he has for you this month. Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have shared this month. Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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30 Minutes in the Life: June 2017

I am surrounded by water issues just lately but today’s blog is one of the better issues, thank goodness.  The home flood aside, and the air conditioner issue aside, we are also in the throws of 10 days of rain.  Typically this would not be an issue, but the canals were creeping up higher and higher, and our single access out of our community was flooded. So I stayed at home and worked from home.

One thing I enjoy doing when the rain stops is head out to these trees and capture water drops with my macro lens.   I always love to see what reflections come out in the final cut.  Lots of palm trees, fences, and water.

So I hope you enjoy my 30 minutes for this month…..

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Out on the back canal: June 4, 2017: 4378

 

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Artists Inspired: June 2017: Turquoise

Turquoise and where better than the oceans of the Florida Keys.  There is just something about hitting those islands and seeing the color of the water, that has Richard opening the windows, turning up the island music and driving happily along.  Of course, I have my hair blowing all over the place and particularly in my eyes.  However, he is in his element.

My camera is on my lap and I am ready for the change in perspective and the ever changing colors of the water. From the top of the Florida Keys to the tip the water is a change of colors depending on the amount of sunlight and the patches of reeds in the water.  I have shared with you some of my favorite turquoise Keys images.

Heading out of Miami and onto the Keys and the first stretch of water has you picking up your camera and marveling at the beautiful color of the ocean.

 

It also has you wishing that for a brief while you had a boat.

 

Driving across this bridge reminds me that we are not far from our first stop Long Key State  Park.  You may remember some of the sunset images I have taken have been from the other side of this bridge with the power pylons in the image.

 

Arriving at Long Key State Park and this bench will be one of my viewing spots for the days ahead.

 

On of the fun sports to watch and photograph is kite surfing.  I love it when the surfer jumps out of the water and into the sky.  It is pure art at the whim of the wind.

 

Of course another option is to head out into the ocean and find a small island spot where you can anchor your part and play in the water.

 

Heading further down the Keys we often stop at Curry Hammock State Park.  It is smaller and there are some nice kayaking routes.  Added to that there are some trees to sit under in the very hot weather.

 

Or alternatively you could just do what this group is doing and head out into the ocean.

 

One of my favorite activities is to bird watch and watching the magnificent Osprey go fishing is always such a pleasure.

 

Not really my thing but people do love to stand in the gorgeous ocean and fish 🙂

 

Heading further south and you will find the stunning Bahia Honda State Park.  For those folk not into camping, they actually a few cottages in the park.  You are able to climb to the top level of the bridge and see the view.

 

And this is just one of the gorgeous views that you can see.

 

And yes, we have kayaked out to this island.  It is covered in coral and unless you have shoes on you are not walking comfortable on it.

 

Bahia Honda State Park also has a beautiful swimming beach.  I say swimming but honestly it is more like wallowing in ankle deep water.  You really have to walk a way out to get it waist deep.

 

Final stretch to go and we are down in Key West and I always love heading down there.  There is so much to do and see in Key West.  Aside from the city you have all the beaches to go to and all the activities you can take part in.

 

Activities like Paragliding.

 

Or swimming with the sharks.  Just kidding!!!  We noticed a young girl walking along the edge of the pier and peering over. We were wondering what she was doing. We headed out of the water in time to see this shark swimming right where we had been swimming in the water. Kind of freaky to be honest.

 

Last but not least, end off your day with a sunset cruise.  They are such fun and we have now done three of theme.  A snorkeling cruise, and 2 sunset cruises.  Beer, wine and snacks to keep you busy as you sail around until sunset.

I hope that my turquoise theme has stirred in you a desire to head to the Florida Keys and enjoy the beautiful scenery in front of you.  This is always a favorite of ours when we need to do a short 3 day getaway.

Just a reminder that this is a circle blog and I would encourage you to click to continue on reading what they other photographers in this group have for you.  Please stop by my friend and fellow photographer Sarah Skaggs Mason page and read her blog.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on their pages.

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