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Photo 101: Edge

Last fall, I began a project to add a flower bed & walkway to the side of our house. I abandoned that idea when I could not get my edges straight.

Not a grand photo … but, this is my day …

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Unfortunately, as you can see from the photo, the garden edger’s are still not quite right. Ugh!

Photo 101: Glass

When I saw the assignment for today in Photography 101, I knew what I had to share … even if it was from the archives.


My little doggie loves to ride in the car. On this particular day, we were just out sight seeing & enjoying a little family time together.

At the time that I took the photo, I did not even see that I had caught her reflection in the glass as well. She looks so deep in thought. Oh to hear what goes on in that mind of hers. Wait! I probably don’t want to know, she is the keeper of a lot of my secrets. 😉

Photo 101: Treasure

I am a very sentimental person. I am probably a borderline hoarder. Ok, not quite. But, at one point in time, I had saved every single paper my boys had done in school. I have since weeded that down to a couple boxes that I am working on photographing & only saving the really special pictures, poems, stories & things. My point is that I treasure a lot!

But, the memory that popped into my head when I read the Photography 101 assignment for the day… Treasure

In the absence of a wooden chest full of gold doubloons, any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure. Items, places, people — we all cherish something, or someone.

was this …


When I was a little girl, I wore rings on every finger. And, I wanted a birthstone ring. Of course, I picked out a really expensive beauty. But, my Mom had other ideas. She bought me a pretty, yet simple little ruby ring. She told me that if I could be responsible and not lose that ring, she would buy me a more expensive ring when I got older. She never did. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am the baby. The only girl. I was a very spoiled child. Still am! My parent’s worked hard so they could provide our family with everything we needed and then some. As I got older, I valued their sacrifice and would have never asked for more. Fact is, I loved that little ring. I wore it every day!

When I got married, I still wore a bunch of jewelry. And, of course, my husband heard my story & bought me a beautiful new ruby ring.

These days, I rarely wear jewelry at all. But, I will always treasure the memories represented by these rings as much as I treasure the rings themselves.

** And just a thought about today’s assignment …  jewelry is very hard to photograph, esp up close. I tried different backgrounds, different things to prop the jewelry with and different lighting. Most of my photos were just a big blur. The one I used isn’t great, but it was the best shot of the day.

Photo 101: Landscapes

I would venture to guess that our local state park bridge is one of the most photographed landscapes in this area. The view changes by season and by park activities … they sometimes drain the water to make repairs, mend the bridge & maintain natural habitats.


But, we are just a hop, skip and a jump away from beautiful landscapes in every direction.

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Photo 101: Scale and Observation

A few years ago, I joined my son on a school trip to Washington DC. I am not a big history buff. I cannot remember all of the information about all of the places we visited. But, you cannot deny the awesomeness of the HUGE monuments. Again from the archives …


Photo 101: Moment & Motion

With a three year old grandson, I have a bunch of small moments memorialized in motion.

Because. He. Never. Stops. Moving.

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We have had a bunch of extended family issues this week. I am exhausted, both physically and mentally. So, this photo was taken from the archives.

Photo 101: Architecture & Monochrome

Yesterday, I took a friend out to celebrate her birthday. She had never been to the Cheesecake Factory. And, I just love their Steak Diane. So, we had lunch there. I am always so intrigued by their interior design. The golden hues draw me in. Even when the place is packed with what seems like hundreds of people, it is still calming.

I always feel a little weird taking photos with tons of people around, but I caught this refection in the mirror.

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And, I had to include a picture of my feathery friends architecture because … well, just because I love birdhouses. I thought it was kind of cool when I saw the tiny nails showing. Note to self, I must hammer those back in!

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