Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Gifts



'Each moment is a gift, that is why it is called the present.'

I remember counting down the days until Christmas when I was little.  I could hardly wait.  When Christmas finally arrived it was the biggest present that held my interest.  Whatever is bigger is better, right?  

How things change as I get older.  Now I could really use a few more days before Christmas.  The time is flying by with so many things to do. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gratitude



'We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.'  -  Cynthia Ozick
'Don't take anything for granted - not one smile, or one person, or one rainbow, or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.'  -  Terri Guillemets


I started juicing every morning (well, most mornings).  I took my first sip of juice yesterday and then out of habit reached to turn on the TV, but something stopped me. 

Instead of filling my head with the morning news,

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dorothy's Sunflowers



"There is no such thing as an ordinary life."  -  Mark Twain
"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."  -  Albert Einstein

The  sky was blue and the wind was blowing the day I picked to visit the sunflower field.  As I made my way through and around the sunflowers, I felt like the pictures I was taking were the same pictures I have taken before, same angle, same composition...nothing new...just ordinary.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Buttons


"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."  
-  Dr. Seuss

I found a great book entitled Collected: Living with the Things You Love.  (You can see it here on Amazon.)  It is a book full of collections. (The toaster collection is worth a peek all by itself.)  The photographs are gorgeous.  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pancakes



I haven't made pancakes in years.  




I still haven't.  

Did you know you can buy frozen pancakes at the grocery store? :)



Fall is here.

I haven't raked any leaves yet, but I am sure I will soon.  


Thank you for stopping by.
Have a great day!
Michelle



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lessons


'Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.'  -  Henri Cartier Bresson

My photographs don't always turn out the way I pictured them in my head.  

Sometimes it works out better than expected and is a lovely surprise, but more likely than not, I pictured a much better outcome.  

I have come to realize I can't make good art without making crappy art first.  I learn from my crap.  I see what colors, backgrounds and angles work best for me, what depth of field is appropriate, how light plays a part in the whole picture... the list is infinite.  There are times I can reshoot and make it better, other times I have to scrap the whole thing.

My mistakes help me grow, as a photographer and a person.

If everything worked out perfectly I wouldn't learn a thing.  And isn't that why we are here? To learn and do what we love.  I love photography so I am sticking with it, even if my photographs are sometimes crappy.  

That was my big girl voice talking.  

There are times the little girl in me wants to have a temper tantrum because it is hard to remember there is a lesson in every mistake.  Sometimes I want to scream when I keep making crappy pictures.  But somewhere deep inside I have the urge to keep moving.  I think moving is the key, doing something, anything, not necessarily related to whatever I just messed up.  Eventually I get a bit of inspiration to try again, or something new, and hopefully remember all the lessons I learned along the way.  

Thanks so much for visiting.
Celebrate your creations today, even if they are crappy.  :)

Michelle



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Quickest Summer Ever



My husband, daughter and I took a trip to a tiny island called St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  We love this island.  John, my husband, and I first visited St. John before we were married, over 20 years ago.  The word has gotten out about how beautiful it is and more people visit than twenty years ago, but we can still find secret beaches we share with the seagulls for an afternoon.  




It is so beautiful I can stare out at the horizon for hours on end.  After relaxing, we have fun snorkeling, swinging on a tire swing, searching for sea glass, taking a boat trip, hiking...  




This summer we also visited family in Tennessee and Indiana, family from Missouri visited us.  Laughing and visiting with family fills my heart with happiness.  Having miles separate family is bitter sweet.  It is sad because we don't get together as much as we would like, but when we are together we truly appreciate and cherish the special time.

While visiting with family we celebrated a 50th and a 40th birthday.  Have you ever seen 50 candles on a cake?  I was surprised the smoke detector didn't go off.  Love you both. :)

Back in Ohio we did some flea market shopping, some purchases will be seen in my future photos.  I can't believe I had to be dragged to my first flea market, now I can't wait to go and find another photography 'prop'.  

Megan, my daughter, just started her first year of high school.  It is amazing how quickly time flies.  I think it hit John harder than me because of his comment on her first day, " Your baby just left for high school."  

Photography is one constant in my life, even when everything else seems crazy.  I have been taking lots of pictures.  Cleaned up my Instagram account and am finding a lot of inspiration there.  I also entered a Sunflower Art Show, a celebration of sunflowers with paintings and photography.  

I can't believe I have been away from this space for so long, it is nice to be back.

Thank you so much for coming to visit.
I hope you enjoyed your summer.
Michelle



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Break



I am taking some time away from the computer for some summer fun.
I will be back soon...

Have a great day!
Michelle



Friday, June 12, 2015

Summertime

 
The lavender is blooming and smells wonderful.


The catalpa tree is also blooming and sprinkling it's flowers at my feet, treating me like a queen.


The bullfrogs are croaking.  


The mama goose is protecting her babies.


The picture taking opportunities are abundant... smile.


Today I am joining Kim Klassen's Friday Finds with my summertime finds.  All my images started with one of Kim's Lightroom Studio Presets.

Thank you so much for visiting!
Enjoy your weekend!
Michelle


Kim Klassen dot com

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Purple Thistles

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'Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.'  -  Marilyn Monroe

John, my husband, and I were taking yard debris to the neighborhood drop off, beside the busy entrance I saw purple thistles. 

It was time for a Sunday drive.

John asked if I wanted to pick some, he is a wonderful photographers assistant, of course I said yes.  He knew just the place and we both happen to keep a pocket knife on our key chain for this type of occasion.  Without gloves it was tricky, but we found there aren't as many thorns close to the flowering end.


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I put the thistles in a vase where they beautified my screened-in-porch for over a week.  John was nervous that the seeds would blow across the yard soon, so I made time to photograph them.  

The thistles were now wilted and so were their thorns, they were much easier to handle.  


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I love their droopiness.  


Thank you for stopping by!
Have a great week!
Michelle


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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Finds

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"For most of life, nothing wonderful happens, if you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then chances are you're not going to be very happy.  If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris that person isn't going to be happy much of the time.  If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness."  -  Andy Rooney 

I found a few things to put a smile on my face this week...

We had a lovely holiday weekend with family at the lake, boating, making ice cream, sitting by the fire... the older I get I realize how special these times really are.

I was at the Antique Mall (I think they recognize me now) and found a sugar bowl with a 'M'.  

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The book Hans Blomquist In Detail: Inspiring Ideas For Creative Interiors arrived at my doorstep (check it out here).  It is filled with still life beauty. I haven't made it through the whole book, I am savoring each page.   My leaf and peony image was inspired by the book.  

My parents are coming next week for a visit and I will be taking a little break from the computer... but I will be back the following week.

Today I am joining Kim Klassen's Friday Finds.  

Thank you so much for your visit!
Have a great day!
Michelle

Kim Klassen dot com