Thursday, May 26, 2016

Learning how to do this Blog thing

I just figured out how to adjust the width of the main content area here so I can post larger photos without them covering information in the sidebar. Thank you, Google and Blogger.

I like this and I'd like to do this every day.  I have been wanting to get back here since I finished my 365 Photography Project back in 2011. I tried but really wasn't sure what to blog about other than posting my photos. Now I believe I have narrowed down a topic or purpose, sort of.

My goal is to master my camera and the "rules" so that when I want to photograph something I know instinctively what settings and setups I need.  Then I can focus on being more creative and breaking the rules. I'll try to post most weekdays about what I'm working and share photos, of course.  I'm super exited to see where this leads

Obviously as I learn more about blogging, my photography, and improving my writing, the look and layout may change here. Hopefully for the better.

In the meantime, I'll be 'off the grid' for the next four days. Literally. No cell signal. No wifi. Unplugged. I'll be back here next week.

But wait, there's more...

Since this is mostly a photography blog; here is Miss Peaches stalking a squirrel.  I think the squirrels here are pretty blind in that they don't see Peaches until she is practically on top of them. Thankfully they are faster than her.  No Squirrels, or cats, were harmed in the making of this photo.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


The weekend before last my husband and I took a drive out to the Benicia State Recreation Area. We had driven by there many, many times but this was our first visit. We hiked up and over the hills with views of the Carquinez Strait, Mt Diablo, and the Benicia and Crockett Bridges saving the Botanical Garden for last.

There was quite a bit of blooming still going on for this late in spring. It was beautiful. While Hubs wandered off in search of what bird was making a strange noise, I circled the garden looking at the flowers.

I came to this spot and sat down on the ground in the weeds and dirt, listening to the lizards skitter about and around me.  I saw in my mind what I wanted and I captured it. This doesn't happen as often as I like. What I love about this photo is the dreaminess of the background yet the foreground flowers are in focus. And the colors, oh how I love the colors.

I shared this photo or rather a version of this last night on Instagram and Facebook. As usual, I hesitated, thinking people won't like it because it is another photo of flowers and everyone takes and shares photos of flowers. Guilty! Then I reminded myself how much I love them and I love photographing them. I also reminded myself that I have to stop worrying about what other people think. If they like it good, if they don't like it, oh well. What really matters is that I love it.

ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/160 sec, 105.0mm

Friday, May 20, 2016

Back at this again

Here I am. 
Trying this blogging thing again...
I keep waiting. 
Waiting to discover my focus, my niche, my vocation, my place.
I believe it has something to do with Photography.
Photography of what?
I don't know.
I just need to shoot. I need to capture, to record. I need to see...
I want to learn and learn some more and never stop.
So, I'm exploring and sharing. 
One foot in front of the other.

On that note: I went to the Zoo yesterday. 

Ring-tailed Lemurs - coolest tails ever!

Siamang (Ape) -  Checking the score of the Wednesday night Warrior game.

Geoffrey - Not impressed with me one bit.

 Meerkat - They are just as curious about us as we are of them.