Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of 2010

Most memorable shots of the year:



We were at the pediatrician's getting checked for the flu (again), and I snapped a photo of my needle-phobic kid as she indulged in a little drama.



While trimming trees in the backyard we made this elegant creature (temporarily) homeless. He was not harmed and eventually took up residence in one of the smaller oaks.



Rather than take a photo every day in 2010, I tried to focus on using my camera more proficiently and think more about the type of shots I want to take (and lots of experimenting in between.) This snap of a perfectly round raindrop was the result of that new attitude.

Anyone who has seen my author blog already knows this, but of all the photos I took in 2010, this one was my favorite:



Hope 2011 brings much love and light into your lives.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wishing You

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I Want One



Spotted while out looking at lights. He's about 6" tall and (I thought) would look lovely guarding the door to my office. No one would help me steal him, though.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Got My Red On

Friday, December 17, 2010

Just Following Directions



The girls and I are working on Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal, and one of the directions is to give away your favorite page. This is mine, and I gave the original to my daughter.

I wish I could say the art is mine, but the trees and leaves and stuff are simply a bunch of stickers I found at Jo-Ann's. I thought my interpetation of the directions was clever, though.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ghost Reader



Came across this little lady at night. Took a minute for me to realize she was a sculpture and not an apparition.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

From Above



I was about five stories over this Christmas tree when I snapped ths shot. Looks a bit like the head of a bird from this angle.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ruffle My Feathers



It would have been a perfect shot . . . except for that dratted feather sticking up!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Red!



I think my pointsettias are ready for Christmas.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Spotted at the Parade

I love small town holiday holiday parades. They're not as glitzy or polished as they are in the cities, but they always seem to include some strange and wonderful things.



Like camels. Real ones.



And dogs dressed in costumes. Real little ones.



I'm not sure what to call this one. The stash monster?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Making Do

(I'm stealing the photoblog today to do a post for my gild.)

Jill mentioned that working from a pattern book that doesn't lay flat is awkward, and I agree. Even books designed to lay flat are a nuisance because I have to stop working to lean over and read the next step in the pattern.

The way I solved the problem with both types is to use a cookbook stand.



It's sturdy, displays two pages at once and has a clear plastic front I can mark with a grease pencil so I know what I've finished and how much more I have to do. This comes in very handy when I have to leave my workspace for an extended period of time but don't want to put away the project.



Thinking outside the box and coming up with our own fixes is always better than relying on the shops to provide us with some high-priced widget. Like skein holders -- I hate the cheap plastic yarn barns the shops sell because they're made of cheap plastic and if you drop them or sit on them they crack. The new tupperware holders are like fifteen bucks a pop.



I save old containers, and this Godiva pretzel tin is exactly the right height and weight to hold a standard skein. I also use the lid to keep balled yarn from running away from me. When I'm finished for the day I put my hook in the tin with the skein so I don't have to look for that, close it with the top and park it on the PIP shelf.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cruel Co-op



Me to BAM Clerk: Why are there e-readers all over the hardcover bestsellers table?

Clerk: That's our new e-reader display, ma'am.

Me: You don't sell an e-reader. (Eyes one of them) Wait a minute. That's Barnes & Noble's e-reader. They're your competition.

Clerk: Oh, we're selling the Nook now too, ma'am. Would you like to try--

Me: Where are the hardcovers?

Clerk: But ma'am, it will only took a minute for me to demonstrate--

Me: Tell where the books are, right now, or I'm going to hurt you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Red Bird



I want one of these for my front yard. :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dusk



This is probably the latest/darkest twilight shot I've ever taken -- about a minute before the final rays of sunlight faded away. Spooky but very neat.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Heron Party





Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beauty Above



This guy flew over my head while my daughter and I were out on a nature walk. I only got two shots of him (the other is a fuzzier version of this one) but I think he might be a red-shouldered hawk.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunbeams

This morning it seemed like the sunlight had turned itself up a couple thousand watts, and streamed down so bright and solid I felt like I could touch it:



As soon as it touched the roof, things got steamy:



It even turned the dew into diamonds:



I'd like a few thousand more mornings like this one.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pickup this Journal

. . . without using your hands.

Oh, piece of cake.







You can clearly see two pups and two feet involved in the process, which should also dispel that nasty rumor about me having a peg leg.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Down by the Woodpile

While I was walking Cole this morning we meandered by the woodpile. Evidently the weeds haven't heard that winter is just around the corner:



Other wild things were showing off their colors like brazen hussies:



Lichen is also spreading like wildfire over the bark of our oaks, where some of it grows out into these beautiful, alien-looking little tufts:



Nature does what she wants when she wants. I really like that.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Into the Fire





Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Perfect Moment

My guy and I went for a drive by the lake during what was a spectacular sunset in a completely clear sky (this photo and the others that follow it have not been retouched in any way):



The sun disappeared, but the glow on the horizon didn't fade for another half-hour. I took about a million pictures while we drove down to our favorite spot, where I saw this guy in the water:



I got out the truck and zoomed in on him:



Then I walked to the end of the pier and zoomed in as close as I could, to get this shot:



I wonder if at that moment the bird thought the world was perfect. I know I did.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weed Rebel

Found growing on the side of the road in a patch of weeds:



Beauty pops up in the oddest places, doesn't it?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lake Morning



The sunlight on the lake earlier this morning. Me and the little heron on the dock thought it was dazzling.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Naptime



My babies like their naps.