Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This will be the fourth big Royal Wedding for me but a first for the kids. I vaguely remember Princess Anne getting hitched to Captain Mark Phillips, of course I was fully engaged by the nuptials of Charles & Di and again captivated when that train wreck Fergie married the most handsome of the Royals, Prince Andrew. (Andy drove by me in a Jag once in London, he mouthed "I love you" throught the bullet proof glass).....true story. Another true story...all of the above marriages ended in divorce....just sayin'.
So....fellow expats and pats....how are you marking the day...oh and if any of you kind peeps over there happen to snag a newspaper on the day please send me a copy...there's a love....'preciate it.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Keeping up? no me neither. What with Easter this weekend and the decision still to be made whether we travel to spend time with family in Florida... and the kids being excited about the upcoming celebrations I don't know how I can fit it all in. Seems like we just fly from one hectic activity or holiday right into another with not so much as a reflection or a stop to take it all in. What's the damn point in that, where's the ebb and flow??? seems like it's all flow... someone please slow this ferris wheel down before I puke!!!
That's the thing about this Rose Show, it's a lovely event and well worth a visit but why the heck it has to be on this specific weekend I don't know. I don't have one moment to properly plan and even envision us out there in our lawn chairs watching the parade go by. We tend to wait 'til the last minute, drive downtown and squeak into a pretty shitty parking spot, clamber to what may or may not be a good vantage point, forget to take cash for the cotton candy, drinks and snacks. Inevitably someone has to go to the bathroom or has a blister, or whines about being hungry/hot/uncomfortable etc etc etc. I will forget my camera or better yet remember the camera and forget the batteries/memory card and be pissed I can't record this joyous family occasion. The parade will pass by followed by hoards of teenagers etc getting on my nerves barging past us as we trundle back to the car, the kids will want to go eat somewhere and I will need a very, very large Martini!!!! But oh what a lovely memory we will have.
I'm half way through the week and feeling pretty exhausted already, I had a major breakdown in sense of humor last week following a rough bout of bronchitis. This week I'm trying to get back to my normal self but it's taking some effort. I'm trying to avoid an utterly messy melt down in front of the whole town on Friday night when it all just becomes too much for me. Should we just skip it? Oh do you really think the little Misses are gonna let that happen??? Oh well ... better grab the one a day multi-vitamins and make a plan. If it's gonna happen, I better prepare for it so I can come out on the other side unscathed.... watch this space.
p.s. Anyone know when we can stop attending these things???
The Big Oak, Downtown Thomasville taken by yours truly.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Hey peeps....we have been on a mini vacay in South Florida, visiting with family and generally having a ball! So for now Im taking a little break from the blog, trying to edit and organize some of the shots I took. I need a sabatical I think to be honest but can't see that anywhere soon in my future. So please check back in a week or so when I can post some lovely photographs from our travels and there will be so little ditties to share too.
Im pretty exhausted right now but will try and get to some blogs in my reader this week too....miss my blogger buddies! Hope you are all seeing signs of spring and enjoying warmer weather! Besos¡!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
OK...I am at peace once again and can relax into taking some pretty picures. If you are an enthusiastic amatuer/novice like me I strongly recommend you check out Ken Rockwell and inwardly digest every tiny detail of what he has to say. The learning curve of photography is huge and when you are a kinda A type personality (as apparently I am) it can be a challenge.
This mornings aha moment was more like a mallet to the head for me when I read this passage fon Ken's website (which I can't link to because I'm coming to you live from tinytown) which goes like this......"keep following your own natural direction in photography, and the technique will follow. Stop and ask for help when you need it, but don't ever let yourself get hung up on technology for its own sake. Explore technology only when needed to accomplish something deliberate, otherwise, equipment just gets in the way."...he then goes on to say that women make better photographers than men, of course we do! Women make better fishermen than men too.
I needed to be reminded it's all about the art...the vision..the interpretation and emotion of the piece. Somewhere in the competitive (and somewhat snarky) world of todays photographers I was being sucked into the race for the best kit...and ultimately its the results that matter.
The thing I peronally love about Nikon as a brand is the clarity and the vivid colors produced in camera...little need for enhancement in photoshop or lightroom unless of course you're aiming for a particular look in the finished product. As I get to know my new friend I realize I have to step back a little and spend time looking at each picture and appreciating what it is I am achieving, concentrate on the art and not the tools. Not everyone has a good eye or can see the art in everyday objects but if you do happen to have that gift its also useful to be able to utilize the tools available as a means to an end. Its all relative, remember the pile of bricks they called art at the Tate gallery?
If I like my pictures that's all that matters, and if someone else likes them too then its a bonus. Art and photography are becoming increasingly important in my life and I am very lucky to be able to indulge in the way I do. Maybe now I have learned something this morning I can stop with the tantrums and get on with the fantastic process of picture making!
Soul searching done, happy again! Looking forward to going to the zoo this weekend and getting some great subjects to practice on. Whoop whoop!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
That's all I have to say about that. I'm a little frustrated at the getting to know you stage of my relationship with my D90 although I know once we blossom we're going to get along just nicely. Someone tell me it's all going to work out... please!!!!!
Lets just say Ken Rockwell may be the man of the hour if I can ever get through his app... yes... an app for my Droid all about my D90. Mindblowing I know!!!!
That is all.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
- And the Winner is......
- Last Chance Work Out.
- It's review and GIVEAWAY time!!!!!!
- Shiny Happy People!
- The 90th Annual Rose Cluster...
- Tuesday Morning thoughts...
- Macro Monday.
- Taking a well earned break!
- Texture Tuesdays with Kim Klassen...
- and relax..........
- Taylor Swift fan!
- My evening..... of frustration.
- A beautiful Quiche.... .
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