Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
~Betty Smith

Cucumber Curl

I've planted cucumbers for the very first time, and they're actually growing healthy & strong! I can't wait to be able to walk out the back door & pick one fresh from the vine!! Yum! =)


Smalltown Fair

The evening before the Fair was due to open, Dawn & I walked the park it was being set up at, we actually went to the park to take some nature shots (there's a pond there) well as we were on our way back to the car we noticed this gorgeous sunset! As we stood taking a few shots I just wasn't getting the look I wanted, Dawn noticed this and shared her space with me.
Thanks Dawn!
I love going out with Dawn on our Photo Explores, it's so much more than just taking photos...there's always some goofyness going on, her rolling around on the ground (got a shot of that one!) tripping over roots & rocks, because we both tend not to look where we're walking...to busy looking for the next photo op! (We call it the 'camera dance') =) ...both of us walking with our monopods at the ready, because we're not to sure if beavers attack! Oh, and getting up from a kneeling position can be fun to watch, lol : )
Sister to sister we will always be, A couple of nuts off the family tree.
~Author Unknown


Waterdrop addiction

So I'm like, addicted to waterdrops lately : )
The top photo is a Hosta leaf after I watered the garden, I thought the reflections in the drop were pretty neat! The middle photo is a Ladys Mantel leaf after a rain in Dawns garden, the leaves are all hairy & holds on to the drops real nice! And the bottom photo is a drop of rain on Bleeding Heart leafs, I really like how the drop just hovers over the empty space between the leafs : )


Designs by Iris

My Iris are blooming!
: )


Just Dandy

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spring sunshine warms the heart : )

My sister gave me a twig of her Bleeding Heart plant last year, I can't believe how big it grew this spring! I just love this plant, the bold colors & shapes are truely a gorgeous addition to my tiny gardens.
Happy Spring everyone!!

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Wish I could share the sounds that were all around me as I took this shot. The wonderful music of the wetlands as the day fades to night...yes peaceful, serene and a tad bit eerie...all so very good for the soul : )



I tell ya, I really, really love my 50mm lens : )
My new windchime was perfect for practicing my angle shooting, cause most of the time my photos just look crooked, blah! lol : )
I also like messing around with dof, selecting what I want to be in focus & what I want blurred, I find that to be a whole lotta fun!


Birthday Girl

Caroline, Dawns grandaughter, celebrated her first birthday last week, yup, a year old already! She is a very photogenic little gal & I had a lot of fun trying to capture all the fun she had had on her special day! : )
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
~Walt Streightiff


Spring Blues

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
~Audra Foveo


Forcing Spring

For a few years now I've been cutting Forsythia branches and bringing them indoors, popping them into a vase of water to force them to bloom early, well this year I tried a pear tree branch, unsure if it too would bloom. Was I pleasantly surprised when they started to bud : )


Huh? You talkin' to me!

Emily, my niece, has the wildest hair, if it's not pulled back in pig tails it's all a big mop of curls : ) I'm really liking the 50mm lens for candids, it's awesome in low light & pretty quick when taking shots of this little runner. : )



Well about 12 inches of snow fell last night & the birdfeeder was very busy this morning, the Tufted Titmouse, Wrens, Chickadees & Sparrows all happily taking their turns at the feeder. The birdfeeder is right outside the window so that I can sit inside all nice and warm and watch all the birds as they visit the feeder : )
I swear this Tufted Titmouse was posing for me, usually their very shy!
They're so adorable! : )


Grape Hyacinth

Had a little taste of spring this past weekend, went to a flower show at a local college.
Oh, if I could have bottled up that wonderful spring scent, and shared it with you all, I would have! It smelled sooo incredible!! : ) This is just what I needed during this oh so drab, cold, muddy & snowy March in New England!
(We're expecting another snow storm tommorrow....yuck!) : (



I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all.
-Joni Mitchell


Above The Magnolia Tree

Thursday night we had the best snow, all heavy & wet. It looked gorgeous! Every tree branch was covered with snow. So there I was at 10:30 at night hanging out the second floor window! The neighbors lampost giving off the perfect amount of light, I just couldn't help myself! : )