Month: March 2012

My childhood friend, Domo

It was in the 1950’s when my grandma and grandpa were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary. My grandma wanted a Persian cat, so my grandpa went to every pet store in their town and he couldn’t find any. When he got home, he handed her a box with holes in it and she knew what it was! As she looked inside she started laughing, there was a 50 year old desert turtle staring up at her. I have memories of following him around and being scared he was going to bite my toes! We all love and have grown up with Domo, and now being over 100 years old he’s still healthy and a close friend 🙂 ENJOY!

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I need a remote switch

Ok, so the other night we had a great moon out. In Oregon, being able to have the sky clear enough to see the moon during the winter is a big deal! HAHA! So I rushed my camera and tripod out there, tried to take a few pictures, and it was freezing! They didn’t come out the greatest, in order for the night shots to look better I need a remote switch, but I still think it turned out pretty cool 🙂 ENJOY!

 

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Another crazy cat lady post.

So as I’ve mentioned in a past post, that I’m absolutely crazy about my cats. My husbands cat Stevie thinks he’s a puppy at times and loves following me around. He’s like my little sidekick, anytime I’m in my room taking pictures out my window or in my room experimenting with different settings on my camera he’s right there watching me. I was even practicing my portrait shots with my brother on our front porch and Stevie was staring at me through the window! While my husband is miles and miles away from me, Stevie is sometimes the only thing that keeps me smiling. I know its silly, he’s just a cat, but he’s much more than that to me 🙂 So while he’s following me around I tend to take a few shots of him, now keep in mind, these are photos from like a month ago when I wasn’t doing well on where I needed to focus and he kept moving lol, so they are a little blurry but I think they are really sweet 🙂 

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And this one just made me laugh lol! Thanks for checking out my site!

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A Winery, the happiest place on earth.

As soon as I walked into the barrel room, I knew this is where I was suppose to be. Haha! It was a beautiful place, large wooden doors that went up about 20 feet above our heads and it led us into each room. Now every time I see a bottle of their wine I can’t help but think of the tour and all that we learned. My husband and I have recently started getting into wines, trying to figure out what makes this one different from the other, it’s all very interesting. If any of you have not tried wine, I dare you to go out and try one this week! GO DO IT! I hate most wines, lol! But the ones I like are usually the sweet ones that taste like grape juice. I suggest going out and getting like a White Zinfandel Strawberry. It’s really good and bubbly and it makes me happy 🙂 Thank you for reading and enjoy!

 

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I tried to come up with something catchy, but all I can come up with is “Waterfalls”

I had to hike a total of 4 miles to get these pictures, so you all better enjoy them haha! I’ve only seen a few waterfalls in my lifetime and everytime I’m around one I’m just at peace. It’s such a beautiful place to be. I love (like snow) looking at any kind of beds of water and just listening to it and the green plants around it, it’s like a completely different world. 

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I enjoy snow, as long as I’m inside, looking at it.

So, this post was harder for me. I’ve been putting off posting these pictures mainly because, I’m not fond of snow, at all. I woke up and was especially cold (due to the old house, lack of insulation, and the broken window in my room that you’ve recently seen in my past post) that morning. I can almost predict when it snows outside by the chill in the air. I’ve been hearing on the news, as they threatened, “Yes, it’s going to possibly snow.” I slowly looked out my window, and there they were, white puffs of ice stared at me, almost laughing, “You thought you wouldn’t see us again! Yes it’s almost March, but that doesn’t matter!” I sighed and my husband encouraged me to see the beauty in it and to go out and take a few pictures. It was a wet slushy snow, my favorite, so it was already starting to melt. I know this sounds silly, but when I look at pictures I see myself in them, even if they are close up pictures I think of myself as small as Alice in Wonderland, walking around the flowers or through the long forest of grass. I see myself in it and that’s how I see the beauty, that’s how I see the purpose in every photograph I look at. That’s when I start to understand all photographers. So, these are the ones that made me feel a little bit better about standing in cold, wet snow 🙂


These were taken with just a B&W Digital MCR UV-HAZE filter to fit my 67mm. 

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Covered bridges remind me of Sleepy Hollow

So my town is supposedly famous for its covered bridges. In 1925 this Bridge was built to, I believe, transport logs to and from the mill close by and was in operation until 1951. The bridge was also used in the movie, The General, staring Buster Keaton in 1926. Last year, in 2010, the bridge had to be destroyed due to how dangerous it was with it’s age, and the wear and tear a storm had done to it. It was very sad to see something so old and beautiful filled with so much history be torn down. I still wish to this day I had taken pictures of it, but they built a new bridge to represent the old one in 2011. Even though it’s still very hard not to see the old bridge there, this one is a nice replacement with a small park and memorial billboards next to it. I went walking there on a beautiful sunny day so I was able to see a lot more color in my photos than usual. 


While I was taking these pictures, I couldn’t help but thinking of my favorite horror story, Sleepy Hollow. I grew up watching the cartoon and I became completely obsessed with it at one point and wanted to learn all about it. Every time I look through them I get this haunting and exciting feeling that I can’t help but smile about. Enjoy 🙂


These were taken with just a B&W Digital MCR UV-HAZE filter to fit my 67mm. 

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