A Walk Through My Garden

Last week, I taught a camera phone, photography workshop.  Since I needed a few sample pictures for my presentation, I took a walk through my garden with my camera phone.  I know they aren’t the quality I get with my Canon 20D, but I did get some nice shots.

A detail of my sweet bird feeder.

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A black and white close up of one of my grapevine wreaths.

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I LOVE birdhouses.  My dad and I have a great time making them whenever we get a chance.  They are scattered throughout my garden.

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This one is my all time favorite.  My dad made it for us for Christmas a few years ago.

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These roses were here when we bought the house 17 years ago. I just love their tiny blooms.

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My breakfast spot and DIY table.

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These hydrangeas are loving the acidic soil between my lemon and orange trees.
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A bit of multi-tasking – watering and taking pictures.

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My favorite Jasmine plant. It is the Jasmine rose type. Looks like all of the attention I have been giving it has paid off.  It is full of blooms and they smell heavenly!

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Food for our visitors.

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wpid-wp-1404670576319.jpegMy garden studio where I am very lucky to spend many hours painting and creating jewelry.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

An Infrared Photograph

I have loved infrared B/W photography ever since I discovered it in college.  Especially when I photograph trees.  Once I started shooting digitally, I created a “similar to infrared” action in Photoshop.  This is a shot of a fountain surrounded by trees.  I took it a few years ago when I was on location, photographing an engagement session.

Anybody else a fan of infrared B/W photography?

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Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

A Visit to the Past

I have always loved this photograph.  I ran across it in an old portfolio the other day. I took it in college (in the 1980’s) with a 35mm Minolta film camera and developed and printed it in the college darkroom.  Oh, the good old days when I could spend an entire day printing B/W photographs in the darkroom to my heart’s content! 🙂  And the smell of developer and stop bath. Hmm…I think I just got a whif of them in my memory. LOL BWDogandShedW

The dog belonged to the farm and just happened to trot right out in front of me for a second while I was shooting the picture.  Then he happily took off down the road, back to the barn.

It is overcast and raining today, a perfect day for reminiscing…

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

 

Some Days are Harder than Others

Last week was a tough week and I just didn’t feel up to posting to my blog.  Our precious family cat, Button died.  We were lucky to have him with us for the past 10 years.  We miss him so very much.  I have had other pets who have died over the years, but it just doesn’t seem to get any easier.  They bring such joy and love to our lives.buttonandJazzy1W

We adopted him from a shelter when he was just a few months old.

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At the shelter, they named him Button because they thought he was “Cute as a Button.”  We totally agreed!

 

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It was right before Halloween and they were having an adopt a black cat day.   It was a Saturday and I was at work at my photography studio.  My daughter called me between shoots and said that she and her dad were at the shelter and she asked if she could get a cat.  (For the past few months, she had been visiting the shelter after her horseback riding lessons. ) I said, “What did your dad say?” She said, “He said I could if you said I could.”

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So when I got home that night, we had a new member of the family.  And he was most definitely, Cute as a Button!

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Hopefully I will get back to painting and posting new art to my blog soon.  I am off to my WP reader to catch up on what all of you blogger friends have been posting.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell