Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Header

As you'll note I put up a new picture on my header -- This was taken at the Burns Night.  I thought you all might like to see what is typically worn to a Burns Celebration since so many had commented that they had not heard of it.


I guess you could call this Seasonal.  It's taken in the snow but we are really waiting for Spring so that we can get back in the water.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Repeating Pattern

When we were leaving a hotel the carts were all lined up.  I thought this was appropriate for the repeating pattern theme.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Outdoor Cooking

Ok - I did not want to go out with the ice storm and snow today so I decided to use a photo from camping over Labor Day.  This is a 15 lb Turkey that we hang upside down over an open fire.  It takes 5 - 6 hours and it has a slight smokey taste.  We usually do this on Labor Day or Columbus Day when it is a little bit cooler and everyone loves to sit around the fire.

We always have lots of people saying "I'm joining you for supper!"

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Big Events

Burn's Night 2009.  The Scots celebrate the birth of Robert Burns the Scottish Bard.  Most of you will know him from his writing of Auld Lang Syne that everyone sings on New Year's Eve.

The presentation that you see being made here is the "Presentation of the Haggis!"  Burns wrote a poem called "To A Haggis" which is always performed at a Burns Night Ceremony.

Above is a link to the poem in case your interested in reading it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


My husband is a fly fisherman and was sitting here tying flies and the orange from this box of "Poppers" drew my attention.   I then could not decide if I should use it for Orange or Eyes!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I found this little shed that looks so abandoned and lonely on our way to the reservoir.  It looks like it should be a vibrant potting shed.
It could also have been used as a feeding station for some farm animals I guess.  I just know sitting out in the snow and falling apart made it look very sad.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Architectural Details

We decided to go back out to the reservoir today to see what we could find of interest.  The Old Stone Church in West Boylston, MA is one of the most photographed buildings in this area.  I find it a very interesting area to roam around and read the history.  Many houses, factories and buildings were abandoned and the area was flooded over for the reservoir.  The old stone church is vacant inside and the shell still stands where it has been all these years. 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sunrise, Sunset...-- Definitely Sunset

We were out visiting friends this afternoon about 15 miles from home and of course, I was not going anywhere without my camera.  On our journey back we were driving along the Wachusett Reservoir which is a large water supply for the City of Boston and surrounding areas.  It was getting close to sunset and I asked my husband to pull over at the top of the Dam in Clinton, MA so we could see if I could capture the sunsetting.  Well, since 9-11 there is no where that you can pull off the road by any of our dams (I do understand the reasons) but it makes it very difficult to try and get off the road to take a picture.  With the snow piled up the sides of the guard rails it made it impossible to pull off.  So in a last ditch effort I took this one out the window as we were driving down the road.  I could not believe my luck when I got home!  Hope you like it as much as I do......

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


This was the first photograph that I took that made me want to learn more.  I had recently met my husband and we were out on a schooner for a day cruise in Gloucester Harbor.  I didn't have a fancy camera, I had a throw away, waterproof camera.  The company I worked for was holding a contest for calendar pictures and I decided I liked this one enough to put it in the hat.  Low and behold I won!  It was in the calendar for a whole year.  Since then I've always dabbled but since we bought the Nikon D50.... I don't want to put it down.   I'm having so much fun and learning too!  Thanks everyone for all your comments.   Keep them coming.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I have been looking at these letters on our windowsill for the last 12 years (that's how long we've been married!) and didn't know what these were for so I finally asked my husband about them. They are letters that were used for type face printing, you put individual letters down  to form words.  Who knew?  I just thought that they would fit the Theme for Letters.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Wow -- I can't believe I've finally caught up with the correct date!

Today's picture is of my famous photographer.......  He was out on the ice taking pictures of the ice fishing guys!  His name is Ed and he's my husband!

Feline Friends (January 18)

Animal Kingdom has a wonderful safari ride and this is just one of the beautiful sites that you are able to view and take pictures of.  One of the biggest challenges is that the vehicle you are riding in never stops and the bumps and turns they take are very unnerving if you have on a telephoto lens.  The driver on the safari ride said this was an unusual site to see both the male and female resting so close together.    After I took this shot the female wandered off into the back and the group behind us never got to see her.

Magical or Mystical (January 17th)

This is the most Magical of all of Disney - the Electric Parade at Magic Kingdom with Mickey in the Lead.  It was a wonderful Parade down Main Street with all the characters.  It was a difficult shot to get with the darkness and all the flashes going off and all the people standing and waving.  This was number 10 of the shots I took.

Futuristic (January 16th)

This is from Future World at Disney so how can I not use it for the Futuristic Theme!  I have been so lucky with this trip and all the Themes that have been falling into place.  I loved all the photographic opportunities.

Baby it's cold outside (January 15th)

We've had about 10 inches of snow since we've returned from vacation and I'm ready to go back to Flordia.  Even our poor little birds can't get to the seed and suet we put out for them.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Toys (January 14th)

How could I go to Disney and not think of Toys!  The one that stands out most in my mind is Mr. Potato Head.  We have given so many versions of this toy to "Jordan" a friends son.  I just could not pick another toy!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Flags and Banners (January 13th)

During our time at Disney there many Themes that presented themselves as you can imagine.  We loved Animal Kingdom and spent a great deal of time there.  One of the things that I don't like in the animal world is bats but these presented themselves with the flags and banners and I thought the presentation would go well for the Theme.

Vine (January 12th)

I found this very interesting young lady walking around Animal Kingdom and thought it would really fit well with the Vine Theme.  Her name is Devine!  Hope you all like her.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Costume (January 11th)

What a better place to be able to pick a costume than to be at Disney!  I had too many to choose from.....

From the Sea (January 10th)

No trip to Disney would be complete without NEMO!  My Husband and I thought with the color in the background this was one of the nicest sculputures.

Footwear (January 9th)

This was a display in the French Perfume store in Disney.  I could not decide if I wanted to use it for the pampered theme or footwear.  But after much deliberation it came around to footwear!  Everywhere I turned in Disney there was an stunning display that dazzled the eyes.  The thing that was probably most amazing was that it was not all for children!

Legs (January 8th)

This picture was taken in Rainforest Cafe' at Disney's Animal Kingdom.  They are bar stools.   I just could not resist using it for the challenge!

Feathered or Feathers (January 7th)

These are the Blue Macaw's located in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  They are the most stunning color and it took a few times going back to see them before I could get them both at the same time.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

On Vacation

Wanted to let everyone know we'll be away with no access to a computer for the next week.  We'll be taking pictures but won't be able to upload till we come back on the 15th.  Have a great week and I look forward to seeing everyone's posts when we get back.

Hope the picture gives you a hint as to where we're headed!

Colored Glass

I was sitting here working on the computer this afternoon and the sun started to shine in the window onto this candle holder and I thought wow this is a picture I need to take.  I had a hard time deciding which Theme to use colored glass, red, or shadows.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Snow or Ice

This is the cove on which we live.  Sometime it is covered in snow but right now you can see the black ice.  It makes it look so cold.  It also makes me fell like a kid again and want to go ice skating because the ice looks so smooth.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I wanted to try something different today and shot this earlier.  Here is my try at a circle.  It just happens to have a wonderful purple Thistle inside.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Fire or Flame

I took this on a camping trip this summer and it made me feel warmer today.  The wind is howling and I did not leave the house. 

Friday, January 2, 2009


When I first looked out this morning the curves where quite dramatic and then they started to melt away.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Yellow - Sunflowers

You will all know I didn't take this today!  But I didn't get out to take a photo today as today is our 12th Anniversary.  I did want to get a photo posted today on the first day!  I chose this one because it it is one of my favorite photos.  I hope everyone will give me some feed back on it.  There is an ice cream stand in Connecticut called Buttonwoods.  They plant Sunflowers and give hayrides threw the fields for a fee and sell the flowers.  The fee and the cost of the flowers go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  I thought this was a perfect time and place to go and take pictures.  Hope you all enjoy it.

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