At the end of the day…

Dec 12, 2019

against a bright blue sky

my mind is a blank

the sky is blue

at least, in the photo it is

the November air is cold

and the house is warm

what else is there?

~ HCMorris ~

Tomorrow is National Cocoa Day, National Salesperson Day, National Day of the Horse, National Violin Day, Pick A Pathologist Day, and National Guard Birthday.


Friday the 13th!


“Lost in…Holly’s World.”

~ HCMorris

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where ever you may be!

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Now Christmas Is Come

~ Washington Irving

Now Christmas is come

Let’s beat up the drum.

And Call all our neighbors together,

And when they appear,

Let’s make them such cheer

As will keep out the wind and the weather.

The Cat and the Moon

The cat sits
In the window
The moon rise
For mice
He might catch
Photo by The Phoblography

The Phoblography

THE CAT AND THE MOON. Taken on 27th December 2012 in Somerset, UK.

Goff James was kind enough to write a Haiku based on this photo. See it here:

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something to say…

Dec 12, 2019


which translates

into human



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against the sky

Dec 12, 2019

Here are some images I’ve taken recently…against the sky. Whether it was a gray, dreary day or bright blue sky! What is it with photos like these? Everyone takes them? Is it the feeling it creates? Or the sharp contrasts? I have no idea, but, I too, enjoy images such as these. Both viewing them and taking them!

Hope you enjoy!

Sassafras tree, I do believe

While attending class at the local community college, I had a professor ask me how I framed my images. I can’t remember exactly how he phrased it and I know why he asked…so that maybe I could help future students or very possibly help my classmates.

cigar tree

My response was…”I shoot what I like!” I can’t explain it, I really can’t. I see something I like, get it in frame with my camera and adjust as I need to and push the button.

Sometimes, a lot of times, I crop the image in photoshop. I’d say about 50% of the time. Most of the time, like in the first photo the image looks better if it’s “grounded”, has something near the bottom of the photo to kind of anchor it. But that isn’t always the case, like in the second photo. I can’t give you a reason why that photo works, but it does.

ornamental grass with trees in the background

I’ve also learned in the last year or so, to try and leave some negative space, so words can be added if wanted or needed. In the photo above, I could’ve cropped it closer to the bottom of the ornamental grass plume. But I feel like it could very possibly have a quote (or some words) added, so I left extra room.

While attending Shepherd University, in my Digital Photography class, we had to do a series with words…you’ve seen some of them before (the frog on my finger with the words “Kiss Me”, is one I can think of). And that’s part of the reason I started doing the “Fun with Words” and “Inspirational” posts. I like to do it!

I thought I had straightened the chimney… and I didn’t realize the cross was there when I took the photo. I was more focused on the chimney and the newspaper. I could’ve easily taken the cross out, but…it doesn’t bother me. Not as much as having the chimney straight.

The building with the newspaper painted on it used to be the Frederick News-Post building. They moved to a bigger, newer building a few years ago, and I think the building is empty – but don’t quote me.

smoke from the chimney

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been doing art. In elementary school, I had a poster used to help promote some event that was happening. Most of my high school career was centered around art… After high school, I was supposed to go to The Art Institute of Colorado in Denver. But, five days before I graduated (1995), I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer…operated on 5 days after graduation…spent that summer, fall and winter going through chemo. I tried to go to Frederick Community College (FCC), but ended up dropping out. I just couldn’t keep up with the classes, chemo (I finished chemo in December of that year), doctor’s appointments. When my son (born in 1998) started kindergarten, I went back to school. First FCC – AA in art in 2006) then Shepherd in 2008, after my mom passed away (she passed away in 2007). I got my Bachelor’s degree in Photography in 2012.

Here soon, I’ve got another HOW TO post to share…I’m not sure exactly what it will be about, but I’m sure it will be useful to someone. 🙂 I’ll also have some before and after and other stuff to share. As I have ideas, I haven’t completely planned them out, so you will know when I do!

Hope you enjoyed!

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“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

~ William Edward Hickson

hummingbird silhouette

Dec 12, 2019

Picture of the Day

Taken May 11, 2010
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure time: 1/60; ISO 400
Canon Rebel XS

“Who ever is happy will make others happy.” ~ Anne Frank

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Dec 11, 2019

Tomorrow is National Ding-A-Ling Day…so I thought I’d post some other nonsense!

Hope you enjoy!

Nonsense: spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense

  • no nonsense
  • absolute nonsense
  • pleasant nonsense

“There was an old lady whose folly

induced her to sit in a holly


by a thorn

her dress became torn

she quickly became melancholy”

~ unknown

Tomorrow is National Poinsettia Day, National Ambrosia Day, National Ding-A-Ling Day, and National Gingerbread House Day.

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“My brain is a compilation of absolute, complete and utter nonsense!” ~HCMorris

The first ever artificial Christmas tree was a German tree made of dyed goose feathers

Dec 11, 2019

Here are some facts about Christmas, from the

Hope you enjoy!

  • Scientists figured out that for Santa to deliver all the world’s gifts on Christmas Eve he would need to visit 822 homes a second traveling 650 miles a second or 2,340,000 miles per hour (3,765,865 kph)
  • For 13 years, between 1647 and 1660, Christmas was banned in the UK by Cromwell after the English Civil War.
  • Our needly favorite, the Christmas tree, doesn’t need to be thrown away every year, some parts are edible including the needles themselves which are a source of Vitamin C.
  • The holly inside a wreath actually represents Jesus’ Crown and the red berries represent his blood
  • In 2015, the world’s first Christmas card commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 sold for £8,469 ($10,513.84). The hand-colored card pictured a family drinking wine.
  • The star of Bethlehem that guided the wise-men is believed to be a comet or Uranus.
  • Our favorite pudding, the Christmas pudding, was initially a soup made with raisins and wine.
  • Edward Johnson invented the first electrical tree lights in 1882
  • The first Christmas was supposedly held in York, UK in 521AD
  • The Christmas-card staple, the red robin, was originally a joke mocking postman who wore red tunics. These postmen were known as robins.
  • Many peoples favorite carol “Jingle Bells” written in 1857 was actually written for Thanksgiving and was called “on horse open sleigh!”
  • Turkey wasn’t always the Christmas-go-to, England’s traditional meal of choice was actually a pig’s head and mustard. (Give me a goose, please?!?)
  • Santa Clause has worn many colors in his time including Blue, Green, white and Red. The red suit came about when Coca-Cola had an advertisement campaign in the 30’s.
  • The word Christmas comes from the old English meaning Christ’s mass (Cristes maesse).
  • The first Christmas crackers were made in London in 1847 by Tom Smith.
  • Rudolph was created in 1938 by a US marketing company.
  • The gold chocolate coins we receive at Christmas are to represent the gold St Nicholas supposedly gave to the poor.
  • The first ever artificial Christmas tree was a German tree made of dyed goose feathers.

“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”

~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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baby holly transplant

Dec 11, 2019

Wanted to give you an update on my baby holly transplant! She’s doing well. I think she will make it…only time will tell! She – I think it’s a she, but could be a he – doesn’t look so good right now, but below ground, it seems that her roots have taken hold. Which is a good thing!

I’m at the point right now, where I water once a week. Just started this week (Monday). On December 30, I start watering once a month. In order for me to remember, I have marked it on the calendar. Once the “once a month” watering starts, it won’t be so hard to remember, just at the end of the month or the beginning of “next” month, I need to get out there and water it.

Here are some more holly’s I found that need to be transplanted. I will be transplanting in the spring!

I might put them out by the interstate fence…the deer will love it when they get bigger! And, if there are enough, the trees could act as a sort of sound barrier between us and the interstate. Not that they will totally block or absorb the sound, but anything helps…right? The way the interstate curves coming down the mountain…the trucks can be heard from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom.

Well…there’s two of the three in that area that need to be transplanted! I just realized that two of the three photos I took are the same. So, the next chance I get, I will work on the third photo and include it!

All in all, I have 6 more holly’s to transplant. I think, the area I want to put them there is enough room. At some point, if I can, when I find more, I will probably have to sell them. But I’m not worried about that right now!

  • With all the holly’s I have on the property – including myself – I might name this plot of land “Holly Land” LOL!

“Love is like the wild rose briar,

Friendship like the holly tree.

The holly is dark when the rose briar blooms,

but which will bloom most constantly?”

~ Emily Bronte

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To read about the transplant, click here.

Send out the invites!

Dec 11, 2019

Picture of the Day

F/Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/400sec; ISO 500
taken Nov 26, 2019 at 12:15pm
Downtown Frederick, MD; Carroll Creek

Invite all the friends

Invite all the neighbors

And the kiddos too!

Gonna be a big feast tonight!

~ HCMorris ~

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First Snow

Dec 11, 2019

Just wanted to share this!

It snowed last night!! Not as much as they said we would get, but enough to make things pretty!

It’s supposed to get windy later so taking photos is gonna be hard!

And it is cold! 33 (F) degrees but with the wind-chill… It’s cold!

I’ll be heading back out in a little bit with my Canon and I’ll be posting my normal am posts here in a few (I only woke up about 20 minutes ago).

See you then!

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over and under water

Dec 10, 2019

Great Blue Heron in flight
~ Both parents take turns incubating the eggs for 4 weeks ~
Great blue herons nest in colonies called heronries
can have more than 500 nests in them
Mallard Ducks will mate with ducks of other species
a group of ducks on the water is called a sord
KOI aka jinli or nishikigoi

It’s been a gray, dreary day all day, raining most of the day. It’s supposed to get cold tonight and we could get up to 2 inches of snow tomorrow. I hope it helps to brighten my mood. Not that I’m in a bad mood, but I’m having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit! So, if you want, send some Christmas cheer my way!!

“I’ve got two tickets to crazy town. Who wants one?” ~ Daffy Duck

Tomorrow is National App Day and National Noodle Ring Day!

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Not Goose!


~ OR ~




a meme we made

The Plein Air Experience


My daughter, Sarah, helped me make a meme!  Spread it around!

This is our response to the latest “conceptual art” to become famous. I forget the artist’s name.

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