oh the possibilities…

Jan 12, 2020

As you may be aware, I like to work in abstract sometimes. Here lately, I hadn’t spent too much time “playing” with my photos. But today, I “got in the mood”, so to say!

The images are of a dead flower…all the same image, just with different filters or adjustments applied to them in photo shop. They were taken with my new macro lens attachments, I just can’t remember if it was just the +10, or with all three (+1, +2, +10). I’m leaning towards just the +10, but I can’t be sure.

Hope you enjoy!

From one photo

so many images

the joys of digital photography…

. . . the original . . .

at the bottom of each photo, I listed which filter or application was applied

. . . equalized . . .
. . . posterized . . .
level 4
. . . posterized . . .
level 2
. . . threshold. . .
. . . blue neon . .

Not sure if I like this last one, but hey! I’m sure someone will! It looks rather bland, boring to me…but that’s just me!

All I did was play in photo shop until I got something I liked. It just so happened that I picked the right image to play with! I would’ve kept playing, but my boyfriend wanted me to help him with some chores, so I had to save and walkaway for the time being!

They’re not available anywhere else yet, but they will be. Hopefully by the end of the week.

Is there anything else I need to tell you about the photos? I can’t think of anything, but if you have any questions feel free to ask…

And before I forget, I looked into whether or not pine cones can be used as a fire starter in the wood stove. They can be!! Which is a huge…YAY!! But in all honesty, I don’t know if I’d let the fire go out if I had a choice! Yeah, it’s warm in here – 83 degrees (F) indoors, 59 degrees (F) outdoors – and it feels like summer, but it feels great going outside! Walking around the house in shorts and sleeveless shirts feels awesome! All the doors are still open at the moment… will probably be shutting them here soon…

“Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval.” ~ unknown

“Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are.” ~ unknown

~ these quotes are for me as much as they are for you, sometimes I have to remember the good things in my life, and not focus on the stressful, bad things ~

Tomorrow is Korean American Day, Stephen Foster Memorial Day, National Clean Off Your Desk Day, National Peach Melba Day, National Sticker Day, and National Rubber Ducky Day!

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Anything is Possible…and doable

Jan 12, 2020

Sunday’s Inspiration and Double Vision

“Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” ~ Chef Paul Prudhomme
“True success is reaching our potential without compromising our morals.”
~ Muhammad Ali
Keep Dreaming
Double Vision

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**It’s 61 (F) degrees outside! And 83 (F) degrees in the house! Yes, we still have the wood stove going! I have the front door and back door open, which I guess helps a little, even though we have storm windows in both doors. We don’t have anything to get a fire going again if we let it go out! (My boyfriend said he was going to chop some kindling, but as of yet, has not done it.) I’ve heard that dried up, dead pine cones can be used to start fires, but not sure if they can be used in wood stoves… something I will have to check out!

ducks are walking here!

Jan 12, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken November 30, 2019
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 1/125sec; ISO 100
CANON EOS Rebel T6

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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*sorry I’m late, I really didn’t want to get up this morning!

a walk in nature…

Jan 11, 2020

Cell Phone Saturday

Didn’t do a whole lot today…put the Christmas tree away and went for a walk. I took more – Christmas – pics than the one below…but I think I’m going to save them for a later post.

Other than that, I’ve just been working on photos…which you will get to see soon enough!

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Taken around 4pm today…

Kokopeli… a fertility deity in Native American Culture, also seen as a trickster and represents the spirit of music

a wicked looking tree…I have to keep an eye on this tree, if I don’t…it doesn’t take long for vines to take over.

It would look awesome with Halloween decorations, if it were in the right place!

There’s a chance we could get thunderstorms tonight with 40mph (mile per hour) gusts throughout the night! It’s 66 degrees outside right now – way above normal. At least if the power goes out we have heat, not like it’s going to be that cold. But still… 🙂

“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

“All sounds are sharper in winter, the air transmits better.”
~ John Burroughs

Snow absorbs sound

“People don’t notice if it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
~ Anton Chekhov

My boyfriend would disagree…

Tomorrow is National Kiss A Ginger Day, National Sunday Super Day, National Pharmacist Day, and National Marzipan Day.

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Azalea's Close Up

Picture of the Week

taken January 5, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/50sec; ISO800
CANON EOS Rebel T6
with macro lenses

It’s a Saturday thing!!
(unknown)

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cedar berries

Jan 11, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken December 12, 2019
F-Stop:5.6; Exposure Time: 1/15sec; ISO160
CANON EOS Rebel T6

“Every day is a new day, a new opportunity, a new chance.” ~ unknown

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Blue Afternoon

Jan 10, 2020

Cell Phone Picture

Aperture: f/2.4; exposure time: 1/1156sec; Iso50 with flash
taken today
with my cell phone
LG-M257

I was going to call this “Blue Sunset” but since the photo was taken at 3:42 pm (eastern US time), it’s not technically “sunset”! The sun sets at 5:05 where I live… and it’s not a remarkable sunset, so…

Sunset is technically “the apparent decent of the sun below the horizon line and (also) the atmospheric affects, according to Webster – Mirriam Dictionary.

  • Some of the colors of the sunset resemble something: The bright, red, pure colors at night mean that the air is clear to the west; this indicates there will be good weather in the morning. A red sky in the morning means that good, high pressure weather has already passed, indicating low pressure weather (storms) will be coming to the east. theodysseyonline
  • pollution causes the pretty/colorful sunsets 😦 sad but pretty

“It’s almost impossible to watch the sunset and not dream.”
~ Bernard Williams

“Forever that girl that gets really excited when the sky is in pretty colors.” ~ unknown

“Red sky at night, sailors delight
Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.”

~ weather lore

“Enjoy each sunset for the promise of a better tomorrow” ~ unknown

Tomorrow is National Vision Board Day, National Arkansas Day, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, National Milk Day, and National Step In A Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day,

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looking at you…

Jan 10, 2020

why are you looking at me like that?

Because, you see

that look you give…

when I look at you

and you’re looking at me

with eyes so wide…

with eyes full of wonder…

with curious eyes that want to know…

and wandering if you are dinner…

When you look at me,

what do you see?

“once you stop looking for what you want, you find what you need.”
~ unknown

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**you would think that my cat is a show cat, but he is not! I think he’s just old and more tolerable of things!

frosty leaves

Jan 10, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken December 8, 2019
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure Time:1/100sec; ISO250

“Frosty!”

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” ~ Robert Frost

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"Ahoy"

Jan 9, 2020

Just swimming by to say…

hello

salutations

howdy! or howdydo!

how’s tricks?

(gem from the 1920’s)

breaker, breaker

(Think CB radio)

“Hello sunshine”

“a simple hello could lead to a million things”

Did you know…

  • That Canadians say “sorry” so much that a law was passed in 2009 declaring that an apology can’t be used as evidence of admission to guilt.
  • volcanoes were erupting on the moon when dinosaurs existed
  • A habit of intelligent humans is being easily annoyed by people around them, but saying nothing in order to avoid a meaningless argument.
  • if a grizzly bear and a polar bear mated, their offspring would be “Pizzy Bear”
  • “spaghetto” – a single strand of Spaghetti

And now it’s time to swim away and say…

adieu

adios

cheerio

au revoir

so long

Peace!

fare well

See you later alligator

give a hug, ladybug

hit the road, hoppy toad

Tomorrow is National Oysters Rockefeller Day, National Cut Your Energy Costs Day, National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, and Save the Eagles Day.

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oh so tiny!

Jan 9, 2020

But first, I want to tell you about the conversation my son and I just had…

It all started because my son said something along the lines of “We need a break from the insanity in this house!” Something along those lines, and he was talking about the peace and quiet…no tv, no radio, no external noise…just peace and quiet!

“You’re telling me everyone in this house is insane?” I asked. “Including you?”

“Where am I?” my son asked.

“In house” I replied. (I could’ve said ‘in this house’ but I wanted to see what he would say.)

“Better to be in-house than outhouse!”

The tears were rolling! Neither one of us could stop laughing! We’d stop, take a breath, then one of us would start to laughing again! I actually had to leave the room…

I’m not sure if I’m quoting exactly, except for that last line…that last line is verbatim!! It’s probably not as funny to you, but I really needed that laugh!

So, anyway…what’s so tiny! Let me show you!

… Cell Phone Photos …

Taken today
with my cell phone 🙂

I bought this little camera at an auction I went to back in October I think. I only paid $4 (USD) for a box of cameras and things! When I got home and started going through things, I actually was excited about this buy!

Aperture: f/2.4; Exposure time: 1/164sec; ISO 50 (with flash)
LG-M257 cell phone

It came in a little box, with instructions. It is a “miniature camera” with a single fixed focus lens, shutter I (1/25) & B. Takes 10 pictures of 14mmx14mm on 16mm roll film. The size of the camera is 55mmx30mmx30mm.

On Ebay, they’re listed as spy cameras and only worth around $25 up to $100. I guess depending on condition.

On the list of instructions it says you can send the roll of film to SMALL FILM PHOTOLAB, with a Brooklyn NY address. The cost was only 7 cents (US) each.

I couldn’t imagine trying to load the film into the camera! It’s just like a regular single lens reflex (SLR) camera, just way smaller!

Other sayings by son of a leprechaun:

“The family that laughs together, stays together.
Yeah, well, the family that poops together, moves together.”

“Oh look! A brown dot! Oh my goodness – I’ve never seen a brown dot before! (Laughter) Let me see! Let me see!”

A twisted song:

“Daisy, Daisy, tell me your answer do
Are you shaped like an elf or two?”

A riddle: (I will give you the answer at the end)

I can cure you but I am not medicine. I am a part of nature. I am not water or herb. What am I?

And yours truly:

“I just shaved my tongue this morning!”
(Again, I will explain this at the end!)

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As I promised: the answer to the riddle is time!

And the shaving my tongue: well, we had just started on our trip back home from the family reunion (this was a few years ago, my son was still in a booster seat) in Pennsylvania in late June…and I noticed that the hair on my legs was already starting to grow back and I said “I just shaved my tongue this morning!” what I meant to say was, “I just shaved my legs this morning.” Everyone in the car heard and busted out laughing! Of course, my son didn’t know what was so funny! When we had gotten some composure back, my mom made a comment like “Did you forget to put your eye teeth in this morning?” …eye teeth, so you can see what you are saying?!?

Yep, that’s my family! And I wouldn’t change a thing!

have a great one…see you again soon!

United Steam Fire Engine Company #3

Jan 9, 2020

My boyfriend and I had to go downtown a few weeks ago…while waiting at a red light, the fire engine came back from a call. And I was lucky enough to have my camera (Canon EOS Rebel T6) with me. (I almost always have it with me!)

so below you will find some info about the company… when my son was in elementary school, his class took a field trip downtown, historic places was the destination and this fire house/station was one of the stops.

  • was established in 1845
  • originally called Mechanics Hose Company, four days later changed to United Hose Company
  • members were dubbed “swampers” by towns people, the original fire house was situated on swampy land near Carroll Creek
  • in 1847, a committee was formed to erect a building on the current site (photos above)
  • the nickname “swampers” is still proudly displayed on the back of the company’s engines.
“Old Lady”
(not my image)

“Old Lady” is currently being stored at the United Fire Station and will someday be on public display at the proposed Frederick County Fire Museum in Emmitsburg (near Gettysburg). It was built for the Mechanical Fire Company in Baltimore in 1821, rebuilt in 1847, and the United Fire Company (Frederick) purchased the tub pumper in 1859. It cost the company a little over $3,000 to purchase the pumper. The “old lady” was also owned by the volunteer fire company of Libertytown from 1880-1932.

“Lily of the Swamp”
(not my image)

The Lily of the Swamp” was placed into service in 1878, with the “swampers”, the United Steam Fire Company #3. During the drought of 1893, water was continuously pumped into the reservoir from a local spring for seventeen days. “Lily” was donated to The Smithsonian in 1932.

I have other images from when we went on the field trip, but I haven’t dug them out yet. When they built the fire house, horses were used to pull the engines… and they had to build the stairs steep so the horses, which were stabled on the first level , couldn’t climb the stairs to the upper levels. The image of “Lily” was taken somewhere in what is now baker Park, probably near where the Carillon now stands. And that area does – still – get swampy when we get heavy rains. (I’m judging this by the houses in the background of the photo.)

http://www.ufc3.org/content/history/

And that’s about all I have for now…

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