Thursday, October 30, 2008

October 30th -

Jay in a mossy Redwood tree, in N. Ca, August 2007. I know it's a bit blurry, but I still really like it. I do wish it had come out better, though.

Monday, October 27, 2008

October 27th - Not Wheat

Taken with my Holga, at Elkhorn Slough, Ca.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October 21st - Paradise?

This was taken at Carmel beach, near the Carmel river. I just loved how rapt her attention was when the flock of pelicans flew overhead.

Monday, October 13, 2008

October 13th - Jelly in Blue

Here's a different jellyfish. I sure do love those, and am quite sad that the Monterey Bay Aquarium has decided to close down the jelly exhibit! :(

Sunday, October 5, 2008

October 5th - Holga images

Here are some pictures I've taken recently with my Holga plastic toy camera:

For these, I used color 120 or 35mm film, and had it processed at a lab:

The next two I took, developed, and printed myself:

The rest I shot, developed myself, scanned the negative into the computer, then colored parts of them in Photoshop:

Friday, September 26, 2008

September 26 - Jellyfish

Yet another photo that won me second place. I sure wish I'd get to first place already! Geesh! :D

I kid. I'm happy I won second place trophy and beat out over 100 other photos!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

September 24 - Funky Flower

I did not take this photo, my daughter did. She painted the flower, loved it and wanted me to take a picture. I handed her my toy Holga camera and said she should. She forgot to wind the film, and got a double exposure. I cleaned it up a tad in Photoshop (she's only 6), and this is the result. Is this not the BEST?!?!

Here is another
great image she
took, at the Bixby
bridge in Big Sur, Ca.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

September 21 - Coalette

This is my puppy (she's 7, now!), Coalette. Her brother's name is Nitro. "coal" and "night" Get it? Their black. Yeah, we're really clever, aren't we? :D

Actually, I'm kind of disappointed I didn't think to name her "Glycerine."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

September 18 - Tag

I won second place in a photo contest on with this photo!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

September 9 - Magnolia

I am quite proud of this photo. I came in second in a contest with this one!

Monday, August 25, 2008

August 25th - Amaryllis in bloom

They bloomed! I've got five! Isn't it pretty?!?!

They actually bloomed days ago, but I'm just getting them posted, now.

Friday, August 22, 2008

August 22nd - Mushrooms

I've been getting these weird mushrooms in my garden lately. They look like this in the early am, then they go all black and goopy and fall over. The gooey black gunk gets all over everything! Ick!
But, apparently, they are beneficial. Or so I've been told. I'll just leave them if they come up again. :P

Friday, August 15, 2008

August 15th - Blackbird

Although you can't see it in this picture, this poor bird has fishing line wrapped around his legs. He could still walk a little, but mostly just hopping. I took this at the aquarium, a few weeks ago. I told the staff about him, but by the time someone came, (which was rather quickly, btw) he had flown up into a tree. :(
Anyway, I actually shot this during the 30 day challenge, but didn't use it because his tail is cut off in the picture. That bugged me. I still really like this one, except the fishing line, of course.

Friday, August 8, 2008

August 8th - Zucchini

I said I'd probably post it when I cooked one of the zucchini's from my plant, and tonight it was my dinner! I fried up two zucchini, two summer squash, two crook-neck squash, and about a dozen mushrooms in some olive oil that had garlic flavor in it, and a tiny bit of chopped onion, salt and pepper. It was fantastic! Yum!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

August 5th - Amaryllis

I now have 4 amaryllis sprouts. You can only see 3 here, though. This is the difference between the end of last month and today, only 5 days! It's amazing watching these grow!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

July 31st - A New Beginning

I know that, technically, this was a thirty day challenge, but my OCD-like traits wouldn't let me finish yesterday. So, I'm finishing today with a New Beginning.

This is an amaryllis bulb, sprouting out of the ground. I thought they had finished for the year, since they hadn't sprouted in a few months, so I transplanted sunflowers over the bulbs (the green peeking out from behind the red shoot), so hopefully they won't interfere with each other too much. In a few days, I'm gonna have pretty flowers! :)

Good news! I followed some troubleshooting directions in my camera's manual, and it seems to have worked! Keep your fingers crossed for me that my camera keeps working! :) LOL

Thanks all, for the wonderful comments, it was a real gift you gave me! I wish I could have returned the favor, but I'm not very good at that, I'm afraid. I really appreciated the kind remarks. Thank you all very much!

I'm looking forward to another photo challenge, and plan on continuing this photo blog, so stay tuned! :) I probably won't post every single day, but a couple of times a week is my goal!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

July 30th - George Carlin

I was on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, today. For about ten minutes! I saw Georges star, and couldn't NOT take a picture of it! :) I got a picture of every name I recognized for the two blocks I was there, but this is the one I wanted to share, since he is so recently departed. :(

I'm home again, now. My camera is still broken. The focus lock works sporadically, and there are only two focus options, instead of the four I'm supposed to have, which is a new problem, today. I fear I will be without a camera soon. At least it made it through the month. I will be forced to use my old 3.3 mp point and shoot. :( I'm very depressed.

However, I made it through the thirty days!!!!! Tomorrow will have a picture, and probably so will many more days after that, because this was great fun! I just wish I had a decent camera to continue with! Oh, well. :P

Thanks for the challenge, everyone! :D

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 29th - Ant Farm

I found an ant farm! Not the kind you can buy in a store, either. :) This is in my husband's aunt's garden. (aunt-in-law?)

I thought it was pretty cool. I'm out of town (in LA) at the moment, so sorry for the cruddy quality of the picture. Also, my camera broke, and is acting quite random! Really annoying!!!!

At least it still takes pictures, even if they are crap.

Anyway, here are the ants and aphids for your viewing pleasure!

Monday, July 28, 2008

July 28th - Cinderella?

I think Cinderella may have visited my garden last night. I didn't know they held balls around here! ;)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

July 27th - Dinosaur

Today is my daughter's 6th birthday party. She helped me make her cake. What do you think? Cute, no? :)
Busy day, gotta go. Have a good one, all!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

July 26th - Thorns

Just some thorns from my dormant Fuchsia Gooseberry bush. Scary looking, ain't it?! :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

July 25th - Aquarium Triptych

It always seems to be the same fish who are enthralled with the flash on the camera! ;)

Anyway, here's a Cardinal Tetra, the Mystery Snail, and a Zebra Danio.

The tetra is the only one I have. I have 8 other Neon Tetras which are extremely close in looks (the red only covers half the body, but that's the only difference I can see), but I can't find any more Cardinals at the local pet stores. It stinks, because they are a schooling fish and like to be in odd-numbered groups. This one seems to be the leader for the Neons. They're always following him around.

The Zebra danios are annoying, and they nip the other fish's fins. I don't like them, but they're hardy and great for starting a new tank. I have 6. They're from India and all the other fish I have are from South America, so that could be why there is so much contention among the Danios and the other fish. (?) I had to take the betta fish out of the tank because of the Danios and the Guppy's tail fin is starting to get a little nipped, but they're nippers, too. I'm going to leave him in the tank. Mainly because I have no place else to put him. :( The betta is in a bowl, now, though.

They snail I already talked about a few days ago. Anyway, I'm rambling again. Sorry. I'll stop now. :)

For those who are interested, my fish tank is 100 gallons. :)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

July 24th - Shorebird

This is a shorebird that is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I don't know what kind. It sucks how hard it is to take a decent shot there, but I think I did pretty good today. I'm saving the best, though. ;)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

July 23rd - Otocinclus

This is an Otocinclus. They are sucker fish, who like algae and swim quickly. They're very hard to catch. Otocinclus, at least the dwarf kind, get to be only about 1 1/2 inches long. This one is probably an inch at the most right now. S/he is sucking on the inside of the tank. I took this shot from the side of the tank looking out the front. The one on the left is him/her. ;) (duh.) S/he's got two reflections, for some reason.

For those who've been wondering: Yes, the plants in my tank are silk plants. I can't stand the plastic kind, and the real ones get mauled by the critters, so I went with fabric. :)

I was going to wait and see if I got a better shot later today, but got bored this morning, so decided to try to photograph the fish again. Eventually, I'll be able to get a shot of the Zebra Danios! They swim just as quickly as the Otocinclus do, but the Otocinclus do tend to stop for a while, occasionally.

I'd also like to get a shot of one of my Neon or Cardinal Tetras, but the flash just makes the colors on them explode and it looks like the pic is blurry when it's not, it's only the reflections shooting every which way.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

July 22nd - Hillside

I went to my inlaw's house today, and had to drive by some hills. These are typical California hillsides, always brown. ;)

(They do turn green, sometimes.)

I know it's a tad blurry, but we were driving at the time.

Monday, July 21, 2008

July 21st - Mystery Snail

He's not a mystery, that's just what they're called. Look it up. :) (They're also called apple snails.)

I just got this little guy today, to help clear the tank of algae. Unfortunately, it has become a problem. :(

The last time I had one of these, he grew to darn near fist size! This one is about 1 1/2 inches in length, so far. My daughter picked out a yellow one, but they also come in black. Yellow is easier to see against the black background of the tank.

Yes, I know we're back to my fish tank, I just didn't do anything of interest today, so this is what you all get. Sorry. :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

July 20th - Ed

Today's picture is a portrait of my dad, Ed. I asked him if he minded, and he said, "Hell no!" :)
I like how it turned out. He's a handsome fella, ain't he? ;)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

July 19th - Red Minor Tetra

Here's a Red Minor Tetra, from my tank. I finally think I figured out how to photograph my fish! :D

Just in case you're interested: I used my macro filters and turned on the flash. I thought they'd freak out about the flash, but, actually more fish came over to investigate, and they seemed to like it! So weird.

Anyway, isn't s/he just a pretty little thing? :)

I was working on borders again (how else am I gonna learn?), and decided circular borders are way tougher than I expected! I'm really just not all that pleased with what I was able to do. So, I went online (google) and found a porthole to put around the little guy, and I think it turned out great!

Friday, July 18, 2008

July 18th - Bean blossom

This is the blossom that is currently on my mystery bean. I call it a mystery bean, because it is from a bag of soup mix that I sprouted for another photo purpose (jelly bean sprout), but we planted this one and still don't know what kind of bean we'll get from it. I actually have four of these bean sprouts growing, and six pea plants, all from the soup mix. I think this one is a pinto bean.

Anyway, I just thought the delicate little flower was so pretty and wanted to share it, plus I'm playing with the borders again, and I really like this one. I know it's a bit similar to yesterday's, but apparently I really like green! :)

I also like how it resembles a snapdragon.

Please leave comments, I am loving that part of this challenge! ;)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

July 17th - Spring Mix

I took a picture of my (crowded) pot of spring mix lettuce this morning so I could practice with borders (Thanks, Cap for the ideas!). I really like how this one turned out. :) A good border can make even a blah picture look snazzy.

The real task, though, is going to be trying to thin these out without killing any. My daughter and I put too many seeds in the pot, obviously. :P

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

July 16th - Planter Boxes

Here are the planter boxes, for those who wanted to see the finished product. My hubby is more into function than form, but I'm very pleased with them! I haven't transplanted all the plants, yet, but I'll finish that up tomorrow. I bought a jasmine plant today (yay!), so I may take pictures of that tomorrow, I'm not sure.

In this photo, you can see why I needed the planters. The gray brick covering the yard runs the entire length of the yard, and we don't have much of a backyard to speak of (it's only a 6 ft wide strip of cement!). In the back you see the brick border with the tiny strip of dirt up against the house, that is the only other place I can plant anything, and it's just not big enough for much. I've got a rose, a jade plant, a fuchsia gooseberry (that's the one you can see, tons of thorns but the flowers are so pretty!), and a cactus in there. There's also some amaryllis bulbs, but they're dormant right now. There's room for more, but it's full of sand, which isn't good to plant in, and it's very narrow. I may do something about the soil problem soon, but now that the planters are in front of it, it will need shade loving plants. Then, if I move the planters in the future, I'd have to move all of those plants, too. Ugh. I put a hyacinth in the planter box in the foreground for now along with a fuchsia. My neighbor gave me cuttings from hers, and I think they'll be happy there. At least for a while. :)

I'm rambling today, so I'll stop now. :) Here's the obligatory: "I'm growing food!"

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July 15th - Building planter boxes

Finally, my little plant babies will be getting a home to live in! My husband and I built four planter boxes today, so I could transplant the veggies I'm growing into them, which I will be doing tomorrow. Here is a shot of him cutting some of the wood. The planters turned out really nice, and bigger than I expected (4 ft long x 1 1/2 ft wide x 1 ft deep). I couldn't be happier! :) I'm growing food! ;)

I went with a black and white today, I thought it looked better, as the metal of the saw was awfully blueish.

Monday, July 14, 2008

July 14th - Fly macro

Yet another insect macro. I love the colors on the fly, I hate the fly, but I love the colors! :) Ha, ha, yet another picture of my zucchini plant, too! :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

July 13th - The Love Bug

This is the little love bug I found inside a Daylily today. :) Isn't he just so cute?!?!
I thought he was a spider, but when I got home and was able to see the picture more clearly, I saw the little heart on his back. It's too cool!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

July 12th - Guppy

This is the Tequila Sunrise Guppy from my aquarium. I shot 150+ photos to get just one that was clear, and this is the best I could do for now. My fish are just not lazy! They love to swim quickly, which makes it very hard to take pictures of them.

I got the gargoyle decoration because he is just too adorable! Don't you agree? :)