Red Lily Day

I took these lily photos back in late June early July and now here it is September.  Where did the summer go? I know you on the other side of the hemisphere are chomping at the bit for it to be full spring and then summer but I’m not ready to let go just yet!

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It’s my anniversary!!!

It was 3 years ago today that I first burst upon WordPress not having a clue about how I was going to do things but knowing what I wanted to do!  In that time the world has changed and so have we all.  I have improved my photographic skills (something I will be doing hopefully until the day I put the camera down for good) and have “met” so many wonderful people through blogging that I would not have if I hadn’t started this.  Some of you first followers are still followers and you are very special to me because it was your words of encouragement that kept me going.  All of you are amazing and it is such a pleasure to share our worlds with each other.

And the places from around the globe you all come from – wow!  I can say that from you I am learning bits and pieces of other languages as well as customs.  The discovery of other turtle, rose, and cooking aficionados has broadened my horizons and through you I have traveled to so many places.  Thank you, other photographers, who have helped me by posting how you’ve achieved certain shots, answered my questions, and given me inspiration for my work.  I hope you feel the same.

So let’s pop the bubbly and enjoy some cake while we raise our virtual glasses and toast to more years of blogging.  Cheers!

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Working in nature, with animals, and outtakes…

I’d like to sum up wolf week with some words about what it was like to do this shoot.  Shooting outdoors means you are subject to the whims and sometimes cruelties of nature.  Sun, no sun, clouds, no clouds and in the case of this day sun with few clouds and temps in the high 80’s with humidity levels in the same range.  The air was thick! Our adventure began with a chat about the wolves from their handlers; their ages, temperaments, how to approach, don’t touch his tail, what to do if, etc. but there was never a time anyone was in any kind of danger from them other than as I mentioned before slobbering, shedding fur, and a head butt or two.  After legalities were handled (waivers and releases) we set off into the woods of this huge park.  All of us hiked into the woods with our equipment in various styles of back packs with a few hauling their cameras on tripods and monopods.

The humidity of the day in all of that “nature” meant several of us had fogged up glasses; all of us were quite a bit damp.  The path was a natural one so that meant mud and lots of it from the prior days rains.  One group went into the woods with the male wolf for some shots while I and my group stayed on the path shooting images like the one posted yesterday.  It was at that point that those in my group hear a loud OW followed shortly by several more cries of pain.  We turned around just in time to see people and a wolf running out of the woods.  They had stumbled upon a hornets nest and were the subjects of the pointy ends of things.  Fortunately the injuries were only as serious as some temporary pain and plenty of red bumps.

Further down the road we came across a small creek where the wolves enjoyed jumping in and cooling off.  While we did some slip sliding in the mud getting the right angle for our shots.  We ended the shoot in a big open field which while it looked flat was filled with little dips and soggy spots which made for some interesting walking through the tall grass.  By that time I think we were all pretty much spent and what with having to hike back from whence we came – we didn’t venture any further.

It was a wonderful shoot and they mentioned another might happen in the cooler or winter months.  But regardless of the weather,  there are things to take into consideration when doing a shoot like this or any outdoor shoot – like what gear to take and how will you carry it?  You may be working far away from where you parked so plan ahead what you will take with you because you alone will be carrying it unless you happen to have someone to do that for you.  Besides photo gear you may want to include water for yourself, sunscreen and insect repellant when it’s warm.   And then there is what you should wear.

Because I knew I would be in the woods I wore my long cargo pants with socks and sturdy tennis shoes;  I wish I had worn a hat too.  When it’s cold you will need proper clothing to keep you and your hands warm.  Don’t neglect to be aware of the weather and the temperature too for your gear.  Will you need something to keep your gear warm or dry or both!  Big Ziploc bags can be a lifesaver when things get damp.

And with that I leave you with a few “outtakes” from the shoot.  Have a happy weekend everyone :)


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She Wolves

Some might say that this image has it’s “issues” photographically speaking.  The young lady’s face is partially blocked by leaves, there are sticks in the way, it’s not following the rules of thirds, and so forth and so on.  But you know what? Art as in beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I really like this image.  Why?  Because to me while I would’ve loved to have captured both of their faces in clear view from this angle – framed by leaves and such – that didn’t happen.  You cannot get animals to pose the way you want to necessarily and sometimes there will be things in the way when you are shooting in nature.  You either discard the shot, move around, or work with it as it is.

Now I did get other clear shots of both of them on this fallen tree from a different side but I really like this one because to me it tells a story of sorts; the mysterious wolf lady (in great boots I might add) and her she wolf partially hidden in the wild forest.  What do you think?


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Throwback Thursday with Hal and the Daisies

Trying something new for Thursdays – throwback posts.  This was originally posted in July of 2012 but something very interesting has happened since then.  I’ve noticed that very often this post gets viewed.  I mean as in listed in my stats viewed more than a couple of times a week.  I don’t know what keyword is causing it or what is beckoning readers to view it but I’m pleased no matter what the reason :)

For those of you who were around in 2012 here it is again and for those who have never seen it…have fun!


Daisy – Sing it HAL

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two)  – Harry Dacre 1892

There is a flower within my heart,
Daisy, Daisy,
Planted one day by a glancing dart,
Planted by Daisy Bell.
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it’s hard to tell,
And yet I am longing to share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell.


Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do,
I’m half crazy all for the love of you.
It won’t be a stylish marriage -
I can’t afford a carriage,
But you’d look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.
We will go tandem as man and wife,
Daisy, Daisy,
Ped’ling away down the road of life,
I and my Daisy Bell.
When the road’s dark, we can both despise
P’licemen and lamps as well.
There are bright lights in the dazzling eyes
Of beautiful Daisy Bell.


Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do
I will stand by you in wheel or woe
Daisy, Daisy,
You’ll be the bell which I’ll ring you know
Sweet little Daisy Bell
You’ll take the lead on each trip we take
Then if I don’t do well
I will permit you to use the brake
beautiful Daisy Bell


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Well who knew? I sure didn’t.  I always thought there was only that one part of the chorus and now I find there is an entire song and even some variations and “answer songs” to it.  Check out Wikipedia if you want to see some of those, they are kinda fun.  My first memory that I can fully confirm of this song is of course in the infamous movie by Stanley Kubrick – 2001: A Space Odyssey.  That is still one of the strangest, weirdest and most argument provoking movies ever.  At the time it came out, there were some older kids in high school who said it was best to go see the movie “altered”.  I don’t think I need to explain what they meant by that!
And now to amp up my sci-fi geek cred – I have an old LP somewhere packed away (hopefully safely) of the soundtrack to that movie! Go me! You have to admit, it did have a very interesting score for a sci-fi movie.  I mean, The Blue Danube and Also Sprach Zarathustra, far out man!  But besides the later song (just the opening bit) becoming almost ubiquitous in its usage – I just saw it used in a Phineas and Ferb cartoon the other day – I cannot see a pretty little daisy flower anymore without hearing HAL sing the daisy song.  While I was taking pictures of these little charmers, I was also humming the song.  
  “Hal, open the pod bay doors.”

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Wordless Wednesday – Red and the Wolves 2

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Wordless Wednesday – Red and the Wolves


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