Friday, August 06, 2010

Technically It's The Middle Of Summer, But...

"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock."

-Henry Ward Beecher

Okay, okay... I know... it's the middle of summer, but see, you would never know it if you lived in the Bay Area. It has been the coldest summer I remember, which makes it seem a little more like autumn. Today, for example, I have the back door open, but I am sitting here, typing this in a sweater. Strange. The garden seems to be enjoying it. My roses, which I will show you in an entry next week, are in full glorious bloom, as are the sunflowers that you see here, but the veggies are coming along SLOWLY. VERY SLOWLY. I think it has been all those foggy mornings, and afternoons with temperatures barely out of the 70's. Don't know for sure, but that appears to be the cause. Anyway, the sunflowers are the stars this week. I just love the unusual colors, don't you? I wish I would have planted more, but I was thinking on a smaller scale. No worries. Wait till you see the garden next year. There is a lot to look forward to. And all of it makes me happy. After all... who wouldn't smile with this much life in the garden?


I look at these sunflowers and I see AUTUMN. I can't wait for my favorite season to officially arrive!


Thursday, August 05, 2010


Unstrange Phenomena

"When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.

-Woody Allen

Monday, August 02, 2010

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #101: On The Horizon

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road."

-Dan Hammarskjold

Here's the idea folks. I would like you to grab your cameras and show me your HORIZON. If you want to show me an awesome sunset, that would be good. If you want to show me a calendar with a future date circled, that would be a really creative way to display the horizon as well! Metaphorical HORIZONS are encouraged! I want you to consider thinking outside the box with your photography. Remember, the only way to see past the immediate, is to look to the HORIZON! PLEASE FOLKS FOR THIS WEEK... NO ARCHIVES!

Extra Credit: Please write a paragraph or two about the scene you choose to photograph this week, and how it felt to do so!

This Monday Photo Shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. Please submit your entries by that time by uploading your photo to your blog, journal or website, and then comeback here with the link that goes back to your entry. The link you leave must be to an entry which is specific to this week's assignment. A general link to your site will not work, and HYPERLINKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Also, please include a link in your entry to this photos shoot assignment so that other folks can find us and participate with us. The more the merrier... right? ;)

Linking List for EMPS #100: Fun With Editing! 07/26/10

1. Carolyn

2. Jama

3. Ricky (Welcome To The Monday Photo Shoot)

4. Sandy

5. Karen

6. Carly, Hey, that's me! :)

7. J.R. Cline

Alrighty then, I will be looking forward to your submissions this week. I will be participating as well, so look for my entry later this week! Till next time... Happy Photo Jaunting!


Sunday, August 01, 2010

EMPS #100: Fun With Editing

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

-Walt Disney

Now does that look like a face you would see on a "Wanted" poster?

How about this one...

Nah... they are way to sweet! That's my boys! See, isn't it fun to enhance a photo once in a while?

If you haven't played along yet with the current assignment, you have until 9:00 PM tonight to submit your assignment. If you can't join us for assignment #100, no worries, there will be a new assignment posted tomorrow. You can get all the info here. Hope to see you!