May Fourth

I had a small community garden plot last summer near where we lived. We have since moved from that town, and I’m part of a larger community garden here.

Over the last several weeks I’ve been starting seeds out on the deck, preparing them for the planting season. I have a bunch of sunflower seeds I harvested from last years crop, and I’ve started some of them too. A lot of them, actually. And I still have loads left!

I’ve planted some in my garden, some in the community part of the garden, and given some away.

This is what looks at me from the deck each morning:

sunflower starts

“Plant us! Please plant us!”

Who am I to say no to faces like that?


(And yes, my plants talk to me…..don’t yours?)

May Third

This weekend is the Centennial Celebration for the local library. 100 years! Crazy. And as a bonus, the library is going to be completely remodeled, starting this year. Just getting it ready for the next 100 years!

The Celebration starts today, so last night we stayed late to set up the displays.

The librarian in charge of this project was able to gather all kinds of fun and interesting stuff from the library days of ol.


Hey look! It’s May!


I have not posted much in the last several months. I finished my 365 and needed a break, and then, well, I lost all interest to get back into posting here. In fact, I’ve taken far less photos recently than I did even before the 365 project. I guess I just wore myself out with it all.

I’m back, now though, for however long it lasts this time! *wink*

May is National Photography Month, and that seemed as good a reason as any to start taking photos regularly again.

Starting Thursday, May first, I’m going to try to take a photo a day. Yay!

 Interested in joining me? No pressure! I will be including a link up with each days post, so if you find yourself with a surplus of inspiration and photo ideas, jump in!

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Some exciting news…

A few months ago I joined a group of female photographers on Etsy, and it’s been great!

The Female Photographers of Etsy is a diverse group of female photographers from around the world.

Everyone in the group has something to contribute, most members have been photographers for years, and offer advice – both about photography itself and about how to better sell your photography, to the more newbie-ish folks such as myself.

Last year (before I was a member) they put together a collection of selected photos (taken by members of the group), all based on the theme “New Beginnings.” You can check it out it here, as well as purchase the printed copy for just over $12.

This year’s collection theme is “Hot in The Summer” and they got so many cool and beautiful submissions.

Mine was one of the chosen ones!  Hurrah!

You can see the whole book by clicking on the image below, and treat yourself to a copy! :D

One of my Favorite Things

I love mail.

I love getting it and I love sending it. On Monday, I got a package from DK Miller of Shutterbug Eye Photography.

She was offering a giveaway on her new blog site for one her photo pendants, just like this one: Bronze Pendant.

And guess what? I won!

I love getting mail, and I love winning prizes. :)

It’s beautifully made with a rounded glass front, and a nice not-too-heavy-but-not-too-light weight. The photo is an antiqued Ferris wheel print – very cool.

(If you want to see the pendant listing, check out Shutterbug Eye’s Etsy shop)

These colors are pretty much perfect for my style, but she does have other pendant styles and colors to choose from!

Thanks again, Diane! I love my new necklace! :)

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

That’s my life, though, really.

I took these back when we had our super moon, I just hadn’t taken time to look though them until today.

Though I didn’t have a well-known landmark to capture in front of the moon, it was still fun to go stand out in the dark, staring up into the sky.

I had fun playing with different shutter speeds and aperture openings, as you can see below

Scavenger Hunt Sunday – May 13th/ Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there, may your day be filled with odd homemade breakfasts and demands for attention. :)

I struggled with a couple of this week’s prompts, as I usually do. I always want to come up with something particularly clever, but that does not always happen.


Using my *new* 50mm 1.8 lens I decided to try to take an interesting photo of sidewalk. This is what I came up with.


While hiking through the woods I happened to look up and see the sun coming through the two halves of the trunk of this tree.


I take the 405 up to Bellevue each week to get to the Humane Society. Every time I think that the traffic is going to be better, and every time it never is. How much time do I unnecessarily spend driving on this crazy freeway?

Close up:

I found this little fellow out by my garden, sitting and waiting for his next meal.

With Mirror:

Alright, maybe this is a bit of a cheat, but this lake I photographed in January has a mirror like effect going on. It was the best I could come up with.

More fun SHS entries can be found by following this link: