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.

Sidewalk:

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.

Inspiring:

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.

Time:

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:

Alphabe-Thursday: The Letter X: Xenomorphic

I was sort of dreading this week’s letter, as many participants in Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday probably were. I kept thinking words that would work if I was willing to cheat a little; “eXamine” or “eXclaim” and so on.

Luckily though, Isaac and I decided to drive down to Federal Way, a town we hadn’t yet explored, and one that is only about 15 miles away. As we usually do before such an adventure, we Googled the town to see what interesting things it has to offer.

One of the things we decided to check out was the Bonsai Collection, curated by the Weyerhaeuser Company. It’s an interesting place to visit, they have 60 different individual bonsai, in a nicely laid out exhibit garden. The exhibit is mostly all outside, and on rainy days like today it makes it a very soggy experience, but cool nevertheless.

These “trees” are works of art that take years (think three decades or more) to mold into the final product. Many of them have been shaped into certain shapes or styles of bonsai, such as the cascade or semi-cascade bonsai, which is designed to mirror the trees seen clinging to cliff-sides.

And so, my entry into the Alphabe-Thursday collection is this:

Xenomorphic: adjective, meaning: in an unusual form; having a strange form.

the xenomorphic bonsai

and a triptych of some of the others:

Each tree is so different, both because of the variety of tree species used, and because of the design.

What X words can you come up with? Check out the other participants/join in the fun yourself here:

Jenny Matlock

My Little Light Box

I am falling so far behind. How do people with kids do this?? I have photos I still need to sort through and edit all the way from March 23rd!

My mom found some little wooden toys (as well as a little forklift) on our adventure to Value Village today, and I thought it would be a good idea to stick them in the light box when we got home. I also threw my dying flower into the mix.

I played around with a few of these in PS a bunch, let me know what you think:

Have a rebuilding project? Then do I know the place for you!

Then head over to Portland’s ReBuilding Center. (I’m sure these exist else where too, I’ve just only been to this one.)

It was a lot of fun to wander around in, there is seriously a little bit of everything!

I’ve recently been thinking about patterns, finding patterns in the world around me, to photograph. I was in pattern heaven at this place.

As you will see below, there were stacks of doors, piles of tiles (that rhymes!), shelves of sinks, rows of toilets, and so much more! I hope you enjoy looking at my photos of this fun day, below: