Friday, May 28, 2010

Off to Alaska!


Well, ladies and gentlemen, I'm off for a short Alaskan adventure!  We are meeting my grandfather in Anchorage and will be driving down to Seward to do some fishing.  I've been to Seward once before, but it was such a quick trip that I am very much looking forward to going again.  The last time my husband was there, he brought back enough fish to fill our freezers for two years.  The freezer is empty now, so we decided it was time to head back! 

This was really the only good photo I took when I was in Seward before, and I am SO excited by the prospect of (hopefully) bringing back more images of this beautiful area.  So wish me luck!

See you next week!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Featured On: FlickHERist

I want to thank the wonderful ladies over at the FlickHERist blog for the lovely feature they just posted on me.  It was such an honor to be interviewed by the talented Andrea and Kari! 

The FlickHERist blog is an extension of the FlickHERist group on, you guessed it, Flickr.  It is for women of any skill level who shoot any subject who enjoy a positive sense of community.  If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, do go visit.  I know they'd love to have  you!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pink Lily


Do I need any words today?  These will suffice: I love flowers.  But then again, you all knew that.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sassy Squirrel


This is the sassiest squirrel I have ever met.  He/she throws things at the dogs and at my husband and I.  And it likes to sit in one place while the dogs bark at it, just torture them, it seems.  It is so bold that it dropped out of a tree onto the fence a foot away from Bri's head last week.  But even with all the naughty behavior, I still think it is adorable!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Purple Clematis


How was your weekend?  My husband and I were quite productive.  We replaced the short fence we shared with our neighbor with a privacy fence, which took most of the weekend.  I still need to stain and seal it, but just getting it up was the biggest challenge.  Then, with our last little bit of energy, we did our best to retrain this clematis back onto the trellis.  It had gone rogue and invaded the nearby lilac tree.  We pruned the lilac a bit, in hopes that the clematis would have to work too hard to reach any of its branches. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Greening Up


So, with the rain, everything is greening up nicely here in Wyo.  On the sunny days following a rain, all the animals are out and about enjoying the nice weather and the new shoots, and the horses are no exception.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Featured: My Lazy Apples


I wanted to share that Jamie over at My Lazy Apples was kind enough to feature my photo "Dandelion Sails" in a lovely dandelion post.  Thanks so much, Jamie!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wheatland Walk


It has been raining off and on here for over a week, which the dry earth so needs.  After the first day, everything sprang into bloom around Wheatland, and I decided I should take a walk with my camera and catch a little bit of it.  I'm not sure what these pink flowering trees are, but they are all over town and so gorgeous.


There is some beautiful architecture in Wheatland, to include the grade school. 


In the West folks are always finding creative ways to display deer and elk sheds.  And in case some of you don't know, these antlers are shed every year by the animal and are collected off the ground.


I need to get some tulips - aren't these bright and cheery?


And finally this home.  I have wanted to take a photo of it for some time.  I love how sculptural the rusty chair looks.  It is conveniently located for someone to rest and take off their boots before going inside, but I don't think anyone has sat in it for a long time.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Geometric Shapes


I can't remember when I took this, but it looks really old - like it was with my Olympus OM-1 - because it is so soft.  There was something pleasing to my eye about all the geometric shapes.  The square glass blocks and the rectangular bricks and the right angles of the pipes caught my eye every day as I walked to the post office when I lived in Guernsey.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring's Little Details


I don't know what sort of shrub this is, but it has these pretty, dangling little buds right now.  It's very spring, I think.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

ETSY PLUG: Erin Spencer


I saw one of Erin Spencer's paintings on the front page of Etsy and I was immediately smitten.  I don't really know how to describe her style, but I really love it.  And when I saw "Cloudscapes II" on her blog, I knew I had to snap it up immediately or it would be gone. 


It was these golden, almost shimmering colors that I was first attracted to.  The luminescence  Erin creates is just amazing to me.


Erin also has many pieces that are lighter and brighter, too.  I think one of her strong points is clouds.  Don't you just want to reach out and touch them?  It is like the clouds in every painting have their own personality. 

Erin paints nearly every day, it seems, and she chronicles her work on her lovely blog.  It is fun to see the stages a work can go through as it develops, and it is a great place to keep track of what is new in her shop.  Go visit and see for yourself!

IMAGES: ERIN SPENCER

Friday, May 14, 2010

Apple Blossoms


When it snowed the day before yesterday, I was so worried about our apple blossoms.  I thought they might get too cold or simply get beaten off the tree by the precipitation, so I rushed out to take some photos before they were ruined. However, today I still see loads of blossoms on the tree, so I think our crop may not be lost.   We just have three apple trees in the backyard, but they really produce loads and loads of delicious little apples that we are looking forward to.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Friendly or Shy?


This pretty little duck couldn't decide if she was going to be friendly or shy.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pink Gerbera

Most of you aren't going to believe this, but it has been snowing for the past 12 hours and is expected to continue for the next 24.  This may be the second biggest snowstorm we've had all spring, and I can't believe it is this late in the season.  In fact, this is the latest it has snowed in the four years I have lived in Wyoming.  I suppose to curb my disappointment, I spent the morning sorting through these gerbera daisy photos, which are more spring appropriate, in my opinion, than the snow outside.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Candy


I'm giving up on this one, I think.  I took this image because I was in love with my new tropical-colored measuring cups (aren't they adorable?) but the ripples in the back of the placemat are driving me crazy.  And there seems to not be any way on this earth to flatten them.  Believe me, I tried everything.  But I can't find a replacement fabric in my stash, and they've been sitting out like this for weeks, and I think I'm over it.  What can I say?  Not every endeavor can end in a perfect shot.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Epcot


Hi everyone!  I'm back from my vacation to Florida.  We had a great time meeting up with our good friends from Pittsburgh and rediscovering the joys of Disney World.  All four of us agree that Epcot is our favorite theme park.  While some may find the the World Showcase and Future World to be cheesy, we think if you are willing to surrender some of that jaded adult baggage, it can be so much fun!  That said, there have been a few updates to the park since we were there seven years ago.  They really ruined the Spaceship Earth ride by getting rid of the representations of what the home of tomorrow would look like and replacing it with some silly computer program.  But, I feel confident, nothing will change the outside appearance of the Spaceship Earth dome, which I have always wanted to photograph.  I'm not sure why, but the way the colors play on the faceted surfaces at dusk have always fascinated me.