Monday, August 29, 2011


Here's one more from last week's visit to the zoo.  This lioness is looking up, checking out a bird, I bet.  I loved that intent look on her face.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tiger Cubs

Earlier this week I went to the Pittsburgh Zoo.  I have been hearing about the tiger cubs since we moved here, and was excited to see them for myself.  Even though they are young, they are still larger than a Great Dane, but next to the adult tigers you can clearly tell these two are the youngsters.

One was sweetful in particular, cleaning its sibling.

That quickly turned to playing.  The wrestled with each other but managed not to fall off the rock ledge.

Then, it was naptime.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer Tomatoes

I know there has been a lot of green on the blog here lately, so I thought I'd dig around and look for something a little different.  And what says 'summer' better than juicy red tomatoes?  I wish we had been able to grow them ourselves this year, but with the move that just wasn't possible.  But since we live closer to where even the ones in the grocery store are being grown, these taste better than any I had out West, except our own.  We have been celebrating these tasty tomatoes in so many ways... tomato pie, tomato sauce, tomato sandwiches, tomatoes on the grill, tomatoes roasted in the oven, tomatoes and cucumber salad, stuffed tomatoes, and hopefully this week, tomato bruschetta

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Backyard Reflected In Dew

I took these photos one morning when I was up early and the sun was just beginning to light up the dewy grass.  I have so many neat photos that I had a hard time choosing just a few, so I settled on the ones where you can actually see my back yard reflected in the bead of dew.  I cropped in on the second image of each set so you can see it better.  Neat, huh? (You can also click each image to see it just a little bit larger.)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Butterfly Houses

Good morning, everyone!  I've been seeing butterflies not only when I am out in the yard, but through my windows when I stare into the trees.  I had no idea they flew so high, up where the birds like to rest.  But there or fluttering low to the ground, they are very difficult to capture with my camera.  They just don't stay still for long.  But there is one place they are much easier to photograph - a butterfly house.  I'm seeing more and more of these at zoos and public gardens.  The butterflies don't stay still any longer than the wild ones, but there are so many concentrated in one place you are sure to get a shot.

Friday, August 12, 2011


I hope your weekend calls for sunshine, blue skies, and some relief from the heat!  I can't believe the nice weather we've been having in Pittsburgh.  When I went outside to read the paper this morning, I actually needed a sweatshirt.  The slight chill reminded me of waking up on a camping trip in the mountains, and that made me smile.  I hope you find something to smile about this weekend, too!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Babies Are Growing Up

The eight baby turkeys that walk across my yard daily are getting so big!  They are at least half the size of their mommas (the group is two hens with eight chicks) now.  Our fence installation was complete late last week, and it has been interesting to watch them adjust.  The hens fly over the fence, and most of the young ones follow, but every once in a while one can't remember how to fly, so it gets stuck inside our fence or left behind on the other side.  But, the hens are patient and always come back for the frantic young ones, and sooner or later they figure it out.  I thought they might just walk around the fence, as there is plenty of room behind it to cross the yard, but they refuse to alter their pattern and that is just fine with me.  I love to watch them.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I can't believe how quickly this week has been passing.  I spent most of it patching plaster in my bedroom.  When we removed the wallpaper, I was surprised it was in such bad condition around the windows, but after six coats of patch and a lot of careful sanding, I think I have it looking about as good as it can.  I also spent this week researching what I need to do to 'open for business' in this state, and I think I have most of it figured out!  Hopefully I will get that taken care of next week, so I can reopen my Etsy shop.  My in-laws are coming up this weekend to help us with some more renovations, so we have a full weekend ahead.  What are your plans?  Have a good one!

Monday, August 1, 2011

New fPOE Book Out!

I'm so excited to share with you the new book "Still: The Art of Living" from the Female Photographers of Etsy.   It features two of my photos, and hundreds more from the talented ladies of our group.  We've self-published it on Blurb, and you can head over there to preview the first few pages.  The serene images collected here are so very inspiring, and it was really designed nicely as well.  I didn't have anything to do with that, but I'd like to tell the select few ladies who produced this work that I am so pleased with the job they have done.  I got my copy in the mail last week and it truly is a pleasure to flip through.  Check it out if you get a chance.  And have a great week, everyone!