Archive for February, 2009



Not exactly an intersection in the traditional sense, but it reminded me of a traffic report I heard while visiting Atlanta – they referred to a section of highway as the “Spaghetti Intersection” and it looked pretty much like this.  Just for Danudin, I think I’ll call this one the “Intersection of (Holly)Wood and Vine”.


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The garage next door may be barely standing, but hidden behind the weeds and vines it’s got some old-time charm (if you crop out the plastic tarp on the roof that’s keeping the rain out!)  Fortunately, it’s got some rather nice windows with some even nicer colors and reflections for today’s theme.

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 I guess I could have put this under the “Breakfast” theme too… these feathers were all that was left of some poor bird that fell victim to a hungry hawk that flew off a few moments before I took this shot.

And just because I promised Danudin I’d try to post some more girly-girl shots here’s a pretty shot of the first crocus popping up in the garden.   I didn’t notice until I’d posted them together, but there is a similarity in the composition with the focal point in the lower right, and somewhat “V” shaped in both instances. 


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It’s a sure sign of warmer weather on the way when we start finding the neighbor’s baseballs in the backyard.  Despite the 30º F. weather here, it seems like it’s time to “Play Ball!”

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These tools have been floating around the floor for a few weeks now, and I think they are starting to feel a bit unloved and neglected.  They had spackling compound on them for awhile, and while some has been scrapped off I think they could use a bit of TLC.  Clustered together like this on the floor they caught my eye because of the variety of shapes, angles and colors.  Despite their neglect, they get their 15 minutes of fame in today’s post.

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I confess… I like tools.  Not just “tools are OK” but “I really, really like tools”.  I can easily spend an hour or more wandering up and down the aisles at hardware store.  I spent 45 minutes picking out a 4-foot level just so I could hang my curtain rods.  It’s a really pretty blue and it feels good in your hand – every girl should have one.  I’m fascinated by specialty tools that do precision work, or just make a process easier.  I’m convinced that if you just had the right combination of tools in your arsenal everything in your life would work properly (I’m still searching for that right combination).  This tool has been visiting us and I’m drawn to it every time I walk upstairs with my camera.  I like the angled lines on the worktable, and the little pan of water and the bright orange color, but most of all I think I like the name… Tile Master – it just seems to convey power upon the user – if you own this tool you will be “The Tile Master!”

Edited to answer Ellen’s question – I think I have figured out the perfect combination – just 3 things.  All I really need is a plate of cookies, a checkbook, and my contractor Joey.  He comes with his own tools, he tells me he can do anything, and it’s so much easier!

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My Grandma had some strange things around the house when I was young .  This little lemon juicer is one of those items and I’m happy that it has been passed on to me.  Precious not because of it’s value, but because of the memories.  I was trying to determine how to photograph it so it became more than a snapshot of an object in the middle of the frame.  It was sitting on the kitchen counter and I was trying different angles when I realized the TV in the background was casting different shades of reflective light on the counter.  I positioned it slightly off-center and watched for the blue shades to come up, to pick up the blue in the peak of the fluted head.  A little bit of processing on the exposure in LR brought out the colors in the background perfectly.

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