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Archive for December, 2009

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  My youngest niece was having fun drawing faces on lemons and the happy faces seemed like a good way to ring in the New Year.  Happy New Year to all!!!

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These rocks have probably been around for a Millennium or more.  It seems like that long since this challenge started at the beginning of 2009.  I’m sure I’ve taken at least a thousand pictures in my quest to come up with 365 shots worth posting.  It’s been a fun journey and I’m looking forward to a new project in 2010 to take my photography skills to a new level.

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We had 27″ of snow here in the recent blizzard (yes, it qualified as a blizzard due to high, sustained winds).  I missed it all – we got out of Dodge and had flown off to visit family in Arizona for Christmas.  By the time we returned home the 45 – 50 degree weather and rains had done away with all but the few piles created by snowplows.  So my only opportunity so far this year for enjoying snow has been to look back on my photos from earlier this year!  This is one I’m rather fond of.

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Here’s one of the critters that has my niece so enamored, though I think it’s the trill of the hunt that she really likes, rather than actually wanting a bunny.

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My niece is obessed with catching a rabbit in the trap she made.  She worked out all the details and told Grandma and Grandpa what she needed.  A box, a stick to prop it up, carrots for bait, and a sting that she threaded through the screen door, to pull the stick out when a rabbit went for the bait.   When I asked her what the towel was for she said that is so when the box drops she can pick up the towel against the bottom of the box to keep the rabbit inside when she picks it up.  She’s been at this for about a year now – setting up the trap every time she comes for a sleep-over.  Her uncle even helped her rig it up with a hanging carrot that would trip the stick when the rabbit went for it, but still no rabbits caught in the trap.

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Both of my nieces love to paint, draw, and write notes, letters and lists.  I managed to distract my oldest niece long enough to get a quick smile before she returned to the task at hand.

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Yeah, its full of distracting elements like the remote on the sofa, and it’s not tack sharp, but this quick capture of my husband and niece enjoying some special time on Christmas Day gives me a warm feeling when I see it.  They were settled in to watch A Christmas Story.  She glanced over just as I was sneaking this shot.

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A tradition that took place in homes around the world – making cookies for Santa!  My nine-year old niece made some pretty special looking cookies for the big guy!

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Silly girl that she is, she would fly off the swing over and over again because she wanted me to take her picture flying through the air.

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A little barefoot girl, smiling as she flys high on a swing – a wholesome looking scene in my eyes!

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And wherever you have little boys you’ll most likely have some sort of ball game going on.  The Birthday boy had quite a day.  He scored the winning goal at his All-Star Soccer game earlier that day.

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Of course anywhere you have children playing, you’ll find a gathering of shoes!  These were just outside the inflatable “bouncy house”.  Surprisingly, we didn’t end up with any extra shoes – they all went home on the feet of their owners.  A little bit of processing gave this shot a bit of an abandoned look.

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Of course her little sister had to try her hand in the inflatable balls too.  She didn’t like the noise the blowers made, but despite that she had a lot of fun too, trying to keep up with her older sister.

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A birthday party for a seven-year-old isn’t something that’s in my regular routine, so I was fascinated to see this “game” that was part of the festivities.  Two large inflatable balls – the kids would get inside and race around.  One of the mothers was worried about “the poor little girl” as the boys were trying to push the ball too fast.   Little did she know that poor little girls is all tomboy – softball, karate, you name it.  Her favorite toy to play with was her Nerf machine gun with the foam bullets.  She had a blast inside the ball.  I think by the end of the day she’d tried her hand at it at least a dozen times.

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Dry grass doesn’t look very appetizing, but he preferred it over the juicy orange slice in the background.

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 This creepy fella doesn’t look like any Lobster I’ve seen!  I think the sign said it was a Caribbean Lobster.  Looks like something from a Sci-Fi film to me!

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Have you ever petted a Stingray?  The skin is a little slippery, a little spongy, and very smooth.  The Arizona World Wildlife Zoo has an indoor tank and they let you reach in to touch the Stingrays.

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Reflections have the capacity to add so much to the compostion of a photo.  I need to remind myself to look for the reflections and include them in the shot more often.

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With this shot it was the motion of the wavy lines in the ironwork that captured me.  I added some processing to increase the monotone look, along with a little viginetting to keep the eyes from wandering off the edge of the shot.

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A very elegant curve to this iron work captured my attention.  I toyed around with the thought of editing out the line in the concrete background, but I liked the element it added.

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