Photography, Photography, Photography.....

I am obsessed with PHOTOGRAPHY!!! I can spend hours at a time browsing web sites, doing research on new techniques, watching tutorials and so on. I love how I can capture the true essence of a person in a photo. It's those memories in that split second that are captured and treasured forever.

I love looking at God's creation and picturing in my head what beautiful artwork that would make. I love thinking of new ways to take that perfect portrait of a friend or family. It's those memories that I've captured that will last a lifetime.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December 12, 2010 - First Major Snow Fall

Woke up this morning to beautiful snow on the ground. It's been snowing since 3am and expected to last all day. I just love the snow during the holidays and knew this would make a great photo for the day. When the snow sticks to the branches on trees it is just amazing.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

November 27, 2010 - Christmas Wreath

I love making crafts. A few years ago I made a beautiful wreath for our front door. So for my photo of the day I decided to let in the natural light and take a photo!

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26, 2010 - Christmas Tree Cutting Day

Today we went to cut down our Christmas tree. We've been going to Blake's since 2008 as our new family tradition! It is such fun, we go on a wagon to the tree farm, walk to find the perfect tree and get to cut it down ourselves. Of course I bring along the camera to get photos of our fun day. I so enjoy doing this with my family.

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010 - Is it Christmas yet??

Christmas is ABSOLUTELY my favorite holiday of the year! I love the music, beautiful snow(only at this time) and the feeling of joy and hope in the air. I love spending time with my family and hoping the traditions get passed on to my son and his children and to Melanie & Megan and so on. The Christmas decorations are always lovely to admire and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa. Above all, it is the time to celebrate the birth of Christ! I am so grateful that He is my savior!

So today I decided to get a jump start on the decorating and completed the fireplace. Just love the look of the glistening lights and stockings hung with love by the fire!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 25, 2010 - Red Rock Canyon, NV

My mom and I went to visit my sister in Vegas. We spend one day just sight seeing and visited Red Rock Canyon. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! The mountains changed colors based on how the sun was shining on them. We took a 13 mile scenic drive through the canyon and was just amazed at God's creation. I definatey would do it again. This photo is of a Joshua tree in the canyon with the mountains in the background. The Joshua tree was named after Joshua in the bible.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 3, 2010 - Beautiful sky colors

While sitting in my living room with my husband and mom, my mom looked outside and said, "Virginia look at the sky." Well of course I had to grab my camera and take a photo, this is with no photo editing at all.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sept 13, 2010 - Fall is approaching

Today on our way home I noticed that this tree is already turning a beautiful color of red, but it's only September :( Love the fall colors, but not ready for winter to arrive!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sept 4, 2010 - Nature trail

Over the labor day weekend we took out boat to Metro Park. We walked the nature trail and saw this old gazebo along the way. I thought it would make a nice photo.

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 16, 2010 - Clinton River

Today I decided to take a drive to find something to photograph to only end up back by my house to photograph the Clinton River!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 15, 2010 - Storms a comin'

We had a great day today with good friends out on the lake. We decided to ride out the storm, which ended up being a good idea because it only lasted for a few minutes.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 10, 2010 - Aidan's tiny feet

I was babysitting Aidan and couldn't resist posing his feet while he slept. At least they stayed that way for some photo shots!!! He just looked so cute sleeping. I love baby feet.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 5, 2010 - Red Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are my favorite bird! We have three feeders in our yard and love to sit on the patio and just watch them in amazement. It's amazing how little they are yet they fly so fast, sometimes they whip by my head and I think it's a large bug!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 3, 2010 - The Color Purple

Just love this color. I have a few flowers in my garden that are just a vibrant purple and this is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy them too.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August 1, 2010 - God's Light Shining Through

This evening as the sun was setting over the marina the sky was just beautiful. The rays were shining through the clouds and the site was spectacular!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010 - A Walk in the Park...

What a great day today! I was able to spend some quality time with my grandson, Maison and step-daughter Megan. We went to the park and had a nice time. This photo just touches my heart and I converted it into a pencil drawing with my program. Can't wait to go to the park again!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010 - My Flower Garden

This morning after the rain out in my flower garden I have the most beautiful black-eyed susan's. I couldn't resist taking a few shots for my photo of the day today. As I was looking at all my flowers I came across a little butterfly on one of my other flowers and thought it was also a cool shot for today!

Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010 - Beautiful night sky

I absolutely love nature. God is so amazing with the beautiful colors that he paints in the sky!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 5, 2010 - Sunset

Every night at the marina there is such a beautiful sunset. My camera is in the shop, but a dear co-worker is letting me use his spare camera. So I decided to capture this shot, not one of my best ones, but it will do for now.

Monday, June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010 - Storms a comin'

While sitting at my computer I looked out the window and saw this beautiful rainbow. It was barely sprinkling and the sun was shining. You could see the rain coming from a distance and it was such a lovely reminder that God will not flood the earth again, that is the symbol of the rainbow!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 5, 2010 - My friendly hummingbirds

I am just fascinated with hummingbirds and always have been. They are so little and fast. I have two feeders in the front and backyard and love taking photos of them.

Mark Harris - Find Your Wings

May 31, 2010 - In memory of my Grandma

My grandma loved yellow roses. So when we moved into our home the first thing we did was buy a yellow rose bush to plant. This year the flowers are just beautiful!! Everytime I look at them they remind me of her an angel looking down from heaven.

May 29, 2010

Memorial day weekend on Lk St Clair

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010

Today was my husband's birthday. We had a wonderful day with the kids and grandkids. I made his favorite meal: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn and then we had cake and ice cream for desert. We ended the day with gifts and just enjoyed being together as a family.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

May 15, 2010

Peony just starting to open. My Aunt & Uncle just bought a farmhouse in Almont, MI and they have some beautiful flowers in the garden that are starting to bloom. This one caught my eye.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 10, 2010

My dad & stepmom were affected by the flooding in the south. They live in KY and their home has been totally destroyed. We were able to save their upstairs bedroom furniture and items that were located above 4ft, other than that everything was lost. You don't realize how bad it is until you see it in person. This is a photo that just hit home. My dad was walking with the Red Cross Volunteer assessing the damage. I now have a much better understanding and appreciation for the Red Cross. They do alot more to help others than we realize. They even brought meals to us as we were trying to save what we could. Great organization!

May 12, 2010

We took a trip to Cade's Cove and the Smokey Mountains and we were able to see quite a few bear from far away. We then got lucky and saw a cub that was about 2yrs old and it was about 25ft from us. I walked up as close as I could with my 300 lens and started snapping away. I would say this was my BEST shot ever!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

May 8, 2010 - Royal Oak Fountain

Today was a great day. My good friend and I participated in a Photo Mystery Meet in Royal Oak. That is a side of town that I'm not that familiar with and the fountain was just beautiful. So....of course this is my photo for the day.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May 6, 2010 - Baby Kildere

Today my husband was in the backyard and spotted a mama Kildere and her babies. So I got the camera and started snapping away. After about 30 shots I finally got this awesome photo!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010 - My chickadees

Just love how the little ones are growing around the larger one. These are on my patio flower beds. My friend Stacey gave me a few to get started last year and they are doing great.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010 - My husband's silly adventure

So my husband sees a carp in the Clinton River by house and has the idea that he is going to catch it for my photo of the day. The silly guy actually did it. Now that's what I call love!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May 2, 2010 - one more

This is one of the beautiful trees in my front yard. I just love the color of the flowers.

May 2, 2010

I took a beautiful drive by the water today and couldn't resist this beautiful swan. I so love wildlife!!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

My husband and I were out today at an old cemetary and saw the sun setting behind this tree. He had the idea of me taking this photo and it came out nice.

Friday, April 23, 2010

April 21, 2010 One more horse photo

April 21, 2010

A horse at the farm in Texas.

April 21, 2010

A horse's snout.

April 17, 2010 - Birthday Celebration

Today we celebrated Maison's 2nd birthday and Jeremy's 22nd birthday. I just love this photo of the two boys on the floor together.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 11, 2010

Maison & Aidan spending the day together. Maison is just fascinated with Aidan and couldn't quit staring at him. How adorable!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Day 22 - Jeremy & Tiffany

I absolutely love this photo of Jeremy & Tiffany. They make such a cute couple!

Day 21 - The parents

Easter afternoon we took this photo of my mom and Roger and Mike's dad with us. The only two we were missing was Mike's mom and my dad.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 20 - Coloring Easter Eggs

Easter is the time when the kids love to color easter eggs. Jeremy is all grown up, but Melanie and Megan still wanted to do eggs. So....we colored two dozen eggs and the kids had fun coming up with different ideas.

Day 19 - Father & Son

Since I missed Friday, I'm using a shot I took on Sat. This was just too cute of a photo opportunity to pass up. Jeremy & Aidan relaxing on the couch. How adorable.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day 18 - Oooops

Driving near 23 & North Ave a police car and another vehicle had an accident. Luckily no one was seriously injured. I happen to have my camera with me and got some shots. We actually showed Mike's daughter who has her learning permit to show her how easy it is for even a police car to get into an accident and that is why you need to be so careful driving!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Day 17 - Awaiting departure...

Today we had a nice dinner at Luigi's on Jefferson so we decided to drive along the water. I captured this shot of a dock at the end of S. River Rd. Makes me want to be on our boat!