Friday, December 31, 2010

Best Shots: Part Two

July 14 2010

“Chance Playing In The Water”  July 14, 2010

August 04 2010

“Sunflowers”  August 04, 2010


“Fall Colors”  September 22, 2010


“Olivia’s Fish Face”  October 09, 2010

Eagles Nov 28

“Eagles In The Field”  November 28, 2010

Chance waiting

“Waiting”  December 30, 2010

Well I think that these twelve photos pretty much showcase the things I like to photograph.  Now to pick my favorite one for Sunday Stills:)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best Shots Part One

The Sunday Stills Challenge next Sunday is your best shot of 2010.  To help me get to the challenge I have been going through all my photo archives and picking my favorite shot each is really hard to do.

IMG_9899“Getting The Mail”  January 30, 2010

Turkeys in the corn three

“Turkeys In The Corn”  February 06, 2010


“Spring Melt”  March 11, 2010

Fire in Ponsford Hunter April 2010

“Fireman”  April 06, 2010

May 30 2010

“Avenue of Flags”  May 30, 2010

Lady Slippers and Peeking Bug June 13 2010

“Minnesota’s State Flower, the Showy Ladys Slipper”  June 13, 2010

Stay tuned for part two:)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Macro Monday: Two Little Birds

I bought two little birds at a Flea Market.


What do suppose they were saying?  Do you suppose it was confidential from one ornament to another?  You can check out more macros here:)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Stills: Hats

The challenge this week was hats..Noah was out playing in the snow.

IMG_0189 Typical shot for me..his eyes are closed..


Now his eyes are open but his hat is almost in the way.  He was climbing through a hole that he and his cousin Madison made through the snowbank.


IMG_0200 Madison hung her hat in a was a nice warm day to play in a snowbank. Have a great week everyone! :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Stills : Holiday Decorations

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was Holiday Decorations.  Here are a few some are old and some new. 

IMG_9287 Jesus is the reason for the season..

PoinsettaI am allergic to indoor plants..too many years in the Greenhouse..but I enjoy seeing them in the stores. 

Old ornament

One of my old Shiny Brite indents complete with an old string.


A retro Shiny Brite on the right..that I purchased last year.  Merry Christmas everyone:)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Macro Monday: Poinsettia

This is a macro of a beautiful poinsettia.  Did you know that the colorful parts are actually the bracts and the flowers are tiny and in the center of the bracts?  Check out more macros here:) 


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Stills : Pets

Well the challenge this week was best model is Chance our six year old Border Collie.  He is a wonderful dog..who is a great addition to our family.



Here he is with a snowball on his mouth.  December 04, 2010.

Chance and Miney Dec 09 2010

I was sitting in the dining room at our daughters home on December 09, 2010 and happened to catch Miney one of our grand dogs and Chaucer the grand kitty with Chance in the living room.

Miney December 09, 2010 

Later on I caught the beautiful Miney who is a Shetland Sheepdog or a Sheltie keeping watch in the foyer.  I am a “dog person” I have always had a dog or two or three or four ( four was the max) in my life, I like dogs better than some people:)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Macro Monday: Christmas Ornaments

I collect old Christmas Ornaments.  The kind that used to be on the tree when I was little.  They are called Shiny Brites and I have a bunch of them.  The tree is not up yet so this photo is from last week perhaps my really tall tree will be up and decorated.  That tree only gets decorated with Antique Ornaments it goes upstairs where the really tall ceiling can show it off proper.


Check out more macros here:)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Stills : Potluck Photos

This weeks challenge was a potluck..I had a hard time choosing.

Pair of Eagles beak to beak

Eagles beak to beak last Sunday afternoon..November 28, 2010.  That would be a deer carcass, these eagles had been hanging around this carcass which is in the field across from our driveway..then they left..last weekend when the lake froze over they returned to feast.


Best deer Photo this week Dec 03 This is my best  Whitetail Deer photo this week.  I took this one through the windshield on Friday December 03, 2010 in our driveway.

Firetruck at night  Dec 04I took this one last night, Saturday December 04, 2010.  We attended a dinner to raise funds for a young couple that lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire this Fall.  He was a Fireman, as is my husband…I used to be a volunteer Fireperson it is best left for the younger generation as far as I am concerned. ( The cause for the fire might have been a brand new malfunctioning gas furnace in a newly built home..the fire followed all the ductwork throughout the home..luckily no one was hurt.)

I put my gloves on the hood of the car to steady my was snowing..I liked the reflection of the fire trucks lights in the hood of the car.  The fire truck was parked out near the road at the Fire Hall where the dinner was held:)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Macro Monday: Ice

ice and Roots Nov 19

I took this photo ten days ago at Cedar Lake..this clump of weeds at the shoreline is now completely frozen and covered in snow.  Ready or not..Winter is here:(

Check out more Macro Monday posts here:)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Stills: High Tech/Low Tech

The challenge this week was to put a high tech item and a low tech item in the same photograph.  Here are some….
High Tech Low tech TOASTERS!!
The top toaster is from the 1920's to 1930's.  Back in a time when you had to still slice your own bread.
Happy Thanksgiving later in the week everyone:)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Stills: Coffee Cup

The challenge this week was to photograph your favorite coffee cup. Here is mine.

Coffee Cup

I don’t drink coffee anymore, it makes my blood pressure all wacky.  Sometimes I drink hot water out of this cup.  Yes, that is snow you see out my kitchen window, it melted off of the patio but is staying in the grass.  I guess winter is here:(

Monday, November 8, 2010

Macro Monday: Aster

The last of the Asters have bloomed..It was very the photos will be filled with frost or snow..or brown seed heads. Fall is leaving us and winter is coming.  Check out more macros here:)

Aster Purple Dome

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Stills: A Meal

I am not much of a cook.  However Chance usually eats well…in fact he eats pretty darn good. He eats his main meal the same time we do at suppertime..his kibble is usually enhanced with Science Diet canned food and  some kind of vegetable..peas, carrots and spaghetti squash are some of his favorite vegetables.  This is a sample plate of his favorite dog foods/treats. IMG_9014

He gets a special custom mix of Science Diet and Purina Pro Plan which is Lamb based.  Custom meaning we buy a bag of each and mix them half and half!  He gets a Milk Bone Dog Biscuit every morning.


After he eats his supper..and he will not touch his food until we both say “Amen”..anyway after supper IF he cleans his dish..then he gets some bacon looking formed thing that makes him drool.  The little bone things are extra treats that were in his drawer.  Yes he has a drawer in the holds his treats and his grooming supplies..and he has been known to lead small children and some of his favorite adults to the drawer.


Most dogs we have had in the past have eaten their food with no problem.  Chance must be coaxed to eat.  He has a dish of his kibble available night and day..and the only time it gets touched is when other dogs come to visit.  Sometimes he refuses to eat until you throw his ball, after it has been thrown a few times he drops it next to the dish and finishes his supper.

No, he did not eat everything on this plate..he was only allowed the bacon thingy, the milk bone and one of the little bone things ..and he turned his nose up at his real food.

Check out more Sunday Stills meals here..perhaps you will find some real cooks:)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Blogger’s Community Photo Challenge: Autumn Color

The challenge was Autumn Color. Our Autumn color has passed..we are now brown until the white comes.
Here is one of my favorite photos from September 26, 2010.   It was taken in Minnesota:) IMG_8045

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Stills: Halloween

The challenge this week was Halloween.  I knew who I wanted to visit. My daughter..because she always has really cool decorations..she loves to decorate for Halloween.


It only got better…last night.


A Pumpkin Snake..who woulda thunk it?


Happy Halloween everyone. Tonight we will get about eight trick or treaters I have my witches hat all ready:)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Macro Monday: Painted Lady

Painted Lady Butterfly on a White Zinnia

This beautiful Painted Lady Butterfly was perching on some White Profusion Zinnias.  They are fantastic bloomers and bloom till frost..lucky for the Lady!

Check out more macros here:)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Stills: Fall Foliage

This weeks challenge was Fall Foliage.  I have missed the last couple of challenges..just not enough time in the day to keep up!
This year our fall foliage lasted just about ten was short and sweet.  I did manage a few outings.. but not nearly what I had hoped for.
A peek into the fall that is happening across a local water hole on  September 22, 2010.
Just a hint of the color to come on September 22, 2010.
Chance September 28 2010
September 28, 2010 Chance has found some fall color.
Classic Minnesota color across a small lake in North Central Minnesota on September 28, 2010.

Happy Fall Yall!  My leaves are now safely tucked into the woods for the winter where they are breaking down and  composting instead of killing my sparse grass.  It was a heck of a battle but after many skirmishes I can declare victory:)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Stills: Red and Green

The challenge this week was red and green together in the same photo.

Northern Pin Oak  October 01 2010

These are leaves from a Northern Pin Oak. They turn red slowly..lucky for me..the red veins must signal the rest of the leaf to turn color.  We are past peak for viewing leaves here in our yard.  The Northern Pin Oaks are slow.  The Burr Oaks have turned brown and fallen off.

IMG_8165 On the left is a Northern Red Oak Leaf, on the right a Northern Pin Oak Leaf.  They are in the same family and are just like sisters..both a little different..unique in their own way.   Have a good week everyone:)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Macro Monday: Dahlia


There are still a few flowers blooming..but not many..and it was near freezing this morning.  I captured this Dahlia in the garden of a very kind gentleman who said I could photograph his flowers any old time I wanted to!  Check out more macros here:)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Stills: “S”

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to photograph things that start with the letter “S”

Sandhill Cranes Sandhill Cranes in the neighbors field.


Have a good week everyone! :)