Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Best of 2011: Part Two

Onward and forward with the best photos of 2011.

Dragonfly with wet wings  July 03 2011

A dragonfly with wet wings that was saved by my husband and the ever faithful Chance.  July 03, 2011 at Star Island in Cass Lake.

August 07 2011

A bumble bee on my Liatris.  August 07, 2011.

Adam Sept 24 2011 (2)

My ten year old grandson  Adam..who always makes me smile.  September 24, 2011

Clouds  and Moon October 02 2011

The moon and clouds on a stormy evening in October of 2011.

jennifer November 24 2011

My daughter Jennifer.  I took this photo on November 24 2011.

Chance December 2011 with a flash

Chance in December 2011.  I rarely take photos with a flash..but this one turned out quite well.  The Christmas tree in the background does not have any lights on it..what you see is the light reflecting off of the hundreds of Shiny Brite ornaments that I collect.

Well that is the twelve photos that I picked to represent the best of my photography for this to pick just one for tomorrows Sunday Stills:)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Best of 2011: Part One

Next Sunday on Sunday Stills we are supposed to pick out our best photo of 2011.  I will be picking one a month and then picking a final favorite on Sunday..input is welcome!

Chance January 21 2011

Chance in January 2011.

Shell River  Feb 03 2011

Shell River leaving Shell Lake in February 2011.

March 18, 2011 The new red bridge

The new Red Bridge on Fish Hook River in March of 2011.

A Mallard Duck April 01 2011

A Mallard Duck in April of 2011 in the Fish Hook River.

Baltimore Oriole May 18 2011

A Baltimore Oriole in May of 2011.

June 03, 2011 a Chippy

A Chippy ( Chipmunk) that entertained Chance and I for hours in June of 2011.

I will be back with the next six photos soon:)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Stills: ‘Tis The Season

The challenge this week was to photograph what Christmas means to you.  If you love shopping and being a kitchen slave..perhaps you should stop reading now. Tree in town

This is the leaning tree on Main Street in town 14 miles from our home.  We check it every time we go to looks like it could go over in a strong wind.


I like Christmas ornaments..I collect them.  I scour antique shops for them. It is one of the only holiday activities I enjoy.

I like shopping in antique shops, flea markets and thrift stores.  Other places no so much.   Not many people appreciate gifts from my favorite shopping places.   I hate shopping in other stores with their piped in music and Christmas “stuff” that is out before Halloween.  I don’t like to cook or bake either..or wrap gifts or write cheery Christmas cards and letters.  Bah Humbug.. 

I do shop and bake and cook..but only because of peer pressure, it is not something I look forward to or enjoy. Bah Humbug..


Now if I could just sit quietly after a potluck dinner on paper plates while someone read the Christmas Story and I could exchange a small hand made gift with someone..I would be more than happy to say Merry Christmas:)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Stills: Pets

Congratulations to Sunday Stills on three great years!  The challenge this week is pets.  Of course I took a photo of Chance!



December 10, 2012    Chance was seven years old back in October.

He can show off that intense Border Collie stare while waiting for me to throw a ball!

One front foot is held up ready to go!

As you can see we don’t have very much snow.


Maddie and Chance

Chance and one of his favorite kids our Granddaughter Madison.  He is a much loved dog.

I took this photo Thanksgiving Day it was 50 degrees..I kinda like global warming:)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Stills: Backlit

The challenge this week was to take a photo of something backlit.

I went to my archives this week.  I found that I do not take photos that are backlit very often.

In some cases I am forced into it..wrong time of day..and in one of my favorite spots.

Sunflower Back lit 

or in a garden..

Fern Back Lit

Wanting to get a great shot of a fern.   Have a great week everyone:)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Stills : Bokeh

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was bokeh.   Simply stated bokeh is the out of focus part of a photo.

Sedum and bokeh Nov 26 2011

This was my best shot outside..the wind was howling like a banshee again yesterday.

How about some summer shots? 

Liatris and Bokeh

Liatris and a bee in August of 2011.

Lupine and bokeh

Lupine with Veronica Blue Bouquet providing the bokeh.   Did you know that bokeh and bouquet are pronounced the same..BOH- kay.

Sometimes I get accidental bokeh.  Like this photo taken in September of 2011.

accidental bokeh Sept 2011

Sometimes  I get Chance bokeh! 

Roses frosty

Have a great week everyone:)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Stills: Portraits

The challenge this week was to take a portrait.  Ok.

I tried..and I mean tried to capture my Granddaughters cat. This is my best shot.

Skittles November 15 2010

Skittles November 15, 2011  He belongs to Miss Paige.

This morning I attempted a photo of Chance..sometimes he is just a pain, he yawns and blinks his eyes.

Chance Nov 20

Chance on November 20, 2011

Yes we have snow has spit snow all week..I think winter might be here.  Have a good week everyone:)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Macro Monday: Frosty Raspberry Foliage

I love the early morning frosts.

Raspberry Frost Foliage and webs

Check out more Monday Macros here:)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Stills: Potluck with a purpose

I delete lots of photos too..I only keep the best ones.  Well what I think are the best ones.  This week the Sunday Stills Challenge was to critique your own photo.

A big problem I have is the horizon landscape photos.  Especially if I just grab my camera for one quick photo.

I took this photo this week.

crooked horizon

As you can see my horizon line is off.  In order to save this photo I have to take it into my photo program and straighten it up.

Like this…same photo

crooked horizon

Gotta love technology!  However it wastes valuable time..and unless it is a photo I am smitten with..I will delete it instead of fix it.

Another problem I have is patience.  On Wednesday we were out and about.  The moon was up and almost full.

Search for the moon

Yes the moon is there..but you have to search for it.

Moon November 08

This photo taken 20 minutes later was much better.

Horizons and patience both things I could improve on.  Have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Stills: In the Dark

The challenge this week for Sunday Stills was to take a photo in the dark.   Chance and I ventured out.  He was on lead..because a few weeks ago we had a skunk in our yard after dark.

Chance and the Bluestem

This is Chance and the Bluestem that is on the east side of the house.

Chance and the Scarecrow

I got some of those solar lights and a scarecrow to scare off the skunk.  Chance will remain on lead after dark until it snows and the skunks go into hibernation.  We don’t need our Border Collie herding anymore skunks:)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Stills : Vanishing Point

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to take a photo that has a vanishing point.

Center vanishing point Clouds almost dark

This is a center vanishing point.  The highway nearby that heads to the west. I took this photo on October 07, 2011.

Bass Lake

Multiple vanishing points on the left.  This was Bass Lake earlier this week on October 03, 2011.

Creek running out of Round Lake

A vanishing point to the right.  This is the creek that runs out of Round Lake.  I took this photo Saturday October 08, 2011.  Most of the leaves are gone from the trees.

Near the Hanna Ore Trail Sept 29

We have to go back to September 29, 2011 to get real good Fall Color and a vanishing point. This was taken on the Hanna Ore Trail, one of my favorite roads to meander along in the fall.

Have a great week everyone! :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Stills: Water Droplets

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was Water Droplets.

Water droplets

Here are some drops on my lawn ornament that is made from silverware.  It didn’t rain..I had to take a squirt bottle outside with me.  We need rain desperately. I took this photo today.

I have a few watery shots from my archives.

Chance Drops of water

Chance loves to play in the water!

Gull Taking off and drops of water

In September I took this photo of a Gull taking off.  This was our last day out on the pontoon for the year.

Water drops from the boat

I got a little wild and crazy with this watery shot!

Have a great week everyone:)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Stills: First Signs of Fall

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was First Signs of Fall. The very first sign of Fall happens right in my yard.

First sign of Fall

The Virginia Creeper that grows wild in the woods turns red.  It grows up many of the Oaks in the yard. I took this photo September 10, 2011.

Fall along the back drive

I took this photo last night, my daughter, my son in law and my two grandsons were walking along the back driveway.  Fall is here.  I don’t mind Fall..but winter can stay away for a long time yet!   I will have more free time now, I will finish up my summer job this week.  So I hope to be able to participate in more of the photo challenges again:)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Stills: The letter “B”

I can do the Sunday Stills Challenge this week!

Meet Odda..she is a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is big and beautiful and she lives nearby.

Odda the Bern

Bee on a Blue flower ( Globe Thistle)

Bee on a Globe Thistle

Bye..have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Stills: Macro


This weeks Sunday Stills Challenge was Macro. 

This is a Armenian Basket Flower or Centaurea macrocephala.

  From start to finish.


See it looks like a basket.


Then the basket blooms. 


This plant is a hardy perennial in Minnesota.  It thrives in my wild gardens:)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sunday Stills: The letter F

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was the letter archives.

We went out for a ride last evening after supper.  We were searching for some F’s.

Ferris Wheel Seat and Chance July 09 2011

Wait just a minute..we have a Ferris Wheel Seat right outside the door.  Chance graciously sat for a photo.   My husband bought a number of these seats in Wisconsin and restored this is a great place to sit and read a book..or just relax. 

We headed for the fields.

Flying over the fields

The crop sprayer was flying over the potato fields.  These potato's are made into French Fries the ones that stand up straight in the box.

On our way back home we saw a far away fawn and her mother.

Far Away Fawn

Field, forest and a fawn ..have a great week everyone:)