Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Stills: Going to the Dogs

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was dogs. 

Perfect! Chance is ever so patient with me…although sometimes he gets a little bored.






Snow makes a perfect background for Border Collie photographs!  Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Stills: In your hand

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was  to photograph something in your hand.
Merry Christmas Pink
This is one of my newest old ornaments.
Silent Night in your hand
Another of my favorite ornaments.  I collect antique ornaments that are called Shiny Brites.  I have a ten foot tall tree upstairs that is their Christmas home.
Have a great week everyoneSmile

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Stills: Pets

Congratulations Sunday Stills you are five years old..good job Ed and Linda too!

The challenge this week was pets.

Of course that means Chance.

Chance December 8 2013

I took this just a little bit ago.  December 8, 2013 It was snowing just a bit.

Chance returning home after being the mail escort

Chance goes along to get the mail every morning and on Sundays he has to go for a long walk.  He has a routine and likes to follow it every day.


He is my constant companion outdoors.


He is my husbands best buddy…they do everything together.  However Chance draws the line at chainsaws and chains, if my husband gets out a chain Chance comes to the house.  One time my husband was in the truck pulling stumps and Chance didn’t like it at all.  As for the chainsaw..Chance doesn’t like trees that fall over.

Chance bored

When you see Chance a ball is never far away!

Chance is a great dog.  He was nine years old in October.  He gets a little gimpy some days in the cold weather. He is a house dog…and is well trained, if he has to go out he will pester you or whine quietly.  We love him very much and cannot imagine life without him.

Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday Stills : Night Shot

I took this photo last night in town.  The tree is up and lit.  The Challenge this week in Sunday Stills was a a night shot.

Downtown Park Rapids  November 30

Yes in this little town we can park in the center of Main Street.   Have a good week everyone!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sunday Stills: Favorite Subject

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to take one photograph of our favorite subject.

Well I bet you all can guess who my favorite subject is??

Chance almost hidden

Well Chance our Border Collie!  Surprise surprise!  Here he is at an old bridge trying to hide from my camera.

Have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Stills : Blue

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was the color blue.  Ed said to go for something other than the sea and sky.   Here are my picks!

Putzer has blue eyes

Our neighbors Australian Shepherd has blue eyes…his name it Putzer…Putz for short.


Wicked Witches bike

We saw this bike along the roadside one day strung up in a tree.  Note the old bait bucket is now a flower pot.

Have a good week everyone! :).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Stills : Bird Houses

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was bird houses.

Birdhouse two

The Bluebird houses are empty now.  Two batches of babies were raised out of this Bluebird house last summer.


Bluebird and the nesting box

I love to watch the Bluebirds come and go feeding their young.  This photo was taken in the spring of the year.

Have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Stills: Road Billboards or Road Side Signs

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to share some Road Side Signs.

Here are a few area signs.  Yes that is snow in the air.

Bender sign

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Hope you all have a great week:)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Stills: Fall Color

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was Fall Color. 

Most of the colorful leaves have fallen here in Minnesota.  BUT I did take some photos earlier this month.

Maple Leaves (2)

October 03, 2013

Sunlight in the woods

October 6 2013 sunlight in the woods.

The Tamaracks or Larch started to change color this week.

Tamarack on Macks Hill

They are Falls last hurrah in these parts.

Tamarack or Larix laricina

October 25, 2013

Have a great week everyone.  I hope you are having a beautiful warm Fall wherever you live:)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Stills : Shorelines

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was shorelines.  Well since Minnesota is land of 10,000 or more lakes here are a few from this week.

Shoreline Fishook River

October 12, 2013 The Fishhook River at Deane Park.

Chance on a rock on the shoreline

October 13, 2013 Chance on a rock on the shoreline of Leech Lake.

Twin Lake Oct 16

One of the Twin Lakes on October 16, 2013.

Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake on October 16, 2013 looking like the perfect “Land of Sky Blue Waters”

Shoreline  Bottomless Lake Oct 17

The far shore of Bottomless Lake looking like a painting.

Shoreline Bottomless Lake TWo

The south shore of Bottomless Lake on October 17, 2013.

Have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Stills : Landscapes

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was Landscapes.   So here are some Minnesota landscapes.

Pea Field

A neighbors field.


Fall colors near Beauty Lake.


Fall colors near Leech Lake.


Fall color along the Wolf Lake Tower Road.

Have a great week everyone:)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sunday Stills: Birds

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week is birds.  We have lots of Bald Eagles in the area.  They are always out hunting for road kill.



We also have Wild Turkeys.

Most of our summer birds have migrated out.  We still have Nuthatches, Chickadees and Woodpeckers that will stay the entire winter.   I think they are relieved to have the place to themselves after the “tourist” birds left.


More than likely Canada Geese heading south.

Have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday Stills: Boats

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was boats.

Boat on a boat lift

A boat on a boat lift on September 21, 2013.

Boats heading out

Boats headed to Star Island on Cass Lake.  July 4, 2013.

Star Island is a great place to go if you like a crowded beach.


Star Island 2012.

Have a great week everyone.  This is my last week at work before we close for the winter!  Yeah! :)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sunday Stills: Watershots

The challenge this week was watershots.   I live in Minnesota.  We have 10,000 lakes, but I chose to head down to the river to get some photos.

Water Lilies

  The Water Lilies are just about done.

Old Water Tower

Down at Heartland Park I found these Canada Geese on Fishhook River.  That is the old water tower in the background.

New Water Tower

I moved over a few feet and captured the new water tower.


My best shot of the sparkling blue water.

Have a great week everyone! :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Stills : Head Shots

The challenge this week for Sunday Still was head shots.

Here are my best shots.


My Great Nephew Teddy.

Chance Headshot

Chance staring intently at the ball, just waiting for it to be thrown!

Have a good week everyone:)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday Stills: Back of Things

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was to take a photo from the back of things.


Chance and a friend!

Have a great week everyone:)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday Stills : Shades of Blue

The Sunday Stills Challenge this week was Shades of Blue.Globe Thistle

I have some Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) blooming.

Spirit Lake

Shades of blue water, sky and water tower on Spirit Lake ay Menahga Minnesota.

Now to catch up.  I have been taking photos…I just have been too busy to post them.

Here are my catch up photos from the last four challenges.


Motorcycle Sunday Stills

Looking Down: A newly married couple down on the dock.

Looking Down Sunday Stills



Chain Sunday Stills



I don’t do too much in photoshop.  Sometimes I tweak the color or exposure a bit and crop.

Corn Field Fawn (2) 

Here is the original photo. 

Corn Field Fawn

A black and white rendition.

Corn Field Fawn Black and white

I am going to try to keep up once again, I have five more weeks of work and then the museum closes for the winter.  I am looking forward to a break.  Have a good week everyone:)