The newest branch on our family tree was born today. Ben William arrived at 4:04 pm weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces 21.5 inches long. He is the most beautiful baby I've ever seen and it was love at first site for all of us. Congratulations to the new parents, Abby and Joey.
It's been far too long since my last postcard. A lot has happened during that time which you can read about on facebook, but I miss my blog. Doing the Shimelle's Explore class has inspired me to get back here, so I will start with the project she has me working on. Oh, and have you met *him? My newest little gem.
Being out on the lake all day is a nice, relaxing place to be until someone says, "Look at that!" and you look over your shoulder to see the most unusual cloud you have ever seen. That was the end of our three hour tour.
Recently I pulled out my film camera after finding a roll of black & white film in the deep recesses of my fridge. I haven't used my old film camera for a few years but it felt good in my hands. I put on my favorite lens and went outside. The little neighbor boys were playing in the backyard. I went over to them and asked them if I could take a few pictures. They are such cute little guys, with these heartwarming smiles. Their baby sister and mom came out and posed with them. Without giving much direction to them I started shooting. Those 24 exposures went by fast! I had to laugh when the youngest brother asked to see them (on the back of my camera). I explained that this was a different camera and they would have to wait to see the photos. That statement even struck me funny. We are so used to the instant gratification of viewing what we shot just seconds after the capture, that it seemed foreign to have to wait. When I finally got them back, I pulled them out of the envelope right away. The look, the feel, the texture, the NEGATIVES...... I wondered why I ever deserted film for digital. There is just a quality (in black & white) film that I cannot seem to achieve in digital.
The orange lillies are in full bloom under my cherry tree. I grabbed my camera, switched to the macro lens and started shooting. I had the sprinkler on earlier and all the little droplets of water falling from the tree landed all over the lillies. I don't think I would have got the shot I wanted without the luxury of checking the led screen and the histogram, telling me that I had to change the aperature down a couple of stops. Finally, after way more than 24 exposures I got about 5 shots I loved.
Then my little girlfriend walks over with her paci and pink blankie. BAM! One single shot and I got this one that makes me smile. With a macro lens!
Knowing that I can easily change the color to b&w sitting here at my computer made me happy that I have options.
I still plan on shooting the rolls of film I purchased the other day. I think it's good to keep a hand in it to keep me on my toes. But it's always nice to have options.
I have been photographing this little guy since he was a baby. The parents are religious in contacting me on his birthdays for an updated portrait. He just turned four years old so it was time for a session. I think this set has been my favorite of him so far. Such personality and energy he has! He loves baseball and has a very good, level swing. The above is one of several that I just love so had to share. Happy Birthday Dominic!
Isn't this a beautiful view? It is what my bff and her man look at every day, right out their back door. Calm, peaceful, beautiful.
But - it doesn't come easy. They work hard to keep it looking so nice. In fact, my bff's life seemed to be endangered just last week when her trusty tractor began smoking. Thankfully, she escaped unharmed. It meant she was in shape to prepare a delicious meal and entertain a group of close friends last evening. We came armed with chocolate cake and fishing gear (after a stop at the expensive plastic worm store, where I was WAY overdressed).
We arrived to warm greetings. Sure, it rained a little. Yes, there was a threat of severe thunderstorms and a possible tornado. Actually, when I asked D. where we were on that storm map they show on tv, he pointed to the highlighted red triangle, the eye of the storm.
It's funny how relaxed you can be in that situation with a group of friends and a few margaritas under the belt.
I thought it was beautiful out after the storm passed.
We even saw a huge rainbow, with the moon just over the top right corner. You don't see that here in this photo because I had left my camera in the car. (That's why I needed it, dh) J. was kind enough to retrieve it for me, but by the time he returned the rainbow was gone. But I saw it.
Then we saw this...........
I really love stormy days. Days that you can curl up and sit on a swing, chat with friends sitting next to you, eat, drink and be merry.
My sweet little Chloe's middle name is Camille. We took her to see all the pretty Camillia's in bloom at the botanical gardens last week. She was so excited to see her namesake flower. I still think she is the prettiest one in bloom.
This is what you would see me wearing on the first day of Spring. I love those boots. But, since I can't seem to kick my m&m addiction, or have a spare $790 laying around for a single outfit I guess I'll just stick with my cut off sweats and flip flops.
Must be the cold weather and all this snow getting to me.
Chloe loves to get packages in the mail. Today she hit the jackpot. Not one, but TWO packages came addressed to her.
The content had been anticipated. Flat Petunia was returning from her visit to JoLynn way across the other side of the state. JoLynn and Flat Petunia had some wonderful adventures, including a trip through two other states.
She traveled all over, learning about things that were made in Kansas City, gathering chocolates from their factories, visiting a Presidential library, working in the Pembrook Hill School bookstore, taking a trip to Crown Center, seeing the beautiful fountains, going to a minor league stadium, checking out the best barbecue spots in town, and visiting some very fancy shops and lunch spots. She even got stranded in a snow storm in Iowa with JoLynn and her other friend, Loydene! She was exhausted when she returned home.
I wonder, if I lay under a steam roller, would I flatten out enough to be mailed in an envelope?
Thanks so much, dear JoLynn, for making this a wonderful and educational experience for my little girlfriend. You're the best!
This little girl worked for her chocolate. She wasn't really in the mood to pose that day until I showed her the tube of m&m's I had hidden (from her mom) in my pocket. Just scroll on down and you will see that I am the one who was rewarded.
her beloved Belle
this pose got her a bonus extra handful
loving the fancy tutu
Thank you, Isaboo, for sharing your Saturday afternoon with me. I sure had fun. xoxo
As I was shooting this photo I was struck by how this little girl is growing up. Gone is that sweet round face and the toothless grin of yesterday. Today, when I saw this through the lens, I could see the beautiful young lady that she is becoming.
I love projects. Especially those I can finish. In the confines of this blog, and that of my imagination I will post 100 photos this year, 2010.
It is an exercise to develop my skill and expand my vision beyond what I see with my eyes. My theme is CIRCLES.