My Photos

The Challenge

I am not a photographer in the sense that I know what I’m doing or that I’m any good.  I do love imagery though and sometimes, I catch sight of something that quickens my pulse.

I’ve decided to do a photo challenge (corresponding with my Newsletter #12 (sign up here), which deals with getting out of our artistic ruts.  So, for the next 30 days, I’m going to take at least one photo, in the morning.  End date: 12/15/15.

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November 17, 2015 – Day One

Today, it was about the light on plants, as the sun rose.

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8:30 am, Japanese Aralia, Japanese Aralia closeup, Pine on the Fence

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Grass on the Sidewalk,  Iris Leaf on the Sidewalk

November 18, 2015

Today, was a day for ghosts.  I saw the haunted, other dimensions in everything I shot.

morning-challenge-635-am-sm 6:35 am. Through the kitchen window as the sun comes up. Hummingbird feeder chain – competing with the sunrise. November 18, 2015.

morning-challenge-6-40-am-sm 6:40 AM.  Self Portrait.  morning-challenge-645-am-sm  6:45 am. Sun is up.

November 19, 2015

This morning I saw in color.  I started looking at the mundane that I usually ignore.  I found vignettes in unexpected places and when the sun, so low on the horizon, slipped into my windows, everything was transformed.  I took about 75 photos this morning and had many usable images but, I had to make some cuts.  I was brutal.  Below are my favorites for this cold, clear morning – there are many.

7-11-Bathroom-Nov-19-2015  7:11 am.  Bathroom.   7-14-Bathroom-Towels-Nov-19-2015 7:14 am.  Bathroom.

7-32-am-Bathroom-11-19-15-s  7:15 am.  Bathroom.   7-15-Bathroom-door-Nov-19-2015 7:15 am. Bathroom door.

8-33-am-Studio-11-19-15-s 8:33 am. Studio.    8-33am-Studio-11-19-15-s 8:33 am. Jars.  Studio.

8-34am-Studio-11-19-15-s   8:34 am. Studio  8-34am-Studio-offshoot-11-19-15-s  8:34 am. Studio

8-35-studio-Nov.-19-2015-s  8:35 Studio in sunlight.  7-40-Studio-nov-19-2015-s-  8:35 Studio in sunlight offshoot.  Couldn’t decide.

November 20, 2015

7-16-kitchen-ashtray-11-20-15-s  7:16 Ashtray. Filter. 7-16-ashtray-offshoot-11-20-15-s  7:16 Ashtray offshoot. Filter.

7-18-kitty-water-bowl-7-20-15-s  7:18 Kitty water bowl. Circles.  7-20-circles-in-the-sink-11-20-15-s  7:20 Circles in the sink. A lucky coincidence.

7-21-kitchen-stove-11-20-15s  7:22 am. Kitchen Stove.  7-25-kitchen-utensils-11-20-15-s  7:25 am. Kitchen Utensils.  More circles.

November 21, 2015

Don’t forget to click to see larger images!

6-30-am-stone-11-21-15-s  6:30 am. Stone.  6-31-am-old-tools-11-21-15-s  6:31 am. Old tools.

6-40-am-Slippers-11-21-15-s  6:40 am. Slippers.  6-45-am-pearl-divers-11-21-15-s  6:45 am. Pearl Divers.

November 22, 2015

7-31-am-pot-11-22-15-s  7:30 am.  Flower Pot.

7-32-am-leaf-11-22-15-s  7:32 am. Leaf.  7-32-chair-back-11-22-15  7:32 am. Chair Back.

November 23, 2015

8-15-am-tea-11-23-15  8:15 am. Tea with me.  8-20-me-11-23-15  8:20 am. Me.

8-45-solder-area-11-23-15  8:45 am. Solder area.

November 24, 2015

A gray day.

8-30-am-rain-11-24-15  8:30 am. Rain.  8-31-am-rain-sidewalk-11-24-15-2  8:31 am. Rain sidewalk.

8-32-am-frother-11-34-15  8:32 am. Frother.  8-35-am-teapot-11-24-15  8:35 am. Teapot.

November 25, 2015

7-30-am--studio-11-25-15  7:30 am. Studio.  7-35-am-bulletin-board-11-25-15  7:35 am. Bulletin Board.

7-40-am-legs-11-25-15  7:40 am. Legs.

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

7-45-am-anticipation-11-26-15  7:45 am.  Anticipation.  7-45-cold-thanksgiving-morning-11-26-15  7:45 am. Cold Thanksgiving morning.

8-30-am-before-the-madness-11-26-15  8:30 am. Before the madness begins.

November 27, 2015

Happy Leftover Day!

6-30-windchimes-11-27-15  6:30 am. Windchimes.  6-30-am-file-cabinet-11-27-15  6:30 am. File Cabinet.

6-45-crosswords-11-27-15  6:45 am. Crosswords.  6-47-am-brushes-11-27-15  6:47 am. Brushes.

6-50-am-light-and-files-11-27-15  6:50 am. Light and Files.

November 28, 2015

Sick of Leftovers Day.

6-08-am-spoon-11-28-15  6:08 am. Spoon.  6-09-am-kitchen-window-11-28-15  6:09 am. Kitchen Window.

6-10-am-LouLoo-11-28-15  6:10 am. LouLoo.  6-12-am-stove-11-28-15  6:12 am. Stove.

6-13-am-stove-11-28-15  6:13 Stove.  6-15-studio-11-28-15  6:15 am. Studio.

November 29, 2015

A regular old day. The next four days, I took photos but didn’t have time to post them.  The work snowballs.  This takes a lot of time, I’ve come to realize.  A lot of thinking too.

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Top left:  The original – untouched.  Found that it’s hard to get a blurred shot.  It took me about 15 tries.  Second image, I used a filter.  Same with the third


One more portrait.  I like how the plastic made me look like I was underwater.

November 30, 2015

It’s studio still life time.

11-30-15-Studio-Still-life-3  11-30-15-studio-still-life    11-30-15-studio-still-life-2  From left: Torch lighter, Trivet, Wire.

December 1, 2015

12-1-15-studio-still-life-4      12-1-15-studio-still-life-5      12-1-15-work-in-progress-one  From top left:  Plastic Mold, Ceramic Blocks, Ring under construction.

December 2, 2015

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Scenes from the yard – so many colors.  From left:  Wood chips and leaves, wood chips and leaves with filter, plants.

December 3, 2015

I’ve really started to notice how my brain is taking note of vignettes.  Shadows and angles are attracting my eye.  I’m seeing compositions in everything.

12-3-15-rain-one      12-3-15-yard-one      12-3-15-Rain-three     12-3-15-rain-two      12-3-15-rain-four  Images from top left:  Rain sky, Yard rain, Rain three, Rain two, Rain four.   Obviously, raining this morning!

December 4, 2015

Trip to Healdsburg this morning.

No longer surprised that a piece of concrete can be beautiful.  I’m seeing the “more-ness”  (new word?) of objects that I used to ignore.

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The street was vibrant with water and leaves.

December 5, 2015

The colors of distance and shadow. 10 days left.

12-5-15-garden-2      12-5-15-garden-3-offshoot  Garden Images

12-5-15-morning-rain      12-5-15-rain-sky Garden Image and Distant Trees

12-5-15-rain-sky-offshoot-2      12-5-15-rain-sky-offshoot  Morning sky.

Moisture paints everything, even the sky.

December 6, 2015

9 days left.

I might have to start painting again.  I think all three of LouLoo would make lovely paintings.

12-6-15-LouLoo-at-Window-2      12-6-15-LouLoo-at-Window-3      12-6-15-LouLoo-at-window  LouLoo looking out at the rain.

12-6-15-pad-of-paper-2      12-6-15-Pad-of-paper  Notepad swirl.

December 7, 2015

8 days left.

12-7-15-Beekins-wall-2      12-7-15-Beekins-wall-3      12-7-15-Beekins-wall-7

Bekins Moving Company Wall.

December 8, 2015

7 days left.

12-8-15-seb.-sunset-5      12-8-15-seb.-sunset-3-no-filter        12-8-15-seb.-sunset-2-no-filter   Stuck in traffic in Sebastopol, CA.  Well worth it.

December 9, 2015

6 days left.

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Brunch after the gym ,  Drinks

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LouLoo, Petey

December 10, 2015

5 days left.

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Pond, Pond 2, Grape Vine.

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Peeling Board, Lid and Leaf.

December 11, 2015

4 days left.

It’s selfie with plants day!  An oft celebrated event: that no one has ever heard about!

I was going to do butt selfies – hey all the girls (and some misguided young men) are doing it.  But, I thought wow, I’m tired of defining my self worth by my butt.  There’s plenty of girls still willing to do so so, I’m abandoning my crown to Kim Kardashian, Jen Selter (whoever she is), Rihanna and oh, so many, more. Plus mine is flat and wrinkly.  Didn’t want to mention that part.

12-11-15-leaf-selfie      12-11-15-oak-gall-selfie      12-11-15-Selfy-time-1     12-11-15-selfie-with-oak-galls-and-trees  Selfie with pointy leaves, selfie with oak galls, selfie with liquidambar tree, selfie in the trees.

December 12, 2015

3 days left.

A paper day.

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From top left:  Newspaper 2, Newspaper 1, Notebook, Packing paper, The letter.

December 13, 2015

2 days left.

A rainy studio day.

12-13-15-dapping-set      12-13-15-sandbag      12-13-15-tubing 12-13-15-wire-spools

From top, left:  Dapping set, Sandbag, Tubing, Wire reels.

December 14, 2015

1 day left.

12-14-15--still-life-with-orange-juice       12-14-15-files      12-14-15-LouLoo-Sleeping 12-14-15-still-life-OJ-2      12-14-15-still-life-with-hammer     12-14-15-belt-sander

From top left:  Still life with orange juice, Files, LouLoo sleeping, Still life with orange juice 2, Still life with hammer, Belt sander.

December 15, 2015

The day. I flew to Los Angeles.

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From top, left:  Bench at hotel, Bench at hotel – with filter, Gate at hotel, In my hotel room, LA plastic wrapped, LA plastic wrapped 2, Leaf on sidewalk in LA, Petey – before I left.

December 16, 2015

I’ve decided to keep going for awhile.  This was fun – if time consuming. I’m in Denver now.

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From left, to right:  Freezing in Denver, B-icicles, Looking in.

December 17, 2015

Working with Craftsy in Denver.

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From left, to right:  The land around Craftsy, Trees, Grass.

December 18, 2015

Still in Denver.

12-18-15-Craftsy-parking-lot-filter      12-1815-Craftsy-parking-lot-filter-2

12-18-15-Craftsy-parking-lot-geese-filter      12-18-15-Craftsy-parking-lot-geese   From left, to right:  Craftsy parking lot, ditto but, with filter – dark strokes, Geese on the river.

December 19, 2015

On and off planes all day. Bah.

December 20, 2015


December 21, 2015

Ah, home.
12-21-15-cross-locks-and-tongs      12-21-15-brass-brushes     12-21-15-solder-and-flux-bowls      12-21-15-studio-still-life   From left, to right: Cross lock and tong. Brass brushes and solder, Flux and solder bowls, Still life in the studio.  Home again.

December 23, 2015

12-23-15-candelbra-and-mirror       12-23-15-dragon-in-wagon-color       12-23-15-Dragon-in-wagon-b-&-W

12-23-15-fence-and-fountain      12-23-15-letters      12-23-15-winter-cala-lilly-kill-no-filter      12-23-15-winter-cala-lilly-kill   From top, left:  Candles and candelabra, Dragon in wagon – color, Dragon in wagon – B&W, Fence and fountain, Letters, Calla lily frost damage – no filter, Calla lily frost damage – filter.

December 24, 2015

Oysters and the coast soon!

12-24-15-chicken-wire-fence      12-24-15-holiday-arrangement      12-24-15-leaves-on-pavement 12-24-15-my-three-kittens 12-24-15-patio-reflections      12-24-15-Ralph-and-reflections 12-25-15-wet-calas-b-&-w  From top, left:  Chicken wire fence, My Xmas arrangements, Leaves on pavement, Sweet dreams, Reflections, Reflection with Ralph, Calla Lilies.

The Challenge is over but, I still like taking photos.

Nick’s Cove for my son’s birthday – 1/9/16

kevin-2-1-9-16   My husband, Kevin, happy to be back.Nick's-Cove-1-9-16   Sunset over Tomales bay from Nick’s Cove cabin.  Tomales-Bay-1-9-16  The view from our cabin at Nick’s Cove, Tomales Bay, Marshall, CA.  1/9/16.

Now, for my husband’s birthday – dinner at Starks in Old Town Santa Rosa, CA.

Building-old-town-sr-2-17-16  Old Town Santa Rosa at night. 2/17/16   Tree-2-old-town-sr-2-17-16   Tree outside Starks, Old Town Santa Rosa.  2/17/16  Tree-shadows-old-town-sr-2-17-16  Shadows on the pavement – Old Town Santa Rosa. 2/1716.


glass-1-16  Glass on my nightstand. 2016.