Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Easter Peeps!

Old Stone Structure

For the last couple of years, I kept seeing this structure along 211 in Virginia. I was always suprised to see it and this time I was ready for it
Last time I spotted it , I tried to put in my memory bank where exactly it was.
Yesterday I was prepared. I had no traffic and luckily there was a drive right next to it so I could pull off safely.

I am assuming it is an old silo tho I have never seen a stone one.
Maybe it is a watch tower, or all that is left of a castle.

Whatever its purpose was, it is beautiful, the stone work is stunning.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Easter Cat

Give a cat a toy and they will play. Piglrim is always a willing victim.
Let's gut it.

Let's flip it over

Let's use it as a head rest

Let's take a nap
Let's play with a less boring toy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Puppy shoot

Working with one puppy can be quite a challenge, but working with three is always fun and I never know what kind of pictures I will get. We put these three up on the table, quickly I started shooting

Just as quickly they started getting squirmy. Notice how quickly I am losing them. My surefire noises werent even helping

Going, going , gone! And the noise did work on the puppy on the left, made her want to howl!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hobby Farm Home!

Check out Hobby Farm Home's website to see one the pictures I did to illustrate the article. It is all about blue ribbon cooking, cooking to enter in country fairs. I had to dig out my kids county ribbons that they won for their cookies years ago!

What it takes to get beautiful!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In the blink of an eye!

Molly is patiently waiting for me to get the picture of her new treat ball by Planet Dog.

As I clicked the camera a second time I caught her true thoughts of me asking her to wait to play with the toy.

Then in another click she is patiently waiting again, if I hadnt caught it I would believe I was imagining this expression! What do you think?

Her toy is a new favorite by Planet Dog. It is made of recycled materials so it is a good green product. She loves it because it dispenses treats!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vernal Ponds

Vernal ponds are ponds that are only available in the spring. Starting early, often when parts of the pond are still frozen, it becomes a brief home to thousands of frogs

This year , with little snow during the winter, my favorite vernal pond is about half of what it should be.
The warm spring day I went to check it out, you could hear the frogs calling from the road.

Lifting their voices in hopes of getting a chance to mate, the frogs covered the surface of the pond.
I could hardly hear my self think and my ears were actually ringing from their songs.

Frogs use these ponds to mate , lay their eggs, then they return to the woods .
This year the eggs were plentiful and hopefully we will get some rain to fill the pond so the eggs have time to hatch and move on.

A hollow tree provides nesting and food for the
Pilated Woodpecker.

Vernal ponds are brief but beautiful and an important part of the ecology.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ruffled Grouse makes a wrong move

When I was going to check out the vernal pond yesterday, I happened to notice a dead bird in the road.
When I turned in , I stopped and walked down the road to the bird, I thought it might be a hawk, but it was a ruffed grouse who happened to fly out at the wrong moment.
Still warm, I took him off the road , and took him home to capture the incredible pattern of his feathers.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Super Hero Photo Challenge at shutter Sisters!

Light makes all the difference. Bright light can add detail

It can outline flowers

Diffused light makes colors pop

Light adds interest.

How to Prune winter Damage

Bike Repair and Maintenance for Dummies!

Bike Repair and Maintenance for Dummies just came out. I did the photo shoot for it and I love the book. I have no understanding of what I shot that day, but since I do ride I often need to fix things.
This book makes it easy to understand how to do what you need to!

You can purchase the book at Amazon.
The isbn number is