Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Hubby

Tomorrow, Oct. 1, is my hubby's birthday, he will be exactly 3/4 of a Century old. He neither looks it or acts it. Above is my most favorite photo of him. In honor of his Birthday I am taking tomorrow off from post/comments. See you all on Sunday or maybe not until Monday.

We are not traveling, as you can see above in yesterdays photo, we live in paradise in our back yard.
Happy Birthday Bob, I love you.
Above was taken this morning in downtown, he went with me to the library. We rode on this Fake Harley!
NOT! we did NOT!  He wants a Real Harley, this is a Kawasaki wannabe Harley, the white Vue in the background is what we were in... POOR Man. No Harley!

PS... Bob and my friend Rich voted they did not like my new look, and since I was not "in love" with it, we are back to square one

The Truth IS

OK, the book is not ALL Chinese, the 2nd chapter is in English, it has 6 chapters, all different languages.

 I am playing with manual focus and manual settings, trying to get one part sharp and the other blurred.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pardon Me...Please

If I missed commenting on your blog yesterday, please excuse me. I spent FOUR HOURS reading the book and playing with my NEW Canon Rebel T1i and snapping 172 photos on every setting.

My coffee got cold.... my frustration levels went past a TEN....
 I snapped everything on the table in several different modes, who know what but this proves I was BUSY
I did race outside to try a close up of a limb

 an avacado the squirrels ate most of and dropped on the ground and my sweet Jake

 The whole problem was/is the directions for the camera are in CHINESE....I will conquer the new buttons and get better, so if you miss me, you know what I am doing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Color Me Playing #1

In my childhood, my mother would hand me a color book, scissors, glue and crayons and I would occupy myself for hours. That was Then. this is Now  and I have Photoshop and I can do the same thing, Color, Cut, Paste and no sticky fingers. FOR HOURS!

I am starting a series and as I play will post them under the label of Color Me Playing. In all three of these photos I removed the parrots from one photo and placed in another. The purple was NOT the color of the parrot in the first shot, he was bright blue and I colored him and did not stay in the lines
Green parrot from Jungle Gardens and Banana Trees from my back yard.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pillow Princess

Until The Next Time

 Sea Oats, protected by law in Florida
 The reason for the name Beer Can Island
 Crab, no idea what kind

Why did the lobster blush? because the seaweed.
What's the favorite newspaper section amongst lonely seaweed? Kelp Wanted

this is the last of my beach shots, Until The Next Time I go with my NEW Camera! It is In the Mail

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tadpole Groaner

Rain + Barrel = MadSnapper Snapping....
I  NOW know how difficult it is  to shoot Tadpoles in A rain barrel (camera not a gun).  We have a gazillion baby frogs on the way..... Goody, they EAT mosquitoes 

What kind of shoes do frogs wear?
Open toad!

Why are frogs so happy?
They eat whatever bugs them!

How does a frog feel when he has a broken leg?

Why did the frog read Sherlock Holmes?
He liked a good croak and dagger.  (my favorite)

What happened to the frog's car when his parking meter expired?
It got toad!!


Sunday, September 25, 2011

What's Up with White Out

I have a Canon Rebel XT that I purchased in April of 2006. It was my first and only DSLR and I have loved it to pieces. Two weeks ago it started whiting out photos at the beach. Blowing them out to solid white.

I removed the battery, which rebooted the camera, and it worked OK for a few shots, then back to white out.

Now it takes beautiful photos in shade or low light, indoors and outdoors, but anything that has sunlight on it, it blows to white. I reset  the camera to defaults, still does it.

 the cost to send to Canon is 210 the cost to a camera repair to LOOK at it is 170 and the camera is five years old and has taken somewhere close to 100,000 photos... soooo

I have change ISO, White Balance, Aperture, Exposure, all of these and in the sun it will not take a photo.
anyone have an ideas?  

Blue Skies Smiling

 Photos taken at Beer Can Island, Longboat Key Florida
Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on         Irving Berlin
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3,7

Saturday, September 24, 2011

LOOK~What I got!

This came in the mail yesterday from Tammy at Simply Southern Happiness 

These are glass ornaments she made and they are just the right size for my 2 foot Christmas Tree and Jake and Baby have their own ornament. This is a first for them. Thank You Tammy

Just Because 3

Q Who’s the patron saint of e-mail?
A: St. Francis of a CC.
Bird Buffet

Our catering manager lacks certain social skills -- like knowing when to keep her mouth shut. While discussing a baby christening party with a young couple, she told the mother, "You look like you've lost most of your pregnancy weight." "Thanks," came the clenched-teeth reply. "We adopted."

Current Shot of Leonard, my favorite of our lizards, see his little orange ears

Friday, September 23, 2011

FMTSO- My Town Sepia

Downtown Bradenton  UPDATE from on Bradentons History.
Located on the Manatee River, Bradenton is the seat of Manatee County in Florida. The area is believed to have been discovered by the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto, who landed at Shaw's Point in 1539 to begin his 4,000 mile search for El Dorado. However, the city takes its name from Dr. Joseph Braden, the sugarcane magnate who settled in the area in 1853. According to local legends, Braden's fort-like home and sugar mill served as a refuge for early settlers against frequent attacks from Native Americans.
This week Friday My Town Shoot Out, was choice of Sepia or Black and White. This is some of our local architecture that I admire.
 Downtown Bradenton
 Neighborhood home
 Out in the country
 Out at Anna Maria Island Beach

To see more Sepia today or to join in go to Friday My Town Shoot Out and link up with  us.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Many faces of Baby Girl

Many faces of Eve Baby Girl, AKA My Pretty Calendar Girl, trying to sleep in the sun,

 From  above to below, can you guess what mommy said to get her ears UP?
the magic Word is FOOD