Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Park Bench and Shadow

I haven't posted a bench recently, but last week when I was out and about I chanced upon this one. It invited me to take its picture, so I accepted! It's located in a small park in my little town, and looks rather comfortable, even in winter. I know PERBS and Malyss are still posting benches regularly, so if you would like to see more of these useful and interesting seats, stop by their blogs. For more shadowy images, visit Hey Harriet.
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Same Sky, Different Year

December 19, 2008

December 23, 2009

These are for Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday. Click on the links to see more skies from around the world.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sparkling Reds and Yellows

I got a new camera for Christmas, it takes good pictures!
To see more yellows, visit Mellow Yellow Monday. For more reds, the place to go is Work of the Poet, And for more very close shots, try Macro Monday at Lisa's Chaos.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Scenic Sky, Shadows and Reflection

Wednesday was a wonderful, sunny day. I was thankful, as the light helped lift my mood. I had to keep an appointment and run a few errands, so I decided to use the route that took me past this place. It was a good decision! This view is my contribution for Skywatch Friday, Looking at the Sky on Friday, Weekend Reflections, Shadow Shot Sunday, and Scenic Sunday. Click the links to see more of each meme!
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Thanks to Sandy

A while back Sandy aka Doris the Great of AGING DISGRACEFULLY had a give away, and I won. My gift arrived today: the promised Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries! I haven't opened them yet, I think I may save them to share on Christmas Day. Maybe. If I can keep from opening them! Then again, maybe everyone will have to make do with fruitcake!
Sandy also sent things to go with this treat: red napkins with a reindeer motif and a beautiful embroidered kitchen towel. Also included was a cute Christmas card and a seasonal family newsletter which I enjoyed reading.
Thank you Sandy, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Red Bricks & Window Reflection

This was taken at my daughter's university in 2005, a couple of months before she graduated. We were waiting for her to come out of this building, and I was taking pictures to pass the time. I was glad I looked up, because this caught my eye!

To see more reflections, visit James at Newtown Area Photo; and to see more red things go visit maryt at Work of the Poet for Ruby Tuesday.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

November Sky

I took this about a month ago from our parking area. You may recognize the tree line from other posts.
To see more skies from all over, visit Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter Sky & Reflection

Five weeks ago I posted this picture:

Now it looks like this:

For more sky pictures, visit Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky; for more reflections go see James.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Shady Creek Reflection

This was taken about a year ago. It is a little creek which runs near my brother's place in northern California.  I like the blue of the reflected sky and the shadows of the trees.

For more reflections, visit Newtown Area Photo. To see more shadows, head over to Hey Harriet.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Full Moon at Dawn

It was cold this morning, and clear. I had to get going fairly early, but when I went out to start the car, I ran back in for my camera.

 Now you know why.
For more sky pictures, visit Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday. Have a great weekend!

Round Benches

It was early morning and I was at the grocery store. I finished my shopping and as I was loading my purchases in the car, I noticed this set of tables. They remind me of merry-go-rounds, but they don't spin. This time of year they are not used--except for photography!

To see more benches, visit Visual Norway, For the Love of Benches, and Benches on My Way.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tree in a Tub Over Water

This is a tiny tree. It lives in a big concrete tub which has been placed on a bridge where pedestrians trek. That is why I have taken it from my trove for ABC Wednesday.
The bridge spans a river, which naturally is full of water. This particular morning the water was steaming up into the colder air, and above, behind the tree's top, a low cloud of water vapor made a good backdrop. All this water is why I have also listed this in Watery Wednesday.  Drop by these two fun memes to see more Ts and water.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wild Turkeys

Earlier this week Dina posted a picture of a domestic turkey as part of her Thanksgiving post. In the comments, she indicated she wasn't familiar with wild turkeys. Since we see them regularly, I volunteered a  post about them. So for Camera Critters I present Wild Turkeys.
The picture above and the last two were taken last August. The flock is made up of adult birds, probably hens, and half-grown chicks. I don't know if there are any toms here, and I don't have any pictures of the toms showing off for the hens, so you'll have to do without!

This one shows two toms--the ones to the left which have beards! Turkey beards are made of special feathers which look more like hair and hang from the breast. Hens sometimes have beards, but not frequently. This picture was taken in October.

 Turkeys are quite alert. These are carefully watching something...

one of our cats, who is trying very hard to look like he is NOT watching them! Our other cat has twice (that I know of) caught and eaten a turkey about the size of the smaller ones here. 
I learned about wild turkeys at this site: . They are interesting birds!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Three-fer: Bench, Sky, and Reflection

This is my post for Bench of the Week, Skywatch Friday and Looking at the Sky on Friday, and James's Weekend Reflections. Please visit their sites to see lots more of everything!

I was waiting for my husband last Friday. It was time for lunch, and I knew he would not be ready for quite a while, so I went to a nice cafe I knew of which was close by. This cafe has seating in the spacious lobby of a new building in town which also houses a bank branch and several office suites. Here are some things I saw:
The seating surrounds a fountain designed like a pool fed by a mountain stream. I could have chosen to sit with my back to the water, using a bench. I decided to use a chair.

The lobby is well lit by both artificial and natural light. Looking into the pool, I saw a reflection of the skylight.

Here is a self-portrait reflected in a sign. That's the photographer in a pink shirt!
After lunch I went up the glass-enclosed elevator to the mezzanine. In this shot the overcast sky is clearly visible. It's not much to look at, but it is November, after all!
As I was leaving, I noticed the reflection in the glass curtain wall--there's that overcast sky again! This part of the building is not being used yet. If you look at the white spot at the bottom of the window, you will see a stop sign which is on the street corner on the opposite side. Enlarge the picture and look closely, it is there!
Lunch being over, I returned to my waiting. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for my new friends in the blogosphere, who have affirmed and encouraged me. I hope you each have a blessed day, wherever you live, and that you are rich in thankfulness.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

In a Boy's Room

The boy has grown up and moved out, but some things remain.

Visit Hey Harriet for Shadow Shot Sunday. For Mellow Yellow Monday visit Drowsey Monkey, and for Ruby Tuesday, visit Mary at Work of the Poet.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Strange Reflection Revealed

I went for a walk one day last August, following tracks of various farm vehicles that criss-cross  the property. I trekked behind my brother-in-law's place, and this eerie sight met my eyes. I was startled, and even slightly fearful-what was that odd looking thing, anyway??? An extra-terrestrial??
I'm not one for running from stuff that is odd, at least not in broad daylight, so I took a breath and stepped closer.
I recognized that it was light on the wall of a shed, not an alien. Phew! But why is it so weird?
This is the shot I cropped for last week's post:

No one guessed that the light was reflected from the side of a junked gasoline pump, which didn't surprise me: it's not a commonly found item! However, I enjoyed everyone's comments and imaginative ways of looking at this reflection. It was rather like seeing shapes in clouds: everyone sees something different. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

For more reflections, visit James at Newtown Area Photo.

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