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 29, 2011

Look at the Light

Photography is all about light. These were taken on a light-filled day. I hope you enjoy them!

Christmas Sunrise

My sister-in-law, who lives nearby, called me Christmas morning. She said I had to take a picture of the sunrise.

She was right.
Skywatch Friday

Dappled Light

Sun after snowdust
Light and shadow play
Northwoods winter day

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Or maybe you don't need to! Maybe you can still enjoy these in reality!

They were in a display at a store last October,
begging to have their picture taken!

As I was preparing this shot, I found a tiny reflection, too.
Do you see it?

And just because I haven't participated in a while, this is also for

Good week to everyone!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Black and White Reflection

I had to take some time from everything else and share a photo.
This is a seasonal creek on our property, up on the hill.
I walk to it now and then. 
I was up there with Ginger recently, and found a little water running.
This is a very small pool, but not much water is needed to make a fine reflection!

Friday, November 18, 2011


These were taken the same day, very close to each other.
I don't know which I prefer...

Looking into the light,

Or looking away from it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I would like to thank everyone who left their condolences at the passing of my aunt. 
She will not soon be forgotten!

Now for my submission to The Weekend in Black and White:

I invite everyone to offer their opinion on what I have found here.
It is a group of objects gathered for a purpose.
Any guesses?

Update: here is a wider, color view of my subject. Everyone who guessed pipes is right!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Note to My Friends

I want to let you know that I will be away from my blog for a short time. We have had a loss in the family, and I am busy with final things. It was neither an unexpected nor an untimely death, and although that reduces the emotional toll, it does not reduce the time which must be spent. I will return!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Capturing the Wild Balloon

In my last post I showed you a wild balloon which surprised me while I was walking last week. Today I want to share more of that experience...

Approach carefully so as not to scare it!

It's caught! The ribbon is tangled in the brush...

Please help!

Curious Ginger 

What is this thing?

Who cares?!

If you are wondering, I untangled the ribbon and brought the balloon home. It is now tame, and living in my house!

Balloon in the Wild

Ginger, Ghost and I were out walking last week. 
I turned up a rather steep route, something I do for variety now and then.
About half way up, an odd movement on the edge of my vision startled me.
I was a little scared, I admit!
But it was pink, and floating a little.
Not too scary...

I have never found a balloon on one of my walks before!
Tune in next time for more adventure!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Mountain Views

When I was growing up we lived in a city in central California, about equally far from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It was a good balance; we enjoyed visiting both.
I attended college near the ocean. I like the sea. 

But I love the mountains.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


The other day Patricia honored me with the Versatile Blogger award. Thanks, Patricia!

The rules for this award say I'm supposed to tell you seven things about myself. This kind of thing always trips me up (there, that's one thing!).
2. I love Jesus. You may already know that!
3. I recently crocheted a pair of toeless socks to wear with my flip flops.
4. One sock is pink with blue, the other is blue with pink.
5. I hate cold feet!
6. I love to create.
7. I like to be silly sometimes!

That's one hard part done! Now the other...I'm also supposed to pass it on to 15 other bloggers!

There are many blogs which I enjoy, and choosing among them is not so easy. But here goes, in alphabetical order:

1. 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cars, 2 tired
2. Amish Stories
3. An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel
4. Buttons Thoughts
5. Crown of Beauty
6. daybyday
7. Houston in Black & White
8. Into My Own
9. Irina's Paintings and Stuff
10. Nuts in May
11. Places With Character
12. Robert N. point-pen
13. Stardust English Talk
14. The Fragile X Files
15. welsh hills again

Saturday, September 24, 2011

See It Sunday: Fish

This is from my archive. I published an unedited version before,
but for the See It Sunday theme this week, which is "Fish,"
I did some cropping and cleaning.
The edit also revealed some subtle reflections, so I am submitting it for Weekend Reflections as well.

I hope everyone has a good weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Reflected Sky

In the previous post I showed How to Change a Tractor Tire.
The same day I took those shots, I captured this.
I think the reflected sky is more interesting than the real one!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How to Change a Tractor Tire

We needed to replace the large tires on our tractor this summer.
The answer to "Why?" is evident in the first frame of this collage!
After finding suitable replacement tires which we could afford--
they were in Massachusetts--
and having them shipped to us,
we called our local tire center.
The young man who came out worked very hard!
After jacking the tractor up, he first had to pump out the solution which filled the tire. 
(You can see this in the second frame.)
Next, he had to break the bead, which required some serious work with a very big hammer! 
(It had been a very long time since these tires were changed!)
The rest of the job was "easy:"
dismounting the old, 
mounting the new,
installing the new tube,
pumping in the solution,
pressurizing with air.
But it was finally done, on both sides.
Hopefully we will not need to do this again for another very long time!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Window Art

This window on a house in town caught my eye recently,
so I caught an image!

Nebraska "Lighthouse"

Near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, is man-made Minatare Lake.
Nebraska has no ocean shoreline,
but those who designed this lake chose to put in a "lighthouse."

One can enter this structure,

and climb the (very narrow) stairs,

To see the lake and the weather. 

As you can see, the water was quite high when I was there.
I enjoyed our visit!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Nebraska Sky

This was taken just outside the gate of Scotts Bluff National Monument in western Nebraska.
I found it in my archive as I was looking for a photo for 
I think I will also link with Scenic Sunday. I hope everyone has a good weekend!

P.S. This place was a landmark on the Oregon Trail. If you are interested in the history of the Trail,
follow this link.