Thursday, January 29, 2009

Outside Finally

Well I was finally outside for about five seconds today. Found this leaf frozen under some ice crystals by the corner of our house. Love the way they look like little sparkling jewels. I think it warmed up just enough to form water droplets and freeze again. I'm hoping tomorrow is nice again as I plan to go hiking. My photograhpy is atrophing again from the winter blues.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cabin Fever 2 - Ways to Amuse Myself

Well, I am still stuck inside. It is 15 degrees today. Too cold for my taste and I was going to vacuum so that takes care of the exercise. Was being the operative word. Ran out of time. I worked on my Ebay first. Trying to keep from getting a real job. You can view my profile page here:
Often when I am photographing the products I'm going to list, the cat will get into the homemade lightbox I've put together. He looks so cute lit from the side, that I always end up taking a couple of shots. This one is from today.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Another Rarity

This is another rarity, well for me anyway. I don't usually photograph people. I have to know them really well. This is my husband after bicycling home in -15° F weather. If you look really close you can see the fine layer of frost stuck to his jacket as well.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Break

Today's post is a quick break from the norm. We had our school carnival today. It was quite exciting. The lower grades bring cakes. This is our last year for that. My husband and son made an awesome cake. It's a tropical island cake. My husband has made all the birthday cakes, save one or two, for our son's birthday. I've been taking pictures of them of course cause once you eat them, they're gone. Forget that, once the kids tear the prizes off, they're gone! So here's another one for the record.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bits of Winter

I wanted to supplement yesterday with a kind of contradictory post. I have included two pictures of my adventures so far this winter. While my outings can be few and far in between, I try to make the most of them. The shot of the leaves I took in a meadow outside my home. I love the way the leaves just scoop up the snow.

The shot of the tree formed with lights is from my hometown of Charles City Iowa. It was taken when I went home this Christmas. There used to a real tree covered with lights. This is just as cool in it's own way. For this posting I have linked back to my website which has photos of the swinging bridge which was a landmark in my hometown for over 100 years. Sadly, it was lost to flood damage this past June. I encourage everyone to check out this page for a slice of my hometown.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cabin Fever

Winter for me is a kind of frozen limbo. I'm not much for the cold, so I find myself staying in probably more than I should. More likely than not, I'll catch whatever is going around and then I can't go outside. This usually kills any groove I've gotten into as far as braving the cold. Finally, I'm not very good at finding the nesting spots of my favorite subjects - insects. Although, if I were to get out more perhaps I would get the practice I need. If I were better at finding those, perhaps I would get more excited about winter.

Thus winter for me tends to be sparse where photographs are concerned. Mainly I find myself photographing ice a lot. I love the way it forms shapes and how the bubbles get frozen. It's very fun to photograph that up close. Or I'll find leaves stuck in the snow. Or, being stir crazy, I will find something in the house capturing my attention. This was the case with this photo of my son's art supplies. I love the reflection in the table.