Blogging A to Z Challenge: A is for Ansel Adams

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”

Ansel Adams

I chose Mr. Adams to start my A to Z Challenge as I have always admired his nature photography… take a look at some of his work on his website The Ansel Adams Gallery. His dramatic black and white photos have such emotions tied into them… they are stunning.

In case you are new here, I have taken part in the A to Z Challenge unofficially a couple of years now and this year I have decided to do the theme of quotes. Let’s hope it is a fun and educational month!

A Thousand

Capture a bird

In mid flight

Pick a flower

Swaying in the breeze

Paint the bold colors

Of an autumn tree

Freeze the bright smiles

On children’s faces

All you need

Is the touch

Of the shutter

To take a picture

Worth a thousand words

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August (FDDA) #12 – something that brings you joy

A to Z Challenge – Photography

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P is for photography

I have always loved to take pictures… even back in my youth with a 110 camera.  I saved money I made on a paper route and babysitting to buy myself a SLR camera.  And when I was at my worst depression, talking pictures while walking in nature was a sort of therapy for me.  Just call me a shutterbug.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

For a while I did a weekly Monochrome Monday picture as I really enjoy the dramatic effect of black and white photography.  I take surprisingly few portrait pictures, but the best ones I take are usually the ones not planned.  But I do not consider myself too good with them and take better pictures of animals I think.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

By far the subject of choice is flowers.  Even if I get a bouquet of cut flowers I usually focus in on one or two of the blooms.


My next challenge is saving up and getting a DSLR and lots of memory cards to store pictures on.  Say cheese!


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Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

I have been nominated by Fandango over at This, That, And The Other for the three-day quote challenge. Thanks Fandango for this opportunity to share some of my favorite words!

First the rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for three consecutive days – one quote per day.
3. Nominate three bloggers each day and let them know about it.

As I stated on Day 1 I thought more of people than quotes when I came to this challenge.  Looking at it that way also gives me more of a chance to explore the things my favorite people had to say.  Today I focus on my love of photography and nature.  One of my favorite photographers is Ansel Adams.  He can display things from nature that are truly breathtaking.  A search of his quotes led me to this one…

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams

I have felt a deeper love of the photographs that I took because of feelings along with beauty, than just something pretty… does that make sense?  I strive for a great photograph rather than just a snapshot.

I now must do my least favorite thing and nominate three more people for this.  Remember this  is just for fun and not an obligation to do so, but I hope you share the words you love.  Today I nominate:

Monochrome Monday – Silo

This week I almost took a break… I am in the midst of a 7 Days 7 Photos challenge (Day 1) and thought about not posting twice, but I’m on a roll so why not.  This one I can at least talk about.  This was taken at a local park of all places that has a Silo still there from former farmland I suppose.  I liked the way the angle worked.  Hope you are all having a good week!

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Happy and Grateful – Day 280

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

Today has been a quiet day.  We had rain until late afternoon.  Then it cleared off to be a beautiful evening with cooler temperatures.  If only the grey clouds in my mind would pass now.  I have been feeling pretty alone today and I’ve not had any luck at messaging friends, so that makes me feel worse.  Just chalk it up as a bad day.  The doctor is working with me on an acceptance therapy workbook.  I am holding out positive hope for it.  So tired of all the negatives in my life.

I would have to say I am grateful for my photography today.  I was able to do a little photo editing to get ready for Monochrome Monday and seeing the flowers and outdoor shots made me feel a bit closer to nature.

The happy moment would have to be watching my favorite sports team win their football game today.  It was a good win, a great win on the road and the end of a losing streak.  So I was happy to see that this afternoon.

It is that time of night when my meds take hold and make me tired enough for sleep.  So I shall post this before my eyes close.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good day/night.

Happy and Grateful – Day 177

June brings warmer weather and the start of summer. Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too. I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year. Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog. There is always something good to find in each day.

Not a great start to the week… I was supposed to be at my Dad’s today to get him at noon.  I woke up at about ten after.  Oops!  Luckily it was only for blood work and there is no set time for that.  I forgot my library DVD to take back – at least it is not due until tomorrow.  And my boyfriend made zero progress on fixing his car so there is another week I have to drive him to and from work.

I won’t let a bad start to the day get me down, or at least try not to.  It was beautiful windows open wide weather again, so the birds singing helped a little.  And it was an afternoon in the kitchen putting together a spaghetti sauce to simmer for dinner.  I do still like to cook when I have the energy … I am happy it was there today.  Although to be honest I did nap today for about 45 minutes.

Not a lot going on today though.  I did get some time to work on my pictures.  I did a little editing and deleting to get some more room on my SD card.  I am grateful I had some quiet time to work on my photography.  Now if I could just get the time and energy to get to the park before it gets too hot again… maybe tomorrow.

The night is getting away from me and 6am comes early to have to take my boyfriend to work.  Stay happy and grateful!