Aunt Judy

Photo Friday Theme – Portrait by Kim O’Neill

A beautiful moment of my Aunt Judy with her grandson

celebrating her 50th anniversary to my dad’s brother, my Uncle Elmer.

A very special day!

A Place to Dream


Photo Friday Theme – Solitude by Kim O’Neill

The Cliffs of Kerry

From high above I sit in solitude,

listening to the wind sing and waves meet the cliffs

greens, turquoise and deep blue wrapped in mist

brings me to a place of peace. – Kimberly O’Neill

Bird On A Wire



theme: solitude

While waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks to begin, I found this bird perched on the mast of a yacht. Just one solitary bird. I started thinking about how nice and quiet it must be way up there out of the crowd of thousands. He also had one of the best seats in the house for the fireworks and when the show was over, he would be able to just relax or fly away instead of sitting in the traffic for an hour trying to get home. When I snapped this shot, I was jealous of his peaceful solitude. – Diane



Black and White and a Little Brown Too


theme: black and white

I instantly knew I would try to get a shot of Freckles for this theme. I just didn’t know how hard it would be. Freckles is 4 moths old and nothing but a cute ball of energetic mischief. So far, she has destroyed 4 pairs of flip-flops, 2 couch cushions, and 2 doggie beds. She is lucky she is so dang adorable (and leaving in a month with my daughter for school).

Due to the theme being black and white and not brown, I also took this shot. After looking at it, I thought I needed to wrangle you in with a cute puppy photo first.



It’s in the details


Photo Friday Theme- Black and White by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on a recent trip to Ireland where John and I celebrated our 25th anniversary. We were exploring the seaside town of Kinsale with it’s quaint streets and I noticed this detail in one of the windows.

Kinsale has an abundance of lovely, artsy shoppes and excellent restaurants. My favorite meal of our trip was at a restaurant named Fishy Fishy. The salmon was the best I have ever tasted and the mussel appetizer was so sweet, I’ve now become a fan! Brilliant!

Kinsale by Derek Mahon

The kind of rain we knew is a thing of the past –
deep-delving, dark, deliberate you would say,
browsing on spire and bogland; but today
our sky-blue slates are steaming in the sun,
our yachts tinkling and dancing in the bay
like race-horses. We contemplate at last
shining windows, a future forbidden to no-one.



Glass Ceiling


theme – sunlight

The sunlight shining through the glass ceiling located over the grand staircase on a cruise ship. I loved the pattern of this photo more than the blob of sunlight. I really wanted to capture a lovely little sun star from a wine glass but apparently I need to do a little more research into how to capture that. – Diane

Greener Pastures

greener pastures

Photo Friday Theme – Green by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on the west coast of Ireland in the area of Slieve League. Incredible shoreline and breathtaking cliffs made it a sight now to be missed (except for the other half of our group learning “Gaelic Football”) We even had the true movie experience where the bus had to wait for sheep to cross the road!

This was such a memorable trip. Today we leave again for Ireland… minus the bus and 60+.  This time it’s a party of four driving ourselves into a new adventure.


PS: Wishing the Maureen/Caitlin’s girls from our last trip much success in Montreal for the 2014 Irish Dance Championships!

Simplicity is Beauty

Summerland Sunset

Theme – Simplicity by Kim O’Neill

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;

to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter. . .

to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring

– these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
–  John Burroughs

Sky Canvas, Summerland Key