Bird On A Wire

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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

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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.

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-Diane

Greener Pastures

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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.

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

You Talkin’ to Me?


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Photo Friday Theme – Shadows by Kim

Meet Rue named after a character in the Hunger Games book by my daughter Meg. She is always looking for the warmest spot in the house, so finding a shadow nearby is not hard! What is hard is to not get her half eye-closed or doing that cat thing where they turn away. (I thought teenagers could have attitude!)  Actually she is very cuddly and loving. The “Catitude” only comes occasionally in proportion to how loving she is!

I love this photo as she is snuggled up to the girl’s old stuffed animals.

Runner Up: Bailey’s Fish Obsession:

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This shot is in memory of the 10 large fish that survived the last two winters but not the giant heron who finished them off this morning! Bailey sadly was looking for them this morning with nothing to bark at! I love her shadow in the water as she looks like a true predator!!

So Soft

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theme – texture

Sometimes inspiration hits at the strangest times from the strangest places. I spent an entire day trying to capture texture. I tried flowers, shells, fruits (I learned I can make an orange look pretty darn disgusting), a braided rug, animals (both birds and reptiles) but nothing was really working for me. Today I knew I had to try again but wasn’t really in the mood. After texting with my ennui buddy and having coffee and playing on my iPad, it was time to get dressed (it was before noon is all I will say about that). I passed my dresser on my way to the closet and saw my kissing pigs. They have sat on my dresser for years. (If you don’t know by now, I collect pigs and no, I don’t have a real one. Have you heard the noise they make…) They were just sitting there full of texture, staring at me. Time to dust off (and repair) the light box. This also gave me my first opportunity to change the color of the background in the box. I always just used white but the girl pig was too light-colored to stand out. After a day of thinking I wouldn’t have any photo, I ended up with two that I loved. Since I couldn’t decide, I’m posting both. – Diane

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Hey Good Lookin’

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theme – reflection

Let me introduce you to Little Foot, my daughter’s bearded dragon. I am not a reptile person but I will admit this little guy grew on me. She was only home with him for the weekend but I can’t wait to have them both home for the summer. Little Foot will make a great model for me. He stays where you put him and he doesn’t hardly move. I have already gotten tons of ideas from all the cute instagram animals. (Cute BuBu the chinchilla is a favorite along with a hedgehog I forgot the name of.) I wonder if Little Foot fits into Barbie clothes? Just kidding…but the possibilities are endless. – Diane

Snow Beast

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 Photo Friday Theme – Beast

Our shepherd Bailey has been pegged as one who thinks she is a “lap dog.” She loves to hang out with the family on the couch, go for walks and basically just likes to be where we are.  The snow brings out a different side to our furry companion. She runs, digs, and hunts like a BEAST in the snow. Her favorite thing is to catch snowballs!  It really makes me happy to see her have such a good time. — Kim

 

Anybody Home?

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theme – lonesome

I’m guessing my dog, Sport, was feeling a little lonely and decided to see if any of the neighbors were around. Poor little guy. – Diane

Hangin’ Out in the Neighborhood

photo friday theme – huge

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When the spring had finally hit our area, it brought new blooms and the local wildlife….

including the  “Split Rock Bear.”

The word that we use when we speak of him is HUGE…

Now he was quite the gentle giant –  slowly lumbering around my neighbor’s yard in search for food.

After this picture was taken, he took the neighbor’s trash can sprawling himself out on the lawn and dining like a king.

He has appeared a few times (including taking out our garbage one morning!)

I hear rumors that they are trying to trap and relocate him…

I sure hope he evades them and makes it to his hibernation spot.

Kim

A Delicious Catch

A Delicious Catch

 

theme – delicious

One of the things my family does while on vacation in Topsail NC is they eat what they catch. Throw some crab pots down in the morning and dinner is served in the evening. I am not a fan of this catch it and eat it method. I prefer not to see my meal when it was alive and moving around. When dinner was over and there were a few crabs left, I kidnapped them and gave them their own special photo shoot. I loved the red of their shells and of course now I could pose them without the fear of being pinched by the claws. A little morbid? Probably, but they are so photogenic.  – Diane