theme – landscape 2014
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, one mile of sculptures, art, and photography. I mostly stopped in the photography tents. The photographers were so talented (that would be why they are professionals) and so inspirational. I think my husband actually enjoyed the festival too. We would stop and read about the photos we loved and how the photographer captured them. My husband kept telling me to just take the camera out and shoot tons of photos and I could have my own little tent. I laughed and asked if he had seen any of my photos. I enjoy it as a hobby, and I think I have come a long way but I will never be a professional, and I don’t think I want to be a professional. - Diane
theme – twilight
I took this photo last night with my phone. We were on our way to dinner to celebrate my son’s 16th. birthday. I decided not to take my purse (which has a small camera in it). I am now kicking my self in the rear. It seems like that always happens. I wish I could make this photo bigger but then it just makes the cars fuzzy. We were moving about 50 mph, I was shooting through the windshield, and the sky was changing rapidly. I just wanted to get a few shots of the color before it was gone. – Diane
theme – female
I went for a more comical approach to this theme. As women, we tend to do some pretty weird things in the name of beauty. In this shot, my daughter was in the process of dying the tips of her hair purple. She looks like an alien. A very happy alien. To my surprise, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I was picturing. (My husband was horrified). The purple washed out in about 3 months and it satisfied any weird color urges she had. (Which was what I was hoping would happen.) Since this, she has dyed her hair brown and black. (Not at the same time.) Hopefully she will soon return to the beautiful natural blonde she is. – Diane
theme – beasts
I took this photo while in a New York City museum. (I know, that narrows it down, right.) I know it is some kind of tribal mask and I am hoping I have more information on it somewhere. I chose it for beast because I can only imagine the person wearing this had to have a terrifying effect on others, but who knows, maybe it was simply worn to ask the Gods for a good harvest. Either way, it reminds me of a beast. – Diane
theme – dramatic
Ice Hockey is not the first sport you think of when you live in south Florida but we love it. (Go Panthers!) We recently took my son to see a college game between the University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University. Kim, my ennui co-author, is a UM fan but I had to cheer for FGCU as that is where my daughter is a student. (Go Eagles!) I was thrilled to capture this shot where you could see the puck just before it sailed over the line and “tickled the twines” as the announcers like to say. The game was exciting although I must admit UM won 5 – 4. - Diane
theme – climate
Florida, the Sunshine State….. most of the time. We do have a summer rainy season. We are used to the sudden downpours of rain that last 15 – 20 minutes, but then we just keep going about our business. We know the sun will shine and the activities of the day will be restored. What can you do? It’s the price we pay to live in summer climate year round. – Diane
theme – my life
These are a few items that could be used to describe my life.
1. The camera – for my new-found love of photography
2. The pig – I have collected pigs since the 1980′s. I’m not 100% sure why I started but I just keep running with it.
3. The book – I love reading but this is my favorite book.
4. The coffee mug – my addiction to coffee. So addicted in fact that I didn’t think to just leave the mug empty.
theme – heavenly
When I think of the word heavenly, I automatically think of sunbeams showing through clouds. I have always felt they are like a little glimpse of something so much bigger.
I took this photo in Topsail, NC. It is the first time I was able to capture sunbeams shooting out of the tops of the clouds instead of the bottoms. I was so mesmerized by the top sunbeams I didn’t realize I had also captured some from the bottom in the same photo.
When I can finally get a grasp on my Elements program and all the wonderful things it can do, I hope to be able to enhance the sunbeams even more. Until then, this is enough of a glimpse of heaven for me. – Diane
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
theme – huge
The Carnegie Deli in Las Vegas has huge, scrumptious sandwiches. The lettuce was crisp and the bacon wasn’t too crispy or too chewy but just right. The toast was more like two toasted to perfection croutons trying to hold an entire salad together. (I can’t begin to imagine how tall it would have been if I actually got the tomatoes on it.) It was so delicious I ate as much as I could and wanted to eat more but feared I would explode. Keep in mind, This is only showing half the sandwich. The other half was hiding behind it. Best BLT hold the T ever! – Diane