Friday, November 4, 2011

Almost 8 Weeks Later....

Seriously??  I haven't posted on my photo blog for almost 8 weeks?

I am getting to be quite the negligent blogger, aren't I?!!

I love this photo of Fluff and Ringo (above), taken a few years ago.  So I pulled it out of my archives and spiffed it up a bit in Photoshop Elements 9, which I ordered a few months ago.

Of course, as you may know, Photoshop Elements 10 just came out, and that happened to me a week after I received my Elements 9 version.  Not sure why I missed that announcement... oh well.  I'm enjoying working with the 9 version for the time being!

I have always liked this old barn photo (below), which I snapped shortly after my move to Kansas, and on one of my first photo excursions with my then-new Nike DSLR.  I've brightened it up in Photoshop Elements 9 here...


And then I converted it to B and W (below), adjusting the contrast to get a slightly wild and stormy look....


And then there's this forever-favorite of mine (below), taken during the same above photo excursion...


I have a ton of favorite photos, but I admit these are in my top 25, er, maybe top 50?!

Looking forward to a weekend of temps in the 60s.... here's hoping you have a great weekend and good weather to go along with it!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Altered Images

I used PS Elements 6 to add a texture to this black eyed susan shot.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Country Deer



Our resident family of deer either need to come closer to me, or I need to take the splurge and buy a better zoom lens, say 400mm??!!    :-)

I crept up on them today, and got closer than I have yet.  But of course some farmer decided to come down the road and make a bunch of gravelly noise and so our deer family took off running!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Young Red-Tailed Hawk

Juvenile red-tailed hawk with injured wing

Of course I saved him!

You didn't think I was going to just leave him there?

You should know me better than that!
I can't bear to see animals suffer, domestic or wild.

Read his story here and here.

One tired boy.



(Yes, it was confirmed to be a boy!)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Guinea Keets (Babies!)


Hatched in our incubator.  Two hatched on their own, I had to assist #3.  You're looking at #1 and #3 here.  Regretfully, #2 passed away when the STUPID brooder light slipped off the windowsill and fell into the brooder.

As you can see, hubby fixed that.

Friday, June 24, 2011

In the Chicken Coop

From left to right:
Plymouth Barred Rock rooster and pullet, Ameraucana pullet,
Buff Orpington pullet and Rhode Island Red rooster

My, they grow up so fast!  Only 13 weeks old.

My beautiful Ameraucana, Midge.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You Talkin' To Me??!

One of our Plymouth Barred Rock chickens wants to give me some sass.

Only 10 weeks old.... my, how fast they grow!!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fiery Sunset

fiery March sunset

I haven't had much time lately to wander around our property snapping photos... working two jobs not only takes up my time, but it's been sapping my energy to do all the things I love at home.   :-(

So I decided to look through my photos and found this one that I took only a scant two months ago.  

We have such amazing sunsets here... and sunrises (when I'm up to see them!)  I never tire of the unique and spectacular vistas that our big sky provides here in south central Kansas.

It sure is a big and welcome change from my city digs in Ohio!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Has Sprung in Kansas

Is this the craziest sky you've ever seen?

No Photoshop manipulation, straight out of the camera!

We had some serious storms rumble through here Thursday night, March 26th.

Can you say "fa-reeeeky"!!!

I will say it was definitely scary standing out there taking this picture, 
with lightning jagging down everywhere and thunder clapping, 
the wind whipping my hair around... needless to say, I only snapped 3 or 4 pictures
and hightailed it back into the house!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Famous Dogs

Ringo has been featured in Grit magazine more than once... his most recent photo is this frog-fishing mug (above) in the March/April issue of Grit.

Trixie is also a Grit-published dog.  But her and Ringo have not let their newfound fame go to their little doggie heads.  They are both very down-to-earth country pooches.

Good thing ... any demands for new collars or extra treats would be flatly refused.  :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Crisp Kansas Sunrise

So I set the alarm yesterday morning ... I wanted to take an early morning drive, explore new dirt roads and get some awesome new photography shots.  The weather was most uncooperative ~ it was 17 degrees with 20 mph winds and NO sunrise, just gray, cloudy skies!  Even all bundled up and with mittens, my fingers turned to frost-cicles real fast.

Here is our gorgeous sunrise today.  I ran outside in my jammies before it was gone.  We had a beautiful sunrise Saturday morning also.  I worked Saturday, and of course, I have to go to work today.

I guess the sunrise doesn't plan to be perfect when you have a day off work, does it?