I guess I am a glutton for punishment! Have you ever tried to take a photo of six toddlers at one time? They all run off in six different directions for six different reasons. This was the most challenging moment. The parents really tried to get them all together, but it just would not work! At least all six are in this image, along with one mother. I believe it is impossible for six toddlers to sit in a row, look up at me, smile, and let me take their photo!
I must admit that I did not take this photograph today. I was in Huntington Beach all day today and not anywhere near Dublin. It would have been very nice to be there though! I took this on a trip I took with my mother and my dear friend Robin. We have all shared many, many memories of this trip and Robin and I are so glad mom was able to go before her death. For those of you who have never been on the east coast of Ireland, this is only the beginning of how beautiful it is!
The day sort of got away from me today! I was busy doing a bunch of errands and appointments, but I was able to get this photo of my beautiful baby girl! I love my Kyla and she is not as theatrical as Donnan is, like in yesterday’s photo. She is a young lady, but she does like to play rough with Donnan! I liked this photo because it is difficult to get a dog to look right at the camera. See how much her hair has grown? She is looking good!
I have been trying to get this photo of Donnan for over a year! That is a six foot high wall he is peeking over. As you can tell, he is very nosy! I think our neighbors got a new dog or one was visiting this morning. Donnan took a running start and jumped. He can usually get 2-3 jumps per run. We do not encourage him to do this. Normally he won’t do it if I am outside but I guess he couldn’t help himself today. I kind of cheated and put my camera on sports mode instead of dealing with manual. Forgive me!
Isn’t this a very pretty flower? I took this photo at Larry and Shelley’s. Shelley grew it from seeds and it is so pretty. I really like the thin, delicate stem. Shelley said you can buy them at a nursery already started but that the stems tend to be thicker and not as pretty. I agree, I don’t think it would be as pretty. It is a very pretty purple/pink color and this particular one is more purple. The leaves are a very beautiful deep green. Quite often it is difficult to take photos of flowers in nature because of the ocean breeze – especially one with a thin stem!
See my little baby boy running with a tennis ball in his mouth? He had just taken the ball from Kyla and he appears to be running away from her. They go back and forth chasing each other. It was very unusual for Kyla to have a tennis ball. I went outside to take some photos because Willie yelled to me that Kyla was keeping the ball from Donnan – so very unusual. Donnan has not much interest in balls and Kyla has even less. I know this is not as sharp as it should have been, but I think he looks great! Quite a contrast between today’s photo and yesterday’s!
This is a big sunflower growing in Larry and Shelley’s backyard. Shelley said they are very easy to grow and that they grow very fast. They have quite a few that they have planted and also some that have been started by birds dropping seeds. The colors are so pretty and bright. Aren’t they a beautiful part of summer? This coming Saturday they are having a family barbecue and I am looking forward to seeing everyone I haven’t seen since the wedding in May!
A beautiful sign of summer…
Yellow was always a favorite color of my mother’s. She would have really enjoyed these flowers. I took some time today to look at some of the other PhotoWalk photos from around the world. There are some beautiful images and I am very honored to be a part of such a wonderful thing. I spent some time on my gallery today and added some images. They were galleries I had on my website but I am putting everything on the new site. They do a nice job of presenting the slide shows. I have a little more work to do and soon I will launch the new look of my website!
I am getting somewhat better with the lensbaby even though this one just looks like a shallow depth of field photo. Not much flair to it. It is all a work in progress but I thought this one was very cute of my Donnan. Doesn’t he have gorgeous eyes? So amber in color. He just sneeked under my table here because someone let off a firecracker outside. What will happen on the 4th? At 9:30 every night we can hear the fireworks all the way from Disneyland. You would think they would be used to it!
My precious baby boy…
Here we are starting another month; the second half of the year 2009. My how time flies! I have July and August to complete my one year goal of a photo a day. I must say I am doing pretty darn good! Willie’s finger seems to be healing some. He has always been a good healer. It did start to bleed a little today but he said he banged it in the shower. I have to remind him that it is not just a cut and a split nail but it is also broken. Have any special plans for the 4th? We don’t. I wanted to go have dinner down on the Huntington Beach Pier and watch the fireworks, but Willie put the kibosh on that. Larry and Shelley will be up at the mountains so I guess we will just stay home and barbecue. Nothing wrong with that!
This is my nephew Geoff at Blue Skeye Ranch. I believe this was his first time on a horse and he was such a good sport. This is the second photo of Geoff this month! He is a champion race car driver competing in the VARA (Vintage Auto Racing Assoc.) circuit around Southern California. I have shown other photos of him in his MG Midget at Fontana Raceway. He is a great young man along with his girlfriend Randi. We all laughed so much – it was a very fun day!
Remind you of Gene Autry or Rhinestone Cowboy?…
Another great day today here in Huntington Beach. The weather was a little warmer. I was looking at the school schedules at GWC and CCC for the Fall to see what I can take. I cannot decide if I want to take Flash again or try Illustrator again but with a different teacher. I took Illustrator several years ago so I could use a refresher. Larry wants me work on a family crest so that could be my project. I am going to lunch on Thursday with my friend Carol. We have a lot in common (photography, school, the dogs, etc.) which gives us a lot to talk about! I love spending time with her!
We decided to take over the care of this little dog after my mother died. It was her dog she got a long, long time ago. Isn’t he a cute little thing? He pretty much just lays by our fireplace and keeps to himself. Kyla and Donnan leave him alone and they are all very happy with the arrangement. I took this photo outside this afternoon. Donnan came out with me and watched the whole thing while Kyla just stayed in the house.
A very cute doggy who is called “the dog”…
Today was an absolutely beautiful day. I enjoyed being outside. We get a very nice ocean breeze in our backyard and it is a great place to be. I did some more reading and playing with my Blackberry Storm today. I am starting to get the hang of it but there is still more to learn. I got 2 cds with it and I need to figure out what they are for and then look into some of the applications that are available for the phone. I believe it does a lot more than I really need it to do for me. But what the heck, it is a fun toy!
I think this is a big accomplishment for me. I hit 5000 at 12:28 P.M. this afternoon. It took 295 days. I know this is nothing to many of you, but I am very proud of myself. Thank you to all of you who have looked at my blog. Not much of a daily average, but I was just hoping I could get to 5000 by the end of my first year! I wonder where I will be at that time? Anyway, on to today’s photo.
My beautiful baby girl, Kyla…
I promise this is the last Lensbaby photo I will force on you until I get this perfected! I need to stop trying to get close-ups and take some more wide angle photos. Kyla was so good sitting and staying for me with Donnan running around! I just wish I could have gotten her to look right into the camera. She doesn’t seem to understand what I want! They both act like they don’t want their photos taken. They should be used to seeing me with a camera around my neck! Oh well, I like it!
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there reading this post! We just got back from a lunch time barbecue at Larry and Shelley’s. It was some great chicken that Larry cooked with his own special rub and barbecue sauce. Shelley’s mother and step father were there along with Willie’s dad. It was a beautiful day with a nice little breeze. This photo is from their back yard. Shelley pointed out to me this one very small, almost hidden bright pink calla lily. I don’t think I have ever seen this color before.
Focusing deep inside the middle of this flower…
I had taken my camera and wanted to show Shelley my new lens. She seemed interested as was her mother, Lorraine. I was trying to focus on the stamen and I think I just about got it! I think it is actually and little deeper inside, but I am happy with it! The Dodgers are playing the Angels right now on ESPN – no score. I hope you all have had a great week-end. A new week is starting and we all need to accomplish something really good. Let us all tap into our creative side and see what we can come up with! Have a good week!
This is another of my nephews, Greg, with his wife of almost two years, Sarah. Aren’t they a very sweet couple? Greg is my brother Frankie’s eldest son who works at the shop with him. Greg is quite the mechanic and race car driver. He does the website for Frank Monise Motors and also plans all of the marketing. He is also very active in VARA. He is making a real change in the business and his marketing ideas are working out real well. Sarah is a phlebotomist.
A photo from the wedding two weeks ago…
It was an absolutely gorgeous day today! However, I was determined to finish the wedding photos so I was unable to take advantage of it. Halleluah, I finished all of the photos! I just need to put them on a disc for Ryan and Sophia (the bride and groom) and them download them on a website so everyone can see them. I have emailed them several PDF’s of the photos. I am very happy with the results and I hope everyone involved is also. I feel very confident that they will like them all. I hope Greg and Sarah like this photo. I will send them a link.
What do you think of this elephant? It is another Lensbaby attempt. I was trying very hard to get the focul point on the elephants eye. I did not succeed very well, but out of all the photos I took today, this was the closest. This is a wooden sculpture with actual ivory husks (I probably should not admit that) that my mother had for many, many years. I do not know if she purchased it herself or if it was a gift. I am sure that at the time it was all very legal, just like her real ivory earrings!
A real ivory tusked elephant…
I tried converting the image to black and white but I was not happy with it. It will take a while to get the hang of this Lensbaby – but it will be fun learning! I finished up the ceremony photos today from the wedding. I went on to the formal/fun photos, but Photoshop kept shutting down on me. I guess I had done enough for today! I will try to finish tomorrow. The weather warmed up today. Willie is barbecuing us a nice steak for dinner. That has always been one of my favorites. When my brother’s and I were growing up and it was our birthday, our mother always gave us a choice of what to have for dinner. I always chose steak! I don’t remember what Frankie and Howard chose. I will have to ask them!
I am sorry for this photo of Kyla and Donnan today. I am sure if I could ask them about it they would wonder why I used this photo. I would have to say it is because they would not cooperate! They absolutely wore me out today! We went up to Pasadena today to pick up Shelley’s truck. On the way home I took them to the Humane Society to get some shots that they were due. We had to wait about 1/2 an hour and they drove me crazy! Kyla was full of anxiety and Donnan hid under the bench I was sitting on and barked at everyone or thing that came close to us.
Not a very flattering phot0 of Kyla and Donnan…
I was very surprised at how overwhelmed and totally out of control I felt with the dogs today. I really need some help! I am sorry for the photo, but this was the best I could do with what I had! There was some strange weather today! When we were in Pasadena this morning, it was drizzling some. It was overcast and humid here in Huntington Beach. I guess Larry will come by tomorow and pick up Shelley’s truck. Hopefully I can finish the wedding photos tomorrow. I am sure you are more tired of hearing about those wedding photos than I am!
Well I am very proud of this photo and the way it turned out. This is a wonderful woman named Ann, who flew from Florida to go to her great grandson’s wedding. Can you believe she is 94 years old? She has been anxiously awaiting the birth of her first great-great grandchild in November. Sadly, though, it doesn’t appear that she will survive until then. When she got back to Florida last week she had to have emergency surgery for a blockage in her stomach. She has been in a coma ever since and is now under hospice care. It is very sad. She was so wonderful and lively at the wedding. I have written about her before.
Isn’t she beautiful…?
This photo reminds me of my mother who died 1-1/2 years ago. She was ten years younger than Ann here, but the hair looks just like my mom’s! the glasses too. Anyway, it was a beautiful day today – nice and crisp and breezy. We are going to try to take the dogs to the dog beach this week – maybe Tuesday. Of course I will take my camera with me! I worked a lot on the wedding photos today, aside from this one. I am getting there, it just takes a lot of time to give individual attention to almost 500 photos!