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IMG_4245-Edit.....Yesterday, I had the good fortune of going to see the ice sculptures at Gaylord Palms in Orlando,  Florida.  It was amazing to see what Chinese artist from Harbin, China  accomplished carving the  ice.  The theme was “Christmas Around the World”.IMG_4216-Edit.....

Many countries were recognized at the Christmas Holidays Ice Exhibit.  The temperature was 9 degrees for the ice display.  One had to wear heavy coats, hats, gloves, and scarves to witness the art.  This was a treat for Florida folks who are not used to cold weather and temperatures!!

One of my friends camera phone froze while we were inside the ice box!  We all enjoyed the sights for sure, as well as the icy temperatures for a few minutes.  After seeing the sculptures, we stepped outside into 80 degree weather to warm up again…

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Making a Book Of My Blog

Today I noticed an advertisement for making a blog book out of your blogs.  Gee, that sounded like a great idea.  It actually was something that I wanted to do for a long time.

So I signed up with a company called “blog2print” and they made a beautiful book out of my blogs!  Amazing how quickly they made it. I decided to give them my business.  For $70 dollars they are sending me a hard copy of all the stories that I have been writing over the years. Normally, it would have been $84, but today with the “GOTTASAVE” coupon for $25 off, I am receiving it for $63.11 plus postage of $6.96.

It seems too good to be true.  I hope that it is!   Can’t wait to see my Blog Book!

 

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Handwritten Recipes

Today, I was looking for a good recipe for the holidays.   What started out to be one minute search, turned out to be a half a day adventure down memory lane.  In order to find the family pecan pie recipe, I wound up looking through handwritten recipe cards or letters that were many years old.  Each recipe brought back a flood of memories.  My Mom’s recipe cards were especially dear to me.  Because they were written by her,  I felt like she was with me as I held her dear cards and recipes in my hand.

The same thing happened when I held Aunt Mabel’s Pineapple Pound Cake recipe.  Aunt Mabel was talking to me through her delicious pound cake that was always a crowd pleaser at family reunions.  Then, my Mother in law’s Green Chili Chicken recipe talked to me and I could hear her laughter in the kitchen.  The list goes on and so did my morning.

Some folks would say, I was wasting my time.  Others might appreciate the beauty that I experienced touching handwritten recipes that were personally written for me by a special person in my life.  My heart experienced such joy just holding those card and enjoying the memories that each recipe held for me.  I sure recommend asking for handwritten recipe cards from those that you love and keeping them in a very special place to enjoy for years to come. Now, that would be a wonderful Christmas gift wouldn’t it!  Just thinking…

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View of Milkyway...I had the good fortune to see the Milky Way  on a hillside in Arizona.  This was a first attempt at sky night photography.  It was so awesome just seeing the stars and witness the grandeur of our universe.   Anyway, I hope that you are safe and having a good day where ever you are.

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Yesterday,  I had the wonderful opportunity to go shooting with a friend.  We went to a place that I had never been before, Lake Apopka, Florida.  It is the third largest lake in Florida full of interesting sights and wildlife.  I look forward to making a return trip soon!  Here are a few images that we saw. It was good to be out looking at nature and feeling it’s presence.  Nature is good and good for you.  Thank you for stopping by.

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Bird of Paridise After the RainThere are times in a photographer’s  life when inspiration is low and we have a hard time getting motivated to photograph.  I have recently been in that situation.  Life got in the way and photography was just not the highest priority for me.

Yesterday after a hard rain in our area,  I thought that I needed to go for a walk.  I grabbed my camera just for the company.  Well,  as I walked,  I looked around me for something to photograph and focus on.  It was like my camera was my best friend.  Ha Ha.. (Sounds weird, doesn’t it.)  My camera was my walking partner.

Low and behold,  I found some beautiful Bird of Paradise blooming that were fresh and colorful that were located just around the corner from our house.  So, I took the lens cap off the camera and began to shoot.  I shot this way and that way, trying to capture what I was looking at. I was lost in concentration and focus.  It felt good and actually got a few images that I was pleased with.

When I walked home,  I had accomplished my daily 10,00 steps and captured a few pretty images.  Walking with my camera was rewarding and I’m ready to do this again real soon.

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Having just read a book about Ansel Adams by Beverely Gherman,  I read that he was often criticized for not including people in his images. He would reply that there are always two people in his images,  the photographer and the viewer.  I have been asked that same question.

When I take a picture, it is a personal decision to take the picture at that given place and time.   Later,  the image is for me to share, should I feel like it, and the viewer’s decision  to look at it, should they desire.  Two people are in each picture, you and me. Makes sense to me!  How do you feel about this?

Ansel Adams, not only were you a master photographer, but I greatly admire your words. Your thoughts live on as well!  Thank you kindly!

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