Blessed Rain

An unexpected rainstorm dumped a half inch of rain on our place… has it been over a week ago?! This was the storm whose violent lightning shut down our internet for five days. It also blew out the control box for our electric livestock fencing. Powerful. But all too short. Afterward, it looked like a different world outside, with the dust washed away and the sky still half grey. I stole a minute to play. The sparkles of sun on the raindrops... Read More

Zipping By

This has been such a busy week, and Wednesday has already come – the day I would normally post on my blog. I haven’t had time for cooking adventures or for processing pictures this week. Instead, today I’m leaving a post that I wrote a few weeks ago. (Click here to read more or leave a comment on Zipping By)  Read More

Smile on the Horizon

A couple days ago my hyper-responsible older daughter burst inside yelling, “MOM! There’s a cow in the yard, and the baby is trying to go outside!” I peeked out the door and saw neither hide nor hair of cow. What I did see was the most marvelous light from the sunset… the kind of light that keeps reminding me, “You’re home.” I cajoled my distraught daughter into standing in the light for me. (Click here... Read More

The One Year Blogiversary (And a New Challenge)

One year ago, on September 9, 2010, I hit the “publish” button on my first post in the blogisphere. I was stuck in the mountains, getting ready to be snowed in for my third winter, nursing a baby for hours a day, and changing four sets of diapers. My only goal for the blog, besides not going nuts, was to learn to take better pictures of my kids. (Click here to read more or leave a comment on The One Year Blogiversary...)  Read More

Suns and Roses (Or, The Auto ISO Setting)

Today I wanted to cover the latest super-secret beginner photography trick I’ve been using: Auto ISO in manual mode. But before I start rambling to myself about buttons and dials again, I want to reiterate (repeat? reinforce? relax… rejuvenate, reduce, reuse, recycle… sorry) that this is just my journal to keep myself going with learning something new. Now for the rambling. 🙂 I’ve been choosing manual exposure more frequently... Read More

iheartfaces Photo Challenge: Yellow

This week’s iheartfaces photo challenge is “yellow.” Spring sunshine makes this a great theme for this time of year! I’ve been seeing so many beautiful photos with sun flare lately, so I thought I’d give it a try. My two-year old daughter was a good sport about having her picture taken… as always! This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge – http://iheartfaces.com This is a first for me in... Read More

Making Use of Waiting Times

Yesterday I had to drive in to the hospital to sign some paperwork with my husband. (It was house stuff – we’re under contract now!) He was pulled in for a procedure right before I arrived. This happens, and it’s ok. Instead of wallowing in the crookedness of my front teeth for the next half hour, I picked up the camera and experimented with more manual exposure shots. If these are a little dull, I’ve succeeded in capturing... Read More

Definition of Kissability

One day last week while the baby was sleeping I took advantage of his stillness to practice manual exposure again. His face was in the shadows, but I wasn’t about to move him! The foreground and back of his head are overexposed. In this picture, I’m happy with that. My younger daughter has started calling him “Bungee.” I have no idea where she got this, but it’s sticking. Bungee still has “stork bites” on... Read More

A Spring Snowstorm for Learning Manual Focus

Every once in a while, my husband travels to the miniature version of the heroin capital of the U.S. to cover a weekend for the regular doctor there, God bless him. Some weekends he only needs to go in to the hospital a handful of times, so the kids and I drive up to spend time with him. Last weekend we had already visited him on Saturday. It was a wonderfully warm day, and we were able to take the kids to a tiny nearby park before he got called in. He... Read More

Jellyfish and A Reason to Switch to Manual Mode

Wednesday I posted pictures of field trips I’ve taken with the kids. One of the places we frequent during warm weather is the local aquarium. It’s a fascinating place. Around 1:00 every day, divers go into the shark tank and feed the fish. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen them feed the sharks, though. Maybe they think the kids would be traumatized! They just feed the turtles and other fish. Surprisingly, when I looked back... Read More

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