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Photo Assay

close up milk weed.jpg

As a photographer I continually do assaying of objects before I decide how to capture¬† ¬† and frame the image with my camera. I am constantly examining things with my eyes and my camera lens in order to find it’s most beautiful side! This plant photograph, for example, is called salsify or goat’s beard and it has always fascinated me. It’s shape is beautiful and it’s seed pods are so delicate and transparent!Daily Prompt: Assay

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I don’t really have a good opinion about this word, lecture. I remember ALL the hours in high school and college that I spent listening to long and boring lectures on various topics. My least favorite topics were history and physics. Now I wish, in the area of history, that I would have paid more attention to the lectures. As an adult I find history to be fascinating, especially now, in the way that it is made interesting. One example is on the History Channel. On a funny note, on the Comedy Channel, I especially like the show, “Drunk History.” If only our teachers could have taught history in this manner, which we know would not be possible or appropriate for young minds! Interesting to ponder however!via Daily Prompt: Lecture

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Day 82 of 365: Who do you LOVE?


Day 82: Who do you LOVE? I immediately think of the song by George Thorogood back in 1978, not the one by hip-hop artist YG. For those of you that have been reading my blog I am not a millennial and don’t always keep up with the latest music! Music is such a huge part of our lives isn’t it?

Now to the burning question, who do you love? When I think of my answer, I think of my God, my husband, my 4 kids, and my parents. My love for them is constant and true. When you love someone SO much that their absence would nearly tear your heart out! Now that is LOVE!!! A love that is unconditional, vulnerable and untempered!

My husband and I have been married for 34 years and we have been through many peaks and valleys, ups and downs and LOVE has survived it all! We have survived many moves, some good, some bad for various reasons. Now that we are in the “autumn” of our lives we are settling down, no more wander lust. We are empty nesters who are lovingly anticipating grandchildren. No hurries by any means! We are ready to give love to our kid’s kids. Everything happens in its own time, as we all know.

I ask you now, WHO DO YOU LOVE?

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Day 81 of 365: Do Something for Yourself


Day 81: Do something for yourself today! Hope you all enjoyed the “big game” last night! So happy the Eagles won! I almost always root for the underdog though. Glad the Patriots got dethroned! I am sure I am not the only one that is glad!

Since I ate too much junk food last night and might have had one too many beers, I really feel I NEED to do something healthy for myself today.

My goal is to do something good for myself today. I made this decision when I stepped on the scale and saw “the number,” it was not pretty! I am a member of a great little gym down the road and I am going to have a heckuva “sweat fest!”

There are so many benefits to rigorous exercise:

  • Increased metabolism
  • Improved mood
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased energy
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Good for your bones
  • Improves brain health
  • Improves memory

Well I better go off to the gym. Go out and do something for yourself today!


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Day 80: My BUCKET List

Bucket List

Day 80: My BUCKET List!

  • Go to Ireland with my camera and shoot a “butt load of photographs”
  • Go to a Nebraska Cornhusker football game in Lincoln with my sisters
  • Return to Magens Bay at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands for a week with my camera
  • Take a long photo taking drive on Route 66
  • Go to all of the National Parks in Utah, to take photos of arches, etc.
  • Meet my Healey relatives in Ireland
  • Visit an Ansel Adams landscape photography gallery
  • Beluga whale watching, Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Enjoy the beaches along the Oregon coast
  • Enjoy the beaches along the North Carolina coast

This was so fun to compile! What are some of your BUCKET list items???

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Day 79 of 365: 8 Elements of Good Composition

grasses and rr tracks

Day 79: 8 Elements of good composition:

  • Rule of thirds.
  • Rule of odds, photograph things in odd numbers.
  • Leading lines.
  • Symmetry, make components of image look symmetrical.
  • Geometry, geometrical patterns ie., triangles, squares and circles.
  • Shallow depth of field (wider aperture) portraits, background out of focus.
  • Frame within a frame shot.
  • Close crop the image.
  • Use of texture in the image.

Hope this is helpful in getting great composition in your shots!!! Get shootin’ !!!

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Day 78 of 365: 10 Things I am Grateful For


Day 78: 10 Things I am Grateful For! I thought it was time to acknowledge some things and people that I am grateful for! 1. Grateful that God is in this journey with me. 2. Grateful for all my friends and you know who you are. 3. Grateful for my spouse, who has been with me through thick and thin. 4. Grateful for my Mom and Dad for raising me to be a humble and polite person. 5. Grateful for my 4 absolutely amazing kids and their significant others. 6. Grateful for the opportunity to do what I love! 7. Grateful to live in such a beautiful state with beautiful people. 8. Grateful for my fellow bloggers. 9. Grateful for the kind people that have given me opportunities to grow my business. 10. Grateful for my older self and how I have been able to adapt to career changes!!! P.S. Don’t tell my husband that he is #3 and my friends are #2. I am just too lazy to change the order! Ha Ha Ha!

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Day 77 of 365: What would I like to learn?

Warm Sunlight by the Pond
Warm Sunlight by the Pond

Day 77: What would you like to learn? I think about wanting to learn a lot of things lately.¬† If I had to narrow it down to one thing it would be how to paint. When I take photographs I aim to make images that look painterly. With painting you can use a crappy source photo and make it look amazing with your artistic license. When I shoot a photograph I have to look at things like, what is in the background? are there distracting telephone poles or power lines? I know I can use Photoshop to get rid of those things but unless you are very very good at it, when you enlarge an image you can spot the fix. With paintings I can ask more money for my work than I can with photography. Paintings take a lot longer to produce, of course, and maybe I don’t have the patience to see a painting through to the end. As you can tell with my verbal rambling that maybe I don’t really want to learn how to paint, maybe I just want to learn how to make more painterly photographs. Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

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Day 76 of 365: What do you like about where you live?

old homestead in the fall
Old Homestead in Autumn

Day 76: What do you like about the place you live? Where do I start? I am from Nebraska and consider it my first home. What I like about Nebraska is the friendliness of the people, the Runzas, and OF COURSE Nebraska Cornhusker football!!! I am a HUGE fan and always will be!!! I have lived in Montana most of my life and consider it my real home!!!! Montana means so many things to me! It means raw beauty, rolling plains, majestic mountains, heat in the summer, cold in the winter, babbling brooks and streams, and rough and tough down-to-earth, give you the shirt off their back, genuine patriotic people!!! What do you like about where you live???

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Other than a decayed hole in a tooth, cavity is a hole that cannot be filled no matter how you try. It is about someone who has not filled the needs that you have yearned for all your life. It is disappointment in someone who remains selfish and has no clue! Someone who thinks in terms of me, myself and I all the time. An adult with a child’s mentality, so sad and so predictable.via Daily Prompt: Cavity

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Day 75 of 365: Favorite childhood memory


Day 75: FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY! What is your favorite childhood memory? You may have to think about that for a minute. My favorite memory is when my siblings and I would go to our gymnastics lessons together with our Dad. We all liked going to gymnastics, but even better than that, we loved it when Dad would take us to the Goodrich dairy to buy us each an ice cream cone! Dad would stop fairly often and it is funny how that memory, of all the childhood memories, always sticks out as my favorite! Our Dad was like that, he was always doing those “little things” that helped to make a loving memory in my heart! My siblings and I will always remember how our Dad was always there for us and still is! Our Dad is selfless and all his life has given of himself to his kids and it was NEVER about him but about others!!! Thank you Dad!!! I love you!!!

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Day 74 of 365: IF MONEY WAS NO ISSUE


Day 74: If money and time was no issue, where would you pack up and fly to if you could? Lately I have been dreaming of warmer weather and a place that is green. Looking forward to spring for sure!!! If I had all the money and time in the world and could fly anywhere, I would fly to Magens Bay on Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands! I remember when my husband and I went there on a cruise of the western Caribbean back in 2002. I can still remember the absolutely beautiful beach and the most gorgeous turquoise blue waters. I can still recall the gentle warm breezes and the sunshine that graced the beach! It was a “little piece of heaven” and besides Ireland, Megans Bay is on my TO DO bucket list! Where would you pack up and fly to if money and time were not an issue??? Let me know or just LIKE my blog!