Wednesday, April 30, 2014

O Spring, Spring! Wherefore art thou?

I'm very confused.  I vaguely remember hearing that Spring had sprung.  The calendar says it's April, which should mean it's Spring.  The Spring Equinox has passed.  Yet I sit here clinging to a cup of hot coffee with a fleece blanket wrapped around me enjoying what heat I can find.  The cold, rain is pounding on my windows....again.  They world outside looks like a watercolor where the artist over mixed all of the pretty colors and the result is a color that Crayola would probably call "Muck".  Today is a perfect day for Black & White Wednesday....because my Wednesday is illustrated in Black & White.

Luckily, I was able to photograph a rare Spring day when the flowers were still on the branches and not laying, trampled, on the ground.
That's the joy of photography...Even when we can't remember things that happened, we have proof that they did. 

Hoping the sun is shining wherever you are!

My Memory Art

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CameraShy Week 17

This week's prompt ~ Markings

I decided to combine two activities that keep me from doing what I should be doing hobbies...Photography and Reading.  It's another rainy day here.  I need a break from shopping, as says my bank account.  Where else to go but to the library?!

After buying a few books from the "book sale" section (hey...they were a bargain!)  I found myself in the non-fiction section surrounded by photography books with the "markings" of the Dewey Decimal System.

Note - DSL cameras can sound quite loud in the silence of a library.  I got quite a few stares :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CameraShy Take 52 - Week 16

And this week's challenge is Formless. Formless?! 
 
The positive of this challenge is that it makes me go out and practice.  Believe me when I say that I "practiced" a LOT for this particular challenge.  I have many, many photos which were intended to represent "formless" but ended up too formed.  Creative thinking is not my forte.  I tend to over-think. 
 
I, finally, picked this photo as a homage to Spring. (formless - clouds, formless - sunshine, and not captured in this photo is formless - wind!)  My allergies are protesting.

Here Comes the Sun
"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right.
Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter.
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here.
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right..."
                                                          ~George Harrison   
                               
 My Memory Art

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CameraShy - Week 15

Week 15 of the Take 52 Challenge for CameraShy brings us....."Classic".  So many options, but this one immediately jumped into my head!

This past weekend was spent with friends I met my freshman year of college. I hate to admit it, but that is almost 35 years ago.  One of my "youthful" friends shared with me that she recently purchased Converse All-Stars...."Chucks" as we called them growing up. 

Her college-age daughter's response was, "You must be having a mid-life crisis!"  SERIOUSLY?!  Do you think you invented these shoes? 

Tell that to my dad! Look closely....you can see those famous stars on the side of his sneakers.  Clearly, this is not a recent picture. And clearly, the above shoes are not shoes my dear old Dad would have worn.
Some points of interest for the youngsters who think they discovered this footwear:
  • Converse All Stars have been around since 1917.  Take that Adidas and Nike.
  • Wilt Chamberlain was wearing All Stars during that game when he scored 100 points.
  • In the 60s, Converse were worn by 90% of pro and college basketball players.
  • Chuck Taylor never received a commission.  Can you imagine how much money he missed out on?
  • They weren't called "Chucks" until the 70s.
  • Converse sold $450 million in Chucks in 2012.
So my dear friend, tell that whippersnapper daughter of yours that she is just emulating her elders when she slips her Chucks on.  She probably dreams of dressing just like her mother....BAHAHA!!

As for me, I'll save MY mid-life crisis for something much grander...and MUCH more expensive...if I ever get old enough!




Sunday, April 13, 2014

CameraShy Week 14 - Peephole

For this week's photo challenge, we were sent in pursuit of a "peephole".  Sometimes, I just overthink to the point of frustration.  Yes....that was this week. 

As I searched for the elusive peephole, I photographed door peepholes, keyholes, flowers through various openings, through the openings in cans....    I just could not find anything I liked.  So I quit.   However, I DID take a lot of photos this week, so despite the fact that none of them involve a peephole in any form, I got lots of practice.  And THAT'S what this 52 week challenge is all about.
 
Finally, I just decided to have fun and ended up with a real, live PEEPhole!
This little PEEP is in hiding, and hoping to survive Easter without being discovered :)
 
Have a great week!