Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014

It's hard to believe that we are already into Week 21 of the CameraShy Take52 Photography Challenge.  One of the challenges for me is finding new things photograph!  For this week's challenge word of "FLASH" I decided to head to the race track.

I feel bad for Heavenly Girl.  Come on...it's right after a holiday weekend.  Her jockey over-indulged and she takes the blame.  We've all been there Heavenly Girl!
In a FLASH....They're out of the gate!
Intensity, Power, Speed
Here comes Gift Wrap literally flying to catch the pack...
And they're in the homestretch.....
Poor Heavenly Girl was nosed out by the winner, Perfect Jewel, and by Louder Than Sound.
 Don't horses have the best names?!

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

CameraShy ~ Week 20

Random thoughts.....As I sit here on the absolutely beautiful Sunday morning in the middle of a holiday weekend, I can't help but reflect on why I am able to enjoy my life.  I am blessed to be sitting here in my home....safe, comfortable, and happy....thanks to those who have fought for our freedom here in the good ole U.S.A.

So, here is my Random  photo for the week.  After church, I drove to a local cemetery to thank those soldiers who fought for our freedoms.  Happy Memorial Day!
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men. -Minot J. Savage

Monday, May 19, 2014

CameraShy - Week 19

pure  adjective purer, purest. 

Why is it that such a simple word can cause my brain to cease working? Do you have that problem?  The harder you TRY, the harder it is to accomplish a task? I finally gave up my search for a photo for the word "pure" and just went out to relax with my camera. 

If you ever see my home, the first thing you would notice is that I do NOT have a green thumb. I love flowers, but they do not love me. 

"Pure Shock"

Imagine my surprise to find my azaleas blooming way back in my yard. 
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson 





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CameraShy Week 18 - "Down"

I was lucky enough to head "down" to Washington D.C. for a quick trip.  Amazingly, the weather was gorgeous.  My only companion for sightseeing was my reliable friend....my camera.  I brought one lens....my new 50mm....so that I could practice and learn.  What a perfect place for lessons.

For those of you who have been to this beautiful city, you know how much there is to see.  I walked and walked and walked....but I am always drawn to the National Mall and the many war memorials.  Too many wars commemorated by stunning, emotional memorials. 

"Reflections"
Vietnam War Memorial
 
My Memory Art
 
"Down"
Vietnam Women's Memorial
 
I was alone at this memorial so it was the first time I got to spend time thoroughly experiencing this sculpture.  It's so moving...the peace on the nurse's face...the strength given by her comrades by a simple hand on her arm....the compassion in their eyes. 
 
(Of my 300+ photos, I chose this one for "down" for so many reasons.  The nurse looking down into the soldier's face.  Strength coming down from another woman. The angle of this photo, shot while down on my knees.)
 
As my day ended and I strolled back through the many memorials, the sun started to set. I turned at the base of the Washington Memorial and was blessed with a gorgeous sunset.  This was the perfect end to a perfect day of appreciating all that I have...because of those brave men and women who fought for my freedom.
 
"Sweet Land of Liberty"