Posted in nature, Oklahoma, Photography

Adding Beauty to Life

What can you do today to add more beauty to your life? 

That question was posed to me this morning while journaling. One of the ways I find beauty is through photographs. The photos below were taken early this foggy Autumn morning.

I love how the leaves burst with color. The fog provides an eerie glow in the background.

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

I am the first to admit that what I capture through the camera lens cannot compare with what I see with my eye. With a little editing using Adobe Lightroom, however, I can come close.

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last nearly long enough and life gets to busy too really enjoy it. Now that it is November,  there won’t be many more days before the weather turns cold and the leaves turn brown and drop.

 

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Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding

I hope you find a little beauty in your life today, no matter where you are.

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Posted in CFFC, Photography, Travel

CCFC – The Letter J

It’s Saturday morning and although I have a million things I need to do, I took some time to have a little fun with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This week is Letter J. The rules are the photo subject must be least 6 letters long. The “J” can be anywhere in the word, and using an adjective to extend the length of the word is perfectly OK. I had lots of ideas but couldn’t find time to photograph so I had to settle for some vacation photos. There is always next week.

Many thanks to Cee’s Photography for providing the opportunity to play around with photography in a creative way.  If you are interested in joining Cee’s Letter Challenge, check out this link Challenge

My first ‘J’ photo is Alligator Jaws. This was taken in Belize. 

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The next “J” is beautiful Jamaica. This was taken from the top steps of Rose Hall, the home of the famous ‘White Witch of Rose Hall’. 

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My last ‘J’ is Juneau, Alaska and the Mendenhall Glacier.

Glacier Juneau (1 of 1)

 

 

Posted in CFFC, Oklahoma, Photography

Cee’s Foto Fun – The Letter E

This week is Letter E – Needs to have two E’s in the topic word (needle, elephant, geese, peek, jeep, eye, etc.).  For my photo subject, I chose  ‘Weeds’. A weed is any wild plant that grows in unwanted areas. We do have a lot of weeds in our yard but some like the ones below add a natural beauty. So maybe they aren’t really weeds after all.  

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© Susan Spaulding

I am not sure what the one above is; below is the dandelion weed. Every child’s favorite.

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© Susan Spaulding

The next one is the remains of Black Eye Susan’s. They bloomed in late summer but are starting to die now.

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© Susan Spaulding

This one is called White Prairie Aster

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© Susan Spaulding

This one is a type of foxtail.

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© Susan Spaulding

 

Posted in Just what I think, Photography

Unanswered Question

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photo credit: Susan Spaulding

I wonder who I would be if I were not someone’s wife, mother, sister, friend, employee? Who am I, in the purest sense?

These were questions Eve asked herself one quiet morning as she sipped coffee from a mug with the words World’s Greatest Mom barely visible from the many cycles in the dishwasher.

She listened for an answer.

She heard the ticking clock on the mantel and the silent hum of the refrigerator.

With a heavy sigh, Eve went upstairs and woke her children up for school.

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This story was also posted on my sister blog My Million Words.  

Here, I ask the questions philosophically… who are we when we remove the masks from the roles we play?

There, it is just a flash fiction.

Take your pick.

 

 

Posted in Oklahoma, Photography

Oklahoma Spring

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In spite of my splitting headache due to either allergies or a sinus infection, Oklahoma spring is almost here and I am glad.  Dingy browns from dead leaves and barren ground is being replaced with pops of color from blooming redbud trees and yellow jonquils. The days are mildly warm and with the change to daylight saving time, longer as well. A perfect excuse to get out there and enjoy life.  I am ready for spring cleaning, resuming my diet and exercising more. I want to take day trips, sleep outdoors and catch fish.

Spring does come with its share of risks. Lack of winter rain and hot days are the perfect combination for wildfires and strong thunderstorms can spawn killer tornados. But Okies are resilient when it comes to nature. We pick ourselves up and start all over again.

I am concerned that our state budget is in such bad shape that our legislature will actually close down 13 of our State parks. The park system provides a wonderful way for families to enjoy the outdoors, free of charge in most cases. I can’t imagine the savings from closed parks is going to do much to solve our budget woes.

One of the things I enjoy during the spring is yard sales and the Farmer’s market. The Farmer’s market is a great way to support local business and get something good to eat in return. Yards sales are just fun. It’s like rummaging though my grandparents old sheds when I was a kid. They kept everything.

Spring doesn’t last long in Oklahoma. Soon it will turn too hot to really enjoy being outdoors. Unless you like standing in front of an oven door, because that is what it feels like on hot windy days.  All the more reason to enjoy spring.

 

Posted in Photography, Photography 101

Edge and Alignment (Day 18)

For today’s assignment I was inspired by the storm clouds building over the house.  As I snapped away at the clouds, I realized the edges of the roof created a frame of the clouds, trees, and sky

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I used the same technique for this older photo showing rain dripping off the roof.

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The two photo’s below were taken while we were on vacation in South Texas.  A little less experimental.

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Posted in nature, Photography, Photography 101

All About Glass (Day 17)

I reserve the right for a re-do. I struggled with today’s assignment, mainly because I do my assignments after I get off work or in the early evening,  and I had little to work with (including imagination). I added a few old photos just because. Let’s start with wild and crazy.

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Last mother’s day I received a beautiful hummingbird feeder with a colorful swirled glass bulb for the nectar.  As an experiment, I held it in front of a few different objects. The top one is in front of one of our apple tree blossoms. Sort of reminds me of over-exposed film.

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This is the same hummingbird feeder, looking through the apple tree limbs. Sort of creepy, like maybe it should be the poster of a horror movie

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My beautiful kitten Siggy watched me from the front window, so I decided to capture photo of her. I wanted a reflection of the yard but the ugly red drapes made it difficult to see much.

Now for the oldies.

This one was taken at a lighthouse in Maine. Can’t say much, except there is a window involved.

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Last but not least, a view of the setting sun outside my car window. Pleasant dreams.

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