Monday, May 24, 2010
Today's Daily Shoot--Today's color is purple. Maybe you'll find it on a fruit. Maybe a flower. Or, maybe a sign. Make a photo and post it.
As I was waiting on Gus to finish up a conversation this morning, I went to get my camera to make pictures of the gorgeous blooms around Canterbury. I took lots of pics outside, but then when I wandered inside I saw this beautiful orchid. Its exotic look and seemingly out of place quality made me want to shoot it. AND it was purple!
It was truly a gift to celebrate Pentecost with a COH Commissioning service. Today we commissioned our second Community of Hope Class at Canterbury. We had 6 members commissioned--4 from Canterbury, 1 from St. Matthias, and 1 from Northriver Baptist. We have one more member to commission who could not be there yesterday. I hope that COH continues to grow and thrive at Canterbury. I am looking forward to our annual pilgrimage to Camp Allen, Texas, to attend the COH Annual Conference.
This picture is from the last week of classes, but now seemed like a good time to post it. I was heading into Livingston on the back road that went by Lake LU early one morning and thought, Hey the sun sure is pretty on the water. I almost drove on by, but then I remembered I had my camera so I stopped in the parking lot of the Livingston Community Center and took a few pictures. I thought this one turned out well.
Today was my last day of Physical Therapy at University Orthopedic Clinic Rehab. I have made lots of progress over the several weeks I have been going. I can do things now I couldn't even do BEFORE I broke my leg. For example, I can stand on a balance board and throw a ball at a wall and catch it! Pretty cool, huh? I am still not real good at standing on that left foot whether on the floor, the blue spongy thing, or the demonic half-ball device! But I am still working on my balance by using my Wii Fit board at Andy McGill's recommendation. This is the sign that hangs over the EXIT door, so I was sure to take my camera in to immortalize it today.
Daily Shoot Assignment--Work the angles today. Make a photo that gives us a unique perspective on an otherwise ordinary scene. Here is another tree photo, but one from down under to show the jutting angles of all the lower branches. It reminded me of what trees that have been in the path of a tornado look like at the top, but these were just the normal branches in these trees. I guess I don't look up enough to see the differences!
Daily Shoot Assignment--Make a photo today that distills some simplicity from the complexity of the world. Sometimes in the midst of our busy-ness, we need to be reminded to find those things which touch our soul. I took this photo of these beautiful azaleas in the Drive Thru at Popeye's Chicken. They just really appealed to me as I waited on my food. Good thing I had my camera with me!
When we were up at the cabin, the first buds of mountain laurel were about to burst. By the time we left, there were lots of blooms on the laurel all around the cabin. Here is my close up of the mountain laurel's herald of springtime in the mountains.
Today's Daily Shoot--Find an interesting shadow--any shadow--and make a photograph of it. Consider your framing as you shoot. I chose this picture of a fading dogwood bloom and the shadow it cast. I am awed by the power of the morning light on flowers and the rest of God's creation. Maybe I should be getting up a little earlier to catch some more of this spectacular light!
I had a great time with Jenny and Grannie at the cabin in Blue Ridge. It's amazing what you can do with a Home Depot barn and some well-laid plans. The rooms are amazing as is the porch, deck, fire pit, etc. I think I liked this shot of the trail going down to the Spring House because it symbolizes leaving civilization behind to find communion with nature.
Here is another picture from Mother's Day where Hallie Grace was doing her big sisterly best to take a seriously cute picture only to be annoyed by Luke. Then, just when she thought the danger of make a silly picture was over, Gus pretends to attack her in the background. So funny!
This picture is one of the three lakes/ponds that are in the gated community where Jenny's cabin is. Of course, the gate are cattle gates, but they do keep out the riff raff! :) This was at dusk on the last night we were there after we had been far afield to find everything to make the cabin just right. I love trees reflected in water for some reason; it makes me see the cycle of life, I guess.
This is not really from May 8, but this is a picture of what our front yard looked like after the deluge we had during one May afternoon. The sky turned black, and the rains came down. Then it started spitting pea-sized hail, then it rained some more and more and more! Those thunderstorms just kept a-coming that day. But, then the rain stopped and a rainbow appeared which I thought I took a picture of, but instead I took a video of it. So today's weather photo is of the front yard!
Did you know that these orange azaleas grow only in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Jenny said that some of her friends had tried to transplant them to other places, but that they really only thrive in the soil, air, and water of the Blue Ridge. Wow! That is pretty amazing that they are so set in their ways (and needs) that they have to have it like they want it or they simply don't grow. I think there is a lesson for us humans in that.
I love the Bible verse Matthew 6:28 "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin." Sometimes we have to be reminded that we are God's people and He will take care of us. It can be so hard to let go of our control issues and let God show us the way instead of the other way around. These lilies in the flower bed at Canterbury in the morning light reminded me of this verse.
This lovely bear stands guard at the Blue Ridge cabin envisioned by my Uncle Doug and Aunt Jenny. They have had this vision for a very long time and only recently did it come to fruition. Doug continued to work on the cabin during his illness and was happy to see it almost, if not completely, finished. He worked very hard to leave this as a legacy for Jenny, Matthew, Andrew, Courtney, and the Little Men. The bear sculpture has been on the porch of the cabin in all of its many iterations. It just says cabin in the woods!
Today's Daily Shoot--Make a composition of a wall and what is against it: art, shelves, etc. Consider the rule of thirds and watch you light. Okay, so I chose a ROCK WALL on the banks of the Black Warrior just to liven things up. I love capturing the early morning light on the water. I was pretty pleased with how this came out. What do you think?
Today's daily shoot was to make two photos of the same subject: one with deep depth of field and one with shallow. Post your favorite of the two. Okay, since I am not sure what exactly depth of field is, I am putting my picture of my Celtic Heart wedding band here. I liked the closer shot.
Actually, there isn't much of an explanation. The semester quickly drew to a close and I had grading to do for 5 classes--and this was supposed to be my easy semester! :) And then there was Physical Therapy for my leg. I went to Blue Ridge with Jenny and Grannie. And then Gus and I have been trying to make progress on the organization and decluttering of our home. Basically, this is to say that I have been slack in posting during May, but I have lots of pictures to share. I will start by using the Daily Shoot suggestions where appropriate and fill in with my own stuff. Happy Viewing!
Friday, April 30, 2010
The weather this week has been wonderful. Cool mornings and warm, pleasant afternoons are beautiful reminders that God is in His heaven and all is right with the world. So I took pictures of all the things I like in my yard. The pine tree that has not succumbed to the tornado winds that have buffeted it in the 40 years it has been here. The brick path has been here that long, too. The other trees were probably here before that. I love watching the things in my change with the seasons; it does remind me that there is a time for everything.
I saw these lovely Gerbera daisies as I waited in line at the TCBY on McFarland Blvd. on Thursday afternoon after I got home from work. I wanted a chocolate waffle cone, but had to settle for strawberry since they were out of chocolate. Even so, this little treat of seeing the flowers and licking my strawberry cone made me a happy camper, black boot and all.
These trees are all around my house. I really appreciate them when I visit other people who live in newer subdivisions where all the trees are shorter than me. It is amazing to watch these trees go from stark, bleak branches in the winter to green beings with leafy arms in the spring. It usually takes just one good warm week and a good rain and then BOOM, here comes the green. So here is a picture of my perspective as I looked up at the trees in my yard.
I took this picture to get the image of the clover flowers. I used to sit in my grandmothers' yards and pick those flowers, carefully split the stems but not all the way, and string them together into rings for crowns, necklaces, and bracelets. I loved playing pretend with my cousins and siblings during summers at my grandparents' houses. I wonder. . . do kids do this anymore? I hope so. I think I need to teach this skill to Hallie Grace.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
We went to see Jenny and Grannie today in Rome, GA. We stayed at our usual place at the Hampton Inn. The entrance had a beautiful snowball bush or hydrangea in other parts of the country! I didn't have my camera so I had to take it with my Blackberry, so the quality isn't very good.
This is actually yesterday's daily shoot challenge. It was to take a picture of something that was missing so I took a picture of my desk in my office without my computer or printer. They were moved out into our office reception area so I could get up to the desk in a wheelchair because my office is too small to get the wheelchair in it. So here is my messy desk without the computer.
This is my lucky UWA keychain. I bought it last year in the spring after I was given the chance to teach summer school and to work the BEST program. I carried it last spring and all summer even to my interview. And, apparently it works! I got the job and am now a full-fledged member of the UWA family. And that is what make my life and job so good right now!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Today was the beginning of the Sucarnochee Folk Festival in Livingston and I attended the luncheon for the Black Belt Symposium to hear Gin Phillips talk about her book, The Well and the Mine, and to hear her give advice to writers. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ms. Phillips and am eager to get a copy of her book. She read several selections from it and I was enthralled with the way she recreated the atmosphere of 1930s Carbon Hill, Alabama. So here is a picture of her reading to us.
So tonight I drove Gus to the grocery store and was left in the truck with my camera. I am so glad that Gus has always reminded me to have my camera with me at all times because you can't take the picture if you have no camera. Here is the picture from that adventure.
Today's picture was taken as I was balancing on one leg and had the camera on the car door. Lee had gone inside to get the wheelchair for me and I just thought the light on the front of Bibb Graves was beautiful. I had to go with the odd angle because I couldn't let go of the car to straighten the camera, but I think the angle works, too.
This was the way the trees looked this morning when Gus and I were getting ready to head to Livingston for a professional development session. The sun was just coming up (it was way earlier than I usually go to Livingston) and it hit the trees in a cool way.
The daily shoot challenge today was to take a picture of a bird. Now you would think that since my chair where I spend most of my time at home is beside a 5 x 8 picture window that I could snap a picture of the birds that are outside. I tried and failed at this. So, I chose to go for a winged creature instead of a bird. This big ol' Luna Moth settled on the window by my elbow and ever so carefully did I get the camera and turn off the flash to get this picture. Not as cool as a picture of a bird, but it has its merits.
While not exactly the yellow brick road, our driveway has become for me the path out into the world again. I can drive, yes, but when I get somewhere, I can't get out of the car without help. And, oh yeah, can I ride, and then I can usually get out of the car by myself. Just getting out of the house and going back to work, to the store, to dinner, or even to the laundry has made me a happy camper.
Friday, April 9, 2010
This is a shot of the handicapped parking place in front of our local Barnes and Noble where I can hobble up the ramp with my walker and my broken leg. It also happens to be right in front of the coffee shop. Gus and I have been in a couple of times and it is so nice to have a ramp to use. I never knew how important handicapped parking is to those who need it. I have noticed that there are some places that have them but don't have a ramp that is easy to use or that other parking places block. It's amazing what you notice when YOU are the one who needs the accommodations.
We don't have many flowers blooming in our yard in particular, but we do live in a neighborhood with lots of trees and azaleas and other wonderful blooms. Here is some wisteria that is sort of in our yard and in our neighbor's yard. It lets me know SPRING has SPRUNG!
We celebrated Mom's birthday last night and Easter at Lindy's. I took the wheelchair so I was able to get around a bit better than my first visit to their new house. BUT while I could roll down the hall to see Luke's and Eli's room, I couldn't get upstairs to Hallie Grace's. Sooo I gave her my camera with refreshed batteries and asked her to give me the tour of upstairs, so she did. Here is the collage.
I got to go to church on Easter and was able to watch the big kids hide eggs for the little kids and take a few pics before my camera batteries were exhausted. (I am not kidding, that is what my camera said when it died!) So here is a great shot of Matteo in his blue seersucker jacket and pants.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I liked this display of Easter stuff at Barnes and Noble so I shot this picture. I remember lots of Easter Egg hunts from my childhood, but perhaps the most fun was when Lee was a sophomore at Alabama and Lindy and I were teaching. We went to church together at Canterbury and then took some spring pictures on the Quad and around campus. We probably had lunch together. Then, we went to our apartment where one of us hid eggs in the parking lot and sparse lawn for the other two. We had a great time despite the strange looks from neighbors. Great memory!