Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Baby Geese (and babies)

Yesterday morning, we went over to Sneads, Florida, to take pictures of the sunrise. This was a part of our year’s commitment to taking sunrise pictures around our area.

There were two sets of Geese with babies. One pair had one baby and the other pair had two babies. I took several pictures of the Geese families. This one actually wound up with the two babies being together and no parents in the picture. This set me thinking . . .

Last week we kept our grandson as his mom had a work commitment that complicated getting the little man to daycare. The parent geese reminded me of my husband and me. We were everywhere that our grandson was. He could not (not that he wanted to) get out of our sight. He loves being outside, so we spent much time outside. Sometimes just being on the back porch was enough. However, he also wanted to go for an ATV ride, so he got to do that. He wanted to swing, so we did that. Whatever he wanted it was pretty much his time to do.

We introduced him to boating and took him on his first boat ride. He liked it a lot, but it was better when “Grandpa go fast”.

So, back to our geese. Let’s all watch out for our babies like they do. (See the second picture.) Keeping a look out for trouble and keeping them close to us as we guide their steps.

As I was taking pictures, the babies kept getting closer and closer to me. Finally, I heard a “hissing” noise and took my head out from behind the camera to see one of the parents “warning” me to leave. So, I did, promptly!

Have a good day, and watch out for others.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Is that it? Yeah, it is as good as any for the title.

I have signed up for the SoFoBoMo. What!? You ask, with both question mark and exclamation point. SoFoBoMo is short for Solo Photo Book Month

See further explanation here:

I considered a book last year, but just procrastinated, and procrastinated, and procrastinated. Did you understand I procrastinated?

This year I decided no procrastination. (Well, not in regards to the book. Other things? Yeah, it is still on!)

Okay, let us move onward.

I have a couple of ideas in mind. By the end of May, I must have decided what I am going to photograph. By the end of June, I must have completed my book.

Ah, yes, there is room for some more procrastination. Isn’t life good?

You may be seeking my regular photograph; usually I add one per week. Well, this comment is about the SOFOBOMO, yet to be determined. By actually posting this I am attempting some “accountability.” Now there is a word to love.

So, bear with me. I will keep posting my blog as usual. However, there will be extra blogs as I explore this new adventure. Come with me and let’s see what we find.

I certainly do not want to explore alone.

Which reminds me, why don’t you consider a SOFOBOMO of your own????? There is still time to sign up!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Some friends of ours recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. My husband and I were asked by their granddaughter-in-law to take pictures of the celebration. We were more than happy to do so. One of the highlights of the day was the cutting of the “wedding cake”. This couple had eloped and not had a “wedding”. Thus, there had been no “wedding cake.” For their anniversary, a beautiful, three layer cake was decorated with gold bows and a big “50” on the top. We did the usual “bride and groom cut the cake and feed each other”. I would venture to say it may have been more civilized than a newly married couple. These two people knew the ramifications of . . . whatever might have passed between them.

This week, my husband and I have been in Venice, Florida. We went to the well known Venice Rookery. It is a small bird rookery in the middle of civilization. We had a really good time taking pictures of Great Blue Herons, White Egrets, and Anhingas, just to name a few of the birds we saw.

As I watched some of the Great Blue Herons, I thought about relationships. So, here are three pictures about relationships. I think in all relationships, whether marital or friendship or even familial, there are several important methods of communication used. First of all (see the first picture), there is talking, where one is talking and the other is listening. Then, to make this relationship work well, you both have times when you are going in the same direction, i.e., have the same goals or outlook in mind (second picture). However, there are also those times when you need to be alone, to think for yourself, not to be together but to be “apart” (the third image).

My prayer is that you have someone to enjoy life with. Maybe it is family (spouse, brother, sister, etc.) or a friend (the true friend that understands these times as explained), both are important and each can understand us well enough to share life.