The Half

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I have been a little busy this week so it’s another quick and easy picture, but I do like they way it turned out. I obviously tweaked it a little in Lightroom, but I am still pleased with this picture.

The picture is of a tree we have in our yard, I love this tree. It started it’s life growing in a boat (that’s right a boat) and we decided to try to transplant it into our yard and we are very thankful that this tree has grown into a beautiful and tall tree.  The elements have taken its toll on it from time to time … ice, snow, high winds, but this tree just keeps coming back stronger, prettier and better.   It reminds me that life can be rough at times, but you can keep going, coming back, be better and stronger than ever.  Everyday when I see this tree, I think about all it’s has been through, but is still here standing tall, full of life and full of leaves (because well trees have leaves you know, what else would I say).  It reminds me to never give up and to keep trying, keep fighting and also to always stand tall.  Well I am out of here, as I said I am really busy this week.  I usually have nothing to do on the week nights and I mean NOTHING!!! But this week is full of exciting adventures and visits, makes me feel pretty good.

So have a good evening my friends.  Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile.

The Storm

The Storm-2

I have this complete fascination with clouds, along with cats and water, so that is why I took my camera outside and photograph the stormy clouds today.

This morning as I was driving down the highway I had a thought about the changes I am working on in me and I have seen some positive, but still that my old negative thinking self comes through. Well this had me thinking why I have those times and I realized why, I have this need to be liked, to show I am smart and at times better at something than others, that is why the jerk in me comes out. Then this morning this thought come to mind …. God already thinks I am smart enough, good enough and better at being me than anyone else. That’s what I need to focus on, everything else will fall into place.  Now, I am tired, because well, I did way to much thinking today.  I think I might have hurt my brain, seriously, I had a headache earlier today.  When will I learn, don’t think so much, it hurts.

With that I will bid you farewell, good night and all that stuff.  Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile.

The Ripples

The Ripples

I  was going for a ripple effect here, it was not easy getting the darn ripple, but I finally got it.

I really don’t have a lot to discuss tonight, so I think I shall call it a night.  I need to spend some time getting ideas for pictures, because let’s face it, I need something interesting and something to wow you.

Good Night beautiful friends.  Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile.

 

The Eerie

The errie

So for tonight’s picture I was trying something else and had a minor technical, so had to go a different direction.  I like it and I think I shall keep it, maybe I will call it George.

Yesterday as I was leaving for work I happened to look down at my feet and thought, “My feet remind me of mom’s”.  It’s amazing how the older I get the more I see my parents in me, especially when I look in the mirror.  I find it absolutely wonderful to see my parents in me, they cannot deny that I belong to them.  Maybe I noticed my mom in me so much because her birthday is coming up or maybe  I notice both of them in me so much because they are no longer with us.  Anyway, I have no other words, so it’s time to say farewell.

Sweet dreams my beautiful friends!!! Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile.

The Vase

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Every now and then it’s a swing and a miss, tonight is one of those.  I took a nap and woke up a couple of hours later, so I decided to go for something quick.

I love to learn new things and today, well today was full of different types of things learned.  The most important thing I learned today was actually a lesson, get the peanut better out of my ears and listen!! How often do we listen to folks, but we are not really hearing what they have to say, today was such a day.  This gets to me to think about how many times we actually do listen to others, are we listening to really hear what they have to say or just so we can respond?  I know at times, I really don’t listen, but I am learning to be a better listener.   Hmmm, less talk and more listen, wish me luck!!

It’s late, I’m tired and I need sleep.  Good night beautiful friends!!! Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile.

 

The Eyes of Josey

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It’s dinner time in the cat house and of course I had to grab my camera, as usually Josey seldom disappointments me.  I love this picture!!!!!!

At the end of each day, I do think back about my reactions, my attitudes and my responses to certain situation.  You see my goal here is to be more like Jesus and less like the world.  I know some roll their eyes at this, but this is very strong in my heart right now. Every morning I pray for control over my words that escape my month and my attitude (my reactions at times …. many, many times … can be unbecoming). I can also control how I make others feel, try to lift them up when they are having a bad day, make them feel as though they count when sometimes they feel the world does not, let them know  their opinion matters by listening to them, I mean really listen and lastly that we are all equal, not greater, not less, but equal.  Today was a better day and I have hope for a better day tomorrow.

Good Evening beautiful friends!! Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile!!!

The Shadow

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So I was looking for something different, something that would make you think “What the heck?” Hopefully, I have achieved my goal here.   This is actually a shadow created by my flash and shelf liner, you know the rubber kind, anyway it’s interesting.

It’s late tonight and I am a little bit frustrated, as I was working on a project that ended up being a complete waste of my time, because I this old brian cannot funtion very well at this point in my life.   Having said that I will shift my focus to a conversation I had yesterday with a friend.  After talking with her I felt completely at peace, uplifted and inspired.  She inspired me to be there more for people,  listen more to their problems (I mean really listen, without interrupting and judging), encourage them in their situation with my words and with my wisdom (I do have wisdom occasionally) and maybe send them notes of encouragement either by text, cards in the mail or just pick up the phone and call them.

The hour is upon me for some sleep so I will bid you good night beautiful friends!!! Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile!!! 🙂

The Hand

The Hand

Actually, I think I should call this the helping hand, as that was what I was going for with this picture.  It’s the hand that is there to help you up when you fall.  This was the very first picture I took of my hand this evening and I really wanted the bracelet in focus.  So I adjusted the camera settings, however, I could not quite get the hand positioned the way it is in the above picture.  The hubby and I discussed it and despite the bracelets being out of focus, we liked the above better.

I really love photography, I do have this passion for it.  Unfortunately, at times a feel deflated, like maybe it’s not my thing.  I enter all these contest, but win little, I hear some tell me I am good, but at times I don’t really see the results.  On the way home today I had these very thoughts, but then my thoughts drifted to a couple of quotes I have heard in the past

 

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas A. Edison
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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”  Michael Jordan
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So I shall not let these set backs get me down, I shall move forward and I shall prevail!!!! I just need to rekindle this fire and this passion I have for photography.  I need to expand my vision in order to be more creative, to unlock more of my potential and just enjoy my passion.

That is all for tonight, have a fabulous evening beautiful friends.  Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile!!!

 

The Unique Light

 

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I found this light bulb absolutely fascinating, so I thought why not photograph it and so …. tonight’s picture is a light bulb.  Tonight I am also a little tired as it was my first day back to work in a couple of months and while I did not exert myself that much, we did go to lunch for which I ate pasta and well, I have been dragging ever since.

I am pretty excited (by that I mean, I am glad I have a job) to be back at work and I have decided tomorrow I will take my camera with me and find something outside my box of home and yard to photograph.  It was so good to see these work friends of mine or as I call them, friends.  Of course I did give out many hugs, because well it’s what I do.  I am a little disappointed that my cats did not seem to miss me while I was gone all day,  it appears I may not be the center of their universe as much I thought I was, I am a little sadden by this. lol   Anyway, I am tired, because of work and well, still from the pasta, so I am done for the night.

Good night my friends!!! Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile!!! 🙂

The Lens

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This one was a fun one, difficult but fun.  Trying to center the trees in the lens was quite challenging, it would look better at a different time of day, so I learned another lesson.

As my summer is winding down and I am preparing to return back to work I realize I didn’t get everything done that I planned to accomplish, so am I upset?  Well truthfully, yes I am just a little upset,  because I am realizing I procrastinated a little too much, so I didn’t get done all that I could have.  I did have a new cat to break in and I did take a vacation in the middle, so I am using that as a little bit of an excuse (but still in the back of my mind I am beating myself up for being such a procrastinating loser).  But alas, tomorrow is another day and another chance for me to do the right thing and overcome this procrastinating beast that lurks inside of me.  However, I will go back to work knowing I didn’t get everything done, but at least I did get a couple of things off my list.

Good Night beautiful friends!!! Remember, be a blessing and be blessed, keep it positive and smile.