If a picture paints a thousand words

This blog is a place for me to work on my photography. My goal is to submit a new picture every day and to get better as the moments go by. I take all pictures with my digital camera. I worked for years with a 35 mm minolta, and this is a learning experience for me. I am afraid that I got lazy and allowed the camera to choose most of the settings for me. This is my journey of learning how to shoot a camera that is not in a program mode. It is harder than I ever imagined. That makes this challenge both a new experience and a joy for me.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Here Kitty Kitty - Day 208

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty:
human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings,
but a cat does not." ~ Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Letters to a Friend - Day 206

A friend is someone
who knows the song in your heart
and can sing it back to you
when you have forgotten the words.

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

First Shoots! - Day 205

I know it doesn't look like much, but it is green, it is in my yard, and someday it will be a flower!!

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Let There Be Strawberries! - Day 204

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gift for a Friend - Day 203

A friend is someone who understands your past,
believes in your future,
and loves you just the way you are.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Light - Macro Friday - Day 202

Checking in for Macro Friday with Blogging From Bolivia.
Hope to see you there!

We are each gifted in a unique and important way.
It is our privilege and our adventure
to discover our own special light.  ~Mary Dunbar

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Husband, the Chef! - Day 201

The following is my husband's family motto.  You should know that chili in our house is judged by how much it makes you sweat.  Every year, his family has a chili cookoff, and without fail, the entry that wins is the one that I cannot eat.  Personally, I prefer chili that I can taste!  (But don't tell his family that!)

"Next to music,
 there is nothing that lifts the spirits
and strengthens the soul
more than a good bowl of chili."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rhubarb - Day

I went outside today and received a wonderful surprise!  The rhubarb was coming up in the front yard, between the pine trees.  We do love our rhubarb.  It reminds me of summer pies and jam.  I can almost taste the coming of spring!

I love spring anywhere, 
but if I could choose, 
I would always greet it in a garden.  ~Ruth Stout

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yard Work - Day 199

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. 
–Virgil A. Kraft

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning - Day 198

My second favorite household chore is ironing. 
My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. 
 ~Erma Bombeck~

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Moon - Day 197

The moon shines brightly
And bathes the world with soft light
bringing quiet peace.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Band Concert - Day 196

Another concert for one of the girls (Miracle) to showcase her talent.  She had a solo and did an amazing job!!  One of these days I will figure out how to download a video.

"The most exciting place to discover talent is in yourself."  Ashleigh Brillant

When I stand before God at the end of my life, 
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, 
and could say, "I used everything you gave me."  Erma Bombeck

The Ballet - Day 195

One wonderful evening, I took the girls to a ballet.  It was about Fairy Tales.  There was a party at the beginning to give all the little princesses a chance to meet the ballerinas.

They twirled

They posed.

They talked and laughed.

During the intermission, all princesses were invited to join in a dance on the stage.

Ballet Haiku

Daringly Brilliant
Twisting, turning, leaping high
Arms outstretched in joy.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Five Minutes to say Good-bye - Day 194

All taken within a five minute period of time.  I had to pull off the road to catch these fabulous shots.

Courage doesn't aways roar. 
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day,
saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
Mary Anne Radmacher

"Finish each day and be done with it. 
You have done what you could. 
Some blunders and absurdities no doube crept in,
forget them as soon as you can. 
Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely"...
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One day at a time--this is enough. 
Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; 
and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. 
Live in the present, and make it so beautiful
it will be worth remembering.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Science Project - Day 193

My daughter had a science project to do.  She chose to focus on making music with wine glasses (no surprise as music is her life!)  She had to measure the liquid and determine how much to add to change the notes.  There were experiments and data and just plain fun as she "played" the glasses for the family.  Who know that science could be so fun??

Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, 
You learn notes to play to the music of your soul.
Katie Greenwood

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Delicious Goodness - Day 192

Some wonderful friends of ours introduced or family to the wonderful world of Ebelskivers.  These round pancakes have become a family favorite.  All the girls love them and we make them nearly every weekend.  You can eat them with syrup, powdered sugar, cinnamon, honey, or even jelly.  The jelly is our favorite and the girls love to try different kinds.  This week, they were especially fond of the berry jams that we made last year.   

The batter is very similar to pancake batter

The pan is cast iron and has all these round holes in it to cook the ebelskivers. 

We use wooden skewers to turn them over so that they cook all the way through.  

My husband makes these and he wanted a better picture than the first one!

Oh, we do love them.  

And my girls can never seem to get enough.  

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.  ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wild Hair Day - Day 191

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.  ~Stacia Tauscher

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Waiting for Spring - Day 190

Expect to have hope rekindled. 
Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. 
The dry seasons in life do not last. 
The spring rains will come again.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Long Road Home - Day 189

"The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. 
Proceed, and light will dawn, 
and shine with increasing clearness on your path."  Jim Rohn  

Friday, March 11, 2011

Macro Friday - On Ice - Day 188

It is amazing what my girls can find after an ice storm.  We thought this would make an interesting Micro Friday shot for my link up with Blogging From Bolivia

This is the macro of the branch.

This is the back side of it.

This is the front side and you can get a better idea of the true size.  

And the quote to go with all of these:

If you are walking on thin ice, you might as well dance!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Waiting to Play - Day 186

I am participating on Wordless Wednesday today.  I hope you love it. 

"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
-  Doug Larson

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Winter Gardens - Day 185

"March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away."
-  Thalassa Cruso 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Buried in Snow - Day 184

"People say they 'find' love, as if it were an object hidden by a rock. But love takes many forms, and it is never the same for any man and woman. What people find then, is a certain love. And [he] found a certain love with [her], a grateful love, a deep but quiet love, one that he knew, above all else, was irreplaceable."
-Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet in Heaven)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wonderland of White - Day 183

"Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough."  Earl Wilson 

Saturday, March 5, 2011