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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Good ol' Hat

"Life is like a new hat. 
You don't know if it suits you 
if you keep trying it on 
in front of your own mirror."  
Shirley McLaine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What Happened to my Car???

“Never lend your car to anyone
to whom you have given birth.”
~Erma Bombeck~

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunrise of Hope

There was never 
a night or a problem
That could defeat 
sunrise or hope.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Arizona Sky

“Clouds come floating into my life, 
no longer to carry rain or usher storm, 
but to add color to my sunset sky.” 
~Rabindranath Tagore~ 

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Rainbow in the Evening

“God puts rainbows in the clouds 

so that each of us- 

in the dreariest 

and most dreaded moments- 

can see a possibility of hope.”

~Maya Angelou~

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Family Party

 “[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. 
They remember what you are.”
~Jim Henson~

 “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
~Leo Tolstoy~

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Green Bean Arch!

"If you tickle the earth with a hoe,
She laughs with a harves".
Douglas Jerrold

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's in my Garden?

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. 
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie".
Jim Davis

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Growing Corn

“Gardens are not made by singing 
'Oh, how beautiful!' 
and sitting in the shade.” 
~Rudyard Kipling~

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hi Grammy!

In the eyes of a child you will see.....
The world as it should be. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Flowers in the Pumpkin Patch

"There are three things I have learned 
never to discuss with people; 
religion, politics and 
The Great Pumpkin".  
Linus Van Pelt in 
It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Stormy Sky

“If you are strong enough, 
you can enjoy life,
even in the middle of a storm!” 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Colors in my back yard

"I don't like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It's just the wilderness instinct in me,
I guess".
- Walt Disney

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nothing like a little fun

“Make the most of every moment. Get excited about every little thing.  Why not?  Why not have your wonderful moment of excited anticipation?  Why not be happy NOW? This is my greatest challenge, but something I'm pouring my heart into:  learning how to enjoy what I have, right here, right now.”   Bethenny Frankel

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Favorite Things - (And Theirs)!

Never give up on anybody.  Miracles happen every day.  

Sometimes, the smallest step in the right direction, 
ends up being the biggest step of your life. 
Tiptoe if you must, but take that step.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Old Time Shanty.....Just Magic

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes 
the whole world around you because 
the greatest secrets are always hidden 
in the most unlikely places. 
Those who don't believe in magic 
will never find it.”
~Roald Dahl~

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pioneer Children Sang as they Walked

“Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their 
spiritual achievements (and do not and must not 
discount them now), those of us who prevail today 
will have done no small thing. 
The special spirits who have been reserved 
to live in this time of challenges and who overcome 
will one day be praised for their stamina 
by those who pulled handcarts.”
~Neal A. Maxwell~

Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Starting Over

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: 
only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate: 
only love can do that.” 
~Martin Luther King Jr.~