The Green Monster



Green is the perfect theme for this photo for 3 reasons. 1. This is the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL. Obviously the coaster itself is green. 2. That is my family (without me) in the third row from the front. I can honestly say I am not “green” with envy. 3. Passersby would probably have told you that I looked a little “green” as I watched my family be flipped upside down and all around at a high-speed.  So this is my version of green 3 ways. – Diane

Blurred Lines

blurred lines


On a recent stay in a hotel, I walked by the pool and became fascinated with the way the surface of the water looked. I took this shot because I liked how the water distorted the lines of the steps. – Diane

Bloomin’ Sunflower!


Blur – Kim

I had a great time this summer photographing flowers and my vegetable garden. I really enjoy creating the background blur giving the photo a feeling of a watercolor painting and focusing on the subject of interest.

Chandelier Art


Curvy – Kim

On a recent trip to Florida, my friend and fellow blogger Diane put together a photo field trip to the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. It was here I planned to go entirely on manual…. still laughing about that one. I did not bring a tripod and we mostly took interiors with not much natural lighting. Switching to aperture priority was the closest I could achieve any sort of success.

This shot of a curvy chandelier was taken from directly below it. Diane came up with this idea and we had fun going from room to room to see what this angle would bring. I hope she may post all of hers as an online gallery as it was her original idea.

Looking forward to what our next photo field trip will bring.

Home Sweet Home

front porchHome – Kim

This is the first home I have lived in that has a beautiful front porch. The front porch is the welcome before you reach the front door. It’s a great place to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine.

Birds are quiet now; they’ve gone to sleep

I can hear the little peepers peep.

Lightning bugs sparkle as they do their dance

Mother Nature leaves nothing to chance.

Temperature’s holding at 72.

No one here but me and you~

Pour me a cold one and set right down

On the old porch swing.

-Excerpt from “Old Porch Swing” by Ellen Schmidt


Love of Old Florida style

ol jeep

Falling Apart – Kim

This is an old favorite from when I took watercolor classes at Flamingo Gardens.

In the back parking lot was one of their old tour jeeps complete with turquoise and flamingo pink paint job.

It now houses plants and many banana spiders, but I have to admit, I would love to refurbish this one and of course keep the colors!

Spectacular Sky



This was the perfect night to be 5 floors up to watch the sunset over the Gulf Of Mexico. The clouds and colors made for a great show. I thought I had more panorama shots of the sunset but, I was just learning how to use the panorama setting on my camera. Some of the more dramatic ones just came out as regular photos.  Hopefully I will be using those for themes too. – Diane