Greener Pastures

greener pastures

Photo Friday Theme – Green by Kim O’Neill

This photo was taken on the west coast of Ireland in the area of Slieve League. Incredible shoreline and breathtaking cliffs made it a sight now to be missed (except for the other half of our group learning “Gaelic Football”) We even had the true movie experience where the bus had to wait for sheep to cross the road!

This was such a memorable trip. Today we leave again for Ireland… minus the bus and 60+.  This time it’s a party of four driving ourselves into a new adventure.

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PS: Wishing the Maureen/Caitlin’s girls from our last trip much success in Montreal for the 2014 Irish Dance Championships!

You Talkin’ to Me?


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Photo Friday Theme – Shadows by Kim

Meet Rue named after a character in the Hunger Games book by my daughter Meg. She is always looking for the warmest spot in the house, so finding a shadow nearby is not hard! What is hard is to not get her half eye-closed or doing that cat thing where they turn away. (I thought teenagers could have attitude!)  Actually she is very cuddly and loving. The “Catitude” only comes occasionally in proportion to how loving she is!

I love this photo as she is snuggled up to the girl’s old stuffed animals.

Runner Up: Bailey’s Fish Obsession:

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This shot is in memory of the 10 large fish that survived the last two winters but not the giant heron who finished them off this morning! Bailey sadly was looking for them this morning with nothing to bark at! I love her shadow in the water as she looks like a true predator!!

Snow Beast

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 Photo Friday Theme – Beast

Our shepherd Bailey has been pegged as one who thinks she is a “lap dog.” She loves to hang out with the family on the couch, go for walks and basically just likes to be where we are.  The snow brings out a different side to our furry companion. She runs, digs, and hunts like a BEAST in the snow. Her favorite thing is to catch snowballs!  It really makes me happy to see her have such a good time. — Kim

 

Hangin’ Out in the Neighborhood

photo friday theme – huge

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When the spring had finally hit our area, it brought new blooms and the local wildlife….

including the  “Split Rock Bear.”

The word that we use when we speak of him is HUGE…

Now he was quite the gentle giant –  slowly lumbering around my neighbor’s yard in search for food.

After this picture was taken, he took the neighbor’s trash can sprawling himself out on the lawn and dining like a king.

He has appeared a few times (including taking out our garbage one morning!)

I hear rumors that they are trying to trap and relocate him…

I sure hope he evades them and makes it to his hibernation spot.

Kim

My Bailey

photo friday theme – pets

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Meet my dog Bailey. She is our second family dog adopted from the Human Society. I remember the girls picking her out from a litter of pups and her riding home in the lap of my daughter while she was looking at me with very intense eyes! I thought we had made a huge mistake, as I had only feared German Shepherd’s growing up.  Bailey has turned out to be such a loyal and loving part of our family. I’m not saying that we didn’t have our share of moments… like when I found her in a pile of feathers from shredding my favorite pillow or chewing on my best shoes! She was a rascal for sure.  Today, she is always by my side or resting nearby. She sounds fierce but loves people, and protects her hilltop!

Sometimes you just get lucky with a shot. It was St. Patrick’s Day and I started fooling around with the scarf. Well she didn’t try to take it off, so I took out the trusty iPhone.  Bailey is “man’s best friend” and so happy to have a beautiful photo of her!

Kim

Doggone Dreaming

theme – at rest

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My dog Bailey loves to sit on the couch and hang her little head over the back pillow… resting and doggy dreaming. I used photoshop and liked the effect I achieved playing with the exposure.  — KIM

Face to Face at Flamingo Gardens

Face to Face at Flamingo Gardens

theme – the lucky shot

There are a few reasons for choosing this as my lucky shot…
I was lucky that the feathered subject was interacting with me. I was then fortunate that the screen made a cool background but did not blur the object.  The parrots were entertaining to watch their actions. This parrot would hop to the ground and was trying to dig himself an escape route! They seem very interested in us, trying to coax us closer, but I stayed back with my zoom lens and enjoyed them from afar. – Kim

Flying Lesson

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theme – best of 2012

I am not a beach person. Every spring break the kids drag me there a few times that week. I just wanted to read and enjoy the sunshine and my coffee. (My kids are teenagers so I don’t have to worry too much about them while at the beach.) I grabbed the camera as a last-minute thing while running out the door. I am glad I did. I have seen many seagulls but never a family with little ones. I spent most of the day with camera in hand and book in the beach bag. – Diane

Hold On

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theme – close

While my daughter was at a softball practice, I went on a photo hike and found a few dragon flies in an empty field. This was the only one that didn’t fly away as I got closer and closer. – Diane