Bird On A Wire



theme: solitude

While waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks to begin, I found this bird perched on the mast of a yacht. Just one solitary bird. I started thinking about how nice and quiet it must be way up there out of the crowd of thousands. He also had one of the best seats in the house for the fireworks and when the show was over, he would be able to just relax or fly away instead of sitting in the traffic for an hour trying to get home. When I snapped this shot, I was jealous of his peaceful solitude. – Diane



Black and White and a Little Brown Too


theme: black and white

I instantly knew I would try to get a shot of Freckles for this theme. I just didn’t know how hard it would be. Freckles is 4 moths old and nothing but a cute ball of energetic mischief. So far, she has destroyed 4 pairs of flip-flops, 2 couch cushions, and 2 doggie beds. She is lucky she is so dang adorable (and leaving in a month with my daughter for school).

Due to the theme being black and white and not brown, I also took this shot. After looking at it, I thought I needed to wrangle you in with a cute puppy photo first.



Glass Ceiling


theme – sunlight

The sunlight shining through the glass ceiling located over the grand staircase on a cruise ship. I loved the pattern of this photo more than the blob of sunlight. I really wanted to capture a lovely little sun star from a wine glass but apparently I need to do a little more research into how to capture that. – Diane

The Red Vase


theme – still life

Nothing interesting to say about this one. I was practicing my depth of field and just really liked this photo. I love this red vase and must remember to photograph it more. – Diane

So Soft


theme – texture

Sometimes inspiration hits at the strangest times from the strangest places. I spent an entire day trying to capture texture. I tried flowers, shells, fruits (I learned I can make an orange look pretty darn disgusting), a braided rug, animals (both birds and reptiles) but nothing was really working for me. Today I knew I had to try again but wasn’t really in the mood. After texting with my ennui buddy and having coffee and playing on my iPad, it was time to get dressed (it was before noon is all I will say about that). I passed my dresser on my way to the closet and saw my kissing pigs. They have sat on my dresser for years. (If you don’t know by now, I collect pigs and no, I don’t have a real one. Have you heard the noise they make…) They were just sitting there full of texture, staring at me. Time to dust off (and repair) the light box. This also gave me my first opportunity to change the color of the background in the box. I always just used white but the girl pig was too light-colored to stand out. After a day of thinking I wouldn’t have any photo, I ended up with two that I loved. Since I couldn’t decide, I’m posting both. – Diane


The Blood Moon

blood moon

theme – glorious

A full eclipse of the moon couldn’t have come at a better time with the weekly theme being glorious. I grabbed a chair, my tripod, and of course my camera to head out into the front yard to watch the lunar eclipse. I set a timer to go off about every 15 minutes for 3 hours so I could get shots of the process of the eclipse. I’m glad I was able to get my act together and figure out what camera settings were working best before the blood moon appeared. Where I live, the glorious event took place between 2am and 5 am. This is one time I didn’t mind having some insomnia working on my side. – Diane

Hey Good Lookin’


theme – reflection

Let me introduce you to Little Foot, my daughter’s bearded dragon. I am not a reptile person but I will admit this little guy grew on me. She was only home with him for the weekend but I can’t wait to have them both home for the summer. Little Foot will make a great model for me. He stays where you put him and he doesn’t hardly move. I have already gotten tons of ideas from all the cute instagram animals. (Cute BuBu the chinchilla is a favorite along with a hedgehog I forgot the name of.) I wonder if Little Foot fits into Barbie clothes? Just kidding…but the possibilities are endless. – Diane

A Cup of Calm


theme – obsession

I gave up smoking 20 years ago. In its place, I became a coffee drinker. I am now obsessed with  International Cafe’s French Vanilla instant coffee. 3 cups a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is the only flavor and the only coffee I crave. I am obsessed with it to the point I pack it in my luggage for vacations. Sad, I know, but just so deliciously calming. – Diane

Flowering On The Other Side Of The Fence


theme – flowering

I keep waiting for an easy theme and I thought this might be it, except, I just posted a flower for last week’s theme, alive. Oh well, there are plenty of flowers out there. I spotted this one poking over the fence between my yard and my neighbor’s yard. I loved the colors especially the splash of white bursting out from the middle.  – Diane

Spring, the Sneezy Season

Flamingo Nursery, Pembroke Pines, FL


theme – alive

Spring is officially here! (Not that it really matters here in South Florida.) Spring is the season of coming alive. Shaking off the winter blues and shedding those heavy coats. For me, it means lots of eye rubbing and sneezing and coughing. Spring is also the allergy season. As beautiful as it can be, it can also make you miserable. Every time I look at this photo, I feel like I should sneeze. So yes, spring is here, the flowers are alive, and the sneezing has begun! – Diane