3 Little Pigs On A Spoon

3 little pigs on a spoon

The Daily Post theme this week is: scale. I have no idea what hit me in the head and said, “put some pigs on a spoon” but, here they are. Just to clarify, this is a regular old tablespoon not a serving spoon. I actually had a fourth on there but it got a little crowded. Something about pigs being in threes just works. – Diane

This little piggy hopped on a spoon…

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and so did this one…

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and this little piggy was the smallest of them all.

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I’m clearly not a poet.


Little Birdie

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I found this little guy while having coffee with Kim after a photo hike. Something about just how small he is compared to the wheel of the cart amazed me. I think my shots of the bird turned out better than most of the shots from my photo hike. – Diane

So Soft



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. 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.  – Diane

A Delicious Catch

A Delicious Catch



One of the things my family does while on vacation in Topsail NC is they eat what they catch. Throw some crab pots down in the morning and dinner is served in the evening. I am not a fan of this catch it and eat it method. I prefer not to see my meal when it was alive and moving around. When dinner was over and there were a few crabs left, I kidnapped them and gave them their own special photo shoot. I loved the red of their shells and of course now I could pose them without the fear of being pinched by the claws. A little morbid? Probably, but they are so photogenic.  – Diane

Mr. Toad

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This little guy was found on a softball field during one of my daughter’s night practices. I’m glad I had my camera with me as the practice was so boring and there wasn’t enough light to read. The frogs were so loud on this particular night that I decided to go on the empty field next to the practice field in search of the noise makers. As you can see, the hunt was successful.

The frog / toad / whatever he technically is blended into the background so I used the technique of turning part of a photo into black and white. I’m sure there is a more technical name for this but I honestly had only done it once before during a Photoshop class. I was able to accomplish this by stumbling around my Elements program and accidentally finding what I needed. (Quick selection tool + invert; definitely not the magnetic lasso thingy) It was another “look what I found” moment.  – Diane

Gray Scale(s)

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 I found this shot of the details of an alligators back. I remember taking it because I loved the texture  and it seemed to create a “path” right up his back. – Diane

Little Dragon

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This little guy landed on our backyard volleyball net. I have taken better / more detailed photos of dragonflies but I like the face on this guy. It reminds me of an evil cartoon character or maybe even the face of the next villain in one of those comic book movies. – Diane





This is our dog, Sport. He is a mischievous little guy. He is 8 years old and gets into everything. His favorite pastime is getting q-tips from the bathroom trash can and eating them. Gross! Another favorite of his is to catch frogs. Frogs are poisonous to dogs especially little ones. After we shove the kitchen sprayer down his throat when he gets one, he bounces off the walls. Maybe it’s his form of catnip, who knows. Speaking of cats, he thinks he is a cat. He likes to relax on top of the back of the couch like a cat would. He can even jump like a cat does. Even with all of his quirkiness, he is part of our family and we love him.  – Diane

Just a small note about the photo: It wasn’t a very sharp photo but by using the poster edges filter, I was able to mask some of the blurriness. I’m so glad I was able to save these shot of him and his little mohawk.




This is Mack. I believe he is a 4-year-old blot hound. He belongs to my in-laws.  They weren’t looking for a dog but after seeing him on the news, they knew he should be a part of their family. Mack was a rescue dog that was featured on their local news station’s adopt a pet segment. I recently spent 2 weeks on vacation with Mack, and I must say, he cracks me up. He has the personality of Eeyore. He barks twice if he needs to go out or wants food and then sits and waits for you to get it. He spends his day plopping down (with a huge sigh every time) wherever he is (although he prefers the couch or any free chair) and just watches everyone. He is content knowing he is loved. Mack is a great dog. – Diane