a NEW photo of my week


I don’t personally have a macro lens, so I was excited to learn that I could check one out from the library where I work (at a university).  It wasn’t a very fancy one – totally manual focus etc., but  I can’t wait to try it out again when spring and summer actually arrives!  I’ll probably get hooked and have to splurge on one!

Have a great day! Go out and shoot with something NEW!



a NEW photo manipulation and a short Sunday sermon


So, what photography projects do you do in the middle of winter (besides photograph snow and ice), since everything is pretty much dead?  You go to your old photo files and digitally play with random sunset pics from earlier years!

I’ll pair this photo manipulation with a video someone recently recommended.  When I went to watch it, I realized I had seen it before – but I watched again, because it is so good! It talks about Justice and Mercy, so that’s what I decided to dedicate my photo manipulation practice to. Here’s a link to the ten-minute video: It’s about a young man who fails to pay a debt and is saved from the grasp of justice through the mediation of a friend. I hope you like it!

Here are the individual pics I played with. I remember taking this sunset pic with my phone through the window of a moving car :o)


Have a great Sunday.  Do or learn something NEW!



Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I call this photo ‘Shadows of Cinque Terre Laundry”…because, well, it’s a photo of shadows of laundry in a village in Cinque Terre, Italy. Haha!  SO profound!

Other miscellancy today:

Speaking of laundry…I really want to do something with my laundry room!  Here is what is on my wishlist:

These doors:


Pull out shelves similar to this:


And lastly…what I’ve been reading lately:


The Element and The Checklist Manifesto were non-fiction and Before We Were Yours and of course, Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles was fiction.  I enjoyed all of these and would recommend them all.

That’s it for today’s miscellaneous nonsense.  Have a great day and do something NEW!







a NEW winter weather photo challenge


Happy Friday! Here’s what the weather is like in my neck of the woods.  Snowy and cold! Thanks to Nancy’s Weekly Challenge I picked up my camera and took these photos.  Having the push to get out there and shoot is really why I started this blog in the first place – all those many years ago.  Although I’ve been out of the habit of posting lately, I hope to redeem myself – and get my photographic fix at the same time.

Have a great weekend everyone! Do or learn something NEW!

ps. If you can’t tell what that third photo is all about, it’s ice in between the spaces in my door mat on my front porch. :o)



Miscellaneous Monday – NEW stuff i gotta share


Mt. Vesuvius

(The volcano that erupted and buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in ash)

See, this is why I really like reading all of your blogs!  I learn NEW stuff: I enjoyed seeing Maureen’s photo of Mt. Taranaki and I since I hadn’t heard of Mt. Taranaki, I googled it. Google informed me where it was, and what kind of volcano it was. I either didn’t know there were different classifications of volcanoes, or I had forgot!  So, after I read her blog I had to go research the difference between stratovolcanoes, and shield volcanoes etc. I’m just a research junky!

One thing led to another and since I had just recently visited Pompeii, I had to find out what type of volcano Mt. Vesuvius was (it’s also classified as a stratovolcano – same as Mt. Taranaki). Here’s a few more pics from Pompeii:


On our trip, I also learned that the term “stepping stones” originated from these literal stepping stones that were sort of like a cross-walk on a street.  Back in 70AD there would have been sewage and muck running down the streets and people didn’t want to walk in that stuff!  You can even see the tracks from chariots between the stepping stones!  It was an amazing place to see!


So, that’s the miscellaneous tidbits I had to share today!  Have a terrific day and do or learn something NEW!


a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon


Happy Sunday! Here’s a view from our hotel room at Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club in East Sussex, England. One of these days, I want to play around with Photoshop with this old window and change the scenery like Melinda Anderson did in THIS very cool post! {check it out…such a cool idea!}


The Ashdown Park Hotel was gorgeous – an old manor house next to an old convent that had beautiful stained glass windows and a majestic pipe organ where they host meetings, conferences, weddings etc. Those lucky, lucky nuns who used to live in that convent!

So…for today’s short sermon I’ll just share a few lines from the talk “Charity Never Faileth”


Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who worked among the poor in India most of her life, spoke this profound truth: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” The Savior has admonished, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”I ask: can we love one another, as the Savior has commanded, if we judge each other? And I answer—with Mother Teresa: no, we cannot.

The Apostle James taught, “If any … among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s [or woman’s] religion is vain.”

Charity has been defined as “the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love,” the “pure love of Christ … ; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with [her].”

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!