Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun

I think I might have used that title for a post a long time ago, but oh well, squirrels are wacky enough that it’s usually apropos. :)

This little monkey was eating the buds off of whatever kind of tree this is in my back yard. (And no, I don’t know every tree I have.) He stayed upside-down for quite some time, and I managed to fire off a few shots before he saw me.

It’s amazing how those tiny little toes hold up that amount of body weight with such ease.

Of Course, Of Course

Last week, I attended my company’s national users group conference at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. I was involved in the planning, set up, and even taught one of the classes, but my favorite part was being one of the photographers.

During the three days, I was to shoot many events, but since several of the leisure activities were going on at one time, I was assigned specifically to cover the horseback riding. The riders were led along a path that meandered up and down small hills and around the edge of the lake. From what I saw, the horses seemed well-behaved and the riders seemed to have a good time.

I’ve never been around horses that much, but they seem such beautiful and noble creatures. I took over 150 pictures and several that were “smile and say cheese” kinds of shots for the benefit of our customers who will want to see themselves on our web site gallery later on. This is one of those shots, but I cropped the women’s identity out since I don’t have permission to identify her anywhere but in our marketing material.

I do like how well the color came out, the lake in the background, and the creamy fawn of the horse.

If I thought a horse would stay in first gear the whole time I was on it, I might be tempted to ride. :)

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About Face

I drove quite a bit out of my way after work, looking for something to take a photo of, and found nothing interesting.

When I got home, I decided to look around my own front door and came across this wind chime that I’ve had for many years. A friend who used to live across the street from me in Birmingham gave it to me for some occasion that I can’t remember. I’ve always loved its “Mona LIsa-like” copper face with its half smile.

Where it is now, it rests against the wall, so the chimes don’t really sound, but that’s okay, because to me, its purpose is to greet people who come to my door.

How ‘Bout Them Whiskas?

TiggerWhen I haven’t taken any pictures, and I look back through recent images to find something to post, I can usually find at least one of my beautiful cats that is post-worthy.

I have one photographer friend who takes photos of her two beautiful little girls all the time, and another friend who takes photos of her boxer dogs almost every day. I’m sure we all yearn for different subjects to shoot at times, but it’s nice to know that the things we care the most about are always there for us to capture, tolerant and willing to sit still for our amusement. :)

This is Tigger, one of my marmalade kittles. His personality is very different from his brother, Milo, the one I most often photograph. Milo is not at all wary of looking directly into the camera and staring unflinchingly as I snap away. Tigger, on the other hand, is far more reticent… not only about having his picture taken, but about people in general. He loves me, and will eventually tolerate others, but he’s just as likely to hide under the bed as he is to make an appearance when a visitor is in the house.

So while this photo is “nothing special,” the fact that he looked at the camera long enough for me to snap this picture is special to me.

Idontthinktheysaurus

Sandee and I went today to the Fernbank Museum and the IMAX they have there. Visiting the museum was on my things-to-do-in-Atlanta-this-year list. It was okay, but I think I would have been much more interested in it as a 10-year-old.

Loved IMAX movie, as it had some absolutely amazing photography of places like Madagascar, Tibet, Greenland, the Amazon and so many other beautiful places.

Click here to see a few more Fernbank pictures on SmugMug.

Nature Walk

I took a walk around the block this morning at about 11:00 when the light was not too harsh. It amazes me how much beauty can be found on such a short walk. The azaleas, the dogwoods, and even the weed flowers are so vivid and lush right now. Birds were flitting about and squirrels were scampering all over. It felt like all was right with the world.

Despite the pollen (and fortunately, I don’t suffer from allergies as much as some do), Spring is just such a wonderful time of year!

If you click here and advance the photos forward, you’ll see seven other images I took on my walk today… ordinary, and yet amazing at the same time.