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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Great Egret

Day 40/365

Found a beautiful Great Egret in breeding plumage in a "pool" where the Herring swim through on their final leg to Whitman's Pond in Weymouth.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PC Repairs and Supplies Abington MA

Day 39/365

Sorry for my absence. I spilled Diet Sierra Mist all over my laptop and fried it. This is after I just had my laptop repaired last week.....and it was working fantastic. Grrrrrrrr..........
So after the Sierra Mist fiasco, I brought it back to the repair shop. It was beyond repair. So, I purchased a used laptop from the owner for a very reasonable price. In the meantime, he surprised me and was able to replace the hard drive with the hard drive from the broken laptop.
I thought it was a miracle!!!!! He was able to recover all of my Photoshop software and my NIK software. So, kudos to PC Repairs in Abington MA!!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Black Crowned Night Heron

Day 37/365

Went down to the Herring Run yesterday afternoon to see if the herring were "running". I ran into the game warden....what a nice guy......and he said it's just a few degrees too cold for them. This weekend might be the best time to see them.

I wasn't the only one looking for the Herring! I saw a Great Egret, two Black Crowned Night Herons, and a few hundred Cormorants and Gulls.

Here are 2 shots of a Black Crowned Night Heron in flight.

And a few Cormorants and an Egret

Hopefully I will have time to return before the Herring are all gone.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Greg Lessard Workshop & Daffodil Days at Blithwold Mansion

Days 35 and 36/365

Two blog posts in one, as I did not post yesterday.

I attended a flower photography workshop run by my good friend and fellow photographer Greg Lessard    yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day and it gave me some much needed practice time with the 90 mm macro lens I purchased last week.

From there, I went to Blithwold Mansion in Bristol RI to photograph the beautiful gardens with my camera club. The daffodils are in bloom and it was such a pretty sight to see and photograph.

Here are the stamens of one of the beautiful tulips that are in bloom right now in one of the many gardens at Blithwold.

I had a wonderful day spent with good friends followed up by a fantastic early dinner at the Lobster Pot Restaurant on beautiful Narragansett Bay.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Day 34/365

We have lots of forsythia bushes around the perimeter of our backyard. I just love the beautiful yellow color of the forsythia and I look forward to them blooming every Spring. I went out in the yard with my camera today.

Tomorrow I have a fun day of photography planned. If I don't get home in time to post tomorrow evening, don't worry!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Father In Law

Day 33/365

I spent some time with my Father In Law yesterday afternoon. He is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I love him to pieces and we are so lucky to have him in our lives. xxoo  This image was taken yesterday. My computer was in the shop and I just picked it up. So I am posting two blog posts here so don't forget to scroll down.

Itchy Rudy!!

Day 34/365

Poor Rudy gets seasonal allergies. We took him to the vet this afternoon and got him some medicine. Hopefully he will have some much needed relief soon!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grandparent's Day

Day 32/365

I spent today with Miss J and Ryleigh. Our first stop was to the nursing home to visit my mother in law. The next stop was to my Dad's and we took him out to lunch. It was a nice day, but didn't really have time for photography. Here's a picture I took in the nursing home of Miss J and Ryleigh.

Love them!!!!!!xxxooo

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Lens

Dy 31/365

I bought a used Tamron 90 mm f2.8 macro lens the other day. It arrived today, and the box was here when I got home from work. It's always exciting to get a new piece of photography gear!!!!

I have never shot with a true macro lens before and as with most new things, there is a learning curve. It's raining out so I wasn't able to go outside to take some test shots. I just shot a white rose that I have in my house.

Looking forward to getting out with this lens and getting a feel for macro photography.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Day 30/365
I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I worked this weekend, so it was pretty quiet. I went to the pond after work today. There was nothing much happening. Here's a gull in flight over the pond.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Day 29/365

Scurried around looking for a subject to photograph and decided these lemons would be today's photo of the day. I'm not feeling sour though. :-)

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Rose for a very special person

Day 28/365

This rose is for my Mother In Law. She had a very difficult day yesterday. I love her with all of my heart and have her in my prayers.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Day 27/365

Today was a very very long day. I'll explain about that later, but right now it's all about relaxation.

ISO 2000 with the D7100

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Beautiful Spring Day

Day 26/365

What a beautiful day we had here  Southern England today. I took a walk with Ryleigh and stopped to photograph some crocus down the street. Always one of the first signs of Spring!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Isn't she talented?????

Day 25/365

It's getting to be a ritual. As soon as I walk in Miss J's house, Ryleigh sits at her little table and chair set and says "color" "color" we sit together and color. Love her!!!!
You may or may not have noticed that I did not blog yesterday. I was not home from 5 am until 10 pm and just didn't have time. So I will double post here and post yesterdays photo.

The Roses Revisited:

Day 24/365

These colors just sing to me and they get prettier as they open up!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Day 23/365

We had some dear friends come for an overnight visit this weekend. They brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers that I LOVE and couldn't wait to photograph..

I added a texture background to this one

So awesome to spend time with such good friends!!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The throwing of the bride

Day 22/365

We attended a wonderful wedding this evening (a friend's daughter got married.) The Groom's family has a very special tradition.......all of the men in the family gather in a circle, and they literally throw the bride in the air.

They say it is family trust.............

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just some gulls

Day 21/365

Really loving the new camera, along with the Nikon 17-55 mm f2.8 lens. A winning combination!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

In Flight

Day 20/365

Three Mallard Ducks soaring above Island Grove Pond in Abington the other day. It's so nice to see that the majority of the snow has melted in the background.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chicken Soup

Day 19/365

My poor Dad has a miserable cold. I brought him some chicken soup today for his lunch. He loved it and I think it's "just what the Dr ordered". (Luckily I don't think he needs to see a doctor and I think he will be better in a day or two.....but we are keeping a good eye on him!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Abington Swans

Day 18/365

I always look forward to photographing the nesting swans every Spring. They were gathering materials and working on building the nest when I was down there today.

It's such a wonderful sight to see.
As the foliage begins to grow, the nest will not be as easy to view.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Nikon D7100

Day 17/365

Hello! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I had a busy weekend, but a very good one. Last week I purchased a used Mint Condition Nikon D7100 and have not had a chance to get out and shoot with it. I did however take it to N's birthday party on Saturday night, and I took it to my sister's house yesterday for Easter.

These are just a few family snapshots, but I wanted to post them on the blog because they are the first pictures I have taken with the new camera. As much as I loved my D90, it was time for an upgrade. My main interest in upgrading was to be able to shoot at a higher ISO.

This image was taken at ISO 1000. It is a big improvement at ISO 1000 over the D90.

These two were taken at ISO 2000. (ISO 2000 with the D90 revealed too much noise and the photos would be unusable)

I'm really looking forward to a photo outing with the new camera. I'm hoping I have time this week.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He Is Risen

Day 16/365

Wishing you a very blessed Easter and also Happy Passover!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Neal Perry Farm In The Spring

Day 15/365

                                                                   The Nursery

The Woolen Hat

Ewe gotta love the sunlight

Friday, April 3, 2015

Border Collies at work

Day 14/365

It's lambing season!!!! Did you even know there was a lambing season? Well, I didn't know this fact until recently. But I guess it makes perfect sense. It's yes, it's lambing season.

We saw some two week old adorable lambs at the farm this weekend. They were in a stall with the Mama's in the barn. Their cuteness is undeniable. But the other really amazing thing about seeing these lambs was the two Border Collies who were guarding the pen. They took such pride in their work. They NEVER took their eyes off the lambs. It was so cool to see them working.

Now I am a very indecisive person, and I don't know if I prefer this photo in the original color version, or in the old fashioned sepia toned version. So I will share both.

Love the interaction in this one

Happy lambing season everyone!!!!
And happy birthday to "N" very own first born "lamb"......err......child. I'm so proud of him!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Golden Comets

Day 13/365

These three hens (I think they are Golden Comets) were just hanging out in the barn at The Neal Perry Farm in Orleans VT. Golden Comets are excellent layers of brown eggs. Most of the country consumes white eggs.......but not here in New England. We know that "brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh."

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Golden Buckets Sugarhouse, Barton VT

Day 12/365

We stopped to visit and photograph Golden Buckets Sugarhouse on Saturday morning. There was nobody there, so we did not go inside....just photographed outside this 70 year old sugarhouse. It is like a step back in time. There is no electricity here, and the sap is still gathered in buckets.

Here is just one part of a very long stack of wood just waiting to be used to fire up the boiler.

I just love the look of sap buckets in the Spring.