Wednesday, April 29, 2009

EMPS #35 -- Government Buildings

Monday was Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot (EMPS) #35, sponsored by Carly's blog Ellipsis, with the theme of Government Buildings, and it took me until today to get a photo of the Canby Town Hall. It is a quaint little building in downtown Canby.

Carly also asked the question as to whether we prefer indoor or outdoor photography. I prefer outdoor, as I don't have to worry about if the flash is bright enough. The only problem is that with my new Nikon Coolpix, the picture doesn't show up very well on the camera display when I'm outside.

To go to the EMPS site, follow the link to Carly's blog above. She has instructions there, if you would like to participate, or if you would just like to see what the other participants have done.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Feline and Feathers plus Furballs Friday -- Socksie playing with plastic

Today is Feline with Feathers plus Furballs Friday (that name seems to change almost each week) :-), sponsored by Steven of (sometimes)photoblog. My picture today is once again of Socksie, in a photo captured with my new Nikon Coolpix, which I think may take better pictures than my Canon SLR. In it, Socksie was playing on the dining room floor with a very small plastic bag that came with my new camera. I like her eyes in the photo.

Go to Steven's blog linked in the first sentence above to see the participants for last week and, in the comments, this week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #34 -- Earth Day

It's time for another Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, thanks to my friend Carly, and since Wednesday is Earth Day, this is the theme she has chosen.

My post is featuring a few plants that I am happy about, the first being a big rosemary bush from which I cut sprigs of rosemary for cooking. It was larger but got cut back a little while ago. Still, it is huge!

The next picture is of a tree that has grown volunteer in my back yard flower bed. I think it could be a walnut. It has no greenery on it -- no buds as yet -- so I'm not sure if it survived the winter but I hope it did. I like having another tree on the place.

The last shot is of my red maple, planted by my kids in my back yard several years ago, and which is blossoming out and leafing nicely this year. I think it looks nice against the hedge plants (arborvita).

For extra credit, we could show our reusable shopping bags, and I have been using mine at the Fred Meyer superstore for a couple of weeks now. I keep them in the car and thus have photographed one of them on the back of the car, in the garage, which highlights it against the dark background.

The question of the week was what I have always wanted to photograph but never had the chance, and that would be hummingbirds! I don't seem to have hummingbird-friendly plants because they never come around and so I don't have opportunities to take pictures of them.

For information about joining in the Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot or seeing what the other participating bloggers have posted, go to the link in the first sentence. It is a fun thing to do!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- In Flight

The theme of the Round Robin Photo Challenge this time is "In Flight." My favorite place to go to capture things flying is the Oregon coast. Here are a couple of pictures from trips out there; first, of seagulls flying, and second, of kites flying.

Go to the Round Robin link in the first sentence to find the main blog with the other participants. There are directions on the Round Robin blog if you want to play!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Feline and Furball with Feathers Friday -- Socksie curled up on the office bed

Steven of (sometimes)photoblog once again wants to see our critters on Friday. They are feline or canine and some have feathers. I got a picture of Socksie again this week, this time curled up on the office bed where she is NOT supposed to be, but I was feeling lenient and so I let her stay up there. Notice that her eyes are not closed during the shot, though -- she didn't quite trust me! She may be confused, not realizing that it's not really her presence on the bed that I object to, but her being in the office in general, due to her history of getting up on the desk and biting me while I try to type and even pick her up to try to get her out. It's been a while since she has done that, though, so I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt for now.

To see the links to last week's post, go to the link in the first sentence and they will be posted there. This week's URL's are in the comments. Join us if you would like; in any case, enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #33 -- Close Ups!

Today's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #33, sponsored by Carly of the blog Ellipsis, has the theme of "Up Close!" She doesn't mean macros, but just close ups of things that we like to take pictures of. Right away I thought of my cats, and ran to take close up shots of their faces. Here are Socksie and Silver, close-up. I tried to take one of Stevie but I think she has a cold -- she's been sneezing and has a watery eye, so I couldn't get a good one of her. Last of all, I decided to get a close-up of one of the squares to the quilted wall hanging my daughter-in-law Steph made me for my birthday a number of years ago. I think it is so cute and it is certainly one of my prized possessions. So that is the last item featured here.

For Carly's Question of the Week, she wanted to know if we used an SLR or a point-and-shoot. I use an SLR -- a Canon EOS 10D. It is quite big and bulky, though, so I have ordered a Nikon Coolpix to keep in my handbag.

To see the entries of other bloggers or to participate yourself, go to Carly's blog at the link in the first sentence and check them out!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Feline and Furball Friday -- Socksie looking pretty, on display

Steven of (sometimes)photoblog has set aside Fridays for Feline and Furball day -- sometimes including Feathers -- and here is my post to comemmorate this Friday. Above we have Socksie on my display cabinet, looking pretty and like she is on display herself. She is almost in the "catloaf" position but not quite. ;-)

To learn more about Steven's Friday posts, go to the link in the first sentence. It is enjoyable to participate in this blogging meme!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #32a -- Flowers

I was thinking I would have to take a break from EMPS for a couple of weeks as I planned to go to the coast, but I have cancelled the trip and so am able to participate after all. I have chosen to do Carly's Option #32a, Flowers, and I have Extra Credit due to featuring a pink flower. This was a pretty rose that was blooming in my rose garden last year.

If you would like to learn more about EMPS, use the link I have included to head over to Carly's blog. She has directions there for participation.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- By the Numbers

This time, the Round Robin Photo Challenge has the theme of "By the Numbers," and I chose to photograph items in my home with numbers on them. The first is a counted cross-stitch embroidery I did quite a few years ago that says, "After 40, it's patch, patch, patch." Obviously, I embroidered it after I turned 40! LOL!

The second is a plaque I was given that says, "Every life should have nine cats." A cute play on words, that.

Last is this month's calendar, which is hanging on my rear entryway wall. Due to light reflection, you can't see the 21st very well but that's my birthday, so the month has a special meaning to me.

To participate in the Round Robin Challenge, go to the link in the first sentence above and you will find directions there. It's lots of fun!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Feline with Furball Friday -- Socksie on the dryer

It's Feline with Furball (and sometimes feathers) Friday today, and my shot of cats (or rather cat) for the week is of Socksie reclining on the warm dryer after I had taken out a load of clothes.

To see other critters, go to Steven's (sometimes)photoblog, where he posts the last week's blogging participants and the current weeks' bloggers are in the comments.