Monday, June 29, 2009

EMPS #44 -- Travel Brochure

In accordance with the theme of Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot today, I have posted pictures I have that look like they could be in travel brochures. They are in my favorite place, HAWAII!

First is the boat in Lahaina, Maui, that replicated an old sailing ship.

Next is a state park as seen from up above.

Here is my late husband Steve with the Lin Wa II, a glass-bottomed boat that we went out on.

Another pretty Hawaiian park.

A beautiful sunset on Maui.

I don't have any places nearby that I could take pictures of that would make good travel brochures, so I had to go to my archives for these. For more neat travel brochure-quality pictures, go to the link in the first sentence.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- Wildlife

The theme of the Round Robin Photo Challenge this time is "Wildlife." These deer are the most easily-photographable wildlife around my place.

If you would like to join in the challenge, just go to the link in the first sentence and get the details at the site. It's a lot of fun!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Feline and Furball Friday -- Silver drinks from the sink

Today is Feline and Furball Friday, sponsored by Steven's (sometimes)photoblog, and my contribution this time is this picture of Silver drinking from a bowl in the kitchen sink. I'm not sure what had been in it but it might have contained granola and milk, maybe with some blueberries and Equal thrown in for good measure. Silver loves to drink from the sink when he can find something tasty in it!

If you would like to join us or just see the other cute critters at other blogs, go to the link to Steven's blog in the first sentence.

Monday, June 22, 2009

EMPS #42 -- Seeing Stars

Today is Carly's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot (actually #43) with the theme of "Seeing Stars." I found that I have two items hanging on my utility room walls that fit the bill. First is the picture of a cat in front of the window at night, with stars dotting the sky behind him.

The second picture is a lone star quilt pattern that I did in counted cross-stitch a number of years ago, with a stuffed cat off to the side of it. (Do you see a cat theme here? LOL!) This is one of my favorite cross-stitched items.

Carly wants to know for extra credit what it was like to get these shots. Were there any complicating factors? I didn't have any difficulties at all, nor did I need special settings using my Nikon Coolpix. It was just point and shoot, although I did some cropping of the picture of the cross-stitch star in Paint Shop Pro 9.

Have some fun and go to Carly's URL (linked in the first sentence) to see how to play this game!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Feline and Furball Friday -- Pretty Socksie

Socksie on the cleaned-off table because today was carpet-cleaning day and everything was taken out of the living room and dining room. (I have already put the books back in the bookshelf behind her.) I think she looks very pretty except for that one winking eye, since she knows that the warning red light means a flash is going to follow and she was bracing for it.

To see other cute critters, go to Steven's (sometimes)photoblog, as he sponsors Feline and Furball Friday.

Monday, June 15, 2009

EMPS #42 -- Cats and water

Today's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot is about "Playing in the Water." I don't play in the water much myself, nor do I go over to my grandchildrens' house while they're playing in it -- that pretty much leaves the cats. Today I tried to coach each of them to play in water, both in the sink and in their water dish, but the following two pictures were what I got. ;-) The first is Stevie and the water dish and the second is Socksie and the same dish.

Carly, who hosts the EMPS, prefers that we not go into our archives for pictures but try to shoot fresh ones. I did want to show one archived picture, because I have a number of them with Socksie playing in the water when she was little. She doesn't do that any more.

To go to Carly's site, follow the link in the first sentence.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Round Robin Photo Challenge -- Looking Up!

Today the theme for the Round Robin Photo Challenge is Looking Up! I looked up around my place and these are some of the itmes I found.

First is the Topsy Turvy tomato planter that hangs from the eaves of my back porch. I took the shot from down on the sidewalk that goes around the back of my house.

Here is the top of my new maple tree, facing upwards towards the sky. It is coming along nicely and is fairly tall for a new tree.

My new DISH NETWORK satellite dish is on my roof, having been placed there a couple of months ago.

My huge camellia bush goes over the top of the roof of my two-story house. It is going to be cut back when the painting of the house is done soon.

I also have some very tall trees around my place that I hope will stay in place, especially during the winter windstorms we get, but they are tricky to photograph.

For more Round Robin bloggers looking up, go to the link in the first sentence and you will find the site with the links to them all. It's very fun!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Feline and Furball Friday -- Lazy Cats

Today is another Friday, so at Steven's (sometimes)photoblog he is celebrating another Feline and Furball Friday with his cat, Pickle. Two of my cats, Silver and Socksie, were celebrating a lazy day in the above picture yesterday. They were enjoying the way it felt quite temperate in the house -- not too hot and not too cold.

If you would like to join in the fun, go to Steven's link in the first sentence and you will find links to the previous bloggers who participated in the post and URL's of this week's participants in the comments.

Monday, June 8, 2009

EMPS #41 -- Clouds!

The theme for the Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot this week is "Clouds!" I wasn't sure what the cloud situation was outside as I had thought it seemed basically overcast earlier but when I stepped outside, I saw the above cloud formation and luckily captured it with my camera. I think it is very pretty!

Go to the link in the above first sentence to get instructions for playing along with us, if you would like to. Clouds are fun!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Feline and Furball Friday -- Kitties on the office bed

I'm a little bit late posting for Steven's (sometimes)photoblog's Feline and Furball Friday, not having had a new kitty picture to post until today. But I caught Socksie (in front) and Silver (behind) on the office bed before they were spooked off when my son knocked on the back door; as it was, I had awakened them from the sleeping positions they were in before I went downstairs to get my camera and came back up again. Here they are, though, semi-awake.

Go to the link in the first sentence to Steven's blog to find links to pictures in blogs from last week in the post and URL's for this week in the comments. They are fun to see!

Monday, June 1, 2009

EMPS #40 -- Rainbows

Today's Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, sponsored by Carly of the blog Ellipsis, is on the subject of "Rainbows". As I don't see any rain in the forecast that could produce a rainbow, nor do I have a sprinkler I want to run to try to make one, I am posting the above rainbow cross stitch that I stitched quite a few years ago -- at about the first of my counted cross stitching experience.

To see more rainbows, go to Carly's blog as linked above and look in the comments. She also has links to last week's participants in her post.