The Purpose: To show my appreciation for all of the kind words and visits from my Dear Friends! I hope to be able to post a New Monthly calendar at the end of/beginning of each month. Here is the one for February. I chose the male cardinal - which I have fondly named Mr. Red. You should be able to click on the pic and download it (I've uploaded a Hi Res version about 8 x 10 size) If for some reason it doesn't work - email me and I will send you the Hi Res Version. I hope you ENJOY!
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
About the Image: Taken early in the morning on 01-08-12. With temps at 27 degrees things were quite frosty. It was one of those amazing mornings that even though it's cold on the outside - you are warm on the inside. The pounding in my chest was not from the exercise, but from this consuming emotion that seemed to take over my body ..... Thankfulness.
Above straight out of the camera (iPhone) - no editing
Straight Out of the Camera but cropped closer.
During the first week of January 2012 - I stumbled across some amazing MACRO shots on Instagram. I was AMAZED at how fabulous they looked. I soon found out that most were using a lens designed specifically for the iPhone called the Olloclip. They are sold at Best Buy and even on the Apple website but were back ordered. That told me that this was something to check out! I went direct to the Olloclip webiste. Ordered it on January 3, it shipped January 4, and I had it on January 6. Pretty quick service! The above shots were taken with my iPhone with the Olloclip. If you love taking pics with your iPhone and love Macro, I encourage you to check out their website HERE. The lens is actually a wide angle, fisheye, and macro all in one!
Olloclip did NOT ask me to write this review - I just wanted to let you know what a great product it is!
PS - not sure what the little creature is in the pics - maybe an aphid? It was TINY - I couldn't even see it when I was taking the shots.
The Overlook at Pipestem State Park Pipestem, West Virginia
The Road Ahead
About the Images: Photographing "every day" life - with the Instagram App for the iPhone. (these are both iPhone pics.) Some come out pretty cool. "The Road Ahead" was taken thru a dirty windshield at about 55mph - but I still like it :)
We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.
Dear Friends - You GIVE SO much to me - with your kind visits and sweet comments. I want to make 2012 a year of Giving Back! I am a bit late in getting this up - but I wanted to give you this January 2012 Calendar. You should be able to click on the pic and download it. (Please let me know if this doesn't work for you and I would be HAPPY to email the file to you.) It should be a Hi Res shot - so if you print it out it should look OK. I hope to be able to do this on the first of every month.
You All Mean So Much To Me!!
The Image Was Taken January 1, 2012
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes, let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.