Sunday, July 31, 2011

the feet of a down to earth photographer

A Self Portrait

I bought these hiking boots before heading out on the Trip to Washington which I won by entering a photo contest sponsored by Scott Bourne.

It was the first time I had ever flown in an Airplane and the first time I'd ever been to Washington. The experience is one I'll have in my memory bank forever. It was also the first time I spent $85.00 for a pair of boots. I had a twenty dollar pair once before when I was a little younger (in my thirties) and my mom would just gasp and say, "Those don't look good on you for everyday wear!". But I didn't care, I loved how steady I felt in them.

Feeling steady on my feet and having great balance is very important to me. I like protection too. Hiking boots protect your feet from water, sand and mud. I'm very adventurous so flip flops will not work for me. I'm also a no-frills, frugal kind of girl, so with boots I don't have to worry about taking time out for pedicures since no one is going to see my toes :-)
Plus, the money I've saved on pedicures has paid for these.

I'm also the type of person who likes to have the right tool for the job and these boots have proved to be one of my best tools. If it gets the job done then who cares what it looks like, although I think I look gorgeous in them. :)

This photo was taken at one of my favorite places Surfside, TX doing my favorite thing-beach combing.

Via Flickr:
Self Portrait
the feet of a down to earth photographer
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

I done it right and was rewarded. (smiling to myself and speaking with a Texas accent)

From Scrapbook Photos

Taken with my Android camera.

Balancing home life responsibilities and my creative passions like photography is an adventure in itself.  I have so many 
creative ideas running through my head all day long but I have to put them aside to tend to the everyday things like 
cleaning, washing clothes, and cooking.

Don't get me wrong- I love the life I have been fortunately provided in the way of a nice house, a backyard
get away complete with a small pond and vegetable garden in a small quiet town but sometimes my heart and mind
want to get away from my spot of dirt and hit the road for more excitement.

On this day I did something right; I tended to my family needs and then headed out on my little adventure.  I made the guys hamburgers and tator tots then loaded all my photography gear into my van and headed out to my favorite place-the beach.  I can't say that it is always been this way.  In the past, I've spent hours taking pictures, practicing my skills or creating art which left my family wondering what's for dinner and having to fend for themselves by making cold sandwiches or a bowl of cereal.

As in times past, I am usually fortunate enough to find a sea heart, sea purse or a hamburger at the place I decide to stop at which this time was beach mile 16.  I combed the beach for little pieces of drift word, shells and rocks and was headed back to the van when I spotted a vehicle coming towards me so I looked down at the moment to avoid eye contact and what do I see?  A hamburger!   I thought to myself, I done something right. I took care of my family first and this little treasure is here to reward me. I snapped a couple of pictures and picked up my treasure and put it my pocket.

I now have this Memorable Moment displayed on my treasure shelf to remind me always to take care of
what is most important even if it is done in little ways.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Wildflowers in the Wind

This image was taken with my Lensbaby.
I love the bokeh circles in the background.