Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month! Please don't ask why that excites me. I can't explain it. Okay, maybe it is because I grew up in earthquake country.
Please make sure to have, at the very least, a 72 hour kit. Honestly, you should have a kit that will last for a week.
There are so many ways to get prepared. There are tons of resources on the web that have information on how to prepare yourself. I love the CERT program! It is a great program that helps you prepare for your own family but it also teaches you how to help during a disaster. I highly recommend it to everyone.
This picture was taken at a CERT training in June. I just happened to run across it this morning and decided to share.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Monday, July 25, 2011
I suggest watching it in the small format. It is super grainy if you enlarge it to watch it.
The music is by Keith Driskill. The song is called Fireflies (copyright 2009). I used the song with Mr. Driskill's permission.
I have typed the quotes below for those who are interested in them.
"Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life." ~Albert Einstein
"One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother." ~Howard W. Hunter
"The best inheritance a parent can give to his child is a few minutes each day." ~M. Grundler
"A sibling maybe the keeper of one's unfettered, more fundamental self." ~Mariana Sandmaier
"Every star is different, and so is every child. Some are bright and happy, and some are meek and mild." ~John C. Cameron
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Friday, July 22, 2011
Yesterday I had a little adventure. I went to have lunch with a girlfriend. Spending time with her is always an adventure. I've gone deep sea fishing with her. I have gone pet koi (my favorite is Lucy). Well, yesterday I had another adventure with the koi, actually two adventures. I dangled my feet in their pool. I don't have ticklish feet but it sure tickled when they sucked on my feet. Please don't think I would do this with just any fish. I've known these fish for a decade. My girlfriend asked for help with a task and I jumped at the opportunity. I vacuumed the bottom of the pond. It was soooooooooooooooooooo cool. Well, it really was cool during the hot afternoon.
This picture was taken shortly after getting out of the pond and just before going home.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011
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Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
This is my favorite shot from the day.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Well, my class is over and I am no longer required to post on my blog. I don't want to get out of the habit so I am trying to think of things that I can do to encourage me to post. I'll let you know what I come up with. It won't be long.
For all of you that are waiting to see my final project I am sorry to report you will have to wait even longer. I picked a program that could do some neat stuff but it doesn't load anywhere. Oops. It caused a bit of a headache for my final but that will happen sometimes. I am happy with what I came up with. I have room for improvement but I can also see how far I have come.
Yes, that is another thistle. I just love them. I really like the bee in this one.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Lightroom program. Today I played with the program and altered some images. I got a little out of control. I wanted to see what everything will do when I play with it so I did this on accident. I think it looks pretty cool.
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Today was the first time I just carried around my camera. I didn't have anything I needed to shoot for homework (but I should start working on the new assignments soon). I just brought my camera along for the fun of it. I couldn't resist these stairs. They are sooooooooooooooo neat. I can't imagine what it would be like to walk up these stairs every day.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
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She shoots, she scores. I really try to be a good wife. For our first anniversary I gave my husband tickets to opening day at Dodgers Stadium. I probably won't be able to out do this anniversary gift. I feel good knowing that it was a perfect gift. I really appreciate the Dodgers for winning and making the gift that much better.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I am just not good at sitting inside for long periods of time. I am not good at sitting any where for long periods of time. All of this rest is getting to me. I know my body needs it, but I would rather be running around with my camera.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I love this photo. I captured exactly what I wanted to capture. I don't know if anyone else thinks it is good or not but I love it.
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
For my second photography assignment I had to go to a place I've never been before. A new friend and classmate took me to this old cemetery in Hayward last week. It is a sad little cemetery. Many of the headstones have been knocked over or broken. It was sad to think that someone might have done the damage. I prefer to think happier thoughts and have decided that they must have been shaken out of place by earthquakes. My friend and I both liked the headstones with the pictures on ceramic disk. They seemed to be popular in the early 1930's. I was extra sad when I saw this headstone. This little girl was just 2 years and 3 days old. I thought about the parents and how sad it must have been to loose their precious little girl. I don't know why my emotions were flying so high when looking at the picture of this little girl. Maybe it had something to do with the recent funeral and burial. Maybe it had something to do with being in the first trimester of pregnancy. I never planned to share this picture and I don't really feel like posting anything but I am posting because I must post once a week as part of my homework.
This is the only picture I could post today. I am having the worst day of my life. I should be 9 weeks pregnant but the fetus has died. I now know a little of what the parents of this little girl must have felt. A mother's love is like no other. It is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. I am grateful for that experience. That love is the root of this pain. My heart aches for the little one I will never hold. My heart aches for the delay of my dream to be a mom.
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Last Saturday I woke up at 5:30. I just couldn't sleep. I got up and paced in my dark hotel room trying to be quiet. I decided to peek through the curtains after a few minutes to see if I might want to head outside for a few minutes. I was pleasantly surprised with 6 inches of fresh fallen snow on the deck. It was still snowing and I couldn't resist going out to it. I took my camera and captured a few pictures (the picture above isn't one of those pictures - it was still too dark). After a several wonderful minutes of taking in the scene, feeling the cool air, hearing the snow crunch under my shoes and the feel the snow melt in my hair I went back inside my room and climbed under the covers. I didn't fall asleep and so I got up again a little after six to see how the sky had changes. This picture was taken then.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The funeral was lovely. Merm looked amazing. The bag piper, Ron Wallace, was fabulous. The music started my tears flowing. The funeral was followed by a lovely lunch that the Relief Society provided. A Welsh/Scottish dance lesson followed the lunch. The day was perfect. I think Merm would have enjoyed it.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I love this woman. Yes, I love my mother-in-law. I married well that way. I love my in-laws. All of them. Last night my sweet mother-in-law passed away. She struggled with dementia the past few years and this last year was a tough one. I am glad to know that she is no longer suffering. I am glad she is at peace. I can't wait to see her again.
She was awesome. We laughed together frequently. My husband and I enjoyed dinner with her most Sundays during our courtship (he was there every week). I would wink at her and she would wink back and that would start a giggle fit between the two of us. After that we needed only look at each other to fall back into the laughter, much like young girls. Sometimes she would make faces behind my husband's back, usually sticking her tongue out but sometimes crossing her eyes. I always laughed. I couldn't help it.
We had some very special moments after Mark and I married and her health was declining. One night, as I tucked her in bed and gave her a kiss on the forehead she told me that she was glad that Mark found me. I left the room crying because I was glad for the same thing.
I can't wait to see her again. I hope she knows how much I love her. I am blessed to be part of her family and married to her wonderful son.
Posted by Melinda at 2:08 PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
It is a simple idea to pull out your camera and grab a few shots on the way to a photography workshop. It felt natural. The sky was a gorgeous tone of blue. The light on the gold leaf of City Hall made it glow. It was delicious looking. I stopped for a few minutes and captured a few pictures. This was one of them. I just told you about the "delicious" colors and this is photo is black and white. I did love the colors of the picture but I decided that I prefer this photograph in black and white. There is something about the drama of black and white that just seems to work with the geometry of the building and this particular angle. I hope you enjoy this one. I do.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011
I went to a photography workshop today. It was my second time going to this workshop. The first time I was overwhelmed. I think that is an incredible understatement. I only had my camera for a month when I went and didn't know anything . I had dabbled with the automatic settings. I signed up for this workshop immediately after the last one. I practiced the exercises in the book and to my surprise I became comfortable with the priority settings and manual mode. Please take note of the word comfortable in the previous sentence. It is a relative term. I no long feel like crying when I move the dial to M and try to figure out what to do. I went to lunch with a few of my classmates and they asked me all sorts of questions about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and metering. I could answer them. I have no delusion about what that meant. It simply meant I understood what was being presented (I felt like an expert and to my classmates I was seen that way but know that I am not). It did feel good. I quickly ate humble pie when I got home and all of my photos downloaded into JPEG format and I know the camera is set for RAW. Now I need to figure out that new challenge. Sigh! I do love leaning. This is quite the adventure for me.
The picture above is from the Safari portion of the workshop. This is a "fun" photo (not something I deem beautiful).
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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