Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gung Hay Fat Choy! 5/52 - Project 52

Wishing you health, prosperity, and happiness 
in this Year of the Horse!

We're very lucky in that we get to spend the upcoming weekend
with our beloved China travel group at a hotel,
swimming, eating and celebrating.

Grace was born in the Year of the Horse as were all the other children adopted
in her travel group.
We have known these wonderful families now
for over 10 years.

Hope you are doing something fun to bring in the new year!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

An Assortment of Photos (Sunday Snapshot & 4/52 Project)

 So as I had these grandiose plans of taking my two youngest outside this
week for some photos in the snow.
That obviously didn't happen.
Old man Winter has decided to hit us again with another "polar vortex"
otherwise known as being "too damn cold outdoors for any living creature."
So we stay inside, that's our only choice.
I decided to take my mind to a better place
and photograph still life.
And get real comfortable shooting indoors for a while.

This week I decided to get my Etsy shop 
up and running.
It's something I've been asked about and I figured
it was about time.

My shop is called amothersartphoto
and I have about 24 fine art photography prints
that are available.
It's an eclectic assortment, some of them
vintage inspired, some travel and some of China.
There will be more prints added in the weeks and months to come.
I would be flattered if you'd stop by and 'favorite' (click on the little heart)
of my shop.

Thank you!

Ni Hao Yall

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Color (Sunday Snapshot & 3/52 Project)

Blessed are the happiness makers.
Blessed are they who know how to shine.

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Just a little color.
Well, because it's Winter and I live in Wisconsin 
and though the snow is beautiful 
we all need to see some color every day.

These fresh little flowers are called Acacia.
I love blue and yellow together, maybe it's my
Swedish heritage?

Ni Hao Yall

Friday, January 17, 2014

i heart faces - Best Face of 2013

Of the many photos that I take every year of my children,
it was difficult to choose just one for the I Heart Faces Best Face of 2013.
I kept going back to this one of my daughter Grace.
My joyful girl.

Please stop by I Heart Faces and take a look.

Photo Challenge Submission

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Light and Dark (Sunday Snapshot & 2/52 Project)

Penny for her thoughts.

As light is a precious commodity here in Winter
as it doesn't last long and we can have some grey, overcast skies.
When I see the opportunity to use a little window light, I use it.

Taken last Wed. before we left for ballet.
I love the way the light falls off her face
and the dark gently wraps around her as if to give her a hug.

Ni Hao Yall

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Making the Best of It (Sunday Snapshot)

As the Upper Midwest is just about to turn into the North Pole temperature wise.
We are staying inside our warm and toasty home.
School is cancelled tomorrow and probably will be Tuesday.
When Dan and I were young and couldn't go outside because it was too cold,
we played board games, cards, read books, did crafts, and teased our siblings.
(And who said swinging was just for Summer?) 
Tomorrow we plan on baking cookies, maybe do some crafts with Grace,
and I'm sure there will be some playing on ipods and the Wii.
These (obviously) were taken when it wasn't 50 degrees below zero
like it will be tomorrow.
Please stay safe everyone!
Ni Hao Yall

Thursday, January 2, 2014

project 52 - frost and snow (1/52)

Bitter cold and a
new dusting of snow...still, I
remember summer
~ Charles de Lint
It started snowing here in early December.
Wisconsin folks are probably experts about snow and frost (if there's such a thing),
and I'm amazed at the different kinds.
And because I'm a detail person I suppose that's why I notice these things.
This recent one arrived and is called
a 'hoar frost.'
These incredibly beautiful fern-like ice crystals form on the snow,
tree branches, wires or any frozen solid surface.
The best part of capturing the frost was the walk I took.
Peacefully quiet and calm.
I decided to commit to a project 52 this year and
possibly take one photo a day in February, but will see
about that.
35mm 1.4 lens
f 2.8
ISO 400
Oh, almost forgot to say Happy New Year
and I hope that 2014 is a good one.

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