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Group One
In & Out of Studio 3D
Monday, 26 January 2015
Welcome to June-uary
Topic: Photo

For a day that started out with an extremely foggy sunrise...

...yesterday turned into a stunningly sunny and warm day. In fact, the weather is so unseasonably warm that one local station coined the term June-uary for it. Clever!

We took advantage of it for some outdoor recreation. First we went to a local park to feed the ducks...

...and the geese

and then took a stroll down by the river where we watched some band fishermen pull three large fish out. Good Job!

Some river views were too good to let pass without recording them




Now, this was the strangest thing we saw all day...


At this shelter in the park there must have been over a dozen individuals in cobbled together 'medevial' costumes: shields, wooden swords, a lance, a bow carrying arrowl that looked more like plungers, robes, capes, a variety of headdresses, and one guy with a beard down past his waist made out of bright pink yarn! When we first spotted them they were just assembling here but later, as we were leaving the park we spotted them out in the open area of the park having a battle. We laughed till our sides hurt!

On the way back to the car we stopped at the skate park and watched the youngsters doing tricks on razor skooters, skateboards, and bikes. Quite impressive, really.

After a trip to the library we trundled on home and finished the day with a barbeque of hamburgers on the grill.

Yep, it's January!

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Winter Bird
Topic: Photo

We live in an area where the birds don't migrate away for the winter so we see a wide variety year-round. In fact, last year, during the ice storms and freezing temperatures of January and February we had hummingbirds trying to peck through the ice on frozen feeders. We started bringing the feeders in at night to thaw, warming the nectar in the microwave in the morning and putting it back in the feeder for the day.

In any case, this little bird was hanging out on the garden fence just after the rain the other afternoon. I love how the light is caught by the netting and spills across his back.

What a sweet little visitor.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 20 April 2013
You Make Me Smile
Topic: Photo

Just walking along the sidewalk outside the library and my eye is caught by a little 'manhole' cover. It is probably 10 inches across and has these two holes side by side. There is a little dimple right in the center and by some strange chance a seed pod off a tree has settled across the bottom. That one random thing has instantly turned it into a little face!

It made me smile. Do I have a camera? No. Is there anyone around I can show it to? No. But it is so cute.... Oh, yeah, my phone takes pictures.

So I got out my flip phone and took a shot of it and hit the SAVE so I could show it when I got home. I even thought I might be able to get it off to my computer. Turns out I have the perfect combination of 'dumb phone, dumb plan' and I can't transfer, email, post, anything. I can JUST make calls.

So I ponder my little picture and there is a button for OPTIONS. One of them is to make the picture the wallpaper. Tah Dah! Now I see this cute little face every time I look at my phone screen (all 1.25 inches square of it) and every time - it makes me smile.

So how did I get this to show you? I had to use my regular camera to take a picture of the screen of my phone! Lame technology.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 8 October 2012
A Different Perspective
Topic: Photo

We went on a 'nature walk' the other day to the local 'environmental center' on a college campus. It is, disappointingly, getting overgrown and looks pretty scrungy. But we did happen upon the observatory that is next to it and I took a few photos of that.


It's sad when the man-made is more photogenic than the natural elements.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Before They Blow Away
Topic: Photo

I so enjoy the fall colors! Every year we make a special trip in to town to view 'THE TREE'. Anyone who has lived here through the season knows about the one enormous maple tree that has the best color ever. But it's a challenge to see it at its peak because one day it is green, then yellow, then WHAM it is flaming orange and a couple of days later every single leaf is on the ground. It's like little elves go out in the night and pick them all of and throw them down.

So, when I can see it at that peak time it is quite a treat:


The other spectacular tree is right in our front yard. We actually have THREE maple trees in the yard. One turns yellow, one turns brown, and this one on the end goes nuts with color. It is so close to the house that the side that turns color is over the roof so it is hard to photograph.


You can see it's not quite 'there' yet, but it will be soon. FALL IS HERE, can winter be far behind?

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 7 September 2012
Creepy Birds
Topic: Photo

I looked out the window at dusk the other day and spied this tree full of creepy birds. I wish the tree had more bare branches as it would make a great Halloween picture. I did play with the color and contrast in my photo editing software, too.


Creepy, huh?

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Not Your Mother's Easter Basket
Topic: Photo

....because it is MY mother's Easter basket! It's been a while since I did any photography just for the artistic sake of it and this made such a great subject. I thought if I had some good photos from this session I could print them out for use on cards.

The basket contained fresh flowers and a butterfly on a pick. I added the little nest and bird that I had on the window sill.




I took these in the natural light of the garden window.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Weather Report
Topic: Photo

After our travel in the tropics we awoke our first morning home to a regular foggy daybreak. Here are a few views from the deck:




Awesome!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
PORT: Aruba
Topic: Photo

City view from the ship: 


Love the architecture here:




Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Monday, 28 February 2011
PORT: Bonaire
Topic: Photo

View of the island from the ship:


You'd think this paint would be so loud it would keep you up at night! 

Again - lots of beautiful foliage and flowers:





Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Sunday, 27 February 2011
PORT: Grenada
Topic: Photo

The water views were spectacular. I found nothing in town to recommend it.



The flowers are beautiful wherever you go, though:


Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Saturday, 26 February 2011
PORT: Dominica
Topic: Photo

The most remarkable thing about Dominica is the lush greenery and the mist covered mountains.




The architecture ranges from grand to squalid - side by side.




Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 24 February 2011
PORT: St Thomas
Topic: Photo

The port of St Thomas is old and very crowded. It is also quite colorful.

LOVE the hair!


Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
PORT: Puerto Rico
Topic: Photo

These are some random photos taken while we were in Puerto Rico:

These guys came SO close to tipping their sailboat over. It was a nailbiting display of seamanship - or folly.

I didn't realize until I reviewed my photos that I had taken pictures of churches in every port. I just love the architecture down there.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 17 February 2011
The Green Flash
Topic: Photo

There's nothing quite as beautiful as a sunset at sea! I took some photos on a recent cruise and here they are to share with you.

I like this one for the watercolor gradation in the sky:

This one is awesome because of the streaks the sun makes over the tops of the clouds:

And this one is my first successful photo of the green flash. We've seen this phenomenon 3-4 times over the years. It happens just at the point when the sun disappears below the horizon. There is suddenly a bright green flash right at the edge of the water. My timing on this was perfect:

More photos of ports of call in a few days.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Cheeky Squirrel
Topic: Photo

We have had a squirrel feeder in the front yard for several years and it is quite a popular spot in the neighborhood. We will it with blackoil sunflower seeds. Not only do the squirrels feed there but a variety of birds. We've even had raccoons up there scooping out seeds by the handful and stuffing their mouths. Occasionally a deer will stand up on hind legs and manage to get their tongues inside to lick out seeds.

Lately, we've had a lone squirrel come to peek in the back door (where the raccoon comes in the evening looking for handouts). He comes in the morning after the birds have all taken away the bread scraps left out for them. He knows that if he can get out attention we will throw out a handful of treats for him. So far he is the only one that has caught on to this.

We toss him a few nuts from the kitchen. This day he got slivered almonds.

Here he is waiting for the treats to arrive:

Love how he uses his 'hands' to eat:

That one went quick:

Oh, good, there's more:

I like this picture because you can really see the tufts on his ears:

Just a cute pose:

Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Forest Floor
Topic: Photo

As my family can attest, I usually walk around looking at the ground (my mother probably told me too many times to 'watch where you're going.) But, over the years this habit has come in handy many times - finding money, searching for agates on the beach, and spying great shots like this:

If you are walking through the forest looking at the leaves in the trees you will not see these little bits of nature.

Just wanted you to see what you were missing.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Views From A Winery
Topic: Photo

A little outing the other day to attend a concert at a winery. What a beautiful setting it was.

This was the view from the tasting room:


Then we had a stunning sunset right behind the performers:

Loved the cloud formations:

Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 20 September 2010
The House Frog
Topic: Photo

Kermit has a neighbor. This little brown frog lives down by the hose bib pipe where I water the garden. There is an expansion board between the concrete foundation and the concrete patio. He has made a little house for himself where they have opened apart.

 

Surprisingly, he stays under the board as long as it is dry. If the board gets wet he comes out. Frogs who don't like to be wet?!?!?! 


Strange.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Colorful Song
Topic: Photo

(because it's a 'trumpet flower')

This is a vine in our back yard, which climbs 10 feet tall up the end of the deck on lattice. The hummingbirds LOVE it, but I got tired of waiting for one to come along to photograph.

Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT

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