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My Tree is...dead. :(

Journal Entry: Thu May 30, 2013, 9:25 AM

Six years ago, I got my first taste of infrared.  I bought a filter on ebay and attached it to my little Canon Powershot S2 IS and went out taking shots all over town.  My last stop that day was at a park with a duck pond.  That began my love affair with this tree.  Although the tree had been dead for years, it was such a striking contrast to the pond and living trees in the background.

Infrared Pond by La-Vita-a-Bella

Then I bought my first DSLR and attached the same filter to the camera and went to the pond to see what the new camera would be like.  Whoah...very red!!!  Such a contrast from the last camera!

Infrared Pond II by La-Vita-a-Bella

Then I bought a better DSLR, which required a new filter (different size) and again I went to the pond.  I wasn't so happy with the results and ended up making the shot monochrome.  I still liked the shot, but I wasn't get the infrared results I wanted.

Infrared Pond III by La-Vita-a-Bella

So, I bought a point-n-shoot on ebay that was converted to infrared.  Now I was finally able to do hand-held infrared shots (rather than using a tripod).  As you can see, down in the bottom of the frame is a branch that broke off of the tree.  

Infrared Pond IV by La-Vita-a-Bella

A few months later, I went back with the same camera.  I drug that broken branch out of the water and took another shot (since the previous shot had been taken in October when the leaves were starting to change).

Infrared Pond V by La-Vita-a-Bella

And now I have a new camera for infrared.  Another point-n-shoot.  I bought it several months back, but it was winter and there were no leaves on the trees.  I'm pretty sure I took a shot anyway, but had it on my list to return when conditions had improved.

Yesterday I decided that it was a good day to return to the park for an official shot with the latest infrared camera.  There were nice storm clouds in the sky.  So, I drove to the park.  I grabbed my camera and started walking to the pond.  The pond area is surrounded by trees, so I couldn't see my beloved tree until I was right up to the pond.

And that's when I saw it.

My beloved tree was lying on it's side in the water.

Dead. :(

A sadness washed over me.

For six years I had come here to photograph it.

And now I will never get another shot of my lovely tree.

Yes, I know the tree was dead before it actually fell over....but it had such character and made for such great pictures.  

Goodbye, old friend.

Calendar and Contest Winners

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:57 AM

My apologies for not getting my calendar up for sale sooner.  As most of you know, my house was robbed the day before Thanksgiving and all my camera gear was stolen, so life has been turned upside down since then.    The calendar is now done and up for sale at…

Also, the winners have been announced for the Magic Trees Contest!…

Back in the Saddle - sort of

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 9, 2012, 9:26 PM

Well, after having all my camera gear stolen, I was reduced to needing something to take pictures with.  

So, last night I went and bought a Sony NEX 5N.  

Sony NEX 5N

It's not a DSLR, but it's got a DSLR sensor in it (APS-C) and it shoots in RAW and has full manual controls (and HD video).  :dance:

Definitely not even close to what I am used to using, but ya gotta do with what ya got, right!? :w00t:

On a positive note, it's small and light, which means I can keep it with me.  :paranoid:

Since it's winter and I am too busy right now to do any traveling, I had to resort to some backyard shooting, so here is my first offering with the new camera:
Hanging in there by La-Vita-a-Bella

There are a gajillion reviews out there on cameras, so I'm not going to go in depth about it....but overall I like the camera so far. :la:

Feeding Dragons

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 7, 2012, 2:03 PM

My dear watchers.  Thank you for all the support you have given me, particularly since my house was robbed and they took all my camera gear.  I am feeling very hesitant in sharing too many details because you never know if the bad guys are reading this, too, so please understand if I don't talk too much about it.  Just know that I am taking care of what needs to be taken care of.

So, in my usual manner, I will make light of the situation with some humor....  I have since built a moat around my house and filled it with flesh-eating piranhas.  Dragons guard each door and, if any bad people make it past those bad boys, poison darts will shoot into them upon entry.  In addition, I have multiple trained ninja assassins who are just itching to throw some ninja stars.  And all of my possessions have now been replaced by holograms. :D

Please know that I will be here on dA, but probably not posting any pics and only commenting minimally.....feeding dragons and such will be taking a lot of my time. :giggle:  

In time, things will get back to normal and I will start sharing my pictures....even if they are just the ones I have already taken but that you haven't yet seen.

VOTE for Affiliates November Contest

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 4, 2012, 8:38 AM

Vote now forl the Winners of the contest here:…

Here are the Top 10 of the Affiliates November Contest Magic Trees assessed by a panel comprising the Founders of the four participating Groups

:iconokavanga: :iconroses-to-ashes: :icondpressedsoul: :iconmichilauke: plus :iconla-vita-a-bella: and :iconingoschobert:

The 10  best picks of this jury for a members poll:

Rootage by freMDart Magic tree... by jeje62
Twisted by Leucareth Magic Bottle Tree by colinbm1
Willow White by helios-spada two worlds by Coopyslav
Magic forest by june-june 04:21 334172546 by UnderFloorboardWorld
Lake Monster by swiftmoonphoto Something. . . by Phostructor

This competition running jointly by four Affiliate Groups

:iconr72:   :icontrees-with-character:   :iconinfrared-club:   :iconwhoneedscolour:  

Vote now forl the Winners of the contest here:…

Robbed :(

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 22, 2012, 3:15 PM

Yesterday my house was robbed and I lost all my camera gear plus more. Today I am trying to be thankful in spite of what happened. I hate feeling like you can't own anything that you worked hard to buy because some scumbag will come along and steal it.

I hope all of you, my dear watchers, are having a nice Thanksgiving. I am thankful we are safe and healthy and have a nice turkey dinner that will soon be on the table. I am thankful for so much more than that, but I want to make this short since I'm now reduced to only having my phone to use for everything.

My Weekend Adventure in the Rain (including gettin

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 28, 2012, 10:16 PM

The Tree (that got me stuck in the mud) by La-Vita-a-Bella

I am back from my weekend in the rain.  You didn't really think I would stay home and watch movies would you?  And disappoint all of you with no pictures?  Oh, the horror! Lol!

Sorry, this is kind of a long read....

On Saturday, I drove to Portland and went to the Japanese Garden to visit the oh-so-famous maple tree.  It was looking lovely, although it could probably use about 4 more days to really hit its peak.  While I was there, I ran into fellow dA-er :iconporbital: and his gang.  It was a pleasure to meet all of them.  We chatted briefly, but I knew they had limited time (as did I) so eventually we parted ways.  They did tell me about a nice spot to photograph about 30 miles north, so after I was done at the garden, I drove up there.  Then I went to IKEA (I love that store!!).  And then I headed on down to my hotel near Silver Falls State Park.  My hotel had a spa and pool (you can't beat that for a $53/night room!) so I enjoyed both before retiring to my room to download pictures and prepare for the next days shooting.

Since I didn't have far to drive, I was able to sleep until 6:30am….for once, no 3:30am wake up calls! Yay!!!   

Initially I had plans of doing the entire loop trail at the park, but I spent so much time photographing every little thing that caught my eye around South Falls that I decided to skip it.  I did the loop trail last year so I thought it would be nice to explore some other parts of the park.  I headed to the Old Maple Trail and hiked a short portion of it.  I love old growth forests.  The trees are so big.  Finally, I decided it was time to head home…I still had about a four-hour drive to get back.

Here comes the part about getting stuck in the mud:

While I was driving along the little highway away from the park, I saw this huge tree in the middle of a field and I thought, "Boy, that would probably look great in infrared!"  So, I found a spot to turn around and headed back to shoot it.  There was nowhere to pull out, and I tried to get a good shot while on the road, but some cars were coming up behind me so I started to drive away….and then I saw this little road that I could turn off on and I started to go down it.  It wasn't paved.  And it had been raining hard for a long time.  And it was pretty muddy.  But did that stop me?  Uh, nooooooooo.

When I got to the spot where I thought would be best for the shot, I stopped.  Bad idea.  Very muddy and wet there.  I tried to take my shot, but my camera started acting up and wouldn't let me shoot.  Um, did it get too wet earlier??  So, as a last ditch effort, I took one shot with my DSLR before attempting to move on.  Uhhhhh ohhhhhh…..I'm stuck.  I tried going forward and backward.  No luck.  Nothing on hand to put under the tires.  Bummer.  I could see a house on the other side of the highway and they had a truck….maybe they could help me out?  I walked over to their house, and then for some reason, I decided to turn back.  As soon as I got back on "my" side of the highway, I heard dogs behind me.  Oh crap!  Two big black labs were coming from the house! (please don't eat me!!).  Luckily they stopped at the property line!  Yay, I get to live!
So, I walked back through the mud to my car.  Dang, I guess I have to call AAA to come help me.  

*This is where it gets funny*

"Triple A customer service, how may I help you?"
"Um,  my car is stuck in the mud."
"Where are you located?"
"I'm on a road by mile marker 20 on highway 213 in Oregon."
"Your cell phone number is from Washington, please hold on while I transfer you to an Oregon representative. "
*On hold… I try to see if I can get myself unstuck again. No luck. Just getting myself and my car muddier. I put on my flashers in the hopes that maybe someone might see me down here and help me…or that AAA finds me easier.*
"Hi, this is Diane (made up name…can't remember her real name) and you say you're stuck in the mud on the highway?"
"No, I'm on a road that is parallel with the highway….well, it's kind of a road….but it's not paved.  I tried to go up and ask for help at a house nearby, but they had dogs that came after me so I went back to my car."
"The dogs chased you to your car???"
"No, they just came out from the house, but they stayed on their property."
"Well, I'm not sure if you're covered on an unofficial road under your policy so it might be an out-of-pocket cost…let me check with your Washington representative."
"Okay." (do I really have a choice?  I'm stuck!  Just send a truck, pleeeeeeeaaaaase!!!)
*back on hold again… I try to get unstuck again.  I'm not sure if it's possible for one person to get unstuck from the mud…it's too hard to push on the car and the gas at the same time! Lol! Time to sit in the car and contemplate why I drive down roads I shouldn't*
*While sitting in the car, I see this little Suzuki 4WD start to come down the road….(No, don't come down here little car….you'll get stuck, too!) He comes down anyway and pulls up near my car*
"Are you AAA?"
"No, I'm Josh."
"Hi, I'm Paula." (please don't be an ax murderer, Josh!)
"It looks like you're stuck in the mud!"
"Yeah, I was stupid and came down here to take a picture of that tree and…well, I'm still here. I'm on hold with AAA, but I could really use some help."
"Well, I have 4WD and a rope." (Yaaaay!)
*So, Josh digs his rope out and ties it to my car and his.  Meanwhile, AAA comes back on the phone*
So, the people you were trying to visit, do you have their number?"
"Huh??  I wasn't trying to visit anyone…I was just going to ask them for help.  I don't know them."
"And why did you drive down this…uh…..road?"
"Because I wanted to take a picture of a tree."
*Silence….and then put on hold again… I hang up because Josh now has my car out of the mud*
I tried to pay Josh for his help, but he wouldn't accept it.  Josh, if you are out there and reading this…you are an ANGEL!!!  Thank you so much for your help!
"Thank you again for all your help!  Please take the money!"
"No, that's okay.  But I didn't have a knife so when you get home, you will need to cut this rope off that I tied to your car."
*I reach in my pocket and pull out my pocket knife (who's the ax murderer, now? Lol!)*

Once on the road, I called back AAA to let them know I no longer needed help.
Of course, I only had the Washington number….
"Triple A customer service, how may I help you?"
"Hi, my name is Paula and I just called a little bit ago but I was transferred to the Oregon branch…"
"Oh, you're one who was stuck in the mud and surrounded by dogs??"
*slaps forehead and wonders how far the story about the dogs would've grown had I stayed on the line any longer*
"I wasn't surrounded by dogs…, nevermind….I just wanted to let you know that a guy stopped and helped me and I no longer need help."
"Oh, a passerby helped you out of the mud?"

Needless to say, I'm sorry I even mentioned the fact that I had tried to get help from a house nearby because that became the whole focus of the conversation.  It also made me wonder how long it would've taken them to actually send me someone who could help me.

All I know is that I'm thankful that there are still good people out there who are willing to stop, even in the downpour, to help a person who is in need.  

Once home, I see that I have multiple bruises where I tried to leverage myself against my car to push it out of the mud.  Oh, the things I get myself into!!!

Anyway, all in all, it was a good weekend.  Despite the rain.  Despite getting stuck in the mud.  Despite the bruises.  Despite my infrared camera acting up (do I need to buy a new one??).

New pictures to come.  :D

Also, thanks to whomever found my camera case (for my infrared camera) at the Japanese Garden and turned it in. And thank you to IKEA for selling umbrellas for $2.99.  

Drowned Rat by La-Vita-a-Bella

I got a DD!!! + Contest

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 16, 2012, 8:33 AM

*EDIT* As requested, the video of the owl from the picture below has been uploaded to YouTube… Do you like it?
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Over the weekend I was surprised by getting a DD (Daily Deviation) for this shot:
Infrared - Am I Dreaming? by La-Vita-a-Bella
Also suggested by :iconlaurelin-cosplay: and :iconcloe-patra: ( Suggested by :iconkeinzantezuken: and Featured by :icondpressedsoul:  )
Thanks so much to those above the suggesting and featuring it!  And thank you so everyone who commented and fav'd this (and my other work).
I really appreciate all of you!!
And a big :wave: to all my new watchers! Thanks so much for adding me!

My weekend didn't go as planned, which isn't always a bad thing.  I had hoped to get sunrise/sunset pictures of Mt. Shuksan.  The drive is 6 hours from my home, and I knew that rain and clouds were expected, but the forecast said "some" clouds....not 100% cover and fog to completely hide the mountain.  But I had brought my rain cover for my camera (and a waterproof jacket for myself) so I took shots of whatever else caught my eye (mostly fall colors).

The big surprise was this owl shot:
I spotted a Northern Spotted Owl by La-Vita-a-Bella
You can read more about that experience in the description of the photo.

And of course, finding out I got a DD.... :iconlawooplz:

On the way home, I stopped and did a little shopping...found some things I had wanted and a few things I didn't know I wanted. lol!  And then I spent some time with my son, which is always enjoyable.

There is still a few more weeks of fall colors so I hope to get something amazing before winter settles in.  And maybe this year I will brave the snow more.......maybe. :giggle:

I am also going to be helping judge a "Magic Trees" contest put on by four groups:
:iconr72:  r72 Infrared Group
:icontrees-with-character:  Trees-With-character
:iconinfrared-club:  Infrared-Club Extra-Visible imaging
:iconwhoneedscolour:  WhoNeedsColour
First place is a One Year Premium Membership!
So, if you want to enter, go to any of the groups and read the journal for the rules and submit your entry!

Is it REAL?

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:42 AM

One of the most often asked questions I get when I post an infrared photo is, "Is it REAL?"

Many people don't understand what infrared is.  When they see the image, they assume it is winter, or some kind of manipulation.

The camera I use has been converted to shoot only infrared images.  Some people use a filter over their regular camera to get the same effect, but a converted camera simplifies the image-taking process.

I am not going to go into deep detail about infrared because I know that, if you are truly interested in the concept, you will research it.  However, I will say that infrared is a spectrum of light that is beyond the visible light spectrum.  Basically, it is light that you cannot see with your own eyes.

"Why is everything pink?"  That is another question I get a lot.  Basically, the filter that is in my camera allows a portion of the visible light spectrum to be included...which is the part where red resides.  The original image that I take has a pinkish/red hue to it.  The standard post-processing of an infrared image requires a channel swap of the red and blue channels.  Once this is done, the foliage ends up a light pink and the sky ends up being blue.  Some prefer to just convert to black & white.  It's all a matter of preference.

Normally I only post one or the other....regular OR infrared.  But this once, I have posted both:

Infrared Hot Air Balloons by La-Vita-a-Bella
Three Hot Air Balloons by La-Vita-a-Bella

So, in answer to your question, "Is it REAL?"  Yes, it's real....just not how you think it is.

I Won!!!!! Yaaaaaaaay!!!

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 22, 2012, 10:21 AM

I entered 6 shots into the fair and one of my shots got the big prize...BEST OF SHOW!!! :iconeeeeeplz:

Here are the results:

:icontrophyplz: BEST OF SHOW :icontrophyplz:

Moraine Lake by La-Vita-a-Bella

:iconfirstplaceplz: First Place Ribbons :iconfirstplaceplz:
Waterfall - Panther Creek Falls by La-Vita-a-Bella
Johnston Canyon Waterfall by La-Vita-a-Bella
Stonehenge by La-Vita-a-Bella

:iconsecondplaceplz: Second Place Ribbons :iconsecondplaceplz:
Golden Sunrise by La-Vita-a-Bella
Into the Fog by La-Vita-a-Bella

Thanks again to everyone for all your support!!! :glomp: :love: :hug:


Journal Entry: Mon Sep 17, 2012, 8:20 AM

Today's feature is of my friend, Ingo Schobert :iconingoschobert:  
His latest submission really needs to be viewed full screen to appreciate it:
Palace Of Dreams
Please comment and fav it if you like it!

More works by Ingo:
WG - Touch The Rainbow by IngoSchobert
I Saw You In My Dreams by IngoSchobert
Fall at the Oneida Falls by IngoSchobert
Look Over There by IngoSchobert
Desolation Meets Hope by IngoSchobert

Thanks for voting in my polls

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 12, 2012, 9:13 AM

I don't always tell you why I asked you to choose for favorite in my polls, but for my latest poll… I was trying to narrow down which photos I would enter in the Central Washington State Fair this year.  This will be my seventh year participating (have won top prize 3 of the 7 years).  The "prize" isn't much, but it's always fun to enter and have my friends tell me they saw my work on display.  I also enjoy viewing all the other photography by locals.  

These are the top 6 from the poll that I will be entering:
Moraine Lake by La-Vita-a-Bella
Waterfall - Panther Creek Falls by La-Vita-a-Bella
Johnston Canyon Waterfall by La-Vita-a-Bella
Golden Sunrise by La-Vita-a-Bella
Into the Fog by La-Vita-a-Bella
Stonehenge by La-Vita-a-Bella
I don't tell you guys enough how much I appreciate all the fav's and comments on my work, but I truly love all the feedback!  dA has been my "home" for 7 years now and there are so many people on here who I have enjoyed conversing with.  I think dA has a great community and I just want to tell you all thanks so much!!!


Journal Entry: Mon Aug 27, 2012, 2:21 PM

Help us get an Infrared category!!!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 15, 2012, 8:05 AM

For the longest time, there has never been a category specifically for infrared photos.  Our pictures get placed in random folders that never seem to totally fit.  dA is now considering making an infrared category!!!  They are taking feedback as to whether it should fall under -Photography -> Darkroom -> Infrared  OR -Photography -> Infrared

My vote is for -Photography -> Infrared

I would appreciate all of you visiting this journal… to help support us getting this new category!!!  The more responses, the more likely we will get this!!!

Examples of Infrared Photography:
Time Stands Still - Infrared by La-Vita-a-Bella Infrared Pond by La-Vita-a-Bella Infrared Canopy Drive by La-Vita-a-Bella
the passage by Anrold The Backpackers by scharlork Crazy car by Anrold
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Infrared-St Mary's Cathedral

Winner and Features

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 5, 2012, 5:32 PM

Frozen Inferno by La-Vita-a-Bella
Congrats to the winner of Name My Picture!  :iconerozja:
87. Fairy of frost

I would also like to thank all the of the people who contributed suggestions!  I have created a feature for all of the artists who gave suggestions.  Thanks so much! :glomp:

Guardian Of The Sun by x-CourtneyPaige-x Aliona gift for Soniihedgehog by Sorain26 San Simeon's outdoor pool by Taka67 Accipiter nisus by mkizielewicz StarCraft: Zerg by keyan3d Indifferent by AmethystSuicune The Shell-eye by sinanTR RU: Mirim by akira789 Sepia by Florence0 the calling... by iytj Silver Yellow Green Blue by KatKatsu Westeros by soheib Peacock's Glory by FaerieBert Hypnotize by KoKoSiNoPa Vitamin D for Victoria by Count-Author Autumnal Fire by EarthHart Time Changes Everything by IngoSchobert Boring sunset by minniminnimi:thumb313608854: Colors by Foxi-freaky-fun Where are we going? by JulietTaylor april 4th sunrise by BlueIvyViolet Fallout Raiders by Mahkir Parabolic State of Mind by merlynhawk Let me out by starlightprincess112 Finally you're here... by fireandrain97 Spring flowers by mixxon What's up there? by NaruSaku19 Dream image by dragondoodle The Dreaming Tree by catch---22:thumb166365347: looking cute is my business by Kiara-Vestigium:thumb176477974: give me a ride by raquelvonkaminaru Spring Lamb by Vampyratekitty Big Bird by Peasizer1234 Badass Kittycat by goshusuedo Holiday. by Kayanya Nevermore by Bloody-Rose93 Hotsprings #15 by KRHPhotography Fashion Focus by DimitriSergejev My Half-Hardened Heart by abomablenoman Caracal by xsiorcanna Beyond The Dying Light by Nefarious069 Speechless by RosleinRot A Lawn Lover's Nightmare by PkGam i think i saw a bird by ssfialho Forming Stairs by MissBluebonnet towards dreamland by a-b-n The Finished Product Looks Like This by RoadTripDog M y   p l a c e by FlorinALF Little Hummer 2 by Mac-Wiz Albino Squirrel by sugartwins Khokha by nasahkalam Honestly, just texting by Iao-Kamirru autumn evening by AChildOfTheKing RM Church Tower by thirdhand Lilac by ErinMariel:thumb305699020::thumb318265437: Horizon by ShireHobbit12:thumb244852380: Don't Make Me Snap My Fingers by genericwin A Touch of Frost by RichardMacDonald Face by BL8antBand Somewhere by initialfantasy New Jersey Arctic by steven0560:thumb309946481: Higher than low by Fiction-Art-Author Leopard by Deceneace Fern Gully by StaticClingPro

The following people didn't have any deviations to feature, but I would still like to say THANKS for your suggestions!!! :hug:
:icontemperion::icondanishwolf: :iconlayperson::iconbrotherslaughter:

If I missed anyone, I apologize!  

Name This Picture - Win 500 Points!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 30, 2012, 8:27 AM

One of my images is going to be in a book on Surreal Photography and it needs a good title.  I am hopelessly terrible at coming up with good titles, so I thought perhaps some of you could help me out?  

What should the title of this image be?
What Dreams May Come

Just to entice people a little more for ideas, I'm offering 500 points for the winning title. :iconlapointsplz:

Suggestions so far:

A Dawn in Heaven
A Memory of Mine
A Snap of Life
A Timeframe
Acidic Tendencies
After the Apocalypse
Alone in the Crowd
Another Day a Different Dawn
Beautiful day in Nether
Beautiful Death
Beautiful Nightmare
Beauty and Beyond
Beauty in Death
Beauty of a Dream
Beauty of the Lake
Between (Heaven and Hell)
Blood Pool
Blood Tree
Bloody Evanescence
Bloody Heaven / Angels
Bloody Lake
Bloody Tree
Color Me Crimson
Crimson Fear
Crimson Sunset, on Venus
Crimson Surreal
Dark Queen
Dead in the Water
Dead or Alive
Dead Reflections
Develish Dawn
Dimensional Vision
Drowning Pool (lol thats a band)
écarlate (scarlet in French)
Eerie Reflections
Embrace the Scarlet
End of the Innocence
Fire and Ice
Freezing Fire
Frozen moment
Frozen Whispers
Ghosts of Winters Past
Greek Tragedy
Growing through the pain
I Failed to Make a Smiley
Icescaping the Wrath
In a World of Red Memory
In Another World the Skies Are Red
In My Wildest Dreams
Inclinare Saniei (to bend to, to turn to blood (but also tree sap, venom, poison))
Into the Red
It's Your Choice
Lacrimosa (Latin for a crying girl or woman).
Lake of Fire
Lake of Lust or Crimson Fear
Lake of Red
Last Temptation
Lost Vision
Mars 4012 A.D.
Naked Passion
New age
Nightmare on Pond Street
On Frozen Pond
One Frozen Moment...In Time
Otherworld Landscape
Out of my Life
Paradoxa's Mirror
Parallel world
Peaceful Scarlet
Pond of Kites
Pond of the Dead Spirits
Pure Peace
Red dreams
Red Haze
Red Pepper and Cotton Candy
Reflections in Amaranth
River of life
Rouge (red in French)
Russian Roulette
Sangre Exotica
Scarlet Dreams
Silent moments
Split Minds
Still Moments
Summers Frost
Sunshine and Shadows
Susie's In the In-Between
Sweet dreams are Made of This
The Beauty of Night
The Dreamer's Land
The Embrace
The Emperor Has No Clothes
The Incubus' Tree
The Pertinent One
The Stillness of Life
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Tree of Life
Trees Tell Lies
Troubled Dreams
Unclad Tree
Water Night
What Dreams May Come
What Lurks
Where the Winters Burn Cold
White as Snow, Red as Blood, and Black as Ebony
Wine Lake Wilderness
World Beyond Our Dreams
World Under Ice
Yellow Fish

Remember, if you use one that has already been suggested, I will give credit to the person who posted the title first.

I am currently running a poll to narrow down my top pics from the suggestions, but I am still taking suggestions! :D

Help a friend!

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 29, 2012, 3:36 PM

:iconfrecklydog: is asking for help with votes so she can get a scholarship to help homeless dogs!  You can get the voting instructions here on her facebook page:…

Voting ends soon so hurry!!

Photography - a family affair

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 17, 2012, 1:26 PM

I got a note from my dad this morning saying, "I love all of the reviews. People were so kind on their reviews. Thank you for posting it."

I just wanted to thank all of you for the comments and fav's on his picture.  You really made his day!  My dad has cancer and doesn't get to get out of the house much, so little things like this really brighten his world!  Thank you again for your support!!! :glomp:

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I called my dad last night to beat the Father's Day rush.  We talked for 2 1/2 hours, which is a common length of a conversation with him.  I think everyone on my dad's side of the family is long-winded.  Most of the Cobleigh's are story-tellers.  My dad, however, is not much for telling stories.  We usually chat about his dogs, what he's recently purchased, camera stuff that we'd like to buy, searching the internet together for random things that have come up in conversation, and whatnot.  The dogs constantly interrupt our conversation.  I fondly refer to his three German Shepherd's as "the hell hounds" because, when you knock on the door, you feel like you've knocked on the gates of hell. lol!

Last night I mentioned to him that many times I have wanted to post his photo of Yosemite on this site, but that it's not mine to be putting up.  He gave me permission so I went ahead and posted it earlier today.  He took the picture when I was only 5 years old....before I'd ever even picked up a camera.  

Yosemite 1975

I can't remember when I got my first camera, but I remember that it needed 110 film.  My subject matter was usually my vast model horse collection, my favorite teddy bear, my Lincoln Log creations, and all my friends at school.  None of those pictures showed any promise of a budding photographer.  I had no creativity or technique.  I just pointed and pressed the button at things I liked.  Ahhhh, the good ol' days! lol!

My aunt has told me that my great grandmother was also into photography.  She would take pictures, develop them at night, and sell the photos to neighbors in postcard format so they could mail them to relatives.  I haven't ever seen any of her photographs, but it sure would be interesting to see her work.

My uncle is also into photography.  He's one of the few people that can talk completely over my head.  Most of his emails border on book-length and usually require looking up a word or two. :giggle:  

And now for a's been so long since I've done one!

silver silence by NWunseen Silent Symmetry by ariseandrejoice Pristine by Raymaker
Monsoon by catch---22 The Guiding Light by IngoSchobert
Pamatny strom by tomsumartin Golden light for Peerie Betty by Heylormammy January Night 2 by Katjakay

Three States in Three Days

Journal Entry: Tue May 29, 2012, 8:47 AM

This is the time of year when I try to get in the most shooting.  Things are green and waterfalls are running.  I have to admit, though....I haven't done much in the way of waterfalls this time. Not that there isn't still time for perhaps I will squeeze some in soon.  That being said, I did make a quick trip into Yosemite.  The conditions weren't so great, so I ended up leaving early and spending time with some of my family instead.  The next day I was off to the California Redwoods.  Jack and I drove the Avenue of the Giants and I was able to get in a few pictures before we had to move on.  The next morning we did more Redwoods, plus a wild animal safari park.  Baby cheetahs were the highlight.  

Please forgive me, but the pictures can't be processed until I finish processing the wedding pictures from the weekend before.  But after out! :D

How about you?  How did you spend Memorial Day Weekend?

Catch my 200,000 pageview and win 200 points

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:47 AM

I am coming up on my 200,000 pageview milestone, so the person who captures it (and provides a screen capture) will win.....200 points.  Not much, but it's all I have in my account right now.  So, if you're hungry for points or just really, really bored, capture my 200,000th pageview, send me a note with a link to the screen capture, and the 200 points is all yours!