Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflecting ~

I've been doing a lot of thinking these last several days; reflecting back on 2010. I feel heavy hearted today with a lot of thoughts running through my mind. It's been a very difficult year from start to finish. I should be thrilled to see the last of it, but instead I just feel troubled. There's so many things I want for the new year - Happier times; Goals being achieved; Dreams becoming reality. Where will this new year lead me? ..and will it be better? This is just one of the many questions I keep asking myself. Among those many questions, are thoughts of friends I lost this year. I know I am not alone here when it comes to feeling this way. Despite the hard times, I will leave this year behind with a sense of new knowledge about myself and how life works. I feel I have a grown so much this year, and because of that, I have this strong determination to make sure 2011 doesn't control me, but I control it. I will start the first day with excitement; a smile, and a list of goals I want to accomplish. I want to grow more as a photographer and make that my profession. Who knows, maybe this time next year it will be?

To all who has followed my blog, I wish you a very Happy New Year! May your dreams come true and your heart be filled with everyday joy.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Joy He Brings me!

Do you ever have one of those days when you look at something and all of a sudden all your troubles are gone? That is what Preston does!

I took these two photos yesterday when I was cleaning the room and caught Preston looking out my window.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Courage ..

~ Photo taken by me - Capturing Nature's Soul ~


Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Sweet Boy

Preston - aka "Little Man"
These last few weeks have been very nice when ever my "Little Man" is around. He's over a year old now and has turned into such a lovebug! When ever I'm on my computer, he's right there resting next to me. Like last night - I came into my bedroom and turned on the light. Preston was sleeping on the floor in a corner when he glanced up and noticed I was in the room. The very moment I sat down at my computer, he got up and laid himself next to me. He made me feel so loved when he did that.

Preston - our first day together

When I got Preston last year, I wasn't sure if I was ready for another cat after Twixy went missing. I told myself it would be many years before I ever considered it, but I guess the future had other plans for me when I was faced with the decision of choosing which kitten I wanted. -
{Click Here for Story} - At that time, I remember thinking I had made a mistake by allowing it, but looking back on it now, that was a very foolish thing to think; I would be lost now without the smiles Preston gives me.

He sure has turned into a handsome tom, hasn't he?!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Where My Heart Is ..

Here lately I've been exploring other people's photography and their techniques. I enjoy looking at photos and the hidden messages each one holds. A photo has a way of saying something without using words. Some really reach out and inspire me, while others stop and make me think.

I wanted to try something different when I took this photo (on the left) a few evenings ago. I wanted it to express my love for nature and photography.

What do you think?


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My First Butterfly Photo!

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Everyone ~

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence


Friday, November 5, 2010

Autumn Treasures

It was a beautiful day today; Perfect for a walk to the park!

Despite the fact that my camera battery was about dead (Really must remember to charge it more often) I managed to get a few really nice photos in. The leaves are turning to a golden brown and dandelions are appearing. I have always enjoyed this time of the year. If you ever think about coming to Arizona, now is the time!

Speaking of which - Two of my friends will be "Trekkin' for Ta Tas in Arizona" on November 12-14th for the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for a cure - I'm very proud of both! 

Enjoy the photos!

If you'd like to see more, visit the new Facebook page I created for my Portoflio! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Remembering ..

Today I've been remembering a friend who left us one year ago today. Her beautiful cat, Cushag, joined her as well. When ever I think of one missed friend, I can't help but to think of the others -Which has been quite a few over the years. I think of them and the ways they touched our lives; Each one leaving a special mark on our heart. I truly do believe that's how our spirits live on.

About two weeks ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix about the atomic bombing in Hiroshima during the final stages of World War II in 1945. Like with all wars, thousands of lives were lost in the devastation left by the bomb. At the end of the documentary, it showed how the Japanese people remember their lost loved ones each year by holding a ceremony. Floating candles/lanterns are placed in the ocean; each one signifying a spirit.

Today, as I thought of my friend, my thoughts went back to the scenes I saw of the floating lanterns lighting up the evening/night sky. I thought of how beautiful they looked; wishing I could somehow do the same for the lives that became apart of mine and sadly left.

No matter what, they will always be a piece of me...

“Make of yourself a light.”
— The Buddha


Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Sleeping Cat

I love watching a cat sleep. Brings me comfort for some reason. This photo was taken about five minutes ago. Preston decided to rest himself on a pile of clothes I haven't put away yet.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Remembering a Loved One on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I always think of my Grandmother. When I was a little girl, My Mother gave me these little things her Mum use to own. Yesterday, I thought I would look through them and take a photo. Like last year (Click Here), I wanted to dedicate a entry in my Grandmother's Memory.

I never got to meet her due to the fact that she lived in Britain, and of course, we lived here in the states. - My Mother had moved here after Her & Dad married.

Growing up, I always dreamt of visiting the places my Mother lived in and meeting my Grandparents. Being young, I took for granted that those things would one day happen. Sadly, meeting my Grandmother is something I can't look forward to now ...She died 6yrs ago from Breast Cancer.

Even though I never got the chance to meet her, I know she loved me dearly. I had received little letters, cards, and a postcard from her as I grew up. The last thing she sent me was this beautiful glass doll. I still remember the day I went to the post office with my Mother to get it. I think I was around 7 or 8yrs old then.

I so dearly wish I could have known her. I hope where ever she is, she knows she lives on in my heart.

Ladies, when you get the chance, please click on the link below. And don't forget to take care of yourself with yearly Mammogram checks. Too many lives have already been taken from Breast Cancer.

The Breast Cancer Site

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Feels like Sping ..

Today has been one of those days for me. Sort of feeling down, So I decided to get away for a bit and escape into the world I see through my camera.

We're finally reaching the mid 80s here in Arizona. - My favorite time of the year. It's been like spring here with the cooler weather and a few days of rain.

Flowers are blooming every where!

See the little fly?

I don't think I did too bad!

Hope you all enjoyed.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Have You Ever ...

...Seen a tree with a face?

I have!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Peace in the Rain

I got quite the surprise yesterday evening - It rained!

Now I know many of you are thinking "So what?", but when it rains here in Arizona; relieving my day from the typical 100+ degree heat, I consider it something to celebrate!

I have always enjoyed the rain. The smell of it; Sound of it, and everything else that is included. I also love walking in it ..and, of course, taking pictures as I walk in it. Which is exactly what I did yesterday evening!

I don't know why, but for me, walking in the rain makes me feel so free from everything. I feel that way when I'm taking pictures, too. As if I am in my own world, away from worries and sadness. I can be me without caring what others may think. I feel a sense of peace and inspiration as I capture the world around me with my camera.

After many pictures later, I was soaked from the rain. Finally it stopped (we had a great thunder storm!) and started to clear up a bit. And that's when I saw it, the most beautiful, magnificent, breath taking scene I ever have seen

 The sun breaking through the black clouds. You had to be there, standing where I was standing to get the amazing feeling I felt inside ..That inspiration; That freedom; That peace I so needed. And there I was ....taking pictures of this glorious moment; feeling all those emotions in one, when it suddenly hit me. No matter how many heartaches and letdowns I may feel from time to time, Life is a gift and I am free. Since hitting adult age, I feel like my life has became so complicated and unsure. When I saw that sun breaking through and the beautiful rainbow behind me, I remembered something ..I am not alone; God is watching ...and ...I am in the making...


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Taken this evening

Wishing everyone a beautiful evening!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Lazy Days .......

It must be fun to be a cat!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nice Day for Photo Taking!

Here lately I've gotten into the habit of taking my camera with me everywhere I go. The best photos are ones that are never planned. It so happens today was one of those days...

I decided to spend some time down the pool today and relax a little. I was sitting down under a tent when all of a sudden this bee came around and landed on my can! Quickly, I got my camera out and took its picture. Minutes later, I look up and spot a even bigger bee buzzing around a flower tree. I spent 20mins taking pictures and watching it. Later on, I got into taking pictures of other things - Pool water and pink flowers. It's been a great day for taking photo's!

Click Here to see the other photos I took - The first seven are from today.