Monday, October 24, 2016

Shoot Fourteen - "Holy Cross Fall Festival"

France - mais oui!!
I know it was too easy - thanks Michelle, Milt, Peyton, Mike, Joani Elaine and her Grandson, Christopher. Mariann added a few French flags to try in an attempt to brown-nose the judges!

"New Best Friends"

For the past four years I have been the Holy Cross Events Photographer for my parish in Easton. I show up with camera in hand and take pictures which will be posted on the parish website. I'd rather do this than be assigned to a ride or an activity. This way I have freedom of movement around the parking lot and make my own time. Because I have a large camera and a flash, people give me space as they think I am a professional photographer - little do they know!

I watched these brother-sister twosome walking around being the typical siblings. They were constantly annoying each other UNTIL. . . big sister won a prize at one of the activities. Her candy necklace soon drew the attention of pesky little brother. For the next fifteen minutes he did not let her get more than six inches from him! Needless to say as soon as the prized neck piece was devoured, they went back to being a brother-sister act again. 

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

It is the westernmost country of the European mainland.

This country became the first global maritime power during the 15th & 16th centuries. Pioneering  explorers such as Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama and Álvares Cabral founded new lands and colonies making their country a major economic, political and military power, ultimately dividing the world with Spain.

Its capital is the oldest city in Western Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world. It was devastated by a major earthquake in 1755. Although the city was rebuilt within a few years, the quake led to the country losing much of its wealth and status.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge, over the Tagus River is the largest in Europe at 17.2 km's (10.7 mi).

The various uses of the soft, spongy bark of the cork tree has made the country the largest producer of cork products in the world.

The most popular sport is football (soccer), the national team finished 3rd in the 1966 World Cup, 2nd in Euro 2004, and 4th in 2006 World Cup.

Interesting Thought. . .

Glass takes one million years to decompose, 
which means it never wears out 
and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

What disease did cured ham actually have?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Shoot Thirteen - "Portraiture with Meghan"

The Netherlands or Holland! My panel of judges ruled that "Holland" was an acceptable response! So, well done Jim, Elaine, Peyton, Milt, Mike, Michelle, Joani, and first time responder, Mariann!

"Pensive Meghan"

The last of my Meghan Shoot was this one. I chose this pose as, once again, she was in the water after the sun set! I know she had to be chilled - we were just standing and shooting!!

Thank you, Meghan. . .

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

Bordering countries are Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Switzerland.

Its native language is the second most studied language in the world after English.

It is the most visited country in the world, with over 80 million visitors every year.

The most visited art museum in the world is here. The famous Mona Lisa painting is on display in this museum.

It is home to one of the most visited monuments in the world.

The Millau Bridge is the world's tallest bridge and the country’s tallest structure. At its highest point, it stands 343m (1125 ft) above the ground.

The most famous road bicycle race in the world, zig zags through the country’s landscape.

One of the four grand slam tennis events is held here every year.

Louis Pasteur was a scientist, who made many discoveries in the fields of chemistry and microbiology, was born here.

I know WAY TOO easy!!!!

Interesting Thought. . .

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away. 
~ Hilary Cooper.
(thanks, Hillary as I have used this line in many of my exhibits and as a sign-off for one of my email accounts.)

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

You know what I did before I married?

Anything I wanted to!!!!

           ~ Anonymous

Monday, October 10, 2016

Shoot Thirteen - "Portraiture with Meghan"

Madagascar, the Island and not the movie!
Heard from Elaine, Joani, Jim, Mike, Michelle, Doris, and newcomer,Steve T! And, a last minute response from Peyton - he was waiting for Matthew (the hurricane) to leave the area!

"Meghan Submerged!"

That water was cooling off as the sun set BUT Meghan was the trooper. As Jeff asked for different angles and poses, she cooperated.

For me the earrings, the necklace of pearls and the smile made the shot!

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

People here are the tallest in the world, with an average height of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women.

The national anthem, Wilhelmus, is the oldest in the world. It was written and first used from 1568, although it was only officially adopted in 1932.

Gin was invented here under the name of Jenever. It was first sold as a medicine in the late 16th century.

Although the Portuguese were the first Europeans to "discover" tea in East Asia, it was these citizens who introduced the beverage commercially to Europe in 1610. Tea didn't reach England until the 1650's.

It became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages in 2001.

Has spawned many world-class painters, such as Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Jan Steen, Vincent van Gogh or Piet Mondriaan.

Keukenof Park is the largest flower garden in the world.

Interesting Thought. . .

making your guests feel like they're at home, 
even if you wish they were.

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming

1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,

2. Whenever you're right, shut up.
                            ~ Patrick Murra

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shoot Thirteen - "Portraiture with Meghan"

Venezuela aka "Joe for Oil Country!" 
Well done, Elaine, Milt, Mike, Peyton, Joani, Michelle, and Jim.

"Meghan Backlit"

A most unique opportunity arose when a member of my camera club mentioned a model shoot on an island!

It was an adventure as the member with the boat had to row the crew and equipment out to his motorboat and then row us onto the island. He made three trips each times - a total of twelve short but exhausting transports!

Back to the shoot - Meghan was the perfect subject. She was enjoying the opportunity to pose around the small island. This one in the tall dune grass was my favorite.

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

This week’s country is an island country and the fourth largest island in the world!

The capital city is Antananarivo, home to over 2 million people.

The official languages here are Malagasy and French.

It is classified as one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries that are considered to be home to the majority of the world's biodiversity. Over 70% of the 250,000 wildlife species found here are found nowhere else in the world. While 90% of the estimated 14,000 plants native here are also found nowhere else.

The lemur is only found in the wild in country As of 2012, there were 103 living species of lemur i

The unique ecology of this island nation has led some scientists to refer to the country as the "eighth continent" of the world.

It boasts of the 3rd largest coral reef system in the world, the Toliara coral reef, off the south-western coast.

It is one of the world’s main suppliers of vanilla and cloves, while coffee, lychees and shrimp are also important agriculturally. The country currently provides half of the world's supply of sapphires and produces a number of other precious and semi-precious stones.

Native residents have a number of traditional pastimes. Moraingy is a type of hand-to-hand combat, tolon-omby the wrestling of zebu cattle, is also popular in regional areas. While fanorona, is a famous a board game invented there.

Interesting Thought. . .

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, 
if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed! 
                   ~ Mark Twain.

Coffee Break Time!

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

'Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. 
We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. 
A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. 
She goes Tuesdays. . .

I go Fridays.'

Monday, September 26, 2016

Shoot XII - Plymouth Festival

Bangladesh. . .You guys are good as Jim, Mike, Milt, Elaine, Joani, Peyton, and Michelle all came up with the Asian country.

"Rustic Signage"

One of my favorite places to visit each year is Plymouth, MA. Just an hour's drive from home, I see it as a quiet spot to walk, snap some pictures and grab a bite to eat.

This occasion was the Plymouth Festival with vendors of all sorts lining Water Street. I noticed the above image on a door near the actual festival. The rust coupled with the name of the distillery, "Dirty Water" made this one of my favorites from 2015 - not to mention the classic one-hit wonder from the Standells! "Love that dirty water. . ." 

Where in the World?

Here are some interesting facts about various countries of the world. Just where would I be? 

The world's tallest waterfall, Angel Falls, is located here.

There are over 25,000 species of orchids, including the country's national flower 'flor de mayo orchid'.

It was colonized by Spain in 1522 and declared independence from Spanish rule in 1811, on July 5th (its National Day). 

It has one of the largest natural gas reserves and has the 2nd largest oil reserve in the world, it is one of the world's top ten crude oil exporters.

A type of small guitar called the cuatro is the national instrument. and the national dance is the waltz-like dance called joropo.

Baseball is its most popular sport, there has been a professional baseball league in the country since 1945.

Their flag is colored yellow, blue and red. The yellow is for land wealth, the blue for the sea that separates it from Spain, and the red represents the blood shed by the heroes of independence.

Interesting Thought. . .

He that is good for making excuses is 
seldom good for anything else. 
~ Benjamin Franklin.

Leaving on a humorous note, I hope!

Why is the man who invests all your money called 
a broker?