Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer-There will be lists, which is a great thing!

This summer will be a busy one.  Maddie will be getting married on July 7.  She will be married on the rooftop of the Stillwater Library.  It is a beautiful venue.  The reception is a the Historic Lowell Inn. The Bride has three attendants including her sister, her childhood bestie and her future SIL. She has two Jr. bridesmaids; nieces Lily & Ruby and two flower girls- Joe's nieces Lili and Jenni.  I think weddings were designed for teachers.  I'm 17 days out and feel not even an inkling of sweat.  Maddie has this wedding completely organized and under control.  There will be lists-which is a great thing!

The wedding is the highlight of my summer but I am also looking forward to a small little cabin on a trout stream in central Wisconsin.

I hope to catch some fish, enjoy Henry's antics and slow down.  I'm sure there will be some great photography here as well.

At the same time Tim will be enjoying the great EAA airshow in OSh Kosh Wisconsin.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Weekend 2017

We had a wonderful night camping at Myre Big Island State Park.  Freeborn CountyMN.  This trip lead us to several one room schools.

Henry comes alive in the water.  Even with a sore leg...we carried him in a dog stroller, borrowed to us by Lily.  The water was calm and glass-like.  I noticed there were no motor boats on the lake which made it peaceful.

Yes, that's Henry...spent all his time in the stroller.   Being hurt is NOT as fun.

Blooming Prairie....notice the solar windmills

43°59'10.6"N 93°06'13.1"W

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Look what I left out all winter-long!  Curled up elm leaves rested the whole winter in the key cradle of this old Underwood typewriter.  I bought the old thing on a whim.  A bit rusty and as heavy as an anchor -we threw it in the back seat for $12 bucks.

Underwood sits back by the shed under the sweet smelling spring lilac bushes...

and a few yards away from  "Bleeding Hearts of love and hope and the beating of spring".

I am happy Spring is here again. 

*Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I found my inspiration!

An Apple - 27" iMac® with Retina 5K display - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive!
No more sore eyes for me staring at an old monitor that was slowly fading in from the corners.  Even though I consider myself a PC gal - I had no problem buying my first Mac.  Now for some awesomely edited images.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Recently I re-organized my photography equipment.  I have lost touch with much of it...and this makes me sad, although inspired to pick up my camera soon.  Thinking of this I felt the need to find some inspiration to get my motor running.  Elena Shumilova is a Russian Photographer who has such a unique niche...  Fine Art photography for sure. I have followed her on Flickr for several years and LOVE everything she posts.  

Example of style
Soft washed out color with spectacular backlighting and ring lighting.  Her subjects are perfectly posed in such an unposed way.  She usually has an animal in the picture with her subject.

She named this one Lapland

Wind on Surrey Hill

So I decided to see how close I could get to her style...using photoshop.
Now I don't have any animals to throw into this image but for a first try not to bad.

Ruby in Snow

Damn it where is a cute bunny when you need one!

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