January 31, 2013


The last day of January, the last day of my 50mm assignment, and a bit of fun playing with depth-of-field.  These matroyshka dolls have been a favorite of my granddaughter since she was a tiny girl.  They hold each other, and also hold many happy memories.  A co-worker brought these back from a trip to visit Russian astronauts, back in the early ’90s.

This was the last full day at the office.  I should be writing notes, but it is hard to say good-bye, especially to say it well.  So I will have a cup of tea, sleep a bit, and rise early to pull together whatever I will  Then I will be on a new road.

Happy Endings.  Happy Beginnings.


January 29, 2013

Same Tree, Next Day


I looked out the window this morning, and, Yay!  It was snowing!  I wanted to leave a bit early so I could drive by yesterday’s tree and capture it laden with snow.  Only, it wasn’t laden, not even a little bit.  I’m back to my 50mm today.  Also, back to work for a few more days.  I know the pup was just aching to get out and run about in the snow.  Its what he’s built for.  I reminded myself several times today that soon I’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy the winter days — blue skies and white-outs both.

January 28, 2013

A tree in January

Today: I took the day off, but let this not be an indication of things to come!  I spent much more time poking around on the computer, not much time at all defining and working toward my goals.  That said, I did get out this morning for the moonset, and this afternoon when I saw some delicious clouds on the horizon.  I had a picture in my head, but the clouds were lower than I had hoped.  Still, I’m rather fond of the results.

If you’re stopping by from Texture Tuesday’s link party — welcome!  This is currently a very humble little blog where I’m keeping myself accountable to post a picture and a few words every day, hoping to get my gears in motion.

For the image above, I barely adjusted the contrast, then copied the background and applied “soft light” at 100%.  There are two layers of Kim Klassen’s “Minus 43;” one at 100% soft light and another at 13% luminosity.  The image is viewed better here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmvogt/8426076540/in/photostream/lightbox/

I wish to say, Kim Klassen is an example of generosity, creativity and encouragement that I hope to emulate.  If you’re not familiar with her blog and her work, please stop by and browse for a while.  You’ll be glad you did!

http://www.kimklassencafe.com/thecafe/ (I tried to grab a button, but it didn’t work for me this time!)

January 26, 2013

pond and path


Stepped away from the 50mm today to get some chores done: housework, dog walk, errand.  We enjoyed dinner at a neighborhood Korean restaurant.  Its in a little strip-mall that we drive by when we take Rio to camp.  Great Korean bbq in a bento box with rice and sides.

I witnessed a tremendous sunset last night.  Took the above shot just before the sky started turning into flames.  The patterned ice, red path and amber brush just caught my eye.

We had clouds tonight; I was hoping to catch the moonrise, but it was not to be.  Next month?

January 25, 2013

Happy Friday!

Birthday Flowers


I was off work early today and made it home with nice light for shooting the flowers my son gave me on his birthday.  I am so blessed with children who possess loving hearts.  One of my certain delights is seeing them enjoy each other’s company, tell their childhood stories, have intelligent adult conversations.  Surely I do miss their baby selves and I even dream about them as little ones.  But I just love who they are, now.

January 23, 2013

I stepped out of the Natatorium and into a crazy beautiful sunrise this morning.



So I had to quick — grab my camera and find a shot, because I knew this light would fade in seconds.  I love this magical morning light.

As I get closer to my last day at work, more folks are stopping by to say goodbye and wish me well.  It is surprisingly touching.  I will miss these people with whom I’ve shared the “trials and tribulations” of the daily work challenges.