Hello, welcome to my personal photo blog....

I just jumped onboard with the Mirrorless technology!
An ILCE Sony A6000
The Sony E-mount kit lenses - 16-50mm f/3.5 and 55-210mm f/4.5
And I added the Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro lens.

I also have a Canon SX50HS.. for those Moon shots.. heh.

I started this blog to upload my own photos so that i could participate in other photo blogs to submit to. Nothing more, nothing less.

I just like taking photos of a lot of things I find interesting.. mostly flowers. I also have another blog "Phlower Power" to show off my flower photos.

Photo Blogs I submit to are in the side-box. I hope I have encouraged you to join in..

Enjoy.......... Ellen

Oct 27, 2014

Oct 9, 2014

Saying "Goodbye" to The Round Robin Photo Challenge

The last challenge for the Round Robin Photo Challenge is : Goodbye . Even though I was just an occasional submitter, starting with 'The Far Side Of Fifty Photos', I will miss the challenges and good natured exchange of comments.
I enjoyed every minute of it..........Good Luck in all that you do.

My 'Goodbye' photos:
















































































The Round Robin Photo Challenge- About The Weather

The Round Robin Photo Challenge is all About The Weather.
We had a break in our weather so we ventured out and saw some sites in a farmer's field.


Mar 23, 2014

Photo Sunday - Slant

The Photo Sunday challenge this week is Slant.  My photo is one I took last summer.

Dandilions... on a slant















As always just click the photo for a larger view.

Mar 17, 2014

Sunday Stills: The Color Brown

The days are getting longer and warmer, so more 'brown' spots are popping through the snow drifts...
Here are my submissions for 'Brown' for the Sunday Stills challenge.

We had a nice day last week up above freezing. It provided a chance to get out and walk around the woods on our farm.   It was pretty slow going, since the snow was still deep. 

A dead oak leaf melting into the snow.

Walking up on the old cabin..
























 around the corner ....



















around to the front...











and looking back..  
As usual, to view them larger just click on the photo.

Mar 7, 2014

The Round Robin Photo Challenge: HOT STUFF

HOT STUFF is the latest theme for The Round Robin Photo Challenges.

Our step-daughter and husband got us some little gifts for Valentines Day.  This is what Lar got.  And he was delighted. WE will use them, you betcha.  The dried Red peppers are from our garden.
HOT STUFF!

As always, click on the thumbnail to get the larger view. 

I got a chocolate Rose and a Valentine box of  Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Mar 3, 2014

Sunday Stills: Barns in Black & White

It's Barns in black and white this week in Sunday Stills challenge..........

I happen to love taking photos of old barns and farms.  In fact their Latin proper name is  "Barnicus Dilapidus".
These started out in color and I've enhanced them to bring out their character.  I'm sorry I did not get a chance to get out and take recent photos, these are some archived photos from the past.  uh, no pun intended.





Go on over there at Sunday Stills. The group is growing leaps and bounds.

Feb 21, 2014

Skywatch Friday

Just like it sounds... watch the sky and take a picture, then post it and link to Skywatch Friday.

....fun place to post and link from. Simply take a picture which includes the Sky, post that picture on your blog and then come here and put your preferred name and link in the relevant places. Try to visit others on the links, those at the beginning and the end.

 Blown out brights, but some sun beams through the clouds.
Another shot with some Post Processing.

Round Robin Photo Challenge - Dark

The Round Robin Photo Challenge is Dark.

Here's my Dark. It so coinsided with the full moon on the 14th.   I was watching it come up while I was doing supper dishes, so I ran and got my camera.  Three versions..  click on them to see larger view.



Feb 9, 2014

Photo Sunday - Dawn

Photo Sunday - Dawn

 Our field in the morning.


























Sun-up zoomed in.

Photo Challenge Blogs - Fun And Challenging OR Just A Money Maker?

I enter a few photo challenges at blogs that offer that sort of thing.  I post for the particular challenge that I think I can accomplish in the free time I have at hand.  I pick and choose the challenge that interests me the most and seems feasible in my environment and climate.  I may not get a chance to fulfill my self appointed obligation, so I miss out on some challenges.  
They make me think and use my camera at times I might not even think about it.  My camera could sit in the closet for a very long time, before I take it out to take photos. Maybe on a trip, or family gathering.  They make me post photos to my blog, stay up to date, and keep it active.  Challenges of the blog type peak my interest.............. taking more photos and the more photos you take the better you get to know your equipment, which makes you better at photography.  There is more to photography than just taking pictures, but participating in challenges will make you want to take better photographs.  Like those 365 every day photos.  By the time you've finished a year, you should be taking some awesome photos... right? ;)
Some 'challenge' bloggers make it fun, interesting and social.  Other's just plop a image on the screen, name it and call it the challenge of the week.  Sometimes, they drag out really old photos from their archives to name the challenge.  Some actually go out and take a photo to post for the challenge. 
I know, what's the difference?................ For one thing, one is just making money off blogging with all the Google Ad Sense or Wordpress's Ad Widgets, from how many visitors the blog gets.  The other is actually participating in their own challenge and encouraging others to participate.   One hardly ever comments on your photo post, but the other almost always does and, more than likely, so do the participants of their challenge.  One is impersonal, one is social and inspiring.  Some even offer contest challenges and you get to vote for your favorite photo, but the same people win the contests over and over again. They must know each other. 
I'm just saying... or asking.... which would you prefer?  Or does it matter?

Behind Me- Round Robin Photo Challenge

I'm late again for the entry for The Round Robin Photo Challenge, which the theme this time is ... 'What's behind you?' 
I'm late, because ... well there's really no excuses, especially when I just ran to the nearest mirror and turned the articulating LCD screen around so I could see what I was aiming at and took this lame photo!

It was quite the challenge to figure out where I wanted the focal point to be most in focus.... I decided on the back of my head.


























Here's lookin at YOU!

Jan 15, 2014

The Round Robin Photo Challenges: White Stuff

The Round Robin Photo Challenge for January is WHITE STUFF.  So, here it is, my entry(s) to the challenge for White Stuff.  I must say it wasn't very hard to find some!  I photographed out my windows and back door, since the temperatures are hovering at or below zero F.  At least it was sunny.

















































































As usual, you can click the photos to see a larger view.