I truly think that there is more beauty in imperfection than perfection, for it is the imperfect things that truly make us beautiful. --me
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Jan 11, 2014

Frozen Bubbles

So, here in the Great Lakes State, we have had some interested weather as of late.  The weekend before Christmas we were hit with an ice storm and at my home we lost power for 2.5 days.  Several in our area were without power 5 days or even longer.  Then the weekend after New Year's we were hit with a record breaking snowfall climbing to the number 3 spot of recorded snowfalls with a total of 17.2 inches.  Then the icing on the cake was the record breaking sub-zero temps that followed.  The other day we were at -22 degrees Fahrenheit.  The recorded historical low for that given day was -8 with a seasonal low of -25.  And don't forget the wind chill factor bringing things down to the -40's.  Well with all this fun weather going on I decided to play besides being cooped up inside was getting to me.

Here is my attempt at freezing bubbles.  (Still hoping to try again this winter.)

Jul 31, 2013

Blessings and Fledglings

This week has been a great one so far.  Spending time with family building memories.  However yesterday was a bit different start.  I dropped my hubby off at the job site he was working on and as we were chatting before I left he noticed a small bird in the grass.  My brother-in-law who was also working went over and picked up the bird.  The bird was more than comfortable perched on his hand.  Well needless to say I had to go take a closer look.  I walked over and he handed/scooted the bird over to me.  I hollered at my hubby to grab my camera from the car.  This little guy just sat there while I snapped away.  We noticed a few other small birds being coached by an American Goldfinch.  We had identified our bird!  As guilty as I felt for handling this little guy, I realized when I was leaving that where I had to turn my vehicle around is the same area that we found him, we quite possibly rescued him from being accidentally being run over.  Here are some of the pics I got of my little friend.

May 29, 2013


So I came home on Mother's Day to finish editing a photo session only to open my laptop and have the hard drive crash.  Thankfully I have all my original images saved in other places.  I did however lose much of my edited work.  I am slowly figuring out what all I still have to replace.  Hoping to recover much off my hard drive but can't do anything for a few months until the finances are there to do so if it is even possible.  I'm just thankful that a simple replacement of the hard drive was all it took to get my laptop going again.  Here is one of my recent attempts at photographing water drops.  I had fun taking these images.

Mar 9, 2013

Dreaming of Warm Summer Days...

Being cooped up at home with sick kiddos has me really longing for warmer weather.

Jan 22, 2013

Frosted Tree Branch

Well, hello there.  I know it has been a long time since I've posted.  Being a mom, PTO treasurer, and a regular volunteer at my boys' school has kept me super busy.

Hope the holidays were good for everyone; I know we were blessed beyond any expectations this year.  God is always good.  

And for your viewing pleasure a close up look at the beauty there is for us to behold!

Jul 11, 2012

The Fourth of July

The 4th of July has to be one of my favorite holidays.  I love the atmosphere waiting for the fireworks to start and the fun of it all.  This year we were able to stay at the hotel near our favorite display.  I had to capture the essence before the show, the glowing lights and all.

The start of the show.

I see the American Flag represented in this image below!

The finale!

May 30, 2012

2012 Hot Air Balloon Championship

Balloon launch Friday (5/25) night in Frankenmuth, MI

May 21, 2012

Solar Eclipse - May 20, 2012

Enjoyed an evening shoot on this beautiful Sunday.  The Solar Eclipse prompted this shoot and although here in MI we were only able to see a small bit of the beginning it was still a fun event to watch and photograph.  

May 10, 2012

Moon Kissed Foiliage

Another image from Saturday's Super Moon Adventure.  This is the best shot of the "moon" I was able to accomplish.

May 6, 2012

Super Moon Bust May 2012

Here is one of my favorite images from the Super Moon Adventure that I went on last night.  The sky was pretty overcast so we didn't see much of the moon but my cousin and I had a lot of fun playing with long exposures.  This image's settings were f3.5, 30 second exposure, ISO200, 18mm focal length, and was taken at 10:50pm EST. There was minimal editing done in Lightroom and Photoshop.  This was actually the second location that we visited in hopes that I would be able to get a reflection shot of the moon on the water.  We're hoping to go back tonight if the cloud cover lets up.

May 1, 2012

Pink Passion

I received a tulip plant as a thank you gift from my son's school.  We took it outside and well it was a good thing that I took pictures at that time because it only took a short time and all the petals were blown off from the wind.  Such a beautiful plant I look forward to its blooms next Spring.

Apr 16, 2012

Tree Swallows

Going through looking for images to share; I've been a trouble blogger as of late.
Here are some Tree Swallows that I saw last year around this time. My first sighting ever of this beautiful bird. I just love the irradescence of the wings.

Nov 29, 2011

MI Mighty Mac

I've entered my image in a photo comtest and would love any and all votes I might receive.

Thanks everyone!

My First Blogging Recognition

My First Blogging Recognition
from Louise at Potted Frog

My Second Blogging Recognition

My Second Blogging Recognition
from Mom of 4 at Our "Lil" Family

My Third Blogging Recognition

My Third Blogging Recognition
from Pam at The Conley Family