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how quickly things can change

We arrived around 2:30, it was now 7:30pm. The sun was slowly slipping away.  It was time to go home.

As I carried my beach chair to the water’s edge to wash the sand from it,  I looked up at the sky one more time.  I turned to look at my husband and he said “We can stay if you want to”.   I did.  I unfolded my chair and sat.  The sky was glowing, the water reflected the soft violet color.  It was quit spectacular (not a word I use often).

Looking out across the water and up at the sky I thought to myself how quickly the colors were changing.  The entire day the colors kept changing: blue-green, blue, blue-gray, bluish teal, slight shades of turquoise, and now violet .  Perhaps being a photographer creates a greater awareness of this (which I am thankful for, the awareness that is).

The pictures:


Baby baby crab!  (Below is close up)



rising tide



All images were taken with a Sigma DP2s


More from the beach

The first image is the bridge over the inter-coastal water way, it’s the road to the beach I typically go to.  I really wanted to stop on the bridge, the fog was creating such a beautiful image, but I did not think it would be very safe, so I proceeded to the road below.

The seagulls appear to be out of focus in the second image, but are actually engulfed by the fog, they are also reflected in the sand below.

The weather is turning chilly this week in Texas, so no more beach trips for me until next week.

Always learning something new.



Although I have been holding a camera for 28 years (yikes, has it been that long) there are many many many things I am still learning.  I started taking pictures with my Dad’s old 35mm Konica camera on occasion,  then I attended a dark room class in college with the intention of setting up my own darkroom (always ‘good intentions’), after that I continued to shoot with film (purchased a 35mm Canon) until a bought a small digital point and shoot.  Finally, about 6 years ago I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon.  Since then I have moved on to a Nikon D300 (which by the way, I love).   Ok, now on to the point of this post, learning something new.

The basics: shooting in manual, understanding my camera, composition… -check.

Equipment: camera, lenses (always more on my list, yours too I imagine), tripod -check.

Software: PS4 (have it, can use some of it) -check

The elements: foggy mornings, really foggy mornings, dealing with the fog -no check here.

So, you can see the element are the actually the topic here.

Today I woke earlier than usual to head down to the beach.  I have been wanting to take some very slow shutter speed photos to get that washed out feeling of the surf, well, that did not happen as planned, but I did get some pictures that I like. What I learned today?  Fog=Water, which in turn means wet lenses.  I was shooting away, and then for some reason I looked at my lens. There was a layer of water on it!  I did not plan for this, I did not take my lens safe rag with me.  I typically don’t take everything everywhere (camera cases can only hold so much until they are too heavy to be comfortable carrying).  I used my cotton/polyester sweatshirt to dry my lens with.   I know, not the best ‘cloth’ to use, but it was either give that a try or head home.

In summary, I will begin to plan for the elements when I pack my gear from now on.  (I did plan for sand, I take cellophane and wrap each tripod foot, then over that I place a layer of aluminum foil to keep the cellophane in place, this protects the tripod from the sand)

“Bloom where you are planted.”



This week has been a bit busy, so I am posting two pictures from a trip back in August.   I love taking pictures at the beach, hey I just love going to the beach.  I am fortunate it is so close, 20 minutes or so. Some people complain about our beach, it’s not 7 mile beach (Grand Cayman), but it has all the elements: water, sand, birds, wind, sun… just to name a few.

I am looking forward to my next trip.  :-)

The quote: “Bloom where you are planted.” author unknown, just reminds me to be happy wherever you are and with whatever you have.

Broken Obelisk sculpture @ the Rothko Chapel



I saved this picture for today’s post, only because I had PSed a few images and had them in a folder lined up to upload for three days in a row, this one happened to fall on todays blogging day. It was taken on our visit to the Menil Collection (Menil link:  HOME ) over the holidays.  Such a peaceful and reflective place.  Come to find out, as I researched the sculpture a bit, it was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. in 1971.  Coincidence or not?

I included some information off the website for the Rothko Chapel below. I also included a quote, which seems appropriate for today (but maybe that’s the issue, it’s appropriate for EVERYday.)

First the quote (the last line stand out to me):

“What should move us to action is human dignity: the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each other.  We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.”  ~Dominique de Menil



About the Chapel: (Rothko link: index.php)

The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.  On the plaza, Barnett Newman’s majestic sculpture, Broken Obelisk, stands in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The Rothko Chapel is an independent institution, a sacred place open to all people, every day.  In 2011 the Chapel will celebrate its fortieth anniversary, having achieved, in those years, recognition as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the second half of the twentieth century.  In 2001 the Chapel was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, an honor awarded before the institution was fifty years old. The Chapel regularly makes top ten lists of places to visit, and is a featured entry in National Geographic’s book Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations, published in 2009.

The Chapel has two vocations: contemplation and action. It is a place alive with religious ceremonies of all faiths, and where the experience and understanding of all traditions are encouraged and made available. Action takes the form of supporting human rights, and thus the Chapel has become a rallying place for all people concerned with peace, freedom, and social justice throughout the world.


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” -Dorothea Lange


Louisville, Ky: First let me say I had no idea it was such an artsy town.  It was such an enjoyable stay, despite the highs in the 20s and lows in the teens (which I actually enjoyed, quite the change from the gulf’s heat in Texas)… oh, and it did snow 2 days out of the 5.  My husband and I stayed downtown at 21C Museum Hotel (which I highly recommend).  As the name implies, it is also a Museum.

The image above was taken as I walked the downtown streets (off Main to be exact).  Amidst the old architecture was this modern (not completely modern) glass building.  As people passed by on the street, going about their daily routines, I was taking pictures of the world around me.  I am guilty of passing by life also, but I do have to agree with Ms. Lange’s quote above, being a photographer is a gift, it makes us pause.  Sure, we pause to consider the technical side of the photo, but when we pause we see so much more.  This ‘pause’ is then carried over to those days when we don’t have our cameras.  Well, that is just my opinion.

Below is information about Dorothy Lange, the image I included is one that you will probably recognize.

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange’s photographs humanized the tragic consequences of the Great Depression and profoundly influenced the development of documentary photography.

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Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” destitute in a pea picker’s camp, because of the failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tent in order to buy food. Most of the 2,500 people in this camp were destitute. By the end of the decade there were still 4 million migrants on the road.