Everybody Loves Curves

My photo club, Foto Friends, met a couple of times since we last spoke so I have some pictures to share. Monday I went to a local site with my BFF to take pictures of the sandhill cranes who always stop in Gainesville when migrating, to spend a couple of months with their cow friends! We had a blast but I can’t show those photos until next month’s meeting. Here’s one to tide you over.

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The theme for the fall assignment was: Everybody Loves Curves. We had to submit 10 pictures with something curved in them. I submitted the following:

1. First I focused on the curve of the palms across the street.407
2. Then I focused on the curve of the crepe myrtle in my yard.408
3. This is a cast iron decoration hanging on a fence. Here I focused on the curve itself.409
4. I also focused on the shadow of the curve.410
5. This is part of a mobile, with curves, in my yard.411
6. The entire curvy mobile.412
7. I passed this tree and thought “curves!”413
8. The curve of the curb in a cul-de-sac.414
9. Yard art with curves.415
10. And, of course, clouds with curves!416

This assignment was a bit difficult for me. See if you can find things with curves in your area!

Time to Catch-Up

First, an apology: I am sorry that so many months have lapsed since my last post. I have found that retiring from one career and starting another takes more time and effort than I originally calculated. Also, there has been quite of bit of catching up on sleep, cleaning, repairing, etc. going on around here! Don’t worry, though, I have been taking lots of photos!

Second, what I have been doing: I migrated everything to my new self-hosted website. I am very excited about how it is coming along. The only downside is that clhPhotography.com was taken. I went with clh-Photography.com. If you would like to know when the official launch happens, click here.

Third, plans and goals: I have been thinking about you over the last few months and wondering how to make this blog better and came up with a few ideas. I will offer you more tips and articles about digital photography, connect you with some of my favorite people and sites, and post most often (weekly at the very least). Future plans include a newsletter and starting an online Foto Club.

Here are a couple of my photos from last fall:

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The next two posts will catch you up-to-date with my photo group. Take care and Happy New Year!

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 560 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Endings and New Beginnings

Today was the first day of my ‘retirement’ – after over 30 years as a Research Administrator I decided it was time to do what I wanted to do with my life! So, I retired from the University of Florida last week and on September 1, 2015, I am launching my new copyediting/consulting business. Wish me luck!

I will also be making some changes with this website. I will be moving away from wordpress.com to self-hosting, so I can have a little more freedom. I will let you know when that is ready to happen.

In the meantime, it has been hotter than hell down here in Florida! What’s it like where you live? I have been taking my usual cloud photos, but lately I have been playing with my 35mm macro lens.

These are the flowers I received from my department at the reception they had for me.

I don’t know what this flower is, but I like it!

I love the details of these flowers.

Yellow daisies!

This rose is so pretty.

After some rain – a new bud on my senior rose bush.

My lime tree actually produced a lime this year!

A friend let me check out his 85mm lens and that was nice! Since I’m not spending extra money right now, I  bought some extension tubes (<$40) rather than a new lens (>$400). They just arrived today so I have not played with them yet. These are two photos I took with his lens.

The Magic of Adding Water to Plants

I have a SunPatiens® Impatiens plant that I refer to as my ‘drama queen’ – she likes to overact when she needs a little water! I took this photo at 10:22 am, right before I watered her. She looks pathetic doesn’t she?


I took this photo at 1:00 pm, less than 2.5 hours later!


It’s amazing what a little water can do!

I had this thought again recently when I walked into my yard one morning after a nice long overnight rain. Everything was blooming – almost smiling – so I had to take some photos to share:

Crimson Hibiscus

White Crepe Myrtle

Variegated Hibiscus

Yellow Portulaca

Note: This was my 150th post on my photoblog – and July 1st started year 4!