New Website

Please come check out my new website! I have been telling you about it for a long time and now it’s ready to be shared. It is

First, I have to tell you what happened last year – not as a ‘woe is me’ story but more as a ‘don’t let this happen to you’ story. In January of 2016, the external hard drive that housed my photos died and I was not able to save all of them. I spent much of the year trying to recreate them. I’m talking about over 40,000 photographs taken over 17 years. It was frustrating, to say the least.

One of my biggest problems was that iPhoto became Photos, so half of my pictures were in the first format and the other half for the second and that didn’t make things easy! I did find some cool software that allowed me to change file attributes (like date created) and that helped me greatly – see my resource page.

My advice is to backup your photos on more than one source. I now upload my photos to the cloud and back them up on an external hard drive… or two!

The good news is that I have continued to take pictures and have tons to share with you. I have remained active on Instagram – which posts to Twitter and FaceBook. Isn’t technology amazing?!

You may remember that I retired in August of 2015. Since then I have been to the beach a few times and did the five-state shuffle to see my family a couple of times. There have been good times – the birth of my great-nephew and a Carribean cruise – and bad times – my dad was in the hospital for over a month last year and recently lost his wife.

My photography club is still active and we have done some fun stuff including going to my first air show and seeing the Blue Angels. Last year I produced my first product – a calendar of flowers! I received a request for birds on the next one so I have been stalking birds lately.

I think that brings you up-to-date. I hope you will continue to follow me along on this journey – one picture at a time!



2015 in review

The 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 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!

My new garden – Part 2

And now, the rest of the story …

After finding the sprinkler heads and marking them with star lawn ornaments, I put down some mulch. The place was starting to take shape!

I added some Caladiums and pink Impatiens in a hanging basket. I usually do not like pink flowers, but these spoke to me.


Next I moved my new birdbath from the backyard, added an angel lawn ornament, and topped it off with a stone angel birdbath that needed a home.



The locals appear to like the new garden.

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