Sense of accomplishment

I bought a new printer . . . back in May . . . and I used it for the very first time . . . today.   Quite frankly once I pulled it (Canon’s Pixma Pro 100) out of the box, I was rather intimidated by the thing.  Silly… yeah probably.

I’m sure I probably mentioned this before,  I am no techy.  I knew it would take a good chunk of time (at least for me) to get my bearings and some trial and error.  I probably spent most of that time just trying to find the right word(s)/phrase to Google to find the answers to my questions.   With a little help from DP Review’s forum, where I finally found the right term … “Matching”… to look for in my printer dialogue and then select “None” and  Red River’s very well written how-to on my printer,  I am pretty dang proud of the fact that it only took 5 sheets of paper (free sample pack that came with the printer)  to get a Winner!  Tonight I now have a printed, matted, and framed photo of my … boys 🙂  Speaking of firsts, it is also the first-ever printed photo of Charlie (on left) … and just taken this morning.  It’s only taken me three years to get a photo worthy of printing that really captures Charlie (but that’s a story for another day).   Yes, most definitely a day of accomplishments!

PandC Summer Portrait_1-1

Oh, and two thumbs-up for for Lightroom 5 and the Canon Pixma Pro-100!  Hmmm, maybe a review down the road.

Til next time,



. . . in the Clouds

That is exactly where my head has been all week, as this week’s 52×52 happens to be clouds.  Before I share my week of clouds, I’d like to share one of my little cloud adventures with you…   It’s not always advisable to walk with your head in the clouds.  My dogs will attest to that.   A week with a beautiful full moon (and some clouds), one morning, I caught a glimpse of the full moon low in the sky (maybe 6 a.m. ish).  So I made sure my iPhone was in my back pocket when it was time to take the “boys”* out.   The “boys” were thrilled as this meant an extra long predawn walk.  On our way…   But every time I got to where I thought there would be an unobstructed view, the moon continued the game of hide & seek.   I picked up the pace (I still had to get to work, after all) … and …then… BAM!  Down I went!  I found a small patch of black ice…the hard way.  The “boys” and I became a tangled mess.  I picked myself up and made sure all my bones were intact and that the “boys” were good to go (I swear Charlie was laughing at me).  More determined than ever now, I quickly continued … on the grass now … only to find the moon had almost completely gone behind a bank of clouds and if that weren’t bad enough … the flash on my phone fired (didn’t even know it was on).  And for all my efforts, bumps, and bruises this was the one and only shot… and what?!?!… no clouds?!?

Cloud_oops(cropped and processed via Instagram)
It’s okay to have your head in the clouds, but remember to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground…  and that’s exactly what I did the rest of the week.



Above photo:  another iPhone shot.  Lovely texture & birds provided by
distressed fx  app

Cloud_predawnAbove photo:  Another predawn/moon iPhone shot.  Apps:  Mobile Monet & distressed fx

Cloud_sunriseFinally… made it to work!  HDR and panoramic features on iPhone…fun,fun,fun!!!


The Clouds …or should I say cloud… moving in.

Cloud_afternoon-lightEvery afternoon winter skies seemed to return, only to start to disappear again just as the sun was starting to set (yep, iPhone again)


So this morning, I finally got my head out of the clouds (well, kinda).

Next week: The color RED

Have a wonderful day!  Hoping to HOP 🙂 in again tomorrow with an Easter greeting.

Til then, 

* The “boys” , in this post and all posts from this time on, refers to my two Golden Retrievers.  Charlie will be 3 shortly and Parker is 5.  Their personalities are identical (seriously, no exaggeration here) to that of Tigger (that’s Charlie) and Eeyore (that would be Parker).


Monday Morning Blues

Mondays sometimes no make that always come around way too quickly.  But the last week won’t be forgotten!  Especially since I recorded so much of it:  The beautiful summer-like temperatures, bursting buds & all the glorious colors . . . boy my macro lens got a good workout!

 Just outside my front door, looking so pretty in a garden that has yet to be cleaned up.


My two boys not looking very happy that I am on the outside and they’re not.