2.21.2024

feel better cure

I have horse-y updates that I want to share, with photos to process. They will have to wait. These days my energy is absorbed by trying to help my body get better. I almost made it through Winter without getting sick. Almost. 

I am on the mend and know this nasty cold shall eventually pass. Until then, enjoy some sweet unplanned phone photos (before I got sick) of my feel better cure. Photos courtesy of Brad.



Hope and I
2/10/24




Hope at 10 months



our girl brings us so much joy





2.17.2024

frozen bubble fun

There is something about Winter that inspires me to take photos. I don't know if it is the stark visual change that makes any color pop, the whisper of Winters silence or the sparkly glistening snow.

Whatever it is, Winter draws me outside. The colder the better. If it wasn't so dangerous to be out in slippery conditions, I would enjoy even more Winter photography. Including travel. 
These days I stick around home. 

I have always wanted to try Frozen Bubble photography. It has been done and shared online for a long long time. Typically in video format. Google for ohh's and ahhh's of watching ice patterns morph as a bubble freezes. 

During a stretch of frigid January weather, I tried shooting frozen bubbles. The first time was a total flop. The wind instantly popped every single bubble, despite my best efforts to block it. Frustrated and cold. I gave up.

I bundled up and tried again the next morning. 


70-200mm lens, with extenders

The extenders are the 3 black (hollow) rings closest to camera body. They can be used separately or together for different ratios. An inexpensive alternative to a Macro lens.




upside down mason jar base on a stick worked wonders



frozen bubble test

(photos taken at 4F)

While trudging back-n-forth through the snow, I noticed a perfectly formed circle surrounding a sole leaf. It must have spun round-n-round, like a record. Ohhh the wonder!!



highly processed iphone photo to accentuate circle



what I saw looked more like this

More to wonder, what could I do different to my bubble photos to enhance my bubble mania?

I thought my tiny childhood glass animals would be fun to add, but I only have a few left and didn't want to risk breaking them. I spotted the little gazing polar bear that blogger Val gave me on one of our hikes. My special polar bear would be perfect, and would not break! 

I set the bear on top of the mason jar and blew a bubble around it. Or tried. Another epic fail.

On my next try I blew the bubble first and dropped the bear into the bubble. 
The funniest thing happened. The bubble swallowed the bear! It closed up completely lol!!

I could barely see the bear, so I broke the bubble. No, I did not catch the bubble blast. Maybe next time I'll try to catch bubble shards.



you can bear-ly see the polar bear

Another tap to the bubble and the wondering bear appeared! The chosen photo to share for Valentine's Day along with the wish of "wonder". 



wonder 1/17/24

My reflection is in this ^ photo, in more ways than one. Yes, I toned some of the Dawn dishsoap blueness down. It is not meant to be a blue photo perse. Au Contraire.


another bubble in early stage of freezing



 later stage of freezing (same bubble as above)


Notice the smaller bubbles. 



pretty bubble



2.14.2024

happy valentines day


"wonder"
1/17/24 (taken at 4F)

I chose a non-traditional photo for wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day! One of my favorite holidays. One that is about ALL kinds of love!! Not even remotely just about romantic love.

Valentine's Day is possibly one of the most hated holidays. I do understand why but I choose to love, love! I have written about my love for love, and hearts and the many ways one can celebrate love. To me, Valentines Day is for appreciating any thing or any one you care about in some way shape or form.

Reaching out and sharing kindness (a form of love) ~ what is not to love?!

I have celebrated as a kid and with my kids, even as adults. Of course Brad and I celebrate. My closer friends hear from me, especially those that need a little extra love this year. 

Hope your day is/was filled with wonder, and of course ~ love!!


 


2.09.2024

beauty and the beast

For the first time ever, Wisconsin had a February tornado touchdown about 5:30pm last night. An hour away from our place. There is a lot of wind destruction, but as far as I know no loss of life. Some folks have still not been allowed to return to their homes.

beast

(screenshot of a borrowed photo)

We tucked the horses into their stalls just before the winds kicked up. Surprisingly, they didn't seem fazed when we walked them in. They usually let us know danger is imminent. Especially our sensitive guy Nemo.

The sun was setting on our stroll back to the house. It was raining and windy. Brad said "the sun is still up, there is going to be a rainbow". I was doubtful. I can count on one hand how many rainbows I've seen on our property.

Walking past the kitchen window I saw **gasp** a rainbow begin, and ran outside in stocking feet.



beauty

facing north (neighbors barn) 2.8.24 at 4:56pm


SO exciting watching the phenomenon turn into a full rainbow! Eeks!! 



facing north and northeast


I ran inside for slippers and came back to the start of a double rainbow! I was like a kid in a candy store.




south end of the double rainbows

(facing east)


The double rainbow morphed into two full rainbows!! The first one brighter than the second. I tried to capture them both in one shot, but there were darn obstacles in my way, and I was 'ehem in slippers. 




double the gold




north end of the rainbows

2.8.24 at 5:00pm


I may need to change the section of our property that I call "where the wild things live" to "where the leprechauns hide the gold" lol.

Within 4-5 minutes, the rainbows began to fade away. Now to go find the gold!