Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
An old house on the back roads between Delmar, Laurel, and Bethel, DE. Sits way back down a dirt lane, almost hidden from view. In fact, we only glimpsed it in passing and then turned around to go back to capture a photo. I parked at the very end of the lane and zoomed all the way in with my 200mm lens. Love the fact that there are still daffodils blooming in the front yard, even though the house is abandoned. Click on photo to enlarge and see more detail. Editing was done in Topaz Adjust 4 and Nik Color Efex 3.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The entire town of Bethel, a quaint village of Victorian and Italianate architecture with a population of 199, is on the National Historic Register. Bethel was founded in the late 1700's and incorporated in the 1880's. The town, located on the north bank of the Broad Creek near Laurel, was a prosperous shipbuilding community in the 1800's and many of the homes were built by ship carpenters for sea captains of that period.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
It's beginning to appear that I have an obsession with barns. I spent almost three hours yesterday, driving along local back country roads, in search of buildings or landscapes to photograph. Since I live in a farming area, I guess it's natural that there would be an abundance of barns, in all conditions. Here is one I found on yesterday's journey .... it's nice to show you one that is still in use. I edited the original photo in Nik Color Efex 3 and in Topaz Adjust 4. Please click on photos to enlarge. They are so much nicer that way.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face. " Langston Hughes
(Photos I took yesterday in Annie's yard .... click on pics to enlarge)
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
You get up early on a Friday morning and head towards the nation's capital, two and a half hours away. About a third of the way there, you spot an abandoned barn way off in a field. You say rather loudly to your husband ... "Oh, look at THAT!" Husband immediately puts the car into the turn lane on a busy highway and heads back in the other direction, as the scene of attraction has now been passed. You get your car headed back in the right direction, find the correct road, pass the field with the barn so you can see it at all angles, go a little farther down the road, turn around, pull over to the side of the road ... and then you have to decide if you are brave enough to walk past three artists who are set up on the side of the road, painting the house that sits near the barn. You walk way out into the field on property that is probably "posted", though you do not see a "posted" sign. You tell yourself that this is what you do for the sake of art. And you keep walking .....
Thursday, March 18, 2010
My sister Nancy and her husband David live and work in Hanoi, Vietnam. Nancy is an amazing photographer, and is even more creative and skillful with photo editing. It's so wonderful to be able to see the sights that greet her eyes from day to day; to get just a small taste of life in a country half a world away. It's hard to have so much physical distance between us. But I'm thankful for today's technology, which allows the day-to-day touch that was missing for so many families in past centuries. Here is a sampling of Nancy's most recent photos ..... please click on each one to enlarge and see more detail of her editing (truly, it does make such a difference when you see them larger).
First of all, here are Nancy and David ....