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A Dozen Years of Love

Lucky us!   Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!

One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.

Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.

21768696150_c310a73680_kAnna holds her cousin Charlie- Sunday Oct 4th.


Twelve years flew by!   Love you lots, Anna.  Happy Birthday.   FF Ruthie

Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago. 





Light Differences


Wordless Wednesday



Lucernarium Easter Vigil St. Patrick

Columbus, Ohio.  Holiday weekend with the family.  St Patrick Church.

Easter Vigil  Saturday evening.   The first portion- the Lucernarium.

To photograph a religious ceremony or not.  That was the question.  Someone was firing off electronic flash.Ugh.

I was trying for minimal camera shake. Being unobtrusive. Limit myself to a few shots.

It was really dark.  Just candlelight.  And the light of the bonfire from which they lit the Paschal Candle.



After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.

Dominican Friars in Procession


And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.


A woman in front was a blur, too.


Granddaughter Anna coming into the pew. Then I put the camera away in my bag and zipped it so I wouldn’t try to capture the ephemeral smoke from the incense.

Seven readings and psalms and intermittent prayers after each reading, all the altar candles are lit, the lights come on and as the Gloria is sung, the church bells peal and the sanctus bells ring and ring and ring.

And that is just the beginning…..

Happy Easter.

Winter Sun and Shadow at School

As I arrived, I noticed sunlight.

It’s been pretty gray around here.  Twenty four days until Spring.


High Heels on Ice

Saturday morning, I did a model shoot and my fashionable client gave me permission to post her shoe photos.

It’s not always easy to get a perfect shoe shot.

We collaborate, experiment, try new things and these came out nicely.

I was sporting my Dansko Confetti clogs so marvel at the design of these fancy shoes.

She walks in them with ease and elegance.

(Shot with the SONY mirrorless)

Red High Heels

Hot heels on ice.

Gray High Heels

Cabin Fever? Toss Stuffed Animals in the Air, Practice Motion Photography as the Kids Catch Them

It was Jack’s idea.  Take a picture of him tossing his sock monkey in the air.

This weekend I got to be a useful grandma and help watch the younger 3 grandkids while Anna and her mom went to Cincinnati to a swim meet.

The bonus is I got to practice photography-   catch motion, suffed animal mid-air, press the shutter, experiment with the new SONY mirrorless camera.   Get a sense of the timing.

The kids were in jammies and ready for bed.

But hey, let’s throw stuffed animals in the air!  Maura got the groundhog up and  his shadow appeared on the wall!

Monday Morning’s Trash Discovery Started the Snowy Day Captures

Two hour delay for school this morning. Teachers to report on time or as close to it as they can, safely.  I was making it!

I drove by “the find”. but when I got to the top of the intersection by school, I turned around on the snowy hill and went back and captured what I saw in the trash.

Snow on a discarded cat tree started my day.

cat tree in the trash

The snow on the cat tree shapes caught my eye.

Across the street( from my second turn around) I saw these windshield wipers standing at attention.

WindshieldWipers in the snow

Then on the way home from school, I thought I’d see how my favorite tree in the nearby park was looking with the snow on the branches.  Looks identical to my other photos of this particular tree in the park when it snows but I felt happy it was there.

tree in snow

I like it when a color photograph looks black and white

The snowman was a bonus and I even got out of my car and trudged through about 6 inches to find him with sunglsses, branches for arms and a carrot nose.  As my friend V, who had been shoveling earlier, said “The snow is perfect to make a snowman.”


How the light changes throughout the day. When I got home, The Mary statue I rescued from someone’s trash a few years ago had a halo of fresh snow.  She was painted by the puppeteer, Laura O.

our lady in the snow

Our Lady in the Snow

Portrait of Anna by iPad Light – photographed with the Mirrorless Camera

One of the first images I captured with the new mirrorless camera when I was out in Ohio with the family for Christmas.

Granddaughter Anna with the reflected light from an iPad, no other light.

Anna by ipad light

Inflatable Santa and Car Headlights, Bloomfield Front Porch Holy Family and a Toy Soldier House

The shortest day of light in the year.  No wonder everyone is wrapping tiny lights around bare branches, plugging in cords, and flipping the switch to make it bright.

Santa and Headlights

Pulled over to capture the giant Santa and a car sped by


Old School Blow Molds, Illuminated


The Toy Soldier House


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