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St. George Island Sunset on the Bay Side by Guest Blogger Rob

This week I’m staying with friends at St. George Island Florida.  It’s very beautiful here.

I’m shooting family photos, watching the sunrise, enjoying the ocean. Having a nice vacation.

Some family members and I’ve had  good photography conversations and thanks to my friend’s BIL, Rob, I’ve learned about Floridian landscape photographers (Clyde Butcher) whom I’d not known before.

I’ve been told of a good location to shoot the sunrise and  shown the sea turtle nests marked by PVC pipe on the pristine beaches.

Rob lost some Hawaiian sunset photos on a hard drive, and I can relate to that experience, how it feels to lose precious files. He even had the green flash in one of his Hawaiian photographs and it can’t be retrieved.  Lost!

Tonight after a delicious spinach manicotti supper, Rob asked if it would be all right and could he try my Canon camera (he uses a Nikon) to shoot the sunset on the Bay Side. He knew a good spot to go. The time was just right.

I agreed. He wasn’t familiar with the camera’s settings but he does know the island .  I’d shot the sunrise this morning and was going to pass on the sunset  I’ve been reading tips on how to shoot at the beach with the water and sand, the sun. Tonight I was yawning and just tired out!

Here are the results of his experimenting with my Canon 50D with the 18-200 lens.  I told him, next trip we’ll try some filters and see how the sun looks.

Niece Erin, (maker of the manicotti) was the one who said Rob could be guest blogger.  I was able to catch him as they were pulling out of the drive.

Later my friend and I took the card and reader  down to the other end of the island for him to select the one he liked best.  Hard to choose. So I’ve decided to show the series os sunset photographs Rob took this Monday evening July 7, 2014.  Thanks for being guest blogger, Rob.

Which shot do you like the best?

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That is cloud, not vegetation on the sun.

 

 


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And this last one is one I liked a lot.

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Communication Via Photographs from Readers

Today’s post features GUEST Bloggers Photographs from different friends who follow my blog

 

One of the most satisfying aspects of keeping a blog is the response from readers.

The likes, the comments and the emails.  The emails and messages with photos attached are always a pleasure to receive.

Some will say they saw something and they knew I would have photographed it.

Tulips Yoga Socks, A Lost Glove, First Pussy Willow, An Albino Goose,  NYTimes Crossword Puzzle, A Knitted Blanket

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I’ll start with Colleen’s guest contribution.

The subject of her email was Springtime Goodness and then the lovely photograph and the line -

“Today is a good day to be happy.”  ( I like your thinking Colleen )

Tulips in the Kitchen

 

 

Joanne finished a pair of hand knitted yoga socks for her daughter

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and the link for the yoga socks pattern

 

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My sister sent me the last glove of Winter- New York City

Pussy Willow

My sister Mary sent me sign of Spring – Pussy Willow from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

sea ray

 Marlene sent me this from Florida today.  A Sting Ray.  Hiding.

and a beautiful Florida sunset

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Florida Vegetation from Mar

Albino Goose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Guest Blogger Bobbie in Kansas says  “South Lake Park, Overland Park, Kansas.  I noticed it driving to work the other morning and thought it was a swan mixed up with the geese, but could not stop as I had to be in the hospital, but was happy to see them yesterday on the way home.  It has red eyes, and light colored feet and bill. The other geese were very protective and I could not get close.”

Knitted Toddler Blanket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vincie knit this soft and pretty toddler blanket and set me a photo so I could see how the pattern was working out. I am making a similar blanket.

 

Bill sent Saturday’s New York Times Puzzle completed  Clue #56 was “Light Insufficiently”

Saturday Puzzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Arleen

“You are rubbing off on me–I sat down to dinner a couple of weeks ago and caught a pretty reflection in my wine glass. I of course thought “If Ruth were here, she’d be pulling out her camera and taking a picture!” So, I did it for you! : ) Let me know what you think! I used one with a flash, one without.”                            Flash or no flash?

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Back Sleeper and the Rule of Thirds via Anna

Are you a back, side or stomach sleeper?  Anna texted me and sent this photo and said the lion is lying the same way as Henry (Airedale Terrier)          Maura (almost 5) her sister, asked her other grandma if this is how she sleeps!

See the different positions and suggestions at the Mayo Clinic site about sleeping positions. Back sleeping is supposedly good for back pain relief but not so great for snorers.

Photographed by guest blogger, granddaughter Anna (10) , at the Columbus Zoo Wednesday afternoon.  It’s always fun for me when my family contributes to the blog effort.

Last week I was teaching the HS photography students about the Rule of Thirds and even made a grid on a transparency so they could see the  lines splitting up the picture frame , get the idea.  Information on how they could compose the strongest photograph by knowing about this concept of composition.

The Rule of Thirds  comes to mind immediately when I look at Anna’s photo.  And she wasn’t even in the class.

 

Lion Sleeping on his Back

 

 

So went to check out The Lion Sleeps Tonight, original by Solomon Linda 1939 but covered by many famous singers and groups

Wimoweh  

 

 


Guest Blogger’s Response to Yesterday’s Waiting for Spring Post

Okay Aunt Bobbie (the one who gave Anna the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls).  Bobbie  saw my almost Spring post of the flowering pear trees and then sent me a photo for the blog today.  YIKES!

I was so hopeful.  Just when I was thinking of how the earth will warm up and the buds and blossoms will burst. I was counting the days until Spring, ready for the winter to be OVER!

I love it when someone is inspired by my photos on the blog, though. Even if it is a snow photos.  Well more that just any snow photo.

21 inches of snow in Kansas City in a week!!!

(Chicago John, this one is for YOU, too!)  For everyone shoveling and plowing and hopeful that it will just all go away….and SOON.

(Rob, you must be so glad you moved out of Northern Illinois to Florida this year.  Kristin, how was Hawaii?   Sue, you enjoying Spring training in Bradenton?)

Thanks Bobbie for the photo today.  Where are the crocus?

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A p.s. to Aunt Bobbie’s picture

Two more responses, this time from faithful blog reader ROB

 

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Ruth,

After seeing your blog I wanted to share these photos.  The first photo is from a traffic cam showing my “old” office in the background and then I immediately went out and shot (with my trusty iPhone) the photo out our back yard, probably less than 2 minutes apart.  I sent these back to my old office staff just to show them the “real reason” I moved from Northern Illinois…just in case someone really needed proof.  Needless to say I got varied comments.  Thanks again for challenging all to see life through “a different lens”.
Love ya,
Rob

 

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Brrrrrr.

Reminds me of a song that my Music  Monday Maestro  might find….

“Button up your overcoat, when the winds are free.  Take good care of yourself, you belong to me.”


Anna’s Self Portrait at the Swim Meet

You know how Anna (9) likes to borrow her mom’s iPhone and take photos?

She was the photographer of the pick up truck full of legs post in case you missed it.

So I said I would put her photo on the blog but I needed her to explain how she took the photo and I would add that information on the post.

See the second photo.  She drew the little symbol- to turn the camera so it faces inward?   I photographed her iPhone sketch.

That was how she explained it. Oh yes, she said told me she had mirror goggles.  I like how she thinks about composing a photograph.

She enjoyed being guest blogger so much.  I think we need to get her a camera!

Swim Meet Self Portrait

 

 

 

iPhone camera sketch


Retro Soup Cans Flew Off Pittsburgh Shelves- In Minnesota They’re Marked Clearance!

I received the nicest email from Stef in Minnesota.  I follow her Smile, Kiddo and Three Daily Delight blogs and if you need inspiration for making a list of things to accomplish in the new year be sure to click on the Smile Kiddo Link.  

Here is the note and photo I received from Stef today-

While getting groceries this morning, I saw a big display of Andy Warhol tomato soup cans on clearance – and I thought I remembered you blogging about them this past summer, saying that they were scarce in your area.  So I thought you might find it interesting that we had a surplus of them here.

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NYC Signage Captured by my Sister

One of my favorite things is to receive a photo from someone.  They saw it and thought of me and the blog or just saw it and thought it was something I would like to see too.   Mary sent me this one and when I asked she said I could use it she said okay.

Just yesterday Rufus was writing about the last of the neighbor’s fresh tomatoes.   He was concocting the great looking shrimp tacos. He mentioned being told about a mystery ingredient for their growing so well and his neighbor has horses. Hmmmmm.  My sister sent this sign two days before. Seemed like a good link to a similar topic.  Horse #@%*!  In Pittsburgh there are signs about dog owners being responsible for picking up after their dogs and if not a $300 fine will be charged. I have never seen a ticket issued and I live across the street from the park.

But this is not about dogs and their irresponsible after they do their business. This is about the sign my sister found in New York City and photographed and sent to me.  It is about wondering the size of bag/container one would need to do such a task.  And wondering where they put the matter once it is cleaned up.  And what the price of a fine might be in New York City if someone did not comply.


Guest Blogger/Photographer Rob Finds His Own Eye

I received the loveliest email and photo from a family friend in northern Illinois.  He graciously consented to be guest blogger today.  You might have read his comments on blog posts of mine.  He collects MGs and is a certified pie judge.  A dear friend.  What I always remember is how Rob and his wife Mary drove to Rockford, Illinois for my mother’s funeral service and also came to have lunch in Milwaukee  and offer friendship and support when I took Laura to college at Marquette.  Here is Rob’s note and photo-

I love following your blogs and the interesting subjects that you always seem to capture at the right moment.  You also inspire me as I sit and think deep thoughts about what is around me and look at things differently.  Today I finished up some yard work getting ready for the cold weather that is expected in the near future.  The temperature was around 64 degrees and it was a little cloudy.  As I sat on the patio enjoying a nice glass of wine, i took out my iphone and captured this photo that just seemed to be something unusual about it.  The reflection of the homes on the other side of the lake, the cloudy sky, the metal patio table, the branches of the tree and of course the glass of wine. Do I have an eye or should I go back to go?  Thanks.  Rob

 Do not go back to GO, Rob.  Keep finding moments and catch them.  Thanks for being such a great blog follower.

love,

Ruth


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