How do you fill up one glass with milk using 3 teens? Very carefully! LOL The Friday fish dinner at the Uxbridge Senior Center is always packed. Yesterday was no exception. We were lucky to have 3 teen boys from Our Lady of the Valley school yesterday to help distribute food, bus tables and make all the needs of the senior were met. They were so energetic that I caught them helping each other fill a single glass of milk for one of the seniors. I was blessed to have the boys join me at my table during the lunch. They were quite wide eyed and curious. They were so dedicated they actually brought their own lunch so that we didn’t short some senior of the fish dinner. Each week one of the local schools provides volunteers for Friday at the center. We wholeheartedly appreciate the help and the cheerful kids that pitch in to do a great job.
My doors came from:
1. Snack Shack At The Portland Zoo
2. Inside Vista House Atop Crown Point
3. Camp 18 Outside The Restaurant
4. Entrance Door To The Portland Japanese Gardens
5. Rice Rock & Mineral Museum Birdhouse
Perfect symmetry is one of my favorite subjects because it favors photographs depicting reflections. There are so many found in nature that I had to pick a particular photograph that has given me, and a few of my best friends, a lot of pleasure. That’s because this image is hanging on 3-4 of their walls at home.
Reservations for lunches at the Uxbridge Senior Center require that you sign up 48 hours in advance. That isn’t close to being accurate if there’s a dog in the house. Uxbridge’s new canine patrol dog, Bear, will be shown to the center’s visitors the first Friday in February. Keep in mind Friday’s are fish day for the weekly lunch menu, always the most popular day of the week. Throw in a visiting dog and you’ve got to book a seat weeks in advance. January is still with us and dog day is sold out. 😦
There’s always a difference of opinion after a snowfall. Everyone looks out at their backyard or porch and formulates their guess. Some will argue to their grave they they are right and you are wrong. They are the “right fighter” mentioned by Dr Phil all the time. I go outside and step in it. If it covers the top of my boots it’s at least 8″ deep.
Wind plays a part in determining where you measure for accuracy. Below I show the first picture I took of the snowfall from Saturday’s “Blizzard of 2016″ as it relates to Uxbridge, MA. Keep in mind the door shows snow blown into drifts closest to the house. Then there are the vehicle depths. I also show the Jeep Patriot out in our driveway and the snow accumulation on it. In general I’m guessing we got between 4″-6” of the white stuff depending on where you look or where you step. Arguing is not necessary!!!!
I got my start in photography as a portrait photographer. I am primarily self taught although I have taken a number of online courses and webinars with Kelby Training through the years. I also read a lot and learned a lot from such greats as Joe McNally who is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries.
In 2006 I moved to Oregon and began photographing animals. I found that portraiture using animals was nearly identical to photographing humans. It requires the right light, composition and most important, expression. The difference between a snapshot and a good animal portrait is capturing the essence of the animal. Be patient and spend some time with the animal so you understand how they move and when they’re in a calm state so that they make eye contact with you. Capture those moments to make the viewer wonder what’s behind those eyes. What is the animal thinking the moment the shot was taken?
My photographic skills developed over the next 10 years to a point where National Geographic came knocking at my door, offering to consider my work in their many publications. The gave me my own website to upload and display my portfolio alongside 400 other photographers from around the globe.
My collection of Orangutan portraits below is one of my favorites. I became very fond of these endangered animal who come from Borneo & Sumatra. Their habitat is shrinking due to local farmers growing plants that produce palm oil.
Cee’s flower challenges are always fun! They allow us to present some of nature’s most beautiful spectacles. Below are three taken at the Swan Island Dahlia Festival very near where Cee lives in Canby, OR. My visit there was one of the most enjoyable photo safaris I’ve ever made.
I’ve managed to find a workaround for the WordPress limitation to see an enlarged view of posted photos. By combining them into a single photo you can now view the montage as a single photo that’s enlargeable by left clicking until you fill your screen.
My visits to the Uxbridge Senior Center provide great hot meals as well as social opportunities. The building itself has been around a while so there are plenty of artifacts to view and photograph. The hand painted ceramic houses pictured below were a natural for the odd ball challenge.
What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?
Defining yesterday was a visit to the Uxbridge Senior Center for lunch. There were just 10 seniors visiting due to the blizzard of 2016 on Saturday night so I’m speculating that is the reason for the small turnout. Either way I enjoyed sitting at the men’s table chatting with a few of the guys.
Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?
I’m generally at a point in my life where I don’t make a lot of plans so there’s no particular focus recently. Eat, sleep & be happy.
Would you want to have as a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?
I’m guessing there’s a typo here and the question should read Who would you want to have as a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now? I’d answer my sister, Barb. She’s always had my back. We love each other dearly so honesty is always the policy.
Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass?
I’ve done a lot of research on alternative living and yurts are the most cost effective dwelling you can buy/build. They hold up in all climates, are portable and very roomy. A 20′ yurt would be more than enough room for two and cost you around $20,000. If I ever acquire the cash I’ll own one someday.