My Uncle Ben told me the secret to being a good photographer was to take lots and lots of pictures, then only share the best ones. So every day I try to share one great photo. That isn’t as easy as it sounds.
When I travel, I take so many I love, and I want to share them all. This project has taught me to edit and find the one image which really captures the essence of what I am seeing and feeling rather than 20 which become tedious to the viewer.
When I am home, I get caught up in the daily grind. It is sometimes hard to stop and take a few pictures. Knowing I need a picture for the blog forces me to look at the world a little differently. I always stop and think, would that be a good picture?
Taking lessons with Paul D’Andrea, I learned to apply basic techniques, to make great effects happen deliberately. He taught me to bring my point of view into each photos. So this is my point of view.
The palace at Versailles is stunning, but it was the gardens which stole my heart. The original grounds are actually larger than Central Park, though today much of that is public land. The area that remains is filled with fountains and flowers. Lots and lots of...read more
These are some of my favorite flowers and they seem to be everywhere in...read more
We have traveled all over Europe, but there is nothing quite like the Louvre. Stretching along the Seine it seems to go on for ever. And as you walk inside, browsing art from the ages, it seems even larger....read more
There are gardens everywhere in Paris and even in the very late summer, they are still filled with flowers. Each one more beautiful than the one...read more
One of my favorite painters is Monet. I have always loved his perspective of outdoor scenes. His flowers and water Lillie's are so inspiring. This photo from the water Lily pond makes it is easy to see where his inspiration came...read more
At Eagle Creek Park there is a bird sanctuary. It is incredibly peaceful to watch the birds fly back and forth Stopping long enough to eat before they take flight again. This fellow was quite persistent, trying to get a kernel or two from the feeder before he was...read more
Tired of walking the same paths through local neighborhoods, Andy and I headed to Eagle Creek Park. We were probably a few weeks late to lots of beautiful flowers, but there were still some, like this amazing yellow flower with a pink center. I have no idea what type...read more
Eagle Creek Park is much larger than you might think, especially if you decide to walk the trails. Wandering for almost three hours in the park, we saw the lake from many angles. This was one of my favorite views. The picture was taken about an hour before...read more
Large on a Saturday afternoon we headed to Eagle Creek Park. We wandered the trails and ended up at the bird sanctuary. It was challenging to snap a photo as the birds seemed to be in continual motion. This is one of my...read more
Wandering around the grounds of the Monon Center on a sunny later summer afternoon gave me a chance to get lost on a few paths, and take a few beautiful images, like this one. The colors were glorious, no retouching was required....read more
It was a rainy day on the IU campus (which is just beautiful by the way) and I caught this shot of my daughter and my brother walking away. I loved the contrast of their colorful umbrellas against the green all...read more
Waiting for my daughter to wander the paths at the Monon Center, I noticed a few roses left on the bushes. I couldn't help by snap a photo as the sun reflected on the...read more
I have no idea what these pretty plants are but I love them all summer long. When they have flowers and now as they seem to go to seed.read more
There is something about the last rays of sunshine at the end of the day. Photographers call it the golden hour, because of the way the light bathes everything in a soft golden light. People and flowers just look better, this time of day. That was absolutely true as...read more
In the center of the IU campus is a lily pond unlike any I had seen before. The pads completely covered the water and the lilies rose high above the pads. It had just rained and the water was collecting in little puddles on the...read more
The rivers that run through the city of Chicago create wonderful open spaces and great views of the city .read more
In an exhibit on famous jazz singers from 100 years ago was this old phone booth.read more
Wandering along Michigan Avenue in Chicago near Grant Park there are lovely little sculpture gardens and fountains like this one.read more