Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bubbles bubbles bubbles....

 Who'd of thought these would turn out so kewl??  
The kids were out blowing bubbles and when a few of them started to float away, I grabbed my camera. Now, I'm so glad I did!

My Little Punkies...

This isn't a new piece, but one that I came across today as I was going thru my files, so I thought I'd share it here, as I'm not ready to post anyting new just yet.

This is my first Grandaughter, whom I call Punkies. As you might notice, she liked to help me too, now she preferes her own paper and pencils.

11x14 Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Prismacolor pencils

 by changing my image to Greyscalel in Photoshop, I'm able to make sure my values are staying on track.
 and the finished portrait....

Until next time... keep scribbling!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Meet Tank... my partner in adventure!

Most of the time I am alone when I venture out to shoot some photos, so we thought I could use a partner, one that has better ears and eyes than I do! This is Tank, he is a Queensland Heeler. What a goofball he is.
He's about 3months old currently.

Ha.. I thought that doofy ear would never stand up, but it has since I took this photo. Yay.  
 Don't be surprised if you see more images of him as we go along, he has been known to walk in front of my camera at the most inconvenient times lol.
It didn't take him to long to figure out that just because I was laying in the mud composing a capture that it was time to snuggle... or stick his head in the end of my lens shield lol.

This one is kind of self explanatory? lol... goofy pup.

Huh... you talkin' to me??? You want me where????

I'm beginning to think he likes it in front of the camera lol... now if he would only smile. 

I'm not sure what caught his attention one evening as were were out about dusk... but something did.
This is why he comes along.
He didn't go far, a few yards maybe, after all he is still a baby.

Until next time...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Northern Arizona, Happy Jack, Poor Farms

Arizona rim country. I love it, as does everyone who grew up or lived in the valley for a summer or more.

 It's where us "desert rats" escape the searing dry heat of the Valley of the Sun summers.  All one has to do is watch the traffic headed north out of the Phoenix metro area on any Friday when the weather starts to warm  all the way thru the fall.

Since we moved to the Tucson area we haven't had much opportunity to spend much time up there. We did manage a long weekend of turkey hunting  last September. The only thing we managed to snag is what was on my camera.

Everyone set for another adventure? Lets go...

 It was raining as we started up the Rim, from the dry desert elevation to to the ponderosa pines and cool air. Thank goodness the rain had moved on by the time we arrived to our destination because we were "roughing it", which means we're sleeping in the open back of our truck. Air mattress, a couple sleeping bags and a small ice chest.. you know, basic stuff. We took the road behind Clints Well, a little store and gas station on the highway. It was pretty muddy and the farther back into the woods we went.. the slicker the tires got.

The next morning as the sun starts to warm the forest things begin to steam.. so cool!  I managed to capture these shots.. but kick myself in the rear for not taking any captures when I first noticed.

Ahhhh cool mountain air, the smell of pines and ... muddy footprints to check out!
 Look Ma... no cactus!!  Anyone surprised to see pine trees here?
Leftover moisture from last nights rain will soon evaporate, leaving the forest dry again.

 This little guy had quite an attitude. Beautiful little range bull... he is destined to make it to
my drawing board this year.
Evening is approaching and the clouds are starting to billow up on the horizon.
I really don't want any rain! lol.
 A quiet evening spent with my hubby, the chirping of crickets, cool breeze, the warm fire crackling so...
of course I have to take some pictures! lol.

The next morning we sit in the blind, next to the waterhole that has been created long ago to hold
rainwater run off for livestock and wildlife to use.
 How surprised was I to find this little guy sleeping right outside the blind on the waters edge. Not sure when he snuck in there, because we climbed inside the blind before dawn.... 
What a difference a crop makes.

 This is a Western Bluebird.. and what a flashy little guy it was. Beautiful.. and fast.

 The stellar jay below was one of two that announced their arrival loudly and constantly... I thought crows were noisy! They obviously have some competition.
I know this is a goofy picture.. but I have no idea why the bluebird needed a bathing attendant. Do you?? 
 Lastly... sitting in a blind all day watching the birds come and go, along with a couple deer and a random squirrel or two just makes me want to grab the camera and go crazy with it. It was hard to refrain.. but Hubby claims my shutter release is "noisy". Even a DSLR makes some noise. My Nikon definitely has a clack with the shutter release, and I've heard some Cannons make high pitch whirring noises...I'm not sure whats the quietest. Anyway.. this little guy landed right in my line of vision...noise or not, I had to do it! lol.
Not sure what kind of little bird this is yet, but I love this shot.
Well thats it for our trip to the pines... wonder what could be next on our journey?