Archive | May 2013

What’s Your Passion? ~

Lately I’ve been seeing the word “passion” bounced around a lot, either in conversation or on Facebook and even on the blogs.  I’ve seen it especially in connection with photography, and it got me thinking about my own passions.  I began to identify just what my passions are, what they mean to me, how important they are to me and how I can enhance or indulge them in the future.

Passion, by definition, can be a powerful emotion (such as joy, love, anger), boundless enthusiasm, or the object of such enthusiasm, fervor or even a fiery intensity of feelings.  I have identified that I have an absolute passion for quilting.  It is an artistic outlet for me, that can be transformed into something beautiful and useful to myself or others.  I pour my heart and soul into my quilting creations, always keeping in mind what the intended recipient’s likes/dislikes and their own passions are, and creating a very personal statement for that person.  I seldom keep my own creations, instead creating with others in mind and giving the quilt to that intended recipient with every ounce of love I can show in the way it’s created.  It is a passionate endeavor.

I also have discovered within the past year that I am passionate about digital photography.  I have “dabbled” taking photos over the decades, but since last October, something has “clicked” and I find myself seeing the world in a different way—through a camera lens.  This passion can be very distracting and, indeed, dangerous … especially when I find myself stopping in traffic to get a particular shot, or pulling off the road to go down an embankment or onto a particularly rickety bridge etc.  Recent photos of our baby Robins has almost cost me some peck-marks from the protective parents!  What do I really find attractive about photography?  I don’t know, maybe it has to do with the realization that my memory just isn’t what it used to be, and I can capture moments and keep them at hand to look at and refresh my memory in the future.  I have a passion for color as well… so I tend to enhance my photos, but not too much, just to bring out the finer points of the photo with clarity and increased color.

I not only like producing photos, but I love looking at others photos on the blogs, and I can admire places and things that I will never have an opportunity to experience on my own.  I’m learning about composition and balance, and can even appreciate the black and white photo on occasion.

I am looking forward to the first weekend in June, next weekend, when I can enjoy to the fullest both of my passions by attending a massive quilt show at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and take photos of quilt displays for an entire day.  And I am lucky enough that Al, my husband who also indulges me in my passions, will accompany me and we can enjoy the attraction together.  So look for more quilting photos here on my blog in a couple of weeks!

Meantime, feel free to enjoy some photos of my passions.  Until next time, TTFN, and what’s YOUR passion? ~   Tamara



Robin’s Eggs ~


The American Robin (Turdus migratorius), also known as the Robin or Common Robin, is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is named after the European Robin because of its reddish-orange breast, though the two species are not closely related, with the European robin belonging to the flycatcher family. 

The American Robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night. Its diet consists of invertebrates (such as beetle grubs, earthworms, and caterpillars), fruits and berries. It is one of the earliest bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. It is among the first birds to sing at dawn, and its song consists of several discrete units that are repeated.  (from Wikipedia)

On April 29, 2013, Al and I discovered a robin’s nest in the arborvitae we have planted just off our front deck, but right in front of a window situated in our dining room.  We had noticed a pair of robins that were particularly aggressive around our front yard recently, and finally caught the mother bird darting into the brush near the house where she ordinarily would never go.  Al got suspicious and investigated, finding this beautiful little perfectly-formed nest.

robins empty nest


On May 7th, Al checked the nest and sure enough!  there were four little blue eggs in there!  Well, we knew we’d simply have to “fix” the dining room window so we could readily peek into this miracle of nature nest at random.  Al took the outside screen off, and snipped a couple of the branches of the arborvitae that were potentially in the way.  We still would have to gently move a branch to peer into the nest for updates, but at least it would be easier!  Except we were faced with the mother and/or father robin screeching at us from the grond and warning us to stay away!

Robins eggs


Just yesterday, May 17,  we peeked again and found newly-hatched baby robins!  How exciting!  We will keep an eye (or two) on them as they continue to progress and fledge… despite parental objections.

Nest hatchlings ipiccy

Hope you enjoyed this peek into the world of the robin.  I’ll post updates as the babes progress.  Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara



Cruise on Into It ~

Thursday nights they have a “Cruise In” night at the B’ville Diner in my hometown of Baldwinsville, NY.  Al and I went tonight not only for the photo op, but the band (Code Red) and the food & drinks from the locally-famous B’ville Diner, as well as potentially meeting up with people I know.  So I got out of work an hour early to get a head start on what I knew would be a mass of cars and people in that small-ish town, and sure enough, it was crowded!  Al rode his 1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor motorcycle from home so he fit right in to to “oldies” motif.   Don’t even expect me to be able to tell you what each car “is” etc.  I’m not that savvy about oldies ~ cars anyways.

As I was cruising around the classic cars parked all over the place, I discovered that what I really like to photograph are the FRONTS and/or just the GRILLS of the cars.  Weird.  I ended up with over 100 photos.  Here are a few from the collection.  Enjoy!  (click on photo to enlarge)

I included only the one photo of the guitar player from the band because this is someone we actually know through a friend.  But the band was pretty good!  You can check them out at Code Red Rox.  They play oldies from the 60’s to the 80’s mostly.  Great for a Cruise In!


Photo: Cruise on over to the B'ville Diner this and every Thursday night thru September for B'ville Diner's Classic Car Cruisin' Event starting at 6pm.  Enjoy Classic Cars on display, music, games, door prizes and more!!  This week...DJ playing your favorite hits and our "Throw the Piston" game.  Also fun slide and bouncy house for the kids to enjoy!!   See you at the Diner!!


All in all it was a pretty good time, and the weather, though a little windy, was pretty darn perfect for a change!  If you’re local, you should check this out next week, or whatever Thursday you’ve got available.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara


Only Ontario ~

Al and I spent last Saturday up to Rudy’s on the shores of the Great Lake Ontario.  We’re hosting our motorcycle club’s 3rd annual Eurobike Ride In there this coming Saturday (the day after tomorrow), and we drove up to scope the place out as we do each year beforehand.  This year, Jason (of Rudy’s) is having us put our bikes across the street from the restaurant, where there is considerably more room, a nice grassy area and picnic tables with ample trash containers.  I predict this will be good.  While there, I took some photos of the lake that I wanted to share.   Enjoy!  (Click on a pic to enlarge)

ipiccy rudys sign


Lake Ontario 5-11-13 Seagull


Lake Ontario 5-11-13 Seagull 2


Lake Ontario 5-11-13 Seagulls 3


If you want to see the most British and European motorcycles you’ll ever see together in this area, come up to Rudy’s in Oswego this coming Saturday. 

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara