Archive | May 2013

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Season of Spring ~


Okay, I admit it… I instigated this challenge.  The winter has dragged on so-o-o-o long here in Central New York that I kinda lost it and got a little depressed.  However, things are slowly turning around and it’s warming up enough for some of my flowers to bloom, despite the frost we had again last night.  I was just hoping for a pick-me-up of some sort, and Cee answered my prayers with the four seasons.  Thanks, Cee!

Enjoy!  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara

Cee’s Share Your World 2013: Week 20 ~

Do you like winter, or not, and why?  I wouldn’t mind winter in the tropics!  However, these Central New York winters are so long and drawn out.  If we could just get it OVER with already!  BTW, we’re expecting FROST tonight!

Are you a listener or talker?  I am a listener, like Cee.  It’s not that I don’t like to talk, but I’ve found that people don’t seem to be as interested in me or hearing me tell my story.

What is your favorite juice or fruit drink?  No/low pulp orange juice.  For some very odd reason, I MUST have OJ whenever I eat eggs for breakfast.  Must’ve been something engrained in me since childhood.

What do you have to be so happy about?  Every day I spend upright is something to be happy about.  Today I am upright.  With God’s Grace, I will be tomorrow.

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


Painted Lady ~

Painted ladies” is a term in American architecture used for Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details. The term was first used for San Francisco Victorian houses by writers Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen in their 1978 book Painted Ladies – San Francisco’s Resplendent Victorians.[1] Since then the term has also been used to describe groups of colorful Victorian houses in other American cities, such as the Charles Village neighborhood in Baltimore, Lafayette Square in St. Louis, Missouri, the greater San Francisco and New Orleans areas, Columbia-Tusculum in Cincinnati, The Old West End in Toledo, Ohio, and the city of Cape May, New Jersey  (from Wikipedia)

On a recent trip to Pennsylvania, this incredible piece of architechture caught my eye while driving through the town of Tunkhannock.  I have always loved Victorian homes… always, and have even had fleeting thoughts of stopping the car and asking the homeowner if I could “take a look” whenever I see one that really piques my interest.  This was certainly the case in Tunkhannock.  This home was potentially the most beautiful “Painted Lady” I’ve ever seen in real life.  The very least I had to do was to click some pics of her and share them with you and hope you enjoy the eye candy as much as I did!  (click on a picture to enlarge)


I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into my architectural side of my passion for photography. 

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara

Floral Friday Fotos ~ Candy Cane Verbena

I’d never heard of the “Candy Cane Verbena” before until I went to buy something nice and unusual for my mother-in-law when we went to visit last weekend.  They had this incredible hanging basket tagged “Candy Cane Verbena”.  I fell in love with the bright colors.

Verbena x hybrida

Has dark velvety green foliage with clusters of red and white flowers in summer.   A gorgeous all season annual, ideal for pots and containers.  Prefers a full sun to part shade position.  Heat, drought and frost tolerant once established. 

Grows 30cm high x 50cm wide.

candy cane verbena four 5-5-13

Candy cane verbena too 5-5-13

Candy cane verbena three 5-5-13

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Signs of All Kinds ~

Okay, I readily admit that these aren’t the best that I can do.  I’ve been completely preoccupied and unable to focus (get it?) on the task Cee put in front of us.  But, it is what it is.  No one is perfect.  There are many other much more talented and focused (!) submissions for this challenge than mine.  Go check them out at Cee’s Photography ~ after you check mine out first, of course!  (click on a photo to enlarge)

I had expected to have a better set of photos for this challenge, but family emergencies took my concentration and time got away from me.  Next week’s challenge should be a better one for me, since I inspired it!  Until then,  TTFN!  Tamara Eckstadt