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Daily Prompt: Bloggers, Unplugged ~

Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us UNPLUGGED.

I like to “unplug” and get away from it all.  Above are a few of my most favorite pictures that, for me, are the epitome of getting away from everything electronic and just enjoying the scenery for awhile. (the quilted flag represents my love of quilting, another one of my ways to unplug and leave the world behind)

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you’ve enjoyed the view.  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Cee’s Share Your World: Week 14 & 15 ~

What’s Cee got in store for us this time? Well, two weeks into one, for one thing! Cee, have a good time at the beach next week. Here’s my answers to Weeks 14 & 15:

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you? Funny as this may sound, but I could see Kathy Bates playing me.   I loved her in “Harry’s Law” on t.v.  She’s got a great sense of humor, but she’s also not afraid to kick some ass, if need be.

 

Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

Show us a couple of your favorites photographs? If you are not a photographer, think of a favorite scene in your life and tell us about them.   Below are a couple of my favorites.  The train on the left was one of the most exciting I’ve ever taken, as it was only moments from hitting me and I almost got knocked over by the caution arm coming down behind me when I didn’t know it.  The photo on the right of a kayaker on Long Lake in the Adirondack Mountains is another favorite.  The evergreens that flank left and right, and all of the fully displayed fall colors of the trees straight ahead… it must’ve been quite the view from the kayaker’s perspective!

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A lone canoist on the water in Long Lake, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you like most about home?  It’s mine… well, ours.  I love the house and the property.  But the house is just the right size for me and Al.  Three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, kitchen, diningroom, familyroom and livingroom.  No basement to have to worry about traversing stairs, but we do have an unfinished attic for storage.  The front and rear decks were both hand made by my husband.  That fact, alone, I treasure.  I also love that he and I collaborated on the floor plan and made it our own.  It’s the foundation of the two of us.

Week 15 ~

What is one of your quirky traits?  Only one?  That’s a tough one!  I have so many!  Perhaps the fact that when I drive, I must drive “between the lines”.  I’m Ms. “Middle of the Road”.  I can’t take my corner short, and I have to turn at right angles.  I know!  I know!  I can’t get myself to take my car over a painted traffic line… unless, of course, it’s a passing zone where it’s ok to go over a line or two.  You did ask for quirky!

What has surprised you about blogging?  How much I enjoy it and it’s becoming addicting.  Not to mention the endless amount of challenges and awards etc. that are out there!  It is a world within the world!  I love the photography blogs, as I’m learning so much and it’s an opportunity to see what else is out there across the world through photography.  Yeah, National Geographic can pretty much take care of that, but this is a personal side that others see and create.  It’s a way to live vicariously.

Which do you prefer sweet or salty?  Or both at the same time?  Probably both at the same time, usually.  Or maybe in close proximity.  Potato chips followed by a Milky Way.  That’s just sinful!   🙂

Time to call it a night, Cee.  Thank you, again, for your thought-provoking questions.  Until next time… TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Color in the Carolinas: Photos of Charlotte ~

I lived in North Carolina for a few years, off and on, near Jacksonville just off base from the Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Base.  I don’t remember anything being so colorful down there as when I went to Charlotte in April 2010 with my sister-in-law.  I had just really begun to appreciate photography, but pretty much only used it for scrap booking until I discovered blogging a couple of months ago.  So pardon my less-than-stellar pics, as I didn’t think much of composition etc. back then.  I also didn’t think to find out the names of the places where I took my pictures, except they were everywhere around Charlotte.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

One of my favorite things to photograph would have to be flowers.  We scheduled our trip down to Charlotte from Syracuse, New York, and Lake Winola, Pennsylvania, just in time for the spring to be sprung as far as florals are concerned.

Pansies

Pansies

Flowering dogwoods

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

My sister-in-law was gracious enough to understand my shutterbug afflication, and she took me sightseeing several times over the course of the 4-5 days we were there (for her daughter’s wedding).  She understood the need to do a “quick, pull over!” to get a shot before you have driven by, and she also knew of several places that would accommodate the color addiction I had with regard to photography.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful "strip" mall.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful “strip” mall.

More local beauty in Charlotte, NC

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got!  (heron)

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got! (Great Blue heron)

The color here caught my eye, hence my camera.

 Sweet

Sweet

                                                                                                                                                                     

Isabell

Isabell

Last, but certainly not least, pics of my two nieces as they enjoy the huge lollipops that I brought them just for fun.  Once again, it’s all about the color ~ ok, well maybe not ALL ~ the girls are pretty darn cute in their own right! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful trip through Charlotte.