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Macro Monday ~

Sometimes I like to just mess with the settings on my camera, getting to know them, and attempting to explore all the different things I can do with my little Finepix S700.  This past weekend I tried some macro (up close) shots, as well as a variety of other things.  I particularly like macro when photographing flowers.  My cat?  Not so much!

(click on each photo for a slide show or to enlarge)

If you’re familiar with me at all, you’ll know that our little piece of the world, our almost three acres of God’s goregous earth, is lackluster in nutrients to support plant growth.  It used to be a farm field, used for corn and Lord knows what else.  When we purchased it, we did not realize that all of the nutrients necessary to support things like GRASS in the front yard, trees, perennials and such are no longer there.  It has been a 9-year struggle to get anything pretty to grow, even after we’ve tried various avenues such as weeders, feeders, etc.  It’s not feasibly affordable to keep Miracle Grow-ing our acreage.  Anyway, I digress!  So each Spring, it’s with hope and excitement that I wait to see what, if anything, will “return” and … flourish?  My trees are most precious:  my King Crimson maple that my children got me, my pin oak trees that appear to be truly established and out of the danger zone, and (of course) my newly-planted red oak tree ~ my Kirkwood ~ planted last summer.  We also have flowering trees, shrubs etc. that, after 7-8-9 years are still struggling to flower, let alone flourish.  And I haven’t even mentioned our “grassy front yard” that I mow every weekend through Spring and less often into Summer.  All I can say is that it’s “green” ~ but not due to grass, but a variety of weeds.  It actually looks nice from the road, but when I’m mowing it, I get depressed at the hideousness of the weeds.  What I would’t give to till up the whole “front 40” and plant grass seed and actually have grass GROW!  But, I digress yet again in my rant.  My whole reason for posting was for you to enjoy some macro shots I took.  I should be thrilled that we even OWN a piece of God’s creativity!  And I am!

Until next time, God bless and TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

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Festival of Trees at Everson Museum

Al and I spent a good portion of our afternoon at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York today… photographing their current event, “Festival of Trees”.  There were 50+ trees, wreaths, decorations and garlands adorning the upstairs, downstairs and halls of the museum in sparkling splendor and Christmas Spirit.  They were decorated gifts from individuals and businesses that were donated to be sold, with the proceeds benefitting the Everson.

A selection of trees at the Everson Museum Festival of Trees

A selection of trees at the Everson Museum Festival of Trees

Trying a little playful zoom action here.

 

A festive wreath.

A festive wreath.

Closeup of some ornaments on one of the golden trees.

Closeup of some ornaments on one of the golden trees.

Beautiful blue ornaments.

Beautiful blue ornaments.

I’m beginning to understand how the more professional (or even amateur) photographers can take hundreds of photos and wind up with only a handful that are  “good enough to keep”!  I always thought that if you’re a good enough photographer, ALL of your photos would be good enough to keep!  I took 90 photos, only about 20 were “acceptable”, and these are the best of those 20 ~ what does that tell you?  Yes, I am barely a beginner!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

An alignment of trees.

An alignment of trees.

Chicken wire and lights stuffed up under.

Chicken wire and lights stuffed up under.

These photos do not do the event justice, of course, but are only to tickle your fancy into going to the Everson and taking in the sights yourself (if you’re local).  Hopefully they entice you with color and Christmas composition. 

http://www.everson.org/events/fot.php  Here’s a link to the Everson’s website if you’d like more information and times/prices etc.  It wasn’t “packed” when we went, but did become busy as the time wore on, and it became harder to take photos (no flash allowed!) without potentially having someone in them.  As the Season draws closer to Christmas, I’m sure the exhibit will become routinely crowded.  Rightfully so!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Cee’s Challenge: Reflections ~

Cee’s weekly Fun Foto Challenge for this week is “reflections”.  At first, I thought this would be a tough one, but then I noticed all the rain we had today while Al and I were out and about, and I saw reflections everywhere in the puddles around me.

Car tires reflect in a pavement puddle.

Car tires reflect in a pavement puddle.

 Well, this was my first attempt to photograph a reflection through a glass door from one room into another.  I know, I know… I have a lot to learn!  I’ll get there!

Christmas tree reflected in the glass door.

Christmas tree reflected in the glass door.

Both my husband (who was helping me find shots) took the same photo of this ornament, but his came out better ~ mine was blurry, so he said I could use his.  You can see the reflection of his hand with the camera in the ornament very clearly. 

Reflections on an ornament

Reflections on an ornament

This last photo I took purely for Cee’s enjoyment and reflection.  See, my husband and I visited the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, today for their “Festival of Trees” exhibition.  There are some 50+ Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and other Christmas-themed items decorating the upstairs and downstairs of the museum.  They are created/decorated and donated by the public and/or local businesses, and are offered for sale to any buyer and the funds donated to the museum.  Well Cee, this particular BRIGHT GREEN tree caught my eye right away.  Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a special Christmas tree created by Martha Conan dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!  I had seen tidbits about Cee and her “link” to Lyme disease, so this evening as I was putting this post together, I stopped and took the time to read up on her blog and her story about living with Lyme disease.  It truly touched my heart and I knew I needed to post this beautiful Christmas tree and dedicate it to her. 

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

This one’s for you, Cee!  May you have a blessed, Merry Christmas, full of joy with Chris and your family of pugs and tabbies!

My Adirondacks ~

 For as long as I can remember, our family spent one or two weeks each summer camping and visiting relatives in the Adirondacks, right through my teenage years.  So it should be no surprise that I’ve always thought of Long Lake, New York, as my second home.  My mother’s sister and her family lived there, so we would go and visit and camp at nearby Lake Eaton each July 4th for the local Independence Day festivities.  While there we would swim, ride our bikes, go shopping and sightseeing at local stores, then sit around the campfire at night and roast marshmallows and see what local relatives would show up for a visit.  We were never disappointed.  And, although I’m sure we had our share, I don’t remember any time when it rained during our stay.  All I remember is the fun. 

A church steeple rises above the fall foliage as taken from the deck of the bridge in Long Lake, New York

A lone kayaker paddles in the colorful splendor that is Long Lake, New York

Now, as adults, my husband and I have visited Long Lake and Lake Eaton over the past couple of years, both in summer and in fall.  I’ve been able to share with him the members of my family that still reside there, the places we’d go when I was a child, plus we’ve experienced new places together and made new memories to share with others.  I never remember the fall being so vibrant and colorful in my childhood, and I’ve been able to appreciate it much more now. 

A view of Lake Eaton, New York, through the trees on the beach.

Another view of Lake Eaton as the light shimmers on the water and the fall foliage across the way.

 Al and I visited the Adirondack Museum during one of our stays in the Big Woods.  I think I’d been there as a child, but didn’t really remember.  Now, seeing it as an adult, I can fully appreciate the history and beauty that is kept in the museum and its many outbuildings.  There is even a small section dedicated to my Uncle Bob Wallace, who was a fixture in Long Lake for his entire life, and well-respected as they come.  I only remember him as being “larger than life” and very generous with a great sense of humor.

Al sits on this “larger than life” Adirondack chair outside the Adirondack Museum.

A hand made Adirondack-themed quilt on display inside the Adirondack Museum.

I’m so grateful that I have such memories of growing up in the Adirondacks each summer.  And now I have photos and even more recent memories to enjoy.  These photos are just a few of my memories of my childhood, my family, my Adirondacks. 

Buttermilk Falls just outside Long Lake, New York.

A seaplane takes off from the placid waters on Long Lake, New York.