Sunday, March 28, 2010

Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.

Yesterday my mom and I took Katie and her friend to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Katie's teacher suggests museums for the kids to go to in order for them to "pass" on a test. He calls it a detour. I call it a by pass. (Makes Kate crazy when I miss quote him) After we had done our "work", we went out to the garden. There is where I took these photos.
This is how Katie looked while I was "taking too long" in the garden.
And last, one of my favorites. These were everywhere on trees. Amazing.
Be sure to visit Today's Flowers for many more!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Snap On!

Happy Friday! There's one thing I've wanted to share with all of you and I haven't had the chance. This week has been a blur. Frantically making weepuls (hundreds of them) for the middle school's jog-a-thon. Squirrels, whales, goldfish.... Oh and trophies. Which I didn't take photos of. (Why I always leave things to the last minute--argh--I'll put 'change that behavior' on my list of things to do.) But that's not it. For those who haven't seen this site, it is a newsletter photo site that I receive their newsletters via e-mail. "Photojojo." There you will find tons of different things to do with your camera, techniques, fun creations you can make, and things you can buy if you want. What I like the most about it is that you don't have to pay for being a member and they don't send you spam junk. Safe, fun, and interactive. YOU can also submit ideas for them to post. So I challenge all of you "oh so extremely creative types", get on it and submit! (No I am not getting paid for this. And I don't advertise on my site.) But when I saw this photo that they sent on the newsletter today, I thought, OK, now I've got to send this one out.
I think we can all relate to the "Keep Calm and Snap On" quote.
How many times have you done crazy (or stupid) things while taking photos?!!
Hey, I almost toppled over my camera on a tripod at a wedding, had my hair sitting in holy water during down time at a church, and had goop on my lens and couldn't figure out why the photos were looking cloudy-but gave everything a really interesting look! What are some of your "Keep Calm" moments?
PS: Photojojo gave this and two other photos for bloggers
to add to their site. Feel free to do the same!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

HBHS Swim Meet

Today is Wednesday... Watery Wednesday! I like these two photos because of how the water reacts. I suspect the coach wouldn't want to see the first one. Isn't the dive too vertical for a good take off? But LOVE the legs in the air!
I would be afraid to take a breath with all this water around my mouth!
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Macro Monday/Today's Flowers

I don't know much about flowers, but these are in my neighbors garden and I sure think they are beautiful!
Thanks Lisa for having a Macro Meme! Visit it at:
(And wow, check out what happened to her just recently! Whooa!)
And more flowers at Today's Flowers:


Collage Obsession gave us a beautiful vintage photo and the word: Fruitful.
This is my version.
"The dutiful wife: Serving him more than just his head on a platter!"
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Sunday, March 21, 2010


Sunday Postcard Art gave us a very interesting challenge. First off, thank you Deborah from LandofNobStudio's for the crows! I used this "not so great photo" of flowers that I took awhile back. Along with.....
What they gave us... Interesting isn't it?
Great piece of art and I have no idea on how it was originally made!
Below is another one that I came up with. Can you find the common denominator?
I had to tweak it quite a bit. I took the butterfly and cut him up. Made him into more of a painted version, sliced his wings, made him fly and gave him a poem to live for.
Please check out all the artists on this site. They deserve an applause!


Art Creations Friday gave us this photo to play with. Isn't it sweet?
I turned it into a 70's version / Peter Max type painting. Remember Peter Max? He was and still is one of my favorite artists.
Be sure to check out one of my other favorite artist, my own sister at: She is having a great giveaway! (Spring has sprung!) Check out my previous posting for a sample of her book.
And last but never least! Visit a favorite site of mine: for more original creations!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring!

Today I'm posting something from my sister's blog. Her birthday was yesterday and our mom couldn't remember how old Deb was. She had to calculate it in her head thinking that Deb had the incorrect number. So--since she was feeling younger, she decided to give away two of her "It's Easter" board books! Here is her link and the details on how you can be a winner!
PS: I'm very proud of my sisters. They are both very talented. Deb is a children's book illustrator in San Francisco and my other sis is an interior designer with an emphasis on organization. She's based in Long Beach. What they both do is magical!
Hope your day is Spring-filled!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I Know, I'm Nuts.

"Masculine" is today's theme at 'Theme Thursday'. This might just be a stretch, but here you go! (OK, it's my assumption that this squirrel is male) My masculine card for the day. It originally started out as a photograph that I took of a squirrel. I enhanced his nice grin and gave him a flower. Paint by Pixel is what I call it. And the background, well that was the original ground that he was standing on. Just worked it to death! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Life at a Snails Pace

This guy must have eaten enough flowers. He was full and happy on the side of the pot.
Dripping with moisture from the evening's rain.
Happy Monday, Macro Monday! Visit for some amazing close ups!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Play Time!

I took this photo of a dandelion with my macro lens and played with it in photo shop.
This is what became of it.

Fun, Fun!
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Saturday, March 13, 2010


Here's an attempt at Photo Shop on the sample given to us from Art Creations Friday. I have no clue as to what I'm doing, but I'm "playing". It's my Impressionistic version.
Please visit: for very creative artists!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad's birthday. He would have been 80 today. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about him. He passed away 13 years ago from cancer... when my youngest was only 10 months old. I see him in my kids, I admire who he was and I wish I could be more like him. He was a very mild mannered man who carefully chose his words. He was respected in the architectural industry. Trustworthy and dependable. A good christian husband to my mom who misses him terribly. Could it be almost their 60th wedding anniversary coming up?
Six three and thin. An avid golfer, loved to work, and loved to laugh. Here is one of his last buildings that he designed. The Harborplace Towers in Long Beach, California. He definitely left his mark.
"Ears to you, Dad!"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort

Here is a photo at dusk at the Rancho Palos Verdes Terranea Resort.
It is a really beautiful location. This is my entry for this weeks Skywatch and Photo Friday's theme of "Nightlife".
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Only Have Eye For You

Hello Fellow Bloggers. My computer has been in the shop for almost 2 weeks now. Up and down with whether they could do CPR on it or not. So in the meantime, I have installed new office furniture, put my Xmas gift (mac) on my new desk and uploaded photo shop. It has only taken me 3 days to put all the furniture together and 3 hours to figure how to upload a photo onto PS without it giving me the "program error." Anyhow, I only have a few photos on this new computer and they are ones that my daughter and I played around with via the photo booth on the mac. This is her eye. I tweaked it with PS.
I'm hoping to be back in the game of blogging soon. Lots to learn. Especially at my age.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

HBHS Highs and Lows

Today's entry for Thursday's Challenge is "High or Low". This photo is one that I took yesterday from the news central van at the Huntington Beach High School during the bomb threat. And actually, THAT should be the real "high and low." The kids that I carpool were all talking about it on the way to school this morning. One "high" was that they got to leave campus early yesterday, the "low" was that they heard the district would have to tack on an extra day of school to make up for it. Hopefully for the kid who pulled the prank - or whatever it was - he will be moved to another school. Can you imagine the wrath of 3,000 students on one who caused an extra day of school? Geesh.

I really hope that the Principal (who by the way, handled everything extremely well) will give the kids an explanation of what occurred. They need to know the truth and not all the rumors that are flying.

For those who aren't familiar with HBHS, it is located directly across the street from the Police Station. Of all the locations around, this is by far, the most ideal. When my daughter text me about what was happening, my first reaction was to let her know she was safe and it would all be fine. Her MAJOR low for the day was that she was to have her braces taken off just at the time they were evacuating everyone and putting the entire school on lock down. And to a seventeen year old, that is a major low.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Huntington Beach High School Bomb Threat 3-3-10

Interesting Day. One kid decided to threaten the school today. Someone mentioned that he considers himself like the Joker and wanted to blow up the school like in the movie. (Seems he considers himself an artist.) He was wearing a trench coat and wouldn't take it off. He was in the library at the time. The school evacuated all the students and the police placed the suspect in custody. In this photo you can barely see the bomb squad's unit. It's to the left of the white truck. All the streets were completely blocked off and no access to the school or the cars, bikes, etc. that were already on campus. The school acted quickly and I have to say that the police and fire department were there in full force.
One of my daughter's friends said that there is another boy that talks about doing things like this a lot. And it's not the boy that did this today. This was a good lesson for all of us. The authorities need to learn about this other kid and we all need to talk to our kids about what to do "if".
The schools reaction was appropriate and luckily the incident was acted upon swiftly. Now, who pays for all this?? Humm... maybe the parents of the student?

Ok--so some of the kids are saying:

"Today was the bomb"

"Only in HB do we get excited about tornadoes and bombs"

"Leave it to Facebook to have a group about the bomb threat two hours after it happened"

"Someone call Jack Bower"

The APA kids: "They better not blow up the theatre"

"I left my cell phone in my classroom.... I'm lost without it!"

"Bomb-Ass Day today"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Daily Dews

While my computer is still in the shop, I am only able to work off my daughter's laptop. She downloaded just a few of my photos that I took this weekend. Here is one macro shot. It was early morning with dew still on the flowers. Visit for more macro photos.