Friday, November 30, 2012


This post is linked with Jan and Jer's Friday Fences.

At the Edge of the River

Footbridge in Chestertown, Maryland
The Chester River~Thanksgiving 2012

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 Weekend Reflections and Sunday Bridges.

The Black and White and Some Color of a Farm in Rockbridge County

 Come join in on the fun and beauty of barns
 from around the world at 
Tricia's Barn Charm.

  Drive-By Fun and Games
Rockbridge County, Virginia


Stop, Sit, and Take in Nature's Beaty

The Beach at Betterton, Maryland
Thanksgiving Day 2012
Mouth of the Sassafras River on the upper Chesapeake Bay

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

I Did It ~ Water Droplets Mid-Air

Bidet~Urinal~Water Fountain/Hand Pump

The more I look at this the funnier it it a bidet, urinal, or water fountain?  To me it looks like all three though the shape is a bit odd for the first two. Actually this is the old hand operated water spicket at Bear Town State Park in West Virginia. Trust me...I would not drink out of it for anything. The exciting thing about this shot for me is I FINALLY captured water droplets asthey were flying through the air. Wish they had great reflections in them 
like so many of yours do, but this makes me happy. Right now I am having a problem with Blogger where it will not allow me to change the alignment to the of the script left instead of center. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks to y'all  for all the help you have been giving me while taking the eCourse. I really do appreciate your comments and helpful words of advice. 

This post is linked with Macro Monday.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Few Leaves Continue to Fall

Our maple tree drops some of the prettiest leaves. All the other trees are bare, but this one continues to share its color with us. Only one more week of class, and then I am on my own to learn how to use all the things I have been taught.

This post is linked with Shadow Shot Sunday2.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Another Beautiful Morning in Rockbridge County

Before Edits ~ SOOC 
I thought it looked pretty cool in this original shot, but I wanted to see how it would look if I toned it down a bit. I was really amazed at the changes I was able to make.

After Edits in Lightroom and PSE
(could have been a good sunset for Halloween night)

The original shot appeared to me to be a good one to try fiddling with- blues, white, pink, sun on fire -  so my goal was to change it a bit. This sunrise took place Wednesday morning on my way to school. I have learned how to get the pictures into PSE after manipulating them, and I can work on them in PSE, but i am having one heck of a time getting them back into LR. Am gonna work on it again today and see if I can figure it out. You can tell I did something wrong because my watermark that usually appears in the lower far right corner is not here. UGH! If at one you don't succeed...try, try again.

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday this week.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Some Signs from the Richmond Marathon 2012

Just the Beginning

 Note the gloves...stuff was thrown everywhere. You name it, and it was there for the taking. There were big boxes along the way for people to throw in clothes they were discarding, but still there was stuff all along the road and on the grass.

Now, this is definitely my feeling...why would anyone go through such agony for so long a time? Unfortunately for Buddy, his pace was not a "run like Hell" one.

 Mr. Cantor was born in Richmond and continues to live there.

 This was definitely a unique one.

 Why would you put a "Party Zone" station along the route....maybe at the finish, but not here. 
I did not get this one. 

 Last but not least, an ABC Store sign. Buddy worked for them for 30 years and was the former manager of the stores here in Lexington, Covington, and Buena Vista. Since the day he walked out of there on Halloween Eve 4 years ago, he has not set foot in one anywhere.  He does not partake, and he NEVER wants to open the doors of an ABC store for the rest of his life! He is happy living on less, hiking, running, biking, and not having to endure the stress of managing a state controlled liquor store.

This post is linked with Lesley's Signs, Signs 2.

Lightroom to Photoshop and Back...Sometimes

Well, here it first try at editing in Lightroom, taking the pictures into Photoshop Elements and doing some tweaking and texture work, and then back to Lightroom and publishing. All I can say is it has taken me hours and hours to start to figure this thing out...lots of wonderful video lessons to view over and over again, lots of note taking, lots of trial and error, and LOTS of eyestrain and quite a few headaches.  Oh, my goodness, is it hard...but so much fun. Three more lessons to go before the end of the class.

 Where Will All My Goldfish Go?

 Pile of Chain Link at Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia

 Cobblestone Street at Civil War Museum ~ Black and White

Cobblestone Street in Color with Texture Added

My Orchids Are Still Blooming

Monday, November 12, 2012

Born To Be Free ~ Eloise

Eloise Being Eloise

This post is linked with Mosaic Monday.

Oh, So Pretty

This post is linked with Macro Monday.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

YEAH! Buddy Ran His First Marathon ~ 11-10-12


It was so festive. As he ran under the finish point, the man on the loudspeaker roared..."And here we have Buddy Johnson, age 60, from Lexington, VA." It was so cool. There were quite a few after him, but he managed to make it in under the seven hours. WOOHOO!!!!!!!! Saturday he is going to run the Roanoke Half Marathon. I guess he has that incurable 
"Runner for Life" disease. 

Time for contemplation before leaving for the race.

Eloise and Sage made a sign, 
and they each had blue cow bells to ring.

Buddy stopped long enough for a photo-op with the girls.

Gene waiting for Bud to round the last curve.

Almost there.

WOOHOO...He did it!

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2012 Anthem Richmond Marathon
BibFirst NameLast NameAgeGenderCityStateCountry10k SplitHalf Split20 Mile SplitClock TimeNet TimePlaceGender PlaceDiv PlaceDivision
7232BUDDYJOHNSON60MLEXINGTONVA1:34:233:23:475:12:316:56:206:49:534698256877MEN -- 60 THROUGH 64
This post is linked with Our World Tuesday and Shadow Shot Sunday 2.