Thursday 13 #25

My gosh, where has this week gone.  Seems like only yesterday I was sharing 13 Reasons I love the Desert.  In reality, my son and I baked cookies yesterday afternoon while the temperatures outside hoovered around 100 degrees.  So to celebrate Thursday 13, here are 13 photographs from yesterday’s baking session.

CJ pounding clumps out of brown sugar

CJ pounding clumps out of brown sugar

Scooping out the cookie dough

Scooping out the cookie dough

Plop!  goes the cookie dough

Plop! goes the cookie dough

what does this remind you of?

what does this remind you of?

Cookies ready for battle in the oven

Cookies ready for battle in the oven

Lone dough ball

Lone dough ball

Dough ball close up

Dough ball close up

Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven

Cooling cookie

Cooling cookie

Many yummies!

Many yummies!

Snapple waiting for cookie droppings

Snapple waiting for cookie droppings

CJ excited to eat cookies

CJ excited to eat cookies

Ruby Tuesday

Red just pops out at you.  It says boldly, “Here I am!” Perhaps I love ruby red because ruby is my birthstone.  Many advertisers use red in their ads to attraction your attention.  Get you to act on whatever they might be selling.  Here is a little excerpt from about.com of the Meaning of Red…

Nature of Red:

A stimulant, red is the hottest of the warm colors. Studies show that red can have a physical effect, increasing the rate of respiration and raising blood pressure.

The expression seeing red indicates anger and may stem not only from the stimulus of the color but from the natural flush (redness) of the cheeks, a physical reaction to anger, increased blood pressure, or physical exertion.

Culture of Red:

Red is power, hence the red power tie for business people and the red carpet for celebrities and VIPs (very important people).

Flashing red lights denote danger or emergency. Stop signs and stop lights are red to get the drivers’ attention and alert them to the dangers of the intersection.

In some cultures, red denotes purity, joy, and celebration. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China and may be used to attract good luck.Red is often the color worn by brides in the East while it is the color of mourning in South Africa. In Russia the Bolsheviks used a red flag when they overthrew the Tsar, thus red became associated with communism. Many national flags use red. The red Ruby is the traditionalFortieth Wedding Anniversary gift.

Using Red:

Use the color red to grab attention and to get people to take action. Use red when you don’t want to sink into the background. Use red to suggest speed combined with confidence and perhaps even a dash of danger. A little bit of red goes a long way. Small doses can often be more effective than large amounts of this strong color. Multiple shades of red and even pink or orange can combine for a cheerful palette.

Look at the use of the Color Red on the Web to find which of the named colors in the red family are the most attention-grabbing, mysterious, friendly, sophisticated, or mentally stimulating.

So when I was passing through the blogosphere and I saw this post about Ruby Tuesday I knew I just had to join in on the fun.

Ruby Tuesday Flower

Ruby Tuesday Flower

Monochrome Weekly

This is my second week participating in the Monochrome Weekly Theme.  I have been purposely shooting some photographs in black and white this past week.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love photographs with colors that just burst out at you.  But there are times when a subject just calls for the dramatic touch of black and white.  The contrast between light and dark.

Sawed Off

Sawed Off

Earlier this past week I was at our local park when I noticed that the maintenance workers had recently sawed off one of this tree’s limbs.  It provided a nice contrast.  And I love the shape of what was left behind.  You can read the age of the limb by the rings left behind.

Have you tried taking photographs in black and white?  And it doesn’t count when you take a color photograph and take away its color.  The true art of black and white photography is when you look for subjects that have those high and low contrast qualities.  So I challenge you to go out and photograph in black and white and share your photographs with the rest of us over at Monochrome Weekly.  I look forward to seeing your images.

i {heart} faces #24 “Let’s Hear It For The Boys!”

No Girls Allowed! At least in the picture.  All you moms out there are more than welcome to read my contribution to this weeks i {heart} faces theme, “Let’s Hear it for the Boys”

Lets hear it for the Boys!

Let's hear it for the Boys!

This wonderful picture was captured last Friday when I traveled to my parents huse to celebrate a belated Happy Mother’s Day and an early Happy Father’s Day!  The kids (my son CJ and daughter’s boyfriend, Ryan) were having a great time in the swimming pool.  I was content to keep myself behind the camera.

So Let’s hear it for the Boys!  Yeah!  Now go on over to iheartfaces.com and leave a Mr. Linky to your favorite boy photos.

{POTD} A stock of summer photos on Sunday

Sunday has dawned the official start to summer.  Soon it will be time to lock ourselves inside where the swamp cooler runs 24/7 to keep cool during the hot days in the desert sun.  And starting tomorrow I will waking with the sun so that I may get in my daily walk before it gets too hot out.  If only we had a pool like the one we were at on Friday, then you would find us there most of the time.  Here’s a few photos of my son CJ enjoying the pool on Friday and my contribution to Around the Islands edition of Summer Stock Sunday#4.

Step one: get in the pool

Step one: get in the pool

Step two: plug the nose

Step two: plug the nose

Step three: submerge into the water

Step three: submerge into the water

Step four: Breathe!

Step four: Breathe!

Now I am off to upload the 300 pictures I took on Friday to Snapfish and have a photobook made since I won a $50 gift card last week while blogging.  I’ve been using Snapfish for a while now and getting the gift card was just an added bonus.  But Snapfish is always running specials that you can take advantage of just about anytime.  So once you take all those Father’s Day pictures, why don’t you upload them to Snapfish and have them printed out.  Here is a special code just for you:   June Promotion 50 Free Prints + Free Shipping on orders over $30 use coupon code: SHIP30 Exp. 6/30


Fix It Friday #17

Quickly before I leave town for the day.  My friends over at i {heart} faces posted this adorable picture of a little girl that needed some fixin’.  I saw it and I got inspired.

Here is the before…

Before

Before

and here is one fix, kinda cartoonish

Cartoon baby fix

Cartoon baby fix

and here is the inspiration I dreamed up…

Give me thumb lovin!

Give me thumb lovin'!

{POTD} There are Thirteen of them actually

My friend Thorne wrote a blog post today about 13 ideas for Creavtive Upcycling.  After reading this I headed over to Thursday 13 to see what this day was all about.  Then the inspiration came to me.  13 things I love about the desert in pictures.

#1

Desert sunrises

#2

Desert sunsets

#3

Kids can make their own bike ramps from dirt

Kids can make their own bike ramps from dirt

#4

Living space between neighbors - far and wide open

Living space between neighbors - far and wide open

#5

Plenty of room for my son to ride his bike

Plenty of room for my son to ride his bike

#6

I can visit Joshua Tree National Park anytime I want to

I can visit Joshua Tree National Park anytime I want to

#7

Strange growings on

Strange growings on

#8

More strange happenings

More strange happenings

#9

Yellow blooms on cacti

Yellow blooms on cacti

#10

Pink ones too

Pink ones too

#11

And dont forget the red blooming cacti

And don't forget the red blooming cacti

#12

It Snows!

It Snows!

#13

i {heart} the desert

i {heart} the desert

So there you have 13 reasons I love the desert.  Now show me your Thursday 13!

Tag: I’m it!

This morning a blogosphere friend of mine, Carletta from Round the Bend, was Tagged with a challenge.  Here is the challenge:

Your Mission, should you choose to accept it:

1) Go to your photo files…Select the 6th photo folder

2) Select the 6th photo in that folder

2) Select the 6th photo in that folder

4) Then challenge 6 blog friends to do the same!

It’s one o’clock in the morning, so sure, why not take on a new challenge.  First I reviewed Carletta’s photograph and read her story.  Then I went digging into my digital files to find the sixth photo within the sixth folder.

Homeage to the fallen joshua trees

Remembering the fallen joshua trees

The story behind the photograph.  Ever since I took up the camera back in 2002 I have had a fascination with the many fallen joshua trees that can be found throughout the Mojave Desert.  They age in a unique way that I find captivating.  The smoothness of the trunk stripped by mother nature of its bark.  The fine hairs that cover the trunk.  A hollow core surrounded by the rings of the trunk.  Each and every joshua tree tells a story.  And now that I think about it, I recently read a blog post stating that the infamous tree pictured on the album cover of U2’s “The Joshua Tree” now lay fallen in the spot where the photograph was taken.  I believe I will have to search out this location and photograph the fallen joshua tree myself.  Perhaps this will turn into a photography essay project.

Well I must thank Carletta for passing this challenge onto me and unknwingly inspired me to do more storytelling.  And now I pt before you, my readers, this same challenge.  Please leave a comment so that I may visit your blogs and view your sixth photograph within your sixth file folder. 🙂

{POTD} 06/17/09

Yesterday while at the park I found some beautiful subjects just begging to be photographed.  I was able to capture a few photographs before my son touched something that hurt him.  He claims the water lid on the ground was hot but as I got closer to inspect, I found a few bees buzzing around.  So I had to end my photo session with the Rose’s and take CJ home for some finger TLC.  He is just fine now.  Now evidence of a bee sting.

I am really loving my new camera.  It was so worth the expense and selling my two other cameras to help finance my passion.  I am finding it so much easier to control the camera and get exactly what I want out of it.  And I am proud to say that the only photo editing I have been doing is a little cropping and applying different tones to pictures for effect.

Ruby Red Rose

Ruby Red Rose

Like you see here in today’s Picture of the Day.  The first picture is an original.  I have done nothing to it what so ever.  And then the second photograph I applied an “Old Photo” effect to the picture.  Just a unique change.

Ruby Red Rose Old Photo Edition

Ruby Red Rose "Old Photo" Edition

So tell me readers, which version of Ruby Red Rose do you prefer?