Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
-Yiddish Proverb

(Click links to see photos individually)

1. Same Scene A, 2. Same Scene B, 3. Same Scene Final

*I haven't been so inclined to take any TtV shots recently, so here is a quasi-replacement for the ~Juxtapose~. The first image is SOC (straight-out-camera), the second has some minor brightness/contrast adjustments, and the third has had a complete make-over, using cross-processing. Personally, I like the final, cross-processed version, especially compared to the drab and nearly colorless original.
I'd love to know which one you like better out of the three.

If you liked this post, check out these other comparisons:

Saturday Hike

Boone Fork Trail Mosaic

This past Saturday, we went for a nearly 5 mile hike on 'Boone Fork Trail'. The weather wasn't the most motivating, as it was overcast the entire time. We decided to take the trail backwards, unlike the way that most folks go, we headed straight instead of taking the immediate right at the trailhead. My reasoning for this being, I wanted the first thing we went through to be the part which is closest to the road, and the part that went through the campground first, instead of at the end. By that point my connection with nature is severed, by taking it backwards, I can get that business done with in the beginning. And use that time to get into the hike, and get a good pace going all at the same time.

I liked it better the backwards way. After a mile or so you come to open pastures, which on a clear day gives you a great view of the backside of Grandfather Mountain. But like I mentioned earlier, we weren't so lucky weather wise. Once you travel through the pasture, you come to the peak before you dip back into the forest. The descent is far easier than the ascent would have been, if we went the 'right' way. Now that I mention it, the 5 mile loop wasn't strenuous at all, I don't even think I broke a sweat! Had we went the 'right' way though, I assure you that I would have been huffing and puffing.

After the descent is where the trail starts to get really interesting. Throughout the hike you cross sections of the Bee Tree and Boone Fork Creek in excess of 2o times. I made the mistake of not bringing the attachment to put my camera on the tripod, which made it hard to capture shots of the mini-waterfalls, or ones that I was happy with. It's really important to have a tripod when shooting those type of fast-motion water scenes. Learning the hard way before didn't really help me remember to bring the dang attachment.....but that's another lesson eh?!

The most substantial waterfall was "Boone Fork Falls", and at a mere 25 feet, wasn't really all that substantial. Hiking trails that are next to a body of water are my most favorite, the sound of rushing water is so calming for me. The hike felt really good for my body, and I needed to get out and get moving. My spirit suffers severely when I don't get outdoors. Nature is so motivating for me. Does it do the same for you? If you don't hike trails, what do you like to do that helps restore yourself after a rough day, or week?

Jones House

Jones House

On Friday, I took some time before my Acupuncture appointment to head over to the Jones House to check out an exhibit called "Untitled" that I read about in the newspaper. Normally, the hours don't coincide with my work schedule so, had I not taken Friday off, I wouldn't have been able to go - they are not open on the weekends. It was a beautiful day, unusually warm for this time of year, but that was the best part! This would be my first time going to the gallery since being in Boone; I don't really know how I let that happen but.....let's not forget that I'm new to this 'art' stuff. As you can see, the gallery is just a house, and there are offices throughout so the entire place wasn't dedicated to art. But even for it's compact size, they packed in a lot of various artists throughout the gallery, so, if you can imagine, the walls were pretty much covered. I even peeked my head in the bathroom to see what was hung up in there, but that was sorta weird.

It took me just over an hour to go through the entire place and talk to a few people, which reminds me, I have a personality. I tend to forget that sometimes, I forget that...... I have the uncanny ability to talk to anyone about pretty much anything, and sprinkle that with a little charm when I'm in the mood, and I'm pretty much compatible with anyone that I come in contact with. Friday reminded me of how sheltered I have become, but in many ways it's been a good thing, the new house (we're renting) is part of the reason why I've become such a homebody. When you're comfortable, and you like being there, you don't have much reason to go out all the time - know what I mean? The apartment we lived in previously was very very very small, & to give you an idea of how small, it was under 500 sq ft........*gasps*.......but it was cheap!

Anyhow, my main point was, we like to be at home, and I don't feel the need to socialize a whole lot, but networking is what it's all about. Or at least this is what I'm learning. I sparked up a conversation with a guy photographing a lady for the newspaper, he gave me his business card to check out his website, and of course I told him about what I'm into and wot not, and he seemed genuinely interested in the work that I produce......just casual conversation, really. The difference between us being, he introduced himself as being a 'fully trained' photographer, and his first question was "What do I shoot with?"......stumbling on my words, I answered "Well, I don't have any formal training in photography, it's just a passion of mine." Now, to me that statement sort of downgraded me a bit compared to him being 'fully trained' and all, not that I felt inferior or anything, don't get me wrong, that's not what I mean at all. But I can see how, in someone else's eyes they may perceive it that way........don't you? Or maybe you're all like me, and you don't really judge people in that way?!?!

All in all, it was good for me to get out and communicate and interact with other people. It's good that I get these issues out of the way before next Friday when the gallery opening comes. I'm assuming that there are going to be a lot of people there, but I've never been before, so I don't really know. I suppose we'll see soon enough!

[Shadow from the Sky]

Shadow from the Sky

Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas, as the tree does its withered leaves!

~Andre Gide


*Stellar Sphere*

Stellar Sphere

A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.

~Albert Einstein, 1950


For Those Open to Awareness:

The Story of Stuff: Do you ever wonder what lies beneath it all? Or how our consumption may impact the world around us? With over 1.5 million viewers this very informative eye opening video will give you all the facts and more. There are some alarming details that you may not know, but should. Please, take the time to watch this video and pass it on to others who may benefit from it as well.

and while I'm on the subject...........

Chris Jordan's
Running the Numbers Series: (Once on website, click "Running the Numbers" to see pictures) Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. "This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. The underlying desire is to emphasize the role of the individual in a society that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming."

I really wish that I could see this exhibit in person, so that I may fully comprehend how colossal the numbers really are. Some of you may not be the type to take information of this sort to heart but it truly affects me in a big way; the most that I can do is make sure that you are exposed to the same information in hopes that it may have a similar influence. Thanks in advance for taking the time......and please let me know your thoughts on these ideas, I'd love to hear them.

Orange Lily II

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
~John Ruskin

To the Root

Winter Floret

I'm glad that I make it a habit to revisit the many folders of photos that I tend to accumulate. They have become so much more vast since I took on the {366} Photographic Journal. Trying to manage so many photographs can prove to be a daunting task. Sometimes I fall behind, although I've been very proud of the fact that I have yet to lapse completely. At times, I've feared that I would forget to take a photo ruining the entire year, but I have daily reminders in place to try and prevent that from happening. Anyhow, these two photos are from a walk I took around Bass Lake a couple weeks ago. I found them, and realized that I in fact did like them. I suppose that my frame of mind at the time these were downloaded wasn't really keen on the notion of dead flowers; I don't really know either way. Which brings me back to the fact that it's good to go back. Oftentimes, I will find something I wasn't ready to see in a certain way until I've had some time away. Does that happen to you?


Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.

~King Whitney Jr.

If you liked this check out:

....On My List....


I tend to judge books by their covers, which is initially what enticed me to find out more about this particular book. The cover is so whimsical with the branches bending every which way.........and so far from what I have read of the first chapter her writing mirrors just that. She paints a very detailed picture......I can't say too much more since I have yet to read it, but I hope to change that very soon!

The Monsters of Templeton

(Link will take you to Amazon)

Excerpt from the first chapter:

That morning, before I drew my hand away from the monster, I felt an overwhelming sadness, a sudden memory of one time in high school when I slipped to the country club docks at midnight with my friends, and, giggling, naked, we went into the dark star-stippled water, and swam to the middle of the lake. We treaded water there in the blackness, all of us fallen silent in the feeling of swimming in such perfect space. I looked up and began to spin. The stars streaked circular above me, my body was wrapped in the warm black, my hands had disappeared, my stomach was no longer, I was only a head, a pair of eyes. As I touched the beast I remembered how, even on that long-ago night, I could feel a tremendous thing moving in the depths below me, something vast and white and singing.

Here is a sneak peek at the first chapter - Link

*I took the time to read it and was immediately drawn in to Laurens style of writing......I just love the metaphors that she uses.....and after Botany of Desire I will be happy to grab on to some much need fiction. This book may just be the ticket.

FYI- Updates have been made to {366} Photographic Journal.


Something fun I found on Technodoll's blog, at first I didn't intend on posting it but I thought some of them were too funny not to share. Especially the one about the Philippines, since I'm half Filipino.....Dad, I know - I'm American! Anyway, it made me laugh, if you know me then they'll make you laugh too........

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Jessica!

  1. South Australia was the first place to allow Jessica to stand for parliament!
  2. In Chinese, the sound 'Jessica' means 'bite the wax tadpole'!
  3. The Jessica-fighting market in the Philippines is huge - several thousand Jessica-fights take place there every day.
  4. Apples are covered with a thin layer of Jessica.
  5. Owls cannot move their eyes, because their eyeballs are shaped like Jessica.
  6. There is no lead in a lead pencil - it is simply a stick of graphite mixed with Jessica and water!
  7. Jessica can remain conscious for fifteen to twenty seconds after being decapitated!
  8. The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953, at Washington D.C., by Jessica.
  9. Plato believed that the souls of melancholy people would be reincarnated into Jessica!
  10. Grapes explode if you put them inside Jessica.
I am interested in - do tell me about


* P E R M A F R O S T *


~ In a perfect world.....I'd get a snow day.....I'm pretty desperate to get an extra day or so off right now but refuse to call in "sick".......just because I'm hurting doesn't mean that I'm "sick"......It just means that sitting here is making me........well........for lack of a better term.......sick!.......most people want to sit around and veg out on sick days......me, I'd much rather be out hiking and taking pictures instead of sitting in a solitary position all day long.....Thankfully, I have an Acupuncture appointment today so maybe I will get some relief then - I've got my fingers crossed.....no more moving refrigerators or microwaves for me anytime soon.....I'm stubborn, I know.
~ The above photo was one that I took during the freak ice storm we had a few weeks ago, which resulted in a quasi snow day......I post it in hopes of conjuring yet another one sometime this week....I wish I knew some sort of snow dance!.....anyways, I just never got around to posting this photo but it deserved to be here as much as any of the other ones so.......here it is......this a a tree in the field right next to our driveway.....if I composed the shot differently with more of the left side of the frame in view you would have seen the downed power line......which by the way is still there!.......I'm guessing it's the phone line since we don't have a land line thus never calling them to come out.....Lights, Cable, Phone....all different people.....they don't care if the other guys stuff is laying around posing a hazard.....Everyone's got that it's not my job mentality these days it seems......


Interesting tidbit:

ZeFrank: I appreciate his way of thinking, and to me this video seemed valid for how I'm currently feeling. His other videos are zesty and often times peppered with slants on current events. Although this one has no explicit language or other offensive content.

*Cody stumbled upon this guys stuff last night, he's a pretty interesting character. This video was part of a podcast project he did mon-fri for an entire year.


Yellow with a Side of Blue


Golden Creeper

+ Not exactly the same scene but the concept is comparable. I didn't particularly care for the strictly digital shot of the exact scene so I chose a different frame. Would that then make the comparison irrelevant since it's not a photo of the same exact scene? Hmmmm, oh well.......I don't usually discriminate, except for when it comes to my photos, but I can do that! Anyhoo, I took these photos about a week and a half ago, while on my way to Acupuncture. One day as I was leaving a treatment I "saw" this abandoned building off to the side of the gas station in Valle Crucis; before I started the TtV I never really noticed it before. The people pumping gas were staring at me, and it was quite uncomfortable for the first 5 minutes I was there........after that I stopped paying attention to what was going on behind me so that I could make the most of what time I had before my appointment.

+ I try to make mental notes of things I see along the road so that I can stop when I'm better prepared, and sometimes I forget........I've gotten into the habit of writing EVERYTHING down though, otherwise ideas would be lost. I have lots of scrap paper laying around with random notes that need to be transcribed so I can categorize them so I can make sense of it all.....I love when I come across old lists or notes that I haven't seen in months, especially when I can check something off of it!.........It's like "hey, I did that"......Check!........That happens to me quite often actually, I guess the act of writing it down will still allow me to recall and complete what needs to be done even if the list is no where to be found.

I would like to share what's inspiring me today:

  • Timecatcher.com: Here you will find a grouping of the most wondrous images I've ever seen. Photographs beautiful enough to make my heart ache, and to ignite a lust that runs so deep it makes me want to cry........
    WARNING: Numerous scientific research has proven this site to be a real feast for the eyes. You may experience the will to quit your day job and travel. We cannot be held responsible for such actions. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • Louis Vuitton ~ Core Values Movie: Normally, I would automatically delete an email from them as I am not currently nor will I ever carry a Louis Vuitton bag.....that being said they are running a new campaign that really struck a cord with me. This link will take you to their website, my suggestion would be to just check out the 'Core Values' film. Photos accompanied with instrumental music in a slideshow form is what you should expect, but their is also a message or campaign slogan that speaks volumes to someone who desires to travel and see the world......as I do........these words were very powerful.......if you have 5 minutes.....check it out!
*Louis Vuitton did not pay me to post this and I am in no way endorsing Louis Vuitton with this message*


Technodoll tagged me for a Meme, here goes.

7 Random Facts:

  1. I like to read my magazines back to front.
  2. A guilty pleasure of mine is to watch Matlock.
  3. I am a freak about making the bed, even if it's right before bed, it's still gotta be made before I get in it!
  4. I only shower about twice a week, sometimes maybe 3....I know, I know....gross...Whatever!
  5. I wear the same hoop earrings everyday, I never take them out.
  6. I am crazy, crazy, crazy about skull paraphernalia.....I have all kinds of stuff - socks, necklaces, underwear, shirts, shoes,etc.
  7. I also like to collect postcards!

*That was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be! I welcome your comments and/or ridicule.......

**I tag Sian & Joan

Big News

It was nearly 9pm (friday) and I had already resigned to the fact that my photos weren't a good fit for their competition.........thankfully, I was wrong........I looked over and realized that I had an email..........I couldn't even get past the first sentence..........Cody had to read the email for me.....I could barely contain my excitement........I squealed......then cried........squealed some more......then cried again........it was a viciously beautiful cycle! Saturday, Cody and I went to the Turchin Center where the exhibition will take place to scope it out...... I still don't know what to think of all this.......I suppose that soon enough I'll wrap my head around it!


Click screen shot to read letters.......


Glee Gloom
*Taken on April 22, 2006*

"F A N T A S I A"


*I went to Staples to have the prints made, and they looked horrible.........I've got to find somewhere else to go where the quality will be better.......

Valentines Day Dinner

"The Gamekeeper"

Nut Crusted Goats Cheese

Nut Crusted Goats Cheese
nut crusted and fried stilton bleu and goats cheese with dried cherry compote and house baked crackers


wapiti elk loin, grilled medium rare, with potatoes anna and roasted shallot, bourbon cream sauce


spice rubbed ostrich fan filet from hilltop farms in forsyth county, grilled medium-rare, with sun-dried tomato jus and parmesan risotto featuring local organic greens

Key Lime Napoleon

Key Lime Napoleon
layers of light key lime mousse, chantilly cream, and pistachio toasted phyllo pastry


*Valentine's Dinner was fabulous.......I loved everything we had......For my entrée I had the Ostrich because I really wanted to try something I had never ate before so I took it all the way and went for the Ostrich....It was very good......tastes similar to lean beef.......and is a darker meat.....according to what I've heard it's also lower in calories.........but high in protein........I wouldn't hesitate to eat it again, as it was delicious! The appetizer was a mix of our favorite cheeses, so we couldn't go wrong there.....The dessert was pretty good, I didn't think I could handle a piece of cake so I went for something a little lighter.......everything was great.......the setting, the food, the night........

Blue Hole Conclusion "Part Three"

Blue Hole Cascade II

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

Blue Hole Cascade I

*These waterfall photos conclude the last of our visit to Blue Hole......these are by far my favorite of the entire bunch, what do you think? I don't have a whole lot to say, the photos of that beautiful place can pretty much speak for themselves......and as far as the WOW factor goes - I give it an 11......but then again they'd probably ALL be 11's if I were to dole out the WOW factors!! Waterfalls will always have a special little corner of my heart where nothing else can even begin to compare......there is something so mesmerizing about the water's journey and the point at which it descends that I'm sure will always amaze me no matter how small or tall it may be......


(Fun-ness attained by clicking button)
Sian posted a blog about this site last night, I tried it out and it has become quite habit-forming!
  • Click on the answer that best defines the word.
  • If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.
  • For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
They tally how many grains of rice you have donated so far, today I've donated 2,460, I wonder how many people that would actually feed?! Anyways, this game is really fun not to mention the fact that you can help people by playing a game that may boost you vocabulary at the same time. Now, don't blame me if you don't get any work done.......lose contact with loved ones.......have dictionary dreams.......or any other adverse situations that may come about from playing this game too much or for too long.......Thankfully, it can be justified by the fact that, "You're helping people!".............Let me know what you think!!

P.S. I only got to level 30 last night (really sucky), but today I got to 36!!! And oh yeah, I'm helping people :)

Tension Tamers

Tension Tamers


I got my Valentine's day flowers a day early, Cody surprised me with them since I was having an unusually bad day. They were so bright and beautiful, I was in the middle of washing dishes when he brought them in.......I promptly finished so that I could arrange them and take photos before the sun went down.....thankfully, I got done in time to take a few shots. The bouquet reminds me of spring, and it was full of some of my favorite flowers too. Cody knows which ones I like best! Lilies, daisies, and mums especially.......one was a Fuji Spider Mum that was orange and white, very crazy looking but gorgeous. Our Valentine's Day dinner was fabulous.......you will definitely hear all about it soon enough. Hope you all had a great Valentines day!

Blue Hole "Part Two"

Blue Hole Alcove

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~John Burroughs

Blue Hole Alcove

*Here is a photo of another waterfall at Blue Hole. This one was tucked in a little alcove above the main cascade. By the time we made our way back up the sun was then beaming down, making the greenery above the waterfall a tad bit overexposed, oh well....I can live with that.
I would describe this waterfall as being dainty.....it was just cute....not very tall, maybe around 6-8 feet?! The pool of water that the outpouring flowed into had rocks covering every inch of the floor, it was quite a challenge to set up my tripod there, but I managed just fine. I was halfway in the water, and the legs of the tripod were partly submerged in the ice cold pool, it definitely took some fancy footwork for me to stay dry.....although at one point I slipped and thought I was done for! Thankfully, I made it out safely.....there is one more waterfall @ Blue Hole......I will post those photos tomorrow. I hope you've enjoyed our day trip to Blue Hole so far......stay tuned!
The second photo is not my favorite, but I did want you to have a visual of what the surroundings looked like......



  • Cody took the boys (photo link) to the Humane Society this morning, they are being stripped of their manhood......we won't see them again until Friday......I hope that Cody can cope, haha
  • I am looking forward to tonight; Cody and I are going to eat at a fancy schmancy restaurant here in Boone called the Gamekeeper (link to website).....I've wanted to eat here ever since I moved to Boone......it's going to be great! Check out the link to see their menu......they have some interesting dishes.

~ Ode to Code ~

Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.

My Valentine

*I guess that I'm feeling a little mushy right now......and appreciative.....
I haven't been in the greatest of moods this week, mainly because I'm hurting more than usual and it almost always makes me pissy.....oops! I don't know how he does it sometimes.....am I really worth all the trouble?! I suppose that he thinks so, which is really all that matters....
I just want to say thank you for always being there for me.....and for always believing in me....even if you don't think I could have went up against an American Gladiator.....I look forward to the time we get to spend together after a long day.....or week of work.....and I am so grateful for what we have......and how we help one another throughout these days......
I am so fortunate to have you in my life.....
Thank you for being you!

~Nature's Cure~

Blue Hole "Part One"

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

John Muir


This is the "Main Fall" at Blue Hole

It's not entirely about the "WoW" factor for me.......on a scale from one to ten......I don't care.....
It's more than just the actual sight that I am focused on when amongst nature.....sounds also play an integral role in the experience as well.......especially when visiting a waterfall.....
I got the "WoW' factor from a Waterfall Guide Website that featured Blue Hole, which scored pretty low based on their scale.......maybe I'm just easily impressed.....I suppose if the water level were a bit lower it may be a little less interesting........for me.....probably not.......but then again I have that amazing ability to find beauty in all sorts of different places........does that mean I'm easy to please?!........not really.......I thoroughly enjoyed myself out there none the less.......it was a gorgeous day........at times a little too sunny which didn't really help me with long exposures but I made do......

Blue Hole Info/Location: HERE
Thank You to: Mark - for the info; without that it may have been a while before I found this place.


02.13.2008 at 10:55

"technodoll said...
I would like to see the originals though,
i think they pics would be just as stunning."

(Click photos for a slightly larger view)

*I only had to make slight adjustments in these photos, you were right......


"Tree Hugger"
Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants
*From the Juno CD, I'm all about it right now!

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
~George Washington Carver


These were the most charming steps I have encountered thus far in our hiking/outdoor excursions.
They were definitely unique compared to other steps we've seen at various other places.
Not that they were the main attraction or anything, but I thought that they were pretty cool.

Waterfall Overflow

This is just a little teaser......
not at all the highlight of "Blue Hole" by any means......
and as far
as waterfalls go......
it was simply the overflow of a much prettier and more scenic cascade....

Nature's Kingdom

And a scene downstream from the waterfalls.....
I thought it was just as beautiful as the rest of what we got to see......
the rock cliff, stream, and surrounding forest......
it was all so invigorating........
did I mention, I had a great day (Saturday)......

*The 'real' waterfall photos will start tomorrow

Hole in the Wall


This place was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, out in the sticks of Tennessee......
We saw this place on our way to the waterfalls, and afterwards decided to eat there. Otherwise our choices were pretty limited in the small town as country stores would have been our only other options. We were pleasantly surprised at the offerings available on the menu.

Mozz Sticks

That was our appetizer, homemade mozzarella sticks.........not your normal mozzarella sticks either......oh no, these were JUMBO mozzarella sticks!

Huge Mozz Sticks

Just for scale, you can see that it's as long as the fork handle, and they were pretty thick too. Is your mouth watering yet?!?! Oh, I'll make a trip out there again just for those mega cheese sticks I tell you what......

Lunch @ Rico's

Here is the actual meal we had......and at a very reasonable price I might add.....
I ate Eggplant Parmesan with Spaghetti, Salad, and breadsticks.......man, I sound like a little piggy, huh?!?!?! To my defense, I didn't finish it all, I happily finished that off today - with Cody's help......Cody had a Gyro, which is what you see wrapped in the foil. It was a great meal all in all........if we're ever out that way again, which I'm sure we will be, I'll definitely be stopping in to see Rico again. He suspected that we weren't locals, especially with me toting my camera taking photos of my food and wot not.......being a tourist is the way I like it......wouldn't have it any other way!

*I'd like to hear about any roadside gems you've stumbled upon before, good or bad.....

Taking Turns

Today was absolutely gorgeous, white puffy clouds and all..........which are my favorite by the way.

The Snake I

This is a photo taken from "The Snake", a stretch of road in Shady Valley, TN. Actually, three separate roads make up the snake. A haven for anyone who has a need for speed, or one who is especially fond of switchbacks.
"There be Twisties"

The Snake II

To get to our destination we had to pass through Shady Valley, TN, making the snake only a 1/4 of today's adventure. I drove there and Cody drove on the way back home, my shoulders were somewhat sore, and the back to back curves where becoming too much for me to handle, yeah yeah I'm a weakling.

Shady Valley Country Store

The sign reads:
1 Valley - 3 Mountains - 489 curves

*I had such a great day.......stay tuned to see what else we did today!

Wish Me Luck

FINALLY!! I waited until the last minute, but what really counts is that I actually got it done, right?! And it wasn't because I work better under pressure of anything, what I really am is a procrastinator........ah the truth comes out. Nearly 2 months ago I found out about this, and had plenty of time in which to accomplish sorting and choosing which ones I wanted to enter, but it's done now, I feel lighter........now tomorrow or today actually given that it's 1:15am I will be able to focus on doing something fun!

From the top to the bottom (left to right):
No End in Sight, R E F L E C T I O N, F A N T A S I A,
Cerulean Dream, Progressive Hesitation, Disney Like Display, Glee Gloom.

*Modified: I thought that I should add that these photos were chosen based on categories that were set for the competition.





I thought it would be of interest to see the same subject from two technical aspects. The top photo was taken with my regular digital camera while the second photo was taken using the TtV technique. As you can see the result you are left with gives two completely different finishes. I have really enjoyed dabbling with the 'new' technique. My plan is to continue working with it down the road with hopes that I will get better, and maybe I will find a way to make it more manageable, and possibly convenient!

What are your thoughts? I know some of you have expressed an interest in the photos.....care to be more specific on what you like about it? or don't like about it for that matter...........

......Loneliest Number......


As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.

*I'm hoping that quote will sink in for me, and I pray that tomorrow I will feel differently*


F A N T A S I A ab

Winter Beauty
When it's winter in the Valley
and my breath hangs in the air,
The snow will crunch beneath my feet
and glisten in the air.
The stars at night light up my world
so I never walk alone;
It's clear and crisp and beautiful
in the Valley I call home.

Joan Adams Burchell


Thoughts about this photo:

  • It was one taken during the beautifully wretched and freak ice storm this past Friday.
  • The sun came out for a very brief period of time and brought some blue skies with it.
  • Everything started melting at warp speed, we had to watch our heads for falling ice.
  • I feel terribly lucky that we got stuck at home that day and I was able to capture it.
  • I'm not always that lucky when it's that beautiful outside......
  • I'm also thankful that we have some very neat scenery around our little house 'in the valley'.
  • This photo makes me think of a dreamland.
  • It was very surreal to witness everything encased in 1/4" thick ice.


*How is your weather? Today was unusually warm, I was outside sleeveless, it was wonderful! Especially compared to the down pour we had yesterday.......

Incandesced Days

Sunbathed II

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
~Anthony J. D'Angelo


Things you should know:
  • This photo completely contradicts what the weather was actually like today.
  • I could use a little sunshine, what about you?
  • I struggle with getting to bed early, I'm going to take a crack at it tonight.
  • We've avoided going to the grocery store for almost 5 days now, the fridge is seriously lacking.
  • I finally finished sorting through my photos from 2007, and chose my favorites, which turned out to be more than I expected.
  • The photo competition deadline is this Saturday..........I better get a move on!
  • There is something that I don't like about this photo, although that doesn't out weigh what I do like, which is why I'm sharing it with you.

Down & Out

Do you have what it takes?!

Okay, so, what's this all about? Maybe you did or didn't notice that I was completely absent this past Friday...........we woke up to a valley encased in ice.......and this ice was so thick that the very weight of it downed power lines around our neighborhood, not to mention our front yard! We were virtually trapped since the power lines were laying across our driveway, as well as across the left and right sides of our road once you pull out of the driveway, and with the added branches scattering the road, it looked like a battlefield! We called as early as 7:30 in the morning but didn't see signs of relief until almost 11:00 at night.........on a normal day when you get to stay home due to certain extenuating circumstances you have constant stimulation from all sorts of things that require electricity. I was earnestly lost without my normal sources of entertainment!
Down & Out
It occurred to me while lighting copious amounts of candles later that evening that there was a time when people did do without the luxury of electricity, and in some places still do. Electricity, as a luxury, what a concept, eh? I know that this instance of us having to do without for an entire day was something that was forced upon us, but it definitely opened my eyes. It opened my eyes to how dependent I have become upon these luxuries, and how depriving yourself can allow us to place our focus on other things. I spend a lot of time on the computer, if you ask the right person, they'd declare too much of my time probably. I suppose that I've always been the type to test myself, to see what I am capable of doing or not doing, although this would not normally be a test I would place upon myself. When is the last time you did without the luxury of electricity?

Do you think that you could endure such a challenge imposed on yourself?!
~Take the Challenge~