Tag, you’re it!

1. What is your first name? debra
2. What is your favorite food? French fries
3. What high school did you go to? Broadalbin-Perth
4. What is your favorite color? purple
5. Who is your celebrity crush? no one
6. Favorite drink? Mt dew
7. Dream vacation? Iceland
8. Favorite dessert? ice cream
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? tall
10. What do you love most in life? friends
11. One word to describe you. friendly
12. Your flickr name. debraannep

1. Debra Messing, 2. french fries, 3. NATIONAL ANTHEM, 4. Purple Rain, 5. No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent, 6. Three new test market Mt Dew flavors, 7. Iceland – Gullfoss, 8. Flickr meltdown, 9. stack, 10. Peace Love Happiness Friends 63/365, 11. Friendly Bottlenose Dolphins at Sea World in San Diego, California, 12. pic 001

Answer the questions, use Flickr to search for your answers, and put the links to your answers into the Mosaic Maker. The only rule: you have to choose one picture from the first page of Flickr results.

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3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
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9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
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Burgess Lake

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Jason and I hopped in the Jeep with a kayak and canoe tied down hoping to find inviting water. flowerWe settled on Burgess Lake. Jason fished and I paddled around snapping pictures of everything in sight. I was listening to a podcast interview with a photographer. When questioned about how she takes such phenomenal pictures, she stated that it’s practice and volume. For every one or two good photos chosen for publication, she may shoot between 50 and 100 pictures. I am practicing to be a descent photographer. I enjoyed practicing with the macro setting as evidenced by this coolie flower pics.

I looked high and low, mostly low, to find the perfect lily pad flower, flowerthis was the best I took, not necessarily the best there was to see. After paddling across the lake from south to north, I began exploring the west side of the lake looking for my lily pad and flower photo and hoping for a good goose shot. There was not a good goose photo to be had, though if you browse the pictures, there are a few geese represented. On my way back south I found an inlet. It appeared wide enough to navigate so off I went.

At the start of the inlet a flash of color caught my eye, so I paddled to the side to see what it was.bobber The proceeded forward until I felt like I should at least tell Jason where I was. When I saw Jason several minutes later, he inquired as to where I went. As he watched me paddle along, I just disappeared into the trees. I told him I came bearing treasure and paddled over to give it to him. In one breath, he thanked me and asked why he didn’t have it 20 minutes earlier when he needed it. I called him an ingrate and said it was in the tree. Ok, I made that last part up, but he say he needed it 20 minutes earlier and wished loudly that he had the bobber then.

We paddled a bit more, then both headed to explore the inlet. I didn’t go as far by myself as we did together. The map above doesn’t due justice to how far and how difficult the paddling was, but it was fun. The difficulty involved narrow and shallow waterway. I had to take my paddle apart eventually, I kept hitting the plants or the bottom when I tried to steer alternating sides.We turned around when the treefall and plant life was too thick.

After reentering the lake, I headed swaneast. There were a pair of swan and too many to count geese. You will have to click on this photo to see it, but I was allegedly paddling too close to one swan, I was squawked at, then the swan took flight. I didn’t dare use my camera for fear of the bird turning on me after I spooked him/her and my good camera getting too wet. Therefore, I used the disposable camera with the colors turning out just a little weird. One can still see the swan on the right side of the picture.

Though this may sound weird, I think next time I will bring a knitting project-a dishcloth or something. I paddled around a lot at first the floated and let the wind carry me while I wondered what I would do while Jason fished. There were many houses along the northwest and northeast shores, so there was nothing to be done there. I eventually settled into photographing everything for examination later. I may even begin designs based on my photos, I will have to bring a notebook with me.

Celebrating Independence

We have no set traditions for celebrating Independence Day yet, so we invited people to play on the water with us. Mom and Dad P. were busy with cooking for a catering job and running to the farm. Josh and Julie joined us on the water. Julie and I in our kayaks floated merrily down the river while the boys in a canoe fished. Julie and I found the creek near Granny’s house and explored as far up as we dared. There was plenty of treefall to navigate. After playing in the inlet, I made it my mission to pass under as many trees hanging in the water as I could. Pictures were taken by me with my Canon and Julie with a couple of disposable cameras left over from the wedding. A map of our adventure on the river. You can see the river to the east of 131.

After playing in the water, we hurried home to make dinner for the family, only to find Granny waiting in the driveway. Mental note, don’t plan dinner until I know for a fact when I will get off the river. After dinner we went cleaned up and went to town with Julie and Josh to watch the fireworks. We met up with another Josh and were entertained quite nicely.

In which I ponder photos

You may or many not remember that I found a few photo challenges almost two months ago. I purposed to participate by taking one photo a day of anything I desired. While setting about finding interesting things to take photos of, I would attempt to follow an alphabet challenge, changing letters every two weeks or so as well as attempting to capture color schemes that changed every two months. It comes as no big surprise that my interest is waning. More because I have limited subject matter due to gas prices rising beyond belief. I have intentions of spending an afternoon in downtown GR, but that would only serve one day/one photo. I can alter the challenge and include them in the color or alphabet if applicable. There are a few surrounding towns that may have interesting architecture, parks, and what-not, but I have to plan that as I don’t want to waste gas. A few weeks ago I fairly well ran out of ideas and finally failed to capture a photo for a given day which then dragged into a few days, possibly a week or so. In reading blogs/posts of others participating, I am not alone in this, however, they have completed almost 5 months of photos, not less than two. Such is life. I am still taking photos, just several a day and not everyday. I downloaded and cropped all the photos I have been hording, you can check them out here. This weekend I’ll sort them into the other two categories, ABC-along and PS3.0.

Spring has arrived . . .

Good intentions often go awry in the course of an actual day. I plan, I plot, I attempt to be as productive as possible, then life happens. I seem to be more ready at the end of a week to accomplish my tasks.
My list today:

  • laundry
  • print some email
  • repack kitchen items from cardboard to plastic but only about half of what I wanted, there’s more to go, but I’m checking it off because progress was made
  • sort three office boxes – file or shred – maybe on Sat.
  • straighten the living room- maybe on Sat.
  • garden-the black dirt arrived today, THANKS DAD!

Granny called this morning, then Jason called. There was a lunch up at Mom and Dad’s church, so I threw on some clothes and raced to Granny’s house. We had a wonderful lunch and I drove Granny home. We wandered about the yard looking at evidence of spring. Daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, violets and other pretty green, yellow, pink and purple things. I think maybe next week, I will spend a morning or afternoon with Granny helping with the beds. Then we looked at the product of wonderful talent-one of her brothers and his son made and sold blown glass figurines. There are impressive: a carousel that spins, bears, swans, punch bowl with cups and an ladle and more.

I arrived arrived home around 3pm and managed to accomplish almost half of my list. I am also beginning to find it challenging to complete my photo-a-day, but I am not giving up. As I thought about it yesterday, it occurred to me that if I participate next year, I will be three months late again. I decided to look through my 2008 photo folder and discovered that I took pictures on 23 days during the first 91 days of the year. I am going to use those and call it finished on December 31, 2008 unless I feel that I won’t do it again next year. In that case, I will probably extend my deadline to March 31 and remove the first 23. To that end, I have placed these 23 pic in a folder of their own.

  • top left: a handsome, proper puppy
  • top right: I call this one – cat in a basket
  • middle left: I didn’t take this picture, but it was taken with my camera
  • middle right: knitting entertainment
  • bottom left: mosaic for 23 of 91
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