100 Summer Days with My Lensbaby Weeks 11-14 plus 2 Days
Out the Window Day 73
Lone Tree Day 74
Summer Views Day 75
Macro Veins Day 76
Sunshine Day 77
Jessie Girl Day 78
Floral Wallpaper Day 79
Early Blossoms Day 80
Crossing Intersection Day 81
Ahead of Time Day 82
Cropped Color Day 83
Couple In Love Day 84
Mid-Day Sun Day 85
Harris Ranch Dusk Day 86
Palm Lane Day 87
E-Ticket Ride Day 88
Harbor Pano Day 90
Top Shelf Day 92
Childhood Memories Day 93
Spot of Sun Day 94
Fisheye Fun Day 95
Spirit Tree Day 96
Burst of Color Day 97
Breezy Blur Day 98
Monkey See Monkey Do Day 99
Lady Bathing Day 100
The best part of our 100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby…the talented women who let me join them and of course–enjoying the world with my Lensbaby lenses and optics!
To celebrate our completion, we will have a Lensbaby Circle from one blog post to another. When we “go live” I will happily share the first person, so you can really see our summer across the globe with Lensbaby. Thank you to Ana Marie Rosenberg for her coordination of our project! See her amazing talent here: http://anarosenberg.net/…/100-day-of-summer-with-lensbaby
100 Days of Summer Lensbaby Circle
Thought it would be easy to select a few of my favorite images that were part of the 100 Days of Summer celebrating my love and passion for all things Lensbaby. Not as easy as I imagined, but here are a few that made my first favorite bunch. If I had to guess, I would see updates to this post for sure!
This is a tree in the parking lot of the church I attended while growing up near Pasadena, CA. (San Gabriel, Church of Our Savior) My parents, the Twining’s met one another at this church…ironically, my Aunt Carol (Dad’s sister) and my Godmother (Mother’s BFF) had been telling each of my parents they needed to meet a “friend” of theirs. Nah, they met one another without that awkward blind date kinda thing. Small world since Mother was born and raised in Lahaina, Maui and Dad predominantly on the East Coast. Gonna have to go with “some things are just meant to be.”
My Mother was recently sharing their story and I never knew that my Dad fell asleep in the movie on their second date. Mother said, “Well, I will never see him again…” Nope, she was wrong on that account as he told her how he felt on date 3.” He proposed at 6 weeks and they were married over 50 years.
I was fortunate to be able to attend my nephew Matt’s wedding to Hali. Many advantages to having the newest DSLR lens, Velvet 56 on my Nikon, especially the 1.6 aperture. I watched the candle melt during the reception and when I could clearly see a woman bathing–snap and a sentimental memory of a magical day and evening.
If anyone were to describe me as one who shoots flowers, I would have disagreed before the 100 images for Summer…yes, most were flowers and close to home. Many were actually in parking lots of the various doctor locations I visit for treating my back and neck injury. Once I switched to focusing on the “Lensbaby Love” and had lighter lens/optics on my camera it was easy to find subjects to share.
Tulip via Velvet 56
Partial Petals via Velvet 56
Secret Garden via Velvet 56
Some non blooming sights…
Crossing the Line
Sharing the Beauty
Out the Window
And the most visited location…my neighbor 3 doors away with a magical yard…
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Next in Line
Dehazed Daisy Pops
Jessie Girl Attentive
Spreading the Lensbaby Love during the summer…one day at a time!
The talented and creative ladies with the LB100DaysofSummer:
Thank you Ana, Pauline, Nicola, Sonia, Kelly, and Justyna for allowing me to join you with an “amazing” 100 Days of Summer.
To continue with our closing circle of 100 Days of Summer with Lensbaby, visit the very talented Kelly Jacobi, just click on the link below!
Kelly – Kelly Jacobi Photography
Special thanks to Lensbaby for creating such fun (and addictive) lenses and optics! The folks I have had the pleasure to meet in real life as well as those with email or social media, you guys totally rock and are appreciated much!
100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby Week 5
Wow! This time of summer is just moving at an alarming rate. Does remind me of how quickly summer vacation passed as a child. Here are the images I shared during Week 5 of the…
100 Days of Summer with my Lensbaby
Hi Riley! Day 29
Bokeh in Back Day 30
Opposites Attract Day 31
Drought Humor Day 32
Sunshine Globe Day 33
Long May She Wave Day 34
Light blue, white, and pink! Day 35
May your summer days be filled with joy and creating memories!
Found! Old Pictures of Shiner, my first dog
You know that moment…when you open a box you don’t remember packing and find beloved old and tattered images? Or, in the year 2013—find an old Memory stick you have and open it to find lost images. Well, my moment was the later and I found a file of images I put together for my parents 45th anniversary digital picture frame. I organized the images around the early 90’s and they go back for a couple of decades.
My first dog was Shiner P. Midnight. I got her when I was in college. One of my friends got a puppy and it was adorable, we got one from the same litter, so–enter Shiner. The breeder told us she was a purebred Cocker Spaniel and I had naive thoughts of breeding her and making money. One of my professors had a REAL Cocker Spaniel, and he did not believe she was really a cocker…
I attended Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. Shiner was the first dog that was mine and not a family dog. She traveled well in the car, on planes, camp bus, you name it! After graduation, I moved to Indiana to direct an Outdoor Education School and Shiner came along. My Mother sent her a dog sweater, since it was so cold and she spent time outside–wherever I went, she went. If she got miles for her plane trips, she certainly would have earned a nice trip!
One time, I returned to Indianapolis after spending the holidays in California–and went to the special baggage claim and there was no Shiner! I must admit to going from 0 to hysterical in a matter of seconds…the flight we were on was continuing on to Boston, Massachusetts, which is where she ended up. Then, she was flown back to Indianapolis and put in an Airline Van and delivered to me in Bloomington, Indiana. After that adventure, I didn’t fly again with her. Also, if I knew then what I know–would not have shipped her so many times!
Shiner didn’t like wearing her sweater. I would let her outside and she would return a few minutes later–usually without her sweater. She figured out that going into the briar patch caught her sweater on the branches and she could get it off!
My job in Indiana was seasonal, so we would return to California for summers and I would direct a summer camp–then, she became the “Camp Dog”. She loved to play fetch with rocks or a ball, not really particular. When she was a puppy at camp, the kitchen staff would take their breaks and try to hit the camp bell with a rock. This is where Shiner got her fetish. They would throw it and she would bring it back…
This image was taken by a photographer that would come up once a week to take pictures. I decided I wanted to get one taken with Shiner. Apologies to the original photographer…have no information…or, would give proper acknowledgement.
What is not visible in this picture were the moments preceding the shot. As soon as I got Shiner on the swing, she leapt off my lap and took off for the lake…I caught her before she went swimming and hiked back up to get our picture taken. You may note how much my fingers are holding her–no more leaps!!
There were a few occasions when I went somewhere and couldn’t bring her. She was properly spoiled…under a blanket with my Mother.
She even made her own doggy door by shredding the screen on their sliding glass door…so she could go in and out as she pleased…
One thing my parents and I never got along with was politics. I canceled one of their votes and have continued to do so. Decided I couldn’t resist this plastic dog toy of President Bush…and then, made sure to pack it for visiting her “grandparents”. My Dad thought it was entertaining, Shiner was happy, and got quite a few laughs.
This picture was from Christmas in Northern California. The San Francisco Bay was visible from the Bay Window in my kitchen, loved this little one room house on the hills of San Leandro. Good times and memories.
One morning, I was getting ready to go out to visit camps–my real job as a Professional Girl Scout. Normally, Shiner would wait at the door to ensure she was going. I noticed she wasn’t as excited and her urine wasn’t the right color, so I dropped her off at the vet and went to visit the closest camp. I talked with the vet, only to find out what she had was life threatening. Autoimmune Hemoletic Anemia, it took 21 days for her to get better, including 4 days on life support at UC Davis and a splenectomy. My parents helped a little with her bills and we had 6 more years together. As Shiner aged, her eating waned, so I started making her Doggy Meatloaf. She loved it. I fed her on a towel, as her legs could go out from under her on the vinyl flooring. My cat, Tucker also enjoyed the meatloaf and would happily help Shiner with her meal. Included ground turkey, chicken hot dogs, frozen veggies, bread crumbs and eggs. Although it was all food I would eat, I chose to not taste the dog food!
It has almost been 20 years since she went over the Rainbow Bridge. I still have her collar hanging from my rear view mirror and have to smile when her tags jingle when I hit a bump or a sharp curve:)
One of my favorite memories is driving to camp with the top off my Suzuki Sidekick and her ears flapping in the breeze as she sat in the passenger seat! She would even stay in the car when the top was off and I went into the market. Many more stories and beautiful memories!
Jessie is 4 Months Old!
I really had forgotten the joys of having a puppy…
- Getting up in the middle of the night
- Sharp teeth and teething
- Puppy laundry–cleaning bodily fluids from indoor surfaces
- How quickly they grow!
- Undying devotion and trust
- First bath
- Puppy shots
- Eating EVERY plant and organic item in the yard
- How inviting kitty litter actually must be
Just some of the fun moments I have been able to enjoy since we picked Jessie Girl up on January 10th.
Early photos–look at how little she is. Weighed just over 3 lbs. when she arrived and I believe she is almost 8 now.
The best surprise was finding a picture with our beloved Roxie in it–we lost her 3 days later to The Rainbow Bridge. One of the worst moments of pet loving and ownership. Jessie will have the blonde coloring of Roxie when she matures–note the rapid changes her appearance has gone though in the past two months. Cairn Terriers that are Red Brindle are much darker at birth and the dark hair changes to light over time.
Playing with Riley 2 months later…they play non stop and love one another!
There was just one day when they didn’t get along. Apologize to Riley for a bad reputation on Facebook. He is a loving boy and learning how to be the alpha dog. We pretty much have a “Puppy Bowl” 24/7 and it is a joy to watch them tumble and tug.
Riley tuckered out after a long play session!
For Jessie’s 4 month old birthday on March 8th, I decided she needed a bath–she did not agree and I believe I almost got wetter than she did.
She worked diligently on drying off–with Riley watching. Think he was just glad he didn’t get one! (He visits the groomer for that!)
A few close ups…as I was trying to get “birthday pics” of Jessie, Riley was quite the “Photobomber” insisting he be the focus of my lens–so I obliged!
Here are a few of the favorites I have already shared previously on Facebook, but I thought I’d give another dose of cuteness. Thanks to all for being patient and viewing the puppy…again! Gonna guess there will be more pictures to come:)