Monday, June 30, 2008

Forest Grove School

This is the one-room school that sits about three miles from my house. I did some research. It opened in 1888 and closed in 1959. And now it sits full of memories of children who marched into this door. They learned to read. They learned math and history. They went on to raise families and work jobs and live their lives.

This is the photo I took this past Saturday afternoon.

I played with it in Photoshop and this is the picture I ended up with. I like it.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008


"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?"
Luke 12:27-28

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A walk

I don't know if I really like any of these photos. I'm getting pretty picky about my shots, maybe too picky. What do you think?

I really liked the bokeh in these first two. Bokeh is the fuzzy background in a photo.

Depth of field is basically how deep your focus is. I'm working on that. I can't decide if I like this shot or not.

I did like the depth of field/bokeh in this shot — particularly the fuzzy bee in the background.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More Flowers

You'll come back to look at these next January, trust me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Quad Cities Air Show

Actually, these photos were taken by my camera, but not by me. My hero absconded my camera during the air show. He loves flight! He has always loved planes. So I sat in the grass and enjoyed watching his excitement as he snapped the shutter.

Maybe it's just me, but I think the guy in the orange is absolutely crazy!!!

Yep, this plane is flying upside down. Why? Like I would know! My hero said this is a P51 from the European theater of World War II. Okay, but he's still upside down.

This is an F16. He's loud, but very impressive.

This is the P51 flying wing-to-wing with his much more powerful eventual replacement. I'm glad they could get along.

I don't know what they are, but they were pretty.

These were the stars of the show — the Navy's Blue Angels!

And since he took all the airplane pictures, here's one I took:

The little baby blue jay was pushed out the nest to learn how to fly. I'm grateful that he stopped long enough to pose.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Around My Yard

Today, enjoy the wonders I found in my yard.