Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

Come join me on my journey!

Couple more weeks and we’ll be in Mammoth again!

View on trail above Lake Mary looking down on the Wood’s Lodge cabins (9600′) where we’ll be staying.

View on trail looking above Heart Lake.

Nearby Lake Maime.

Aaaaahh. Can’t wait. Are you envious?


Morning hour long walk with Gina and Ray this morning.

We walked right out our front door and walked the Arnold Palmer course around 9:15am this morning. It was free of golfers as the course has been closed for maintenance.


Shots of our early morning Bump and Grind hikes.

Tuesday morning: Linda, Mary Kay and Connie

Wednesday morning shots of Connie.

Connie almost at the top of the Bump and Grind hike.

Later today, Gina and Linda getting manicures and pedicures and feeling mighty feminine.


A mini slumber party.

Connie and Paula are getting ready for bed. We leave for the San Fernando Valley tomorrow at 5:30am. My sponse, Debbie, is speaking at an all day Three Legacy Workshop.


All work and no bird watching makes for an unhappy Linda.

We have lots of bird watching distractions from 2 days of having organized about 46,000 photos and over 2,000 file folders. Without the birds, I might have gone crazy. I’m so relieved to finally have all my photos and folders organized. Thank you Prodeal. Please no more crashes for a couple of years!

Tomorrow we import all the photos into Adobe Lightroom 2.4! Then we’ll set up regular backing up.

Two weeks ago I was getting my clothes and closet organized. I certainly like knowing what I have and where it is. Woo hoo.


400 blog entries since my first blog Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

Well, the 400 blog entries don’t work out to be a photo a day but I am impressed I have been as committed to blogging as I have been.

Ray is away in Santa Barbara for the weekend. He left me a loving surprise card in the coffee cupboard. Thanks Babe. I recently bought an internet card which I gave Ray to use with his computer while he’s away.

Our home is inundated with crickets. They are crawling everywhere even though we have a pest control man come once a month to spray inside and out.

Prodeal and I were at the computer from around 10am until 8:30pm. As usual, there were glitches which kept us in a stall pattern for a while. The In and Out burger and fries took away the frustration though.

Here’s Prodeal. He is a backpacking friend who, like Cupcake, has many of the same interests as I do which makes working on my folders and photos fun. Hopefully tomorrow we will make a bit more progress on making sense of a year’s worth of chaos.


Beat the heat at 5am!

Connie got me up and back out there exercising on the bump & grind hill.
I exercized!
We did it.
We committed to doing the bump & grind Tuesday mornings.
Tried taking a handheld photo here but the light was too low.

Used the fill in flash here as evidenced by the reflection of the flash on Connie’s perspiration.


Lens practice.

Walking around for a half hour today, hand holding the new 70 – 200mm 2.8 lens, I shot from our dining room out the window. Was hoping for better, but liked the concept.

Good night. Up at 3:45 for a 5am beat the heat hike.

When I stop something one time, I stop. I’ve got to get back to daily exercising. Since I canceled my backpack, I have only exercised one day. That’s over a month ago. Pathetic.


Noisey little bugger.

This was what was making noise outside my window. I couldn’t figure out if the noise I heard was coming from inside or outside. I could hear the noise and Ray couldn’t. I finally got up from my computer and walked outside. I was barefoot and walking on the concrete right by Mrs. Black Widow’s nasty web.

I looked for something big like a rat or some other rodent that might be trying to scratch his way into our home from the outside. I couldn’t see any unusual forms in the little light falling on the concrete just outside my office. But while still looking I heard the muffled clawing-like sound again. I looked closer and couldn’t believe my find. Thinking, yes, this will be my blog photo, I went back inside for my camera. I’d been wondering what photo I was going to post tonight as I hadn’t picked up my camera all day today. I started shooting this 4 inch long flying insect doing what I don’t know, but frantically doing it. My presence didn’t seem to bother him much, nor did the full force flash on the Canon Powershot A650.

Damn, why didn’t I find this insect last week when I could have used this shot for the “Blue” assignment.


A day devoted to learning.

What a fantastic day I had doing just what I wanted to do. I spent a large portion of the day reading, and practicing what I was reading, in Scott Kelby’s The Adobe Photoshop CS4 book for digital photographers. This is the first time I shot raw photos and worked them in Adobe Camera Raw. Actually, that isn’t true. I just learned that using Adobe Lightroom 2.4 in the Develop mode is a Camera Raw program.

I practiced on the photo below.

hmmmm. Our 3rd photo class assignment is “Curves”. I wonder if this photo qualifies? Ninety percent of the photo should be curves so I doubt it.