Thursday, May 31, 2012

End of Year One

The last day of my first year on 365project. Since this year is leap year I actually had 366 photos to finish for the year. Here is a collage of some of my favorites from the year. I cannot believe it's been a year already, but am ready for year #2!

 31 May 2012 on 365 Project

A white flame!

 White Flame on 365 Project

The corner of my flower garden.

Corner of the Garden on 365 Project

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Distressed Looking

A collage of one picture of a daisy edited with several different programs/websites

 Daisy Collage on 365 Project

Vintage Daisy

 Vintage Daisy on 365 Project

Time to clean the kennels

Time to Clean the Kennels on 365 Project

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Drops of Summer

This flower reminds me of origami. It's so pretty and delicate.

 Folded on 365 Project

Lilies are so beautiful.

 Lilly Petal on 365 Project

It's summer break!!!!

It's Summer Break on 365 Project

Monday, May 28, 2012

Unusual Views

Here's another view of my dark colored daisy.

Today is Memorial Day and I have to stop and say thank you to all those who have worked to keep everyone around them safe and our freedom in tact. Those of us who do not guard our way of life get to sleep soundly at night because you do not. Thank you!

It was a low key Memorial Day around here. I did laundry, the kids and I went to see The Avengers (we loved it!) and my husband worked on getting the molding up in our bathroom.

We had hamburgers from the grill for supper and just hung out around the house. So, tomorrow is actually the first week day I have off that is not a holiday for my summer break.

 Another View on 365 Project

Who is She After With all those water balloons? This is one of my daughter's besties. 

 Who is She After With on 365 Project

  I love our new bathroom floor, it's so nice to have something new, clean and updated in my house. My husband and his dad are amazing! 

 Floor is Finished on 365 Project


Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Little Girl is 13

13 years ago today (May 27th) I spent the greater part of the day confined to a hospital bed being pumped full of magnesium and pitocin. They were trying to induce labor and keep my blood pressure down at the same time as I had developed SEVERE toxemia. I spent about 20 hours like that before they decided to do an emergency c-section. My daughter was born via c-section at 6:03 p.m. on May 27th, 1999. She weighed in just a little over 4 lbs and was only 17 inches long. She was delivered four weeks before her due date. We spent almost a week in the hospital before they would let us go home.

The toxemia actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise because my lil peanut of a girl would have not survived a vaginal birth. My placenta had slipped down so it was blocking my cervix and the umbilical chord was wrapped tightly around her neck.

The first two years of her life we fought terrible respiratory problems. Because of them she did not sleep through the night until she was 10 1/2 months old. She was four years old before she could blow out all the candles on her birthday cake in one breath.

All of this was after five years of fighting infertility, getting pregnant and having a miscarriage. Now, she is 13, healthy, active and in the gifted program at school. She doesn't look like she was that little or that we went through all that just to bring her into the world and get her through her first few years. She is truly a miracle child that I am thankful for every day I am given with her.

 13th Birthday on 365 Project

Another shot from the water gun  play at my mom's.  It's a stand off.

 The Stand Off on 365 Project

Vintage NRT N-2 35mm Camera

Cannot find info on this camera... came with a case, in original box, never been used. 
 Vintage NRT N-2 35mm Camera  on 365 Project

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Family Time

We had our family May Birthday dinner on Saturday, May 26. My SIL's birthday is the 25th and my daughter's birthday is the 27th. So, we had an outdoor cookout and both girls got their gifts and the kids (including one of my daughter's best friends) played and hung out. The robin kept landing in the yard and snatching up worms while we were eating.

It was a nice evening and some down time after a very busy week at work for me. But, now I am officially on summer break.

 Wormy Bird on 365 Project

 The kids played with water guns at my mom's when we had our family dinner there. This pic of my daughter reminds me of a scene from Charlie's Angels.

 On the Hunt on 365 Project

 The model 100 was one of Kodak's first Instamatic camera released in the USA.

It used the 126 film (Kodapak) cartridge.

The button on the front released a pop-up flash holder for a single AG-1 peanut flashbulb. Elevating the flash holder changes the shutter to 1/40th of a second whether there is a flashbulb in the holder or not.


Type: viewfinder film camera
Manufacturer: Kodak
Production Dates: March 1963 - 1966
Film: 126 film cartridge
Lens: 43mm f/11
Image: nominal 26×26mm (hence 126), actual 29×28mm, masked to 26½×26½mm for printing
Shutter: mechanical leaf, 1/90 sec. and 1/40 sec. with flash popped up
Price: $15.95
Designer: Frank A. Zagara
Power: 2×AAA batteries for flash
Tripod Mount: none

Came with case, instructions and flash bulbs

 DSCF9295 on 365 Project

Friday, May 25, 2012

More Daisies and Another Camera

A view from below of the daisy from yesterday.  I love this picture and really love the way the daisy looks at this angle. 

Go Ilk Upon on 365 Project

Some more editing done on my pictures of daisies.

Canvas Type on 365 Project

Kodak 620 box camera:
Type: Box rollfilm
Introduced: 1933
Discontinued: 1936
Film size: 620
Picture size: 6 X 9 cm
Manufactured: Germany
Lens 1933: Doublet f/8 - f/16 - f/32 with two close-up lenses
Lens 1934-36: Doublet f/11 - f/16 - f/22 with two close-up lenses
Shutter: Box-shutter
Numbers made: 27,000
Original price: ?

The Brownie 620 is a black leatherette covered metal box with geometric design in black enamel and nickel chrome on front. It has two brilliant viewfinders and a shutter release lock.

Fun Facts:
This camera is abit of an oddity in that the box camera design was not manufactured in great numbers by Kodak AG in Germany. The cameras produced in Germany tended to be of a more intricate design, like the Kodak Retina cameras. Even this Brownie 620, with it's f/stop selection and close-up lenses, shows a degree of precision not found in many Brownie box models. Click here for more information about Kodak AG in Germany.

  Kodak 620 Box Camera on 365 Project

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Photography of Daisies

Asteraceae is the scientific name for daisy.  I love all kinds of daisies. 

Asteraceae on 365 Project

Another collage of different hues of a daisy 

 Daisy Hues 2 on 365 Project

Rollei GmbH is a German camera manufacturer with an impressive line of cameras and a history that is closely connected with the history of photography. They set the standard for TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) cameras and has had great success, especially during the 1950s when almost every newspaper photographer used a Rolleiflex.

Came with receipt, instructions, camera bag and original packaging

Rollei 35 Camera Kit E 15 Flash on 365 Project

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This lily just really took my breath away.

Lilly on 365 Project

 My sister-in-law turns 37 this year.  She and my brother have been married fore 13 years.  I love this picture of her.

My Sister-in-Law on 365 Project

MARK IV 126 CAMERA was made in the 1970's and took 126 b&w or color film and used 2 AA batteries.

  MARK IV 126 CAMERA on 365 Project

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guardian, Editing, and a Brownie

Here is the guardian of my flower garden

Guardian of the Flower Garden on 365 Project

I really had fun editing this picture.

Brick Painting on 365 Project

Vintage Kodak BROWNIE STARFLEX CAMERA with Flash

Information on this camera:
Type: Box rollfilm Introduced: March 1957 Discontinued: Sept 1964 Film size: 127 Picture size: 1 5/8 X 1 5/8" Manufactured: US Lens: Dakon Shutter: Rotary Numbers made: ? Original price: $10.00 Description: Moulded plastic body; 'twin lens reflex' pattern with large brilliant finder with hood; screw and pin flash contacts Approximate worth: $5-10

     Vintage Kodak BROWNIE STARFLEX CAMERA with Flash on 365 Project

Monday, May 21, 2012

Somethings New and Something Old

My flower garden looks so much better now that this years flowers are planted

 My Flower Garden on 365 Project

 A collage of a daisy in different hue.  I used the hue slider in my Photoscape program to change the hue on this daisy.

 Daisy Hues on 365 Project

Clix-O-Flex camera by Metropolitan Camera Co.

The viewfinder hood is made of polished metal that folds when when not in use. The body is black bakelite and vertically oriented; at least two variations exist, one (illustrated) has widely-spaced horizontal lines on the sides and a leather-effect panel around the lens; another has a diamond pattern around the lens and closely-spaced horizontal side grooves. The camera makes 4×3cm landscape-format exposures on type 127 film rolls. The lens is a Maestar 57.5mm meniscus lens, with a simple time/inst shutter. The back is removable for loading, and has two red windows and a large retaining knob.

Still in original box with instructions 
 Clix-O-Flex camera by Metropolitan Camera Co.  on 365 Project

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Look what I found hiding in my flower

 Hide and Seek on 365 Project

 Evidence that it is neither squirrels nor rabbits destroying my flowers. 0-o
Mischief in Action on 365 Project

A friend who lost a family member this school year was going through stuff as she was cleaning out the home of her family member and came across a bunch of old cameras. She knows I love photography and gave them to me.

 Box o' Cameras on 365 Project

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beauty in all Things

We are now a puppy-less family.  Livvy celebrated her first birthday today.

Livvy Bday on 365 Project

I just love this beautiful plant.

Fuscia on 365 Project

A sapling growing out of the rocks at the bank of the lake. 

Rocky Growth on 365 Project

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pretty Much All About Me

My hair has gotten pretty long. I am hoping I can deal with it at least until August. I let it grow out so I can donate it. It takes anywhere from 18 to 24 months to get it long enough. Last time I cut it it ended up being too short for my tastes so I'm trying to let it grow a little longer this time

 My Hair on 365 Project

 The last time I was in the Lion's Garden at our local park there was a running club doing their thing. All kinds of people came running through there, this is a post processed picture of one of them.

My standing by rocks.

 Rocks on 365 Project

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Views from the Cemetery

Goose Sunset
Goose Sunset on 365 Project

A view of a sapling growing out of some rocks along the bank of the lake in my cemetery I go to often.

Rocky Foundation on 365 Project

I love this idea. There are several of these in the cemetery and I just think it's a really cool idea.

 Memorial Tree on 365 Project

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Every Thig's Just Ducky

There was a very sassy duck at the cemetery today.  This silly drake was not happy with me because I never bring food with me.  I think he's just about fed up with me for not feeding him! 

Sassy Duck on 365 Project

Just some post processing fun. I actually took this picture and processed it several different ways using several different programs. I am going to make a collage out of the different photos I made from this one, soon.

 Daisy Art on 365 Project

 Going down

Going Down on 365 Project

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Left Behind

A picture of one of my son's baseball team's pitchers in action.
 Strike ONE on 365 Project

My son striking out at his last game. :-(

 Batter's Out on 365 Project

 The swans left behind feathers after they were finished grooming themselves
 Shedded Feathers on 365 Project