Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reflections | July 2015

This was taken on my wildlife camera, which I can see from my office, but it seems to be a popular path for wildlife.  I have many pictures of coyotes from this camera, but the coyotes are the only ones that seem to be scared off by the very slight click.  This time I got a good shot and in color!  Which means this was taken about 6:30 in the morning, or the image would have been infrared.

Spiders just give me the chills--and not in a good way...  I was once bit by a brown recluse which I had to deal with for four months, so I'm always on the lookout when I'm doing anything in the yard.  On this day, I saw this web in the morning light and decided to photograph my first spider and web.  

Just played around with the crystal ball for a photography assignment this month.

During a quick stop at Starbucks while taking a break with a client between locations, I looked up and noticed the gorgeous light on some of the surrounding high-rise buildings, so I took a moment to take a few images.

Here's another one taken during a session.  Mount Rainier in the background surrounded by a soft pink sky.

 This image was taken within 30 minutes of the image above with the pink sky.  Remarkably, on this night, the sky was soft pink facing southwest, but orange/purple when looking northwest.  This was taken over the 520 bridge.  I hadn't been up there in a while and things sure have changed with all the bridge construction.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tween Summer Session | Redmond Portrait Photographer

A fun summer session from a few weeks ago.  The breeze near the water sure played in our favor.  Liv was up for something new, no pony tails this time around!  These images were taken when the sun was like an orange ball in the sky as a result of the BC wildfires.  The hues of pink, pale blue, purple and orange were swirling around us and made for a lovely backdrop for this session. 
Beautiful evening, beautiful girl.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Reflections | June 2015 Roundup

Taken on Monday 6/22/15 just East of Snoqualmie Pass.  I was lucky enough to be looking north where I could see the Northern Lights and then turning about 90 degrees to see the milky way.

My sister has a gorgeous garden, full of beautiful flower, fruits and herbs. I was lucky enough to get this Allium just before the heat rolled in.  

Allium close up.

Hummingbird on feeder and my first image with the beak (or bill) parted.

This hummingbird was sitting on a tree branch.  These tiny creatures are so hard to focus on (and I was in my office behind glass) so doubly challenging.

Juvenile hummingbird, tiny, fluffy and even harder to photograph.

My nephew graduated from University Prep this month.  I am so proud of him!  David is off to Denver University in the Fall.  

Jamie Brown Borzy

The fact that you're no longer here will always cause me pain, but you are forever in my heart
until we meet again.  I love you always...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In Loving Memory...

Jamie Brown Borzy


"If there ever comes a day when we cannot be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever"

Winnie the Pooh 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Reflections | May 2015 Roundup

I have varied images and experiences to share for this month's roundup, so let's kick it off with the hummingbirds...

I decided to try mixing hummingbird nectar from scratch this month, instead of using the store bought red stuff.  They love it!  

Here's the mixture I used:

1 cup granulated sugar
4 cups of water
Heat mixture until sugar is dissolved
Be sure to let it cool completely before filling feeders.

Here's a story you don't hear about everyday...  A few weeks before I took these photos, my mom had emailed me and in the subject line she said, "Oink! Oink!  See if you can find one of these in your yard?"  We both see a lot of wildlife on our property, but I couldn't believe my eyes!  She sent me pictures of this mama pig and her five piglets in tow.  It turns out a bear broke into her pen and took one of her piggies and she was on the move and ended up at my mom's property about a half mile away from her pen.

A couple weeks later, I was visiting my mom and all of sudden her dogs are barking at something and I look up and what do I see trotting down the driveway...  Miss Piggy!  She was back!

There's a big problem with this, because the last time she and her five piglets escaped, they destroyed part of the lawn.  The pictures from the lawn damage would have blown your mind, unless you're raising pigs; you cannot imagine how fast they can and will root through your lawn!

So she was back and alone.  The owner was soon to follow and told us the bear broke their pen again and got one of the piglets for sure and she wasn't sure where the other piglets went, because she was running after Amanda (aka Piggy-see below)

Piggy walked about a half a mile and ended up at my mom's again.  It was chaos, you cannot make a 250 pound pig do want you want them to do.  She collapsed at one point, probably overheated, traumatized from another bear attack and exhausted.  We took buckets of water and added some molasses to her grain in an effort to help her regain her strength and wait it out.  Her eyes, they look so human and while my heart was going out to her, it was going to be dark within a couple hours and she needed to get on her way.

The owner was unsuccessful in "guiding" her off mom's property.  Finally, reluctant decision was made to put a rope around her like a leash as a last resort.  All I can say is if I never hear the noises she made after being leashed as long as I live, I will be just fine.  It was...  well, no drama I swear--horrific!  The good news is she kind of "broke" and quieted down after a few minutes and the owners were able to push her from behind and guide her towards home.  It's true what they say about pigs, they are stubborn.

I went to visit my granddaughters this month.  Olivia is holding the chicken and the twins, Addy and Evie the eggs.   They sold a dozen eggs to the neighbor for $3.00 and were so excited!

This is a Clematis from my yard over a 24-hour period.

My friends Brenda, Louise and Nellie came over and Louise was kind enough to let us use her digital microscope.  It was fun seeing the different things we'd collected and photographed, we all captured some unique images. Thank you Louise for bringing your gear and showing us how to use it, this could be addicting!

Can you guess what the following three items are?  Leave your guesses in the comments.