I’m back with a little bit of Christmas!

Yes, it has been over a month since I last posted, but it was just a case of being so busy, and caught in in a variety of things, that I stupidly forgot to put up some photos.

However, I have been working on plans for improvement of the blog starting this upcoming weekend, including the “Twelve Photos of 2012” contest that I will speak more of in my next post.

For now, I wanted to share a little bit of homemade Christmas joy with you, I the form of DIY wreaths.

I started with two inter-twined coat hangers, as you can see above.

Take some extra Christmas tree clippings, which your local Christmas tree farm would give for free (as they did for me) or at a minimal price, and attach them to the wire skeleton using floral wire, available at most craft stores.

The result is this


Or, on a larger scale, the result could be this:


For now, enjoy the month that could possibly be the busiest of the year, and I will be back on Saturday.



Sandy is Here…

As I write this, the wind is roaring, and the ominous sound of cracking branches, and rain is coming down. We still have power, but the lights are flickering. Some wind gusts are at a hurricane level. Luckily, we are not in an area where flooding is serious, but watching news reports from Long Island and even New York City are startling.

For all of those affected, stay safe, stay inside, and hope for the best! I certainly am. Best wishes to everyone in the path of the storm tonight.


Photo of the Week: October 21-27, The Sights of Fall…

The Fall season is upon us, and with tradition, comes a visit to Soon’s Orchard, home to the World’s Best Apple Cider donuts!

During our visit, I took a few artistic photos. Unfortunately, no photos of the Apples and Donuts though.




If you go out to enjoy the Fall or Foliage, take some photos! It is the most photographed time of year for a reason.


Website Updates and Trip Photos

With the weekend in front of me, I decided it would be a good time to update my original website, and even make some changes here! To start, I was wondering what day would be best for the Photo of the Week.
Please take a moment out of your Internet viewing time to vote in this poll!

Also, due to popular demand, I thought I would repost the
Iink to my Mediterranean Trip Photos. Click Here for the Photos!

No matter how the poll results turn out, the Photo of the Week will come out on this upcoming Sunday Morning (10/14/2012)
Enjoy the Weekend!


Interesting things in Nature… Photos of the Week, September 30- October 6, 2012

Over the past week or so, when I wasn’t doing some sort of homework, I went outside to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather. It seemed as though rather than seeing just a normal spider or a normal caterpillar, it had to be an unusual creature.

Take a look at this!


What kind of spider is that? Look at the design on its back!



The Caterpillar of the Hickory Tussock Moth. According to what I have read, beware! Don’t touch one if you see it as the white and black hairs that stick out get into your skin, and can cause a severe allergic reaction.

While I’m on the topic of cool creatures, my Cousin Keegan is in the Gal├ípagos Islands studying the behavior of the island’s lava lizards, which are very cool creatures! He is enhancing his skills of the Spanish language, and learning about the local culture in the process. This is all thanks to the Global Gap Year Fellowship.
Check out his blog, Don Quixote de Los Carolinas.

Have a great week!

Photos of the Week- September 16-22

This week, I have some photos that involve keeping the shutter open for multiple seconds, therefore letting in more light.

In the late summer and early fall when the air gets chilly at night, we begin to use our fire pit to roast marshmallows and just get some nice warmth.

Here are the photos that I am speaking of:





Why does the last photo look like a wildfire?
Well, as the shutter was open, I moved the camera horizontally in order to get that desired effect.

I hope you have enjoyed these photos, and maybe even learned something new about photography!


Photos of the Week, September 9-15

I have been busy over the past week with the start of school, but this week’s photos will make up for the gap!

I have been experimenting with Photoshop Express for iPad before purchasing the full version of Photoshop for iPad. Normally, I don’t edit my photos, besides slight changes in color or contrast. This weekend, I thought that I would try out some artistic editing on some of my favorite photos.
First, I will share the original photo, followed by the heavily edited version. Enjoy!


The Amalfi Coast


The Cliffs of Santorini, Greece


The Parthenon, Athens, Greece


Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Have a Great Week!