Hudson Valley Art and Writing Awards Winning Photos (Mine!)

For the third year in a row, I entered the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which starts out on a regional level as the Hudson Valley Art and Writing Awards.
Awards are given in a variety of categories, 18 to be exact, and I entered 14 of my best photos, selected with the help of my art teacher.
On the regional level, I won a Gold Key for the 3rd year, the top prize, along with three silver keys, the second best prize. Here are my award winners

My Gold Key Winner- Positano and the Amalfi Coast of Italy from above

The Silver Key Photographs:

The Hummingbird at the Feeder

Looking out at the Water

The Happiest Place on Earth

Now, my Gold Key Photo goes on to the national level for judging.

For the second year in a row, I think that my silver key photos are better than gold, but the art community thinks else wise.

Remember, the 12 Photos of 2012 Poll is still open, so if you have not yet voted, there is plenty of time. It is a heated race this year, and I am surprised that there are no standout winners. There are seven contenders out of the twelve that could pull ahead with just a few more votes.

Keep the votes coming!


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!

Outdoor Photos in Trois Rivieres, Quebec

Yesterday, I noticed that the hummingbirds were loving their feeder. I spent over an hour “on duty”, waiting for a great shot of the humming birds. They would not come!
I finally realized that I should use my Zeikos wireless remote to trigger the shutter on my camera. I set it up on a table, and magically enough, there was the hummingbird!

Here are some of the photos I took of those tiny little birds, which are some of my favorite photos that I have ever taken.




I also took some great flower photos yesterday in our host’s garden.
Here you go: Enjoy!







Comment to let me know which one is your favorite!
Have a great day, and enjoy the day off tomorrow!

A Beautiful Weekend to Plant Flowers- Photo of the Week

Yes, as the title says, it has been a beautiful weekend. I spent a good portion of yesterday, and a little bit of time today planting flowers outside. The most popular flower at our house this year is the Vinca, pictured below:





I also planted two tomato plants in a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter, as advertised on Televsion.

Here is a picture:


I will make sure to post some updates in the future on my tomato plants!

These Photos were taken with my New Retina Display iPad.
It’s incredible how clear these images came out, but I still love my Nikon ­čÖé

Sorry the Photo of the Week is coming so late!
Have a Great Week, and look for a special surprise right here starting on Friday if all goes as planned!