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Learning – Project 52

I love, love, LOVE my cat.

He goes by the name of Smokey or also, and I do say this with affection, Fatso Catso.

We also call him Killer due to the many, many, many mice he has hunted and conquered on our property.

Smokey is not shy, but is usually quite uninterested in being photographed. He looks left, right, up, down and sometimes just closes his eyes. But, he rarely turns a glance toward me or my camera.

Smokey must have known this was a special photo opportunity. The Moms with Cameras Project52 theme was “learning,” and he graciously laid right down on my son’s workbook to “read.”  I practically squealed a “thank you, kitty” and ran to get my camera. I knew I had to work fast.

So, yet another successful and fun Project52 assignment. If it wasn’t for the “learning” theme, I may have just passed this image up and never grabbed my camera. Now, it’s one of my favorite portraits of one of my favorite animals.




Competition – Project52

As the mom of three boys, you would think that last week’s Project52 theme, competition, would have been a breeze. Just bring along the camera to the court or the field and I’m set, right?

Wrong. Oddly enough, after many years of back-to-back sports seasons, all three of my guys took the winter off.

The good news is that all of this sudden downtime in our schedule is getting the kiddos to reconnect with each other (and me). I’ve never played so many after school basketball games of “Pig.” And, the boys love to play “Knockout” on the driveway.

So, it turns out, all I had to do was go out on the driveway to get my competition pictures.

While I got a lot of fun action shots, my favorites are actually of the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” they played to decide who goes first in their game of one-on-one basketball.

The hands are filthy from playing with a damp, dirty ball on the driveway and for some reason, that game always gives them the giggles.

This Project52 work is fitting so nicely with my New Year’s Resolution to take more photos of my kids in “everyday life.” Very fun.

Oh, and, my close up got picked for a Moms with Cameras favorite of the week. Woohoo!


Sam at home with his giant slingshot











Living in the country is a gift.

For me, living in the country means space to garden, to raise crazy things like goats and chickens and to find peace in quiet spaces and skies that actually get dark at night.

For my boys, especially my youngest, the country is space to have adventure, to create contraptions, to build forts and to play, play, play.

It’s not a surprise that I decided Sam and his latest homemade contraption, a GIANT slingshot, was my target for the Moms with Cameras Project52 “home” theme last week. Giving Sam the space and the tools to be creative and just get outside more is a big reason why we call this lovely place our home.

And, I’m excited to share that the Moms with Cameras leader included one of my pictures in her favorites for the week. It’s so nice to get a little “good job” from another photographer 🙂

I love the "wasn't that cool" look on his face right after he shot a pinecone. He's pretty proud.



Well, actually, it’s not very cold here in Sherwood, Oregon.

The lack of snow, ice or even frost required that I up the creativity level for my latest Moms with Cameras Project52 assignment. Our inspiration for week 4 was “cold.”

I have to proudly say that I love these two photos. I used my 70-200mm lens on the “macro” setting. Such a sweet lens. I’ve achieved some stunning stills with it and, of course, it’s amazing for sports.

I showed these images to my oldest son, Ben. He complimented me on the popsicle photo and then, with concern in his voice, asked what I did with the frozen blueberries. I told him not to worry, they were tucked safely back in the freezer.  

Ben’s a bit obsessed with frozen blueberries. Every year we harvest a huge quantity of blueberries from our plants and the u-pick down the road…basically just for Ben…or so he thinks. I won’t even tell him how many I ate during the photo shoot!

Frozen blueberries.




Inspiration. It can come at almost any moment if I’m looking. But sometimes it’s nice to have it shoved my face.

For 2012 I joined the Moms with Cameras Project 52. Each week we get a new theme word or idea. We have 7 days to interpret and create an image that fits. We share our work through a group on Flikr. Anyone (professional or amateur photographers) is welcome to join. The community is very supportive and encouraging.

For week 3 our assignment was “trust.” And, I knew this little hummingbird fit perfectly. He bravely faced the snow and icy winds, trusting that I filled up his feeder and would take care of him through the winter.

I’m thrilled that the Project 52 community enjoyed my image as well. It’s great to get such positive feedback and the leader even included it in her blog’s highlights for the week.