Larger than Life

Macro photography is my obsession. There is a whole new world available when you look closely enough. I love how the most ordinary becomes extraordinary and the hidden is made visible when seen larger than life.  These photos were all taken around my home. Things I walk past every single day made me stop in awe when seen in a new light. Enjoy.

Joy and Peace inside Sadness and Chaos

Finding time to post not to mention photograph these last few weeks have been exceptionally difficult.

There have been two quick trips back to back, the relapse of my elderly dog who thankfully looks to be back on track and the sudden wonderful busyness in my professional life… BUT as a solo act this means I am the only one doing all the work. The actual photography I love, of course!  The business side… not so much.   Accompanying the wonderful uptick in business has been a month of hard learned lessons. Lessons I didn’t want to learn…reminders of how, no matter how much we want to trust humankind, everyone does not want the best for you… This kind of realization is particularly hard hitting for someone scoring off the charts as an empath.  To further complicate things I am simultaneously in the midst of re-doing my web site. I think it will be wonderful when complete and hope to stay sane until it is!

So – I have missed a few weeks of sharing with you here… but did manage to capture a moment that truly made me smile and one that brought a feeling of peace.  I share those with you today in the hopes that they will do the same for you.

Sunset last night N San Diego County….

Hummingbird – Glendale, AZ  10 days ago

Focus 52 Weekly Prompt: Begins with the letter J

J is for Jawbreakers! From a shoot I very recently completed for a local vintage candy store who are commissioning a line of handmade photo cards for their store. Enjoy.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Indulge

One of my favorite places to indulge is a small, beautiful, family owned winery very near my home. Cordiano Winery.  (www.cordianowinery.com)

They have delicious wine and make amazing wood fired pizza to order. The tasting “room” is a lovely patio out doors with a magnificent view of rolling hills in the distance and a perfect seat to watch the sunset should you stay that long…and frequently we have! Our first visit was shortly after returning from Europe and it reminded me so much of lazy afternoons drinking wine in Spain that it was uncanny. We have been regulars since and welcomed like family every time we arrive. Should you find yourself in my neck of the woods- do yourself a favor; visit and indulge in the many ways to satisfy your senses.

Clouds In my Eyes

One of the wonderful (and dangerous) things about where I live is the sheer number of wineries in close proximity! Recently we drove to Temecula to try a few new places. It was a day with “weather” which we don’t have often enough…. I took full advantage.

One tip to share. If you are tasting, look in the local markets before you buy at the tasting room. You will often save yourself a fair bit of money.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Down.

Down to the Sea.

In a lower or worse condition.

In a lower state of activity.

Lying Down.

Toward a lower physical position.

Down in the ground.

Defeated.

The opposite of up.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary in San Diego. ISO 200 f/16 1/750

Link

One of my goals this year was to actively and regularly participate in Focus 52  (http://twoscoopz.com/category/focus52/ ) and Project 52 (http://project52.org/ )   Both weekly photo assignment, critique and discussion groups online, designed to nudge photographers out of their comfort zone, challenge and inspire them. I rolled out a couple of the weeks bam , bam … then my regularly scheduled life got in the way. First the beginning of school then the death of our friend. So here we are at week six(!) already. It truly IS frightening just how fast time goes by. I am back in the loop. Can’t guarantee I will hit every week but I will try. I WILL! Week six “Still Life” for Focus 52. Sorry for the low res I don’t know how that happened when re-sizing but there is no going back as you know. …

Still Life

Just add water

Here in Southern California as the song says it “almost” never rains.  So when it does it’s a real treat. After a good downpour like we had a few days ago, I love to walk around one of the many parks near my house with my camera . It makes everything look completely different. Things I hadn’t noticed before tend to stand out.  Here are a few examples. …All shots taken on a slightly overcast morning in Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA