Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 87 Late Night Snack

Mmmmm.  Popcorn. It drove Duke crazy to watch me eat it.

            f/25; ISO 400; 1/30 sec. exposure; 27mm focal length

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 86 Big Lights

These are some of the Christmas decorations that our neighbors the Ruggle's have set up on their lawn. I love the way these looked so I messed with a few settings and came up with a shot I liked.

             f/25; ISO 100; 30 sec. exposure; 35mm focal length

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 85 Pilgrims

These are some nice Pilgrims I met this weekend. They aren't much for conversation, but they have such great skin!  Anyhow, these belong to the Uemura's and I snapped this one off while enjoying the annual Turkey Soup Night.

          f/5; ISO 1000; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 84 Stacked Cups

Lame, I know.

              f/4; ISO 1250; 1/40 sec. exposure; 22mm focal length

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 83 Pinwheel

My niece creates and then sells these really cool pinwheels for just abut any occasion. She has a shop on Etsy called Rule 42. Go to her blog and follow the links to see more.

This is the set she brought over for Thanksgiving yesterday.

            f/4; ISO 1000; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 82 Sleeping Angel

Verity arrived at our house today in mid-nap. She looked so sweet while she was sleeping that I had to take her picture.

           f/4; ISO 1600; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 81 Centerpiece

This is a Thanksgiving centerpiece that Kim's Mom gave us. It will be on the table tomorrow along with a little bit of wheat in the background.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

           f/4; ISO 640; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 80 Mexican Flame

These flowers are found at Anaheim High School. This is a very nice specimen with bright, vibrant colors.

          f/4.5; ISO 100; 1/200 sec. exposure; 33mm focal length

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 79 Bug Zapper

I thought this would be an interesting subject. This is our bug zapper that we hardly ever use. It does glow nicely when plugged on and gives off this cool blue light. Kinda cool.

            f/4; ISO 100; 1.2 sec. exposure; 28mm focal length

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 78 Kids

Here are some kids from our church playing a game. I have no idea what it's called nor do I know exactly what the rules are. They get in a circle and are supposed to hold still. Then one of them make a move to strike another player adjacent to them. The other person is allowed to make one move to avoid being hit. It is kind of fun to watch.

            f/4; ISO 1000; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 77 Alice

Today at Joshua and Sarah's wedding I was able to get a few shots of Alice Gilmore while her Dad, Andrew was holding her. She is a happy baby and especially loved the feel of my goatee.

           f/4.5; ISO 320; 1/30 sec. exposure; 32mm focal length

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 76 Angel of Friendship

The other night some friends of ours came by (Dave and Christy Ritner) and gave this statue to Kim. It is called "Angel of Friendship" It is an Angel cuddling what appears to be a Yellow lab puppy. It was very thoughtful and a much appreciated gift. It was very nice to have our friends come by and extend their sympathy. I really appreciated that.

             f/4; ISO 500; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 75 Duke

This kind of happened real fast. Kim has a friend who knew some people who needed to find a good home for a Yellow Lab. I was not looking to "replace" my friend. That can never happen. However, I have added a new buddy and his name is Duke. He is two years old and man, is he ACTIVE. So far he gets along fine with Kobe (who has already let him know who is the boss). Brendan, however, can't stand him. That will take time, I suppose. Duke could not care less about the cat, but I think he'd better watch out for a few days.  So, here he is.

           f/5; ISO 3200; 1/30 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 74 Lonely Buddy

Here's our other dog, Kobe. I don't know if he has fully realized Thor is gone just yet. Kobe has never been alone for more than a day. We got him at 6 weeks when we still had Isaiah. I took this one just as he was waking up this afternoon. He's a very sweet dog.

             f/5; ISO 500; 1.3 sec. exposure; 84mm focal length.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 73 Thor

At 9:53 this morning I said goodbye to my friend. I held him tightly and had my hand over his heart as life left his worn out body. I wept over him for a short time and then left the veterinarian's office, still in tears. I came home and then cried some more. It isn't easy saying good bye to a good friend. Below is a poem I found when I lost my Golden Retriever Isaiah. You may have heard of it. It's called the Rainbow Bridge.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

Author unknown...

I miss you, my friend.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 72 Goodbye, Old Friend

This the last picture I will take with my Yellow Lab, Thor. Today, I learned my old friend has inoperable, terminal cancer. He has a large tumor at the base of his tail that also encapsulates his internal organs in the area. I laid down with him one last time tonight and my heart is breaking right now.

He is a good dog who always thought I was the best thing ever.

He greeted me at the door and slept by my bed.

He loved me and I love him.

I will miss him.

               f/5; ISO 100; 2 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 71 Kids at Play

Today we celebrated Brody's 5th birthday with a lot of fun and frolicking. There was a Dinosaur theme and the garage was decorated like a cave.  There was a bounce house and a Pinata and I think all of the kids had a great time.  This is the sign that was placed in the street to get the drivers to slow down. Very effective.

           f/10; ISO 100; 1/60 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 70 ER

So I spent 3 hours in the ER today. I have an umbilical hernia and it was causing excruciating pain today. I tried to tough it out, but could not, so off to the hospital I went. I'll need surgery real soon according to the Doc. Anyway, here's my admitting bracelet.

          f/4.5; ISO 1250; 1/30 sec. exposure; 28mm focal length

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 69 Wind Chime

This is a wind chime on our front porch. I look at it from this angle often.

          f/4.5; ISO 100; 1/80 sec. exposure; 22mm focal length

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 68 Western Exterminator "Little Man"

I took this one today while at work. There is a Western Exterminator office next door, so I asked permission to photograph the one in their courtyard. Kinda cool looking and unusual.

              f/4.5; ISO 100; 1/640 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 67 Bird of Paradise

I took this one while on the campus at Anaheim High School. This one had especially vibrant colors even before Photoshop enhancements.

          f/4.5; ISO 100; 1/100 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 66 Red Daylily

These are found in our church parking lot. Pretty much right next to where I took yesterday's picture.

             f/4; ISO 100; 1/250 sec. exposure; 18mm focal length

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 65 Date Palm

Date palm tree at church (without the dates).

            f/4; ISO 100; 1/250 sec. exposure; 30mm focal length

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 64 White Hibiscus

This is from a Hibiscus tree in our back yard. Actually, it's our neighbor's plant and he "graciously" lets it grow over our fence.

            f/4; ISO 100; 1/250 sec. exposure; 20mm focal length

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 63 Suspended leaf

When I came home from work I noticed this leaf hanging from our Magnolia tree. It is caught in a spider web, but I thought it looked kind of cool.

            f/4; ISO 100; 1/60 sec. exposure; 24mm focal length

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 62 Faceoff

Here are a couple guys from our table top hockey game. I caught this right before the action began.

            f/4; ISO 1000; 1/30 sec. exposure; 30mm focal length

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 61 Pink Rose

Once again i have found a nice flower specimen for the blog. This is a pink rose that is in my friend Pete and Irma's flower bed. I focused on the flower in order to accentuate the dew drops (hard to come by in nearly 100 degree weather).

           f/4; ISO 100; 1/100 sec. exposure; 24mm focal length

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 60 Kickin' back

After a long HOT day (in the 90's in November) I was just kickin' back watching the election results. Wearing shorts in November. Gotta love the heat.

           f/4; ISO 1000; 1/30 sec. exposure; 30mm focal length

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 59 Weather Bunny

He's running as fast as he can to the North. This weather bunny lives at the Zuniga's house and seems to be moving very fast, yet he doesn't seem to go anywhere.

          f/4.5; ISO 1600; 1/30 sec. exposure; 30mm focal length