15 January 2010

It's all about the lighting, (Lots of sunshine) and an award for me

One of the secrets of good photography is lighting. It really is all about the lighting. Just look at the pink from the sunset on the side of the house. Beauty! I got this one on the way back from our walk the other evening.
This lovely old tree stands at the end of our driveway. The lighting almost makes it look spooky. It really isn't spooky at all. We call it "The Guardian".
The barn looks one way in the evening light, you can feel it is the end of a long old day. I don't think it looks tired, just relaxed. It looks different in the early morning, like it is just waking up. I feel like having a big stretch when I look at this one. I love the way the sunlight sparkles from the dew on the magnolia leaves.
The view from our front porch, with the railings back where they belong. Isn't it a lovely sunset?
Here is the same sunset from the road a few minutes earlier. How about this one for awesome? Love it!
Bright sunshine filtering through the trees in the early evening, this was taken earlier on the same evening walk.
You know I love classic cars! This is SUNSHINE! (I wonder what people think when they see the crazy lady pull over to take pictures of their cars).

What says sunshine more than a tree full of birds?

Now for the award.

Thanks to Jeanne Klaver from Daily Reflections from Atwater Pond who was kind enough to offer me this award. Apparently she enjoys looking at it (that makes me happy).
The instructions are as follows;

1. Thank the person giving the award.
2. Copy the award to this blog.
3. Place a link to their blog (so far so good, all easy stuff).
4. Name seven things people don't know about you (that is a little harder).
5. Nominate seven bloggers who you admire (this is the hardest part, I love reading your blogs).
6. Place a link to these bloggers.
7. Leave a comment on their blog notifying them of the award.
So, here goes
1. Earl Grey, hot with milk is my favorite tea but any British tea will do just fine. I am enjoying a cup of "P.G. Tips" right now.
2. My favorite incense is Egyptian Rose, I also like sandalwood and several others. Incense is much nicer than nasty chemicals from an aerosol can.
3. I do not like butterscotch and am not fond of black licorice.
4. I like to do calligraphy and illuminated letters.
5. I am just a little nuts about heraldry, (the whole "Knights in Shinning Armor" thing).
6. I have lived in Utah, Illinois, Idaho, Great Britain, New Mexico, and South Carolina (as well as two long months in Texas and a total of about three months in Italy).
7. I grew up in a big happy family. I was the youngest so my older brothers and sisters had quite a bit to do with raising me (they will tell you, I have always been spoiled, but that is OK, I deserve it).
As for the seven bloggers I admire,
7. Corner of Cat's Mind
I know I have nominated number three before, but it is such a great blog! There are several others that I read and enjoy regularly. What is your favorite?

Ok, one more picture of sunshine. Spontaneous says hello (she is even cute when she is grumpy).


  1. thank you for the award and well deserved yourself!

    i love old barns and those sunset pics are amazing! better than anything we could paint.

  2. Wow... such beautiful photos!!! I found your blog through Brian at Waystation One. You are very talented!

  3. Oh oh oh thank you so much hon!! How wonderful is that!!Hugs!!:)
    I loved your photos...wow!! The buttermilk sky..OMG what a stunning shot!! Your place is just beautiful..I miss living in the country!!
    Earl Grey..my very favorite tea..caligraphy and illuminations..wow cool beans! I am afraid I love both of those treats...Heraldry..I love that!
    How fun are your seven..whoot!!
    Thank you hon:) Hugs, Sarah

  4. Your pictures are incredibly beautiful and I had to go back and look at them again several times. I received the same award and guess I went overboard in disclosing information...it was great fun.

    Thanks for brightening my very rainy Sunday. The San Francisco area is set for some stormy days ahead.

  5. Yep, you're right, the lighting is pawsome & so are the pics!

  6. Your pics are absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful difference from our falling ice!!
    Thank You!!

  7. Oh Kat ~ you are so sweet to nominate me! Right back at you! It's always so fun to get to know other bloggers a little bit better.

    The pinks of the sky in your pictures are awesome ~ so beautiful!

    Thank you again for the nomination ~ it's so kind of you!

  8. Great photos, Kat! Love your blog.

  9. Thanks, Kat for passing on the award. Your pictures are sweet. The sky is like the mind of the earth, and it shares so many moods. Thank you for taking us on these walks. Say hello to the guardian for me.

  10. Stunning shots, I love the one of the sunsets! Amazing!
    Congratulations on your award and thank you so very much for passing it onto me; I am so very honoured! What a lovely gift to find waiting for me on a Monday morning.;)
    What interesting things you list as well; my Irishman loves Calligraphy too.:)

  11. You are SO right, it is all about lighting when taking pictures and you've got some gorgeous ones there. Hard to pick a favorite!

    My daughter's favorite tea is also Earl Grey, which we are almost out of as she has reminded me a time or two!

    Congrats on the award!

  12. Congratulations on your award, well deserved. I love your lighting pictures. I was going to say that number four of the barn from your porch was my favourite, but then I scrolled down and saw Spontaneous.

  13. Hi Kat :) I'm popping over from a link from Catherine's (cornerofcatsmind) site. You have beautiful pictures :) I can see why you were nominated!

  14. Thank you for the all the lovely comments! It makes me smile to know you like my blog. I can't wait to see the postings for the awards.

  15. Hello! I've found your blog via Zuzana (Life through reflections). What a beautiful home you have, and those are wonderful photographs! I look forward to reading more of your blog!
    Best wishes
    PS. I have a post on some calligraphy by Denis Brown across on my blog (frogsdogsferns.blogspot.com) which you might be interested in.


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