Category Archives: Weekly Winners

The 2010 Reindog Parade

Yesterday, Toby, Ed and I went to the Reindog Parade at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Fox doesn’t like this sort of event, so he stayed home.) Basically, it’s an excuse to dress up your dog (and, sometimes, yourself) and take your dog to the Gardens, the only day they’re allowed.

Victoria Stilwell of “It’s Me or the Dog” was our emcee. (I’ve never seen the show, but I hope to catch its next season.)


There were more than 100 dogs in the parade.


Hey! It’s Toby!


Victoria said that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make excellent Reindogs. A judge agreed, apparently, and took his photo.


Here’s another Cavalier. We saw six or seven throughout the day.


This gal won an award.


As did this dog.


And this one.


Lots of other dogs won as well, including a group of rescue dogs who, along with their humans, dressed as the folks from A Christmas Carol. They also took the Best in Show prize.


After the parade, we put Toby in a Santa hat for a few minutes.


Then we looked at some of the other sights at the Garden.





All of the photos from the day are on my Flickr page in their own set.

If Toby’s up to it next year, we’ll take him again. And if he’s not, we’ll go without dogs. It was that much fun.

A beautiful day at Cloudland Canyon and Rock City

Ed has wanted to go to Cloudland Canyon State Park forever. Actually, we went last year, but for reasons I can’t remember, we weren’t able to really hike.

The park is about three hours from our house, so I haven’t been much inclined to go. However, my parents went last weekend and reported it was GORGEOUS. So, I decided to surprise him, and we went yesterday.

It WAS gorgeous!















I was pooped after the five-mile hike. We were glad we hadn’t brought the dogs, as it was pretty strenuous, and we have old dogs. In fact, parts of it reminded me of the Panther Creek hike. There were some STEEP drop-offs, which made me nervous, especially on the way back when I was so tired. When I get tired, I get stupid — and clumsy.

Next, we went back to Rock City. It was also gorgeous.








(This self-portrait was taken on the swinging bridge. A couple of years ago, I took one with our shadow on the rock in the photo above this one. You can see that photo here. Also, the “pooch” you might notice? It’s my terribly attractive fanny pack/two sweatshirts tied around my waist, NOT a baby bump. 🙂



You can see the rest of my photos from the day on Flickr. These are also my Weekly Winners. Go see Lotus for more. 🙂

It was a fun day. 🙂

A few photos… and hi! (And a week late Weekly Winners)

In addition to not blogging much (at all), I’ve not been taking many photos. Last Saturday, however, I was suddenly all sorts of inspired at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

When I finally got around to uploading them today, I realized that apart from one photo I uploaded to Flickr when Toby passed his Canine Good Citizen test in June, the last time I uploaded photos was MARCH — my cousin’s wedding when I was the photographer. That it had been so long shouldn’t have been shocking since I knew I hadn’t taken photos off my card since March. And, I went two months between taking photos with my SLR (though I took a few with my point and shoot). But it still was somehow…

Here are a few of my favorites from last Saturday (assuming I can remember how to embed photos in a post, and I’m not even kidding). 🙂


(I shot this photo of a Splendid Leaf Frog through glass, so I am particularly pleased with how it came out.)








I cropped a couple of these (the first one for sure, and MAYBE the third), but I didn’t do any other editing. With the exception of the first shot, all were shot using a telephoto lens. As close as I was to the water, I’m really surprised I didn’t fall into the pond. All it would have taken was someone brushing up against me accidentally.

Since it’s been so long, I’ll say that we’re all well in the Casa de Ramblings by Reba. I ran my 5K I mentioned in April and then ran/walked the Peachtree Road Race on July 5. I also injured my calf at the Peachtree, which I’m STILL recovering from (so no running since then, except for an ill-fated mile when I thought I was better — ha). Work is good, but crazy. My 10-year work anniversary is next month. Ed is good. Dogs and cats are good. My nephew Francis, who I saw last December for the first time in more than three years, skipped kindergarten entirely and is a first grader.

What’s up with you?

(Edited to add: even though these photos were taken LAST week, I’m going to use them for Lotus’s Weekly Winners. I had some technical difficulties last week, which is why I didn’t get them up for the actual week of Weekly Winners.)

Forgive me, Internet, for I have neglected my camera…

Between the craziness of December (which has nothing to do with the holidays for me), my company’s annual conference in January, the dreariness of the winter landscape and a good old-fashioned case of the Winter Blues/depression, the camera’s barely gotten any use in months.

But, as I discovered last Sunday, spring is definitely coming, and, partially as a result, I remembered that I CAN take a photo (or 200). Here are some of my favorite from our day out in about Athens, Georgia.









Seriously, I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to photograph anything other than our dogs ever again. I felt REALLY out of practice shooting on Sunday, but I definitely think I’m getting my photographic groove back. Hooray!

I’m also using these as my Weekly Winners. (Remember the olden days when I did that EVERY WEEK?) For more, visit the lovely and talented Sarcastic Mom.

Weekly Winner (yes, singular)

Between my having vertigo (feeling better, but still can’t move around too much and especially not too fast), Thanksgiving, and other photo-related projects, I didn’t take many photos at ALL!

I took 13 total shots for the week, all early Thursday evening. I didn’t take ANY photos at Thanksgiving dinner (was feeling particularly dizzy), but I did take a few of Toby when we got home. He’d had a bit of a Thanksgiving dinner himself (a little turkey, some green beans), and he was definitely feeling the effects of the turkey.


So I didn’t TAKE many photos, but in other photographic respects, I’ve been busy, busy, busy.

I’m getting ready for a craft fair at work Thursday. It’s the first time I’m putting my work for sale, and I’m curious to see if anything sells. Also…

Over the last few months, several of you have mentioned wishing there were a good way to order a print from me. I’ve considered several options as a way to make this possible. This is still a bit of a work in progress (what isn’t?), but is now available if you do wish to buy prints from me. I’d love for you to take a look and let me know what you think about ease of use, about the price of the prints (particularly of the 5x7s and 8x10s) and what else you’d like to see me sell (postcards? puzzles? other images?). I can sell virtually ANYTHING, as long as I can find a vendor to make it.

I’m not looking to make photography a second job, but if it makes a few people happy, I’m happy.

Now go see Sarcastic Mom for more Weekly Winners (not singular).

Our trip to the Zoo…

Ed and I went to Zoo Atlanta yesterday with some friends. It was a COLD day (high temperature in the 40s), and a lot of the animals weren’t out when we got there. But slowly but surely many of them emerged.


The focus on this is a little… um… soft. Between my having vertigo and the cold, manual focus wasn’t fun… and not so easy at times. Still, I liked how that eye peered out.


I loved the abstract nature of this one. I got some non-abstracts of this creature (which I think is an alligator), but this was my favorite.








We ended up buying a season pass, so we’ll be able to go a few times when the weather is warmer.

These are also my Weekly Winners for the week. Go see Lotus at Sarcastic Mom for more weekly winners.

Weekly Winners: the “I’m back” edition

I’ve missed the last two weeks of Weekly Winners. I’ve been too busy TAKING photos to POST photos. I’ve been working on a few projects, some of which I’ll be sharing on ye olde blogge in the next few days or weeks.

But I’m back on the Weekly Winners horse and glad to be here…

First, here’s a photo that’s actually from last Saturday night about 11:45 p.m., about 12 hours after Fox got in a fight, and it’s so stinkin’ cute I have to post it here.


Now then…

Last Sunday, Ed and I and another photographer and her husband went to (say it with me) Stone Mountain as part of one of the projects I’ll be telling you about one of these days. 🙂



(Yes, they grow broccoli at one of the exhibits.)


The 9th Indian Festival and Pow-Pow was at Stone Mountain last weekend (a main reason we went).



On the way home from work Tuesday, I noticed some neighbors raking leaves. I couldn’t help myself and asked if I could photograph their leaf piles. 🙂


Last night we went BACK to Stone Mountain to see Stone Mountain Christmas. A man was making HUGE soap bubbles. I love all the Christmas lights reflected (if that’s the right term) in the bubble.


And because I’m a sucker for it, here’s another photo of frit. And I love that there’s a blown glass piece in the shot. 🙂


That’s all for now. For more Weekly Winners, visit Sarcastic Mom. 🙂