Yesterday I went with my mother, sister and aunt to the country for Decoration Day.  I know that it is now called Memorial Day, but my grandfather always called it Decoration Day.  He never missed a year in decorating the graves of those family members long gone.  From the time I was a little girl, I can remember going with my grandparents to the cemeteries.  I have always been fascinated by the stories my grandfather would tell of his ancestors and the old headstones.  Yesterday I took my camera along to make sure I got some pictures.  I have a few things in mind for projects and knew that I could find just the right items to photograph and use.

I was extremely touched by this angel yesterday.


I don’t know that this is one of the oldest in the cemetery, but the only angel I saw.  As I looked at her and the aging the elements have caused, it made me think of the family that was buried there.  There must be no one left, as there were no flowers and all the headstones were in very bad shape.  However, if one cleaned them and in particular the angel, would they have the same effect and appeal as they do now?  Probably not!  I think that eventually you will see her again . . . perhaps as a background or even the main element.

AND because it is Memorial Day Weekend,


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!

Happy Monday!  As I sit here once again, dreading the walk down the stairs to the studio, it occurred to me that I have absolutely no stamping to share.  I’ve spent the better part of the last 5 days sitting on the couch watching old movies and surfing the internet.  I know that I will be paying for this slacking pleasure when my deadlines are looming and I’m not ready.  Yes, I need to get off my fanny and take the plunge but there are other things on my mind and I’m drawing a creative block.

One thing I’ve been thinking about is a new camera.  I so want a digital SLR, and can’t decide on which one.  I have always been a Canon user, ever since we bought our first AE1 Program back in the early 80’s.  I still have that camera and my daughters both used it during high school photography classes.  The sad thing is that film cameras are a thing of the past and I’ve never taken the time to look at new ones that weren’t point and shoot.  Yes, I have a fabulous Canon G7, 10 megapixels, that is easy to carry and does all that I want.  However, I have an itch . . . an itch for a new Canon SLR that is more than 10 megapixels.  Here’s my reasoning  . . . why should I buy another camera that is anything less than what I have now.  If there is anyone out there that has purchased camera equipment online, I would love to hear all about it.  What site?  Who has the best prices that can be trusted?  We all know that we can get better deals online that going to the local Best Buys or Circuit City.  I’ve been surfing the internet looking at all the sites, prices, etc., and now I am so totally confused that I am beginning to doubt myself.  So, I need some help.  Tell me what you know!

In the meantime, I have been following the photography challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  This is a fairly new challenge, started by Angie Zublionis, and she always has some interesting photos to go along with her challenges.  I have to admit that I’ve been lurking in this forum since Angie told me about the challenges back in the fall.

I couldn’t resist any longer, and decided to participate in this week’s challenge.  The challenge is to find reflections on anything.  Of course, I staged mine since we have no snow, ice or anything shimmery right now.  However, I will be out walking around with camera in hand looking for that perfect reflection.

PC15 Reflections

This is a fairy doll that my mother gave one the girls as a Christmas decoration over the weekend.  I sat her on my dresser to achieve the reflection in the mirror.  Why do I like this photo?  I love the depth of field achieved by having the camera on macro blurring the actual doll, but giving me a detailed reflection.

So much for more rambling today . . . have a good one!

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