Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Year of Photography

WOW I did it. A full year of taking at least one photo every day. I didn't doubt that I could do it, but the time involved in uploading. processing, and posting was a lot more than I thought it would when I first took on the Photo a day Challenge in January. The more photos I took, the more I wanted to learn. Consequently, I rediscovered Flickr. I began participating there more around June 2011 and since then, I have become a full fledged Administrator on a 5 level group, called **Love It!**. I started it in October 2011 with just a handful of Flickr friends and with time, effort, and lots of support, it has grown to over 1500 members in less than 3 months. New members join every day and I now have an awesome team of 5 moderators and one other administrator. My time on Flickr takes up a lot of time and my days are busier than I ever thought possible, but the lessons I've learned (life and photography) and the photography friends I've made there have made it all worth it.

To my gentle readers, thank you for viewing my photos and I hope you enjoyed my adventures as much as I did. Here's to another year full of life and beauty, inside and out.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Went out shooting chickens with the kids today in nearby Fair Oaks. Don't worry - no chickens were harmed in the process...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My little photographer

My little photographer by Gryffngurl
My little photographer, a photo by Gryffngurl on Flickr.

Santa gave my son a camera for Christmas this year. I love that he says it's his favorite present...after his robots, his Cars Trouble Game, and red socks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Untitlted by Gryffngurl
Untitlted, a photo by Gryffngurl on Flickr.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

I always find it interesting when I find farm animals such as this one on my local photography explorations. He was the only one that allowed me to take a photo so close. A few minutes later, he, as well as his friends, turned and walked away. I never knew cows were camera shy...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Frosty and Bokeh

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Winding Down the Year...

I went to one of my favorite places today for a last photo shoot before the year comes to a close. It was so cold, I don't think I would have been surprised to see some snow or ice (there wasn't). The lake was pretty full though, and I reminisced a little by the edge. I walked on the edge there a few months ago...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Charles' Woods

It's amazing what you find when you are not looking...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A rose is a rose is a rose...

Photo of the Day 12/18/11 by Gryffngurl
Photo of the Day 12/18/11, a photo by Gryffngurl on Flickr.
Not much time today, so I took a photo while walking with the dogs and played with it on my Iphone. Not bad for 10 minutes.....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

 Went to the opposite side of the footpath next to the river today. Lucky for me, it is part of the bike trail and I was there during the golden hour.

Friday, December 16, 2011

FX PhotoStudio Image by Gryffngurl
FX PhotoStudio Image, a photo by Gryffngurl on Flickr.

Visited Holiday Lights at the Zoo with the kids this evening. This was one of the ornaments.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hip Shot of a local winery

Snow?

Took the family to a Tree Lighting ceremony this evening. It had a snow machine and the kids had a blast.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fog, for the birds

I really wanted a photo of birds flying near the bridge. I thought if I waited long enough, these birds would do me this little favor. Nope. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Little Boy in his hat

Thursday, November 25, 2011

Finished her hat a few days ago. Of course it was lost until just now. So I took a picture, for my photo of the day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Afternoon with Uncle Mark

Monday, November 21, 2011

My brother is visiting with us for a few days. Since he needed to buy some wine for his host, I figured this was as good as excuse as any to take him to Apple Hill. While we were there, we visited a "newish" ranch that had a nice nature trail. It was overcast, but I managed to capture a few shots along the way. This is one of them.....

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Apple Hill

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I felt uninspired today. I went to a "new trail" and it was a total bust. Lucky I found a tree...