New adventure

Nothing like a new adventure to get the adrenaline flowing! So many people have asked about getting ceramic photo tiles from me that I’m going into business with my tiles. I will be setting up shop at First Fridays in the Crossroads, downtown Kansas City. And as soon as I get all the shelves I need, I will be going to area Arts & Crafts festivals. My ceramic photo tiles are a fun and different way to display a photo ~ mine or yours. Best of all, I’ll come take photos of your pet in their environment and make a tile from our photo shoot! Send me a note for prices. I look forward to tiling photos for you.

 

Teaching helps you learn

I love teaching others about photography. Especially when I get to see them in their environment and take some photos, too. Today I worked with my friend, Lynda, and her kids, all six of them: four four-legged and two human. Although at times, it seemed like the dogs could be human. When I’m teaching, I believe I learn as much as my students. Today’s lessons? Make sure you have a copy of the instruction manual because not everyone has a camera that you’re familiar with. And, keep your camera bag on the table or it will get peed on. Fortunately, I learned that lesson first.

Little things to make you smile

Sometimes it’s the¬†little things, and those little things make you feel good. A praying mantis on the swing set might not look like a big deal, but it was such an amazing creature. Looking at it closely, its antennae, its little face, the praying arms, just a wonderful piece of work by Mother Nature. All of Kansas City is going nuts right now because of the praying mantis, or the rally mantis, in baseball terms. Not sure it’s going to work as a good luck charm for the Royals, but I did learn a few things about the little creature.
The praying mantis insect has led to two martial arts forms from China with movements  based on the mantis.
In the ancient Greek civilizations, the praying mantis had supernatural powers; it was known for its ability to show lost travelers the way home.
Praying mantises (or would that be praying manti?) are also one of the most popular pets in the insect world. Their life span is about one year.
Then there’s my little friend Julian. I met him this morning at JCCC on the way to class. Doesn’t he have a great smile? He’s a therapy dog. I can just imagine him sharing his smiles and silky smooth coat with people who need some puppy love. He’s a corgi, a spitfire little breed with LOTS of energy.
Little things to make you smile. Today it’s wonders of nature, tomorrow???

 

 

Dog faces make me happy

Sometimes when you’re feeling down, all it takes is a happy dog face to pick you up. Preferably one with a sloppy tongue, or a tennis ball clenched in his teeth, or a wild hairdo. I spent some time this afternoon with my friend Julie’s three dogs: Q, Jenson, and Loosey. Just needed to make some happy dog photos, and the kids were glad to oblige, even in the stifling heat. Don’t get me wrong, I had to sweat a bit, too, because the kids weren’t exactly minding their manners, and for some reason, dogs get nervous when you point a big lens at their faces. I can just hear Jenson saying, “Hey, can you roll your tongue like this?” I think I’ll make dog faces a weekly outing. Their smiles are worth it.