Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Putting Christmas Away

Are you done with the Christmas photos? I think I am. So today is a few photos of putting Christmas away. I use to walk around the tree with the box to fill in hand. I don't do that anymore. It's easier to pile the bulbs on the table and put them away at one time. They are all there in one spot and I don't have to play the guessing game of where the bulbs are hiding.

These pictures are all similar, I know. But I liked the different views and focal points. Hope you like them as well. Which is your favorite view and focus? Let me know in the comments and I'll tell you mine. :)





Next week we'll move on to new things.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Christmas Fun

A dear friend and I try to go to a local Christmas light view each year. This year we made it. We went to Overly's. Overly's is at a local fairgrounds where the money earned benefits charity. It's a great time together for us. There are horse carriage rides and a little store open to shop in. They also have a food booth open that sells hot chocolate (coffee and food too). We always get the hot chocolate and go sit by the bonfire. Though I didn't get pictures by the fire because it was surrounded rather tightly by people and you couldn't see it. There's a small trailer that has Santa Claus for the kids and a small path to walk by a few goats, mule, and a few other animals.

I think it's more the time together for us than the sights. But I have a few images for you.

They had a metal snowman project on display.

The boys rode on the small train for the young kids. And they had fun! Look at those smiles.


 Pictures at the boards, pretending to be train engineers and train.

When they were both the engineer they were much happier!

And being snowmen (and snow-woman).


Another view of the metal snowmen.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Decorations

Christmas time is a lovely time to play in taking pictures. This series of pictures are of the different bulbs and focuses of the tree.

I call this one, Christmas Night


Change the focal point and you have, Stockings hung with care


I have to have my glass bells on the tree as well.


We have a big beautifully Christmas colored bulb.


I spent a lot of time on this ornament as it was the one that caught my eye this year. A sparkling silver snowflake.





Then we have the lone small red bulb.

I wanted to play with views of the tree. Instead of the basic view from the side, I tried different focal points from the bottom of the tree up.




What did the tree look like? This is an image I took with my cell phone when I put it up. It's not of the best quality, but you get to see the room as a whole.

Do you have favorite ornaments on your tree? What are they?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

O Tannenbaum

Last week I shared pictures of the tree farm we go to for our Christmas tree. The next step is picking and cutting down the tree.

This is the tree.
Our Tree. It's beautifully full.
(Yes, we love our large triangle trees.)


So we start cutting...and cutting...and cutting. lol.

Where is the trunk?!? Yes, it was that thick that it was hard to find the trunk to hold on to while cutting to stop the hand saw from binding.


 So we had to pull out straps from the truck to help pull it.

Finally! TIMBER!!!

How old is the tree? We always love to count the rings when we get our trees.

Next week I'll share decorations on the tree.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Christmas Tree Farm

Each year we go cut our Christmas tree down. We've been going to the same farm for about... 7 or 8 years now. Last year was the first year we had to go to another field to find the tree we like, I'll share pictures of our tree next week.

This week I want to share pictures of the tree farm and the view.

This was the beautiful view of the winter dry land while we were looking for a Christmas tree. I love this image.


I wandered off to play with different views. I sat down and enjoyed looking down the aisles of trees.
This is the focal point further down the aisle.

This is a focal point at the beginning of the aisle.


 This is a round about view of the fields we were at. The snow started flaking from the sky.


Then as we were readying to leave the sun broke through the clouds, streaming down. It's hard to see in the picture, but it's there.


That was my fun in walking around while my guys cut down the tree. But, you'll see their work next week.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Palace, Neon Swing X-perience

I've been trying to get out to public shows and take pictures. This band was a free show at The Palace in Greensburg, PA, part of their summer TGIS Free Concerts series on the deck. This is one band I really enjoyed. They were a blend of swing and old rock. They were definitely the kind to get your toes tapping and hips swaying. There were even some dancers out swinging!

So I took some photos. I played with a few to make them accent points, but didn't do much to the pictures as a whole.

The band in action!



















And the talented swing dancers that came out, I had to catch them on film as well.