Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SPC -- 'Mirrors' #4

It's the final week for the 'Mirrors' challenge for Self Portrait Challenge.

This is another case where an item that I've driven by hundreds or even thousands of times never really jumped out at me until I had a challenge theme that forced me to look for it and take notice.

As soon as I saw it, though, I knew this had to be used in my self-portrait this week. The bummer was that the couple of times I stopped to try, I always had terrible light, which, in this case is the reason for the conversion to black and white. The colors here were a bit drab anyway, regardless of the light.


If there are any non-SPC folks out there who actually browse SPC photos from other contributors, you might want to make a note that the SPC blog site will be dormant for a few months as its creator takes a much-needed break from the site so that she can focus on other projects.

I have created a new group on Flickr, Self Portrait Challenge which will continue the goings on of the community under a slightly different format which is still being hammered out. Until further notice, if you're interested in seeing the many creative and varied interpretations of the monthly themes by all of the contributors, the Flickr group is the place to do it.

Happy trails.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Me's Zoo

This past weekend, we went to Me's Zoo in Parker City, Indiana.

From their website:
ME's zoo is one of the largest private zoos in the United States, nestled in a small community in Parker City, Indiana. With over 300 animals of all shapes and sizes, the ME's zoo is a fun a friendly place for the entire family. Get a 'real' close-up view of exotic animals including tigers, leopards, bears, monkeys, birds, and more! Children will love our baby animals in our petting zoo.

Hannah enjoyed feeding the animals. Harrison -- not so much. He would pull his hand away as soon as the animal got close enough to get the food.

As I mentioned before, Harrison is still working on his animal identifications and sounds. He kept calling the deer, "Gow -- Ott" -- meaning "cows with hats." Oh, the antlers, right! Cows with Hats; makes sense to me! :-)

Here are a few photos from our visit:
[NOTE: All pictures are clickable for larger versions -- Blogger ones will open automatically -- Flickr ones will take you to the Flickr page for that photo -- click "All Sizes," choose the "Original Size," then click "Download the Original Size" // I have still larger versions of all these. If anybody needs huge versions, just let me know!]

Green-Winged Macaw
Orange Sulphur on blueOrange Sulphur on black
Oh yeah....the kids were there too.

White TigerFallow Buck
Mute Swan

Military Macaw
Whitetail BuckBison calf and adult
Blue and Gold Macaw

I'm still working on formatting several more posts about our Labor Day trip to Michigan...stay tuned!