Category Archives: Lensbaby

I’m glad it’s Saturday

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Another office photo, this time of a mounted salmon. 

Apparently resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest are being poisoned by chinook salmon that have high concentrations of DDTs and PCBs that were injested by the salmon during their time at sea.  You can read all about it here.   

I need some happy thoughts.  Anybody have any they’d like to share?

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Texture

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Don’t you love texture?  I do!  There isn’t anything really exciting about this shot – just a lamp base at work, but I really like the texture of it. 

Happy Friday, everyone!  TGIF!!

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Shades of Gray…Grey

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I’ve been playing with the title for a little while.  Back and forth, back and forth. Grey.  Gray.  Grey.  Gray.  I can’t decide which spelling I like better.  Both are correct.  Why does the English language do this?  I like things to be black and white.  Shades of grey…gray…whichever, are confusing.  Although, if this was strictly a black and white world it would be pretty dang boring.

Which is your preferred spelling?

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Only sleeping

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Little baby Arthur lived a very short life over 100 years ago – just a little over three months.  In a blink of an eye, he was here and gone.   

One day, during my Christmas break from work, I drove up to the cemetery to take some photos.  It was a frigid day so I didn’t spend much time up there, but while I was there noticed that there were an awful lot of tombstones for infants that dated back to the early 1900′s.  It must have been such a difficult time, back in the day.  The area was just being settled.  I’m sure doctors were scarce and medicine (and knowledge) lacking. 

Sometimes I wonder how much has really changed, at least in the knowledge department.  A young family in town recently lost their young daughter, who was a little older than Arthur, to SIDS.   Despite years of research, its cause remains unpredictable.  There are risk factors of which one needs to be aware — two of them were in play in this situation.  Incidence of SIDS increases in cold weather, strikes boys more often than girls, affects African-Americans and Native Americans at a higher rate of two and three times respectively than caucasian infants.  Other risk factors include:

  • smoking, drinking, or drug use during pregnancy
  • poor prenatal care
  • prematurity or low birth-weight
  • mothers younger than 20
  • tobacco smoke exposure following birth
  • overheating from excessive sleepwear and bedding
  • stomach sleeping 
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    Education is key.  If you have a young infant or know someone who does or who is expecting, make sure they are aware of the SIDS risk factors.  Simple changes can make a world of difference.  To read more, click here.

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    Feathered promises

    feather

    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”

    — Emily Dickinson

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    Duck, duck, goose

    duck

    This would be the duck.
    A stuffed duck.
    In my co-worker’s office.
    That he shot.
    That would be the duck that he shot, not the office.

    He has two others on the wall, in addition to a pheasant.  I feel sorry for the birds – they were such beautiful creatures and they deserved better.

    Taken with the Lensbaby – love that thing!!

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    Beautiful Flower

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    Beautiful Flower

    This is a song for every girl who’s
    Ever been through something she thought she couldn’t make it through
    I sing these words because
    I was that girl too
    Wanting something better than this
    But who do I turn to

    Now we’re moving from the darkness into the light
    This is the defining moment of our lives

    ‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower
    More valuable than a diamond
    You are powerful like a fire
    You can heal the world with your mind

    There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
    When you believe in you, who are beautiful
    Yeah, you, who are brilliant
    Yeah, you, who are powerful
    Yeah, you, who are resilient

    This is a song for every girl who
    Feels like she is not special
    ‘Cause she don’t look like a supermodel Coke bottle
    The next time the radio tells you to shake your moneymaker
    Shake your head and tell them, tell them you’re a leader

    Now we’re moving from the darkness into the light
    This is the defining moment of our lives

    ‘Cause you’re beautiful like a flower
    More valuable than a diamond
    You are powerful like a fire
    You can heal the world with your mind

    There is nothing in the world that you cannot do
    When you believe in you, who are beautiful
    Yeah, you, who are brilliant
    Yeah, you, who are powerful
    Yeah, you, who are resilient

    Yeah, you, who are beautiful
    Yeah, you, who are brilliant
    Yeah, you, who are powerful
    Yeah, you, who are resilient

    Yeah, you, this song is for you
    Yeah, you, this song is for you
    Yeah, you, this song is for you
    Yeah, you, yeah, you
    You are brilliant

    – India Arie

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