Day 109: Bench
       
     
Day 113: Blue Roses
       
     
Day 112: Onion Blossoms
       
     
Day 111: Tara
       
     
Day 110: Sitting Duck?
       
     
Day 108: White Rock Lake
       
     
Day 107: Power
       
     
Day 106: Surveyor
       
     
Day 105: Bursting Through
       
     
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Day 101: Springs of Life
       
     
Day 100: Through the Trees
       
     
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Day 98: Iris
       
     
Day 97: Storm Skies
       
     
Day 96: Vintage Ballinger
       
     
Day 95: Longshot
       
     
Day 94: Close Up
       
     
Day 93: En Pointe
       
     
Day 92: "...things rank and gross in nature possess it merely."
       
     
Day 91: "Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed..."
       
     
Day 90: Wildflowers
       
     
Day 89: Empty Hive
       
     
Day 88: Mr. and Mrs. Woodpecker
       
     
Day 87: Black Beauty
       
     
Day 86: Brown-eyed Girl
       
     
Day 85: The World As We Know It
       
     
Day 84: Dannona Returns
       
     
Day 83: Grape Vine in March
       
     
Day 82: Bright Eyed and Worm Tailed
       
     
Day 81: Old Holy Rood
       
     
Day 80: Nimbus 2014
       
     
Day 79: Meta
       
     
Day 78: Two Tracks (Sorta) Converged
       
     
Day 77: Stairway to Nowhere
       
     
Day 76: The Long and Winding
       
     
Day 75: Mid-Morning Moon
       
     
Day 74: Breatkthrough
       
     
Day 73: Bitch.
       
     
Day 72: Friend
       
     
Day 71: Should be in the Serengeti
       
     
Day 70: Sunspot
       
     
Day 69: Wide Open Spaces
       
     
Day 68: The Stacks
       
     
Day 67: Mvnicipal Bvilding
       
     
Day 66: Smokestack Restaurant
       
     
Day 65: Pancake Craziness
       
     
Day 64: Freddie Bear
       
     
Day 63: Flood Light
       
     
Day 62: Gnarled
       
     
Day 61: Towers
       
     
Day 60: Strive for Honor
       
     
Day 59: Lubbock Highway
       
     
Day 58: Stop-Light
       
     
Day 57: Ebony and Ivory
       
     
Day 56: Pretty in Pink
       
     
Day 55: Windows
       
     
Day 54: Tilted House
       
     
Day 53: Sunkissed
       
     
Day 52: Suspended
       
     
Day 51: Cowboy Up
       
     
Day 50: Cattle Drive
       
     
Day 49: Preparing for the Future
       
     
Day 48: Caught in the Act
       
     
Day 47: Leaders Rise Above
       
     
Day 46: Swing for the Fences
       
     
Day 45: Mischievous
       
     
Day 44: Sliding for Joy
       
     
Day 43: Curtain Call
       
     
Day 42: Found Money
       
     
Day 41: Deep in the Heart
       
     
Day 40: Windless
       
     
Day 39: Herding Cats
       
     
Day 38: A Lion in Winter
       
     
Day 37: Mom, It's Cold Outside
       
     
Day 36: Nightlight
       
     
Day 35: Creatures
       
     
Day 34: Doorway to Heaven
       
     
Day 33: Nothing Fancy
       
     
Day 32: Fountain of Youth
       
     
Day 31: The Road Goes on Forever
       
     
Day 30: The Path to Nirvana
       
     
Day 29: Why Haven't I Heard from You?
       
     
Day 28: The Caged Bird
       
     
Day 27: Zoey
       
     
Day 26: 26 on 26
       
     
Day 25: Live from New York...
       
     
Day 24: Coronation
       
     
Day 23: Bright Eyes
       
     
Day 22: Empty Bowl; Puzzled Cat
       
     
Day 21: A Study in Shadows
       
     
Day 20: Seuss in San Angelo
       
     
Day 19: Palm Trees in West Texas
       
     
Day 18: Overlooking the Lily Pond
       
     
Day 17: Working Hard to Look Good
       
     
Day 16: Knowledge is Overpowering
       
     
Day 15: Sunset in the Clouds
       
     
Day 14: Classy Tea
       
     
Day 13: Starry Etch-a-Sketch
       
     
Day 12: Maggie May
       
     
Day 11: "Yer a wizard, Derek..."
       
     
Day 10: Whomping Willow in Moonlight
       
     
Day 9: Haunted House
       
     
Day 8: Fire to Ashes
       
     
Day 7: Teddy
       
     
Day 6: A Simple Poem
       
     
Day 5: 90th Birthday Surprise
       
     
Day 4: Cactus Sunset
       
     
Day 3: The Controls
       
     
Day 2: Dead Branches
       
     
Day 1: Stalking Shadows
       
     
Day 109: Bench
       
     
Day 109: Bench

One of my favorite pictures as of late. 

Taken on April 20, 2014

ISO 100, f/5, 16mm

Shot with Nikon D7100 11.0-16.0mm f/2.8

Day 113: Blue Roses
       
     
Day 113: Blue Roses

I know they're not blue...Tennessee Williams joke. 

Taken on April 22, 2014

ISO 100, f/4.8, 56mm

Shot with Nikon D7100 18.0-140.0mm f/3.5-5.6

Day 112: Onion Blossoms
       
     
Day 112: Onion Blossoms

Taken on April 22, 2014

ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250, 140mm

Shot with Nikon D7100 18.0-140.0mm f/3.5-5.6

Day 111: Tara
       
     
Day 111: Tara

Taken on April 20, 2014

ISO 100, f/5.6, 140mm

Shot with Nikon D7100 18.0-140.0mm f/3.5-5.6

Day 110: Sitting Duck?
       
     
Day 110: Sitting Duck?

More HDR fun.

Taken on April 20, 2014

ISO 100, f/5.6, 140mm

Shot with Nikon D7100 18.0-140.0mm f/3.5-5.6

Day 108: White Rock Lake
       
     
Day 108: White Rock Lake

Playing with my new camera and HDR capabilities. 

Taken on April 20, 2014

ISO 100, f/11, 16mm

Shot with Nikon D7100 11.0-16.0mm f/2.8

Day 107: Power
       
     
Day 107: Power

Taken on April 17, 2014

ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/500, 26mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 106: Surveyor
       
     
Day 106: Surveyor

Taken on April 17, 2014

ISO 220, f/6.3, 1/500, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 105: Bursting Through
       
     
Day 105: Bursting Through

Taken on April 17, 2014

ISO 220, f/6.3, 1/500, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

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Day 101: Springs of Life
       
     
Day 101: Springs of Life

Loving the pics I got from the tree in my backyard that's always dead and yet magically sprouts during spring time. 

Taken on April 9, 2014

ISO 1000, f/9, 1/500, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 100: Through the Trees
       
     
Day 100: Through the Trees

Made it to day 100 of daily photos. Pretty proud of myself!

Taken on April 9, 2014

ISO 200, f/10, 1/1250, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

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Day 98: Iris
       
     
Day 98: Iris

Love when all the flowers I don't take care of in my various gardens start blooming. 

Taken on April 6, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/125, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 97: Storm Skies
       
     
Day 97: Storm Skies

Had a great storm the other day followed by the sun peeping out. Awesome clouds. 

Taken on April 6, 2014

ISO 1600, f/10, 1/125, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 96: Vintage Ballinger
       
     
Day 96: Vintage Ballinger

The cross in Ballinger sitting atop the Runnels County courthouse. 

Taken on April 5, 2014

ISO 1600, f/22, 1/250, 300mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 95: Longshot
       
     
Day 95: Longshot

A view from the top of the hill on Broadway of the cross, court house, and awesome clouds. 

Taken on April 5, 2014

ISO 1600, f/22, 1/320, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 94: Close Up
       
     
Day 94: Close Up

Normally the cross isn't this visible from my parents' house, but the dark clouds made it stand out very clearly. Had to play with manual focus to get past the trees. Didn't have anything to stand on to get over them so had to go through them instead. 

Taken on April 4, 2014

ISO 1600, f/22, 1/320, 300mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 93: En Pointe
       
     
Day 93: En Pointe

Dad's dog Junior on the hunt. 

Taken on March 29, 2014

ISO 1600, f/22, 1/500, 110mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 92: "...things rank and gross in nature possess it merely."
       
     
Day 92: "...things rank and gross in nature possess it merely."

The end of my Hamlet (posted early so it goes along with the first). My students are memorizing soliloquies and I have this on the brain. 

Taken on March 29, 2014

ISO 250, f/7.1, 1/500, 200mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 91: "Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed..."
       
     
Day 91: "Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed..."

Getting some Hamlet inspiration today (and tomorrow). 

Taken on March 29, 2014

ISO 250, f/7.1, 1/500, 200mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 90: Wildflowers
       
     
Day 90: Wildflowers

Taken on March 29, 2014

ISO 125, f/7.1, 1/500, 280mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 89: Empty Hive
       
     
Day 89: Empty Hive

More found objects in my parents' yard. 

Taken on March 28, 2014

ISO 125, f/7.1, 1/500, 170mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 550-300mm

Day 88: Mr. and Mrs. Woodpecker
       
     
Day 88: Mr. and Mrs. Woodpecker

Happened upon these two in my parents' front pasture. Wish their camouflage didn't work quite so well...

Taken on March 29, 2014

ISO 180, f/7.1, 1/500, 300mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 87: Black Beauty
       
     
Day 87: Black Beauty

The last of the roses clinging to the vines in my front "garden." 

Taken on March 28, 2014

ISO 1600, f/2.2, 1/400, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 86: Brown-eyed Girl
       
     
Day 86: Brown-eyed Girl

The Streak kitty. 

Taken on March 27, 2014

ISO 1600, f/3.5, 1/13, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 85: The World As We Know It
       
     
Day 85: The World As We Know It

Decorations from the bridal shower. 

Taken on March 21, 2014

ISO 1600, f/4, 1/25, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 84: Dannona Returns
       
     
Day 84: Dannona Returns

Dane got to play dress up at the bridal shower. We were reminded of his days as Dannona, Derek and my one-time little sister. Really miss seeing this guy's smile, even if it is covered in lipstick. 

Taken on March 21, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5, 1/100, 34mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 83: Grape Vine in March
       
     
Day 83: Grape Vine in March

Thought it would be fun to do a little series on the grape vines at the Christoval Winery. 

Taken on March 21, 2014

ISO 800, f/4, 1/500, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 82: Bright Eyed and Worm Tailed
       
     
Day 82: Bright Eyed and Worm Tailed

Love this sweet girl. 

Taken on March 21, 2014

ISO 1600, f/4, 1/60, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 81: Old Holy Rood
       
     
Day 81: Old Holy Rood

More old buildings in Rowena. 

Taken on March 15, 2014

ISO 200, f/10, 1/500, 32mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 80: Nimbus 2014
       
     
Day 80: Nimbus 2014

I like to think the new technology in broomsticks (from the 2000 to the 2014) would allow me to enjoy clouds like this up closer and personal-er. Until then, I'll settle for the magic of a camera lens. 

Taken on March 15, 2014

ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/1600, 86mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 79: Meta
       
     
Day 79: Meta

Only would be more meta if he was actually taking the picture. :-)

Taken on March 15, 2014

ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/640, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 78: Two Tracks (Sorta) Converged
       
     
Day 78: Two Tracks (Sorta) Converged

In Talpa, Texas playing some more with perspective. 

Taken on March 14, 2014

ISO 320, f/5.6/, 1/500, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 77: Stairway to Nowhere
       
     
Day 77: Stairway to Nowhere

A building in Rowena that looks like someone forgot to finish the second story. 

Taken on March 15, 2014

ISO 250, f/10, 1/500, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 76: The Long and Winding
       
     
Day 76: The Long and Winding

Cool old things out in Talpa, Texas. 

Taken on March 14, 2014

ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/800, 26mm

Shot with Nikon D3100, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 75: Mid-Morning Moon
       
     
Day 75: Mid-Morning Moon

More pics from the Ballinger Lake. Contrary to appearances, it was not mid-morning when I took this, but rather following sunset. 

Taken on March 14, 2014

ISO 1250, f/3.5, 5 seconds, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 74: Breatkthrough
       
     
Day 74: Breatkthrough

A little after sunset at the Ballinger Lake. 

Taken on March 14, 2014

ISO 1600, f/3.5, 5 seconds, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 73: Bitch.
       
     
Day 73: Bitch.

Landon, Alex and I tried our hand at light painting this evening. This was one of our favorites.

Taken March 14, 2014 in Ballinger, Texas

ISO 320, f/7.1, 23 seconds, 50mm

Shot using a Canon 5D Mark III w/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Prime Lens

Copyright 2014 Deidra Dallas & Landon J. Harris

Day 72: Friend
       
     
Day 72: Friend

This is the Indian statue that the current junior class raised thousands of dollars to have constructed...as 6th graders. His name is Friend. 

Taken on March 11, 2014

ISO 200, f/5, 1/1000, 200mm

Show with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 71: Should be in the Serengeti
       
     
Day 71: Should be in the Serengeti

It's a little blurry, mostly because it was totally unplanned and snapped as Tigger was stalking away from me and I rolled to get it, but I loved the angle too much ignore it. 

Taken on March 10, 2014

ISO 1600, f/22, 1/80, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 70: Sunspot
       
     
Day 70: Sunspot

Taken on March 10, 2014

ISO 200, f/29, 1/800, 28mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 69: Wide Open Spaces
       
     
Day 69: Wide Open Spaces

Loved the clouds today. 

Taken on March 10, 2014

ISO 400, f/16, 1/500, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF_S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 68: The Stacks
       
     
Day 68: The Stacks

The smokestack in Thurber, finished in 1908. 

Taken on March 7, 2014

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 67: Mvnicipal Bvilding
       
     
Day 67: Mvnicipal Bvilding

The municipal building (spelled with "v's" on the building) on Main St. in downtown Dallas. 

Taken on March 7, 2014

ISO 1600, f/11, 1/80, 34mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 66: Smokestack Restaurant
       
     
Day 66: Smokestack Restaurant

At the Smokestack Restaurant in Thurber, Texas. 

Taken on March 7, 2014

ISO 1600, f/11, 1/40, 22mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 65: Pancake Craziness
       
     
Day 65: Pancake Craziness

Two of my awesome Rotary Interact kiddos making pancake batter for the annual pancake supper. Love them all so much!

Taken on March 6, 2014

ISO 1600, f/10, 1/320, 26mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 64: Freddie Bear
       
     
Day 64: Freddie Bear

One of my parents' puppies. He's always so calm and sweet. Love his "far off" look here. Like it's on purpose. 

Taken on March 4, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/200, 270mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 63: Flood Light
       
     
Day 63: Flood Light

Playing around with being artsy tonight. 

Taken on March 4, 2014

ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/4000, 300mm

Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 62: Gnarled
       
     
Day 62: Gnarled

Can't wait for the trees to get some leaves on them, but I'm enjoying the dead looking stuff, too. 

Taken on March 3, 2014

ISO 400, f/10, 1/1000, 62mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 61: Towers
       
     
Day 61: Towers

A glimpse of the Administration building. I don't really like this picture, but I'm bitter that my battery died before I could take more pictures on campus, and I'm punishing myself for not preparing like I should have by posting a mediocre picture. 

Taken on March 1, 2014

ISO 1100, f/9, 1/4000, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 60: Strive for Honor
       
     
Day 60: Strive for Honor

Visited Tech today and decided to play around with more artistic looking final products. 

Taken on March 1, 2014

ISO 900, f/9, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 59: Lubbock Highway
       
     
Day 59: Lubbock Highway

On the road to Lubbock.

Taken on February 28, 2014

ISO 720, f/22, 1/500, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 58: Stop-Light
       
     
Day 58: Stop-Light

Wish I'd had my tripod handy so I could have tried some HDR stuff. 

Taken on February 27, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/15, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 57: Ebony and Ivory
       
     
Day 57: Ebony and Ivory

Still playing around with my prime and seeing what I can find around the house. Little too much blur (could have definitely used a smaller aperture), but ah well. 

Taken on February 24, 2014

ISO 1600, f/2.2, 1/30, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 56: Pretty in Pink
       
     
Day 56: Pretty in Pink

Playing around with my prime lens and the random things throughout my house. 

Taken on February 24, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/25, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 55: Windows
       
     
Day 55: Windows

There's a reason I think she understands me when I talk to her. Just look at that soul. 

Taken on February 24, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/80, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 54: Tilted House
       
     
Day 54: Tilted House

The courthouse at Gatesville. No matter how I looked at this (or messed with the straightening tool,) I could not figure out how to make it not look crooked, so I decided just to embrace it. 

Taken on February 17, 2014

ISO 400, f/10, 1/1250, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 53: Sunkissed
       
     
Day 53: Sunkissed

The courthouse in Gatesville just outside of Waco. One of my favorite pictures. It's amazing what a lens can capture that the naked eye doesn't see. 

Taken on February 17, 2014

ISO 100, f/5.3, 1/4000, 44mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 52: Suspended
       
     
Day 52: Suspended

A shot of the actual suspension bridge. I was trying to get a shot from end to end of the "inside" view, but people wouldn't stop using it so I could get the pictures I wanted...Hate that. 

Taken on February 17, 2014

ISO 800, f/10, 1/2500, 36mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 51: Cowboy Up
       
     
Day 51: Cowboy Up

More of the statues around the bridge in Waco. 

Taken on February 17, 2014

ISO 220, f/2.8, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 50: Cattle Drive
       
     
Day 50: Cattle Drive

Found this statue (and several others) in Waco, TX placed outside the first suspension bridge across the Brazos River. 

Taken on February 17, 2014

ISO 450, f/2.2, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 49: Preparing for the Future
       
     
Day 49: Preparing for the Future

One of my students making sure everything is ready for her speech the following day that would eventually get her elected to a state office in FCCLA. Couldn't have done it without the perfect nails. 

Taken on February 16, 2014

ISO 1600, f/2.2, 1/40, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 48: Caught in the Act
       
     
Day 48: Caught in the Act

Although I can't quite enjoy baseball season to it's fullest extent this year since these pictures don't include my brother playing, I still love watching my high school boys play ball. 

Taken on February 14, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5, 1/4000, 195mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 47: Leaders Rise Above
       
     
Day 47: Leaders Rise Above

Had the immense pleasure of listening to ex-student Judd Hatler (the one on the top row) perform with the Texas A&M Singing Cadets in Brownwood on Friday. I could not be more proud of this young man, and I cannot wait for the day when he is singing solos and serving as an officer for this prestigious organization!

Taken on February 14, 2014

ISO 1600, f/4.8, 1/13, 105mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 46: Swing for the Fences
       
     
Day 46: Swing for the Fences

Not only is this my absolute favorite picture from my shoot with this sweet little man, it's maybe my favorite picture I've ever taken. So glad I got to spend time with him for his birthday photos!

Taken on February 13, 2014

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1250, 68mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 45: Mischievous
       
     
Day 45: Mischievous

Loved the look in his eyes here. Plus that grin. Just makes you smile. (Still working with just raw photos here. Will be back to editing for real tomorrow!)

Taken on February 13, 2014

ISO 1100, f/4.5, 1/4000, 72mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 44: Sliding for Joy
       
     
Day 44: Sliding for Joy

Had the pleasure of taking pictures of my friend's about-to-be-three-year-old on Thursday. I was/am having some technology issues and just got these images to get onto my computer. Haven't done any editing, so we're just working with raw images here. But his smile is so infectious, the editing is essentially pointless. 

Taken on February 13, 2014

ISO 450, f/4.5, 1/4000, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 43: Curtain Call
       
     
Day 43: Curtain Call

Walked into my living room to go out the front for a moon shot, and just pointed the camera to see what would come out. I liked it. 

Taken on February 12, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/8, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 42: Found Money
       
     
Day 42: Found Money

Walking with eyes somewhere besides the horizon sometimes yields fun things like this dime stuck in the road at the 5 way intersection in Ballinger. 

Taken on February 9, 2014

ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 41: Deep in the Heart
       
     
Day 41: Deep in the Heart

Our neighbor's Texas flag. 

Taken on February 9, 2014

ISO 180, f/3.5, 1/4000, 50 mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 40: Windless
       
     
Day 40: Windless

The crazy, beautiful things you find in places you've driven past thousands of times when you're walking with a camera in hand. 

Taken on February 9, 2014

ISO 160, f/4.5, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 39: Herding Cats
       
     
Day 39: Herding Cats

Maggie, the herd dog, devoid of any actual herd, is on her way here to round up those pesky cats of hers. 

Taken on February 6, 2014

ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/2000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 38: A Lion in Winter
       
     
Day 38: A Lion in Winter

I'm pretty sure she wasn't growling but simply making a face that I caught at just the perfect time. 

Taken on February 6, 2014

ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/640, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

 

Day 37: Mom, It's Cold Outside
       
     
Day 37: Mom, It's Cold Outside

Henry wanted to play outside in the "snowstorm" today. (I can't stop being sarcastic about all of the West Texas kids who thought what happened today was snow...I could never not see grass. That's not snow.)

Taken on February 6, 2014

ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/3200, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 36: Nightlight
       
     
Day 36: Nightlight

Came home to a candle I'd left burning accidentally. It was dark except for this spot on my dining room table, and I had to capture it. 

Taken on February 1, 2014

ISO 100, f/16, 3 seconds, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 35: Creatures
       
     
Day 35: Creatures

I can't quite place the film this tree creature is making me think of. It could me Dr. Seuss again, but the arm-like appendages reaching out to grab the sunset there are really cool looking. 

Taken on February 4, 2014

ISO 160, f/2.2, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 34: Doorway to Heaven
       
     
Day 34: Doorway to Heaven

One of the details at the Christoval Winery. Love the vintage beauty of this place. 

Taken on February 1, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/60, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 33: Nothing Fancy
       
     
Day 33: Nothing Fancy

I was just playing around here. I liked the blurred background. 

Taken on February 1, 2014

ISO 180, f/2.5, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 32: Fountain of Youth
       
     
Day 32: Fountain of Youth

Out at the Christoval Winery. This is a fountain they run during the summer. It's obviously not on today. 

Taken on February 1, 2014

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/4000, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 31: The Road Goes on Forever
       
     
Day 31: The Road Goes on Forever

Really loved my sunset pics from yesterday. I'll get some new subjects tomorrow. 

Taken on January 30, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/60, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 30: The Path to Nirvana
       
     
Day 30: The Path to Nirvana

I didn't realize this had blurry trees until I pulled it up on the computer, but I liked the coloring and the composition too much to throw it away. 

Taken on January 30, 2014

ISO 1600, f/1.8, 1/15, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 29: Why Haven't I Heard from You?
       
     
Day 29: Why Haven't I Heard from You?

Got a new prime lens today and started playing around with that. I love all the antique (this is obviously antique-like due to the push buttons vs. roll dial) stuff I own. Perfect for a larger aperture. 

Taken on January 29, 2014

ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/10, 50mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Day 28: The Caged Bird
       
     
Day 28: The Caged Bird

My brother's bird who laughs, barks like a dog, and yells like my mother. I've never yet heard him sing though, so I guess he's not really the proverbial caged bird. 

Taken on January 27, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/5, 210mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 27: Zoey
       
     
Day 27: Zoey

Mom's little chihuahua. She never stands still very long, so I'm very impressed I even got this pictures. 

Taken on January 27, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5.3, 1/13, 220mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 26: 26 on 26
       
     
Day 26: 26 on 26

I turned 26 on January 26, and received this very magical birthday card from one of my very good friends/graduated students. Not everyone gets such special treatment on their birthday. 

Taken on January 26, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/40, 300mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Nikkor 55-300mm

Day 25: Live from New York...
       
     
Day 25: Live from New York...

My set for Coronation (after it had been used, so it's not quite as fluffed as it was to start with, and some of the blue lights dropped from their windows and fell to the floor...loudly...during performances...). BUT, I survived the night, which went really well, and even had time to take a quick pic, though I did not have time to grab my tripod too, and take a really good one. (Some long exposure would be fun with those blue lights, I think.)

Taken on January 25, 2014

ISO 1600, f/4.8, 1/8, 32mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 24: Coronation
       
     
Day 24: Coronation

"It looks like Coronation threw up in your room." And Janet is right...it really did. Goal for next year: do not let Coronation take over my entire classroom. This is not going to be fun to clean up. (Notice, though all of the dual-credit college students diligently working on an essay despite the ridiculousness.)

Taken on January 24, 2014

ISO 1250, f/3.5, 1/100, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 23: Bright Eyes
       
     
Day 23: Bright Eyes

Not feeling well today, so I'm sticking with the Streak pictures. But, I do like her eyes in this one. 

Taken on January 22, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5.3, 1/50, 40mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 22: Empty Bowl; Puzzled Cat
       
     
Day 22: Empty Bowl; Puzzled Cat

Streak, the constantly hungry cat, eyeing her food bowl (and wanting more) just minutes after having emptied the entire thing. 

Taken January 22, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5, 1/50, 35mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 21: A Study in Shadows
       
     
Day 21: A Study in Shadows

I love old looking trees. They just have something special about them. 

Taken on January 18, 2014

ISO 450, f/5, 1/500, 28mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 20: Seuss in San Angelo
       
     
Day 20: Seuss in San Angelo

This tree made me think of Dr. Seuss's trees. Mayhaps some mystical creature is living in the treetops. I hope so. 

Taken on January 18, 2014

ISO 450, f/9, 1/500, 38mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 19: Palm Trees in West Texas
       
     
Day 19: Palm Trees in West Texas

Again at the lily pond...and there were palm trees. Only in Texas. 

Taken on January 18, 2014

ISO 400, f/2.5, 1/500, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 18: Overlooking the Lily Pond
       
     
Day 18: Overlooking the Lily Pond

We visited the famous lily pond in San Angelo today. No lilies, but some cool near sunset lighting effects. 

Taken on January 18, 2014

ISO 400, f/9, 1/800, 35mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 17: Working Hard to Look Good
       
     
Day 17: Working Hard to Look Good

Working the basketball concession stand with the best yearbook staff a girl could ask for!

Taken on January 17, 2014

ISO 800, f/5, 1/40, 20mm

Taken with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 16: Knowledge is Overpowering
       
     
Day 16: Knowledge is Overpowering

My bookshelf of old (really old) books. I've run out of room here -- will have to start storing the old books on the 3 other bookshelves full of regular books. I need a bigger library...

Taken on January 16, 2014

ISO 800, f/25, 5 seconds, 20mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 15: Sunset in the Clouds
       
     
Day 15: Sunset in the Clouds

Driving around looking for a picture, and capture this one out my car window on my way home from work. 

Taken on January 15, 2014 in the Ballinger High School parking lot

ISO 1600, f/16, 1/100, 45mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 14: Classy Tea
       
     
Day 14: Classy Tea

A Christmas present from my sister-in-law to be. She knows me so well. Classy with a touch of...not. :-)

Taken on January 14, 2014

ISO 1600, f/4.8, 1/125, 125mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 13: Starry Etch-a-Sketch
       
     
Day 13: Starry Etch-a-Sketch

So, the goal here was obviously not this result. I was attempting to focus and accidentally entirely depressed the shutter and then had to wait 30 seconds for the camera to finish my mistake. I decided it ended up interesting, in a way. My first attempt at star photography. A goal to improve upon, but at least I'm enjoying it along the way!

Taken on January 11, 2014

ISO 800, f/8, 30 seconds, 110mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 12: Maggie May
       
     
Day 12: Maggie May

My eldest "daughter," Maggie. 

Taken on January 12, 2014

ISO 500, f/7.1, 1/500, 72mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 11: "Yer a wizard, Derek..."
       
     
Day 11: "Yer a wizard, Derek..."

Derek showing off his magical prowess to Dad by making the fire jump. (Two Harry Potter days in a row! Woohoo!)

Taken on January 11, 2014

ISO 600, f/4, 1/10, 55mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 10: Whomping Willow in Moonlight
       
     
Day 10: Whomping Willow in Moonlight

I realized the tree in my backyard looks like The Whomping Willow. This has made me extremely happy. 

Taken on January 10, 2014

ISO 800, f/5.6, 30 seconds, 18mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 9: Haunted House
       
     
Day 9: Haunted House

The old house across the street. 

Taken on January 9, 2014

5 seconds, 55mm, HDR

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 8: Fire to Ashes
       
     
Day 8: Fire to Ashes

Taken on January 8, 2014

ISO 800, f/9, 1/13, 75mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 7: Teddy
       
     
Day 7: Teddy

My fat cat who's too good for any of us. 

Taken on January 7, 2014

ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/320, 200mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 6: A Simple Poem
       
     
Day 6: A Simple Poem

Getting back in the swing of school with my favorite William Carlos Williams poem -- "The Red Wheelbarrow."

Taken on January 6, 2014

ISO 1600, f/11, 1/200, 190mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF_S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 5: 90th Birthday Surprise
       
     
Day 5: 90th Birthday Surprise

My Grandma Dallas, embarrassed at her surprise 90th birthday cake. 

Taken on January 5, 2014

ISO 1600, f/4.8, 1/20, 32mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 4: Cactus Sunset
       
     
Day 4: Cactus Sunset

Sunset at my parent's house

Taken on January 4, 2014 

ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/640, 145mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm

Day 3: The Controls
       
     
Day 3: The Controls

Dad's broken down tractor

Taken on January 3, 2013

ISO 400, f/5.3, 1/1600, 45mm

Shot with Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 2: Dead Branches
       
     
Day 2: Dead Branches

The tree in my front yard. 

Taken January 2, 2014

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/2500, 18mm

Shot using Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm

Day 1: Stalking Shadows
       
     
Day 1: Stalking Shadows

This is Tigger, the proverbial 9 life cat. He was born in my dad’s barn and we couldn’t find the litter for several days…nor could their momma. He and all of his siblings survived that, but then either Momma Cat stopped feeding him or he stopped eating. Dad spent hours hand feeding and caring for this little guy and brought him back to life, again. Then, on Christmas Eve, Tigger decided to go car surfing and found himself with a broken jaw and a swollen brain. A week later, here he is, back to his old self. Spit and vinegar and spunk. 

Taken January 1, 2014 in Ballinger, TX

ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/3200, 55mm

Shot using Nikon D3100 AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm