Fav Foto Friday #27

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

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This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is one of my all time favorite photos that I took last year shortly after getting my ‘big girl’ camera. I am actually surprised that I had not added this photo to Fav Foto Friday already. But I happened to receive an email from a photography site, Pixoto, that I occasionally add photos to, letting me know that one of my photos had received an award.

Pixoto is an online community where photographers compete to have the best images in their category. Submitted images are matched against each other in the ImageDuel system and voted on by other community members. The winners advance on the Image Leaderboards and vie for the coveted top spot.

So upon further investigation, I found out that this photo was in the “Top 5% in Animals for 2015”!! Which as you might imagine is pretty exciting!

Back in May 2015, when I originally took this photo, I had submitted it in a weekly contest on the site within the Animal category, and it ended up with a “Top 10%” award for that particular contest, along with the comment below from the coordinator/host of the contest, which was a pretty big deal at the time too.

This is one of the cutest squirrel images that I’ve seen, Sandy. I’m pleased that it outperformed more than 480 images in Your Best Pixoto Uploads from May 15th-21st, 2015 to win a Top 10% award. That’s an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations.

My original intention when grabbing my camera on this particular day was to take some photos of the birds out at my new bird feeders but instead I got the amusing shenanigans of this adorable ‘Squirrel Thief.’ I got lots of shots of this cutie, but this is my favorite of them all. Lucky for him, I am an equal opportunity wildlife feeder, so he got to get a belly full of the bird food.

Squirrel Thief

If you would like, you can see more of my photos by going to Pixoto and checking out this photo and others.

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Blogging Disadvantage of Not Being a Mom

Children CollageIrecently (as in, just this very moment), have come to the sad conclusion that my blogging career is at a severe disadvantage because I am not a mom!

Mommy bloggers have an unending source of blogging material, that more often than not makes for hilarious and or unbelievable blogging content. You never know what will come out of the mouths of babes or what things kids will do that will make you cry in frustration or bring tears of joy and feeling of indescribable love.

I have a blogging friend, Jenn, who blogs at Life as a Rambling Redhead, who’s posts, without fail, make me burst into uncontrollable laughter, usually almost choking on whatever beverage I happen to be consuming, while reading about the latest insanity of her little ones. Being a mom with little children, who provide a constant source of hilarious antics for blog posts is a definite bonus!

Of course, there are a few small (pun intended) disadvantages of having those miniature little beings full of unintentional and comical behaviors that make for such engaging blogging content.

As an aunt and someone who has been babysitting since I was 10 years old, I have loved and cared for many small children, all of whom have managed to amuse me with their quirky little ways and amusing shenanigans. And who also happen to have all grown up and some of whom, now even have little ones of their own (how the hell did that happen??), I am well aware of the ability of these adorable little creatures to sap you of all your energy, so that even entertaining the idea of blogging, much less, finding the time to blog, is an amazing undertaking in and of itself! Yet, there are many successful, amazing women who succeed out there in the blogosphere!!

My hat is off to all of you Mommy Bloggers!!

And although, I am a ‘mom’ to my menagerie of animals, who do provide me with unending sources of amusement every day. Not everyone loves and appreciates the mischievousness and silliness of a variety of different species of animals coexisting at our house as much as I do. Which does cause me to question the integrity of their character at times, but I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and accept that  they might still be a good person, despite their lack of love for animals.

I mean, really, who doesn’t value the unending hours you can spend on social media watching funny or endearingly sweet videos of animals doing the silliest things or who have the unlikeliness of relationships with other animal species??

Aaahhh well, such is life! I will have to carry on with my blogging endeavors and attempt to amuse my readers with the tales of my menagerie’s adorable, crazy and mischievous capers, in hopes of finding other like minded individuals who appreciate such things.

 

Fav Foto Friday #26

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is a gllery from some photos I took the other morning, when I woke up to our first ‘real’ snow fall of the winter.

We have had some ‘snow/freezing rain’ once or twice a few weeks ago but that mostly ended up as a slushy, foggy mess…rather than a pretty snowfall. These photos were taken early in the morning when it was still lightly snowing and the activity out at the bird feeders caught my attention as I walked by the window. I couldn’t resist spending a few minutes at the beginning of my day enjoying the peace of the morning and watching these busy little critters start their day.

I especially love the Cardinals that come to my feeder. That flash of red always seems to catch my eye…especially on a snowy morning.

And I often manage to catch some silly photos that I find amusing…despite their lack of ‘photographically-technical-correctness’…they just make me laugh…such as this feathered photo bomb 🙂

Photobombed Female Cardinal in the snow

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Fav Foto Friday #25 – Oreo Strikes Again!

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

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This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is once again a photo of Oreo cause, well, #OreoIsAwesome! I can’t help it…his antics are just amusing to me!

You may have noticed the state of the gate. We have been having a little battle of wills with our dogs and the gates that have confined them to the kitchen for the last 3 years (since they were puppies) when we are not at home to keep an eye on them.

Granted, this battle has really only just begun, which is kind of a small miracle in and of itself. If you knew our 2 canine ragamuffins, you would quickly learn that they can actually jump about 6 feet high from a stand still when they want to. Which is quickly followed with exclamations of, ‘Those little gates keep them in the kitchen?!?!,” from people witnessing their impressive jumping talents for the first time.

This gate was on the losing end of a skirmish with Sawyer Brown when he first began rebelling against the idea of having to stay in the kitchen. Yet it still manages to provide a boundary that gives the cats some peace when the dogs are loose.

On this particular day, the dogs had again managed to escape the confines of the kitchen while I was out and this is the face I came home to from Oreo, while I was doing a walk through to assess any possible destruction from the dynamic duo. Thankfully, they were good and I did not find any surprises…other than Oreo’s put out face.

Dumb Dogs are Out

These are the things that amuse me in my life and just beg for photographic evidence.

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Fav Foto Friday #24

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

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This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is one from March of last year. I had recently gotten my ‘big girl’ camera and was fascinated by taking photos of the birds at my bird feeder! And I absolutely adore these little guys! As I was looking through some old photos, I came across this one again, which always makes me smile! He just looks so darn cute as he comes in for a landing or hopes along the railing. It probably is not the most ‘technically correct’ photo…but it makes me laugh. And that is really why I take photographs, because it is a moment I want to remember, of something that makes me smile or that I think is beautiful and I try to capture the moment so that I can look back and remember it, maybe when I am having a hard time finding my smile, and it allows me to relive that moment again…and smile 🙂

Coming in for a landing

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Fav Foto Friday #23 – Christmas Continued

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

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This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday is a continuation of the Christmas theme. I love this picture! I have repeatedly gone back to look at this photo all week. I just love it! It might have something to do with the fact that I just love this silly cat…but he is just so awesome! (Hence, the tag I use for all his photos on social media #OreoIsAwesome) This was taken on Christmas morning and he of course needed to be center of attention, and what better place to do that than under the tree amidst the presents!?!?

This cat is truly one of the best things that we have ever done. He is so grateful to have been rescued from the streets of Bridgeport, that he just oozes with love for his humans! He is has gone from a scraggly pauper kitten with no food to eat and no warm house to call a home, to a regal prince of a cat who has more than enough food to eat and his choice of warm beds to cuddle up in and a big warm castle to call home.

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