Before and After

So I've been wanting to do a before and after shot for a while, but always forgot and would delete the un-edited photograph. So here's the first of many more, I hope. Also this is Day 207 (The Bird). You can see it  here. 

I also want you all to see one of my favorite photos from this week. It's by one of my contacts, Karrah Kobus. She is so creative and each day she takes a new photo it's so brand new and just amazing! I have so many great contacts. I am going to start sending you to their streams so you can be on the same page as me. But for now just check out Karrah's stream. 


Day 194

I am very proud of all the photos I took today.. I know, I know, I sound full of myself. I'm not though! :) I am loving each day of this Project 365. I don't regret doing it at all. I've grown so much in my photography and editing by taking a photo each day. Not to mention I am becoming familiar with my imagination again.


Day 193 The Lady of Shalott

This photo is inspired by "The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) The poem is below if you would like something beautiful to read. :) Maybe one of these day's I'll borrow a small boat and go into full detail! But for now, this is what you get.

The Lady Of Shalott
On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
To many-tower'd Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.

Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Through the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four grey walls, and four grey towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
The Lady of Shalott.

By the margin, willow veil'd,
Slide the heavy barges trail'd
By slow horses; and unhail'd
The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd
Skimming down to Camelot:
But who hath seen her wave her hand?
Or at the casement seen her stand?
Or is she known in all the land,
The Lady of Shalott?

Only reapers, reaping early,
In among the bearded barley
Hear a song that echoes cheerly
From the river winding clearly;
Down to tower'd Camelot;
And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers, " 'Tis the fairy
Lady of Shalott."

There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.

And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.
There she sees the highway near
Winding down to Camelot;
There the river eddy whirls,
And there the surly village churls,
And the red cloaks of market girls
Pass onward from Shalott.

Sometimes a troop of damsels glad,
An abbot on an ambling pad,
Sometimes a curly shepherd lad,
Or long-hair'd page in crimson clad
Goes by to tower'd Camelot;
And sometimes through the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two.
She hath no loyal Knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott.

But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights,
For often through the silent nights
A funeral, with plumes and lights
And music, went to Camelot;
Or when the Moon was overhead,
Came two young lovers lately wed.
"I am half sick of shadows," said
The Lady of Shalott.

A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,
He rode between the barley sheaves,
The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,
And flamed upon the brazen greaves
Of bold Sir Lancelot.
A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd
To a lady in his shield,
That sparkled on the yellow field,
Beside remote Shalott.

The gemmy bridle glitter'd free,
Like to some branch of stars we see
Hung in the golden Galaxy.
The bridle bells rang merrily
As he rode down to Camelot:
And from his blazon'd baldric slung
A mighty silver bugle hung,
And as he rode his armor rung
Beside remote Shalott.

All in the blue unclouded weather
Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather,
The helmet and the helmet-feather
Burn'd like one burning flame together,
As he rode down to Camelot.
As often thro' the purple night,
Below the starry clusters bright,
Some bearded meteor, burning bright,
Moves over still Shalott.

His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;
On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow'd
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.
From the bank and from the river
He flashed into the crystal mirror,
"Tirra lirra," by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces through the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume,
She look'd down to Camelot.
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

In the stormy east-wind straining,
The pale yellow woods were waning,
The broad stream in his banks complaining.
Heavily the low sky raining
Over tower'd Camelot;
Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott.

And down the river's dim expanse
Like some bold seer in a trance,
Seeing all his own mischance --
With a glassy countenance
Did she look to Camelot.
And at the closing of the day
She loosed the chain, and down she lay;
The broad stream bore her far away,
The Lady of Shalott.

Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right --
The leaves upon her falling light --
Thro' the noises of the night,
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott.

Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darkened wholly,
Turn'd to tower'd Camelot.
For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.

Under tower and balcony,
By garden-wall and gallery,
A gleaming shape she floated by,
Dead-pale between the houses high,
Silent into Camelot.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,
And around the prow they read her name,
The Lady of Shalott.
Who is this? And what is here?
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."


Day 192 and Nature shots

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ~Henry David Thoreau, 1854

I am ready for fall and winter to be here. My favorite months are October till February. The weather here in Florida is lovely. It may be rainy a lot and it get's pretty chilly, but I love it and can't wait for it to come. Not to mention I love the holidays! 


I love photographing the beauty God has given us to enjoy. I've never been one to express myself through woods. But when I photograph the beauty I see I feel like I am speaking through the photos.

A lovely song! Listen!


Day 181

A human bird post, in a dream world.

Oh, Friday the 13th, pshhh.  I am not feeling well at all today. I have been dizzy all day and I am not sure why. I went dancing last night at one of the clubs here, because Bad Boy Bill was in town DJing. It was a lot of fun. I love dancing and the feel of bass through my body. :)


Day 180

Day 179

Day 178

Children often have imaginary playmates. I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels. - Eileen Elias Freeman

I needed a change. Something other then me. Then I realized I have an adorable little boy, so why not add him into the photo with me. He was such a good boy doing exactly as I asked. :) Love my prince Cobhy.

Oh guess what! I sold my first print today on etsy! I am pretty darn excited. Now if I get get more sales, life would be good. 


Day 177

Here's a couple of my nature shots I took this week. I wish there was more to shoot around where I live, but it's pretty hard to shoot things when your lens isn't great for close ups.

This balls are so cool. Not sure what they are. But they reminded me of Christmas ornaments.. so I guess it's natures way of decorating? 

            This little guy's web was torn when I forgot he was there and ran into him and took out
                his web with my camera. I just hope I didn't kill him. Even though he scares me a lot
         I don't wish death upon him. ;)
Not sure why this photo is so distorted. But this is a bug Cobh found so I figured Cobh should be in the back round with the little beetle.

I adore this flower. Isn't it lovely?


Day 176

I love, love this dress. I found it on etsy.com and then my mom surprised me by buying it for me. I love surprises like that.


My first blog post! I should have thought of doing this a while ago.. but starting now is better then never right?