Sheri & George

My friends are moving to Germany!! They wanted to have family photos done before they left ~ a way to remember their home and their life here. It was a fun afternoon with George & Sheri & the “kids:” Hanson, Mollie, and Merlin. We had fun, laughs, snuggles, and puppy kisses.

Letting personalities shine ~ even the fur babies ~ is so much a part of what I do. Can you feel the love between them? They are best friends, partners in crime (not really), and terrific people. I’m gonna miss them in our neighborhood.

Capturing those special places and times in your life is what makes my heart sing!! What are YOU waiting for? It doesn’t have to be a big event or special occasion ~ because really every day is special.

Here are a few of my favorites from their session… use the arrows to move through the filmstrip.

Now booking Summer Sessions! So may fun things ~ let’s fly a kite, eat ice cream cones, run through the sprinklers, go to the beach, blow bubbles, eat berries & watermelon, draw with chalk, have a picnic… the possibilities are endless. What are you doing this summer? Invite me along to capture the memories!

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Owl Spotting!

I’ve been going out to the desert for scrapbooking weekend retreats for a few years now - at least since 2012. I’ve heard stories of the owls who nest in the large tree just in front of the main house. But they’ve been elusive for me. For a while, they nested elsewhere. So, when packing my things ~ including camera gear, because, you know, the photographer within ~ I picked up my long lens… and put it back down. I had been taking it for years and never used it. So this time I left it home.

And this time, the owls were back!! We could hear their “hoo hoo” calls in the morning & evening. A few of us saw them, but I just couldn’t spot them by myself. Renate showed me where the nest was - with the two juveniles inside!! Such a sight. The big eyes and curious looks were directed right at us. Just amazing fluffy little gremlins. Even though they were still young & in the nest, they can fly.

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No sight of the parents this time. I did see one fly just before dinner on Saturday. Gliding with wings outstretched ~ WOW!! Grace and smoothness and danger.

After that, every time I walked by the tree I looked up. Probably not the best thing to do while walking but I managed not to trip. And I spotted them again. One of the adults and one of the juveniles just hanging out on a branch. They looked at me, not really concerned but certainly curious. They are magnificent! And big. And their heads do really swivel around sooo far. There’s a photography saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. Same with lenses… so the best lens was the longest I had with me. Not ideal, but at least I have photos to remind me of the beauty of these creatures.

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Can you spot them here?

Can you spot them here?

Moral of the story ~ expect the unexpected, look up, be present to the world, and always take the long lens!

These owl photos are available as prints in my Nature and Fine Art gallery store. For details click HERE.