(101 to 200 of 615 replies)
~magpie~ PRO 7:36pm, 19 January 2007
Just returned month-long trip to SE Asia, where I had much opportunity for introspection. I actually picked up a journal and was reminded at how helpful it could be to sort out the muddled ramblings in my brain. A goal I return with is to continue to journal and regularly check in with myself. Take notice of the small day-to-day details that make life so rich.

for MDPD

January February March April May June July August September

Most recent photo
Photoset alone (the story without the blab)
2 4 5 6 7
(101 to 200 of 615 replies)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
the donut challenge !! i love this crazy world
how much for the donut?
im starting training tomorrow - yeehaw
Inside out
msspider66 11 years ago
I was only in Portland once, Labor Day until the first week of Nov 2000. I think they were building the line out to the airport when I was there.

I want a donut now even if the water does look like drool.

[Ms Spider66]
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Voodoo donuts... Sounds wonderful.

Just came across your diary here, I'm glad I finally did. Thanks for sharing!

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voyeurs)
lramiro520 11 years ago
That's a HUGE donut! Looks yummy...

The Other Side Of The Fence
satrina* Posted 11 years ago. Edited by satrina* (member) 11 years ago
That's a really big doughnut, give me ten minutes and I'd still have the half of it left :P

And I love your Portland waking up shot, love the lights and the sky.

Satrina: av meg
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
*waves at Collards...* Thank you...
- thanks much! It is still sleepy... and so was I.
I know, me too. That thing is gigantic. Let's not imagine how much sugar and fat is in that thing...
- It was about $3.50. Let me know when you're ready - it may take some decent training. How long does it take to train for a marathon...? Plan on that, then.
- Did you get rained on or spared? Hope you had fun. It's a fantastic little city. A medium sized city without the city feel.
- Welcome, and thank you!

- Hi ladies! It WAS yummy - I had a couple bites, very soft and fresh... One of Matt's complaints was that he didn't get to taste much of it but hey, that's the sacrifice you have to make to work a food contest.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
February 4th
Kay's
Laziness mixed with activity. Bouldering with Lara, and then to Kay's for some beers and to watch the last quarter of the Superbowl. I'm not a huge football fan, but enjoy watching here and there. If the Patriots were in it, it'd be a different story. I challenge you to find a New Englander who isn't into the Patriots or Red Sox. It's part of the Yankee pride or something...
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 5th

SLACKER!

I meant to take a photo after dinner but spaced on it. Damn...

I'll accept the 40 lashes. Dish them out.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 6th
reflect
Another MAX day. Felt like I accomplished a lot in my half day at work. Stopped downtown for a bit of shopping afterwards. I'm not normally a huge shopper, but I get into kicks of it. Right now I'm dying for new clothes. And new shoes. And I need a belt too...

Impatiently waited for the bus to take me home to bike over to yoga with Lara. My first class here, and I'm going to try to continue with it consistently. It felt great and made a relaxing evening with P even better.

The photo is a reflection off of a big xylophone thing at the train station. When a train comes close, it rings a little tune. It made for some great funhouse-type shots.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 7th
jello
Interviewed someone today and I am excited to offer her the position... We are overdue, and this is a big weight off my shoulders. *Phew*

Came home and P had made dinner, bought wine, and made Jello. He suggested the Jello be my photo subject for today, and it was fun to shoot. I have four favorites but am unsure which I like best. What do you think?

(The past few entries have been a bit dull... but I'm promising myself to at least jot things in here for myself. More excitement coming LOL)
satrina* 11 years ago
First of all that shot in Feb 4th is gorgeous! Love the colours and the mood.

Second, I like your entries and I don't think they're dull

And finally this last shot is also great, nice detail and composition and I think you chose well, this is the one I like the best

Satrina: av meg
eelend PRO 11 years ago
I love it!!!
and the one from February 4th, it's gorgeous!
girlzoot PRO 11 years ago
Dig the jello. I love jello, yum.

Also, your pictures are lovely, not dull. While I do agree that the shot from the 4th is really pretty, I totally dig the shot from the 6th.

I like the house of mirrors look to an everyday moment.

Girlzoot Gadding About
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
my first visit and i'm loving your stream. I have some quinoa and i'm now inspired to make something because your dinner looks yummy. So many colorful shots -- i like the Feb 2 and love your tattoo -- reverence -- i like that.

I'll be back!

" BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia) "
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i vote for jello2 cause it is RED , more red the bettter, and honeslty it is the picture that makes me want to eaat it the most
:)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I once failed a test that asked the question: What is your opinion? So I offer my opinion on your Jello Study: I like this one. Nice Colors indeed !

CollardGreens: Oops
admin
Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
your jello pic is the right one
I thought it was wine !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
'stee 11 years ago
mmm, gelatinous goodness...

--
stee's 2007: a blank canvas
YoannLeGoff 11 years ago
What is this ???
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
It's Jello! You get these granules that you mix with boiling water, and then cold water I think, and refrigerate. It's a gelatin dessert. It's weird, and it's mainly used for kids. My Mom used to make it when we were sick and had sore throats or upset stomachs and didn't want to eat much. Strange that we even have it in the house - P was wanting some.

Check it out - there's a JELLO MUSEUM. This country is nuts.
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
only for kids? oh...
*clears throat
right.
yeah only for kids.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks so much everyone! I really like how the bar one turned out too. As for the Jello, I think the one posted is my favorite, and then secondly, maybe I agree with about the deep red one, because I love the richness of that color... and the abstract nature of it, although they're all abstract... The one posted is nice because the metal bowl really reflects all the lines in the apparent smoothness of the surface.

- Thanks for the non-dull comment. I want to make these entries all be gems, but you know, doing it every day will mean some will be more gem-y than others.

- Thanks for stopping by and your comments. Woot woot for quinoa! And thanks re: the tattoo... The definition of reverence is "a feeling of profound awe, respect and often love." I could go on about what it means to me but I'd risk becoming trite, sappy, and tangential... so I'll leave it at that.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
*wink wink*
Oh, OK, I edited that. Jello is freaky but it's good. Damn good. And I hate that it has gelatin in it... in fact, me and P are mainly vegetarian. Technically, Jello isn't vegetarian because of how gelatin is made.

Our vegetarianism is not straightforward. I can get into it if anyone wants to know. We probably shouldn't even call ourselves vegetarian, because on a rare occasion we'll eat meat. But I'd say 95% of our intake is vegetarian.
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
I think I like jello 2 best--although I do like this one too.
I've never really liked jello--too much sugar; but my mom fixed it as a dessert on holidays with whipped cream and chopped walnuts on top. Then she made a really great cranberry sauce with pomegranates, walnuts and jello.
She used pomegranates and walnuts alot as we had a farm in the central valley of California where we had a garden filled with peaches, walnuts, almonds, figs, pomegranates, roses etc.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
AliThinks 11 years ago
Wow. Jell-O!

I ate some last Memorial Day...it was that pretzel-jello-salad-thing.And it was actually better than I expected it to be. :-)

Love the "funhouse" shot of you, too.

Alison
dda1605 11 years ago
Poor me, I didn't know what a jello is and I had to search in Wikipedia.
Great and tasty picture.
By the way, jello and wine can go together ?

(Didier 2007 )
Jissy 11 years ago
the jello looks great!- i agree with satrina i dont find your entries dull at all...happy that u hired someone to take the load off...I've been through rounds and rounds of interviews still waiting to find the right people for our team ;-) hope ya havin a nice fri!

Everyday with Jissy
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
i'm pisces too.... what day? (6th for me and 3rd for my daughter) (this isn't as random as it might appear -- i picked up your comment on jissy's discussion)

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
Jissy 11 years ago
ha ha- so another pisces to read out for ;-)
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Wow. I've ben away for a couple of days and missed some great shots.

Even the Jello shot (forgive the pun). And I don't even like Jello. Never could stand the stuff.

Allan
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
Heh, never get down on yourself for your entries... it's the journey of a year... can't all be stellar fireworks... that's LIFE! And the shots are totally fine... just smaller moments we all share. So they are still cool!

I am a Virgo, whatever that means to you folks! :)

Diary-wise, I am BACK and CAUGHT UP! Whew.

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Dammit! I just had a long reply with individual comments and clicked tommune's icon, not right-click. My post was gone. Ugh.

I do appreciate everyones comments and thanks for stopping in. Sorry, I'm tired and don't want to do that all over again.

Bella - March 7th here, and my husband is March 16th.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
That's okay. Get some rest.

Allan
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 8th
St. John's bridge8
I got up with Phillip and took him to work. Then drove out a bit to take some photos of the St. John's bridge and surrounding area. This bridge is classic Portland. (Portland has 10 bridges - it's split east/west by a river.) It was originally built in 1931 I believe, and the towers are 400 feet high.

The industrial area... so strange. I am such an outdoors person - one of the reasons I love Portland so much. But I also am so fascinated by industrial areas- rusty bits, broken windows, metal, train yards, vacant buildings... What IS it? I have a secret fantasy of wanting to walk down there at night, along the tracks, exploring old buildings, no one around. Portland is amazing in that it has so much green, vegetation, trees, parks within the city. It has the largest park within a city's limits - Forest Park. The hillsides seen in my photos today are a part of it.

Had a hard time choosing a photo today from that session - took 100 photos. See the others here. It was just so scenic with the fog and the light breaking through. I had only my 35mm lens, so did a lot of walking to get the shot composed how I wanted. Really had a great morning.

Afterwards did a little shopping - found a few good items in a thrift store. P and I went out to dinner that night (Middle Eastern food, yum...) and then came home and had a couple beers and watched a movie. Really great day...
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
February 9th
Laurelhurst
Was crushed at work to find that the woman took another position elsewhere. I haven't called her to see why she chose the other, but likely it's because the job requires working every other Saturday. I wouldn't want to do it. So it's starting back from square one. Ugh.

After work met Rodney for a beer and then went to the Laurelhurst Theater to see Apolalypto. The Laurelhurst is a theater with tables inside... you can get beer or pizza or whatnot and the admission is only $3. Love this place!! The movie was very intense... but I liked it.

Afterwards we met up with a few friends for some drinks - had fun, lots of laughs, and stayed out too late.
satrina* 11 years ago
That bridge shot is awesome, the fog creates a great mood and the monochromatic scheme makes it look more appealing

That Laurelhurst Theater sounds like fun. I watched Apocalypto a couple of weeks ago and I also liked it.

Hope you find someone for that position soon.

Satrina: av meg
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Great B/W of the bridge - highlights and texture well done...oops ! ...I saw some color - well you fooled me.

Working Saturdays is not too bad - I do it all the time cause Friday is the weekend in middle east..then you get to take a day off during the week while everyone else is working...

Keep well -

CollardGreens: Oops
*sweet coffee* Posted 11 years ago. Edited by *sweet coffee* (member) 11 years ago
Great Picture! I just love the neon signs. It has this "retro feeling" to me.

* sweet coffee * candy for the eye
Jissy 11 years ago
aagh that sux she took up another job...so the hunt begins again! sounds like a great way to spend an eve, beers, pizza and a cheap show! great!
Everyday with Jissy
sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh wow, love the shot of the bridge!! Amazing!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks, ladies... *blows kisses*

Thanks, hopefully someone else feels that way. It's already a part-time position, 30 hrs, so the person would get 3 days off in a row. That should count for something, right?
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
February 10th
slippers
Not so much a lazy day but a homebody day. That means the down slippers are on. Mmmm... so warm....

Finished my Thailand photos! I want to submit a couple photos for the local paper's Travel photo contest. Any votes? You can also look in my Vietnam photos if you have a few minutes. Even if it's just a quick glance at the ones that jump at you... I know it's hard to tell from the little thumbnails sometimes, but... Thank you!
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 11th
sous chef
My Otis bird. The MDPD theme of Feb is pets, so I tried to take some of my little O in flight. It is sooo hard! Feel free to offer up any pointers for settings or whatnot, but I think it's just a matter of taking a TON of shots to get a good one. I need to try during the day for more light too I think. This one is the only one that turned out not blurry, and although it's nice and shows all his feathers well, I'm not that excited about it. I took two more here and here that I liked of him in general, but this shows his cute tongue (somewhat like a finger more than a tongue... much more fine control) and him helping me cook the stew we had for dinner.

Parrots are odd pets. Fascinating creatures. They're not domesticated like dogs, so it's an entirely different relationship. I love birds in general, so living with one is a trip. I could just watch him for hours... they have zygodactyl feet, which means 2 toes in the front, two in the back, unlike most birds which have 3 forward and one back. (I think the woodpecker family is one of the few others in the bird kingdom with the zygodactyl feet.) This means they hold things in their feet to eat or chew on.

Yes, he talks, although the pionus species is not known for this. (He's a maximillian pionus.) He says many things, sings songs, laughs, and makes kiss noises. He uses words in context- for example if I have some food he wants a bit of, he says "ooooooh!!! Good, is that good? Mmmmm!" If he wants to come to me he says ""wanna go over there?" (which sounds like "wango overdere?") or "com'ere!" or "step up!" (yes, I do have video clips...)

He is extremely intelligent, very in tune with us, and a sweetheart. He loves head scratches (it is amazing to touch feathers) and loves interacting with us even if it's just to be on our shoulder while we wash dishes. Of course he is a parrot, so at times he can get pissy, but he is clear with his body language so we easily avoid bites. (He has bitten me, Phillip, my friend Rodney once each and drawn blood.) He is a monkey... hangs upside down, beats up his toys, throws toys on the floor. And he loves his showers.

I could go on, but will stop there. I have to add the disclaimer that parrots are very high-maintenance and need a lot of dedication to be happy in your home. Definitely not for everyone. They can also live a very long time (30 years in Otis' species' case... up to 80-100 years for others!).
satrina* 11 years ago
You have beautiful photographs in both sets. You definitely should submit some to the paper.

Otis is lovely! the fly shot is great but he looks cuter in this one. I'd love to have one but, as you say they're high-maintenance so I say no for now.

Satrina: av meg
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Satrina, thanks for the comments and for browsing through the trip photos and giving me your votes! I appreciate it...
'stee 11 years ago
what a cutie! i haven't the energy for pets so i have great respect for people who do.

your travel photos are awesome - i really want to visit vietnam now! this is my favourite photo from that set. with the thailand photos i think you should definitely submit this one - it's insane! i really like this one too. i've left comments on some others but i think these are my faves :)

let us know how you go with the photo comp!

--
stee's 2007: a blank canvas
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
He's a handsome one! I'm impressed with your ability to have a bird as a pet. Too hard for me! I petsit one but I think he knows that I'm a bit scared of him and so lunges at the cage whenever he thinks he can get a rise out me. One day, I'll be brave enough to let him out on my own. Until then, I'll keep calling over friends who aren't scared so he can get some out of the cage time (though his cage is fickin' HUGE!)

Pretty bird!
Beautiful bird and interesting information about parrots. I liked the in-flight shot except for the background.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
The colors and the variety of your photos make for some mighty fine browsing. Thanks for posting.
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 11 years ago
Nice diary! I am partial to the 4 February shot. Ciao!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yeah ! Feathers !! Nice to know more about the birds - feet are neat !

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
- I love that you know that about yourself and pets... so many people don't listen to themselves and then end up giving up their dog/cat/bird/fish when they realize it takes work. There are days where I think about how easy and nice it would be without the dogs and Otis, but then the house seems so empty when they're not. And when Frankie smiles at me in her husky way, or when Henneh lays on her side submissively for a belly rub, or when Otis makes a kissy noise and says "I love you." Well, it seems impossible not to have them around. But hey, people say similar things about their kids LOL.

- When the bird is your pet, they're a LOVE. What kind of bird do you sit for? Near the cage is not the place to make friends with a parrot - they're naturally territorial about their "nest". Does he have something to step on to that's not your hand? We have a T-shaped perch made of dowels so our sitters can use that to move him around if they're nervous. If you get this guy away from his cage I bet he'll be sweeter to you...

- I completely agree with you about the background. If only I had a sky and not a ceiling... I just have to keep working on it. Natural light sure would help!

- Thanks!
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 12th
pensive
Had a thoughtful, pensive day today. Lots of managerial-type work, a long meeting, and then came home to Phillip and ended up watching "Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man." It's different artists singing his songs, mixed in with some fantastic dialogue and comments and just plain poetry by the man himself. One woman who sang named Martha Wainwright was amazing - gave me goosebumps, and now I may have to buy a CD of hers. Leonard's lyrics are incredibly poetic, and I love listening to his speaking voice. P also read me a poem by Leonard (he has one of his books) and it made me get all teary-eyed.

Maybe I'm just pre-menstrual, (and maybe that's too much information, sorry...) but I was enjoying being emotional, which I don't always allow myself to be. Or show outwardly... Mostly the crying stuff... I'm not good at crying in front of others. I am best at crying in front of Phillip, but - wow is it hard for me to share that part of my person in front of others... to show my vulnerability... that I'm not always strong...

The poem Phillip read me is here. Scroll down to the last one on the page. It's called "This is for You."
msspider66 11 years ago
Her brother Rufus did "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen on the Shrek sound track. It is wonderful but Jeff Buckley's version is my favorite.

Here is Rufus's version

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMrZ7lChK-g

Jeff Buckley's version

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsa_xWLOghg

[Ms Spider66]
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
Rufus was in the movie a few times too. I like the Jeff Buckley version as well- his softer toned voice makes it a sweeter song... Thanks for linking me up!
msspider66 11 years ago
I love the Shrek movies. I hope the third one will be just as good as the first two.

I think I have to put some Jeff Buckley on my mp3 player now. I haven't updated the music in a while. It still has Christmas songs on it.

[Ms Spider66]
lramiro520 11 years ago
I'm awful at doing the whole public crying thing. I'm definitely not used to showing that part of myself to others. I'll cry in front of my boyfriend, but it's extremely rare for me to cry in front of anyone else. At least you were enjoying your "emotionality"...I guess it's nice to have a good cry now and again.

The Other Side Of The Fence
ebilflindas Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ebilflindas (member) 11 years ago
Mmmm...just the mention of J. Buckley's version has me all goosebumply!

In my frenzied days of *ahem* downloading music, I came across more than a few gems. One of them was Tori Amos' Silent All These Years, but with L. Cohen's voice as a prelude,
I once heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips.
it is because I hear a man climb the stairs and clear his throat outside the door
.
It makes the piece all the more haunting.
The other gem is a mashup of L. Cohen's Everybody Knows vs. Li'l Kim's Magic Stick.

Beautiful selfy, btw.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
- Yes, it is SO hard, isn't it? I guess it's a gift we give to the ones closest to us... And having a good cry now and again I think is very important. Last night wasn't a full-on cry, but it was bubbling over for sure.

- you know, I'm not that familiar with Tori Amos. I may have to check out that song though... And I had NOT heard the Lil Kim song... I need to! (and thanks)
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
February 13th
C is for cookie
Productive day at work. Yoga class. Cookies.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Well, you might have a hard time finding those particular tracks, mashed up with Cohen. I'd be happy to share, though. *winkwink
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I love the self-profile - "Invaspection" is what I would name it. Good Stuff.

CollardGreens: Oops !
satrina* 11 years ago
I also love your self-portrait, I think it reflects perfectly your day.

And reading your post from that day reminded me so much about myself because it's so hard for me to show I'm not the super-strong woman but every now and then is very relieving to accept that
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
I like the graphic composition in the cookies photo.

ParaScubaSailor en voillage (prononcez voyage, petits voilleurs)...
eelend PRO 11 years ago
yumyum
i feel hungry :)
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
to submit - the traditiional tatoo shot and maybe a crop of the kayak/ climb - looks like u had a great time
i almost never comment here though i visit a lot - your diary is too cool - j
'stee 11 years ago
crying is a messy but sometimes necessary business. i still hate it but i always feel better for having done it. also, have you noticed that 'cry' is a rather strange word when you read or say it once too many times?

i love the photo of the cookies. it makes me want to hunt some down right...now.

--
stee's 2007: a blank canvas
AliThinks 11 years ago
Great self-portrait. Leonard Cohen is great.

And those cookies? Look so yummy. I love how you opened them up. :-)

Alison
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Hope you are having a Happy Valentine's Day.

Speaking of the Wainwrights--check out the dad, Louden Wainwright III and the mom with her sister--Anna and Kate McGariggle--especially their French album.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I love Martha Wainright. That's a special self-portrait. It feels so intimate.

Allan
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
share! share!

why aren't I getting your title? I swear I'm not dense..

Accepting that you can't always be strong (and that it's OK to not always be strong) is difficult... Ah, the self- learning continues.

Thanks for your comments!

Thank you... You know, I think the McGarrigle sisters were in the movie too... but not Louden as far as I know.
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 14th
i heart my job
This photo is my desk at work. Everyone got little bags and as the week went on people would drop little valentines or chocolates inside. I do appreciate that - it was fun and sweet. I have a good group of co-workers...

That being said, Valentine's Day is not a huge deal for me. Phillip and I have birthdays in March, and we celebrate our marriage on our anniversary. I think that V-Day is more for those folks that aren't married - they don't necessarily have an anniversary so need a special day. Or for kids (getting valentines is fun!). Or for companies that make chocolate hearts. ;)

Not saying I don't LIKE chocolate... or that I don't appreciate sweet thoughts and thinking of each other. I prefer spontaneous little treats or love notes for no special occasion. Our night consisted of burritos, movie, wine, chocolate... shared smiles, embraces, kisses.... you know... It was perfect.
lramiro520 11 years ago
The best part about Valentines Day: The After-Valentine's Day Sales when the stores need to get rid of all their holiday chocolate!!!

The Other Side Of The Fence
AliThinks 11 years ago
Is that a back scratcher I see in that photo? :-)

Alison
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Sorry Magpie - sometimes the voices in my head are quite loud !

It was a play on words:
inspection - self in this case
in - internal
va - life (vivo in latin)

Not everyone can hear the voices...be glad ! Ah ha - a Taber's in the background...

History lesson - St V day

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
- whoop whoop! cheap chocolate!

- No, it's a skeleton-arm pen. Someone got it for me for Halloween. It glows in the dark....

- LOL OK... thanks for sharing your voices. (I can hear them sometimes, but not often without coffee...) Yep, a Taber's... an old one.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Feburary 15th
rainy2
Sigh.... the rain continues....

Outtakes here. I liked the red train one, but it wasn't gloomy enough.
AliThinks 11 years ago
It's snowing here. A lot.

Alison
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
February 16th
driveby3
There was a major accident on our normal route home (overturned flatbed truck...)so lots of time in the car. I tried to take a photo of the beautifully dark-blue sky, but with the point-and-shoot it didn't come out clearly. However, it started the remainder of the ride home's project - drive by shots! I was having fun taking them. I wasn't driving, don't worry, I carpool. I alternate weeks with another co-worker who lives in my neighborhood.

Some were just pointing the camera and letting the car's movement take over, this one was one of the ones where I moved the camera. Love how it turned out. None of them are processed except for cropping in a few cases. Outtakes here.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
- Send some my way, Ali! I'd love some snow right now.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Like the drive by project - I did this a few times while driving..it is fun ! Nice Stuff -
CollardGreens: Oops !
You wanted recommendations of music from Africa. Well, this list could be really long but I will try to keep it down to 10 artists.

Souad Massi from Morrocco--especially her first CD Raoui
Tinariwen--Tuareg music
Mamadou Diabate--fine kora player
Baaba Maal's Cd Mi Yeewnii
Aza--Berber fusion music (probably only available on the internet) they have one CD titled Marikan
Anything by Habib Koité and his group Bamada
Anything by Ali Farke Touré
Orchestra Baobab--their CD Specialist In All Styles
Rokia Traoré -anything by her
Hamza El-Din--late, great oud player from "Nubia"
Nass El Ghiwane--my favorite group from Morocco that plays the music of the Gnawa.

Well that should get you started. I have many many more favorites.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
- thanks! It's addictive because you just aren't sure how it will turn out, like most other photos that are composed carefully...

- THANK YOU! I've heard Ali Farke Toure but am not familiar with anything else.
lramiro520 11 years ago
Fun night time photo! I love taking those types of shots as well.

The Other Side Of The Fence
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
February 17th
springsky3
The sun!!! It was warm today, and the sun shined most of the day. Amazing how a little sunlight can uplift the spirits. Took an evening walk with the dogs and couldn't stop looking up. Spring skies are incredible... the weather in spring here can be very mutable. One minute, rain, then there's a "sun break" (they use this term in forecasts here), then of course a rainbow amidst dark grey clouds, then hail. Love it.

Quiet day today. Hung out with the dogs and bird. The light was nice so took some Otis photos (his feathers always look nice in natural light.). Phillip is out of town so I have the house to myself. Tomorrow will be more productive...

I like every outtake from today.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yesterday was very warm in Paris - 18C...this has been the warmest winter on record for France...gives a little credibility to the recent global meeting here.

LOVE the shot of Otis in the shadow - you should do more with that...and in RAW...go now - practice patience and bring us some feather shadows ! Good Stuff!

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
*must start playing with RAW must start playing with RAW*

I'll work on it! Tomorrow I'll shoot both. Thanks for the tip of RAW and JPEG at the same time. It helps me feel a little less overwhelmed because I can just access the ones I like best. *smooch*
msspider66 11 years ago
beautiful sky. I like the idea of having a mix of different weather during the day.

[Ms Spider66]
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
* blushes a bit...

Up late on west coast...suns just coming up in paris..funny stuff this journal!

I like the way nikon has taken the time to understand. When I review the daily photos (and they weren't daily till I started this journal) I only transfer the jpgs over to the computer to save space - then review using a quick view program - erasing the ones I don't like and writing down the numbers of the ones I do...then only move the nef files from the photos I will take any post processing time with. Nikon Capture or NX both have downloadable trial version (make sure your camera is supported) to test. Nikon programs are naturally tuned to their version of raw file...good luck -

feathers - feathers and shadows - b&w feathers - Otis is the perfect model...good luck.

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
- yes, I love springtime weather here. BUT no thunderstorms. I miss them. Well, I should say very very few thunderstorms. Usually here the "thunderstorms" are a distant rumbling. You look to your friend and say, "was that thunder? or a truck?" But yes, I love powerful weather in general....

- So what you're saying is you want feather photos?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yes..feathers would be nice ! Had a bird some years ago...actually my son does...and I really enjoyed scratching behind her neck and at the same time being amazed at the lightness and strength of her feathers. We have a small rotating exhibition in our salon (living room) and I would love to do feathers for the march/april rotation.

So ...I suspect the next polite thing to do is to ask permission to feature Otis in B&W...here is an example of our spanish moss december rotation.

It would be an honor to feature him.

CollardGreens: Oops!
~magpie~ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ~magpie~ (member) 11 years ago
What kind of bird did you have? Isn't touching feathers an amazing experience? I love the spanish moss... Of course you could feature him. The BW from today?

Otis sends *kiss noises* and says "Otis bird, he's a cute bird!" Which means he's flattered. He doesn't blush, but I do....
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 11 years ago
I second the RAW vote!!! Make your own JPEGs... :)

Excellent composition on the 17th -- the power lines lead you through the photo. Very nice work on the 12th also! Bon week-end!


---
Light Image Truth by J. M. Kezman
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
- OK OK already! The camera's already switched over to NEF/JPEG. Sheesh!

Oh, and thank you... ;)
Jissy 11 years ago
i have to agree with your views on valentines day, somehow it's become less important for me, couldnt put my finger on it, mayb it is marriage...so yeah we do perfect v-day at hm, with maybe a card, dinner and kisses too ;-) btw i love the sky on the 17th looks so inviting!

Enjoy your day alone at hm ;-)
'stee 11 years ago
what a gorgeous sky. hope the sunshine hangs around for a while!

--
stee's 2007: a blank canvas
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
He had a cockatiel - named simply "Bird". Bird met an untimely demise and the sunday she died was a most profoundly sad day. Now my son has another but I have not seen the pet yet. Yes feathers are to be touched and amazed. I would offer a bird kiss back but they always bite and that REALLY hurts...so I'll shake an aileron !
eelend PRO 11 years ago
excellent shot
dogs? how many dogs?
karinga 11 years ago
@ February 12: I bought Leonard Cohen's CD few months ago just for one song ---> "Hey, that's no way to say goodbye". Love it! Sometimes I like Roberta Flack's version more, it's softer. Awesome song, one of my all time favourites.
Gorgeous bird you have! When I was a kid, my dream was to have a speaking parrot. My parents didnt support the idea and now I grew out of it.. Have a plan to have a dog when Im old and have own house instead;)
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
Love your pensive shots, macros, abstracts.... lovely!

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
2 4 5 6 7
(101 to 200 of 615 replies)
Groups Beta