Thursday, March 31, 2011

Landscape Photographer Peter Lik in Television Show "From the Edge"


After seeing a tweet I voluntarily put on Twitter about how excited I am to watch the premier of the new show "From the Edge" with landscape photographer Peter Lik, The Weather Channel sent me an e-mail asking if I would be interested in doing a blog post about the show's premier. I said "Heck yeah!" and opened up Blogger to get started. I'm all about a television show featuring a photographer... especially a landscape or nature photographer!

So, they provided me with some information to use in this post to let all of you know that "From the Edge", with landscape photographer Peter Lik, premiers TONIGHT (March 31) on The Weather Channel at 8/7c. I seriously plan to record each week's show, but I'm a bit obsessive like that.

If you would like to view a website about the show, here's a link: http://www.weather.com/tv/tvshows/peter-lik

The first episode of the show is in Hawaii, and The Weather Channel was nice enough to provide me with some clips to include in my post for your viewing pleasure...
From The Edge with Peter Lik Clip: Peter Flies to Volcano's Edge.

From The Edge with Peter Lik Clip: Peter goes after Pele, goddess of fire


I am SERIOUSLY excited about this show, and I'll do a recap for you to let you know what I think about the premier.

** I was not compensated to do this post. After voluntarily promoting the show, I was contacted directly by The Weather Channel to see if I was interested in writing a blog post, and I was supplied some links, video clips, and other information to use in the post, if I chose to do it. Which I did... choose to do it... because it's a t.v. show about an awesome photographer... I mean Seriously!**

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Alien Lunch


Alien Lunch, originally uploaded by Misty DawnS.

On Flickr, we refer to Wednesdays as "Bokeh Wednesday". Considering how much I enjoy macro photography, bokeh holds a special place in my heart. hehe For those of you who don't know, bokeh is the blurred, out-of-focus (is that redundant) background in a photograph, while the main focus of the photograph is sharp and detailed.

In this photograph, the head and forelegs of the Praying Mantis, along with its Bumblebee snack, is in focus, while everything else, including the insect's body is blurred... aka bokeh.

Yes, I realize some of you will cringe at this photograph and think it's gross. However, it is true nature, and I always enjoy catching real moments in nature. For those of you who don't like this photograph, I apologize and give you full permission to go back to reading other blogs, researching oxyelite pro reviews, playing Facebook games, or whatever you were doing. I'll try to make my next photograph more "pretty". hehe

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wherever You Go, I'll Follow


Wherever You Go, I'll Follow, originally uploaded by Misty DawnS.
I was hesitant to post this photo of this Tiger Swallowtail pair, because their rugged wings definitely show signs of hardship. However, I realized we all have rugged wings, and we should wear them with pride of what we have overcome and what we have become.

This pair has obviously overcome, and they still see the beauty in each other. In fact, there may be reason to hand out cigars to all the butterflies at the office soon! LOL

I remember spending quite a while watching them flit around, seemingly unhindered by their torn and shabby wings.

Another one of nature's lessons - Your scars only prove strength within and add to your overall beauty.

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Let's Go Back South ~ SOOC Sunday


Let's Go Back South!!!
(c) Misty DawnS

Yes, I imagine some of the critters who leave for the winter are thinking they came back too soon! Apparently, Mother Nature likes to tease, as she gave us a few really nice, warm days, which caused us to get eager for spring, and then she pulled those days away, dropped the temps, and sent snow! Very not cool, Mamma N!!!

Oh well, I guess that makes us stay inside and get things done, because, trust me, if it were nice enough, I'd be fishing! Just sayin'. Hubs has come a LONG way with the living room. Yesterday, we painted it together, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Now, when the picture window comes in, that will need installed, and then we've got the wainscoting and trim work to do. Hubs also needs to finish the built-in entertainment center project. Once that's all done, then he can move on to other projects... electrical wire, plumbing pipes, teflon hose, saws and wood and stain... oh my! :-)



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Friday, March 25, 2011

Tree Hugger ~ Camera Critters #155

Tree Hugger
(c) Misty DawnS

So, after about three days of temperatures in the seventies, I started feeling like spring was here... or at least close. Then, this morning, I woke up to a blanket of snow on the ground and snow covering my vehicle. AND... we've got snow in the forecast for tomorrow and a couple days during the upcoming week! *sigh* Guess March plans on going out like a lion! Well, I don't have any lion photographs (I might need some Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance if I ran across a lion on one of my walks!), so I decided to share a fox squirrel photograph with you this week.

I must admit, the snow was VERY pretty this morning. It was a wet snow, so it clung to all the trees, and it looked beautiful. While on my way to work, I ALMOST turned right around and went back home so I could go out and take photos. But, of course, I didn't... like a good girl, I went to work. Hopefully I'll get some pretty photographs tomorrow, if I get the chance.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Like a Potato... I Have Many Eyes

I'm still going through my archived photographs, which is actually kind of fun. I get to rediscover some photographs which I initially passed over, and I get to see how I've progressed with my photography. For example, this photograph is from when I first got my DSLR (Sony a350). I was, obviously, still learning about things such as depth of field, which is why the background in this photograph is too busy. Since then, I've learned how to use depth of field to help me focus on the subject and blur the background.

Regardless, I like this photograph, because this is a butterfly (Wood Nymph), which I don't have many photographs of... busy background or not. Also, this is a "first" for me photographing this species of butterfly. So, it's a keeper, in my opinion! Besides, it has memories, because I can still remember very cautiously (so not to scare it away) climbing through the ditch and weeds to get this butterfly's portrait.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

Wings of Lace ~ Camera-Critters #154

Wings of Lace
(c) Misty DawnS

Whew... what a week it has been! This week has seemed to last for for-ev-er! It has been a hectic point at my day job, and we're still deep into the construction, demolition, remodel of the house. There's always light at the end of the tunnel though. My day job will calm down a bit, and when the house is finished, it will be really nice.

Hubs and the crew have completely redone the living room, including knocking out a wall between the living room and a spare bedroom. They moved the front door, tore out walls, put up insulation and drywall, and more. Yep, they've been especially busy. While we haven't needed to shop for toilets with this remodeling project, I am getting a nice picture window and a well-insulated house, which will not only keep me from whining about being cold in the winter, it will also keep me from whining about the outrageous electric bill. So, that's all good.

I was going to take photos of the project as it moved along, but it is SOOOOOOOOO dusty there is no way I'm taking my camera in there. I'll take pictures for you when it's all done and not dusty anymore.

Oh, and speaking of lights at the end of the tunnel... my Camera-Critters photo for this week is in anticipation of spring... which is right around the corner! WooooHoooo!!!



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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Where's the Pot of Gold?


Where's the Pot of Gold?, originally uploaded by Misty DawnS.

Just a quick little post to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day! May we each find follow our rainbow and find our pot of gold.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Monday, March 14, 2011

There's a Plan...


There's a Plan..., originally uploaded by Misty DawnS.

My life seems to be focused a lot on transformation lately.

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EcoSMARTS All Natural Pesticides Winner


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Everyone - stay tuned! More giveaways to come!!! You won't want to miss these! There will be mugs, gift certificates, and more.

Friday, March 11, 2011

CHAAAAARGE ~ Camera-Critters #153

(c) Misty DawnS



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Giveaway, Weather, & Prayers for Japan


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You don't have to be a
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to enter and win
these awesome products!
(c) Misty DawnS

On another note, today was one of those days I wish I could have stayed home from work. It's actually not because my husband was sweet enough to give me his nasty head cold (yeah, we have a sharing relationship), and I feel like my face is going to fall off. I think I need a doctor... or maybe someone with an it degree to design a program to clear my head... yeah, it could be a "head cold defrag". hehe


This morning, I could have taken so many great photographs (in addition to my face falling off)! We had a light frost, and it really made the landscapes look beautiful as the sun was rising. The cattle also had a light frost on their backs, and it contrasted on the Black Angus color and was rather beautiful.


Also, we are supposed to reach a whopping 59 degrees today! How awesome that will be compared to what we've had lately!


Speaking of weather... this post was initially intended to be lighthearted and fun, but I must change the focus and send my heart, thoughts, and prayers to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. What a terrible and unimaginable tragedy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

You Can't Fence Out a Sunset


You Can't Fence Out a Sunset, originally uploaded by Misty DawnS.

The first year we lived in Missouri, I was amazed at the sunsets. It seemed like every single night there was a sunset which was glorious, beautiful, and unique. I would go on daily walks each evening. I would leave at a time which would allow me to get photographs of any wildlife I may see and then would allow me to capture that evening's sunset. This photograph was taken in my yard after returning from one of my sunset walks. I wanted to capture the sunset with a sense of 'living on the farm' to it. When posting it to Flickr yesterday, I came up with the "You Can't Fence Out a Sunset" title and immediately thought it fit. Nope, that barbed wire doesn't fence out that sunset... it may give it a sense of remote security though, I dunno. ;-)

Unfortunately, during the past two years, we haven't had the sunsets like we had that first year. Hmmmm, maybe is was Missouri's way of welcoming me? O.K., maybe not. I'm hoping this year provides some more sunset opportunities. If it does, you know I'll post em for ya. :-)

Monday, March 7, 2011

On The Wings Of An Angel


On The Wings Of An Angel, originally uploaded by Misty DawnS.

The light upon the angel's wings
gives her a love all encompassing.
The light upon the angel's wings
allows her to feel all things.
When you feel the shadow of gloom
and feel your heart has no room,
open yourself to the light of her wings
and bask in the warmth her love to you brings.
~ Misty Dawn

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lessons Learned From My Archives

(c) Misty DawnS

I've been spending time looking through my photo archives. This first started because I didn't have any new photographs to post (which tends to happen about this time each year), but then, it became something more. Looking through my archives brought back memories... memories of that "photo-drive" that Hubs and I went on... memories of the first time I saw that species of dragonfly... memories of when we had a hail storm with hail the size of softballs. Not only have I been enjoying the memories, but I have also been rediscovering photographs which I took and completely forgot about and just left sitting there, ignored, on my hard drive.

I find it very intriguing how I can look at a photograph (mine or someone else's) one day and think it is 'nice' but nothing that blows me away. Yet, I can go back to that same photograph at another time, and it now blows me away. I think it depends on the mood... the season (I'm totally loving spring-type photos right now, of course)... and just my whole outlook on things. Just as all of those things change, so does the way a photograph affects me.

I also find myself taking certain things for granted, or not seeing the beauty in things that are commonplace for me now. For example, I've noticed that, in 2008, I took 30 or more photographs of a particular species of dragonfly or butterfly... Yet, in 2010, I have only a couple photographs of that species. This is because they became "common" to me, and rather than still appreciating and capturing their beauty, as they deserve, I now pass them up in search of something "new and exciting". I'm truly amazed at how something as simple as going through my photo archives could actually cause me to take notice and teach myself a few lessons.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to find a food delivery service and continue going through my archives and teaching myself a few lessons... and rediscovering some photographs along the way!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lamb for March ~ Camera-Critters #152

Is March supposed to come in like me or leave like me???

(c) Misty DawnS

I took this photo a very long time ago... I took this photograph back in September of 2006!!! This was back when we still lived in Ohio... back when we still raised sheep. I honestly miss raising sheep. When I say that out loud, my husband looks at me and rather blankly informs me that I've blocked out the difficulties and am only remembering the good things. He's probably right, because the first couple years of raising sheep were very difficult. We were focused on quantity, rather than quality... and we got the very wrong breed of ram to start growing our flock. Eventually though, we figured it out. We got set up better, we narrowed down our flock to the good mothers and less flighty ewes, and we learned a lot about the different breeds and how to breed for the traits we desired in our lambs. I read a LOT about sheep. My lawyer boss said he'd never seen someone devour so many books, websites, and information on one subject before, but I really took an interest in it, and I enjoyed being a part of it. So, basically, when we finally figured out what we were doing with raising sheep... that's about the time we sold the flock and moved to Missouri to raise beef cattle. That's a whole different ballgame, Folks.

Anyway, I thought this photo, which happens to be one of my favorite photos from when we had lambs, would be appropriate for this Camera-Critters post. It is, after all, time for spring to start flirting with us, and Easter is around the corner too (and time to start looking for the top easter gifts for kids). Besides, isn't March supposed to "go out like a lamb"??? Shhhhhhh don't tell the lamb in the photo that he's too early!



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American Idol Blues & Other Randomness

(c) Misty DawnS


I've been slacking on my blogging lately. I've just been having a hard time finding inspiration, ya know? This happens at the middle or end of winter ever year. So, I just have to keep my head up and remind myself that soon the sun will shine; the flowers will bloom; the bugs will fly; and the gloom will lift. :-) Yes, it will.

Some randomness...
I still want to change my blog around, but am not sure exactly how or what yet. Can't quite put my finger on it, but something needs to change... in addition to my posting more.

My husband is at a manly-builder's-store right now. No, he's not looking at hot tub spa covers. He IS, however, ordering a window for our living room.

I'm having an awesome giveaway on my blog, which has generated hardly any response at all, and that's depressing.

I'm craving a bbq pulled-pork sandwich and corn on the cob. Weird, huh? Oh wait, those are two of my faves... so that makes sense!

This video of Chris Medina (one of the American Idol contestants) made me cry... while I was at work, no less!

I can't watch American Idol right now, because my cable box isn't working, and I can't leave work in time to meet up with the cable guy to have it fixed. Besides, they want to charge me twice -- once to make it work in the temporary location since our living room is being renovated and then again when the living room is finished and the tv is in its permanent location. And, since I can't find anywhere to watch the episodes online, I'm out of luck. :-( Y'all will have to keep me up-to-date!!!

Oh, and it's supposed to rain today.

That is all for now. Proceed with having a great day :-)

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