Change of Venue-Jewelry

Since the weather is COLD  I began my other hobby – making jewelry.  I’ve got really nice earrings and some necklaces for sale in my shop, along with my photography – everything you see on my blog is available.



Just some examples . . .

Natual Chrysocolla beaded earrings
Natual Chrysocolla beaded earrings

Traveling Solo – Living with Arthritis

whitedscn1777With a lot of fear I took a trip to the  mountains of North Carolina by myself.  The actual fear was my arthritis that has crippled me.  My hip, back and legs have a hard time withstanding a lot of activity.  But I always wanted to go to the mountains to visit and hike. I miss the activities I use to do.

First, I surprised myself by going by myself and driving 5 1/2 hours with one quick stop. I’m in my mid 60’s and I have a tendency to get confused and lost. But, I was anxious to get there. When I saw the mountains tears came to my eyes, and I said, “I made it Lord.”   You see I’ve been going through depression with the pain of arthritis.

I was determined to get my hike in and I did.  However, it was painful and difficult I did it even if I had to stop a million times.  My hiking stick was my guide and help.  My camera was my companion and we had fun.  Even though I didn’t get to hike anymore I was able to drive and take in the scenery.   Here’s are the pictures I took that were well worth it. Oh, I must mention the lovely I stayed at – River House B&B Chimney Rock, NC – if your interested in purchasing

Cost Savings – Buying Refurbished Lenses

My first digital camera was a Nikon D5100 and I purchased a refurbished lenses 18-105 mm lens, which was my favorite lens.  It looked new and only had a very small ding on it.  It worked like new and took great pictures.
I’ve planned a trip to the North Carolina mountains at the end of the month and really want it to be special.  Since photography is one of the reasons I’m going to go I decided to get a wide-angle lens for my Canon. I searched until I found what I wanted which is the versatile and fast EF-S 24 mm, F2.8 STM refurbished lens, also called the pancake lens.  I bought it from it’s maker, Canon, so I felt pretty good about buying it. I only paid, $119.00, which I felt was a great buy, and it even comes with a 1 year Refurbished Limited Warranty.Why refurbished?  While some prefer brand new I like good buys with a good choice lens.   After the lens passes a comprehensive quality assurance inspection an extremely functional, and cosmetic inspection is performed by trained Canon technicians so that the refurbished lens is fully operational and passes the strict cosmetic standards. Nothing leaves the house unless all standards and expectations are met.

Once I get the lens I’ll go test it at the beach for some sunset pictures.

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” ― Ansel Adams

Originally posted on Photofocus:

To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.
― Ansel Adams

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One magical day a unicorn showed me a camera and the rest is history.


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