After the Storm

Wrightsville Beach, NC Wrightsville Beach, NC Fishing Pier


Dunpont-17Photography has always being my therapy from all the mental and emotional things I’ve been through,  Too long to mention, but I will say that a lot of it was genetic, and another was long-term mental/verbal abuse.

I know I would get up those early mornings to watch the sun come up, and the camera would be in my hand ready to be set. Waiting for the sunrise and the colors and swagger it would present that morning. I’ll be thinking about nothing else but what’s in front of me.  I’d be smiling because it’s so beautiful and so quiet with nothing but the seagulls singing across the waves.  There’s nothing like it. When you’re in the mountains it’s so breathtaking. The air is so fresh and the solitude of quiet is amazing.

Today, my challenges have  physically gotten hard.  I love to walk and hike with my camera, which has become difficult, because of my back and hip.  This I’ll have replaced in March.  I’ve been told I’ll be able to get back on my fit and meet my challenges again.

Mental and emotional is very challenging because you don’t know what picture you’ll be seeing in the mirror.  I do see good in the future because my intuition tells me with all the things I have planned I will meet those challenges head on. I’m not going to sit down and die.  I’m 63 young, and there’s too much I want to do.


I hope to meet the mountain again and this time I’ll make it to the top.


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

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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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All About Sunflowers

Vickie Hibler Photography
Vickie Hibler Photography
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“No flower can lift someone’s spirits quite like sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months.  Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. These flowers are unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.

Sunflowers are known for being “happy” flowers, making them the perfect gift to bring joy to someone’s (or your) day.”


Flower Lady

On the Darkside
On the Darkside

I’d say I’m a coneflower nut.  I should be called the “Flower Lady”.  I take pictures of flowers especially coneflowers just about any where.  The parks,  arboretums, craft stores and garden centers. I don’t have to pay them either.  My biggest challenge, however, is how make it sellable. How to I get people to buy my prints.  Do Photographs even sell? What’s the best-selling?  Landscapes, flowers or nature?  I’ve been trying things that will make my prints standout.

I wish there were honest critiques that would judge my work and help me know if I’m not doing it right or I am.    It’s getting to the point  on Facebook where your Facebook photographer friends don’t like your work out of support like they use to.  Of course I take this as “I don’t like it.”

The pictures here I took with my iPhone – you can take it everywhere with you.

You can click on my etsy box in sidebar to see other photos.

I love challenged so I’ll keep trying

Dancing Flowers
Dancing Flowers

Coneflowers are Magical

Vickie Hibler Photography©
Vickie Hibler Photography©

Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisy-like flowers with raised centers. The flower, plant,

Vickie Hibler Photography©
Vickie Hibler Photography©

and root of some types are used in herbal remedies widely renowned as a medicinal plant, coneflowers are a long-flowering perennial for borders, wildflower meadows, and prairie gardens. Blooming midsummer to fall, the plants are relatively drought-tolerant and rarely bothered by pests. The flowers are a magnet for butterflies, and the seeds in the dried flower heads attract songbirds. Flower colors include rose, purple, pink, and white, plus a new orange variety. Plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on variety.  I could spend hours photographing coneflowers and all forms of daisies.

This is a few and you can fine them in my store  at the  or my professional website

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