Happy Mother’s Day!

Here’s a favorite photo of my most precious son Michael a couple of years ago.  He went picking sunflowers for his mama.  Oh I love this boy! Oh he brings me such joy!
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I had a wonderful Mother’s Day with my boys.  It all started with being served  breakfast in bed.  Homemade waffles with walnuts, apples and whipped cream piled on top.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Michael cuddled in bed with me for quite awhile and I told him all about the day I became a mom.  Yes…he has heard this story before but I think he really liked hearing it again.

We did a few things around the house and off it was to enjoy the great outdoors.  The weather was perfect.  Warm and sunny in the 80’s and I spent time in my gardens planting the beautiful flowers I got from the boy…especially Michael who recently went shopping at the school plant sale.   I love the colors of Spring.

I enjoyed  a fine meal made by my hubby of filet mignon, roasted potatoes with onions and corn on the cob.  Delicious!  It was a spectacular day and I am truly blessed.

Here’s a little something I made for all the wonderful Moms that I have had the pleasure of meeting these past couple of years. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day too! Click here.


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Sharon - May 14, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Catherine, this is beautiful photo of your son and I love the video. I’m glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. You’re a great mom!

Sara M. - May 15, 2012 - 9:36 am

This photo is so sweet and the video too. Great job!

Almonds & Blossoms

Project 52 Week 19
Theme for this week’s challenge was “From Trees.”

My mind was filled with so many ideas for this weeks theme.  Just goggle “what comes from trees” and you will be amazed with what does.  Michael and I did a challenge and we actually came up with many things.  I decided on almonds because we always have them in the house to munch on…you must know how good they are for you!  The miniature azalea blossoms were to just add a little contrast and prettiness to the image.   This was photographed with my new Nikon D700 an early birthday gift from my most wonderful hubby!  I’m loving this camera!  Looking forward to really putting it to test.  Tomorrow I’ll be photographing Michael’s soccer game.   Have a great weekend what ever you do or where ever it may bring you.  Don’t forget  Mom!
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Jodie - May 11, 2012 - 11:20 am

One of my favs this week! Love the composition. Fantastic!

Anastasia - May 12, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Excellent focus and gorgeous light.

Renee RIquelmy - May 13, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Wonderful image. Well thought out! Fantastic composition, I love how the almonds are spilling out of the jar, the burst of color from the azalea bloom adds interest and color to the photo. Wonderful contrast in color between the almonds and the azalea blooms. Focus is perfect…WONDERFUL detail in the almonds. Beautifully capture…wonderful work of photography!!

Sharon - May 14, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Catherine, I love it! Just another beautiful creation. The flowers add a nice touch.

Irela - May 15, 2012 - 6:13 am

Absolutely gorgeous. Love this well composed shot and the lighting perfection. Well done Catherine!! :)

Natural Light

Project 52 – Week 18
Theme for this week “Natural Light.”

This week hasn’t been the sunniest and it’s been raining which meant there wasn’t a lot of nice natural light, but that’s reality and you use what is available.  So I left the house early one morning, met up with my friend Cheryl so I could try out her Nikon 105mm macro lens.  I played with it for an hour or so in the fields and neighborhood yards.  I enjoyed photographing with this lens very much, however I forgot my monopod…it’s a bit heavy so used my shoulder instead and photographed  in a twisted  position. A trick to remember when you need sturdiness.  I came home looking like I had been in a mud fight…my jeans especially my knees were filthy and I was wet. The jeans went immediately into the wash and me into a warm shower.  The joy of trying to capture unique shots and compositions.  It’s all worth it in the end.  Here’s my winning image that made it into the top ten for the week!  See all the winners here. There were many great entries this week!  joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ Featured on Ellenburg Photographyjoyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Ellington CT Natural Light photographer

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Deborah - May 7, 2012 - 9:58 am

PERFECTLY PINK and perfectly NATURAL! Love it!

Julie - May 8, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Beautiful Catherine. I love the water drops.

Irela - May 10, 2012 - 6:16 pm

This is so beautiful. Catherine. I love the pink and the details are amazing. I have to get me a Macro!!! Love the image.

Kim - May 11, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Cool! Good shot Cath!

Sharon - May 11, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Catherine, This is just lovely.

Renee - May 13, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Wonderful shot, beautifully captured! Wonderful composition, focus, and POV. The color and tones are perfect. WONDERFUL job on the bokeh…so smooth! Another well done photograph! CONGRATS!

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