Friday, April 25, 2014

Found

I love to announce good news.  

The winner of the giveaway for The Farm Collection note cards is . . . Michelle B.

Michelle wrote, "So many wonderful farm photos! I love them all, the horse, the chickens, the baby cow getting a bath... The Finding Home poem is very nice, and so true."  Michelle, email me your address and I'll send your cards to you right away.

I’m linking up with Kim Klassen today for Friday Finds.  I found new photos, a book on photography, and a great way to celebrate National Photography month coming in May. 

My favorite new photo.


I found this little painting in a local antique shop.  The shop owner travels to her homeland of Germany once a year, collecting old paintings along the way. She often rescues art works that have been damaged, salvaging a corner here or there and re-framing the little perfect pieces.  I combined the painting with other treasures that speak to me – roses and my pottery mug. 

More scenes from the countryside. 


An inspiring photography book.   

Shooting with Soul by Alessandra Cave includes 44 photography exercises exploring life, beauty, and self-expression. I discovered this glorious and beautiful book by way of Sarah who writes and takes pictures over at Paisley Rain Boots


I’ve already started with a few of the exercises. 

Exercise 1:  Glimpses of you


Exercise 3: Your shadow


Exercise 26:  A message from the universe


Spring Nesting

I spied this osprey couple building their nest of sticks on an old piling over the Potomac River.  

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Celebrate National Photography month.

This May, print some of your favorite images with custom ink-on-paper creations from Artifacts Uprising.  


I LOVE everything on this site!  First on my list . . . a postcard pack . . .  followed soon after by a softcover book.  Check out their inspirational blog, especially the artist spotlight on Theron Humphrey and his Wild Idea project. 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting. 

23 comments:

  1. What a wonderful find, I love Stills!

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    1. Yes, Barbara, you and I seem to share a love for still life photos. Your dreamy pictures of thread and the garlic . . . oh, such thoughtful pictures. Wouldn't we have fun together?

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  2. I love the sheep and the textured photo. Thanks for adding the web page. Im off to have a look.

    Im so far behind . Its been such a busy week.

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    1. Lisa, Same here, busy week. I thought about not putting up a post today at all, but as always, when I settle down, this work becomes therapy. I keep returning to your most recent photo of the beautiful eggs and the feather - and breathing in the simplicity. Thanks for making the time to visit.

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  3. What a fabulous treasure trove of ideas and inspiration! I love that first image!

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  4. all so lovely - especially the nestled teacups...
    and are you shooting pics with the Polaroid - how fun is that!

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    1. Amy, Just popped over to your site. Love the book recommendation! Yes, I am playing around with the Polaroid One-Step and having a blast!

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  5. Oh my goodness!! Thank you Donna! I am very excited to win The Farm Collection note cards.
    You have some wonderful Finds this week. I am going to have to get a copy of Shooting with Soul...
    I love your still life of the teacups. The teacups look perfect against the dark background and I love the composition too. I had no idea it was National Photography month. I will definitely check out that web site.
    Thanks again and have a great weekend!!

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    1. Congratulations, Michelle! Your note cards will go out in tomorrow's mail. Thanks so much for your encouragement and kind words.

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  6. beautiful shots - I will have to look into that book

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  7. I love that your foot is in motion!! Like you are bit nervous about photographing yourself....were you? I've tried and I was nervous!

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  8. hmmm...I don't see a way to follow you either by google or by way of a feed, am I missing it? Or maybe you've chosen to not have one but thought I'd ask.

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    1. Jill, Yes I was a little nervous in my self-portrait. Hmm . . .what to do with myself. Funny, though, I took lots of photos where I was still but love the motion the best. My friends tease that I seldom sit still, so this one seemed the most ME.

      I'm probably one of the least tech-savvy gals you'll ever meet, but I think I have the option to follow my blog by email turned on. I believe its' on the right hand side of my blog, below the gadgets for Kim Klassen and such. Thanks for visiting.

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  9. congrats to Michelle - what a lucky duck!

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  10. Look at you go with Shooting with Soul. Some exercises done already. This may sound weird but I have been trying to figure out for a while now what age range you fall into. You are a bit of a mysterious one. I read something today on Page 24 - Shooting with Soul that was mind opening/mind blowing for me. After pondering my photographic intentions all week things suddenly clicked into place. Those teacups are amazing! Girl you are doing to go far in the photographic world.

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    1. Ha, Ha, Sarah, Glad I could keep you guessing about my age. My birthday was this week and I'm 54 and a very happy girl. I went to page 24 and think I see what you found so mind blowing - the necessity of taking pictures with feeling, connection, and heart - makes for a truly unique view. I love this quote by Thomas Carlyle - "The merit of originality is not novelty; it's sincerity." This realization was a relief to me - that I could be me, the true me, and that is enough.

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  11. it is a good idea to sum up the week with photos. I like it (sorry for my english, I'm french ....)

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    1. Your English is always superb when you have something so nice to say. Yes, it feels good to look back on week filled with such a life of treasures and wonderful finds. Thank you.

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  12. I ordered the book today. I cant wait to read it. I think I get it around May 7th. Thanks for posting it.

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    1. Lisa, I know from your blog that you have been busy working on personal projects and are setting your sights on balancing your life. But, if you decide to work your way through the book and would like a photo friend to share with you, please let me know. I've been thinking it would be fun to start a Camera Book Club . . . more ideas than time!

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  13. thanks for sharing your week, and all over your great finds!

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  14. Love all your photos this week Donna, especially the lovely self portrait :) I checked out the book on Amazon and have put it on my wishlist, it looks amazing !

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  15. So many fabulous finds! That photo of teacups is stunning!

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