And for your enjoyment...

...Froggy getting ready in the morning!

Okay, so not the best caption. I think there's a really fun one out there and I am offering a print of any one of my Florida pictures (either that I've posted on this blog or here) to whoever comes up with the best caption. So please... entertain me! I'm going to need it once I get home and I realize no more tropical weather for me.



Thanks to Mr. Mason, who was walking his dog near the marina this morning, I was able to take some pictures of an owl.

It was a Harry Potter sort of a morning!


St. Cloud, Day 3

I will be posting about Harry Potter... tomorrow. I'm too tired right now. Here's something from this morning at least!


St. Cloud, Day 2

This image is to size of the actual spider. Supposedly, it's harmless. I don't know if I believe that.


Cocoa beach

I wasn't planning on writing with any of the pictures again this week, but I feel the need, if only to express this great amount of gratitude bursting from inside me!

A few weeks ago, I was having a discussion with a photographer that I have a great deal of respect for. He was talking about a project he's working on and those things he's received from the place he photographs. He described it as the landscape showing and giving him what he needed for his images.

I must admit that even as he explained this, I felt envious. There was a part of me that understood the idea, but I longed to know that experience for myself.

Tonight, after some complications that caused me to get to the beach just as the light was getting good, I wanted to kick myself as I set up tripod, camera, changed the lens, and basically got ready everything I thought I would need. Then I noticed something brilliant: a lightning storm just off the shore where the waves started rolling towards the sandy ground at my feet. Gorgeous clouds that bounced all the colors from the sunset reflected back at me as I tried to get ready and I found myself enthralled with the storm ahead.

I can't quite describe the connection that I had at that moment. I know it's not quite the same as was explained to me by this other photographer. He was referring to something that happens after spending vast amounts of time with a place, the syncopated steps that you fall into with an old friend. This was the meeting of an acquaintance that you feel you have known for ages. The work of a duet, the ocean and myself working on improvising with one another until we had that sort of harmony that can't be planned and manipulated through hours of practice, but that perfect something which no one else can describe, but which I felt.

I have a hunch this was just a taste of that connection that could be. Just enough to whet my appetite and put me in awe of greater things than myself.

I hope you enjoy the product of my experience as much as I do.


As I packed two nights ago, I had to keep repeating a mantra of "I will not bring school work with me to Florida... I will not bring school work with me to Florida..." until I found myself huddled in the corner of my new room, muttering this to myself over and over while slapping my hand away as it reached for books on art theory and ASL literature. My new roommates may think I'm a little loony.

I am proud to say I was successful, however, and have prevailed in enjoying this vacation thus far. I did, of course, bring my camera--the most enjoyable "work" of all. Three of them actually. I intend to try shooting some color film on this trip, hopefully with some success. (That said, any advice from my photo friends who have crossed this threshold on common mistakes, it would be greatly appreciated!) The third is a point and shoot for Harry Potter World on Friday. So very much to look forward to!

In an attempt to really make some great images, I will be posting a "best of " image each day here. For more from each day visit my photography page  on facebook and watch the latest feed. You may be my new best friend if you hit "like" on the page as well, which would help you follow it automatically.

And without further ado:

I just love the variety of birds here. I'm afraid to say there may be a lot of bird pictures in the near future.

(Oh, and p.s. ... don't forget to go enter the Chester the Best-er giveaway here. I'm helping with the designs and one way is to comment on where you think I should go next! I could use some good ideas :) )



School is over (for now) and I'm unpacking my life into a new place, but what I'm really anticipating is Florida this next week!

While you should be on the lookout here for pictures of that, I also wanted to give you a heads up about a giveaway one of my great-grand friends is holding that I'm helping out with.

Chessie is one of the best writers I know. I enjoy reading her blog and always get a laugh out of the way she manages to view the simplest situation. I highly highly recommend anyone to read her blog.

Also, we've been scheming and I'm designing bookmarks, a calendar, and a t-shirt for her first giveaway. We're using Chessie-isms from her blog and you are all invited to enter. Here's how:

How to win:
Required entry: Leave a comment on this blog telling me which design you like best or your favorite quote from this blog.

Extra entries:
Each additional item will increase your chances of winning. You can do any or all of these for up to six entries. If you already do these, they count, but you MUST leave a separate comment for each item, or they will only count as one entry.
  1. Visit Marie's travel blog Rie Around the World. Come back here and leave a comment suggesting where she should go next.
  2. Join Marie Teemant Photography on Facebook.
  3. Join Chester the Best-er on Facebook (or see right sidebar).
  4. Follow my blog OR subscribe to its email updates (see right sidebar). Once you subscribe, you will receive an email confirming your subscription.
  5. Follow @chessthebess on Twitter and tweet the following statement, then come back to this post telling me you tweeted. 
I just entered to win a #giveaway from @chessthebess! Enter here: goo.gl/fb/cM00Y

Go to her blog and leave the comments there and see some of the work in progress designs.