Sunday, November 19, 2017


Blink and another year has flown by. Once again I discovered the camellia was blooming and I found myself looking for the Scarlet Oak leaves; they've become a tradition now.

My least favorite time of year. Today was my mom's birthday. I miss her every day. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Voir Dire II

My fourth jury summons, my second time going through the voir dire process. This was a capital murder case and the jury panel consisted of sixty people. Two days of extreme boredom in the jury assembly room interspersed with a few hours of actual questioning by the attorneys. The defendant eventually decided not to proceed with a jury trial and we were all dismissed.

What I learned is that I have (luckily) led a life with no encounters with violence... me or my family or friends. The majority of the panel of sixty had experienced some violent occurence in their lives.  Tonight, I'm toasting my boring life... may it continue for many more years!

Saturday, September 09, 2017


Went to Florida for Labor  Day, to visit family. When we planed thee trip,, we had no idea about Irma.
We came  home on Wednesday, ahead of the evacuees. I think my nieces and nephews may be spared the worst of the storm. Hopefully. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Solar Eclipse

I did not have the eclipse safety glasses. For someone who usually plans and plans and plans, this was bizarre. My excuse was that I thought my backup was some AstroSolar film I had purchased years ago to make a solar filter for my telescope. I still have that filter, I sold the telescope. 

Anyway, the fine print: The film is only good for cameras, telescopes, binoculars... not naked eyes. By the time I read the fine print, the chance of finding the glasses anywhere was nil.. 

So, I made a filter for my camera and ONLY looked at  the LCD in order to find the moon/sun. 

It is what it is...

The crescent-shaped shadows surprised me. At first I wondered if they were always like that and I never noticed. They were everywhere... so surreal. 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hiatus Hydrangea

Been here before, out of photographic practice. It's going to be difficult to compile enough new photos for a 2018 calendar. 

Monday, March 06, 2017

Gulf Coast of Florida

My late husband and I had often vacationed on the Florida Gulf Coast. I prefer the calm gulf waters to the ocean side of the southern US. Since his death, I had longed to return to that area for a stay. Occasionally, I even considered going alone.

But things never worked out until recently. My niece and I booked a few days in Panama City Beach. Even with a day (all day!) of rain, I still enjoyed my stay and I'd go back in a minute.

Friday, February 03, 2017


Longing for some floral color to offset the grey of winter, I brought a bouquet of hyacinths home from the market.