Sunday, January 30, 2005

Foggy to Sunny...

Thanks, Kat! You were right... see my border with color! Whoo hoo!

Today started out very, very foggy in my neighborhood. This photo was taken about 10:30 a.m. this morning as I was leaving for work. The fog was lifting in some parts of town by the time I got to work. I brought my camera with me just in case I had the chance to get out and do some shooting after work.

By the time I finished up with work, dinner was cooking and there wasn't any time for photo shooting. Dang! I hate it when that happens. No time for me. My son had dinner done for me when I walked in the door. He's so good to me, sometimes.

The photo below, is when I got home tonight. I didn't take the time to line things up, not even enough time to line up the horizon. I was in too much of a hurry. I really like the morning shot better, but I wanted to show we did finally get some sunshine!
My guy is still on the road. It's been a really slow run this time. He had more than three days to get from Los Angeles, CA, to Portland, OR. Not good when you get paid by the mile. I kept asking him to come this way, take a little detour, and stop by for the weekend. Miles-wise, it was not a good idea. Thank goodness for cell phones. I miss him!

My son was finally able to get our outside Christmas lights down. He's been really sick this past couple of weeks with the crud. And, it's been so cold the past few weeks. With the sunshine this afternoon, he was able to get this done for me. While I was at work, he got alot of things done around the house. Gotta love him! He's a good kid.

All my furbabies are doing great. Peanut, our smallest Yorkie, he's doing so well. He truly is amazing. You would never know he was so sick when he was little, if you didn't already know. Isn't he cute?

Sunday, January 23, 2005

My Photo Sunday #2

Along Highway 55, heading north from Boise... frost covered most all the vegetation. We haven't seen the sun in what seems to be a week. It's been freezing! At one point, we pulled over and stopped so I could try to get some shots. The frost was very pretty...

A hazy, overcast, foggy, cold day in Idaho... This is the Payette River along Hwy 55, looking south back towards Boise. We were about 20 minutes north of Boise here.
Pulling over whenever the opportunity arised, the SUN finally showed it's face! We had heard, if we got above the Treasure Valley, above the inversion, we could find the sunshine... Along the Paytte River...

North of Smith's Ferry is this single arched bridge. It's been one of my favorite photo opps for as long as I can remember. I wish I knew more about the bridge to share here with you...

We turned around here and headed back to Boise. After some dinner out, we found these Canadian Geese at Julia Davis Park in Boise.

This is a pond at Julia Davis Park. It was starting to get late...

The moon was rising and we decided to get home... Oh! And, as you can see, the sky cleared up in Boise too. We had a great day trip today.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Thanks To All...

Just a quick entry to THANK everyone for the Birthday wishes and cards! You are all great!

For those who know about my falling out with my family during the holidays, I am happy to let you know, I received a Birthday card from my daughter! It was short and to the point, but a communication from her in any case. I was tickled pink! Both my parents and my daughter, and even one of my brothers I rarely talk to, sent me Birthday wishes.

Thursday, January 20, 2005


It's MY Birthday, tomorrow... Friday, January 21st.

I want to treat myself to more photo paraphernalia. LOL I'll settle for a day trip full of photo opps. Weather should be perfect, mid to upper 40's, partly cloudy, all weekend.

I'm not expecting much, it's after Christmas and most of us are still paying off our holiday spending. I did, however, receive a nice birthday card from my parents with a $50 gift certificate to one of my favorite restaurants. Funny, they live just four miles up the road. I'm sure receiving this card in the mail will be all I hear from them. Well, considering all the trouble we've had recently, I am mildly surprised I received anything from them at all. I know they care about me. My daughter still isn't talking with me. She doesn't answer my calls or respond to my emails. My son has come down with a terrible cold, sore throat and all. And, my guy will be home tomorrow, he's been out a long time this time, almost two weeks, and he's caught the same bug as my son! I just hope to stay well.

Wish me happy photo taking! ;)

Monday, January 17, 2005


Photo Friday Challenge: 01.07.2005


Photo Friday Challenge: 12.03.2004
This is the Idaho State Capitol building reflecting in the windows of a building directly behind the Capitol.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

License Maker

Click the link above to get your very own License Plate.
I thought this was fun.

Friday, January 14, 2005

The Last of My Photo Sunday

The sky was starting to overcast, it was getting late...

East of Boise, this is overlooking the Lucky Peak State Park and onto the Boise River to the west, shooting into the light from above the dam. Colors are washed out, but you can see the terrain. I've never seen the river so low before.

The sun is starting to set here, above the dam. Below the dam is Lucky Peak State Park. We drove across the dam to get here. Again, the water level is so low, the lowest I've ever seen. We're praying for lots of snow in the mountains north of Boise to fill our dams and rivers this summer.

Turning to the east, looking staight out, (the dam is just to the left here), this is Lucky Peak Reservoir. You can see where the water level normally is. It's shocking to see it so low. During summer months, the waters are filled with sail boats, jet skiers, fishing boats, and water skiers.

On the way home, the sky became incredibly purplish orange. By the time we could safely pull over to get a shot, this is what was left. Sunsets in Idaho are so amazing! I need to practice and take lots more sunset photos.

And for my final shot of My Photo Sunday shots, another picture of Bogus Basin. The sun had set by now but the sky was still light. If you look closely, you will see the lights of Bogus Basin's famous night skiing lights. You can also see the lights of vehicles traveling down the mountain. I hope you enjoyed My Photo Sunday. I plan to do more and more photo shooting and sharing the photographs here.

A furbaby update: Peanut has totally caught up to Rodney in weight and size! Both boys went to the doctor tonight after work to get their final vaccinations. They weighed in at 3 lbs. 8 ozs. each! The doc said we can stop the Prednisone drops Peanut has been taking since he was 6 weeks old. We had gotten the dose down to 0.03 ml every fourth day. The boys are pretty much potty trained, and walking on leases like big boys. I'm so proud!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

More of My Photo Sunday Photos...

This is my town... Boise, Idaho...

The mountains of Bogus Basin, above the city of Boise.

The downtown city of Boise is in a canyon created by the Boise River. The city itself, sprawls up over a couple different geological benches.

These first three shots of the Capitol were taken from the Boise Depot park, overlooking Capitol Boulevard and the Capitol.

The State of Idaho's Capitol Building, in Boise, Idaho.

The steps to the north of the Capitol Building.

The reflection of the Capitol Building on the building behind the Capitol. I have always thought this would be a great photo, if I could capture what I see in real life. I might try again in the spring when the trees are in bloom.

I have just a few more photos to show from My Photo Sunday shootings, I'll post the last of them tomorrow.

It's just my opinion, but I do think a couple of these shots are postcard worthy. I wonder how I could submit my photos for something like that?? Something to look in to.

All this photo taking and posting has really taken my mind off the troubles of my holidays. I haven't heard from my daughter or my parents since the big blow-up before Christmas. My birthday is a week away, next Friday the 21st, and I suppose I will receive the same silent treatment I did at Christmas. Someone mentioned the other day, if you do not expect anything, then you are not disappointed when you don't get anything, or something like that. I will keep this in mind so that I'm not terribly disappointed. Who knows. Maybe I'll be mildly surprised.

My daughter should be in Mexico City, Mexico, Saturday the 15th. Her band is due to play a show there. She is not answering my calls or emails, so I have gone out to the band's website to see if the tour is still on. As far as I can tell, it's all a go. I hope she does well and is able to see the sights... and someday be able to share with me the fun she has there.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

My Photo Sunday continued...

We dropped the trailer to be unloaded later and bobtailed back to Boise through very rural Idaho.

We came upon a sheepherder's cabin in the center of this pasture, no sheep in sight.
We took the next road and headed up this country lane in search of sheep. Our eyes caught this incredibly colored, overgrown, wild rose bush that had gone to seed on the side of the road.
At the next turn we found llamas. While I was hanging out of the passenger side of the truck, shooting these pictures, the llama's owner came out and tossed them some hay. The llamas seemed to be ignoring us.

We finally found the sheep that went with the sheepherder's cabin. They were way out there! I zoomed in as close as I could with my 10x optical lens from a hillside above the pasture.
From here, we continued our journey back to Boise. We stopped by the house, checked on the dogs and downloaded pictures. After spending some time with my son and the dogs, we drove on into Boise to get more photos of our city. I'll post those tomorrow.

My Photo Sunday

We got up early and went trucking. My guy needed to unload thirty miles from home so I brought my new camera to play with and went with him. Here's what I found...

This is my guy's big truck. He drives for a small, local company, making sure all the loads arrive safe and on time.

Pallets. I found the stacks of pallets to be photo interesting while waiting to drop or unload the trailer. The trade of pallets from one load to another is something else. Some companies will refuse loads if the pallets are not of their expected quality.
A tree silhouetted against the morning sky across the road from our drop.
We were supposed to get up to four inches of the white stuff Sunday morning... There was barely a dusting of snow, early Sunday morning. Most had melted away before noon.

More of my "Photo Sunday" to come in my next entry.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Thank God It's Friday...

"Welcome to winter, Idaho.The Treasure Valley is expected to see blowing snow today, more snow each day through Monday and then temperatures possibly dipping below zero — that's right, below zero — by late next week." from today's Idaho Statesman Newspaper.

Snow flurries. It's 34 degrees out right now, wind is blowing snow sideways. With the wind chill, it's 14 degrees. The snow is melting when it hits the ground. Our forecast says we'll wake up to two to four inches of the white stuff by morning.

Today, I took all four dogs to work with me. I normally take Rodney and Peanut, but today they were all scheduled for a grooming this afternoon. With the Severe Weather Warnings this morning, I didn't want to have to drive all the way back home at lunch time to pick up Lucy and Molly to come half way back to the groomers.

The gals at work were delighted to see Lucy and Molly. Some of the gals had only seen pictures them, others hadn't seen Molly since late last spring. It's been even longer since they've seen Lucy. We, my guy and I, used to bring Harley and Lucy to work with us all the time. (Yes, my guy used to work for me, with me, evenings and weekends, and we always brought Harley, and then Lucy too, when we got her.)

We never received the snow that was expected this morning, and I was able to get to the groomer without much fuss. Though, what a sight it must of been, trying to get all four of them from the parking lot to the shop in wind and blowing snow. The store manager helped me out to the car when I came to pick the pups up after work.

The pups all look so pretty and smell so nice! I tried to get some new photos of them, showing off their new do's. But they were all moving too quickly and my photos are turning out as big blurs. I'll have to try for more tomorrow when I have more patience.

My guy just phoned. He's shut down in Durkee, OR. It's a blizzard out there. The Interstate is closed. He had planned to be home tonight. Looks like he'll be spending the night out on the road and be home tomorrow.


From the top, Peanut, Lucy, Molly and Rodney. The boys are four months old now. Ozzy is on the truck with my guy, so I didn't get a new picture of him. The boys got a bath tonight and the girls go in for their doo tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Before & After

I've been playing around with an old photo program that's on my computer. I'm not sure where the program came from, maybe it was preloaded with the computer purchase years ago. Anyway, I've been playing with photos and here's what I came up with tonight. I like it!

This is "before" making any changes to the photo...

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Surprise Shots

This was a fun adventure.

I brought my new camera with me New Year's Eve day, thinking I might see something that sparked some photo interest in me. Here's what I found...

You know what they say, one person's trash can be another's masterpiece in art.

Monday, January 03, 2005

New Year's Day in Boise

New Years Day snow and the neighbor's cat...
Lucy wishing she could get that cat, and that cat knows Lucy can't get her... Driving around, looking for those spontaneous photo shots... being creative with photo program...Ducks enjoying the iced over ponds off the Boise River in Ann Morrison Park, Boise, Idaho...

Duck feed, Ann Morrison Park, Boise, Idaho...

These are a few of the photos taken with my new camera. I need to learn more about the manual overrides this fancy camera does. For now, I'm having fun.