Close-up Theme Thursday

This is supposed to be a close-up portrait theme, but I never follow the rules so why start now.  Besides, I don’t know anyone here well enough to start taking close-up pictures of and I already used the cat for a portrait picture last week.    So this week I give you close-ups of plants!

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As always, make sure you head on over to California to Korea to see the rest of the Theme Thursday submissions.  Micaela also has a little announcement in her post today that is pretty exciting!

Catchlights Theme Thursday

This weeks theme was catchlights.  What are catchlights, you ask? A catchlight is the “light source that causes a spectacular highlight in a subject’s eye in an image.”  I don’t know about spectacular, but here is my effort for the week…

I love this picture.  I feel like he is saying, “Really, Human? Don’t you have better things to do with your life?”

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I’m sure if you head on over to California to Korea you will see a much better representation of catchlights than this.

I did go out hiking this past week and have some great photos to share next week for our close-up Theme Thursday, so stay tuned!

10 on 10 – June 2014 – Asheville, NC

I’m terrible at remembering to do 10 on 10 posts!  This is my second one in over a year! I’m hoping to get better at remembering to do them, but for now, here is my 10 0n 10 in Asheville, NC at the home I am housesitting for.

Enjoy!

I had plans to go out exploring and thrift store shopping today, but one thing after another happened this morning  and I finally decided to make it a quiet day at home.  Here is my day in 10 pictures over 10 hours.

8:50 a.m. – Breakfast

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9:50 am – This was supposed to be a picture of my workspace for the day, but the picture was blurry and I didn’t like it.  Instead I give you,  the sneaky cat that I found in the house that doesn’t live here.  I love the look he is giving me, like “how DARE you chase me out of your house!”

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10:50 a.m. – Enjoying an ice cold Diet Pepsi in my Dad Horse Experience coozie

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11:50 a.m. – Picking out what jewelry to wear.  This resulted in me locking my keys in the van.  I went out to the van to get a necklace and after I had chosen which one I wanted I scooped up all the rest and put them back in the box, along with the van key.  Also, the clasp broke on the necklace I wanted to wear.  Not my day for jewelry.

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12:50 p.m. Lounging Kitties

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1:50 p.m. – Window View

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2:50 p.m. – Time to check the mail

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3:50 p.m. – Out in the garden

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4:50 p.m. – Notes for work

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5:50 p.m. – My goal tonight is to finish this book

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Dreaming

I decided today that I wanted get back into the Theme Thursday action with Clan Donaldson.  I hop on over to her blog and check out the themes for this month and what do I get?  Dreaming!  Now I have a day to figure out how to capture a picture of dreaming.  Well, when you guys read this I’ll (hopefully) already have it all together, but for right now I’m thinking this was a tough week to get back into Theme Thursdays!

My original thought on this theme was to do something artsy.  To spell out Dream with different objects and take some cool photos of the word.  But then, I was sitting on my couch in the RV looking out the window, daydreaming about future travels and it hit me.  I need a picture of THIS!  But how do I take a picture of myself with my camera?  I know there has to be a timer function on it, but I have never used it and didn’t even know where to look.  Now, a smart person would just go grab the user manual and take a few seconds to read what they needed to know.  Did I do that?  Nope.  I started playing with my camera and found an “Interval Timer Shooting” function.  I set the camera to take 12 photos at 10 seconds apart and set it up.  I pressed the button and dashed over to the couch and, to my surprise, got some great photos!  My hair may be a mess and my clothes my be scroungy, but it all works with the light.

Oh, and I did find that timer button on the front of my camera after I finished the interval pictures.

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Make sure you head on over to Clan Donaldson to see more versions of Dreaming!

Theme Thursday – Animals

Since I have been sick this is going to be a short post.  Even though I am surrounded by a million animals all the time, I am only posting pictures of one today (refer back to the sick part).

Sid has recently been tossed out of the house.  He is not dealing with it very well.  As I type this is his screaming at the front door and trying to get inside.  It’s a little windy outside and he doesn’t like it.  Most dramatic cat ever!

Anyway, here are some photos of the remodeling he did to his bed outside.

Sid made some alterations to his house.

Sid made some alterations to his house.

Sid does things his own way

Sid does things his own way

Beautiful Sid

Beautiful Sid

Now head on over to Clan Donaldson to see more interesting  animals!

Montaña de Oro State Park

Last Sunday we decided we wanted to get in some hiking before we headed home from our trip to the coast.  We had stayed in Morro Bay Saturday night so we were close to Montaña de Oro State Park and could make the most of our time.

Once we arrived in the park we stopped at the first available day use parking lot and started out to see what we could see.  We only walked a short way, in sand, and decided this was not the trail for us.  Hiking the dunes did not sound like a quick fun hike before we left.  The short walk out there was worth it though.  It did allow me to capture this beautiful picture of some brave souls climbing the dunes.

People climbing the dunes at Montaña de Oro State Park

People climbing the dunes at Montaña de Oro State Park

We got back in the car and drove down a little bit further and found one of the bluff trails that was more our speed for the day.  We did a 3 mile loop that had some breathtaking views and gave us a little glimpse of some wildlife too.

One of the views from our hike - Montaña de Oro State Park

One of the views from our hike – Montaña de Oro State Park

Lacy on the trail in Montaña de Oro State Park

Lacy on the trail in Montaña de Oro State Park

More views at Montaña de Oro State Park

More views at Montaña de Oro State Park

Lacy taking in the view at Montaña de Oro State Park

Lacy taking in the view at Montaña de Oro State Park

Another view from our hike at Montaña de Oro State Park

Another view from our hike at Montaña de Oro State Park

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Montaña de Oro State Park

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I would have loved to hike down there if we had the time – Montaña de Oro State Park

Great place for a warning sign - Montaña de Oro State Park

Great place for a warning sign – Montaña de Oro State Park

Keep an eye out this week for more posts from our trip.  I have some great photos from Morro Bay and a short post on keeping fit on the road!  There will also be a few photos from Montaña de Oro State Park featured in my Theme Thursday blog this week.