Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Since I was not sure when Jen would return to do this, I took it upon myself to create a collage of some of the 'Angel' photos.
I found it hard to just pick a few, because all of them are adorable, meaningful, and just so darn good!
Hope you like it, and the new banner for New Years. I made the background out of mediums in my art box, nd if you want to see them closer, just click on the photos to enlarge them!
Happy New Year from the 'My Town Blogger' Team, and hope you all enter the new year feeling anew with LOVE, HOPE, STRENGTH that Sara Williams shared with me in an email.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
However, the possibilities are limitless. Maybe you would like to feature the construction of your new year's resolutions.
Another idea, to paraphrase a popular saying, " It takes a village (or town) to raise (or build) a child."
Maybe some of you, literally, have a new life under construction.
A recent thought, posted on my blog "Meandering Moments of My Mind" was, "Our best should, forever, be under construction and improving."
Perhaps, our artists and poets could share artwork or verse, not yet finished.
My Town Shoot-outs is ever evolving, so maybe personal thoughts about our progress could be featured.
I am always fascinated with the steps of "doctoring" a photo by some of our talented photographers. Maybe you could show us how the amazing final products are arrived at. Patty, I demand that you participate in that. Well, maybe, demand is a strong word. Please!!
I'm excited to see your takes and shots on the assignment.
One of the appealing things about our group is the diversity in evidence each week. I am honored to have chosen the first theme for the year. Do us proud as we welcome 2010. Happy New Year!
Thanks to all. Gordon
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Due to my time restrictions and crazy newspaper job, you have also lost me, at least as a Friday shooter. But thankfully other people picked up the ball and kept things going. Gordon is still an adviser. ChefE, GingerV, and Sarah have made great administrators. Jen also worked as an admin for some time and did a wonderful job as our photo editor.
I want to thank all of you for your hard work. And believe me, it is hard work. And the pay is not that good.
I also want to thank the participants. We have some wonderful shooters and I have seen a lot of you become better photographers. Sometimes seeing is learning. But this is not at all about who has the best photographs or techniques.
The FSO was designed to share, meet, laugh, and enjoy. The best things that we can give each other are a part of ourselves. And everyone has done that so well. Also, being able to go around the world in an hour or so is a pretty good deal to me.
I hope that the FSO continues in 2010 and beyond. Change and growth are good. There will always be stumbling blocks, but I have confidence that your team administrators will keep things moving along.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Divinely inspired, shimmery, feathery beings that show up on tombstones, in church stained glass, sculptures and paintings.
Divinely appointed people in your life that bring kindness and acceptance.
Divinely created beings; cat, dog, horse or human that ministers to the soul or proclaims a message that needs to be heard.
There are Angels everywhere!
Monday, December 21, 2009
This beautiful shot by Gordon!!
This Swordfish dressed for the season by Heather cracked me up...
This one by J9 is just so cute..I loved it!!
This darling Bear was captured by Rebecca!
Look at that beautiful face, dancing the Nutcracker!! Wonderful Kathy!!
E is feeling a bit under the weather today, so I am pinch hitting with a few of my favorites!! I so enjoyed everyone's pictures..Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! May your holidays be filled with joy and peace!! Truly, Sarah
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Let me remind you that Photos of the week is not a photo contest. Hopefully, it is a cross section, representing different types of photos you posted. Thanks to all of you who posted this week. Merry Christmas. May your trees be surrounded with family love and joy, this holiday season. Gordon
Kerry captured fall transitioning to winter.
Jama had the My Town spirit in our weather shoot.
Ginger's lofty view of the peaks wrapped in white.
Cindy braved the elements to make us all shiver.
And finally, Elaine sends best wishes to all of you.
Thank you for your patience. Have a great week.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The idea for this week’s topic came from the need to fit our Town-Shoot-Out to how busy we are this month and what we are busy doing. There is not any of us that don’t admire how our town celebrates the Christmas Season – it becomes just a matter of carrying our cameras in our back pocket so while we go about shopping or to tree lighting ceremonies or going to school plays or pageants, or watching our children and grandchildren participate in the church choir, we can snap some photos to share. GingerV
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
December 11 - (Christmas season) WEATHER by Emma
Ever since I was a little girl, I've been interested in the weather. I remember being in 5th grade and wanting to be a meteorologist. I would open up my parents' encyclopedias and read about any word I could think of that had to do with meteorology. When watching TV, I would actually sit for hours just watching The Weather Channel. My parents had a big screen TV and I would stand in front of it (and in front of the meteorologist) and give my parents the forecast. I never wanted to be a storm chaser. I just wanted to be the meteorologist in front of the camera like I pretended to be in front of the TV. Coincidentally, I would sit glued to The Weather Channel any time there was as much as a thunderstorm watch, because I was TERRIFIED of tornados. I know it's a funny mix to love meteorology yet be terrified of tornados, but I'm a funny girl. ;) I'm not sure what peeked my interest in the weather, but I've never let go of seeing a big cumulus cloud and wondering how long it would be until the storm rolled in.
When I think of trying to photograph weather, I think about, again, any type of clouds, the sunset, a beautiful snowfall...should the weather cooperate for us, I thought it would be a fun topic to catch on film! :)
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Scriptor had this amazing bird, and it seems to be telling us something- Happy Holidays!
Not sure why this came out so small, but it's beauty and purpose is rather large to me- Thanks Shabby Girl!
Simply Heather- Angels were always part of the Christmas tree in our house!
Oh I am sure this got a chuckle or even a belly laugh out of most of us! Thanks Barry & Linda, it reminded me of my fathers sense of humor...
I had chosen this photo for the FSO banner, and smiled when I saw it in Gordon's picks. Sarah, I cannot wait to see all of our Christmas photos for this next weeks theme chosen by Redlan!
I hope I did an okay job with this Photo feature, Thanks Chef E! AKA Gordon's Shadow
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Hello to all! It's Christmas! It's the biggest holidays on the Philippines' calendar. My country has earned the distinction of celebrating the world's longest Christmas season. Christmas carols are heard as early as September and the season lasting up until Epiphany.
There are different Christmas traditions in the Philippines. Traditionally, Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16. It is known as the Misa de Gallo in the traditional Spanish and in Filipino as Simbang Gabi.
The Filipino Christmas would not be complete without the traditional Philippine Christmas symbols and decorations. Christmas lights are stung about in festoons. For Filipinos. Christmas Eve on December 24th is celebrated with the Midnight Mass, and immediately after the much-anticipated Noche Buena- the traditional Christmas Eve feast. Some would also open Christmas gifts at this time.
How about you guys? How Christmas is celebrated in your country/state/city/town? I would love to know.
This Christmas, I created a paper art Christmas tree of our group. I hope you'll like it.
I also made some photo Christmas postcard too. I will give it to the first 7 commentators of this post. You can contact me through email.
PS- Anyone that has not submitted Christmas photos for the Banner; it is not too late. I can fit more, and the background is Ike & Mike photo I took for fun. If anyone has any photos for upcoming Holidays please send them and I will create files, and any suggestions for Holidays you celebrate outside of USA, please let me know! Chef E, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Hi everyone!! After much discussion we have decided to add the Mr. Mcklinky to our weekly Shoot out. I'm popping in to fill you in on the details and how it works. I have also added instructions on the new page! I will add a link to the main FMTSO blog!
Each week if you have posted a Shoot Out, you will then go to the Mr. MckLinky page and add your name to the post for that week. When you go to that page you will see a part that says, "You are next..click here to enter you link" click there and you will be asked to add two things.. your name and a link to your blog..
Example...name..Sarah Cottage Garden Studios
Once you have entered these two things and clicked "enter your link"..your name will pop up above on the list! This way we can see who has posted a Shoot out and if you click on each name it will take you right to their blog..no guessing! Please do not post your name there if you have not posted a shootout..but please use the links to go visit those who have:)
I think once we have tried it once or twice..everyone will see how easy it is to use! Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any problems or questions! Namaste, Sarah
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I was going to copy over all the comments – but whoooo! Way too much to read. I did a count of yeas and nays from emails and comments, and ended up with 9 yes / 3 nos / 2 well whatever makes you happy makes me happy – I put them on the side of yes to MrLinky. (even though my personal preference was no change)
I am inserting email dialog with Sarah for you to read , maybe will start to make this easier to understand – going back in time!
From: Sarah S. - It really is pretty simple and I would not mind taking care of it weekly... The members would only have to go to the page and add their link. Would be more than happy to set up another blog…. Here is the Mr.linky to one photo group that does this you can see what it looks like.... http://lisaschaos.com/loving-life/ scroll down and you will see MrLinky in action…this site will have another one tomorrow if you want to see an open one as it grows….. Sarah
On Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM, Ginger vanStaveren wrote: Seems very complicated and I am not sure about adding something that needs more weekly care – this would be to eliminate some work ….
Maybe a new website for the MrLinky with a link to that list on the current site would be the best bet…. Lets think about this before jumping into it.
One thing though if we have to add a new link every week it would need to be on Wednesday – some international members post early on Thursday which to them is Friday.
I think I have a problem with visualizing (I am always visual in my understanding of things) how this helps all those that don’t want to post every week … Definitly we need to do something so the really busy members have an option. That would be the goal to keep enjoyment high, members coming back week after week, and if possible increase communication.
Keep track of the blog post and comments, and we will decide before the end of this week…. Okay?….
From: Sarah S. Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2009 3:21 PM
There are two ways to do this....add a weekly MrLinky to the regular blog site...or create a new blog for that purpose. Basically how it works is ...
I or someone else would create & add the code (from MrLinky) to the blog each say Thursday evening...all the members would have to do is add their name and blog link to the post. This will create a list on the post of each member that is participating that week. (if you don’t post you don’t go to the website!) This list will allow each member to click on the other links and go right to each members FMTSO instead of guessing about who is participating. The only part that is at all complicated is posting the link every week... I don't think I would have any problem doing that for the group if you would like. Let me know what you think….Hugs, Sarah
- I will ask Sarah to create a MyTown – MrLinky web site.
- There will be a link to that site on our current MyTownBlogger site – under the header. (I don’t know if this is wise – ?) I will suggest that you make this MyTown – MrLinky web page a favorite for your use on Fridays.
- We will try and have this operational this week (Wednesday) but if time doesn’t allow …..
- Maybe we can run for a few weeks and see how it works – work out kinks before we declare it the new way – WE will keep the member list on the side panel – after the new year you can ask ChefE to take you off it if you like. Basically I would like to keep the list to help ‘the others’ check out our personal blogs.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Spotlight Photo - My Town's Premier Attraction
From Kerry's visit to the University of Oregon:
And Ginger's trip to Nova Friburgo in Brazil:
Spotlight Photo - Places of Worship
I loved Heather's photo of this quote - I think that it sums up the spirit of our little group. "Making friends of strangers" - while I don't actually know anyone here, I feel like I have friends all over the world through the connections made through our blogs :)
NanU had a beautiful cliff-side shot of a little French church:
Spotlight Photos - Faces and Smiles
Honestly, with this theme, I could've picked one from every blog that I visited. This was such a fun topic - you really can't help but smile when looking at all of these happy faces. Here are a few of my favorites:
I loved Barry and Linda's vampire:
Since Christmas is just around the corner, I had to include one from Kent's hunt for the perfect tree:
Here's a wonderful blast from the past from Scriptor Senex:
And my personal favorite this week from Redlan - this could be one of the cutest little girls that I have ever seen!
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Anyhow, Ginger asked me to write something clever to get us fired up for Fridays shoot
and I really am fired up. Because you can do anything with it! Variety! Anything you want! As long as its a favorite, of course. For me it was really fortunate because December 4th was my grandfather's birthday and I had planned to do a thing about his paintings no matter what the theme actually was.
In fact (here's a secret) -- when I decided to do a series on my grandfather I secretly wrote to the Shootout Team (at least Ginger) and tried to kidnap the theme and change it to "ARTWORK." Then I realized that since his art was my favorite, I didn't need to!! It fit anyhow.
So you can do anything! Dig into your archives! Go shoot the sky, your pet, your spouse, your sweety...whoo hoo! This should be fun to see the different things and approaches people take! For me, one of my favorite paintings my grandfather did long ago was of my mother as a young girl at the lake where I grew up. Fortunately he was in an impressionistic period at the time. It hangs on our livingroom wall.
Was that okay?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Lets look at all of the following as a brain storm, okay? Please give additional suggestions as you think of them…. GingerV
It seems to me that we have developed two groups within our members, those that love posting photos and dialog within our standard process [post on Friday, spotlight your town with photos, post at least once every 3 weeks, but more it better, post a “I’m not here” post, etc.] and those that love the idea, but find it difficult to participate within our ‘guidelines’ [have time constraints, travel for work, have illnesses within their families, are just plain tired, don’t take their cameras in their back pockets everywhere they go, etc.]. I really don’t see why we can’t have it both ways. We can have a list of gang members on this site for group #1, and MrLinky for group #2.
Right away I ran into problems with this…
I went to the MrLinky site and didn’t understand one word of it. Is there anyone who understands how to set us up an account? Is there anyone willing to set this up for the TownBloggerTeam web site? AND explain to us all how it works, very clearly so even oldies like me can understand!
I see this solving several problems. No one has to ‘monitor’ everyone’s participation, if you want on list #1 you say, “put me on #1” (and by being on list #1 agree to full participation?) and when you want off you say, ‘take me off’ and can still participate by way of MrLinky when you want, if you want. ANYONE who wants to post via MrLinky can - no waiting list. (?) [ChefE may need to add something here because there may be reasons we want an informal list / limitations being maintained and this is outside of my knowledge of the process, and we don’t want sites that advertise – commercial or private, do we?]
I don’t know if we are still having Spotlighted Photos – there hasn’t been any for several weeks, but if that continues, the person doing that task could decide how many of group #1 & and how many of group #2 would be included…. it is there time after all – looking at as many blogs as they have time for.
Anyone from either group can visit and comment on all posts.
While I am at it, I had one more thought – what if we expanded to poetry / short stories / and or Photos still focused on our towns and the people in them. (short stories, 500 words or less? This is now at 478 words as an example.)
Any comments are going to be copied an inserted into ‘Discussion part 2’
Talk to me!
Friday, November 27, 2009
If anyone sees there name is missing from the list is free to request to be added back. Mistakes sometimes happen, so please be forgiving. Unless you request yourself be removed I would leave you a note, or email you before removing you.
SURVEY - FORUM- Posted: September 19th, 2009, by Gordon
I. Do you visit this blog weekly? If so, leave a comment, here.
I suspect that many have their own links to member blogs and very seldom come here. As you visit member blogs please ask them to come and participate in this survey.
II. What criteria should we use when considering dropping links of members?
We automatically drop members if they don't post for three weeks running without a sensible reason. Chef Elizabeth is doing a terrific job at documenting activity of our membership. Without her, we would be frustrated by visiting blog after blog with no weekly shootout posted.
III. Should we expect members to at least leave a post saying that they will not be participating on a particular week, or that their post will be late?
These things seem to be common courtesy to me.
IV. Would you like for us to organize a group email list to send out info like this in the future?
I think frustrations have been reduced as many who were not seriously interested have been eliminated, but, we don't want to lose anyone. I consider this to be a group of worldwide close friends. Give us your general thoughts, without pointing fingers at anyone.
I apologize to anyone who has been dropped in error.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Some have and will be busy during the holidays, and a few post are missing here and there, but I am sure it will all get back to normal after January. We understand the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Even Gordon has had computer issues and let me know yesterday.
I am also looking for some shots of Christmas decorations around your town for a special 'Christmas Banner' if you would like to send them to me... firstname.lastname@example.org, and thanks!
We just hope you and the families are doing as well as possible. Love and Peace to you all!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Let Fly with the smiling faces." Sarah
This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the USA, is it Thanksgiving in your town / country also? For me Thanksgiving means family and friends, friendly faces, lots of smiles and that's why the blogger team picked Sarah's topic for this week. If your country is not celebrating Thanksgiving this week no matter - have fun with the topic, if raining go to the mall, if snowing sit in the reading room of a book store - anywhere there are children there are smiles - help yourself to the photos. GingerV
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The New Banner
The new banner is up. This will be an on going process that will change periodically. Creating this banner takes time to place, view, and get a feel for balance and which pics fit the design. In order to have this at a good dpi, the right size, and clear each time; I have to take care exactly how many fit into the space.
Thank you to the response I received on my call for photos!
We have many to choose from and it will be fun surprising you with new banners every two months!
~ Chef E
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Anyway, as hard as it was, I picked out a few of my favorites for this round. Enjoy!
Kathy in CA brought us a few shots from her hometown of Dublin, including this awesome shot of the Sybase headquarters - the reflection off of the windows is great!
Next up is a shot of Paducah's downtown through the windows of their awesome Performing Arts Center from Patience:
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The next one comes from Emma's trip to the Grand Canyon - such an adorable shot of her son and husband :)
I'm pretty sure that Jessica had more fun with this topic than anyone else - take a look at her bright, fun park pictures with her and her friends if you haven't already gotten a chance!
This lovely beach shot comes from Sarah Lulu at the Coff's Harbour resort...being stuck in Kansas and, therefore, about as far from the ocean as I could be, I think that I have a natural attraction to all things beachy :)
Jen showed such beautiful contrast between "old" and "new" playgrounds - the bright jungle gyms and slides were so fun, but I just loved this picture of the cutout children:
Finally, Sarah showed us Tubbs Hill in Couer d'Alene. I loved the winding start to the hiking trail that she used to introduce all the different things that her park had to offer:
Well done, everyone! I'm off now to dip myself in hand sanitizer in the hopes of killing off whatever cold/flu/whatever I've picked up this time. Have a great week!
PS - My topic is up to bat this week and I picked Skylines. One of my favorite things to see when I go to a new city is the look of their skyline - and for me, skylines can be the look of a small-town Main Street or the giant buildings of a huge city's downtown or a field full of corn. What is the "skyline" that you think of when someone mentions your town?