Sweet Treats

With the heat indices reaching 109°F lately I’ve taken to indoor photography around the house for now. So whether you want to or not get ready to learn some random facts about me.

These Lindor chocolates are my go-to dessert after dinner almost every night. They are super rich and creamy. Delicious 😋

While chocolate may be one of my favorite foods, coffee is one of my favorite drinks especially since we just got this fancy coffee maker that makes hot coffee, iced coffee, cold brew and more.

I can make a cold brew and fix it up to taste just like what I order at Starbucks! I take it with a couple pumps of sugar free vanilla syrup and heavy cream and very light ice. I am in coffee heaven every morning now.

How do you like your coffee? And what is your favorite dessert?

4 Images for Monochrome Monday

Tree line captured in a Missouri park.

Sony A68/Capture One/Snapseed

No more volleyball for a while around here. I think everyone is looking forward to the break. The last tournament was this weekend in Des Moines. That is a fun little city.

Have you ever been there?

Here are some things I saw along the way in Iowa…

Lots of flat empty highways

Pixel 3a XL

It’s a very interesting state. We lived there for a few years about 20 years ago in a rural town but came back to the St. Louis area after my oldest was born to be close to our families.

Time to Start Moving

I visited my doctor this week for a check up and he got on me a bit because I am not very good about getting in regular exercise. So I’m going to start with yoga. It’s about all I can tolerate. Anything too aerobic gives me a migraine headache. It’s a whole thing. I may walk some but the weather has to be just right. I’m real sensitive to the temperature. It’s a whole other thing. Lol. What do you do for exercise?

Sony A68/ Capture One

It’s Been a Long Road

WordPress informed me this week that I have been blogging here for 8 years now. Wow! Actually it’s been eleven years because I ran a different photography and art blog before this one for 3 years and then I went strictly to photography and started fresh with a new identity here.

It’s such an enjoyable hobby taking pictures and sharing them here and looking at everyone else’s and talking shop. Thanks for being a part of my photography journey.

How long have you been blogging?

Sony A68/Capture One

In Need of a Clean Up

These creek images show an area in need of a little clean up as in tree trimming and brush clearing. Kind of messy looking but thankfully not any trash lying around like you sometimes see.

I did some clean up on my camera this week. I noticed two spots on my images when looking at them on the computer screen. So, I first cleaned my lens and when that didn’t help, I ran the auto sensor cleaner on my camera. No luck there either.

Next I used the hand held blower tool to clean out the inside of the camera where the mirror and the sensor lay. Had to figure out how to release the mirror to access the sensor as well. Still no luck.

More youtube video tutorials suggested I use a q-tip to lightly dab the dust particles off the mirror. Tried that even though I wasn’t sure I even visual saw the dust. Still the spots were showing up on my images!

Finally, I did what the videos told me not to do; to leave up to a professional camera shop and that is to take a cleaning tool to the sensor. Based on where the dust spots were appearing on my images I ever so lightly touched a q-tip to the sensor and low and behold it worked. Clean and clear images.

I felt so accomplished! Has this ever happened to you, dust spots on your images? Were you able to clean it yourself? What other technical difficulties have you run into with your photography?

Sony A68/Capture One


I think this is such an interesting view of the field. Two contrasting surfaces. My day-to-day moods often feel like this. Although their fluctuations feel more annoying than interesting.

The last few days have been on the negative side but I know the tide will turn. It always does.

Sony A68/Capture One

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