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Risky Behavior?

Practice what I preach, right? Take a Risk!  Take on a new challenge!  Enrich your life!   I did just that this past weekend.  I participated in a small, juried art fair in Menominee, MI, a sweet little town with a pretty harbor on Green Bay.  Yes, Green Bay as in Green Bay Packers, of which I am a huge fan, and have been since I was old enough to sit on my dad’s lap and cheer along with him as we watched that tiny TV.  Well, I cheered and he yelled at the set.  But I digress.  Choosing, developing, matting and framing photos to name just a few things… We had lists upon lists of things to do and get.  It has been crazy busy, but lots of fun.

What risk, you ask?  Firstly, submitting an application to a juried art fair is putting myself out there – the risk of not being accepted.  Then, crossing my fingers that some of my photos will be taken home and hung on someone’s wall.  Some did go home to be hung, I hope, in a place of importance.  I have to say the best part of the whole experience was meeting scores of new people and receiving quite a few sincere compliments about my work.  I must admit to having had a few misgivings and more than a little stress beforehand.  However, all was for naught!  It was amazingly enjoyable, and it will be repeated.  I hope to do more this summer.

So, you need not take on such a large project to take a risk.  Attempting anything new always has an element of risk attached to it.  Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t gotten around to?  The satisfaction gained from learning a new skill, studying a new language, taking an art course, entering a quilt show…  Well, it is amazing how much pleasure it brings into one’s life.  Don’t delay.  Take that step before you change your mind.

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It’s Open Season On Farm-to-Table Produce

Finally!  Our farmers’ market is open!  I eagerly await its arrival all through those cold, dreary days of Wisconsin’s winter.  I envisage dark-green Swiss chard with beautiful red and yellow stems, crisp sugar snap peas, leafy Romaine, baby spinach, just-picked tomatoes… It’s what winter dreams are made of.  If you haven’t had a tomato sandwich with Hellman’s mayo, lettuce and  tomatoes on a good, crusty bread, you are totally missing out on one of the greatest pleasures.  Of course, it goes without saying that fresh produce is so much healthier than produce that was picked before it was ripe and shipped across the country.

We have a wonderful, bustling market in our little town every Saturday morning from June until October, with visitors traveling some distance to purchase freshly picked fruits and vegetables (nothing better), crusty breads, jams and jellies,  organic chickens, sweetly-scented soaps, hand-knit goods, cut flowers and  fresh flowers to plant, creamy cheeses…  The variety is endless.  Outdoor seating at a cozy cafe offers a perfect opportunity for  people-watching … serious shoppers in and out quickly, parents with babies and toddlers in tow, doting grandparents not far behind.  Mostly I look forward to visiting with long-time friends over a steamy cup of coffee.

Of course, there is the ritual of scoping out every vendor to find the best produce at the best price.  We walk from one end to the other before making our purchases, but always seem to gravitate toward our favorites.  I do best shopping with someone who will be the voice of reason because I do go a little crazy.  So, it’s always a challenge, but a lovely challenge, to use it all within a few days.  In June the variety is smaller – limited to vegetables and fruits that thrive in cool nights and warm days.  Later on in the summer, the bounty will be a sight to see and eat!

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Not to Worry! The Larder is Over-flowing!

You won’t have to travel farther than your own backyard to take great photos.  Surprisingly, a cloudy day is a good time to find a comfortable chair, sit quietly, and wait for the action to begin.  Why cloudy?  Colors will be truer and not washed out in the bright sunshine.  Depending on where you live, the wildlife will vary.  Here in the city, in the Midwest, we have cardinals, goldfinches, sparrows, house wrens, chickadees, downy woodpeckers, nuthatches, and occasionally a red-tail hawk looking for a quick snack will make an appearance.  A few birdfeeders with various types of seed will attract subjects.  One day I scattered sunflower seeds in the grass for the cardinals.  Here you will see that a chipmunk discovered them first.  He must have thought he hit the mother-lode.  His bulging cheeks are a dead giveaway, and countless trips were made back and forth to his burrow.   I would guess he has enough stashed away to have company for dinner.

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A Self-professed Photography Nut

I am a self-professed photography nut.  The great thing about photography these days – well, there are several great things.  The digital age with the ability to toss away photos that don’t meet one’s standards, without the expense of developing film, is certainly a plus.  Then, there are so many choices of cameras that do amazing things without great expense.  Finally, there are quite a few choices of photo-editing programs, from the one that comes with your computer to Photoshop CS5.  If you haven’t acquired a digital camera, it’s a good time to get one.  Prices have certainly come down since they were first introduced.  Reading  “Consumer Reports” or other reviews can be very helpful.

Once I found myself with the photography bug, additional photographic equipment almost seemed to appear magically on my doorstep.  As I developed interests in landscape, macro, and wildlife photography, I needed a tripod, a larger backpack, new lenses, a remote cord…  Actually, of all my interests, this is the one that rings my bell.  We have matted and framed some of my photos, which is immensely pleasing to me.  Whatever you take photos of – granchildren or landscapes or…, frame and display them around your home.  They will be a great talking point for friends and relatives; compliments will come your way too.

Look for photography classes in your area.  A good place to start is your local university for continuing education classes.  You will find classes for beginners through more advanced classes.   I have taken several classes, some of which have been excellent.  Look for a Rocky Mountain School of Photography weekend.  They offer classes around the country and may come to your area.  I learned more at one of their weekend seminars than all of the other classes combined.  To repeat myself, this is a great hobby.  Take your camera wherever you go, as photo opps often appear unexpectedly.  I’d love to hear from all of you shutterbugs.

 

Farmers’ markets are great places for photo opps.  Take your camera along next time.

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Another Glorious Day, Full of Possiblities