My world is all about trying to capture the beauty and magic that surrounds us. Come along on my creative path, the best is always just around the next bend. ~Anna


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Through the Lensbaby Blog Circle: November

Today, I'm excited to tell you I'll be part of Through the Lensbaby Blog Circle. 
So, around the 20th of each month you'll be able to follow the links to
 an amazing group of Lensbaby artists.

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been chasing natural light around our home.
Different window sizes, times of day, and exposures (North, South, East, & West),
present some subtle and some marked variations.

Late afternoon light streaming through large arched living room windows
created the warmth in the first image.
A spotlight effect was achieved by diffusing the light and
 directing a sliver of light toward my center of interest.
Love when things can be done in-camera.

The rose images were made in a pretty classy set-up...
picture light from a large basement walk-out window + a rose filled vase sitting
 on an empty boot box on the floor + a black velvet backdrop - 
at least the roses and black velvet qualify as classy :)

But, hey, it's really all about the light and the painterly blur that the Lensbaby gives!

Next follow the link to Sarah's, Story Lane Photography
for some wonderful inspiration!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Light and Pattern

Lately, I've been chasing light and pattern around the house -
sometimes by design, sometimes by chance.

These two images are my favorites,
so far.

Happy creating to you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dragonfly Wings and Dew Drops

I was going to photograph the sunrise one foggy, damp morning until 
I got sidetracked by a dragonfly.
This dragonfly was lying upon a cushion of fuzzy moss,
 its wings covered with a million - give or take - dew drops.

These million-drop covered wings glittered and sparkled
like my grandma's vintage rhinestone jewelry.

Happy bokeh filled day to you!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Autumn displays a variety of looks, from flashy and colorful
to muted monochromatic attire (think fog, rain, and drizzle).

I've been photographing all these looks,
but was actually surprised to find beauty on a super drab, drizzly morning.

With color little more than a B&W,
form and pattern were the order of the day.
Yes, even drizzle can be a good thing!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sacred Spaces

I find places of meditation, prayer, and worship intrinsically fascinating.

These spaces are filled with history and wonder.
It is as if the human thoughts, prayers, joy, and angst
are all forever imprinted here -
etched upon the walls or gilded onto the towering 
columns and ceilings.

My interest in these spaces has evolved into a personal
 photography project titled, Sacred Spaces.

These images were made in a very beautiful sacred space,
Saint Marys Chapel.

Happy creating to you!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Into the Fog

Cold nights and warm days have brought a shroud of morning fog to the lake.
This creates a minimalist fantasy land of shifting light and
unusual color harmonies.

Hope you're enjoying autumn!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Firelight & Dandelions

There's something magical about firelight.
Picture a huge, crackling bonfire (a.k.a. burning slash pile)
against the waning light of day -
vivid color, dancing shapes, and drama.

Against this backdrop juxtapose a wispy, delicate dandelion -
pale, fragile, and ethereal.

Sounds like a study in contrasts,
don't you think?

A couple dreamy versions...

Hoping your life is filled with a little firelight 
and magical contrasts!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014


Autumn is in the air.
  Cool night temps create swirling morning mist on the lake.
The red maple trees are turning a fuchsia hue,
while the birch, aspen, and butternut are showing touches of gold.
Harvesting the last garden strawberries.

Yes, autumn is here...
wishing I knew a magical spell to extend this spectacular season!

Hope you're enjoying the season,
wherever you are.

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