Sunday, February 17, 2013

A pause for the cause

Our first set of visitors has come and gone, with impeccable timing - they enjoyed sunshine and warm weather every day, and in their wake we've been 'blessed' with several inches of rain and (for us) unseasonably cool temperatures. But that presented me with the opportunity to crack open the camera manual again (page 166 of 404 now) and I played around with picture style settings in the back yard.

Hopefully I learn enough about all the AF and AF Drive settings in order to capture some keepers of our grandson who arrives (with his parents) this week. Family truly is one of God's greatest blessings to us on this earth. And not to worry - temperatures in the mid-80s are expected in time for their arrival.

If you also need a pause for the cause, have a listen to The Fureys (link below photos) and kick back for a few minutes. Hope to 'meet' you in blogland before company arrives.

plumbago
star jasmine


31 comments:

Cloudia said...

Rick, you always make me say wow with your shots!!!


ALOHA from Honolulu, Pal
Comfort Spiral
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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures. I am certain you will do just fine with that new camera.Enjoy the Grandson.

ju-north said...

What fantastic shots! You've brightened up the day!

Askartelin itte said...

Todella kauniit kuvat. Hyvä kamera sinulla:)

MARTY said...

ces merveilleuses fleurs bleues et blanches parfumées de soleil et cette musique que j'écoute en les regardant! et the day begins here with your bright colours in my grey city ! wonderful...
I wish you lovely and happy days with your family !
thank you so much for your bisous which bring me warmth ! If you need some cold, here my bisous dear Rick !!

Candi -candi said...

This shots are very nice!! so soft and beautiful, great job!!
Greetings from Spain.

Nancy Claeys said...

Love the detail you've captured Rick. Enjoy the grandbaby.

Juliana said...

adorable floral shots!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Lea said...

Beautiful flowers!
Have a great day!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Wendy said...

Beautiful, clear colorful shots!!!

S. Etole said...

Beautiful rich color and detail.

Lisa Gordon said...

Rick, these are gorgeous!
The detail you have captured in the first one here, is beyond amazing.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead, my friend.

Muffy's Marks said...

Enjoy your time with that little guy!! Grandchildren are the most precious of gifts. Lovely photos!!!

Stephanie said...

Wow, gorgeous flowers!

ioan moldovan said...

Rick, thank you so much for your comment!
The Photo header is very interesting! the flowers are beautiful, they have some wonderful colors!
Best regards!

Rosemary said...

Fantastic colours (background and subject) in both shots Rick. Amazing clarity as well. You must be enjoying your new camera.

Michelle said...

Absolute perfection in your pictures. Enjoy your time with your grandson!

© Piedade Araújo Sol said...

well captured
paintings seem almost
congratulations.
thank you,
a kiss

Lúcia said...

Practice makes it perfect!
I can see season will change soon around here too... ;-)

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, what beautiful sharp images, Rick! I enjoyed the song at the end. Thanks. I hope you have a great time with your new company and grandson.

imac said...

Great shots Rick, and love the folk music - great stuff and song.

magda said...

I was sure my dear Rick, that the camera will be to learn very quickly!
You're a great photographer!
The photos you are flawless!
CONGRATULATIONS!
I wish to accept with joy your children!
You are all well!
Sincerely

Magia da Inês said...

✿✿彡
Flores maravilhosas.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil
¸.•°✿✿彡

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, wow... gorgeous flowers especially the plumbago. The star jasmine look very pretty too. Always enjoy looking at your excellent shot. You're a good photographer. I believe it's not the camera that play the part, it's the person behind the camera. :) ;)

Thanks for the beautiful song. Love it. It's nice to get to know you in blogland for the past one year. Have a great weekend. With hugs to you.

Helma said...

Hoi Rick,

vooral die eerste foto vind ik schitterend. Doet me nog meer verlangen naar de lente hahaha.... Maar echt, wat en prachtige kleur en wat een mooie en scherpe details. Echt super.

groetjes, Helma

joyce said...

wow, well done!

Just Be Real said...

Rick, lovely. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Just Be Real said...

Rick, lovely. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Betty Manousos said...

these are some seriously beautiful photos, rick!
you never fail to amaze me my friend.
well done:)

teca said...

Specially beautiful and delicate...

Lots of beijos and friedship.

darlin said...

Rick your photos are absolutely breathtaking! I can almost feel the flowers. I never thought you could get better with your shots, they were perfect before but now you've enhanced perfection... how do you do this?

WOW!