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“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them”- Walt Disney

Full Rainbow over Spooner Lake

I feel sort of discombobulated this year, and don’t really know what I’ll be blogging about regularly this year.  I’ve done a 52 weeks project for a number of years in a row. I’ve done one on macro, landscapes, this and that, birds, doors, and Wordless Wednesday… I might do one using just my LensBaby lenses this year. I haven’t done that before, and I do love my LensBaby even when it’s being stubborn and challenging.

I’m also not feeling very chatty of late. I hope that changes this year. Not that I’m going to be writing pages or anything! I know how precious your time is, and I don’t want to keep you too long or BORE you to death!  Hopefully my images are strong enough to carry the story without too much verbiage!  Oh Lord, I just thought about reading D. H. Lawrence and how verbose he was. UGH! Great writing, but oh so many words! 🙂

So, let me tell you about this image.  It’s a 10 frame panorama. I made these frames hand-held. I know BIG Faux pas. I even had my tripod! When don’t I?:)  But it was a drizzly stormy day. He-Man and I were in NV tidying up the new house and getting it ready to turn over to a Property Manager to put up for rent. Gordon of undiscoveredimages amoungus and his wife were in Lake Tahoe so, we met up at Spooner Lake hoping to do some night sky photography. Unfortunately, due to the rain and clouds we didn’t see the stars, but we did see this beautiful rainbow.

After photographing the lake for a bit I went up the rise where I made a dozen frames with the idea of stitching together a panorama.  Realizing there wasn’t going to be a night shoot I said my farewells to Gordon, his wife, and family, and went up the hill to meet He-man who had the car nice and warm.  We headed back to NV for dinner, and a cozy night in our house.

This was the first time I’ve been able to capture the whole rainbow in an image! There are several flaws with the image. Please don’t look too close.   One day I will apply myself to making the perfect panorama, but it wasn’t on this afternoon. 🙂

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Holiday, and have a wonderful, healthy, prosperous New Year! I really appreciate all the support and friendships I have made here and look forward to continuing our friendship, and reading your blogs, and maybe meeting up with some of you this year. You’re the BEST! xx

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm @ 105mm| f/10|ISO 500| SanDisk Digital Film| Hand-Held pano| 10 frames stitched with PS CC 2018

more to come…


45 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  1. A very happy New Year, Deborah! Yeah, I noticed you scaled back with sending comments. Not necessarily a bad thing – especially when you’re not sure what direction to take this year with your blog. Sorry that your blog theme gave the ghost:(
    Yes, a rainbow!! And you stood in the right place for the whole arch – that’s all that matters, isn’t it?

    1. Unfortunately, I got and am still so far behind with reading blogs, and comments with the Holidays, and trying to get out and shoot on the week-ends.

      Spooner Lake was the right place to be for that rainbow. How blessed were we?

      Is there a lot of snow where you are now? I’m craving some snowy landscapes just now.

      1. We are below the snow line, and it’s actually nicer weather than last year (now in the 60ties). But 20 min. higher up the mountain (Kirkwood) already a month ago snow had fallen.

        A guestion – IF-if-if we come to San Jose when our son from Holland is here, please let me know if there’s something in between where we live and San Jose that is worth to visit? Does not need to be nature …he’s a big city person …

        1. Big city is San Francisco with a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to view the city from Hawk Hill or Saucalito.

          Oakland Zoo. I like that zoo better than San Francisco Zoo.
          If you were hikers I would suggest a trek up to Mission Peak to see the view, and have your selfies taken at the Pole.
          This is just one image of me at the Pole.
          I Did It!

          Old Sacrament the Capitol building, the old draw bridge are nice tourist and photography spots, and I like Jackson for a photowalk, and a lunch in the deli or old hotel.

          If you want to get together for lunch or dinner while passing through San Jose let me know. Hopefully we’ll be free and be able to meet. I’m not to far off the freeway, and there are lots of good restaurants in town. I’d love to see you here. You’re always welcome to come by my house for a more relaxed visit too! xx

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions, Deborah!!
            I don’t know if we’ll make it to San Francisco this time, since he also needs to visit his two sisters and their families. Am thinking San Fran is even further away than San Jose – is there something in San Jose? (remember, if we come to San Jose we would go to that Dutch store?)
            Thank you so much for the invitation to come to your house – really appreciate your hospitality:)

  2. I don’t see a single burp of a flaw! Beautiful. Now I’m curious about this ‘stitching together’ process. No, don’t tell me – it probably need PhotoShop and I refuse to get buried deeper in photo editing than I already am 🙂

    I understand your feelings about being discombobulated. Trying to keep blogging fresh is a challenge and I’m struggling again with direction. I think of stories, look at my photos, and think ‘meh’.

    1. That’s me in a nutshell. I look at my images and think “meh”.

      Most of my images do well with some good marinating. 🙂 I’m going to post on Wednesdays. That works well for me and I’m thinking about 3 themes Abstracts, my lensbaby lenses, or Wild Wednesdays. I’m leaning heavily toward Wild Wednesday cause I have lots of options, and archives full of wildlife if I get stuck indoors for whatever weather, illness whatever.

      Yes, I did stitch that with Photoshop, but Lightroom I think does panorama now, and there’s other editing programs that do it too.
      I just checked yup, LR has the capability to stitch panos now.
      Here’s one of my favorite photographer/teacher’s giving a tutorial on it. I think you LR non?


      Thank you so much for the lovely comment on the image. I’m glad you can’t see the flaws! 🙂

      Now I think I’ll go with Wild Wednesday and go get that post ready. I sure hope you find your direction, but you’re very creative, so a flying by the seat of your pants post I have no doubt would be interesting, and enlightening.

      1. Thanks for the link. I am indeed a LR’er 🙂
        It was an interesting read, although I noticed I would need LR 6 and I’m still on 5. As yet, I don’t have a compelling reason to upgrade.

        I like your description of letting photos marinate. It’s true – it does work!! Sometimes I get inspiration months later 🙂

  3. Happy New Year Deborah!! How wonderful to be able to capture the whole rainbow. It’s beautiful! I’ve only done pano’s on my phone because it does all the work. 😉

    1. Thank you so much Amy! I am so happy this image turned out decent. I’ve tried once before with the rainbow, but I didn’t do a very good job of it hand-held, and needed more frames than I actually captured. I’ve been saving those frames hoping one day I’ll be able to cobble that image together to make one good image, because Irarely see a Rainbow, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.
      Panos are definitely outside my wheel house, but fun to try, and really satisfying when it comes out.

  4. This was to my eyes, perfection and glorious in all ways possible! Thank for sharing this and giving us such lovely new year’s wishes. I mainly embrace the healthy ones since prosperity is in the eyes of the beholder.
    My family is rich in love and laughter which makes me prosperous! I hope you and your family will have every wish of each member’s answered this 2018 year. 💞 🌈

    1. Thank you so much Robin for this lovely comment!
      I feel the same as you with regards to richness. I’ve said I was rich and have wonderful benefits.
      Rich with love from family and friends, and hugs, kisses, I love you’s and health are priceless benefits.

      I wish you all the best this year has to offer! xx

      1. Thank you and shhh! I am on a dating site, (eHarmony) and it has been five years since I did the crazy “whirlwind” stunt I did to start my blog.
        I have a phone call “date” on Thursday and a meet over coffee “date” on Sunday. ☕
        My grown children are supportive of this idea and my grandies do kiss and hug me. . .They mean the world to me! xx hugs 💖

        1. There aren’t any benefits better than hugs and kisses from the Grandies, kids, and family.

          eHarmony… I thought you had a fella? Didn’t work out…better to move on if not!
          I am not going to knock eHarmony. Our children have several friends that have found true love, and their soulmates through it. I hope you do too!
          I hope Thursday, and Sunday’s dates have promise enough for another date. Mum’s the word, but now that I’m in the loop keep me posted!

  5. That rainbow is freakin amazing! I love it! Here in the city, we never see the full span of one, so I’ve encountered it rarely. There are no flaws, Deborah. It’s majestic!
    So glad you were able to meet up with Gordon et al!
    Glad your brigde header stayed on, too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Joey! You’re so kind not to notice the flaws. I won’t point them and wreck it for you. 🙂
      I rarely see rainbows at all living in arid California, so to see a full arch was a gift!

      Seeing Gordon and his family was also a gift. We don’t live that far away from each other, and shoot together when we can, but being in NV at the same time was neat and not something that will happen often.

  6. This is a beautiful image, Deborah. It should serve as a great way for you to remember the area until you guys get up there. Oh, and I didn’t see any of these flaws you speak of.

    1. Thanks Dan! I can’t wait to get up to this lake again on a clear night, and I’m thrilled that it’s not too far from the house. There’s a resort in town that comes highly recommended that I plan to stay at during Milky Way season.

      I’m so glad you don’t see the flaws!

  7. Your image is stunning, Deborah! 👍 And love the quote too! 🌈💕 I always enjoy seeing your photos and hearing about your adventures. 😊 Cheers to a creative 2018, my friend! 🎨👍

      1. You are so sweet! 😍 I’m FINALLY starting to feel better! I spent 5 days in bed and today I had to go back to work so I was thankful for cold medicine! 😉

        1. Sometimes DayQuil is amazing to see one through the day.

          I’m so happy you were able to get through the whole day, and I hope you’re on the other side and coming through it. I haven’t had my flu shot this year, and am wondering if it’s even worth it since it’s only 10-30 percent effective this flu season? Those that plan these things based on what’s being seen on the other side of the world didn’t do so great this time en mon avis. 😦 A Pandemic is never a good thing!

    1. Happy New Year Peter! I’ve finally decided on a project for this year. You’re so kind! Thank you so much for your comments, and support. I look forward to seeing what you do photographically this year. I hope it’s fun! I know it will be good. 🙂

  8. Love your rainbow image and your new cover image too! I never put any constraints on my blogging … I blog when the mood strikes me or when I have processed a series of photos I want to add to my photo journal … that’s how I think of my blog. Your posts and images are always interesting but it’s OK to take a break too if that is what you feel you need. All my best to you (and ‘he man’) in 2018!

    1. Thank you so much Denise! I love your landscapes, and images. You have the gift of “seeing”. I really have to work at it.

      Having a project gets me out and moving more. 🙂

      I look forward to adventures this year. Stay warm and have a safe, healthy, and happy 2018!

  9. Flaws? You have got to be kidding. The picture is stunning. I for one think your photos speak volumes. That is coming from a person who writes too many words sometimes. If I had a vote I would say continue what makes you happy. Happy New Year to you and He-man, Deborah.

  10. It’s a lovely image. I empathize with how you are feeling. Our recent move has left me feeling absolutely giddy with happiness and I am enjoying everyday life so much more. I tempnd to write more when feeling angsty. Perhaps I will focus on finishing my book. I look forward to whatever you share with us. Have fun with your cameras! Just keep shooting!

    1. Oh I hope you finish the book! I can’t wait to move. I’m longing for the day. In the meantime I’m purging, and trying to downsize before the move.

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I appreciate it so much! xx

    1. Thank you so much Judy! I hope I don’t disappoint you this year as I strive to find some beauty in nature this year. I’m also so thrilled you don’t see the flaws! xx

      I’m looking forward to your quilting, traveling, and gardening adventures, and everything in between.

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