Lucky for me, I had my camera set for just the right shutter speed and pointed in the right direction to catch “an action shot” of these two girls at second base during one of the ASA Championship games.
While in Chattanooga recently, I sat behind home base in “the ballpark” where I played softball regularly as a young girl. Oh, what memories flooded my mind! Of great interest to me was to see girls’ softball teams from all over the United States participating in the annual ASA National Championship.
Welcome to another year of blogging! I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoy photographing items which I think represent each of the 2017 – 2018 themes. During Week 1 on August 1st, I am in Tennessee and as I walked the road where I live, I saw a planter with beautiful pink flowers and I asked myself, “If flowers could talk,” what would these say? I stood there for several minutes admiring the flowers and started thinking about my buddies who I hold dear, who I enjoy spending time with, and who I can share good times and bad times with. Then it became obvious to me that these beautiful flowers were a lot like me and would say, “I enjoy hanging out with my buds.”
This is my final post for the 2016 – 2017, 52-Week Challenge and I am pleased that I have been able to post one photo per week for the entire year. To those of my fellow bloggers who have also successfully completed the challenge this year, I say to you, “Congratulations,” and to those who tried very hard but because of various reasons were not successful, I say to you, “Keep the faith and continue trying this upcoming year.”
As it relates to my last post for the 2016 – 2017 year, I had a difficult time finding a suitable subject so started looking around my house and saw a beautiful white bag with white feathers around the top. Continuing through the house, I saw a bouquet of artificial white geraniums. Hmmm…all I needed was a white piece of foam core so I looked in the closet where I store my photo equipment, and wouldn’t you know I found one. Problem solved for a photo of “white on white.” This proves that sometimes we only have to look at our surroundings to find something suitable which will satisfy a theme.
The interior of the Sarasota Opera House is a beautiful building of great interest and history. If you have never attended an opera or ballet there, I would encourage you to do so but beforehand read about its history and renovations here. It’s a place where dreams are fulfilled and because of that, I have processed it with the dreamy “Orton Effect.”
I love old handmade quilts and have managed to collect quite a few over the years. I have fond childhood memories of my Mother, Grandmother and lady members of our little church meeting once a week for a quilting bee, and I still have some of those old quilts in my collection. The photo of the one below, which I keep on a guest bed, is of the pattern Miss Sunbonnet. According to research I did, quilt blocks of Miss Sunbonnet began showing up as early as the 1800s, but popularity with crafters only began to grow after the publication of the Sunbonnet Babies Primers in the early 20th century. This pattern is also known as Dutch Doll, which I have always known it as. To make a quilt, the pattern was sewn and attached to individual quilt blocks, which were then “stitched together” by hand to make a quilt top. The finished quilt top was then placed atop a roll of cotton and a large piece of fabric for the back. The entire piece was then placed in a large quilting frame around which ladies sat and hand stitched with small even stitches to hold it together. It’s a labor of love.