Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

June 24, 2011

I can’t think of a title for this blog post

Remember the 124 pictures I told you I took at dress rehearsal last week?  I finally got around to editing yesterday.  I cropped and brightened and un-red-eyed 23 of my favorites and posted them in an album on Facebook.  Are we friends on Facebook?  If we are, you can see those pictures here if you’d like.  If we are not, maybe we should be!

With recital, also comes flowers, and we received many lovely ones.  On one of the few afternoons that wasn’t rainy this week, I took the flowers outside on my deck and placed them on the table for a little photo session.  I found that late afternoon with my umbrella in place made for lovely picture-taking lighting for these very willing and cooperative subjects.  First I played with my extension tubes.  I was too lazy to get the tripod out, so I sat and used my elbows on the table to gain some steadiness:




Next I decided to try the 50mm 1.8.  It turned out to be a nice choice for showing off pretty color with that sharp-but-soft-at-the-same-time focus:




I hope that your summer is off to a wonderful start.  Today is the first day that neither the girls nor I have to go to school.  So far it hasn’t been the lazy non-schedule that I usually look forward to at this time of year.  Yesterday was the girls’ last day, but it was Sarah’s “Final Assembly” at middle school – or 8th grade graduation as we used to call it when I was a kid.  Sarah received two certificates for academic achievement – the President’s Education Award for being in the top 10% of her class and an excellence award for achieving all A’s for her final grades of 8th grade.

Forgive me for bragging a wee bit!  I’m very proud of my little girl – who isn’t so little any more!

After Sarah’s ceremony, we all went out to lunch in celebration.  Yesterday afternoon and today too, I will continue to wear my invisible “Mom’s Taxi” cap, which I’m sure will remain in place for the summer. 

 In between, I’m hoping to have plenty of reading time out on my deck.  I’m looking for reading suggestions for the summer too!  Please leave any suggestions you may have in the comments.  The next book I am planning to read is book 3 in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.  Have you read those?  That is my suggestion to you if you haven’t.

I’ll be back with other rambling blog posts soon.  Don’t forget about the photo hunt!


  1. Little? She’s so grown up!! And beautiful.
    My little ones were commenting last night that they want to see your dance video like right now. The concept of time is lost on a 4 year old.

    Comment by renae — June 24, 2011 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Nae.
      Tell your little ones they will likely have to wait until August to see the video. We usually get our video sometime during the week of dance camp, which is the first week of August this year.

      Comment by Karma — June 24, 2011 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  2. Love, love, LOVE the first one! I should buy myself some flowers to photograph…. I need some pictures for the blog while we’re on vacation! (Hey, any excuse works for me!! LOL)
    Congrats to Sarah for her achievements, she looks so proud! 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — June 24, 2011 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

    • We shouldn’t need excuses to buy flowers! I always love having them around.
      Thank you Michaela.

      Comment by Karma — June 25, 2011 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  3. Beautiful flower shots! I’m going to have to seriously considering getting an extension tube sometime in the near future….. 😉 Congrats to Sarah, that’s wonderful news about her good work in school!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — June 24, 2011 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

    • If you buy an off-brand of tubes, you can get a set of three for under $100 – worthwhile investment, I’d say. I think my Zeikos set was $79 at B&H Photo
      Thank you Holly.

      Comment by Karma — June 25, 2011 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  4. Lovely flowers and lovely flower photos! I have a sort of close up of a peony I’ve been thinking of posting…maybe will. ALso thinking about going out this weekend to look for more purple things. Just cause.

    Comment by Dawn — June 24, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn! Purple things sounds like a great post idea! I’ll be doing the round up of the photo hunt very soon ( I am still finishing my own hunt! Two of my intended subjects haven’t been as cooperative as I’d hoped!)

      Comment by Karma — June 25, 2011 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  5. Gorgeous flower photos! How nice that you received so many! And congrats to Sarah! What a great accomplishment. Is she ready for ‘Chaug?

    Comment by Becky Sue — June 25, 2011 @ 7:36 am | Reply

    • Thank you Becky – those are actually flowers belonging to all three of us; that’s why there are so many.
      I think Sarah will be all set for Chaug. She’s got her big sister telling her what everything is like, and I think she is ready for the new challenge of high school.

      Comment by Karma — June 25, 2011 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  6. You should be proud! Congratulations to Sarah and to you!

    Your flower shots are lovely. I especially like the last one. Red sometimes seems so difficult to capture well, and you managed to do it very well.

    I’ve read the first two books in the series but not the third. I haven’t read anything particularly memorable lately (working my way through a stack of books I’ve had for a while so there’s nothing particularly new in there), but if I do come across something good, I’ll let you know. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — June 27, 2011 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

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