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Visiting Mount Vernon

During a trip to DC this past weekend to do a preso at Washington Apple Pi (a Mac User Group), Shawn and I got to visit Mount Vernon. I'd never visited George Washington's home before and had no idea what to expect; and wow, I was shocked at both how much there was to see and how spectacular it was. Click on the photo above of me in "macro mode" or the beautiful daylily below (both shot with a Canon Rebel XTi) to see the photo gallery. Some of the flowers in this formal garden were planted by George himself!

Food photography is dangerous

Those of you who have followed my photographs for some time have surely noticed a recurring theme—that of food.

This past weekend I found myself in Old Town Alexandria, VA at the Chart House restaurant with good friends Ron and Pat Faquet and I ordered the most amazing dessert I've ever seen (click photo for slight enlargement).

This was taken with the kit lens on my Canon Rebel XTi. The only thing I did in post was adjust the white balance in Lightroom. No sharpening, no additional color correction, no cropping.

A night with the Dodgers

After flying out of Dallas en route to LA in the midst of multiple killer tornadoes (seriously) I arrived in LA to speak at the Travel Writers Editorial Conference. I sat in on a panel about crowdsourcing and how iStockphoto is a crucial image resource for publications with declining budgets.

An afternoon off

After finishing work early, I decided to take a much needed break and retire to Kat's back yard in Fort Worth with my Rebel XTi and all her animals (click this picture to see the whole gallery). The acoutrements in this photo just made the afternoon that much more enjoyable.

My Lone Star Amazon Girls

I'm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this week and am *loving* getting to spend some time with my great girlfriends, Kathryn and Missy. Kat is a graphic design teacher at UTA and was honored to drop in on her class and spread the iStockphoto faith.

Would you spend $25 a year to avoid waiting in line?

Of course you would, and so would I. Most recently, I donated $25 hard earned bucks to get my name onto The Great Gold Board in the Sky.

I'm speaking, of course, of the Hertz Gold Canopy board. This board entitles me to bypass the long line of other equally tired/hungry travelers and proceed happily to the car parked in the numbered spot listed next to my name without actually having to engage in conversation with other humans (sometimes I like this when I travel).

Apple testing labs visit!

Today we drove to Palo Alto and met up with Dave Martin and his beautiful girlfriend Peggy. After ogling Peggy's gorgeous backyard--complete with orange trees, herb garden, beautiful flowers, and a wine closet!--we headed off to the Apple testing lab where Dave works.

First riding day

So today my husband and I cranked up the bikes and took a little afternoon ride. We bundled up nice and tight and though it was a mere 47 degrees out, I was quite comfy. We took a narrow little road up a nearby mountain to a town called Bethel. Super cute and quaint, there just so happened to be a pub within 20 feet of where we parked the bikes (that, my friends, is called good karma).

And wow, it feels so good to be back on my bike again. Seems like forever! Can't wait till it gets warmer.

A surreal weekend in Miami

Last weekend I had the honor of teaching at SPE, the Society of Photographic Education, in Miami, FL. Wow. What a great time that was. My girlfriend Leslie from Dunedin (near Tampa), drove five hours to hang out with me and we had ourselves a right proper good time.

Beach art

Sometimes you see the most interesting things on the beach. My girlfriend Leslie and I tried to get the artist to add more seaweed, well, you know... in the southern region. He wouldn't. He said he wanted the sculpture to be "natural."


We shook our heads and called him a big chicken.