Thursday, March 17, 2011

Flash On, Flash Off

I am not a professional photographer.
Totally self taught, and learning every day.
I love to challenge myself and explore my camera.
It's become an extension of who I am.
I take it with me everywhere I go.
I'm not sure how I ever lived without it.
Simply put... I LOVE photography

While celebrating my middle daughters 4th birthday
I took several shots while inside of an "Eatertainment"
 type restaurant called Gattitown.
 The children love this indoor carousel ride.
The entire area of games is rather dark... and noisy.

This first shot was using my built in flash, and while the colors are pretty
and more visible this way, there was something about the photo
 that just didn't do the atomsphere justice.

I shot the first pic in manual mode, built in flash on,
ISO 800, Tv 1/125, Av 4.5 with the kit,
18-55mm lens (because it's all I have... for now).

The next shot is taken the with the exact same settings,
 the difference is that I didn't use a flash at all.
I personally enjoy this shot more because it gives the feeling of being outdoors.
We weren't, but the feeling has a bit more softness and romanticism.
I love how the lights on the carousel become the star of the shot.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dirt In A Skirt

Here we have my six year old daughter, whose youth
and innocence always seems to teach me lessons about life.

This is the child who wants to grow up to be an
Art Teacher and an Archeologist... All in the same breath.

This is the child who loves without thought to who or what or why.
Whose heart is bigger than the whole earth.

She loves to wear skirts and she loves to play in the dirt.
Everything she sees is beautiful and life has no worries.

Everyone is a potential friend.
Why wouldn't they want to be?

Curious, carefree, loving, and radiant!

What a beautiful place to be in life.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Elliot Road ~ Lost Inside

I am a lover of music... Especially when it involves a simple singer and an acoustic guitar.

It's pure, simple, and genuine. And I like that!

A Day Of Freedom

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Spring Thing

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants
Spring always makes our smiles a little bit bigger, brighter, and more beautiful!

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants
A spring gift from a pure heart!

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants
An amazing and brilliant bloom!

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants

A ray of sunshine brings new life and awakens the sleeping buds.

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants

And the girls have to get a few shots of this amazing season come to life!

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I was lying on a blanket in the park one day where I could see the children playing happily.
Of course I had nothing but a packed lunch and my camera.

(I feel naked without my camera.
 There is always something I really want to capture, and I want to be prepared!)

Now on this particular day, I pulled my keys out of my pocket
and placed them on the blanket with out a thought or a second look.
I began to snap shots of all my surroundings without actually getting off of the blanket.
Getting rather bored with the sights of empty soccer fields,
I noticed the keys right there in front of me
and began to think about the key chain that was on them.
I snapped this shot.

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants

Now, I haven't changed my key chain in...
 hmm, let me think... over 10 years now!
 I know that sounds weird and crazy, but keys are just
something I need, and carry without thought,
 Just sort of take them for granted.
...I get a new key I add it the ring....
The wooden key chain was a gift from an old friend from years ago.

It has my first name on it, and I began to ponder what my name represented.
It reminded me.
Am I living up to my name... Am I always gentle?
Well, I can assure you, I am not... But I needed the reminder.
I should pay attention to my keys a little more often.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bamboo and Dirt

All Photos By Jenny @ Eternal Instants

All Photos By Jenny @ Eternal Instants

All Photos By Jenny @ Eternal Instants

... And these are the days of our lives :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Self Improvement ~ Gift Yourself

I've been to the library quite a bit lately.
I recently checked out a book called
 "The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas"
500 fun and creative learning activities.
I actually decided on it because the author,
 Linda Dobson, is one of my all time favorite writers
when it comes to home education.
Linda Dobson is a homeschool advocate and successfully homeschooled her 3 children.
She is the author of several books and lives in New York.
The book begins discussing the difference between school mind
 and education mind.
Two very different learning processes.

"Time (freedom and opportunity) + Purpose (intrinsic motivation and interest)
+ Focus On What Is Being Achieved (love and support) = Education

Effort as opposed to a grade (the journey as opposed to the destination)
becomes valuable in it's own right.
Self Improvement!"

Love this book... It's a must read for anyone.
A resource I will consider again and again!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Hoped So...

The night was still and dull.
The silence was as loud as a jackhammer on concrete.
 The time was three in the morning.

 I lay in bed. Thinking of life. And of death.
What would my funeral service be like.
Would there be flowers?
Lots of them I hoped.
I love flowers!
Would the room be filled with the sounds of laughter and tears?
 I hoped so.
 I believe both are a very necessary means of cleansing your soul
 and keeping one in right mindedness. (Even if that isn't a word... Is it?... Why not?)
Would I leave this world having made a difference somehow, in someones life?
I hoped so.
 I can't imagine having been alive for any other reason.
 How would I be remembered?

Finally, I was able to drift off to sleep for a few hours.

Sometimes seeing life... A magnificent and wondrous birth... or
A sobering and saddening death...
Can thrust you into a vast sea of emotions.
And it can also bring a new light to your life.
Just when you think you have it all figured out... Life can throw you a curve ball.
That's when you realize...
Every second counts.
Every hug matters.
Every kiss genuine.

Every now and then I forget...
To do everything with all my heart.
Don't let the daily grind get ya!
Be extraordinary... because that's just what you are!

Have a Happy Day!!!

In Memory of Leon Duncan

Photo By Jenny @ Eternal Instants


All Photos By JD @ Eternal Instants

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"