• #5 – Hairy Toes

    #5 – Hairy Toes

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    3/15/18, Megtography #5 – Hairy Toes – My first photo with my new camera! I haven’t had much time to mess around with it but I’m hoping this weekend I can get some snow pictures.


  • #4 – I Snow What You’re Thinking

    #4 – I Snow What You’re Thinking

    3/14/18, Megtography #4 – I Snow What Your Thinking – and it’s not, “I wish it would keep snowing.” Am I right?!


  • #3 – OMG DSLR

    #3 – OMG DSLR

    3/13/18, Megtography #3 – OMG DSLR – I finally replaced my camera! I will create another post later this week with more details! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿค—


  • #2 – Hoping For Clear Skies

    #2 – Hoping For Clear Skies

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    3/12/18, Megtography #2 – Hoping for Clear Skies….otherwise my behind has to do snow removal tonight!


  • #1 Rocky the Snowman

    #1 Rocky the Snowman

    Let’s give “Megtography” another shot. I used it as a type of therapy, I suppose you can call it, after my family suffered the house fire. I posted one black and white photo a day and now looking back I am glad I did it. In such a terrible moment in my life, that doesn’t have to remain my only memory from that point in time. I have pictures with friends and family, dinners together, funny moments with pets and other great memories for me to hang on to. So I know no matter what happens, I can always find the light in the dark.

    I’m not struggling with life right now but looking back at those photos inspired me to start Megtography again. I enjoy having a journal in pictures to remind me of all the great times I had that I may otherwise forget.

    So here we go…

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    3/11/18, Megtography #1 – Rocky the Snowman

     


  • Happy Blog-versary!

    Two years of writing, photographing, drawing, creating, thinking, over-thinking….oh sorry! It’s been great. I have loved every minute of it. I just spent some time going back and checking out my old posts; seeing how I’ve improved and seeing ways I still need to improve. My blog is a fantastic tool for helping me grow as an artist. I can see everything I’ve done laid out before me. I can see the techniques that have worked the best and what materials I prefer. All my ideas are visual (whether it be drawing, sketch, writing, or photo) instead of festering in my head. Then I can decide, “Yea, I’m going to do more with this” or “Oh my gosh! What was I thinking?!” Also, it is surreal to literally have a timeline of my life neatly in file. I have pictures of events I had forgotten about, drawings of beloved pets that have since passed and lessons learned along the way.

    Another incentive of keeping a blog is that I can connect with people that are just like me! It’s silly how sometimes we feel all alone or that we are the only person in the world that has ever felt the way we do. When in reality we are not alone at all. We are all connected. There are so many people out there that love totem animals, drawing, nature, zentangle, horses, horror movies, photography, so on and so forth…just like me! I feel as though I am finally sharing my work with people who get it! Now don’t get me wrong, my family has always been there and have supported me in more ways than one (you guys are amazing and I can never truly show you how grateful I am). It’s comforting to know there are others out there on this great, big planet that see what I see, that feel what I feel and that love what I love. It makes me feel a little bit bigger. Like an ant in a colony. Not one mind but many working as one. A collective. A hive. That’s how you move mountains. If you try to move it alone you will be crushed from the pressure. Know there are others like you, trying to achieve the same task. When many work as one, mountains seems weightless.

    I am very thankful for all of my readers and followers. I love seeing comments from you guys and hearing your stories! We are not so different, you and I. I look forward to hanging out with you for another year. Take care!

    Until next time,

    “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”


  • Photo Journal: Beach Treasures at Magee Marsh

    Photo Journal: Beach Treasures at Magee Marsh

    I made my way to Lake Erie again a couple weeks ago. My family and I walked the beach at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. It is known for it’s bird watching boasting over 300 different species recorded! Driving up to the beach we passed an eagle’s nest in the trees next to the road. Unfortunatley, no one was home. 

    Some interesting beach art.

    The beach was peaceful with a consistant, cool breeze. The sand was soft at first. As the tide came in it brought millions of tiny shells and other treasures. It was quite pokey to walk on. We found some “lucky stones”. They look like small, white pebbles with markings resembling either “L” or “J”. They are actually the ear bone of a freshwater drum fish or more commonly known as a sheephead. Fisherman will keep one in their pocket for good luck and others have adopted it into their own collections. I love beach treasures!

    “Lucky Stone”

    What are some beach treasure you have found? Any lucky gems? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by this week! 

    Until next time,

    “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”

    The inside of a shell, looks like a planet.

    The gulls take flight.
    The waves were splashing.
    Driftwood….or art supplies?
    So many treasures to find!
    See what I mean!
    Driftwood statues.

  • Photo Journal: Bugs & Botany

    Photo Journal: Bugs & Botany

    The creepy crawlers have been plentiful this year. Everyday that I work outside, I find a new critter to marvel at. I have seen quite a few cicadas and cicada killers. The butterflies have been fluttering about and I have even seen a group of hummingbird moths this year. There has been an abundance of spiders as well!

    With all this rain we have been getting, the gardens are full and vibrant. I can’t help but take a photo everytime I’m outside. I have compiled a few of my favorite bug and botany photos from the season. What a beautiful year!

     

    Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbia Marginata)
    Cicada, latin for “tree cricket”
    Salsa Red Cone Flower (Echinacea)
    Cicada Killer (Sphecius Speciosus)
    Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta)
    Hickory Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Lophocampa Caryae) Be careful around these guys and don’t touch them! Their hairs will get stuck in your skin and irritate you the same way poison ivy will! Itchy!!
    Purple Vein Ray Petunia
    Striped Petunias – Petunias originated in South America and there 35 different species.
    Bumblebee enjoying Purple Loosestrife
    A Bumblebee enjoying Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

     

    Black Swallowtail, female
    Black Swallowtail, female (Papilio polyxenes) also known as American Swallowtail or Parsnip Swallowtail.
    Knock Out Roses
    Knock Out Roses, a hybrid from the Rosa genus.
    Unidentified Moth
    Unidentified Moth, possibly a White-streaked Prominent – (Oligocentria lignicolor)

    Thanks for stopping by this week! I hope you enjoyed my collection. If anyone can identify that last moth, please feel free to leave a comment below! Or if you have any stories about creepy crawlies you have seen this summer, please share!

    Until next time,

    “Ladies and gentlebugs! Larvae of all stages! Rub your legs together for the world’s greatest bug circus!”

    Bloom where you are planted.