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This is the cover page of my newest book titled "Kisses of Joy." To see the entire book online, go to http://www.blurb.com/b/7566653-kisses-of-joy. You can set to "full screen" and you will be able to scroll through the entire book online.
This is the introduction I wrote for the book: I fell in love with photography when my husband purchased a “fancy” camera as a birthday gift for me in anticipation of an African safari. Once I recognized the incredible joy I experienced photographing leopards, zebras, lions and other amazing animals, I was hooked. Unfortunately, for the last year, I have been ill and have not been able to get out much for photo shoots. I started missing photography in a big way, so I set up a photo studio in a spare bedroom and worked on flower photography. I fell in love with photography when my husband purchased a “fancy” camera as a birthday gift for me in anticipation of an African safari. Once I recognized the incredible joy I experienced photographing leopards, zebras, lions and other amazing animals, I was hooked. Unfortunately, for the last year, I have been ill and have not been able to get out much for photo shoots. I started missing photography in a big way, so I set up a photo studio in a spare bedroom and worked on flower photography. I felt bursts of joy doing this photography, and it became a wonderful coping mechanism to deal with my chronic pain and exhaustion. I decided to title this book “Kisses of Joy” since that is how I experienced taking the photos and putting this book together. I have seven themes in this book. The first is “Kisses,” where I take a large flower and place on top of it a much smaller flower as an accent or “kiss.” The Second theme is “Colors of Joy,” and focuses on flowers with strong colors. The Third theme is “Waterdrop Kisses,” which contains flowers with an added element of waterdrops. The Fourth theme is “Dreams of Joy,” which contains flowers photographed in a dreamy, soft manner (using a very large aperture and/or the Velvet 56 lens). The Fifth theme is “Musical Kisses,” where I add musical elements to the photos. The Six theme is “Whimsical Joy,” and contains unusual flowers or flowers presented in an unusual manner. The last Theme is “Dinner Party Flower Arrangements.” Please Enjoy!!!
If you do look through the book, I would be extremely grateful if you could let me know which 2 or 3 flowers or quotes you liked the best. I am always interested in what resonate most with people. Thank you very much!
My husband and I embarked on an amazing African safari earlier this year with our great friends Jeffrey and Tondra Lynford. We traveled to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. Every part of the trip was filled with fantastic, amazing and wonderful sights. From a photographic point of view, it was nirvana. It was the most amazing trip you can imagine. During the safari rides, we had great sightings of leopards, lions, zebra, monkeys, baboons, giraffe, cape buffalo, impala, hippos, kudu, elephants, crocodiles, rhinos, and a beautiful assortment of interesting and exotic birds. In Zambia we were blessed with a gorgeous view of the double rainbow covering Victoria Falls. In addition, we were greeted with some wonderful and colorful sunrises and sunsets. All in all, it was a fantastic trip. I am still working my way through all the photographs I took on the trip, but had posted here some selected photos from the trip. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos!!!
My husband, Frank, and I took an amazing road trip through Colorado this fall. We were very fortunate to be there just as the colors of the aspens were turning a beautiful shade of gold. We visited quite a number of places in Colorado and loved them all! One of the highlights from a photography standpoint was the Rocky National Park, where I was able to get a close-up photograph of a majestic elk. We were there during elk rutting season, so we lucked out by seeing quite a few elk. Another huge highlight from a photography standpoint was the "Million Dollar Highway" between Silverton and Ouray. Every single second of the drive was filled with expressions of awe and wonder. And, of course, there were many stops along to way to take photographs. If you ever visit Colorado in the fall, this stretch of road is a "must do." The colors are amazing and the views are absolutely breathtaking. Another very interesting place we visited was the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve. It is a very interesting and beautiful place as well. We also visited Aspen, which is a great place in the fall to walk around and explore. There are some amazing restaurants in Aspen! We also visited Vail, which is beautiful and fun. We happened to be there during Octoberfest, which was a lot of fun. In addition, we visited Telluride and found the most amazing photography gallery there (which I could have stayed in forever). In a nutshell, Colorado is magnificent and being there in the fall with the fall colors was splendid!! I hope you enjoy the photographs below. Please feel free to leave comments or ask any questions.
My husband and I just got back from the most amazing trip to New Zealand. It is a spectacularly beautiful place, with wonderful opportunities for photography. We visited both the North Island and the South Island. The scenery is stunning throughout both islands. One of my favorite photographic opportunities was visiting Lake Matheson. We arrived in the morning on a great weather day and walked about 45 minutes to get to the best place to shoot ("Reflection Island"). When we first arrived, the water was not completely still, but about a half an hour into the shoot, the water became completely still, resulting in the mirror-like reflection photo at the start of this photo slideshow. We also visited a number of gorgeous waterfalls (one of my favorite things to photograph). Hiking to and from the waterfalls provided us with a great deal of exercise. One of the other great places we visited was the Abel Tasman National Park, most of which is only accessible by boat. The water is a gorgeous shade of turquoise and there are some great coves. We also visited two great gannet colonies and a penguin colony. The landscape in New Zealand is filled with beautiful hills and green areas with sheep and cattle. We also saw some spectacular sunrises. The food was great and extremely fresh. And, of course, the wine was top-notch. I hope you enjoy the photos!