winter beach -day363

winter beach -day363, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Finally got out of the house this month and took a walk on the beach - with Steph & Chris! The fresh air felt great and the conversation even better. Loved the chance to spend some time with them during their visit.

birch -day362

birch -day362, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I've been in the parking lot of the post office many times and never noticed this row of birch trees. Now in winter they stand naked and stark against the gray sky but gorgeous in their textured skin.

I added a slight sepia tint; black and white seemed too harsh.


Pinecone -day361

Pinecone -day361, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Loved this pinecone in my floral centerpiece. Added a little texture, just because.....

whirlyball -day360

whirlyball -day360, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Since Stephanie & Chris are visiting Ron & Jeanne, we thought it would be a fun whirlyball group, so we met for dinner and all headed north to play. Even though we haven't played for probably 15 years, it came back to us fairly quickly. Good times!

pier -day359

pier -day359, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Took Pat & Mike sight seeing in the drizzly, cold, damp Seattle weather. A truly authentic experience!

Christmas family - day358

Christmas family - day358, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Christmas morning with Pat and Mike visiting.

elf -day357

elf -day357, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A favorite Mark Roberts elf in my collection.

holiday mugs -day356

holiday mugs -day356, originally uploaded by tpurk.

The end of project 365 is near and my ideas are running short.....


foggy morning -day355

foggy morning -day355, originally uploaded by tpurk.

My first outside shot in weeks I think! The wires don't even bother me....maybe because there are SO many.


Peace ....and quiet -day354

Peace ....and quiet -day354, originally uploaded by tpurk.

For Mortal Muses prompt of peace...my take on it this week is time for peace & quiet = reading and a cuppa in a perfectly silent house!

The end is near!!!! Only a little over a week of photos to go!


christmas zoom -day353

christmas zoom -day353b, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I'm trying one of Kat's suggestions of using a longer shutter speed (2 sec here) then zooming while exposing. I had some interesting effects; this was one of my faves. I like how the bead garland showed up here.

Paper -day352

Paper -day352, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I'm done with the wrapping paper this year, but the boys will need to wrap their gifts when they come over Christmas Eve so it stays out a little longer!

tis the season -day351

2011 day351 santa-ED, originally uploaded by tpurk.

More Santas and some processing with textures fun. Christmas is only a few days away - shopping is done, decorating is done, house is tidy.....now it's time to sit back and enjoy it all!


party -day350

party -day350, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Dressed up for an annual holiday party - we figured out we've been going to this progressive dinner party with this group of friends for 20 years - from back when Eric was in kindergarten!


candlelight -day349

candlelight -day349, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Happy Holidays - I love this set up with the tree behind but I should probably find something different....


a little more bokeh -day348

a little more bokeh -day348, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Still experimenting on getting that blurry light effect.

a little more bokeh -day348

a little more bokeh -day348, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Still more experimenting to get those blurry light effects in the background. This is sort of what I wanted.

glow -day347

glow -day347, originally uploaded by tpurk.

For a blog prompt somewhere but I hadn't taken a candlelight shot in months so thought I'd give it a try. I like the reflection.


me -day346

me -day346, originally uploaded by tpurk.

This month's prompt on GPP Street was to get out from behind the camera so I had a little private photo session today.

Took about a gajillion photos to come up with a hand full of okay ones.... The light was very odd coming in the window, so I did some post-processing to get this effect.


poinsettia -day345

poinsettia -day345, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I have a huge costco poinsettia in the window so I was trying to capture the texture in the petals. I have a glitter snowflake tucked into the plant - that's making the bokeh.


eclipse day 344

eclipse day 344, originally uploaded by tpurk.

We were up at 5am to watch the lunar eclipse and it was beautiful until this point....then the clouds moved in and we didn't see any more! :(

outside lights -day343

outside lights -day343, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Deck lights - got an interesting hexagon shape in my bokeh.


Santa -day342

Santa -day342, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I love this Santa's face so wrinkled and careworn. Was trying something different with the lights that wasn't totally successful, so you'll probably see more light pics.


Cup of cheer -day341

Cup of cheer -day341, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A holiday still life prompted by one of the many artsy blogs I follow and attempt to participate in.


Christmas mum-day339

-day339, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A closeup of a holiday floral arrangement I made for the party last weekend - a fuji mum in that luscious lime green and a couple of shiny ornaments - wasn't careful enough with the reflections, but oh well.


Christmas bokeh -day338

Christmas bokeh -day338, originally uploaded by tpurk.
Tried a little holiday bokeh after reading Kat's tutorial on Christmas lighting (KatEyeView.com). I don't think it's 100% successful, even after the crop so I'll try more versions tomorrow. I was undecided between these two attempts - what do you think?

I enjoy trying to capture light, so this is the perfect time of year to experiment with it.  The tripod will be staying up for a few days....

2011 day337 bunco

2011 day337 bunco, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Party night - I had fun using my zentangle skills to decorate the $$ envelopes. It was fun to host this again after so many years away!

2011 day336 flowers

2011 day336 flowers, originally uploaded by tpurk.

I dusted off my floral design skills to make a couple of arrangements for our holiday bunco night. Just like riding a bike, it all came back to me!


corner of decor -day334

corner of decor -day334, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Taking the easy way out and showing a finished corner of the room - those are my cross stitch Santa pictures on the wall.

swirls -day333

swirls -day333, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Did a little shopping after work and noticed this little waterfall at the small mall for the first time. Though I took many shots, this is my favorite because of the golden glow on the water swirls.

holiday mess -day332

holiday mess -day332, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Decorating makes SUCH a mess!


winter me -day331

winter me -day331, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Following someone's idea on a blog somewhere I took some winter selfies and this was the winner. I had the Christmas tree as the background and didn't like it, so textures to the rescue.


Mantel decorated -day330

Mantel decorated -day330, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Still working on decorating and today I tackled the mantel. I had a pretty clear idea in my head but after 8-10 tries, it still wasn't coming together. I love these lit stars from Ikea, but was having trouble making the white flowers work and be visible against the white wall. It may change again, but I spent most of the day today on it and that's just more than enough!

Santa -day329

Santa -day329, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Setting out my Santa collection and this guy's eyes called to me.....again. Every year I just LOVE his eyes. Don't they look kind?

so it begins -day328

so it begins -day328, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Day after Thanksgiving means staring the holiday decorating - this year I'm getting an even earlier start since we're having a party next weekend. I set out some of the ornaments on the sofa for easier hanging.

table setting -day327

table setting -day327, originally uploaded by tpurk.

The next day I tried this version of waiting.....Thanksgiving table, set and waiting.

idle hands -day 326

idle hands -day 326, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Wanted to show my hands in "waiting" mode for a challenge but didn't particularly like the result.


branches -day325

branches -day325, originally uploaded by tpurk.
Working on a holiday decor project and painted some tree branches I salvaged from the park. Added a tiny touch of a texture.  My ugly garage floor kind of looks like a sandy beach I think..........


Frosty -day324

Frosty -day324, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Our first big frosty morning so I braved the cold to get some great frosty leaf shots.

wreath -day323

wreath -day323, originally uploaded by tpurk.
My creative and photographic efforts today were to make a wreath for the boys' apartment - their little touch of Christmas!  You know me, I can't stand it that their apartment wouldn't have SOMEthing Christmasy in it!


water -day322

water -day322, originally uploaded by tpurk.

For another scavenger hunt prompt -water. I used ice and tea and added the bokeh texture (the light reflective dots in the background) and converted it to bl/wh. Moderately successful.

writing -day321

writing -day321, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Taken for the scavenger hunt prompt of writing - here's where I do most of it - on my blog (and all those pieces of notepaper on the desk - what a mess!)


wing -day320

wing -day320, originally uploaded by tpurk.

from a budweiser eagle Dan's had for about 40 years - one of the few things that hasn't been broken or tossed :)


last leaf -day319

last leaf -day319, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Today was sunny though cold and tomorrow the wind and rain arrives so I took a quick walk to see what I could see. Found this lone leaf on the tree.


darts anyone? -day318

darts anyone? -day318, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Since it's dark at 5pm, once again I'm wandering the house with the camera and Dan suggested the gararge.....the first of many garage pics I think. How interesting can I make garage junk?


girlfriends -day317

girlfriends -day317, originally uploaded by tpurk.

A friend's 60th (note the sign Old as Mold!) so here's a group of girlfriends at the party - from left: Marsha, Ann, me, Debbie (wife of birthday boy), and Cindy.

brewers -day316

brewers -day316, originally uploaded by tpurk.

The guys were brewing and here they're "pitching the yeast".

technology -day315

technology -day315, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Two Cindys and football. Nope, it's all about the technology!

desperate -day314

desperate -day314, originally uploaded by tpurk.

Cindy was visiting from Chelan so I got totally distracted and only had a couple of shots to choose from and both were bad so I figured adding texture couldn't make them worse and might improve it a little. That's all it did, improve it a little!