Photo Successes

I’m pleased that my photos are getting some attention.  Today the local newspaper (The Poinciana Pioneer) featured three of my wildlife photos.  One was a photo of a deer, another was of an alligator, and the third was a sandhill crane and its chick.

Last week, the Webshots site featured one of my rose photos in a collection of rose pictures for Valentine’s Day.    There were 200 downloads of it from Webshots last week.  Anyway, it’s gratifying to see my pictures on display.


Photo Scavenger Hunt

Our camera club at Solivita has an annual scavenger hunt.   We all get the same list and try to take photos to match the assigned topics.  It gets us to looking at subjects outside our comfort range.  I’ll share thumbnail pictures of what I choose to submit for this scavenger hunt.  Here are the topics: water, leaves, repeating patterns, glass or mirror,  looking up, insects,  golf course landscape, machinery, rocks, signs, and sports in Solivita.

 I still need to find an insect to photograph.  All the signs I’ve seen are pretty boring.  I can’t figure out how to get an interesting photo of signs or rocks.
Update on this activity:  I received very favorable comments on the leaves, repeating patterns (tire tracks), golf course landscape (foggy day), machinery, and signs (stop sign) photos. 

Thrifty Living – The Martin Way

Growing up during the depression and the 1940s taught Gail and Clyde Martin thrifty ways.  Now Gail shares these ideas with a new generation.  Her articles on eHow give tips for stretching a dollar and reusing many things.  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” is an old saying, but Gail and Clyde use that motto to make living on social security workable. 

Gail Martin – On Writing

Over the year’s, Gail Martin taught family memory writing classes at the Good Shepherd Center in Wichita, Kansas.  During that time, she served as the archivest for the Kansas Authors Club and had many articles published in Kanhistique.  Now 84, she writes for the Our Echo website and eHow. 

Here are her eHow articles about writing:

Writers for Charity

Some of the writers on the eHow site are channeling their talents to help charity.  I imagine during this economic downturn, the charities feel the pinch while experiencing increased demand for their services.  Here are the articles so far.  The writers have committed to donating any earnings they make from these articles to the charity they are promoting.  Check them out:

How to Help Pet Adoption Efforts in Phoenix, Arizona      by Peggy Hazelwood

 How to Reforest America      by Wordstock

How to Help Others for Free      by Patti Winters

How to Defend Polar Bears and Wolves     by AlianAngel555

How to Help Pine Ridge      by Hollie1974

How to Give to Chairty Wisely    by Patti Winters

 How to Help Australian Wildlife Injured in Fires       by Virginia Allain

How to Donate Wheelchairs to Third World People for Around Fifty Dollars       by Lilac Girl

How to Save the World By the Click of a Mouse       by Desula

 How to Be Part of the Humane Society        by Shirley  Philbrick

How to Contribute to NAMI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness       by Kate Downs

I was curious about how many other articles I’d already written promoting charities or nonprofits or volunteering.  Here’s the list:

Home, Sweet Home

I used to decorate with the shabby chic style.  It was lots of fun.  Here are my articles about decorating and home topics.





  • How to Estimate a Home’s Current Value
  • How to Get a Certified Deed Easily and at Low Cost
  • How to Get Help Before Foreclosure
  • How to Save on Heating Bills the New England Way
  • Healthy Living

    I wanted to gather together a list of all my articles on health topics.