Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

Though I have previously posted this image, it's still one of my favorite winter scenes.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

In Loving Memory

In loving memory of my husband, Bill Modesitt.
(November 3, 1952 - June 30, 1989)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ghosts, Goblins, and Zombies...

...arriving just in time for Halloween!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Honorable Mention


"SymmeTree" received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Batdorff Photography B&W Photo Contest.

Check out the incredible winners of nearly 900 entries in "what has become one of the largest B&W contests in the United States...potentially seen by over 20,000 visitors."

Photographer John Batdorff's blog is found here:

The winning entries are here:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Proposal

My first engagement session was for Katie and Shawn and took place in April.
They were married on Saturday, September 24, 2011.
Best wishes to the bride and groom! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011


"Belong" performed by Chandler Koepke at Adagio School of Performing Arts Summer Dance Festival

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thanks For The Memories

Thinking of all the fun hours spent with family and friends on these waters.

Good Morning, Illinois River Valley!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Best Friends

A tribute to a very special pet who passed much too soon at only 3 years old. 
Rest in peace dear, sweet Briggs.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Great White Pelican

Their wingspan reaches 9'! Canadian Geese look small next to them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I took an on-line class with Doug Landreth through "creativeLIVE" on adding texture to images. 
I am inspired. The technique adds a new dimension to artistic expression.
(Yes, you may have recognized this Blue Heron from a previous post.)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shirley King

Daughter of legendary blues performer, B.B. King, Shirley gave a wonderful performance 
at the Twin Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival in my hometown. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Reminds me of girls with attitude. ;-)

Monday, May 30, 2011


Grayton Beach State Park, Florida

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

White Pelican Migration

Taken below the Starved Rock Dam, Utica, IL

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Zack Arias On creativeLIVE This Weekend!

I first became aware of Zack Arias through the creativeLIVE on-line workshop offered by Chase Jarvis.

Zack is a gifted photographer with a generous spirit toward helping other photographers to attain their goals of improving their craft.

Zack's blog offers an overview of his plans for this workshop.

I’ve been teaching workshops for about four years now and I’ve met hundreds and hundreds of photographers. I would venture to say that most photographers entering the industry today are self taught. You read blogs, watch DVDs, go to workshops, attend conferences, read books, and do a lot of trial and error. We all do that. We are all learning and growing and trying to move forward but from my experience working with a lot of emerging photographers these days I see a number of holes in a lot of people’s foundations. There are a number of missing ingredients and this weekend’s class is designed to identify those weak areas in the industry and fill them in with knowledge and practical advice.
The goal you should have for yourself is to be able to walk into an environment, size up your subject, your shooting conditions, and your camera bag and formulate a plan quickly, efficiently, and with a smile on your face. Before you ever open your camera bag you should already know which lens you are going to need. You should have an idea of where your subject needs to be, what your background will be, and what you are going to have to do to the light. It’s like the matrix. You have to see the code.
Here is the creativeLIVE link for this weekend's schedule:

I cannot say enough about the creativeLIVE team, its featured guests, and sponsors. All those involved have come together to create a wonderful photographer's resource. If you want to learn something new and you are willing and able to make the time this weekend, check it out! You'll be glad you did!