One of the best things that Pinky has brought to my life is that we go out for walks in very interesting places… places that are all full of nature and stuff. I began taking my camera, as a lark, and found that I could get some really nice pictures out of it.
Three years ago, I started loading my shots on Flickr. While there, I noticed that you could get calendars made out of your shots. I made a calendar for 2008 and it came out pretty well, even though I had already reduced the file size of the pictures. From then on, I started saving a file of “master shots,” that remained full size in case I wanted to use them for calendars of enlargements. I've done a calendar every year since.
Anyway, I just put together my calendar for 2011 and this time I saw that they have an option to offer your calendar for sale to the public.
I figured, what the hell? Why keep my calendars from a public that’s clamoring for my work. (snork!)
OK, that’s not true, but still, it’s out there. I don’t expect anything out of it, but I figured I’d at least call it to your attention. Below, you can look at the pictures, go “ooh, pretty,” and then go on about your day. And should you be so moved, there’s a link on the right where you can click to buy one for yourself or a loved (or hated) one.
The important thing is that I get a quick post out of it that I can get down fast and then go watch the Penguins game.
Icicles: Off my back patio, during February's Snowmagheddon.
Ice Butterfly: From just to the right of the icicles in the previous picture.
Twigs and Sky: From last month's walk around Loch Raven, in Baltimore County.
Courthouse Dogwood: This is a dogwood tree in spring bloom. I walk by it every morning on the way from the subway stop, to my office building. For years I swore I was going to bring a camera and snap a pic on a sunny morning. I finally did this year.
Varigated Tulips: There's a place called Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore City. It's a small grassy area and the people in the neighborhood plant an unbelievable amount of gorgeous flowers there each spring.
PPG Flowers: This is a clump of flowers in the PPG Plaza courtyard, downtown Pittsburgh. I got the shot when I was in town for Podcamp.
Falls Road Stream: Another nature walk along a trail beside Falls Road, in Baltimore. You'd never think a place like this would be found within Baltimore City. They don't show places like this on The Wire.
Amelia Island Sunset: From the family trip to Amelia Island this summer, for my parents' 50th Anniversary Jamboree and Hootenanny.
Loch Raven from Top of Dam: Just like the title says.
Hey That One's Crooked: A stand of trees opposite Loch Raven.
Water's Edge: Leaves gathered on the edge of Loch Raven. I love doing water shots.
Abstract Lights: Pittsburgh at night, from the Smithsfield Street Bridge. This is one where having the crappy night-focusing ability pays off with a pretty abstract shot. I know it's not exactly "nature" but at least it's "outside."
Note, the calendar cover, as seen on the order button, is also from Loch Raven.
Now, “Let’s Go Pens!”