Tree Wrapped with Vines, North Carolina


B/W image of tree trunk wrapped with vi es

Tree Wrapped with Vines, Dismal Swamp

One of the many trees on the Canal Road at the Dismal Swamp State Park last Sunday.

I enjoyed my trip there despite the heat and bugs. I managed to get a lot of nice shots with just my iPhone and Schneider lenses. I don’t know when I’ll be able to return, but when I go back I hope it’s a little cooler. I bet it’s gorgeous in the fall.


Dismal Swamp State Park



B/W photo, Canal Road, Dismal Swamp State Park, NC

Dismal Swamp State Park, NC


I went down to the Dismal Swamp on Sunday afternoon and came back with this. I limited myself to my iPhone and Schneider iPro lenses. It has a moody, haunting quality. Not sure if I’m putting it into the Etsy shop yet, but I’m definitely having it printed for the house.


Finally! 100 listings on Etsy!

B/W photo, deserted house, empty room with picture window

Deserted Room, Norfolk, VA

In case you were wondering why I hadn’t posted in a while, I was working on an important goal.

It’s taken a while to get there, but I did it! 100 listings on Etsy!

This is kind of a big deal; you apparently don’t really start to get found in search until you hit the 100 mark.

I have an actual “About” page!

I finally got around to filling my about page! Go me!



B/W image of a saguaro cactus skeleton

Saguaro Skeleton, Tucson, AZ

I took this during a portrait class at an After Dark Edu seminar a few years ago in Tucson. I had never seen a cactus skeleton and had to ask what it was. It was at least as interesting to me as the living cacti. It was definitely more interesting than the class.

Fort Wool, Virginia

Black and white image of an abandoned US Army post

Fort Wool, Virginia

This image of Fort Wool, located in the Chesapeake Bay, was shot on film many years ago. The Army post dates back to World War I. It was abandoned years ago. It’s an eerie, desolate place; getting in there practically takes an Act of Congress. I’d love to go back and shoot some more there.

Back from the show!

I’m pleased to report I survived another Boardwalk Art Show. I haven’t been in a few years. Last year was too hot; today was perfect.

It was a good show. The booths selected for judging were all top-notch. Some of the others…not so much. How some of these artists get accepted into what is considered one of the premier outdoor shows on the East Coast is a mystery to me.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got to be good to get in. But when I see a booth full of paintings that looks like they were done by Chagall or Miro… It’s no wonder she wasn’t selected for judging. Her work was good, but it’s already been done, and by better artists. 

I saw paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography I really liked. There were a few really good fiber artists and glass workers, too. I particularly liked some of the contemporary jewelry. Of course, all I can do is like it. I can’t afford what I like, and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing most of what I can afford.

There were also the usual number of artists taking themselves way too seriously. If you’re one of them, do I really need to remind you it’s Virginia Beach, not MOMA or the Louvre?

In other words, typical Boardwalk Art Show!

I actually had a plan today…

The Boardwalk Art Show runs through tomorrow. I had planned to go today. It was going to be perfect art show weather – not too hot or humid. Ten or so blocks of great art for the price of gas and whatever Virginia Beach charges to park down at the oceanfront these days. It’s the biggest show around here and I don’t want to miss it. I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks.

So what did I do? I spent the entire day in front of my mac, working on images for my shop!

It all started when I had an idea for changing one little thing on one image in my Etsy shop, One little thing! That was at ten this morning. I only just finished a while ago, and I’m still not done. You change one image, which leads to changing another. And another. Before you know it, you’ve reworked a bunch of images and it’s ten at night.

The show ends tomorrow, so that gives me one more day to go down there and get inspired. I will be down there tomorrow, and I will get inspired; I’m insisting on it. Especially the inspired part.

Stormy Weather

Heavy black clouds over a sliver of bright blue sky with houses in the foreground

Rain Clouds, Portsmouth, Virginia

The view from my bedroom window a few hours ago. Lots of rain, lightning, and thunder. I love it when Mother Nature puts on a show!

Taken with my iPhone and iPro Superwide lens, then processed on the iPad with Snapseed an iWatermark.

New iPhone Photo – Condensation


This is the first completed image taken with one of the iPro lenses. It’s a macro of the condensation on the side of a glass of Coke. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a pretty good lens. It’s certainly a lot better than the old Olloclip.