Weekly Word Press Photo Challenge: Autumn Glow

Weekly Word Press Photo Challenge: Autumn Glow

Here are my entries for the Weekly Word Press Photo Challenge for the week of 10/18/17.

Glow, on the water.
Glow, In the yard.
Glow in the Coulee


Dock Aglow.


A New, Bigger Lens

A New, Bigger Lens

One of my other hobbies is photography. A regular reader of my blog would be able to guess that I really like to take pictures. Nature photography is my favorite form of photography and includes photos of flowers, seeds, trees, birds, butterflies, and sunrises. Landscape photography is what I consider to be a subset of nature photography, but many of my photos include the land. I like to capture the undulation of the land found in the coulees in our area of Western Wisconsin.  Beaches, waves, and rock formations found on our travels to various locations in the United States and abroad also fascinate me. But, above all, is color! I love capturing the vibrancy of life. I suppose that is why  sunsets and sunrises are taken any time there is a hint of color. I know that is why I snap pictures of the flowers in my yard year after year, season after season.  Color plays a huge role in my artistic endeavors. Recently, I was shocked by my middle son who commented to me after I cleaned and rearranged the pieces on the tops of my kitchen cabinets, that I had an “eye” for color! This compliment was very pleasing to me, mostly because I thought it was true and he had noticed!

With the exception of my trip to the Netherlands in 2016, the more recent photographs I have taken are with a Nikon D5200 SLR. This camera, and an extra lens (50-200mm), was a gift from my husband a few years ago. I like the camera but have to admit to shooting on Auto Focus and not really bothering to “learn” how to use it.  Still, I have been able to get some great shots with the Nikon camera and lenses.

This might be about to change. Due to a quest to get some more “up close” shots during our son’s soccer games this fall, I made known that I wanted a bigger lens. After some research and revision of my thoughts about what I should spend on such a piece of equipment, I jumped in and purchased a new, “bigger” lens. This zoom lens extends from 150mm to 600mm. It arrived the day before yesterday, a full two weeks before I expected it.

Reading the directions was essential. I was able to put on the lens, put in in Auto Focus and take a few photos. Unfortunately, something is not quite right yet because they photos are dark……(Yes, I remembered to take the lens cap off.)  I plan to play with this new lens today. Soccer season is widing down, but we are also in need of taking some more nature photos (always) and then, there will be tennis and track in the spring.  Oh, and graduation, too! Can you tell I am excited?!

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Since I am usually so gung ho to capture a photo of something that dilates my eye, it is not unusual for me to be seen shooting through windows – in the car, on a plane, or in my living room that has a large “picture” window that used to look over a beautiful coulee. So, the challenge for me, in this challenge, will be to find the few photos (or take some new ones) I wish to share. Be back in a little bit…….

Windows – WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Minnesota Summer out a Car Window, 2017 © Carol Labuzzetta
Fall in the Midwest, Captured out my Bedroom Window, 2015 © Carol Labuzzetta
February Sky out the Patio Window, 2015 © Carol Labuzzetta
Window of a Lighthouse, Bermuda © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Angel in the Morning (out my livingroomm window), © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
Rainbow in the evening (out my kitchen window), © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Cows on the Move, as taken over our Dashboard Window in the Car Passenger Seat, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Snowstorm in Ames, Iowa from a Car Window, 2013. © Carol Labuzzetta
Above the Clouds, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2016
Canopy of Trees on Kauai from the Car, 2013. © Carol Labuzzetta

 The Storm Moves in, Kitchen Window Scene, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017

As you can see, I had fun with the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of Windows.

My collection of photos out a variety of windows at home and away is varied, based on landscape and nature, and speaks to me of my own experience, even if it does not speak to others. It captures that moment in time when I could not wait to snap a shot of something – a place, a time, an event, a thing – that is memorable to me.  I hope you enjoy the shots. One thing is for sure – my collection will continue to grow!

Silent Sunday: Remembering the Florida Keys

Silent Sunday: Remembering the Florida Keys

© Pier at Hawk’s Cay Resort, Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Resort Grounds, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Sun Shadow Phenomenon, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Lagoon Rest, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Sea Grass and Sea Oats, Sombero Beach, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011.
©  Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys, Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
© Carol Labuzzetta, Sunset at Hawk’s Cay Lagoon, 2011
Water Bird, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
 Water Rest, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Hawk’s Cay Sun Shadow, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Sombero Beach, Florida Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
A Street in the Keys, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Resort Signage, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
 Sunset over the Lagoon © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Dusk at the Lagoon, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Keys Kitsch, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2011
Silent Sunday: Clouds

Silent Sunday: Clouds

Minnesota Farm Land Clouds,© Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Minnesota Clouds in August,© Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Above The Ocean Clouds,© Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Rainbows Among Us, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
Rainbows Amoung Us II, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
High Above the Clouds, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017
cool clouds 2017
Summer Pink Clouds © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Clouds after the Eclipse, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2017.
Silent Sunday: More Beautiful Bermuda

Silent Sunday: More Beautiful Bermuda

Last Night Sunset. August 2017.


© J. Labuzzetta, 2017. Moongate.


trail to the lighthouse Bermuda17
© Carol Labuzzetta, Trail to the LIghthouse from Hotel, Bermuda. 2017.
Tabacco Bay 2017
© Azure Waters. Tabacco Bay. Bermuda. 2017.
The Dockyard Bermuda 2017
© Royal Navy Dockyard Grounds, Bermuda. 2017.
St. Peter's in 2017
© St. Peter’s Church. One of the Oldest in the New World, Bermuda, 2017.
National Museum at Dockyard 2017
© National Museum. Bermuda, 2017.
America's Cup Race Kite 2017
© Carol Labuzzetta, Kite from the America’s Cup Race, 2017. Bermuda.
Pretty Bermuda Houses 2017
© Pretty Pastels and White Roofs, Bermuda. 2017. 
The Dockyard. National Museum 2017
© National Museum at the Dockyard, Bermuda, 2017.
St. George Local Reststop 2017
© Local Reststop, St. George. Bermuda. 2017.
Hotel Beach Pink Sand Bermuda 17
© Pink Sand Beach at Hotel, Southhampton, Bermuda. 2017.
Beer Glass in Bermuda Pub ? Badger ? 2017
© Carol Labuzzetta. Huh? Beer Served Badger Style in Bermuda. 2017.
Bermuda Ferry View 2017
© Clear Blue. Bermuda. 2017.
Silent Sunday: Randomness

Silent Sunday: Randomness

© Plum Harvest,  Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
Plums, ©Carol Labuzzetta, 2015
© Johnson’s Blue Perrenial Geranium, Carol Labuzzetta, 2014
© Butterfly Waystation, Carol Labuzzetta, 2009
© Carol Labuzzetta, Bahia Honda State Park, Florida,  2009
View from Washington Monument,  © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015