Sunday, January 30, 2011


Week of January 24-30, 2011  Theme:  Tired

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I am tired of contemplating tired.  Last Sunday, when this week’s Photo Theme Project topic was revealed, I must confess my temptation to just take a computer pic of myself and call it done!  However, I kind of want you to keep reading my blog and thought the picture might be too much for you to bare.  So, I started contemplating tired. 

What makes me tired?

Working out.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to post a photo of sweat and I was a little shy about asking anyone at my fitness club if I could take their picture, just as they finished working out.  I really don’t want to be thought of as some kind of weirdo!

Minnesota Work Out

Short winter days.  When I go to work and it’s dark and come home in the dark, I feel like hibernating.  Since I usually don’t have any extra time in my morning routine, and I need help with low-light photography, I thought it best not to post a pretty-much black photograph.  Although, that could demonstrate REM sleep...

Cold Minnesota winters.  The older I get, the more I understand “snow birds.”  I truly love all of Minnesota’s seasons, but a tropical vacation would be nice!


It was hard not to get glare from the fluorescent lighting.

 It's fun to dream...

 My sentiments, exactly!

A nice little rhyme!

I'm not sure if I like the street reflection or not.

A full calendar/schedule.  I’m sure you can relate to this.  When I look at my weekly calendar and it is packed full of events and obligations, even if they are all activities I enjoy and want to do, I feel tired before the week begins.

What am I tired of?

Immature people, unfairness, liars, mean people, jerks, people who think they are better than others, rude drivers, polluters, politicians, people who don’t recycle, people who litter or don’t clean up after themselves, dry skin, eating right, weight gain...  This week’s theme is not Soapbox, so I shall refrain.

From my Warhol phase.

What are other ways to define tired?


Next time you visit Des Moines, Iowa, you must visit the sculpture garden.  My sisters (Kay and Lola), my aunt (Mildred) and I enjoyed our visit to the sculpture garden last summer.  There are photo ops galore!  I like that my aunt's back is to the camera.  I wish I would have moved the view over to the left just a little to get all of the seating and perhaps shown a little more grass in the top of the picture.

He needs a nap! 
Tired to the Bone
 Doesn't everyone decorate with dinosaur bones?

Dead Tired

I like that this is an unusual photo.  I would normally take pictures of beautiful blooms, but I liked the star shape that remained after these were done blooming.  I also tried (not very successfully) to compose the photo so that the viewer's eye had a path to follow from bloom to bloom.

I took this photo on one of the Sandhill Photography Club's field trips.  We visited several cemeteries for a "Veteran's Day" theme.  I like the photo, but think it would be more interesting if the grave stone was off to one side...maybe half off the picture.  I do like the depth-of-field (blurry background).

Dog Tired

 Not Tired
"Quincy, lay down!"  Sorry, I tried!

Still Not Tired

Cat Nap

As opposed to Cat Nip which would be a whole other theme.  My what a difference one vowel makes!

 This may be a cat nip induced nap.  I'll never tell!

Not Tired vs. Cat Nap

This is Quincy on the deer path (or should I say highway) in our backyard.  He was helping me find "poop"ed specimens.  I like the tree shadows in this shot.  I wish I would have cropped out our shed.

No explanation needed.  I wanted to get an "action" shot of Quincy "poop"ing, but like the "dog tired" thing, he wasn't cooperating.  I need to remember to check my white balance.  We don't have blue snow.  Yellow, perhaps...but, nope, no blue snow!

What are images that reflect tired?

Steve’s truck was just re"tired."  He was at work on Friday, so I took this picture of my Outback's tire.  I like the composition of this shot.  That big goober of snow behind my car tire is a big pet-peeve of mine.

Bedtime Stories

 I am happy that I didn't get the flourescent light glare on this shot.

I tried the Panography-ish effect to simulate jumping on the bed.  It's fun to play around with different effects.


Catchin’ some Zzzzz’s   I had the day off on Friday and had lots of fun searching for signs with z’s on them.  I started out in Elk River, which doesn’t have a shortage of pi”zz”a places.  I didn’t want to use only pizza z’s, and then I had an “ah-ha” moment.  “Z”immerman is the next town north of here.  Jackpot!  Z’s were in abundance up there!  I created the collage of z's in Picnik.

Going to Zimmerman also gave me an excuse to visit a new book shop, The Reading Frenzy. (Bonus! there’s another z!)  I now have a new favorite bookshop!  The owner had fun helping me come up with “tired” theme photo ops.  The bedtime story pictures were her idea.  It’s been quite a while since I read bedtime stories to Signe.  I miss those days.

 Sit. Stay. Read.
Their dog minds a whole lot better than mine!

 Children's Reading Area

LOVE the paw prints!
Two More Z's!

My “research" would not have been complete without a trip to the Dairy Queen for the z’s in Bli”zz”ard!


I like how the spoon leads your eye down to the yummy, frozen spoonful of joy.

I chose the image at the top of this post as my submission for this week’s “Tired” theme. I used Picnik to enhance the photo and add the quote.  This week I learned that you can convey a story through images, that Jack Russell Terrier’s will not nap or poop on command, that exploring new ideas is fun, and I had fun editing, enhancing and playing around with Picnik.

Leftover coffee pics and a quote:

The photo is a little too light, but the coffee was good!

I caught the drip!

"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water."  ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674

Steve started experimenting with bubble photography this week and I didn't get "tired" assisting him.  Here are some cool shots he took.  I'm looking forward to see his progress.  This is pretty cool!

Ice Bubbles:  Can you see the ice crystals forming on the bubble?

Rainbow Bubbles:  In the first two shots, the bubbles are on the candy I used last week for the macro theme.  In the last two, the rainbow is just from the bubble stuff!

Next Theme:  Sleep

Related Links:
Morris Pottery (horse mug)
I actually bought this mug at the Kanabec County Photo Club’s workshop held earlier this month at the Kanabec County History Center in Mora, Minnesota.  The potter had several pieces for sale in the History Center’s gift shop.


linda thiltgen said...

Fun post Zoma....filled with laughs and GREAT photos! Thanks for making my morning!

irishk said...

It strikes me as I read this, what a good idea it is to belong to a group that 'assigns' an activity. I imagine it forces you to be aware of your environment so much more intensely and possibly 'see' things that would ordinarily go unnoticed. It is a great opportunity to show your personality as well as your skill. Nice job Zoma!

Zoma said...

Good morning, Kathleen and Linda! Thanks for the comments. I am having fun with the weekly assignments. Since Steve works a lot later than me, it gives Quincy and I something to do! I am also trying to improve my photography and venture outside my box just a bit. I am also trying to improve my writing with this blog. Too early in the process to tell if any improvement is being made, but I'm having fun trying!