a day at lauritzen gardens

I spent a wonderful day at a photo workshop today with a new friend and fellow photographer.  It was fun to be around other people with a similar passion for taking pictures.  I wouldn’t have gone on my own, so I was happily surprised and thankful Ruth asked me to go with her.   I learned a lot from the instructors there, and then after getting home and uploading the pics, I learned even more. (I’m choosing to phrase it as “learned even more” instead of “realized how many mistakes I made.” ) I want to go again tomorrow! https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16492658529/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16677748922/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16652805516/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16491332290/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16491142538/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16056455734/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16491367520/in/photostream/lightbox/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/graydaysandcoffee/16652769396/in/photostream/lightbox/

some people laugh through their noses…

“I Love to Laugh” from Mary Poppins:

I love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It’s getting worse ev’ry year

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The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I’m a merrier me
It’s embarrassing!
The more I’m a merrier me!

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Some people laugh through their noses
Sounding something like this “Mmm…”
Some people laugh through their teeth goodness sake
Hissing and fizzing like snakes

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Some laugh too fast
Some only blast – ha!
Others, they twitter like birds
Then there’s the kind
What can’t make up their mind

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When things strike me as funny
I can’t hide it inside
And squeak – as the squeakelers do
I’ve got to let go with a ho-ho-ho…
And a ha-ha-ha…too!

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We love to laugh
Loud and long and clear
We love to laugh
So ev’rybody can hear
The more you laugh
The more you fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more we’re a merrier we!

squirrel!

There are 30 steps (I just counted them) between my kitchen counter where I’m sitting typing this, and the tree in these pics.  At about step 15, the temperature dropped 50 degrees, but I, being the dedicated photog that I am…*sniff*…, braved the cold and unforgiving Nebraska weather to get out there and take these shots.  Ohhh the sacrifices we make for our our art. 🙂

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of cardinal importance

Mr. GrayDays flew out on a business trip yesterday morning.  I remembered about two hours after he left that my purse was in his car.  The airport is 45 minutes from our house, so I decided to make an afternoon of it and stop at DeSoto Bend National Widlife Refuge on the way home.  I was only there for an hour and a half, but I felt like I’d taken my soul vitamins for the whole week.

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