Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday

It was a beautiful weekend in the Red Stick! Most of it was spent outdoors, soaking it all in. I hope all of you are seeing signs of spring, and enjoying some milder weather.

Becoming a member of the Louisiana Photographic Society was one of the best decisions I've made this year. For example, Saturday from 9AM to 12PM, we were offered a free photography session with a well-known and respected photographer from our area, Aaron Hogan. His classes usually run about $300, so obviously this was a bargan. The response was so huge, they moved it from the library to the Journalism building on the LSU campus. Although a beginner photography class, it was a great refresher, and has me back on manual shooting, moving more of my dials to get what I want from an image.

Afterwards, sweet B and I attended the Spring Garden Show/Chili Cookoff.
Oxalis outside the grounds.

Little boy rinsing off bags of crawfish.

Bromeliads

Alpaca


Look at that grill!


I loved this arrangement of hibiscus. The vase isn't too shabby either. :)

On the way home, Double D called and said he'd just finished brewing BEER(!) with my cousin, and to come over for a cookout. Boy, I was whipped, but I really wanted to see my husband and favorite cousin. Finally got home after 8PM and had no trouble sleeping. Stayed tuned for my Sunday adventure!

I don't have any bird pics for Anni's meme, but I do hope she is on the mend. Blog visits to resume this afternoon to see what y'all have been up to!

41 comments:

Ruth Hiebert said...

Sounds like a fun day. That Hibiscus display is gorgeous.

Ela said...

How nice to see your wonderful photos !
My favorite flowers are on the first photo, and photographs of Alpaka !
Have a happy new week :)

ladyfi said...

WHat adorable shots! Love those furry faces.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Gail!:)Love all your amazing photos, especially the Alpaca shots. What adorable faces and cute hair styles they have, and the Hibiscus arrangment is lovely.
Have a good week!:)

She Who Carries Camera said...

You always have such interesting photos from your outings! Love the bromeliads and the alpaca!

EG CameraGirl said...

Love those alpaca faces! So much character!

bailey-road.com said...

Love the alpacas. Such sweet-looking animals. How'd the beer turn out?

TexWisGirl said...

laughing at the boys brewing beer. :) cute alpaca faces.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Sounds like a great thing to attend!!! I bet, even if it is a refresher course, there was still more to learn.

Home brewed beer...haven't had that in eons.

Thanks Gail.

I have just posted a challenge for anyone interested...stop by Hootin' Anni's

Shug said...

I can not possibly imagine how your photography skills could get any better. Glad you had this great opportunity though. Brewing his own beer? I'm amazed at all of these talents that run in your family...awesome!

Debbie said...

oooo you know i love those sweet paca faces!!

all your images are so beautiful and the beer brewing sounds like fun but i don't drink, anything!! i know, i am quite the flat tire!!!!

Stephanie said...

I adore your Alpaca images, those flowers...you had a great day!

Linda said...

Sounds wonderful, Gail, and your photos are glorious and bring much joy. :)

Felicia said...

that alpaca is such a cutie.

great images again Gail.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

YOu are up to a lot of fun! Beautiful shots.

Michelle said...

Beautiful pictures and I do love those little Bromeliads.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Sounds like the very best kind of day, and love the fun photo compilation!

Weekend-Windup (John Paul) said...

Gorgeous pictures, looks refreshing.

Weekend-Windup (John Paul) said...

Gorgeous pictures, looks refreshing.

Indrani said...

Terrific captures. I couldn't understand the composition of bromeliads. Are they real plants?

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Very cool that you joined the photo society! Great use of depth of field on the oxalis shot!

Susan (ABON) said...

Such beautiful photos, Gail. The Alpaca's are pretty- I sorta look like the third one after a long day of yard work. The flowers and floral arrangement are gorgeous! Here's wishing you a wonderful rest of the week :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Sounds like a great day. Beautiful photos of the alpacas.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Those were absolutely gorgeous photos.

(mmm...garage beer)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh gosh what a nice day; the flowers are amazing and that one alpaca (the last one) is simply too adorable to be true!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

The shot of the Bromeliads is fabulous. Are they shells? Bromeliads around here are plants and look very different.

Petra Pavlátková said...

At first sight I saw jellyfish and then read they were bromeliads, they got me! :)

The photography session sounds having been interesting, good to brush up the forgotten basics from time to time...

I love the Alpacas, they are so nice!

June Caedmon said...

What a fun day! The Oxalis leaves resemble little shamrocks, don't you think ? The bromeliads made me think of jellyfish, too - love it! Can't wait to see what you did Sunday!

Anita Johnson said...

Such great pics AND I think I need a Bromeliad in my kitchen window!

Melissa said...

I've been meaning to join a group like that. Sounds fun. I didn't know alpacas had such sweet faces! (We're getting an early spring here, very happy!)

Barb said...

Each shot is a wonder - you have great compositions and clarity. I have those Bromeliads with the same holders. I never thought of turning them upside down. They look like jellyfish or sea urchins!

Donna said...

Wonderful shots....no spring here yet only winter...hoping it will come in a couple of weeks.

Barbara said...

Holy cow, what a bargain and opportunity! I'm going to see if there's anything like that in my area. I need to get back to the basics, myself. I love that hibiscus arrangement! (And the vase!)

Kathy said...

Oxalis already? It's been a long cold winter here in East Texas. Our redbuds just bloomed this week (about three weeks late!) and the bluebonnets are still gaining strength but no blossoms yet.

Bethany Carson said...

LOVE your photos! Especially the first three. I would say your photography classes have really payed off, except to my untrained eye, your photography has been wonderful ever since I found your blog! I guess the change from wonderful to more wonderful is hard to discern.

Linda R said...

That class sounds like a lot of fun. great photos my friend.

Hugs~

Wally Jones said...

You'll soon be teaching that photography class!

Superb images, Gail!

Since there were no birds to concentrate on, I consoled myself imagining that bag of crawdaddies swimming in a vat of that beer --

Life is good!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Gail.
I love the alpaca.
Have a good weekend.

Helma said...

Beautiful and colorful pictures of the flowers and the alpacas are nice bright on euhhhhhhh .... but that shells are not a Bromeliad !! ?? !!

Hilary said...

Very cool to be able to get that free photography session but you always have such perfectly beautiful images that I suspect you could teach him a thing or two.

Alpaca eyes are dreamy!

Betty Manousos said...

hi gail, just wanted to say hi and that your recent post is beyond beautiful! i really like that first photo...looks like a painting.

big hugs!!