Saturday, July 31, 2010

things that go bump in the night....

cool things happen
in the still of night
standing on a boat
waiting for a shutter to release

thank you Hilary for the honorary mention...i'm touched!
make sure to check out Hilary's blog The Smitten Image!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tales of Yorkshire: Rape Fields, Rolling Hills and Sheep

It was seven years after we started seeing one another that I finally got the chance to see what hubby had been describing to me, via many, many stories of his boyhood years growing up in the northern part of England, when he took me "back home".  I remember thinking, as I laid in bed at night being lulled to sleep by one of his tales, there must have been an exaggeration factor mixed in because in no way could the wonderful images he was conjuring up in my head be, in actuality, so grand.  Compared to my suburban childhood, his sounded surreal.  But, I loved listening to them.  In fact, to this day, I ask him to repeat some of his stories like a child does with his parents.   

When the day finally arrived back in 1997 and my eyes caught the first glimpses of England from my plane window, I immediately realized that maybe, just maybe, his tales were no exaggeration.  Even from the sky, I noticed the beauty of his homeland.  It was mid-May and so much was in bloom.  But, what caught my attention more than all the colors of Spring, was the lush green that expanded for miles and miles only to be  interrupted by patches of brilliant yellow.  

It was an hour and half drive from the airport to his hometown of Boroughbridge which gave me miles of opportunity to gaze at the lush green countryside dotted with sheep.  The green was greener than the greenest of pastures here in the southern U.S.  Little vignettes of farms and villages in the distance were a feast for my eyes.  Unfortunately, back then, the photography bug had not yet bitten, and I only owned a little point and shoot that stayed in my purse until the car stopped.  Nowadays, even from the interior of a car whizzing past at 65 miles an hour, I won't stop shooting.

North Yorkshire Countryside dotted with Sheep

Another image that will always make me yearn to return are rape fields in bloom.  Never heard of a rape field ~ click here.  This crop was what ended up being the brilliant yellow patches I saw from the air.  In May, the crop is in full bloom and every time we've traveled over, since then, has been during May (which also happens to be a wonderful month for more than normal sunshine and moderate temps).  On our last visit two years ago I finally had to tell hubby to pull over so I could walk through one.  

Jillsy Girl in a Rape Field in bloom

and even though the fields that Sting sings of in this song are barley fields,
 the following song always brings to mind the rape fields in bloom and being in North Yorkshire.
(which happens to be not too far from where Sting grew up)

This post just gives a glimpse of the beauty of hubby's old stomping grounds, but in coming weeks, i thought it might be nice to share some of his tales and adventures with you, using his input.  He has agreed, surprisingly, to do so.  Next up will be one of his most favorite places ~ Sutton Bank.  I'll try to sit him down within the next week or so.

and for those of you who may be, this is not the new endeavor I am working on!

Have A Great Weekend!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Number 4

 everyday when i sign in and go to my blogger dashboard
 number 4 waves his arms all over the place
 i can't help but see him over all the other kiddos in there
number 4 is always wanting attention
i try and overlook him 
because, to me, he just a whiny little number
a number that wants to be a bigger number
he's not satisfied with being just 4
a few months ago he said he'd be satisfied if he could be attached to number 2.
he'd be happy on either side of him, 24 or 42, "just give me 2", he said
i ignored him
well, now he's whining that not only does he want number 2, he also wants number 1.
124, 214, 412, 421
any of those configurations would do, he says
he says he's lonely
but i think he's lying
i think he's all about image
 4 isn't good enough for him
he's a greedy little guy
i just know if i gave him 1 and 2, he'd just want more
he has to understand that just having more numbers
 will not make him a happier or better number
 sit down and behave yourself!

(NOTE: number 4 is my follower count)
now don't start taking his side ~ but you can boot him out if you'd like!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I'd Like To Know....

what in God's creation is this thing?

it was on our outdoor furniture at the lake this past weekend
 thank goodness i noticed it before it crawled on me
it was about 1-1/2 inches long without the antennas
and that black thing coming out of its head/mouth....eeeek

to view even closer, click on the photos a couple of times!

have you ever seen one of these creatures or is it a one-of-a-kind freak of nature?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Leaving the Country Life Behind

after a weekend at our lake getaway
the drive back to the city takes us over two other lakes

the last sights of serenity 
 until we return, once again, to the country

i took this photo today as we drove over the first of the two lakes
 a railway bridge expands the width of the lake just north of the bridge we drive over
 the lake separates Georgia from South Carolina
 i had my zoom lens on so in actuality the bridge is further away than it appears here

one evening on the drive up for the weekend
 we watched the Amtrak Southern Crescent mirror our crossing of the lake
 its lights were just a twinkle in the midst of darkness
i remember the scene in my mind like it was a dream


just a couple of summers ago
there was no water here
mother nature couldn't provide enough nourishment
to quench the dried and cracked earth
we wondered if the day would ever come when water would, once again, take up residence
and bring back the beauty it offered for so many years

then finally the heavens decided it was time
time to give back what it had taken away for almost two years


 the dried earth became saturated
and the emptied well began to fill
the water began reaching for the banks
until the lifeless docks regained their buoyancy
   and the boats came back

all was at peace again


we were also entertained by these guys for awhile....

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It's Playtime!

this post has nothing to do with artful photography
its purely fun, fun and more fun

this is what we did
over and over and over again yesterday
got the picture?

we have friends coming to visit today
 so i have a feeling 
there will be more of this x 10

off the back of the boat....



like to see it again?



how about one more time holding my nose?



okay, now hubby

(he looks like a little kid, doesn't he!)

and the most spectacular splash of all!
(because I took it and possibly because he's bigger than me)

okay,  playtime's over
time to get out of the water
and knock the water out of our ears

as you can tell
i'm not working on my endeavor this weekend
it's play time!

Post Note:
I just noticed that someone added my Featured Photographer post to this blog:
Best Posts of the Week
thank you, whoever you are!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Featured Photographer: Scott Linstead

Dave (from the former Hambo Central) forwarded me an article
 featuring high speed photographs by photographer, Scott Linstead.
  I was so blown away, I just had to share them with you.
I know my photog blog buddies will be especially intrigued!

 to see more photos, there is a link at the end of the post

I know this photo is somewhat grotesque, but at the same time, extremely fascinating.  I did a bit of research to figure out exactly what Scott captured here and how a chameleon catches its prey.  

 from wikipedia ....
Chameleons have very long tongues (sometimes longer than their own body length) which they are capable of rapidly extending out of the mouth.  The tongue extends out faster than human eyes can follow, at around 26 body lengths per second. The tongue hits the prey in about 30 thousandths of a second.[4] The tongue of the chameleon is a complex arrangement of bone, muscle and sinew. At the base of the tongue there is a bone and this is shot forward giving the tongue the initial momentum it needs to reach the prey quickly. At the tip of the elastic tongue there is a muscular, club-like structure covered in thick mucus that forms a suction cup.[5] Once the tip sticks to a prey item, it is drawn quickly back into the mouth, where the chameleon's strong jaws crush it and it is consumed.

about this high speed photographer....
Photographer Scott Linstead, 33, goes to extraordinary lengths to capture pictures in which creatures appear frozen in time. The former teacher spends up to a week arranging the lighting and phototraps which trigger the camera and flash. The human eye and reaction speed on the shutter release button are rarely quick enough to take the photos manually. 

To see 11 more of Scott's amazing photos click here:  Scott Linstead

and before I close this post
I would like to direct you over to a new blog.
there isn't too much there just yet
but I know she would love to have you stop by and say hi
she's a close blog friend and i love all her work
she's a writer who has just recently become hooked on photography
her new blog will focus more on her photography
so please stop by and show her some love!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


even i surprised myself with this one!

i started playing around in Picnic 
and before i knew it, i ended up with this.
pretty cool, huh, if i must say so myself
(i don't normally toot my own horn, but this kinda blew me away)
between doing some layering with textures and a couple of other cool adjustments
this is what can happen to a photo!

here's how it started...

i've been working away at my new endeavor
it's coming along nicely
 but still much more to do

miss you guys!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Turning Over a Leaf.....

over the next few weeks
you might not be seeing much of me
especially posting

i'm working on a new endeavor
that will require a good bit of my time
as it has this past week
but, the more time i spend on it
the quicker i will be able to reveal it to you

so pleeeeeease 
don't forget me!
 i will try my darndest to stop by your places and chat from time to time
to see what you've been up to
i will also try and offer up a post every now and then
so as not to get rusty

but don't worry 
Jillsy Girl is here to stay
and my beloved camera is right by my side

have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm really not into these kind of things, but....

.....i'll do it for my dear blog friend df/walker/laura 
(she has an internet identity problem, sorta like me until recently)
over at Delicacies
 (but also check out A Woman's Page & A Page of My Own)
i does she do it....3 active blogs!
they all have to do with women's issues, especially mid-life women's issues
make sure to check them out, if you haven't already!
so, for the sake of making it short i'll refer to her as "dfwl" for this post

dfwl awarded me with the "versatile blogger" award
not really sure why i would deserve such an honor
but if dfwl feels i am worthy, i will accept it (but only for her)
so let me make this perfectly clear....jillsy girl is not really into awards
okay, i'm into awards, but not when they require some sort of task to go along with it
which this one does
 i have to reveal 7 things about me that you might not already know
i think the above takes care of #1

 so, here we go....

1. jg does not accept awards that require a task, that is, unless my bag of creative ideas is empty and i have nothing else to give you for a post.
2. jg can not water ski...the best she ever accomplished was skimming her butt along the water
3. jg is by no means an athlete....although she did marry one
4.  jg does have a special talent of finding tiny obstructions on the ground (without looking, mind you!) 
in which to twist an ankle and fall
5. jg can make a "y" with one finger...can you?
6.  when jg gets a good laugh on...she starts hiccuping
7.  jg & margarita make a very nice twosome

i will not be passing this lovely award on to other worthy recipients only because
i would then be considered a hypocrite in the blogosphere and that is not a good thing
if you would like to receive the award, you may politely ask for it,
 and i will be more than happy to give it to you!

now, i'd like to also give a shout-out 
for a new blog i discovered (or maybe she discovered me..hmmm)
either way....her name is Leslie and her blog is Crunchy Betty
it's all things natural for the body
she whips up these delicious concoctions to make your skin luscious
and she's a hoot!!
you'll laugh out loud when reading her
please give her a look-see and mention i sent you! 

and for those of you who are now desperately trying to figure out
 how to make a "y" with only one finger, you make check out the "stumped" page under my banner!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Jillsy's Kitchen ~ Super Simple Summer Pasta Salad

you might already know about this super easy recipe,
but if you don't, you'll love it
that is...if you like pasta
and you're always looking for a different side dish for dinner
or just a refreshing lunch or snack

it can have so many variations
depending on what you have available 
in your pantry and fridge 

there's really only two key ingredients 
that must go into it to kick things off

#1.  zesty italian dressing (i like kraft)
#2.   pasta (i use rotini ~ the spiral pasta)

after those two ingredients you can go hog wild
but let me show you what i used last night for our sidedish with flank steak

okay, start by boiling the pasta
i like it kind of soft but you might like it more al dente, so it's totally up to you how much you boil it
then drain it

~ 1 can chopped black olives (i would have preferred sliced, but this is what i had)
~ 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts

~ grape tomatoes ~

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Jiminy Cricket!

how did i get myself into this mess?

hey buddy.....i've got my eye you!

say what?

hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Never Say Never......

mr. blue eyes & jillsy girl
had an unspoken contest going on

who's going to win the game
him or me?

i was capture him with his wings open
but....the little bugger was also keep them shut tight

you're not going to win, i kept saying
a stand-off...or more appropriately...a shoot-off

but...after what seemed like 100 shots
 i finally caved
the little shit got the best of me
he won

 to my surprise
 when i uploaded them
 i found this one

i'm sure he was snickering at me the entire time

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A bit late, but hopefully only a penny short....

you haven't seen me around much over the past few days
that's because i was having too much fun over the weekend

i even left my beloved camera in its bag most of the time
can you believe that!!

but i did make sure to take some shots of the two fireworks displays we watched
and was pleasantly surprised to see that a handful came out worthy of sharing
i did saturate the color to make them more interesting
 even though they were quite lovely straight out of the camera, as well.



palm tree

water fountain

if you'd like to see the originals, click below....

Sunday, July 4, 2010