Monday, October 29, 2012

Just popping in for a second...

If you read my other blog, Long Hollow, 
you know I've been spending a lot of time with my parents in Houston. 
Daddy just had carotid artery surgery and Mama needs an extra hand.

In the past, I took dozens of photos here of squirrels and birds. 
Their house was marked as a fur and feather waystation.

Then this pretty little girl showed up.
She has the yard all to herself now.
I snapped this through the door several days ago, the only time I've picked up my camera here.

Thanks to friends and family who realize it's a blessing to help my parents, rather than a burden or leisurely hobby, I was able to run home for two days.
Saturday morning I went for a walk and soaked in the autumn beauty, stillness, and peace of home - my Hollow.
(Caregivers need that - if you know one, step in. Give them a chance to refocus and breathe!)

Good news! 
I picked up my zoom lens Saturday and it seems to back to its old self.
I snapped the ones below from the storefront before leaving, just to make sure.

I spent several hours yesterday at a great photo gig, set up by a friend for me at her company picnic. 
I think I got some good ones, although I can't share them here yet.
Thank you again, Darla!

The current expert on them, Simon Robson,  sent me an email yesterday letting me know he used my photos (with attributes and links) on his site devoted to it HERE
Thanks, Simon! 

If you have time, explore Simon's website - he has lots of information and photos of the Futuro Homes and other strange buildings.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Wildflowers splashing color along roadsides and playing at the knees of trees...

Butterflies dancing from blossom to blossom... bees wallowing in pollen, buzzing with excitement...

October is a second spring.

Linking up with

laf Custom Designs

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Crossing Fences

I did it.

I crossed through the fence (that's how you get past barbed wire) and made my photography business official.

Barbara Shallue Photography is now up and running with its own website. I'm standing in the field of beautiful flowers on the other side, and don't even have any scrapes or cuts or anything.

The site is still in the baby stage, so be patient. Its appearance will change a little in the next few months - at least that's my plan. But even if it doesn't, it's there. It's alive. It's a start.

Thanks to all of you who answered my questions and who already popped over there to give me some love and reassurance. I'm so grateful for you!

I'll continue blogging here and at Long Hollow, though. (Yes, I'm crazy.) The website is mostly a spot to promote the business side of my photography. My heart will remain in my blogs.

Again, thanks so much for providing me the confidence to cross through that fence!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

For Marilyn, at long last

A chance meeting with artist Marilyn Lindholm on the beach of Port Aransas in 2011

a year's worth of procrastination

and a can't-just-be-by-chance-meeting with her again last weekend.

That's why these are here.

I sent them to her via email last night.
I love scratching dusty to-do's off my list.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Good News, Bad News

Good News

An email popped up last week, asking for permission to use this photo in a brochure for Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization (and one of Betty White's favorites!) that invests in science that advances veterinary care for companion animals, horses and wildlife.  
I said yes.

Robin, the graphic artist designing the brochure, spotted it in 500px. My account is new - there are two whole photos in it - but I'm so glad I started it.

Bad News

My zoom lens stopped working. I'll take it back to the camera store one day this week. I'm not sure what will happen next, except that I'll for sure be getting a refund on its recent doctor bill.


More Good News

My zoom worked long enough to capture some seabird photos on my trip to the coast this past weekend. Whew!

I'll be adding some of these and others to my accounts at 500px, RedBubble, and FineArtAmerica so check them out and spread the word! Thank you!