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I am usually typing on a computer most of the day, but today I am trying my hand at a new project: My 2011 365-Day Photo Journey. I gained a love for photography when I was required to take a fine arts class for college--I chose photography. The course required a lot of work--Professor Loehr saw to that--but it opened my eyes to a new world. It's been many years since I took that class and I don't know how much I actually remember, but following Laura Delagal's 365 Photo Journey and watching my niece's love for taking pictures has peeked my interested in photography again. Although I don't have a professional camera, I did receive a really nice Sony digital (point-and-shoot) camera from my sweetie for Christmas this year. Going through some difficult times in my life, I thought that undertaking my own 365-day photo journey might be a way to relieve a little stress and have some fun with my new toy. Through this journey I will capture some of life's joy and its pain, but I will also be able to refocus the lens of my life on the many wonderful things that God has created. Well, here goes. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 39 - 2/8/2011

Ornamental Cabbage Flower
Many businesses and homes across town have landscaped their yards with these beautiful ornamental cabbage flowers.  I stumbled across a small bed of them outside of Cane's. Although there were on 3 or so flowers, each one was very large in circumference. My friend and co-worker Becky and I visit Cane's frequently because they serve the best chicken tenders with an amazing sauce.  Anyway, this flower just beckoned me to take its picture.  So on my way in to order my chicken tender meal, I got down real close to the flower to get a good shot (more than likely getting strange looks from those coming and going into the restaurant.  Oh well, what we won't do for a shot.)

I actually zoomed in a little closer than what I wanted to, but I didn't like the look of the turf that surrounded the flower and, unfortunately, I was having difficulty getting my camera to focus clearly on the flower while blurring the background (mainly because I couldn't see the screen very well; it's difficult to see what you're taking a picture of without a view finder).  So, I cheated--I solved the problem by zooming in real close on the flower leaving out most of the background.


  1. this is really a cool flower, cheryl! i don't know if i have seen this kind of flower already. I think i might have, i just did not pay attention! ;)..nice one!

  2. Ah, I love those colorful cabbages. I don't buy them, but they make the gray winter days look brighter for sure.

  3. It's funny you just posted this. The first time I've even seen one of these was yesterday. I tagged along with hubby to do a few bids...and we were walking into the Hilton (jobsite) when I spotted them. I turned around and had to take a second look. They're interesting. And yeah, I know what you mean about strange looks. I was shooting a flower outside Home Depot and I got a few myself...lol. The flower didn't even turn out. ---Great capture...I like it zoomed in.

  4. Wow - this is a beautiful color!