fairy trails

Filters can be a fun way to use images for a variety of projects.

These are all very mediocre shots I probably wouldn’t have used for anything in particular as shot, but re-purposed as illustrations, they look great.



falconry is not a lost hobby

Adam’s Falconry Service is a dynamic and complex service helping to control an over abundance of invasive species, such as rodents, in sensitive areas. Adam is not only a very likeable guy, his knowledge and experience is based on many decades of working professionally with falcons and other raptors. He’s fully licensed and his birds are obviously very well taken care of. Beautiful raptors worth seeing up close.

Just one of the many things to check out in San Juan Capistrano. He has scheduled public access for people to visit, become more educated, and even a chance to handle the birds.

Oregon Coast




Cliffs at the Oregon coast

Cliffs at the Oregon coast

While it may be cold, windy and stormy much of the time at the Oregon coast, you can’t beat the scenery for spectacular views, wildlife and nature scenes.


Quite a Character

Africa 2013

This little guy was definitely the master of his domain even as a kitten. My first day kitty-sitting he was hesitant, yet not scared. He checked me out for awhile while I watered his rooftop garden, then decided I was okay and began to stalk me and eventually enjoyed some play time and petting.

Eight months later he has finished his kitten stage. I’m told all the furniture in the house is completely ruined via scratching, among other things broken in play. He has also accumulated a good sized outdoor territory as his domain.

Alpha Kitten Warming Up

Alpha Kitten Warming Up

His mother was a calico, so he’s got the rambunctious gene!

Dark Cat in LightBox

Gracie Green Eyes 150ppi

Everyone knows what cats do. They wait until you are intensely involved in something then they place themselves at the heart of your focus. I was kitty sitting for a friend whose cat, Gracie, I adore. Since she was so intent on being my model, I decided to go with the flow and ate my meticulously arranged meal display instead.

The filter that created the interesting look is from Topaz called Fur & Feathers.

Fairy Tale Clouds are Real

During a late summer trip to Big Bear Lake, CA, these clouds were slowly drifting over this diminishing lake where a flock of white pelicans found refuge on a shallow mound in the center. I have not changed the clouds in any way except to balance the lighting and saturation in LightRoom.

Fairytale Clouds

Same scene different vision.

Fairy Tale Lake 2