Monday, June 27, 2011

May 2011

The Spokane Valley Camera Club held it's annual Salon on May 7th where they give awards for the prints and digital images that were submitted for judging from this year's monthly competitions. I received 5 awards!
"New Birth" received 2nd Place in the People category 
Human Interest Award Plaque
"Blooming Lily Bee" - 3rd Place in Flowers
"December at The Fox" - 3rd Place, General Category
"Cory and Rueger" (Color Print) - Honorable Mention, General Category

In May Gayle and I went to the National Bison Range in Montana for a SVCC field trip. We saw some wildlife, but not a great deal. These are a few of my unedited pictures:
 Very windy up here on one of two trails you can hike.

 Baby's got an itch
Yellow headed black bird - I never see these in our area.
Captured this image on the drive home whizzing by a lake in the car. I love the reflection. 

April 2011

April found me at 7 concerts or events at Martin Woldson Theater plus in the midst of Spokane Symphony season renewals so it was very busy at work. During the month I also became a CTA (Certified Tourim Ambassador) for Spokane, and enjoyed a visit from Lisa, Newell, Corbyn, Paige, and Dakota. We spent one very rainy afternoon in Riverfront Park.

More about March Memories

When we went on vacation in March, we had a WONDERFUL time. Weddings are such grand affairs when family and friends come together to celebrate the marriage of a couple who have decided to spend the rest of their lives together. And this was no exception. It was wonderful to see my sisters Sherie and Kay, and of course my sister Mary, mother of the bride. It was a nice surprise when Mom and Dad left the comfort of their home to be there, in spite of their health challanges. It was so nice to spend time with our kids who live in the area: Eric and Penny, Tess and Coleman, Heather and Keith and Kayla, and Trevor and Karen, Benji, and Brinlee. And how grateful I was to be able to spend a few hours with Hailey and Tyler! I love my family very much and hold dear those memories in my mind. Last but not least, I took the opportunity to go to the Family History Library and research an ancestor, Charles Franklin Babbel. I was hopeful that I would be able to find some additional information and am grateful for Gayle's help and also a German woman who worked there. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful finding any information, but I gained a powerful testimony of how important this research is.
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March Memories

Wedding Day at the Draper Temple. The Dunlap Family
  It was a wonderful experience to attend Celesta and Sage's Wedding, luncheon, and reception on March 12th. And what a bonus to have some of our immediate family there as well!.

Trevor, Karen, Nancy, Gayle, Eric, Heather

Sisters - Nancy, Kay, Mary, Sherie
I had the opportunity to spend the day with Dad and Mom on Dad's 85th birthday and took portraits of each of them.


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Rejoice! - A New Day