Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sand and Feathers....

What goes together better than Sand and Feathers...  What...?  When you think about it, where ever you find sand you will usually find feathers, whether on the sands of Death Valley or the sands of a coastal beach.  Let's check it out.

Photographer:  Photo Amature

The colors of the rainbow are displayed in the sands of
Virginia Beach

What jewels of geologic and aquatic history
 can be found in the sands of our coastal shores
The Blending of Air, Sand and Water..

Feathers that mimic the flow of wind
 on the ocean currents

Is it a leopard, and ostrich or one of the first feathered experiments in the quest for flight?
Nope, it's just a Duck!

The Sands of Time...

What a beautiful combination of Air, Sand and Water...

What is that I spy?  A nest full of feathers?

Yes, of the most Regal kind!
Isn't it fun to find even simple surprises in our world?  We don't have to be world class photographers, reporters, authors or scientists to take note of the massive, the powerful or even the weakest and most intricate parts of the earth and the living mammals, birds, insects, plant and tree life water life and natures geology and to share the wonder with others.  Please join in and share! We welcome and encourage you to become one of those amateurs, family, friends, neighbors and strangers who just love being alive and checking out everything around you.
   We enjoy photos of mighty vistas, rough terrain, machinery and other man made interests, animal life and even some human subjects that just plain catch your eye and make an interesting subject you would like to share.
   Please read the sidebar at the top right of this page and Please feel free to send your pictures in.  All photographs will be watermarked to protect your ownership and its use in this blog!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Birds and the Bees and the Squirrels??

The Birds and the Bees and the Squirrels??
Photographer:  Photo Amature
 Moths gathering Nectar
 Ready to Pounce...

 Too slow me.....
 Caught you checking me out!

Want a close up?

 How's this for a real close up?  Aren't I cute?

Close ups or not...Nature and the wildlife that we find near us, around us, and among us is a reminder of the wonder of this world we call home!
Join in...Share Please! 



Rainy Days and Bugs...the outdoor kind.  Kinda cute too....

Photographer:  Photo Amature

Big Eyed Lady Bug...

Stripes in every direction...

Rain Laden Beetle.....

Wonder if his stripes tell his age too?

Treking on...

Showers are so refreshing....

Hey, y'all.... where's the bugs...and spiders...and snakes...eeee..yikes....  Come on and see what the intricate and beautiful bug life is like in your neighborhood.  Kids, this would be a good one for you to join in too.  Show us your butterflies, millers, fire flies, garter snakes or other creepy crawly things and flying things too.
  Everyone is welcome to join in.  Remember, no photography classes, or experience is needed.  This is a fun blog for all of us amateurs who just love to take pictures of the world around us.
  Just follow the instructions on the upper right hand side bar on this page to join us.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What DO Hippos do all day?

What DO Hippos do all day?

Here's a fun post for all zoo lovers.  Today's photographer asked that question and had a "ball" watching and finding out what this hippo enjoyed doing all day!

Photographer:  Photo Amature

Location: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Here I am, standing here looking at you looking at me,"
says the hippo.

I'm bored, think I'll go for a swim

Wanna play with me?

Bet you can't do this.....

Just like Tiddly Winks....When I squish it hard enough
 it pops right out of my mouth.  Cool....

Come on kids and adults.  Let's have some fun this summer.  Share your fun and adventures with us.  Let's see how many animal and wild life pictures we can gather.  I hope to post a set of wildlife, domestic, zoo and other animals and birds you send in but don't forget those bugs, spiders and snakes just for some eewww... factor. 



Friday, July 4, 2014

A Birds Day at the Beach

Do birds enjoy the beach and ocean air as much as we humans do?  According to these photos taken  recently along the Virginia Beaches, they sure do.

Photographer:  Photo Amature

Along a boating dock, this black bird found a perch
 to stretch and feel the cool refreshing breeze flow 
through his wings.
Can't you feel that breeze and freedom he felt?  Photo Amature almost joined in.

 Virginia Beach

A Moment in Time 


 Pigeons prancing and enjoying the view

Almost Camo colors on the gravel pavement
Sea Gull on the Glide

Ocean Breezes..Whee.......
Birds in Flight as the sun sets over the Chesapeake Bay

A Birds Day on the Beach is Done.....


   To all amateur photographers or just picture takers (how ever you think of yourselves), we are anxiously anticipating your entries to share on this blog.  Whether you have just one favorite picture or a series of a particular subject or even a few miscellaneous pictures you've taken that you just had a great time with, please get them sent in soon. 
   Follow the directions shown in the sidebar at the top of this page and provide an alias you would like to be known as and let's get this summer season out there for the rest of us to enjoy along with you.

Do you still smell those ocean breezes??

Monday, June 30, 2014

Spring Rain

Here's to rain in the spring.  Early May is a wonderful time to catch spring in action and the Dogwoods in bloom!  Enjoy a little early spring in Virginia.

Photographer: Photo Amature

Dogwoods in Bloom

 Just After a light Rain


 Very Early Spring Buds along the Virginia Coast of the Potomac River


Up Close and Very Personal....

As you can see, at least one photographer in our group really enjoys super close ups.  Try a few yourself and see if you can show us a little of the tiny and up close world around you.
    Be sure to send your pictures in according to the directions on the sidebar at the top of this page.  If you have questions or concerns, you can email or leave a message here for help.
   If you enjoy these or any other photographs shown on any of the pages, please leave a message for the photographer, even if you need to do it anonymously.

Do I hear clicking going on out there all of you amateur photographers?  Kids, don't forget, this is for you also (as long as you have parental permission that is).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We're.......BACK!!!!!!! - Barns Wearing Camo!

Barns Wearing Camo!

Have you ever seen a barn wearing camo?  Or, wondered where in the world is Waldo?  Well, here's your chance to seek out the hide and seek game of Where's the barn.....

Photographer:  Photo Amature 

This old building is easy to see but it's clearly wearing Camo!

 (Special effects from  rain)

Shaggy but still standing!

 Peek-A-Boo...I see you....
If I squat behind this tree, you can't see me....right?
Just cause my beard is shaggy...

I can't help it if I'm bald on top....'

Now for some clearly seen newer barns...


If you noticed a similarity in the style and structure of some of the barns, you saw correctly.  These buildings were photographed in Virginia and Kentucky and several were among the Mennonite community farmlands.
NOTE:  After a long winter dealing with a family emergency and tragedy, I am ready to get this Amateur Photography Shindig back on the road.  I'm sure you have all been busy with your spring and summer activities and I hope you have had your camera's with you cocked and ready to shoot! 
Please feel free to share your summer activities with all of us, especially some who aren't able to get out and about easily!  It's always fun to see what other's come up with when they take our their camera and begin to play.
  Remember that even kids can join (with parent permission) and show us some of your favorite pictures.  Just read the instructions and rules at the top right of the page to see how to become an amateur photographer and to share your joy with all of us!  Come on....jump right in, the photography is fine!