When the Shutter Snaps

Welcome back to Crazy A. I’m your host, Amie, and today we will be viewing some photographic endeavors. You see, this is kinda hard, because for the past three weeks, it has been the usual winter rains, where there’s flooding, and all it does is rain. Rain. Rain.

And that, my dear friends, is not conducive to photography.

But regardless, I have done some photography, and so you get to see my efforts. Rain has made me focus more on indoor photography, which is honestly good for my skills.

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So, I was given this beautiful bouquet and after…four weeks? It’s finally perished. *sniffles* Mostly, perished. Only the daisies and the greenery are still alive.

But I love bouquets. My mom is very anti-bouquets, saying that it’s ridiculous to spend money on something that just dies, but to me…I don’t know. They’re beautiful to photograph, and often times they smell good, and I just love them.

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This bouquet had all of my favorite flowers. *insert heart eyes* Daisies, lilies, roses, hydrangeas, and little purple flowers that reminded me of lavender. I just loved it.

And I love the people who sent it. ❤

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So. Star is one of my favorite things to take pictures of. 😂 She just has so many cute poses. (It’s so cold here today, so at the moment, she’s underneath a blanket.) I’m constantly telling her, “Hang on, let me grab my camera. DON’T MOVE.”

I’m not sure she understands me, but whatever.

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See? 😍 SHE’S SO CUTE. I put my jacket around her because she was cold, the poor little pupster. And then she just looked SO VERY CUTE.

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So I’ve suddenly had this obsession of taking pictures that don’t look like me, that are technically of me. XD (See this post.)

I created a pretty hilarious YouTube video (In my opinion) and for that video, I dressed up and did my makeup REALLY differently than I’ve ever done before. So it was time for a photoshoot of myself, looking unlike myself. XD

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I was so proud of this look, because it looks so different. This is NOT what Amie usually looks like. But it was fun to do, though my sister and I both agreed, this isn’t a smiling look. Regardless, I took a picture of me smiling. 😂

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It’s fun to experiment with styles, looks, and different types of lighting. I like how these pictures as slightly backlit. *nods*

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I have been spending wayyyyy to much time at our eye doctor, so I finally brought along my camera, and asked to take pictures. They quickly agreed, giving me permission to go all over the shop and get pictures. I didn’t particularly want to go to the back, but I did get some fun pictures!

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Glasses are just so pretty.

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The displays they have are amazing. The whole shop is this rustic, and yet modern vibe which is so attractive and cozy. in other words, it looks just like I want my future house to look like. 😂

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Eep, I love my eye doctor’s place. XD

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We shall end this post here. Which one was your favorite photo? What have you done this week? Are you tired of winter?

~~Amie~~

Pictures…

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A friend once said that my greeting is a bit on the odd side.  *thinks about it* Maybe, but I hope that I’m greeting humans.  And I think it looks cool, LOL.  Anyway, today I am going to be doing a photography post.  I haven’t done a real photography haul since October, when my dear Pixie died a slow death.

Since October, I have replaced her with a Nikon. (Yep, went from Canon to Nikon) So, here’s the photos I’ve been saving up for y’all.

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If you follow my Instagram, you’ve probably already seen this.  I’ve started a bookstagram, and I’ve been having so much fun taking pictures.  (You can follow me here.)

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The daffodils have been blooming for quite some time now, so I’ll have a lot of pictures of them.  Last year hardly any daffodils bloomed, and so they’re extra special this year. 😉

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I have no idea what kind of flower this is, but isn’t it pretty?  (This post will mostly be flowers, LOL.  All the flowers are blooming! *throws petals in the air*)

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Of course, we have to have Star, right?  She likes her hat, and her book. 😂

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I think I have more animal pictures than I thought…

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And of course, we need pictures of water.  Water is important. *nods*

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This flower smelled SO GOOD.  Like, you could be walking a few yards from it, and then the smell hit you, and AH. SO. YUMMY.

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I have this thing for camellias.  Camellias are probably my favorite flowers.

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LOOK AT IT. JUST LOOK AT IT. *swoons*

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I also have this new obsession with flower petals on the ground.  They’re just so pretty.

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I like running water, what can I say?

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BABY DAFFODILS.

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Little teeny flowers.

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Aren’t these flowers just awesome?  I seem to think so…

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I mean, look at that! They are awesome.

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The simplest thing that makes spring so happy are the little, light green leaves you see emerging, eager to begin new life.

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Here’s a secret.  Amie love tulips, and where she lives it’s too warm for tulips to bloom without a little help.

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Rose doesn’t understand why I like lampposts so much.  😂

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Itty bitty crocuses. ❤

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THAT SUNSHINE. 😍

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I’m running out of comments, LOL.

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And now we have another animal!  A little quail!

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Now we have moved on to my obsession with water droplets.

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AH.  WATER.

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More tulips!

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YAY! More birds. 😉

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And the hawk.

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And of course, we must end with the lamppost. 😉

What was your favorite picture?  Do you enjoy photography posts?  What is your favorite song?

~~Amie~~

Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth

Judy only has one friend: her goldfish, Marlie.
With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?

Goldfish Secrets is the short story prequel to The Lady of the Vineyard.

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Hello guys!  Today I’m reviewing Goldfish Secrets.  When I first saw Kellyn was have a relaunch, or whatever she’s doing with this, I was super excited.  The Lady of the Vineyard was the first book I read by Kellyn, and I was enchanted by her writing style.  It’s sweet, and the romance is extremely clean.  In a lot of ways, the romance reminds me of Christy by Catherine Marshall, and that’s high praise from me.  I totally love Christy.  Anyway, I was excited.

But, after I read it, I’ll be honest.  I was extremely disappointed.  It didn’t have such a Kellyn feel to it, and it wasn’t anything new, if you read The Lady of the Vineyard first.  We all knew that Judy was lonely.  We know that Judy couldn’t trust lots of people in her life.  It just didn’t make sense to me.

BUT!

Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.

Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.

A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.

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Is absolutely lovely!  I adore it, and I was extremely disappointed with it came to an end.  I want to know what happens to Judy when she gets older!  It was such a sweet story, and EVERYONE must read it.

Judy’s dad is just…*heart eyes* Amazing!  And I feel so bad for Adele.  She’s seriously my favorite character.  You certainly MUST read it.

I have not read Flowers, but that is on my want-to-read list.

Author Bio

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Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com

Social Media

Facebook: @krauthor

Twitter: @ReveriesofRuby

Goodreads: krauthor

Google+: +KellynRothAuthor

Instagram: kellbellroth

Pinterest: krauthor

YouTube: Kellyn Roth

Amazon: author/kellynroth

Personal Blog: kellynroth.blog

Giveaway Link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cbb544c98/?

 

Check it all out!  And definitely follow Kellyn’s blog.  One of the best blogs ever, in my humble opinion. 😉

~~Amie~~

P.S. Can you tell I’m horrible at reviews?

 

Spring!!

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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? Oh, maybe that was a little over dramatic.  Ahem, let’s try this again.  Can you believe it?  I’m doing another photography post!  That’s right!  Winter (and all its wonderful coldness) has moved outta the South, and now a drizzly spring has taken its place.

*Does a face plant*

Yes, when I mean drizzly I’m serious.  MY PHOTOS TESTIFY!  Oh, right.  I wasn’t taking pictures in the rain.

Ahahaha–Let’s just move on.

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LOOK AT THIS!  What a work of art…except the red rose is kinda turning black.  Yes, I used Valentine roses for a photo shoot.  What else are they good for?

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See?  Good props!  Haha!  My expression!

So, I decided to take a photo shoot of myself.  I mean, you need good pictures of yourself, right?  But I only got about ten from a hundred.  Why?  Self timer.  *Glowers*. and little sisters. *scowl*. Okay, my sister wasn’t that bad, she just wanted a photo shoot too.

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Pretty flowers!  These are super cool, since the turn from white to brown through out the blooming process.  Man, the water tower photo bombed that one. 😦

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Yayayayayyayayyayayya!  The Bradford pears are blooming!  Am I the only one that likes their scent?  Yes?  Oh, bother.  *hides face in hands*

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Am I the only person who doesn’t like photographing bright colors?  They seem to be too bright…or something.  But these flowers are pretty!  Look how little and cute they are ❤

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The leaves are on their way!  *dances happily*. Because after the leaves means warm weather…and with the warm weather longer evenings…and with longer evenings equal wonderful strolls…and swimming!

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Yay!  The hyacinths are blooming.  Aren’t they pretty?  They’re my dad’s favorite flowers. We have purple and white, but only the purple have bloomed so far…

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More Bradford pears!  And the sky is actually remotely blue!  :0. It’s so shocking.  😉

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I had this very odd idea to use shells and flowers together.  I mean, it was supposed to work in theory.  What do you think?  Does it makes sense?

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While I was taking pictures, I came across this friendly pill bug.  Some how, he managed to get in at least six photos.  Maybe I was practicing my portrait skills????  Maybe???

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Here’s a Quince tree.  Don’t you just love the white and green?  It had SO many leaves!  Guys, it’s just March!  There’s craziness in the air!  (Or maybe that’s only me…)

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And what’s a photography post without pictures of my favorite creatures?  Hello, Mama cow!  You look so pretty with all the flowers behind you…(And your fellow kin folk)

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So, I said it’s been raining?  It had just poured before I went out to take these pictures.  Look how bright green the leaves are!  And the water droplets!  And!!!! *dies*

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Peach blossom time!  Do y’all like peaches?  I know I do!  Nothing like a sun warmed peach on a hot day.  I am a peach fan, to be sure!  (Though I prefer berries…)

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So…I’m not sure if I like this.  Ya know, it would make an awesome screen thingy.  Ya know, lock screen thing?  I’m feeling un-intelligent right now because I can’t think of the word.

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SOOOOO PRETTY!!! *Eyes pop outta head*. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS ACTUALLY A PHOTO I TOOK!!!!! *gasps*. I should enter this in a contest.  Ya know, I will hold on—-

Done!  It’s entered.  *dances*. But!  I probably won’t win.

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What did you think of this post?  What is your favorite photo?  Do you enjoy photography?  Are you ready for spring?

Tootles, y’all!

~~Amie~~