Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hello There!

by Cathy


It is an honor to be joining this wonderful group of women at Focusing On Life. If I remember correctly I think I met them all in online photography courses, either that or in a Flickr group. I do remember the excitement I felt when I read their very first FOL post four years ago and I still look forward every morning to what they will share. I know being part of this group will be a blessing to me. Thanks to each of these women for inviting me to join them.



My photography centers around finding beauty in ordinary things, especially things in nature. Close up views of nature are my passion; leaves, mushrooms, lichen, acorns, trees, or seedpods. Each day, if it is at all possible I take my camera outside and find beauty in my world. I look for simple things that bring me delight. There is nothing like that quiet moment of awe that washes over me or that gasp as I see something I have never seen before. It leaves me breathless and filled with joy. I am in constant awe of what our world looks like up close.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I live with my husband of forty-three years in central Arkansas. We have a daughter and a son who are both married and have blessed us with five absolutely amazing grandsons ranging in age from two to thirteen. I love photography, music, reading, wandering, and exploring. I live and enjoy a pretty simple life.



I am excited to be here and I am looking forward to sharing a little bit of my life and photography with you. I would love to get to know each of you better, so if you have a moment, please share in the comment section where you live and what is your favorite type of photography.


27 comments:

AFishGirl said...

Thrilled to see you here, Cathy. You know me, Pam/Fishgirl, Seabright, Nova Scotia, Canada. I like quirky photographs, I am four years into a self-portraiture journey, I love doing portraits in general, and I'm very fond of photographing my sink. Yep. Welcome aboard! Yay!!!!

Mary Rawl said...

So wonderful to see you here Cathy! I live in South Carolina and my photography is very much like yours...recording the ordinary wonders of nature with the occasional abstract attempt! Looking forward to your photos and your wisdom!

kelly said...

Such a happy day Cathy! Your nature photos have always been such an inspiration to me. I love getting to see your neck of the woods and following along as you explore and document the beauty around you. Welcome sweet friend. xoxoxo

Sandra said...

So lovely to see you part of this group, Cathy! I shall enjoy seeing your photography here and reading your words. You know that I live in Switzerland and that nature photography is what I enjoy the most, but I have learned to love still life captures and macro and also abstracts. Our photographic journey is in constant movement and that's what makes it so exciting!

sherrygaley.com said...

Great to see you here, Cathy! I don't know much about your part of the world…Looking forward to seeing it.

terriporter said...

So happy to welcome you into our little group, Cathy! Most of us here have had the privilege of watching you grow in your photography and inspire others. I have lived in the sunny desert of Phoenix, Arizona most of my life. Like you, I love nature photography and especially macro flower shots with cactus flowers being my passion. It amazes me how much I was missing in the world before I started looking at it up close! So good to have you here!

JUDITH said...

I am so excited that you have been included in this very special group. These ladies seem very talented, just like you. I know that you are going to enjoy being in the group and I am going to enjoy checking out this blog.

Dotti said...

Welcome, Cathy! I feel like I've known you for so long now. Picture classes seem like a long time ago and in the time since we started those classes, we've all grown as photographers, and I'd like to believe, as people. Like Terri, I've been excited by observing your progress. You've always been a part of the FOL family and now you're a contributing member of our family. A good day, indeed!

Susan said...

Its very nice to meet you, Cathy! I love the diversity of everyones passion for photography on FOL! Im also a nature lover and so excited to see your future post and photos!

leigh said...

Welcome Cathy! We are so thrilled that you have joined us! Beautiful photographs….you and I have the same theme in our photography….beauty in nature.

CarolHart said...

So happy to see you here Cathy. How exciting. Looking forward to your posts. Cheers!

Viv Halliwell said...

Lovely to see you Cathy

Carol said...

I hardly need to say welcome since you have been a part of our family here for so long. And yes -we met waaay back in those picture classes too! I have always loved your photography since I too love nature and nature photography but I lean towards the bigger landscapes and only some macro. So happy to have you as my new sister! This group has brought untold blessings for me and I hope it does for you too!

Elsie said...

Congrats to you Cathy, love your work

heyjudephotography said...

So glad to see you here Cathy! You will be as blessed to be a part of this group as FOL is blessed to have you! XO

Barb said...

Hello Cathy, I feel like I've "known" you a long time. Here in CO, I also wander in Nature to find beauty and nurture. I look forward to your posts and your photography.

Deanna said...

Welcome, welcome to our little corner of the world. We greet you with wide open arms and feel blessed that you have joined our group. Finding beauty in nature is an area that we are all in love with and I am in love with your images this week. Again, welcome!!

Sarah Huizenga said...

You are in exactly the right place! Great bunch of women to have joined. Looking forward to your contributions.

Deborah Tisch said...

Congratulations, Cathy! This looks like the perfect fit for you, and I hope you enjoy every moment of it!

Anita Davis said...

Congratulations Cathy! I love your photos and am so glad you shared this on your blog as I do believe I am going to love this blog!

Roxi Hardegree said...

Hi Cathy! So good to see you here! I love ALL photography.

Nina said...

Hello Cathy! I look forward of more posts from you ~ Focusing on Life is a place of learnkng and inspiration for me ~ such an encouraging and warm fellowship! Nature is close by my heart as well, I live in Scandinavia, enjoying the four seasons and changes in weather.

Becs said...

Such a lovely post. Hello! You know me....Catching Sundust, creating and collecting everyday magic (in the UK!). :)

seabluelens said...

Cathy, what a perfect place for you and your inspiring words and photos. You already know me, too, shivering at the moment in frigid but beautiful Maine. I've loved watching you grow in both your photography and writing over the past few years since we met in Kat's class. I'm so looking forward to your posts here.

Liz said...

Beautiful images and words Cathy!

Liz said...

Beautiful images and words Cathy!

Ida said...

Cathy you will be an amazing edition to this talented group of women. Congratulations. Loved the photo here today of the moss/lichen.

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