Photographs - Our Look at the Past, Our Preservation for the Future

A Robin's Nest

Nature Photographs

I don't want to be cliche, but I've never seen a nature photograph I didn't love. Each one provides us with a unique perspective of something provided to us by nature whether it is animals or plant life. It doesn't matter what we choose to photograph or look at, the beauty of nature is there for us to see.

Nature can provide us with such inspiration. Weather photos can stun us with their strength and beauty. The forces of nature can make us stare in wonderment. We can look at animals in the wild and be awed or protective. There is just so much to see and photograph. Everywhere we look nature provides us with photographic opportunities.

"From sea to shining sea", "over the mountain", "under the boardwalk", "sunrise, sunset", think about a song and it'll bring you to beautiful nature spots to photograph.

Nature Photographs

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Snow sitting on a tree.Rain pounding the pavement.A rainy graduation to remember.A sail boat barely visible in the distance.Tress lining the shoreline.A water lily in full bloom.Daylilies reaching for the sun.A blue balloon flower.Looking at the lake through wildflowers.A sunset near the beach.Sunset by the lighthouse.
Snow sitting on a tree.
Snow sitting on a tree.
Rain pounding the pavement.
Rain pounding the pavement.
A rainy graduation to remember.
A rainy graduation to remember.
A sail boat barely visible in the distance.
A sail boat barely visible in the distance.
Tress lining the shoreline.
Tress lining the shoreline.
A water lily in full bloom.
A water lily in full bloom.
Daylilies reaching for the sun.
Daylilies reaching for the sun.
A blue balloon flower.
A blue balloon flower.
Looking at the lake through wildflowers.
Looking at the lake through wildflowers.
A sunset near the beach.
A sunset near the beach.
Sunset by the lighthouse.
Sunset by the lighthouse.

Taking Photos with Phones

Photographs of Animals

Animals offer us a wonderful opportunity. Some can be posed the way we want them, others are in the wild and they do their own thing. If we're lucky we catch animals in poses that warm our hearts or make us wonder. From tame animals to animals in their natural habitats in zoos, to animals in the wild, the opportunities are endless.

That cute little dog of yours, that bird that's always in your tree, the fabulous lion at the zoo, all there for the taking.

Photographs of Animals

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A butterfly gathering food.A new puppy.I am amazed at the majesty of the silverback.  He looks like he's keeping an eye on me.Enjoying some lettuce.A Meerkat resting in the sun.A perch for the cockatiel.Baby ducks.A toad who thinks he's hiding.The watch cat!An eagle carved in wood.
A butterfly gathering food.
A butterfly gathering food.
A new puppy.
A new puppy.
I am amazed at the majesty of the silverback.  He looks like he's keeping an eye on me.
I am amazed at the majesty of the silverback. He looks like he's keeping an eye on me.
Enjoying some lettuce.
Enjoying some lettuce.
A Meerkat resting in the sun.
A Meerkat resting in the sun.
A perch for the cockatiel.
A perch for the cockatiel.
Baby ducks.
Baby ducks.
A toad who thinks he's hiding.
A toad who thinks he's hiding.
The watch cat!
The watch cat!
An eagle carved in wood.
An eagle carved in wood.

Photographs of Family and Fun

What better way to keep our memories alive than through photographs? Some are taken just to mark a holiday, some to mark growth and others because the subject is just so darn cute, or funny. How many picture of birthday cakes do you have? It isn't really the cake itself that's special, usually, but the celebration it marks.

Looking at old family photos brings back memories of days gone by and often family members that are no longer with us. Capturing them in photographs is a way to help us remember and sometimes to show our children their heritage.

Family, Fun, and Memories

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Sharing a moment with Poppop.A closer look at what's inside.Okay, I'll pose with Minnie.A fun filled family portrait.A family photo from the past.Dueling dragons birthday cakes.Not all cakes are birthdays.Flip flops at a beach wedding.A view of the stage at "The View".Bikes lined up at Orange County Choppers.
Sharing a moment with Poppop.
Sharing a moment with Poppop.
A closer look at what's inside.
A closer look at what's inside.
Okay, I'll pose with Minnie.
Okay, I'll pose with Minnie.
A fun filled family portrait.
A fun filled family portrait.
A family photo from the past.
A family photo from the past.
Dueling dragons birthday cakes.
Dueling dragons birthday cakes.
Not all cakes are birthdays.
Not all cakes are birthdays.
Flip flops at a beach wedding.
Flip flops at a beach wedding.
A view of the stage at "The View".
A view of the stage at "The View".
Bikes lined up at Orange County Choppers.
Bikes lined up at Orange County Choppers.

Photo Taking Hints

If you want to improve your photographs you can take a class, look up how to's on the Internet, buy a better camera, or just shoot away. Here are some hints to keep in mind.

  • Kodak advises to look in your subject's eyes when taking a person's picture. Being eye level with your subject can help make the picture more interesting.
  • If you're not familiar with settings on your camera, set it to automatic.
  • Take your camera with you wherever you go.
  • Always have spare batteries - you don't want to miss that photo op because the batteries are dead!
  • Don't have a lot of clutter in the background, it detracts from your subject.
  • Try different angles.
  • Fill the frame with your subject.
  • Take a lot of photos to insure you get the one you want.

Do you take a lot of photographs?

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • Sometimes I take more than others.
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Cutting Down a Tree

Memories here.  The man in the orange shirt, a friend and neighbor, has since moved away.  The beautiful St. Bernard has since passed away and surprisingly cutting down the tree was an event filled with laughs.
Memories here. The man in the orange shirt, a friend and neighbor, has since moved away. The beautiful St. Bernard has since passed away and surprisingly cutting down the tree was an event filled with laughs.

Personal Photographty

For most of us the best photography is personal photography, the photographs we take for ourselves! You may show them to someone else and they'll politely say they're nice, thinking in reality they're useless. They're never useless to the photographer!

None of the pictures here were taken with expensive cameras or lenses. You can see they certainly weren't taken by a professional photographer, but, they each have meaning to me. That's what it's all about, what they mean to YOU. The pictures that will become part of your memories and maybe someday the memories of your children. Whether they are digital or not, doesn't matter. Of course if you intend to share them it is best to print them out in some form so they aren't lost forever on your computer or somewhere in cyberspace!

It doesn't matter if you use an expensive camera or a cell phone, just take the pictures. Take pictures of things you like, family members and everyone and anything you like. Don't wait, take that picture now.

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Alaskan Sunset

A memory from a trip to Alaska.
A memory from a trip to Alaska.

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53 comments

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Ericdierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Cool timing I was just downloading some pictures I took of our last hike in the Grand Canyon. Your tree cutting photo with it's caption hit me. Just a photo but a true capture of a time. Thanks for the simple, for guys like me, tips on taking better pictures. These I can understand.


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thumbi7 17 months ago from India

Wonderful photographs.

Your hub is engaging

Voted up and shared


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

You are so welcome Eric. I LOVE taking photos and I'm certainly not a professional, but I also love sharing my love ;)

Glad you enjoyed thumbi!


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billybuc 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

Great tips, Mary, and I thank you for them. Bev bought me a Nikon a year ago and sadly I have not taken the time to really learn all the bells and whistles on it.....I love to shoot pictures. I'm just not that good at it. :) I've taken two pictures that I'm really proud of...the rest are simply great enjoyment.


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mckbirdbks 17 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Mary. Great tips, great photos. I am anti-digital and in the photograph department, I mean that since digital arrived there has not been a single photograph book put together here. It is as if time stopped and I am guessing that is the case in many households. (Nothing to pass down.)


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Jodah 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful hub with valuable advice and terrific photos Mary. I take most of my photos using an iPad, very occasionally a digital camera. I need to take more photos, more often. Well done, voted up.


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bravewarrior 17 months ago from Central Florida

I'm forever snapping shots of things that inspire me. From birds to bugs to the sky, people, animals - whatever. They come in handy for articles as well as building the memory banks.

You've shared some beautiful shots here, Mary.


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Randy Godwin 17 months ago from Southern Georgia

Since I live out in the country and get plenty of opportunities to snap wildlife pics, I try to always have my camera with me. In this manner I've captured some rare photos of piebald deer, as well as, other unique pics of birds and other animals. One never knows what will present itself for a great photo shot and I, for one, plan to be ready. Great advice!


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

I know what you mean Bill. My Canon Rebel is great, but I still have so much to learn. Some I take are good, some great, doesn't matter I just keep shooting away. Glad you enjoyed.

True Mike, that's why I'm a big fan of photo books. They take up less space and hold tons of photos.

Glad you enjoyed John. I love taking pictures of anything and everything.

I think you should be sharing your photos Sha!

I bet you have some great photos Randy. You've really got it down.


DJ Anderson 17 months ago

Hello, Mary,

Sadly, I do not think to take photos. I am not one to keep my phone with me. And, without my reading glasses, I cannot see a thing unless it is

some distance away.

That sounds like some pretty good excuses, don't you think?

I need a grand child. I bet I would change my ways with a little munchkin around. My son and his girlfriend gave me a grand puppy,

and told me to thank my stars for her. I don't know. It just doesn't

seem the same. She is a 45 lb. black lap who poops in my yard.

Do you think I am being too picky?

DJ.


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Randy Godwin 17 months ago from Southern Georgia

@DJ--Is that worse than a grandbaby pooping indoors? :P


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

DJ just find out where the camera is on your phone, point and shoot. I had a few grand puppies before the grandchildren. Love the dogs but agree they're not the same. You're certainly not being too picky.

Now, now Randy.


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Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

Beautiful photos. So important that we preserve and sustain.


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Larry, I totally agree!


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Jo_Goldsmith11 17 months ago

Very beautiful photos! I need to get my camera working again.

Thank you for sharing your garden of Eden. Up and shared. :-)


DJ Anderson 17 months ago

Randy, you have made a very valid point.

With the Grand puppy, we just turn the water hose on him to clean him up.

My guess is that the neighbors would talk if they saw that same technique on a baby's bottom.

Neighbors can be so nosey! LOL

DJ.


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bravewarrior 17 months ago from Central Florida

I do on my blog and when I post here, Mary. I also take photos for future articles. I try to use my own shots whenever possible.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Wonderful photographs, GF....You are an expert. I would love to see your gardens this summer!

That St. Bernard was a Beauty....and HUGE!

I enjoyed every bit of this, but of course my favorite would be of the "precious" grand child with Poppop! How cute. Is she your youngest?

Life is great most of the time!.....Wishing you well. UP++++ Peace & Love, Paula


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Jo. Good to see you here!

Well DJ, I think you've made a valid point, neighbors can be so darn nosey ;) Laughing with you.

I try too Sha but they don't always fit my hubs.

Paula you never surprise me. Yes, that is my youngest grandchild, our miracle heart baby who is now two. That's my favorite too (that's what I meant about you not surprising me.)

Hoping all is well with you as we wait for summer to find it's way to NY.

Hugs and Blessings.


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Faith Reaper 17 months ago from southern USA

Hi Mary,

Oh, I am constantly taking pictures, but nowadays, being I always have my cellphone with me, I just snap away, and mostly of grandchildren. What joy!

Just last evening I was going through a closet and found a huge container of old photos that brought me right back to that time and place. What is so wonderful about photos is that, although we may have forgotten that moment in time, seeing the photos bring us right back. It is always a joy to me when I forget something and then a photo will bring that memory right back.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

So happy you are recovering well from your surgery and able to write.

Blessings always


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AudreyHowitt 17 months ago from California

Your photos are wonderful. I have just started taking more photos, mostly to use with my poetry. Loved the tips as well.


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whonunuwho 17 months ago from United States

Very nice work, especially liked the photos. Thanks. whonu


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drbj 17 months ago from south Florida

Thanks for the timely reminder, Mary. Photos help us keep our memories alive. More and more I take photos on the spur of the moment with my cellphone - I would be lost without that capability.

Your photos are all beautifully framed. I'm still working on that.


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moonlake 17 months ago from America

Love your photos, all of them so pretty. Enjoyed your hub and voted up, shared, and pin.


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Phyllis Doyle 17 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Beautiful photos and great tips, Mary. I so need to get a good camera and start taking my own photos. Thanks for this hub.

Up, +++


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

Pictures have always been my favorite form of souvenir when taking trips and we have loads of photo albums to prove it. Now with digital photography it is so easy and inexpensive to snap loads of pictures just saving the ones we want. You made a good case for picture taking of things grand and small. It truly does help archive precious moments! Up votes and sharing.


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Faith there is nothing else as precious as pictures of our grandchildren! Of course all those old pictures bring back memories. Its always fun to drag them out onceand laugh at how we used to dress or remember a loved one. Thanks for the votes and shares. I'm doing well. The 'incision' will be sore for a while but otherwise, things are doing great.

Photos always come in handy Audrey. Glad you're taking more.

Thank YOU whonu. Always nice to see you.

drbj aren't cell phones a blessing? They certainly help us capture the moment.

I know Peggy, vacation pictures are so much fun to revisit, even when they aren't the best. Its so nice to remember good times.


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Frank Atanacio 17 months ago from Shelton

love the photos, the hub was indeed engaging.. and sharing the moments you captured.. priceless...:)


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Frank. I love to share my photos!


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Phyllis Doyle 17 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Mary - I came back for another look at the photos. Well done.


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Thanks so much Phyllis!


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always exploring 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

What would we do without our photos? I love to look at albums and old pictures. I am not good at taking good pictures, but I still try. Loved this look at the past. Well done....


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Ruby our photos are always precious to us. There are very few "profesional photographers" among us. Thanks for stopping by.


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas

Great photos! I pinned "Looking at the lake through wildflowers," to my 'Fuchsia' board. Interesting pointers from Matt Granger.

I really appreciate the captions under the pictures. I know sometimes they're pretty basic, but other times they can make quite a difference. I wish more people would use them in their travel/vacation hubs so we know what we're looking at.

Very much enjoyed this article. Voted up and BAUI. Well written as always and full of good information.


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

You are so right about taking those pictures in the moment. Once that time has passed, it is gone for ever, unless one records it. I love looking at people's pictures, because it is so important to them to share, and that is one of the best bonds.


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Genna East 16 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mary. I'm still old school when it comes to photo albums (I still use them), which makes me a bit of a dinosaur with my modern, digital family. And I LOVE your photos...you have a good eye. Voted up and shared. :-)


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York Author

Thank you for the pin Au fait. It is true we don't always know what someone else's photo is or where it is. Glad you liked my short descriptions.

Deb, not everyone likes to look at others photos of THINGS, but a true photographer understands. Your talent helps you appreciate the efforts of others.

Genna there's nothing wrong with a photo album, no matter how its put together. Thanks for the compliment, vote and share.


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PegCole17 16 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Mary, Your photos really capture the moment in time and bring clearly back some of the events in which you have shared over time. The tree cutting one was poignant and the robin's eggs in their nest is awesome! Pinned it to my Birds in TX board. Keep on clicking.


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Nell Rose 16 months ago from England

Hi Mary, I love all your photos! did you really go to Orange County Choppers? lol! love that program! I love taking photos, great tips here, I always seem to get them wrong, so I am going to use your ideas, you take awesome pictures!


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Nell. Yes I did go to OC Choppers. They have a new place now but I still haven't met anyone ;( Glad you enjoyed!


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York Author

Peg I somehow missed your comment, so sorry! I so appreciate your pinning my hub! I'm clicking all the time ;)


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bdegiulio 16 months ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. Great tips and advice. Like you, I take lots and lots of pictures. Better to have too many than not enough. I loved looking through your photos, what great memories.


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tillsontitan 16 months ago from New York Author

Thanks Bill. I'm sure y0ur collection of photos is amazing! Your travel photos alone probably fill a room, but yu're right, you can never have enough!


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peachpurple 15 months ago from Home Sweet Home

NaTure pictures are better than anything else


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed Peachpurple.


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MartieCoetser 15 months ago from South Africa

Taking photo's is one of my favorite hobbies. Thank heavens for digital photo's. I would not have been able to afford printings of all the photo's I am shooting all the time. Thanks for the tips. You have beautiful photo's in here, Mary!


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York Author

Martie I couldn't agree more, digital photos are a life saver. BTW, the photos you took for your hubs are beautiful and I so enjoyed my trip to South Africa (through you).

Glad you enjoyed my photos.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

You nailed it with this one, Tillsontitan...photos do capture moments we can reflect on as time slips by. Yours are awesome. The fluffy clouds, brilliant blue sky, and tiny sailboat remind me of my days on the waters of Virginia. :D

Hoping all is good with you and yours Angels are on the way today. ps


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York Author

Thanks so much PS. Your photos in the butterfly hub so totally follow my thoughts. Well done my friend. Angels right back at you.


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molometer 15 months ago

Nature is so wonderful to photograph always something new to see.

Thanks for the tip on the eye line point.

Hope it improves my photography. :)


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York Author

I doubt your photography needs improvement, but you are most welcome Mike.


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teaches12345 14 months ago

I was fascinated by the blue balloon flower photo and your opening Robin's nest. Such beauty! I never thought of just setting the camera to automatic. That is simple but would make a big difference. Thanks for the tips and photo gallery tour. You are quite talented. Congrats on your 2015 Hubby Award, Mary. You do have the best avatar.


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tillsontitan 14 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Teaches, but I have to admit I didn't set the camera on automatic, I just got the pictures. I took one of the nest every day, but sadly after a week all the chicks were gone.

I appreciate the Congrats as well! Mother Goose is very proud ;)

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