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Butterflies, Flowers, Lighthouses. Wonderful Photographs!

Updated on September 16, 2014

Designs from Photographs

I love to take photographs. It is a wonderful way to view the world from a whole different point of view. With camera in hand, I am able to find beauty wherever I go. It seems I am always looking for the next good photo

With hundreds of photos in my computer I started to look for a way to share my work. I found CafePress to be a great outlet for showing off my photos on a host of products.

In my Cafe Press shop you can find my photos on greeting cards, clothing, household items, and items that are just for fun. The subjects of my photos include butterflies, flowers, lighthouses and other scenes from my travels.

There are several sections in my cafepress shop. Each section highlights a different group of designs created from my photographs. CafePress

photos by mbgphoto

Bright Pink Azaleas - Spring Time Blooms

This photo was taken in my daughter's yard in Atlanta. I love springtime in the South and all the beautiful flowers. I thought these bright pink azaleas would make a great Valentine design.

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Big Red Lighthouse - Holland Michigan

I love lighthouses and traveling, and since my retirement in 2006 photographing lighthouses has become my favorite passtime. My husband and I have made trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina, Maine, Georgia, and Florida to capture just the right photograph of lighthouses. The lighthouse in this photo is in Holland, Michigan. It is unusual with its Dutch architecture and bright red color. The beautiful fall leaves when we were visiting made a great frame for the lighthouse photo.

Cape Florida Lighthouse

This lighthouse was a photographers dream. Would you like this photo in your home?


Beautiful Sunrise - Florida Sunrise

We were in Florida in November of 2007 and the entire week we were there I was able to witness the most spectacular sunrise and sunsets. Because it was in the fall of the year, at our location we were able to see both the sun rise and set over the ocean. I had never seen the sun reflecting on the water as it came up before and it was spectacular. This photo was taken from the balcony of our condo. Some of the others shown on the products below were taken at sunset in a nearby park. In the sunset photos it appears as if the sun is melting into the water. Fantastic Views!

Country Barns - Wisconsin Barn and Farm Buildings

I have a friend who grew up on an Iowa farm and still loves old farm buildings and machinery. On a trip to Door County, Wisconsin, my husband and I decided to photograph lots of old barns so that I could use them to create a calendar for him for Christmas. Door County is rich with farmland and has lots of wonderful old barns. My husband and I had so much fun exploring the countryside and stopping whenever we saw an old barn that we thought would work for the calendar.

Blue Morpo Butterfly - Tropical Butterflies

I volunteer at The Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri, so I have access to photograph some beautiful tropical butterflies. I love the colorful Blue Morpho species. They are bright blue and black and are one of the favorites of visitors to the butterfly house. The design shown in this photo is one for a calendar.

Bright Yellow Sunflower - Birthday Card

Photographing flowers close up is always a fun activity for me. One Sunday morning after church, I noticed some bright yellow flowers growing along the road. I had my husband turn around so I could get my camera and capture them in a photograph. It was right after an early morning rain shower so I was able to capture them with drops of rain on their petals.They were growing by the dozens and looked so very cheerful, that I thought they would make great designs for greeting cards.

Beautiful Hibiscus Flowers - Yellow Hibiscus

I was impressed with the wide variety of Hibiscus flowers that were in full bloom when we were in Florida last March. They are such beautiful and cheerful looking flowers that I thought they would make great designs for many of my Cafepress products. I was able to capture many varieties in bright colors and also a beautiful white Hibiscus. The bright yellow Hibiscus in this photo was growing alongside the road over on Jupiter Island.

Palm at Sunset - Beautiful Florida Palm

Last year when we were in Florida, I decided that I would like to start a photograph collection of Palm Trees. I took hundreds of photos of various types of Palms. I photographed Palms in the daylight, Palms by the water and Palms in the evening. This photo is one I took at sunset in Jupiter, Florida. It is one of my favorites.

Sunsets and Sunrises make wonderful Photography - vote for your favorite

Feel free to add selections and vote for your favorite.

Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West (Museum of Modern Art, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West (Museum of Modern Art, New York: Exhibition Catalogues)

Into the Sunset examines how photography has pictured, established and transformed the idea of the American West, from 1850 to the present. The development of photography coincided with the exploration and settlement of the West, and this simultaneous growth resulted in a complex relationship that has shaped the perception of that region's physical and social landscape to this day. Published to accompany a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Into t...


What types of photographs are your favorites?

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      You have some gorgeous photographs. Next Christmas a canon camera is on my gift list. (This year it's a new laptop and the dragon voice software.) I can hardly wait to start taking a better quality picture. Photographs are so important when we work online.

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Some cracking pics, and a great range.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I love Lighthouses, nice photos!

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      faheemjamal 5 years ago

      Great comparison of online delivery companies introduced on Texas Florist Good Day North america of america this morning

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      I absolutely love your pics, you are quite a talented photographer. I am also lensrollong this with my NJ Lighthouse lens. Great job, thanks for sharing.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      I love lighthouses, have visited some here on the jersey shore and several in New England, but the picture that struck me was the beautiful red Azalea! All so nice. Blessed as part of the April Fools Angel Quest. Stepping away from my usual category to visit wildlife and nature photos today, I love the outdoors, but you'll find this page featured on my Diet and Nutrition Angel page, look for "April Fools" link along the top:-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love your red lighthouse photo... that is spectacular!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      So many fantastic photos here. I think my favorite is the palm at sunset. You have good reason to be proud of your work.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Angel Blessedaddied to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens,

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      spunkyduckling 8 years ago

      What a colorful lens. Beautiful presented photos. 5*. Makes me feel like I am missing out a part of life by not venturing into photography. Thanks for sharing your work with me.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful photos and lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Everything is so beautiful! I want at least one of each!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Beautiful! I am lensrolling this to my butterfly lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are truly a gifted photographer, Mary Beth.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely calendars, Mary Beth!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful! Beautiful! :-)

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful lens, and blessed by a new Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow! I can't believe 2010 is almost here....this means my car is almost paid off...hooray!! Great lens. You have some beautiful calendars to choose from. Thank you for sharing!

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      CarolWingert1 8 years ago

      So many beautiful photos! It's hard to choose what I like the most!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

      Thanks for sharing,


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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Beautiful photos! 5 stars!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

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      ChurcHistory 8 years ago

      Some stunning photos on here,you have done an excellent job of capturing your object to perfection,I love the blue butterfly.A great lens.Blessings Allison.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens and great work. I liked the red lighthouse photo best. 5*

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      My fave is the sunset photo! Beautiful! Inspiring lens. :)

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful work! Great shots, I wish I could get some of my sunsets to come out this well. Keep it up!

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      Michaud68 LM 8 years ago

      Great Lens I love the palm tree photo too 5*'s

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      Michaud68 LM 8 years ago

      Great Lens I love the palm tree photo too 5*'s

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      Katushenka 8 years ago

      That's great! Your sweet photos cheered me up. I'm waiting for more..

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      MatCauthon 8 years ago

      Wow that sunrise is very beautiful.

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      MatCauthon 8 years ago

      Wow that sunrise is very beautiful.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A very nice lens in-deed and a credit to Squidoo! 5*'s

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Love your photography!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Lovely selection of items with some cool photography -- I'm partial to sunflowers!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great photography, great gifts and a great lens.