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My Amazing Photographs

Updated on June 1, 2015

Photographs from Home

I just wanted to make a lens with some of the wonderful photographs from where I live. Leatherwood is the name my husband and I gave our little piece of heaven many years ago so these are photos from Leatherwood :)

This image is one I put together when I got my digital camera. I pieced together 4 different photos I then manipulated using Dreamweaver. That is the great thing about digital cameras no fees for film, no developing time and at last no fees for the final print. I then cut and added images of my husband and cat Happy to the top of the camera. Finally I added a photo of our cat Shasta to the center of the camera lens. I finished up with some manipulations and color additions to get the final piece.

I call it "Culling My Dreams"

My Latest Visitor

Another "Photo from the Porch"

I took this photo today 9/3/13. It was taken as a video with my Sony Handy Cam but I was able to save a single frame as a photograph. This is a juvenile female black bear. I made a poster of this photo that you can buy on Zazzle. Just click on the photo and it will take you to the item.

In my video section you will find this bear alone and with its mother on other visits to Leatherwood a/k/a/ home

My Video Cam of Choice

Some of my favorite features with this are the flip viewing screen which makes it easy to see what you are taking no matter what the angle. I love the attached USB chord for super easy access to the Internet. I usually just pop out the memory card and insert that into the computer. The chord makes attaching the camera direct just as easy as that. No more searching for the chord. You can take still camera shots when you want. The program provided to put your videos onto the computer is great because you can save a single frame shot as a JPG and the final picture quality is top notch. The bear standing by the feeder was taken like this. Another plus is that you can shoot video if your battery dies. It works great plugged in while charging.

Landscape and Nature Photographs

These were all taken around our home except the view from the plane.

My niece Kelly was getting married in New Hampshire and her father hired a plane to take us there. When I saw it I almost didn't go, it was really small but as you can see I did take the trip and will be forever happy that I did.

Farm View

Above the Clouds

Rainbow

Lurking

Video from the Porch

There is always something going on around here and most of the time I can film it from the porch. These are taken using a Sony Handycam and I love it.

Early summer 2013. These two seemed to have a standoff for the seeds that fell from the bird feeder. I never saw a skunk and a raccoon act like this before.

Summer of 2012. This is a short video of the front porch and my favorite visitors. Put on your sound to enjoy the full experience

Summer 2012. This was in the yard and I think her kids are all over the place this year.

Summer 2013. Enjoy a longer version of the hummingbird frenzy on my front porch. Again turn on the sound to enjoy the full experience.

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Animal Photographs

A young squirrel ventures out alone

Doe that was abandoned by our place. This was one of the most wonderful experiences, the little guy would stand at the bottom of our deck stairs and cry when it got dark. The sound was like the bleating of a goat. I was really close to bringing in inside but knew that if we did that there was no chance of him finding a group of deer to go with. He did finally and we saw him with others around the house. The only way we could tell was because unlike the other deer he was with he did not run off. I'll never know what happened to 'Johnny' that was what we dubbed him "Johnny Deer"

This was the first time I saw a raccoon out in the day. She knew there was food around and always stopped in for meal. I am not sure if this is the one but there is a photo later of four racoons on a bird feeder. This one I named "Roxy" and there was another one around at the same time we called "Tripod" because he only had three legs. Not sure if it was male or female.

This is the gang, there are four of them on a bird feeder.

Two squirrels take over one of the bird feeders.

Bird Photographs

Hummingbird at a feeder out front

Cardinal and Snowbird share a snowy afternoon together in the yard

Stunned Gold Finch after flying into the widows

Red Belly Woodpeck keeps our trees insect free :)

Red Breasted Grosbeak under the feeder

I was home alone when this Titmouse hit the window so I had to get down to ground level for a good shot.

Insect Photographs

Professional Landscape Photography

Meduim Format Cameras


Pentax 645D 40MP Medium Format Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

Olympus E-10 4MP

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Not sure what kind of moth this isThe bird on the bottom got knocked out after flying into the windoHi friend woke him upSpring cleaning the yard
Not sure what kind of moth this is
Not sure what kind of moth this is
The bird on the bottom got knocked out after flying into the windo
The bird on the bottom got knocked out after flying into the windo
Hi friend woke him up
Hi friend woke him up
Spring cleaning the yard
Spring cleaning the yard

Camera Cleaning

It is important to keep your camera lens as clean as possible. You will only need a few simple things to help you maintain a clear lens. It is good to have a soft cloth with your camera at all times to wipe the lens if anything gets on it. Raindrops are not a problem if you have your cloth to wipe them off the lens. If you let water dry it will leave the dreaded watermark.

For cleaning the inside a simple brush and/or an air blower are a must. A bottle of lens cleaner to get that lens clean of any missed marks will complete a cleaning kit

Beauty of Nature

Visit my blog Animal Cognizance

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Beautiful photographs to promote animal and ecological awareness. This video was put to the fine music of Green Day, the song Wake Me Up When September Ends.

Some of the photos are my own but many are from various artist over the net. I did not know I would be using them and therefore am not certain who the original photographers are. I will add credits here to anyone who owns one of these amazing photos and sends me their information including a link to where it is displayed. This is a non profit piece made to heighten the awareness of our beautiful planet and we must remembered that even when we do not see these things they are there for everyone of us. Unfortunately on an hourly basis more and more of this irreplaceable beauty is eradicated by mans hand. I sincerely hope that none of the artists who's work is included here find any copyright infringement that will allow YouTube to pull this piece. The planet needs to be represented.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I enjoyed looking at your photos. The racoons were especially cool! Thank you for sharing

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      Kaylab123 LM 3 years ago

      These photos are amazing, and it seems like you live in a prime area for getting those great nature shots. Thank you for sharing!

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      Marisa Horn 3 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: I am glad you like it. I live in the country and the nearest neighbor is about 1/4 of a mile away. I prefer the animals :)

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      Love the photo of the titmouse, you have a lot of animals near your house, I'm jealous.

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      Marisa Horn 3 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @BrownEyedGirl69: Thank you

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      Marisa Horn 3 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @chat2vishakha: Thank you

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      BrownEyedGirl69 3 years ago

      Great pics.

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      I really like this post.All the photos are beautiful.Thanks for sharing this awesome post

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      ToplineP 4 years ago

      Great photos, love the gang on the bird feeder.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Snakesmum: It is great

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Would love to have all that wildlife in our backyard!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      The world truly is a beautiful place. It would be nice if everyone could be as tolerant and respective of the wildlife in their neighborhoods.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @LaidBackGuy: Thank you very much. I enjoy it and am very glad you like my little corner of the world.

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      Patricia 4 years ago

      Love the photography!

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      LaidBackGuy 4 years ago

      Nice photos - really impressive.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @ZenandChic: Thank you

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Erin Mellor: Thank you, sorry to hear the photos didn't load. I guess I need to put them into the new picture module.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Lovely photos, unfortunately a few of the finches pictures aren't showing up for me.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @FrancesWrites: Thank you very much Frances

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

      Lovely, lovely shots! Well done.

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      DeeRight 4 years ago

      Nice Lens! These pics are great! Hope one day I can do this well!

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      CENTURY 21 Australia 4 years ago from Sydney

      Cool lens! The photo of that hummingbird in flight is awesome.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @ghoststorylover: Thank you

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I loved them all but my favorites were the pictures of the cardinal and the praying mantis!

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      Melanie Wilcox 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      These photographs are all absolutely beautiful. Above, I answered the poll that I like landscape photos the best. I had almost clicked on animals. However, as I scrolled down through your photos, I realized that I really enjoyed the animal pictures. The bird and insect photos are amazing.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @beaworkathomemom: Thank you

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      beaworkathomemom 4 years ago

      You really have a talent! The photos are beautiful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love your photos they are so sharp and clear :)

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Loved your photos. I haven't done much macro yet (no money to buy a good lens). Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      You've taken a wide variety of photos! The insect ones sort of creeped me out, but are masterfully done! I enjoyed seeing your pictures!

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      johnny-knox 4 years ago

      Wonderful photos! Congratulations :)

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you very much.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I love the flicker one best! and your other bird and insects are lovely too! Nice lens.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @WindyWintersHubs: Those are the summer colors, they are rather bland this time of year. The Cardinals are always bright and beautiful unless it's a female. It is something how the male birds are so bright, I know it is for reasons of attracting danger away from the nest.

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      WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Beautiful collection of photographs. The little birds are so colorful.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Magda2012: That was unexpected, for me not the cow. I was lucky to have my camera with me.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @BLemley: Thank you, raccoons are a yearly treat around here.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures.. I like the mother cow photo :)

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @BLemley: Thank you for visiting and thank you for the blessing :)

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Definitely a slice of heaven! Thanks for sharing ~ wonderful photos, I especially loved the raccoons! SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Paul Ward: Thank you for liking my lens, I am glad you like.them. I will have to do another lens with my cat and flower photos

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Lee Hansen: Thank you very much and thank you for the blessing

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      Great photos!

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      Paul 4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Some amazing photographs!

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @chezchazz: Thank you so much for the blessing and the feature sounds exciting but I do not know about it. Thanks again your comments on my photos means a lot to me, :)

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Incredible photos and insights. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo."

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Rankography: Thank you very much for the kind words and the blessing

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      Rankography 4 years ago

      Outstanding photos. Blessings

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @walkingstick: Thank you, hope to see you around as you build up more lenses. I just finished one on Eric Clapton, one of my other loves is music :)

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      walkingstick 4 years ago

      You do have some great photos. Thanks for the invite to come look. What I notice the most is the light play in most of your shots

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @TheLittleCardShop: Thank you very much

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Love the photo of the deer and Sasha your cat. You live in a wonderful place so many beautiful animals. Your photos are beautiful. Lovely page :)

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @AlleyCatLane: It is great taking photographs of nature. We do consider it our little piece of heaven here. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      You captured some greeat photos. That one of the racoons on the bird feeder is fantastic. I love the birds too. I did a lens on my backyard birds. I have so much fun photographing them. Thanks for sharing your llittle piece of heaven.