Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Celebrations

We had a very nice Easter and the weather turned out to be fine!  I know that I said I'd have some projects to post for Monday, however, we spent most of the day with family and by the time we got home it was too late to assemble and photograph the things I had planned to finish.  I'll try to post those later in the day.  I thought I'd share a few photos from our day - some of these will be used for digital projects.

It was very foggy at 6:30 a.m. when we went to the Old North Bridge for the Easter Sunrise Service.  There were around 75 people who came out early for the service.  I grabbed my camera on the way out the door because the fog was so thick and I thought I could take some interesting photos after the service.

The fog was beautiful and made everything look soft and muted.  This is the view across the river toward the famous Daniel Chester French sculpture of the Concord Minuteman.

After the service the sky started to brighten up and I caught this lovely lavender and blue sky background.

As we walked back over the bridge the sun was starting to shine.


There were several spiderwebs on the bridge and I tried to capture their fragile beauty.


This view back across the river shows the bridge and the statue.  The atmosphere was very tranquil.

We went home to bake our cinnamon rolls to take to the larger family get together.  There is a traditional egg hunt hosted by my husband's youngest brother and his family for their neighborhood and we love to watch the fun.  There were hundreds of eggs to make the search easy for all of the children (though sometimes the older children who have graduated to become "hiders" placed them in spots that were just a little tricky).

There are hundreds of eggs for collecting, however there are only a few special, gold, silver or shiny eggs and these are limited to one per child when collecting the eggs.

Some of the eggs substitute for flowers that aren't blooming yet!


The end of the street is blocked with these cones and the eggs are hidden in four or five adjoining yards.  If you look closely at the cones you can see that there is an egg perched on top of each one.

When you start to run out of room in the garden, you can always "hide" a  few eggs right on the cars!

Here are the younger cousins - just waiting for the go ahead to start searching for eggs.


The day turned so warm and sunny that we actually had a taste of Spring.  With the sun shining so brightly, I took the chance to get some more close up photos of flowers.  Whenever I have the chance, I try to get some clear closeups to use for converting into digital elements for my digital projects.

These tiny purple flowers on the ground-cover are one of my favorites.

I will work with these flower photos to make some pretty flower clusters for some of my pages.  I'll post the results for you to see how a photo can be used in many ways.

I'll be participating in two blog hops this week.  The first is the Creative Charms blog hop on Friday, April 29th (which happens to be the date of the royal wedding).  This is a farewell hop as a number of Design Team members have finished their terms.  There will be some great prizes and lots of inspiration.

The second is a Disney/Pixar hop on April 30th and May 1st - I'll be in the May 1st group.  I don't make a lot of Disney projects so I thought it would be fun to do this and challenge myself a little.  There are also prizes for this hop so it looks like another busy weekend!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and I want to thank you for your patience.  This has not turned into a photography blog - I will be back to posting crafty projects later today.  I'll also have some thoughts to share about the latest cartridge release.  If you've had a chance to check them out, I'd love to hear what you think about the new cartridges.

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  1. You are an amazing photographer!!!

  2. I love your photography, it illicits such great feelings in me.

  3. Happy Belated Easter Diane! Wow what a great Easter Egg Hunt! How nice that the neighbors are all involved. Sounds like so much fun for the kids. Im so glad the 'cousins' are allowed to join in the fun!

    Your photos are amazing and I look forward to seeing your flower arrangements for your pages.

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Love your foggy pictures. The spiderweb one is amazing. hope you had a wonderful day,

  5. These are some very beautiful photo's. I was wondering what kind of camera are you using if you don"t mind sharing these pictures are just breath taking.


  6. Looks like you had a great Easter! I just love your pictures! The bridges and flowers are just beautiful! And the egg hunt looks like so much fun! :-)

  7. I've noticed a difference in your photos recently & wondered if you had gotten a new camera or just maybe it's different subject matter. Well, whatever it is...I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos lately.

  8. Your photographs are awesome!!! I love the ones you took in the fog. Your blog is so inspirational. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  9. What beautiful pictures. I love the tradition of the neighborhood Easter egg hunt, what lasting memories for all.

  10. just had to comment as well as the others, that your photos through the fog are awesome...are you missing your calling? what can you 'NOT' do?

    you're very fortunate to live in a very nice historical town/city

  11. Your photographs are amazing! I love the spider web!

  12. I love looking at your photos! The bridge ones are gorgeous and that spider web looks amazing. I can't wait until the day I have a better camera and can start taking pictures like that! Looking forward to seeing your projects.

  13. I love your photography - and your area of the country has some great subjects! Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Your photos are gorgeous. I am so glad you include them in your blog.

  15. Absolutely GORGEOUS pictures of the bridge/fog/Easter sunrise service!!!!

  16. Diane these photos are exquisite! You are so talented in so many ways. TFS, Mary M

  17. Hello Diane,
    I love the pictures of the foggy bridge it's very pretty. That spiderweb is amazing. I don't like spiders but I love to see the webs with a little dew on it. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us!!

  18. Diane, your photos are LOVELY!! They instill a sense of peacefulness and tranquility. Very nice. TFS.

  19. Beautiful photography! You have such an eye for detail and balance within your photos. I can tell this is the artist in you coming out. I just smiled when I saw the egg hunt pics. Happy memories are being made and remembered. TFS.

  20. I envey how you stop and smell the roses and enjoy the beauty around you. Your pictures are absolutely amazing and I thank you for sharing them with all of us. Love the fog and the spiderweb and the children awaiting the Easter Egg Hunt!

  21. I was going to say, I love to see photos, but it seems many people before me have basically said that and affirmed you for posting your wonderful photos ;- ) they are great, Diane. It's all part of the process, as you know, even when we don't always consciously think about it. It's always great to see slices of each others lives and hometowns, esp. when you live in picturesque and historic ones. Thanks for sharing this part of yours.

  22. Your pictures are amazing! What a wonderful place in the morning you went. Goodness I would love to live in a place that had something like that close by! And all those picture of easter looked like a blast! You are one amazing photographer!

  23. Oh, your photos are wonderful. Love the effect of the fog! Thanks for sharing!

    The new Hello Thursday carts are okay...I was hoping for some full content carts for the E. The Lites are too expensive...and I don't own an Imagine. There's always next month!! :-)

    ~Sharon C.

  24. I am really liking these pictures. They are just amazing. TFS
    Hugs, Debi

  25. You take the best pictures!!!! What program do you use to edit your photos?

  26. Loved your photos of Easter morning. So beautiful and ethereal.

  27. Your photos are truely amazing!! Please continue to share them--they inspire me to try to duplicate the "feeling" you create! Your talents seem endless! Thank you for sharing them!


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