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crane watching

yesterday was that ONE day in Nebraska that we get every year in early Spring that is so nice, warm, and wind-free that it makes you forget all the terrible, awful things you said about living in this state in Wintertime. yes- it has been a long, cold winter indeed. everyone has cabin fever, is grouchy, and can’t take the bone-chilling cold any more. which is why we should all be thankful for the one day we had in yesterday: calm, 70 something sunny.  and while I’m not into nature photography, nor do i have the equipment for the genre, it was still a great excuse to leave town for half a day and enjoy the weather with friends. not an official PPN event (we were invited to join in the fun with a special Grand Island photog group), but it’s always great to shoot with fellow photogs regardless of what it is we’re shooting.

destination: Wood River, Crane Trust

sandhill cranes are in central nebraska right now by the thousands on their way North for the Summer. they stop on the Platte River every year to fatten up and basically have themselves a little Spring break. they are noisy and awkward looking, but I’m proud to say that Nebraska has the highest respect for these birds. We are the only state that protects them; all other states hunt and kill them. boo on them.

after some crane education, rules, and etiquette training, we traveled to this little blind where we had to stay quiet until after dark, so not to frighten the cranes. they tend to be pretty skittish and there are dozens of crane enthusiasts that look forward to crane season all year, so we didn’t want to ruin the experience for today’s group by having the cranes move farther upstream or anything.

yay for friends who let you borrow their kick ass lenses!

clearly my lenses are wussies and aren’t meant for shooting birds.

above is a pano shot and below is the same shot zoomed in so you can see specks (aka the cranes)

and in case you don’t know, here is what a sandhill crane does look like.

(next 2 photos from google)

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my workflow

everyone has their own unique way of doing things… but if you’re in a  slump and feel really unorganized and in desperate need for a solution, maybe you’ll find this post helpful. and maybe you’ve been inspired by this post from a couple months ago.  here are the two different ways I organize my images for both personal use and professional use. I will say that my iMac has changed my life… copying, transferring, and just the simplicity of integration with iPhone and iMac is brilliant. Really makes life simple. Not to advertise for Apple, but consider it if you’re still on PC.  I did this is in a list format so it’s pretty self-explanatory, but if anyone has questions, feel free to email me at

here’s my workflow for PERSONAL:

and here’s my workflow for BUSINESS:

good luck and cheers to a more image-organized 2014!

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oscar party fundraiser!

The Oscar Party was last Sunday night and what a great time. Over $3K was raised to benefit Saunders County Lost Pets, which goes to vet bills, utilities, supplies, etc…  so thankful that our community loves and supports the rescue. Even though it was soooooo extremely cold (-5 degrees) Sunday, we had a good turn out. Lots of people dressed up… Halloween is my favorite holiday so it’s awesome to get to dress up more than once a year. We chose a 1970′s formal theme to pay homage to ‘American Hustle.’ I loved seeing what everyone came up with.

Deb and Glen Wilcox… owners of SCLP.

can you believe we found 2 of these giant Oscar men at a garage sale this summer??

Rosie is the most organized person I’ve ever met. She was our leader for the whole adventure.

traveling trophy for best dressed!

next year you can come dressed as your favorite movie character….

can’t wait until next year! Mark your calendars for Feb 22.

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happy Friday!

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What are you guys up to this weekend? It JUST started snowing here… so I made sure to get my errands all finished this morning. Dad is here to finish up our built-in… I spent the day painting. The studio is a complete disaster, but it’s a big, warm place that helps everything dry really fast. The paint fumes are strong.

I was invited to a spa party at Sheila’s house and tomorrow i’m making my all-time favorite comfort food: BBQ meatballs and cheesy potatoes. Then our Oscar Party is SUNDAY! Can’t wait to share all the pics next week. Our outfits are 1970′s formal. Very fancy. ; )

Stay warm and cozy!

photo: from the archives March 2013

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