Photography Wednesday – 4

Photography Wednesday #4 – Aphid Attack and a hungry Ladybug

Sorry for the late response to this day’s Photography Wednesday, but I was waiting for these little Hibiscus beauties to open, and to my surprise, we have an infestation of Aphids, and to the rescue is a happy little, but hungry Ladybug!

Photography Wednesday – 3

Two weekends ago, the boyfriend, a friend of his and I all wandered into a pet fair at the George R. Brown, and I spotted this little beauty! There were all sorts of beautiful birds, dogs, cats AND ferrets!!  It was a wonderful day, we got a list of Ferret Doctors for Dagger, and some very important information on owning a ferret.

Photography Wednesday – 2

Sleepy Stormy

This was taken with a 200mm lens (I GOT A NEW LENS!!!) with a shallow depth of field.  This kitty is so photogenic! If interested, this photo is up for sale at my deviantart account.

Photography Wednesday – 1

Photography Wednesday - Hands

30 Day Photography Challenge Day 21 – Faceless Self Portrait

I’m starting a new series called “Wednesday Photography” and I’ll be posting some of my favorite snapshots of the week so far.  As of now, I’ll be posting the last of my 30 Day Photography Challenge photos that I have not been able to post lately.

Faceless Self-Portrait

Faceless Self Portrait

This was a last-minute shot before the sun went down over the houses on my street.  I decided to take a picture of myself reading one of my favorite book series,The Vampire Diaries.  Ignore the fact that my laundry is piled in the corner.

A Paranormal Library – Change From the Norm

I am not changing the format of A Paranormal Library, I will still review those paranormal books that attract my fancy, that won’t ever change, but I’m just adding a new aspect to the column.  Since I have had time on my hands after the layoff from school, I have been reading a good ton of Paranormal Books.  Most of the books I’ve read have prompted me to explore the realms of Paranormal Investigation.

See, I’ve been reading about the paranormal since I was very, very young, and I haven’t changed my mind on the paranormal except for the fact that I’ve become more skeptic than my younger-self.  While I have all this extra time on my hands, I decided that maybe I should go on some personal investigations in supposedly haunted locations.  As of now, I’m in correspondence with Lloyd Auerbach and Jeff Belanger in regards to Legend Tripping and small investigations with my boyfriend and how to go about it safely and legally.

Patterson Road

Patterson Road

Anyway, the reason behind this move forward was inspired by my former students.  See, they finally found out about my blog and realized that I’m interested in the paranormal.  They began to describe some experiences they had on a stretch of road called Patterson Road.  They then encouraged me to go an see what may occur at Patterson Rd, while trying to be a good teacher that listens to her students interests, I couldn’t help but write down the location with the intent of researching the legend and the Road.

The Legend

Patterson Road is located between Highway 6 and Eldridge in Houston. This place is rumored to be the site of a Civil War battle and the bridge closest to Eldridge is haunted. If you park in the center of the bridge and turn your car off there will begin to be tapping noises all over your car. They aren’t just the sounds of your car settling. They are mostly on the sides and the back of the car. It is said to be the spirits of the soldiers who died. Be careful, this road is absolutely pitch black at night, however you can see cars coming from either direction at quite a distance.  

From: Strange USA

The Research

I did some of my own research regarding the idea that there was a Civil War battle in this area of Texas.  I know some Professors and Civil War buffs, they all agreed that there were no other skirmishes in the area other than Sabine, Galveston and Palmito.  Now, there were some Civil War infantries in Texas that were battling Indians in the area.  So it is possible that the area around Bear Creek was an old battle site between soldiers from the Civil War era and the native Karankawas.  This would explain the war drums, the running footsteps and gunshots.  Again, this is just my personal research, there could have been a minor skirmish of the Civil War in the area, but prospects are unlikely.

What I did find interesting though, was that there has been a number of traffic accidents in the Hwy. 6/Patterson Rd. area, some with fatalities:

The Following Information is from City-Data.com

    • Feb 13, 2008 02:40 AM, Eldridge, Patterson, Lat: 29.812944, Lon: -95.617275, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities:1
    • Jun 8, 1991 06:30 AM, Patterson, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers:1
    • Sep 10, 1989 09:30 AM, Patterson, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 2, Drunken drivers:1

I’m sure there’s more, but I have exhausted the Google Monster and the City of Houston.

The Oracle is Insane

Why did I do all this research?  What possessed me to spend time researching a stretch of road so infamous by teenagers?  Simple answer is, I’m curious.  I am planning a trip with some of my skeptical friends just to see what is up with this area. I will take pictures, video and sound recordings and post what I do or do not have.  I’m not taking this adventure to prove the existence of ghosts, or that something is going on at Patterson Rd., I’m taking this trip to continue my personal education in the paranormal and document what happens or didn’t happen.  Maybe I’ll take more trips to this location to see if we get the same experience every single time, or just to prove that I am absolutely crazy.  We’ll see.

Dreamers, what is your opinion regarding ghosts?  Have you been to Patterson Rd. in Houston, Texas?  Have you been on a Legend Trip/Ghost Hunt/Crypto (Monster) Hunt?

DIY Oracle – Valentine’s Mailbox

Valentine’s Mailbox

My mother made these for her students for their Valentine’s Day cards and candy, and I thought they were so cute, that I thought it’d be a great thing to make to hold those special cards or cute photos you received throughout the year!  I’m not a Valentine’s Day supporter, after experiencing the same holiday in October dubbed “Sweetest Day,” I have sort of become a Scrooge at Valentine’s.  I feel that everyday should be a Valentine’s Day, why should ONE day (or two depending where you are) determine how much you love someone or how much someone loves you.  My boyfriend and I do sweet things to each other everyday and, if you’re like us, accumulate a ton of sweet things from your sweetie, so this cute little mail box is for you!  She got this off the internet, but my subsequent searches showed little in the way of finding the person who thought this up.  If you know who did this, please let me know so I can properly credit.

Also, check out Gala Darling’s post on Valentine’s Love, see why I find her so Inspirational!!!

Supplies: 2 Paper Plates, Ruler/Tape Measure, Yarn in “Love Colors,” Glue, Scissors, Paper or Foam Hearts, Markers, and Crayons. Not pictured but needed: hole puncher! Glitter optional.

  1. Take one paper plate (I used the Styrofoam kind) and using your tape measure, measure out the exact half of the plate (this was 4.5 inches).  Once you have your measurements, make a line and cut the paper plate in half (I used a box cutter to make a straighter edge).
  2. Carefully punch holes into the scalloped edge of the paper plate.  Make sure that they are somewhat in line with each other, because the 80’s styled puncher I used couldn’t fit the paper plate edge.
  3. Take your yarn and I measured two arm’s lengths wide, and fold the length of yarn in half and wrap the yarn through the punched holes.  I even tied the end in a bow for a cuter effect.  Continue until you get to the end, create a bow and cut the excess.  You can use the excess for the hanger.
  4. Decorate as you wish, I made a heart template from one of my paper hearts, and used glue (E6000 though it’s not very tacky for glitter).  I also took the paper hearts, outlined with markers and colored them with crayon and wrote messages in the hearts.  I then glued the hearts near my glitter heart.  Also, to define my somewhat crappy glitter heart, I took a pink paint pen and outlined the heart with my pen.

Once you’re done with all this, hang as you please in your area, I put it next to my jewelry counter near my bedroom.

 

 

 

PS. Wait till you see what these shiny pretty pieces are for!

30 Day Photography Challenge Day 20 – Bokeh

Bokeh

Day 20 - Bokeh

This is my first attempt at trying Bokeh.  I had to look up tips so I can get my camera, which still has the stock lens kit, to create a beautiful Bokeh effect.  This photograph is a sample of my rosary making skills, this was one of my first attempts and I’m very proud of it.  I like the way that the beads of the rosary give off that lovely bokeh lights, and how the crucifix is in sharp focus.

30 Day Photography Challenge Day 19 – Your Shoes

Your Shoe

Day 19 - Your Shoes

Unseasonably warm weather, results in awesome shoe wearing to the mall.  I can’t live without my Juliet 2 shoes, they are so comfortable that even a sunny day to church wouldn’t put any stress on my already hurt foot!

The Photo-maniac

So, as you know, I like taking photographs, while I am certainly not the best a photography, I make up most of it in Photoshop skillz….well not really, but if there is one thing about me, is that I try really REALLY hard to make sure each photograph and manipulation are better than the last.  I also like this Photo Challenge because it pushes the bar to where I try new things I thought I would never do with my photographs.  In fact, I’m carrying my camera more now just to get a nice shot for one of the challenges than I have before.  I’m also considering about starting a series of Photographs regarding the creepy dolls I’ve encountered in my mission to find comic books for cheap.

Anyway, aside from my love for anything photography related, I wandered onto this website from PuglyPixel and A Beautiful Mess, and I haven’t been able to stop drooling over it!!!  PhotoJoJo is a great place for anything and everything photography related, and gives me some nicely priced items to look at.  Below are several things that I’ve been currently looking at lately:

Wide Angle & Macro Lens Adapter

White Balance Lens Cap

Pop-up Flash Bounce

Also, I’ve been wandering to several pawn shops lately, and I found at one a nice Nikon 78 – 300 zoom lens.  The best part?  It was priced at $160!!! I have it on layaway right now, so I’m determined to get it as soon as possible!!

That’s it for me at the moment, those of you who do have cameras, what brand do you use?  What are the items that you can’t live without?