Saturday, May 11, 2013

Practice makes perfect & a personal note

I was out exploring the yard, taking some practice shots the other day, trying to learn how to blur the background in a shot but have the main subject crisp & clear. I managed some pretty decent shots so I thought I'd share them today.

The bane of my existence are Pecan Trees in the spring. We have five of them on our property, all close to the house, and all are in full blossom. Hundreds of these pollen filled tassels are making everything green and causing me to sneeze.

Some old pots leaning kind of funky against the well. I like how they swoop up and draw my eye to the corner.

A well protected Thrasher egg nestled inside a Holly bush. 

Love this grass!

Spotted this mushroom among some tiny weeds, glistening in the sun. It's not as big as it looks!

I managed to sit my camera on the ground and take some shots. I couldn't even see the viewfinder because I had crammed it so far down. This is my husband's favorite shot of the mushroom so I had to include it :)

I felt kind of weird taking what seemed to be random photos, but it is really stirring my creative juices. I'm no where near where I want to be but it is fun to reach for a creative goal!

Do you ever just go out to play?


By the time most of you see this post it will be Mother's Day. If you are a mom, I wish you all the best memories! I will be remembering my beautiful daughter Amy and our final goodbye on Mother's Day last year.

Here's a poem I wrote recently in memory of Amy, as an assignment in a grief writing course I am taking.


tiny and weak
your newborn hands,
cradled protectively
within my own,
sweet kisses from my lips
cover them in prayer.

slender and cool
your delicate hands,
entwined  gently
within my own,
hot tears and desperate kisses
blanket them in prayer.

warm and strong
your beautiful hands,
reaching out
enfolded safely,
for all eternity
held by Another.

creased and worn,
my cold hands
rest empty,
wet with tears
silent prayers.

Written by Anne Payne, April 24th 2013
(Do not copy or use in any way without my permission)

I do truly wish you all a blessed day in the Lord!


  1. Love the photos.

    Your poem in memory of your Beautiful Daughter Amy made tears sting my eyes. Anne, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish those memories as I know you will.

    Judy B

  2. Anne - your photos are absolutely stunning! And, I love that you love to just go out and play! I do too! And I have taken mushroom shots, but none as fun as yours! I am so looking forward to what you "see" through the lens of grief. God is so good to shower us with gifts of life going on around us to draw us back to him and to give us His desire for life. Even when we walk through it with heavy hearts, he brings us so much joy! You inspire me to pursue my desire to learn more about photography. Thank you for that! Your poem brought tears to my eyes this morning, Anne. You stirred my heart and I sense your holding on and letting go all in one. So hard a journey, but not impossible with God. I am definitely keeping you and your husband in prayer this Mother's Day. May God encourage you with his hope of eternity and maybe even put a big smile on your face as you contemplate such wonder!

  3. The photos are great! I agree with J on the mushroom photo, very cool pix.

    Your poem is a beautiful reminder of a Mother's love.

    I remember those tiny hands, I fell in love with Amy the very first time I saw her and held her in my arms. I miss her too.

    You are in my prayers.

    I love you.

  4. You photos are beautiful, Anne, but what's even more beautiful is the love that shines through in your poem in memory of Amy. God bless you, and may your sweet memories of your dear Amy and your mother give you peace tomorrow. Remember to celebrate you. You still are an active mother, and your children love you. Happy Mother's Day! Missing my mom too.

  5. Dear, sweet Anne, your poem is beautiful! I can tell it was poured out onto paper from your heart. Praying for you, friend!

    Your photos are captivating! I love the stacked pots and the nest is amazing :)

    May your day be filled with sunshine and blessings!

    Love and hugs!

  6. Gorgeous pics, Anne! Lovely poem. Praying for you and wishing u a wonderful Mother's Day filled with God's assurance that His daughter Amy is doing fine with Him, too. Hugs!

  7. Thinking of you, love those mushrooms! :)

  8. Wow. What a wonderful poem, Anne. Love you!


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