LA Ingram Photography

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Welcome to LA Ingram Photography which is now located in Bloomington, Indiana. Photography is something I greatly enjoy and I hope to convey that in all my photos. I just love being as creative as I can with a camera, some Photoshop & graphic use thrown in too. Oh, and I LOVE color! You may see samples of my work listed on the right side of the webpage under "Link Favs".
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sharing is a good thing...

We had a very lovely time this evening sharing a meal with our beach camp hosts here at Hardin Ridge. Thank you Nancy and Harold for all the wonderful food! Not only did I not have to cook, but I learned more about our fellow camp hosts and we had the opportunity to see a beautiful sunset this evening as well. God is so good.

Taken on my iPhone 5 and edited with Snapseed.

Today my husband put my PVC flagpole together with all the supplies from our local Lowes. It cost just under $15. We had to get creative with the top where it attaches as my flag is the sleeve on a pole variety for banner flags not the grommet type that all the "how to" links use. I'll get a close-up of the top part and add it tomorrow. I think it looks great and just in time for the 4th of July.

The pic below is the little surprise I found in the fold of the flag after I had taken it off the wood pole I had it on. My husband was attaching it to the pvc and I just happened to see it before he placed his hand right on top of it! Scary darn thing! We were both a big freaked out and  kept looking for more. Yikes!

I was able to read some interesting things about the black widow here: 

It really is a cool site!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Lake Monroe Dam

Yesterday on the way back to Hardin Ridge, we stopped by the Lake Monroe Dam off of IN-37 from Bloomington, Indiana. The sky was a gorgeous shade of blue with fluffy clouds and low humidity! There are some nice shaded areas with picnic tables and there looked to be some areas for bank fishing too. 

The top picture was taken at an overlook to Lake Monroe from the top of the dam.

Here are a few random pics taken here at Hardin Ridge Recreation Area 
this last week.

At the end of White Oak's loop, you will find this pond. It is a very popular tent camping site.

The Hardin Ridge Entrance and my teenie weenie, Rocky, enjoying some sunshine.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Beautiful Hummingbirds

For my birthday last week, I splurged and got a hummingbird feeder. At one time I had one, but it broke from use I believe. Even picked up some vinca plants for some pots I had in storage. I miss having flowers in bloom spring through fall. Having to keep up a landscaped yard was work, but I really enjoyed watching my plants grow each year.

These little Ruby-throated hummingbird females are fun to watch as they fly in and out for some sugar water. Cheap entertainment as we sit on our very quiet long street in the Hoosier National Forest. Quiet at least Monday through Wednesday. lol!

Shot these with my Canon 85mm prime lens. I added two texture layers and a sharpening action.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Textures and Overlays

I have been working with textures and cloud overlays this morning...still learning how to use them. The first pic is SOOC (straight out of the camera) with no edits and the second is the finished photo.

For this picture, I used a Shoot the Moon texture from Kindling 2 Luminescent Textures Collection in CS5 and a KML Creatives cloud overlay with tweaks here and there with a sharpening action. Both creators can be found on Facebook and they are on sale from time to time also. Easy peasy. Love how layers can add so much to a photo! 

Love this photo of our grandson, Jonah, on Lake Monroe beach. 
I used a few textures on this too.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Pileated Woodpecker

From what I have found,  there are about seven varieties of woodpeckers here in Indiana. The Pileated woodpecker seems to be pretty common here in the Hoosier National Forest. We had a pair pecking out an old log in front of our RV this morning. I am amazed at how large these birds can be...about the size of a crow.

Wikipedia states this:
The Pileated Woodpecker is a very large North American woodpecker, roughly crow-sized, inhabiting deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific coast.

Here is a neat site for bird identification. This site is amazing! You can hear all the sounds of each bird, their food, migration, etc. A must for bird watching.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Found a fawn today...

Yesterday one of our campers told us that while on his off trail walk he and his pit bull came across a small fawn. It seems there was a fawn with two other deer nearby and the dog found the little one hunkered down in some leaves. The dog sat down between the other deer and the fawn as if to be protecting it. The owner had let him off leash to run a few minutes (while owner was present) and when the dog wasn't returning right away, he discovered the fawn and the reason behind it all.

Well today, Rob, the pit owner, came to our RV to let us know that the fawn was across the road from his camping area which is a good distance from where they had seen it the day before. He believes that the fawn tracked the scent of his pit bull back to their camping area. When we went to the area it was located this is what we found. 

Just life in the woods.

It looks like it has been injured because of all the flies on the hind quarters. We tried to corner it with the small retention wall on the opposite side, but the little guy was able to get over it on the second attempt. Whatever the injury, it doesn't seem to keep it from moving...and quickly. I thought for a minute we'd be able to move it to a better location as the park has been busy with activity this weekend, but it had other plans and scampered into the woods.

My daughter was able to find some rehab sites by county listing for the state of Indiana so if the fawn comes back, I'll see if we can get it some assistance.

I, like so many, have heard all the stories of pit bulls and not in the best of light. I for one and an advocate of there are no bad breeds...just bad owners. This particular pit was very sweet and very well trained. Kudos to this dog owner!

Last night the fawn came back to the area, but sadly it was too weak to last the night. Last night I was able to call a rehab facility here in Monroe County, but they are out of private funding and were unable to help.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Some more critters over the last few weeks

Since living in an RV since September, we no longer get to luxury of wi-fi internet and are now relying on our data connections via our phones which was the plan knowing the changes we'd be making back then. Sometimes my laptop syncs up and sometimes not so much. So here are a few photos of some other visitors over the last month.

This is a striped skink we found at the park entrance. So colorful!

A baby painted turtle down at the beach of Lake Monroe here at Hardin Ridge:

This baby skunk that was taken on my phone and would have been closer if I'd had my good camera. Oh, well. He was cute, fast & stinky! We have seen two skunks cross the rode just in front of the gatehouse this week...may need to post a "skunk crossing" sign if this keeps up! lol!

Just a gorgeous pic of the beach here at Hardin Ridge on Lake Monroe. The water was really high at this time and has since gone down so the beach is now accessible to everyone.

Our Regular Woodland Visitors

We have seen many deer in and around the campground over the last month or so, but recently we've seen this trio just outside our RV. They are known to visit in the morning and last evening when it's really dark. There feet can be heard in the distance as they tromp through the leaves as they nibble on low hanging vegetation. The largest female, in bottom center, is always on the lookout for every little noise. Correction...He kept looking my way as I tried to get in for closer pics while the other two continued to munch. When I looked closer at the photo in Photoshop, I noticed he had some antlers forming which explains the big size difference compared to the other two deer. As sure as they sensed or saw me, those tails go straight up in the air with a flash of white they bound away into the woods. I never tire of seeing them as they are so beautiful!