are you ready for some FOOTBALL

I love watching football, IF the Patriots are playing. Last Sunday we had the opportunity not only to go to the game, but, also to be on the field while the teams were warming up. I made sure I had my camera, 2 charged batteries,  extra memory cards, and I also brought my 100-400m lens. Unfortunately I dropped it at the security table and it BROKE :(.

We arrived at Gillette Stadium 2 hours early. We wanted to get to the tables close to the windows in the Putnam Club. We figured we could use it as a basecamp to warm up. It snowed on Sunday, was really cold, and all the seats were damp and cold!

The Patriots were played the Broncos. It was an exciting game to watch, lots of action from both teams. We even got to see a trick play that didn’t go very well. Third down and long yardage, the Patriots lined up to punt. Then the whole Special teams ran off the field with the Bronco’s falling in suit. Unfortunately the Offense Line didn’t get back in time to execute the play.  It really was a sight to see!

Here are some highlights from the day. The Patriots won 43-21. We had a great time.

suffolk DOWNS

Yesterday was a spectacular day here in Boston, 86° and bright sun all day.  My husband and I decided to make a trip to Suffolk Downs, the local race track, located near Logan Airport.

In 2011, the state passed a law that would allow for 3 resort style casinos and 1 slot machine parlor to open in Massachusetts. One of the coveted spots, would be in the greater Boston area.

Suffolk Downs (backed by the Mohegan Sun group) was one of the locations being considered.  But, lost out to a Wynn Resort which will be built in nearby Everett.

Because of this, Suffolk Downs will be shutting down forever on October 4th. He thought yesterday would be a perfect day for us to go.

I don’t remember the last time I went to Suffolk Downs. I think I was part of a big group, and the excitement in the air was palpable. Today the crowd was just there. I felt no excitement around me.  The track wasn’t crowded, and had no life to it. People were watching races from other parks on TV’s set up near the betting windows.  I remember listening to the people around you strategizing about what horse they were going to pick.  Not today, just a bunch a lackadaisical people mulling around.  I wondered if I was missing something.

We stayed for 5 races, the last being the 7th race, the most exciting for us.  The number 1 horse was Everyday Dave, how could I not bet him, my husbands NAME.  I always bet on Number 7 in the 7th race.  I went to the window placed my bet. $5.00 on 7 across the board, $5.00 on 1 across the board and a $1.00 box on 7 & 1.  We got the tickets and went outside to watch the race. We picked our spot right in front of the finish line, so we wouldn’t miss anything.  The bugle sounded and they were off, our horses were in the top 3 while they were coming towards the finish line.  It was hard to make out who the winners were.  A photo finished was needed. My horses came in first and second, I won $71.00. The excitement was back.

Even if I ended down a couple bucks.

All the pictures were taken with my iPhone 6!

another minted.com POST

Here I am sitting at my computer. I got an email from Minted.com. (this is the site where I have entered my pictures in some contests and actually have won, and sold some), reminding me that voting has begun for the last contest I had entered.

I went to the minted.com site and what did I see?

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My picture, right there on the front page of their website. I was shocked and pretty surprised. I sent a link to my husband, and he told me when he went to their site, he was directed to a different home page, not the one that I had been directed to. I was reminded how sophisticated internet direct marketing can be. Everything you do online can been seen, and companies will take advantage of that!  They show you what they think you want to see.  Increasing the odds that you may buy what you were, looking at previously.

So, the point of this is not to rant about what gets shown to who and why. It’s another plea for your help, and ask you again to vote for ME.

These are the images I have submitted these pictures.


Here is the link VOTE

Thanks for all the support, I really appreciate it!

what’s HAPPENING

I haven’t posted a blog, or even looked at my reader.

Here is a link to what I have been up to in pictures. Click on the ferris wheel to watch it.

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I also opened a store on the minted site, click the picture to see my storefront.

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I would love feedback, if you have any to give.

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

new york city DREAMING

Here is something that I did as an experiment.  Walking in New York city, I felt as if I was constantly walking into a crowd.  I was disoriented, and adrift from my family, since I was behind my lens.

I was in constant motion and tried to capture this with my camera….How did I DO?