All I had with me was a camera phone on my walk this afternoon when I found this.   I enhanced the color a tad with my PicSay Pro app and voilà!  Since I haven’t mentioned it in a while, if anyone is looking for a good app for your smart phone to do quick, but quality photo editing, PicSay Pro is the way to go.  It far outshines the Photoshop app I found.  I paid about $1.99 a year and a half ago for it.  It may be a tad more now, but it’s worth it.  You can do all the basic editing like adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, etc.  But, you can also layer your photos or use Faux HDR, posterize, pencil sketch, duotone, B&W, sepia, tilt shift, etc. etc. and pick from several borders.

Algebra is Cute

I was looking at the cover of Elayn Martin-Gay’s Intermediate Algebra (Fifth Edition) and thought, if a person didn’t understand English, the conclusion might be drawn that this was a book on art history.  It looks so innocuous.  One would never guess that pages of formulas waited within the hardcover with indifferent patience. 

But, I am beginning to appreciate some concepts.  I found synthetic division the other night.  I’ll go so far as to even say it’s cute.  It basically involved division without variables (that you can add back later) and it was such a clean way to come to the final answer.  I loved it.  Plus, calling it “cute” kind of almost makes it seem like something I’d enjoy doing…and not at all intimidating.  This is good, because my first exam is tonight. 

Wish me luck!

By the way, I took the above photo on my camera phone on my lunch break when I was supposed to be studying.    Yes…I may need more than luck tonight.  Ha!


Espress-O-Junction, in Burlington, Washington,  is my favorite drive-thru espresso stand between Mount Vernon and Bellingham.   The baristas know what I want before I order it, I love the rich flavor of their espresso, and the little details like chocolate covered coffee beans on the lid just top off the experience.  And really, when you have a long day ahead of you, it’s nice to start off the morning in a familiar place and the wonderful aroma of freshly ground espresso beans.  

This is another shot via my Motorola Droid.   Happy Friday!

Wax Tails

Sadly, a DSLR isn’t always at my fingertips.  However, having spent the greater part of 2010 creating photo “art” on my cell phone, I thought I’d see what my Motorola DROID could do today when I found these candles.   The lighting was decent, so the “Wax Tails” didn’t turn out half bad.

Posts on this blog prior to August 4th were all Motorola DROID, cell phone art (transferred over from their original home on Blogspot).    When I started pursuing photography more seriously around July, the cell phone art became less interesting, and I only do it occasionally now.


“Can I steal your dice?” I asked Josh after harassing him for Photoshop advice.

“No…you can’t steal my dice.”

“Can I borrow your dice?” I tried again.

“What are you going to do with them?” 

Eventually we worked out a temporary custody agreement so I could get this photo of the day with his Dungeons and Dragons dice.

42 immediately jumped out at me.  Not only is it my favorite number, it is also the ultimate answer to ultimate question of life, the universe and everything. 

I had no idea how significant my number choice would be when I picked it out as a child.  I remember being in elementary school doing multiplication tables, and 7 x 6 = 42 became my favorite.   Apparently Douglas Adams and even Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) had a similar fascination. 

Camera:  Motorola DROID, 5 megapixels
Apps:  Picsay Pro; Faux HDR and Tilt-Shift

A Piece of Dirty Dan

Yesterday afternoon ended with a London Fog from Tony’s Coffee (always done to perfection) and a stroll through the Village Green in Fairhaven where I stopped to read my new book, The House of God by Samuel Shem.   Chapter I of this book made me wonder if medicine is a good field to go into.  The jury is still out on both the book and on medicine. 

As I left the Green, I noticed the accumulation of autumn leaves around the Dirty Dan statue.  Photographing it is way overdone, so I tried to look for a new perspective on it, and decided upon this.   Sometimes, the smallest fraction of an object is more interesting than the whole.  

Camera:  Motorola Droid, 5 mega pixels.
Apps:  PicSay Pro;  I increased the saturation and played with a new feature called Faux HDR and Instant Film.

Cat Scratch Fever

David and I found a friendly stray feline on the way to coffee yesterday afternoon.  Here’s my view, and here’s his view.

David’s Images of Life

Camera:  Motorola Droid
Apps:  PicSay Pro
Location:  That familiar path between work and Fred’s;  Burlington, WA

All You Need is Droid



And love.  This is my first blog post from my Motorola Droid using the WordPress app, and I decided to post a couple of pictures I took with my camera phone at my friend Jasmine’s wedding. 

The lighting was perfect to capture the cake, and these corks were a gift to me from the bartender to add to my growing collection.  What will I do with all these corks?  No idea.  For now, they overflow the small basket in my kitchen as I decide.

Camera:  Motorola Droid
Apps:  Picsay Pro
Location:  Country Club, Lake Stevens Area


I’m learning an entirely new operating system at work over the next couple of weeks.  And I still have meetings to attend.  And busy work to complete.  And my brother and his family just arrived in Western Washington.  And tomorrow I’m hanging all of my work at Tony’s Coffee House and still have two pictures to frame.  But, I’m surviving…with coffee, careful time management, and the occasional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.   If only that escape button had the power to do what it said!

Camera:  Motorola Droid
Apps:  PicSay Pro (of course!)
Location:  Windowless Classroom;  Burlington, Washington

Dear Adrienne

Dear Adrienne,

Thank you for hosting the Monday night BBQ with Jimmy (a.k.a The Shady Chef) and for the divine chocolate truffles, of which the butterscotch were my favorite…

Please share the recipe with your Lush sisters. 

And cheers to all the others who signed the cork on Monday night!  Thanks for Penguin wine, Karen (a.k.a. Scribbles) Morse!!

Camera:  Motorola Droid
Apps:  PicSay Pro
Location:  Secret Backyard Location; Bellingham, Washington



Rain?  In Western Washington?  Noooo. 

Andy and I took a shopping trip to La Conner on Saturday after test driving some cars.   I got the pleasure of sharing this enormous Henry Weinhard’s umbrella with him, which had been aquired from a golf tournament sometime ago.   It’s no wonder everyone assumes we’re a couple.  But, rest assured World, we are still happily besties and more like brother and sister than anything resembling a “couple”.


It’s a tradition.  If there’s a birthday in my department, the entire management staff goes out for lunch.  I think this is a great tradition that should continue as long as I’m employed.  This ensures at least 11 birthday lunches a year, which generally tend to be a tad longer than the normal lunch break.

Camera:  Motorola Droid
Edits and Border:  PicSay Pro
Location:  Sports Keg in Burlington, Washington