My Journey

Two years ago, I suffered from a nervous breakdown. I had barely any energy from day to day. On nice days, I would slowly walk outside and sit on the front porch. This was when my life would change.

A neighbor boy would carry his new kitten to me, he had named him Charlie. Charlie in days to come would sneak outside and run over and crawl into my lap and fall asleep. Eventually, this became a daily ritual.

This where I started to play with Charlie and why not try to capture some pictures of my little furry friend Charlie.

This is where my photo journey began with a neighbor cat Charlie as my

cat model . Using a android cell phone I would capture moments on my furry friend. Which in turn, I began gaining my energy back. Looking forward to play with this kitten oh yes!

Charlie loved to play with his feather




As the days progressed with my new found furry friend. We became great buddies. Charlie was always by my side.


and my cell phone was always clicking. Charlie, was very catgenic to the camera, I was amazed how the pictures were looking.


I do recall, six months later, my friend Howard challenged me to do the 22 day push up challenge. I accepted. Then I nominated my buddy Charlie to also do the push up challenge.


For 22 days on my facebook page I was posting a picture of my friend. My family thought I was going crazy. I was having fun.


Charlie was my therapy and this was when I knew I wanted to take more pictures than of my cat (sorry Charlie). I wanted to take pictures as a hobby. My journey will broaden to new adventures .  






As the days progressed with my new found furry friend. We became great buddies. Charlie was always by my side.


and my cell phone was always clicking. Charlie, was very catgenic to the camera, I was amazed how the pictures were looking.


I do recall, six months later, my friend Howard challenged me to do the 22 day push up challenge. I accepted. Then I nominated my buddy Charlie to also do the push up challenge.


For 22 days on my facebook page I was posting a picture of my friend. My family thought I was going crazy. I was having fun.


Charlie was my therapy and this was when I knew I wanted to take more pictures than of my cat (sorry Charlie). I wanted to take pictures as a hobby. My journey will broaden to new adventures .  

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I still did not have enough confidence to take pictures. Everyone liked the picture of the sailboat. I had to keep on going and trying.

Charlie was still my model wished he would go out on adventures with me. I was looking for something in taking pictures, just did not know what ? I would take pictures of grass, flowers or a rainstorm.

For Christmas, two years ago, my husband purchased me a Canon Power shot HS 360. I was hesitant at first to try this camera. For I had never owned a fancy camera. I was used to taking pictures with my cell phone. I joined a photo contest, not because I was determined. I just wanted to study others work. I am a person that likes to learn by trial and error.

Last January , due to the heavy snowstorms and ice in the Delaware River, I took the advantage of venturing out and using my Canon. I forgot to tell you, I named my camera Chuckles.

I encountered another Hobbyist photographer John and he would give me helpful tips. As well as the photographers on the contest site.

Cold out, nice to have a photographer friend to hang out with from time to time. I would drive down to Bristol a lot. I knew I needed to venture to other areas. I wanted more just did not know what.

This picture was taken in Morrisville, PA when the Delaware River was ice.

My journey has been inspiring. Meeting other photographers on my outings. Who was nice enough to talk and offer

up helpful tips. To this day, I am still learning I want to shy away from the Auto mode on my camera, and 

try the other modes with all my pictures. I’m not afraid to try new things and I am willing to learn. Thank you

for helping me and giving me encouragement to my family , friends and fellow photographers.

Today, a year later I have I am also encouraging others to keep their heads up and start seeing life at it’s finest. 

So today, I will start by adding photos with a story behind that photo . 

Will you care to hear about my pictures ?  

Coast Guard dredging the water

Anyone that knows me . Happy go lucky with a story to tell

This picture was taken in Bristol, Pa. Last year , on a cold January afternoon . Did I say Cold January afternoon, I love to go near the water

and ponder and to clear my head. I was enjoying taking pictures of the ice when I heard a boat coming with the sun in my eyes . I saw a tugboat a coming. Not just any tugboat. This was a Coast Guard Tug Boat coming up the Delaware river dredging or cutting the ice to make way for the ships. With freezing temperatures and very thick ice.

I was very excited to see how beautiful this picture came out. Today, I do enjoy 

taking pictures of moving and action pictures.

On this day , It was sleeting outside . I decided to drive to the Bristol Wharf just too see what it was like. I pulled into the parking spot looked toward the water

Oh my gosh ! a ship was passing by, as I grabbed Chuckles my camera I was practically trotting across the parking lot to capture this photo of the ship

with the tug boat as a guide. The most thrilling adventure of the day.

I was just excited that this was new to me. Made my day. Of course,

everything makes my day. A year later as I look at this photo . I

would not change a thing about it . A great memory to have and a great memory to share with others . In my eyes , it’s a Judy’s moment.

My first bird !  I had never thought that I was able to capture a bird so clearly. 

Almost , I was walking in the woods at the Bristol Wharf, very sunny and yet I left my sunglasses at

home . I heard this odd chirp musical sounding. I kept looking and looking . To no avail, I finally spotted him. Way up high was this bird looking down at me. I decided that I 

had to snap fast or I was going to loose this beautiful sight. This was when I knew I wanted it all, all the

birds of every species . My journey heightened more and more . My next step I wanted a Eagle 

will I or will I not ?

I am the type of woman, who loves to better herself. A challenge I will greatly accept with fear behind that challenge. 

When my mind is set. I will go for it. I had heard that there were Bald Eagles in Bristol Borough. Never had I thought I 

would actually get to see them. With determination I was there looking out across the Delaware River toward Burlington Island.

My 10 year old son had a ice skating party at the Grundy Ice Rink. I had dropped him off and headed toward the Wharf. Still nothing ! I was feeling frustrated and I was not going to give up.

As I was driving back to the ice skating rink, I happened to look up at

this bird flying overhead at first I was going to blow it off as a Turkey Vulture . No No NO it was a Bald Eagle flying above . I was so excited

I quickly pulled over, grabbed Chuckles my camera and hung out the drivers

door. Mind you, I have never caught a bird in flight this was my first

and as steady as I could with shaking hands. I clicked and clicked . 

What an awesome day. Set me to a new high going to capture this Eagle just to see how it really looks, the adventure came 

and day after day. Finally paid off. I was standing at the Wharf in Bristol, Pa 

I happened to look up and saw the Eagle flying to the Bristol side.

Excitement filled in yet I wasn’t going to get my hopes up . Not knowing where this guy landed. I quickly walked over and 

there he was in the tree across the way. Talk about an event, I felt as if he was a  rock star ! 

Like he was singing I flew my way to you Judes ! 

I named him Nick Foles from of course the Philadelphia Eagles . 

Until I looked away, Nick Foles flew away . I was so excited from then on my pictures of birds gave me more confidence 

. My Journey has taken me on anew road, I enjoy going out spending the alone time. In my passing , I encounter other photographers and may hangout and just to encourage one another. Every morning, I would wake up and pray that I would just capture a good picture today. As I am taking pictures, I hear a voice in my head say “stand here” or “look at it this way. ” I realize now, that it’s not the camera that takes the picture it’s the person behind the camera.

After a year, I am still learning something new everyday. Charlie my cat is still my model . He is always at my side at home.

I encourage you to take pictures as a hobby. Get out and look around and see what is happening.

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