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Unless otherwise noted, all photographic images in this blog are the sole property of Kim L Branson and therefore may not be copied or used in any way without expressed permission by the owner. Thank you.

Welcome to CLIQUE!

I can trace my love of photography back three generations, to the early 1900s and my paternal great-grandfather, Henry Mattson. I have a really cool photo that he took of the old family homestead in Minnesota, sometime before 1910. According to family history, Grampa Mattson frequently took photos of his world - the people and places that he loved.

It warms my heart to know that this love of photography didn't skip any generations as it passed down to me! I am blessed to have such a legacy and I hope to pass it on to my own children and grandchildren some day.

I experience a physical and spiritual thrill whenever the Lord shows Himself in His marvelous creation around us and in the people I meet. My dream vacation would be to spend a year or two just traveling around the US, stopping at little out of the way places and photographing the interesting characters and the beauty of nature to be found along the way - those things that draw me closer to GOD and help point others to Him, too.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Challenge for Sept 28 - Oct 4th, 2007

Thanks to Chel for continuing on with our weekly challenges!

This first photo shows a focused photo that tells a story - this is my dear gf Rhonda and her youngest grandbaby, Hannah. There is so much love between these two and I believe this photo captures that. I zeroed in on their faces to capture the closeness and joy these girls have for one another.

This second photo was taken in Rhonda's front yard and shows the detailed evidence of the chilly freshness of an autumn rain. Again, focused in tightly, this time on the leaf and raindrops. I included a little of the background to show the contrast between the colorful fall leaves and the remaining greenery of the surrounding trees and bushes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Autumn Photo Shoot

The first photo was taken last week in Wasilla...

The next 11 photos were taken at Beach Lake in Chugiak, which is about a 15 minute drive from our house.

The next eight photos were taken along Beach lake Road

These next five pics were taken at Fire Lake in Eagle River - about a 5 minute drive from home

This last photo was taken on W. Frontage Road in Eagle River -- just up the street from our place.
TFL ~ kimB

Autumn Action Pics

I took these photos on Monday, while I was out for a fall photo-shoot. I stopped at a nearby lake and this woman came by with her dog. I didn't pay attention to them at first, but when she began throwing a tennis ball in the water, I snapped off a couple of pics... I couldn't see the movement of the water while taking the pic, but was pleasantly surprised by how this first image came out once I got home and saw it on the screen :)!

TFL - kimB

This Photo Tells a Story...

...Of my Dad. I didn't take this photo, obviously, but it's one of my favorites because of how happy Dad is. This was taken in October 2005, when we were flying to Las Vegas for one of Dad's many slot machine tournaments that he participated in. This particular trip was our third and we were able to go one more time - in December 2006.

As his health deteriorated, Dad was more comfortable remaining in his home, rather than going out to socialize -- but he greatly enjoyed playing those slots and it was my joy to go along and take care of him. TFL --

-- kimB

Saturday, September 8, 2007

More Baby Pics ~ CC Encouraged!

This is Jacey (Jay-see) - the little 14 month old boy my daughter Jen cares for. He's such a cutie and makes me laugh every time we're together! I took these shots yesterday while at Jen's - converted some of them to B&W and am interested in your input. I don't use B&W very often, but I kind of like the way these turned out (converted in Roxio 5.0).

TIA for your comments and critiques!

Baby Photos

These photos are of little Robert Jr - grandson of Mel, our booth-mate during the fair. He's about 7 or 8 months old, I think... and such a sweetie!

-- TFL

More State Fair Photos -- "People"

I don't have much opportunity to take many "people pics," so these are not my best shots -- but these are people I care about and we had fun so, for whatever it's worth - here they are... CC always welcomed and appreciated!

The kids in these photos are my g.friend Rhonda's children Steven & Rebecca and her foster daughter, Diane. TFL --