Shari Ameling Photography: Blog en-us (C) Shari Ameling Photography [email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Thu, 07 Dec 2023 02:21:00 GMT Thu, 07 Dec 2023 02:21:00 GMT Shari Ameling Photography: Blog 120 80 Holiday Season - 2023 This year the holiday season has snuck up on me.  Even though we got back from Alaska at the end of September, I just finished going through my photos from the trip.  I'm happy with what I took, though of course, would've liked to take more.  I have had some time to think about what to get my family and friends, and luckily most have given me hints or outright lists to choose from.  For some reason I want to get my shopping over with and get everything wrapped and sent out within the next week.  I just don't want to be shopping or figuring out what to get anyone at the last minute, and unfortunately I am not a good Christmas or Chanukah shopper until at least October.

I am not sure how I am going to post all the photos that I love, but I will work on it. :-)  This particular one is an island that we passed on one of the first days that we sailed out of Vancouver.  It was an island, and as we got closer we could see more and more homes on it.  At first we thought it was deserted, but as we got closer to it, and further along its coast, we saw more and more homes.  My husband thought it would be a great place to live, even after he saw the other homes on the island. We named the island "Mike's Island."  Unfortunately I do not know the real name of it, but I think it was a beautiful place, and would be a beautiful place to live.

If you would like a print, puzzle, mug or any other item made with any of my photos, please send me an email through this site at my Contact page and let me know what photo you would like made into something as a present for someone else or for yourself! 

You can also find me on Facebook at my Facebook photo site and DM me there!

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Mike's Island - Vancouver

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Island Vancouver Thu, 07 Dec 2023 02:20:59 GMT
Alaska - Whale Watching My husband and I went to Alaska last September.  We had a really good time.  We went whale watching while we were there and there was a baby humpback whale that kept breaching.  I'd never seen a whale breach before!  It was so much fun to see.

I hope you enjoy it!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska Breaching Whale Thu, 30 Nov 2023 23:22:11 GMT
Young Eagle in Alaska I was going through my photos and took a second look at this photo.  The original is farther away, but when I zoomed in I realized it was a nice picture of a young eagle (under 5 years old).  I love how they perch on top of things, and in this case the eagle is perched on top of a fallen tree stump/branch along the river that we were rafting down.  So cool to see eagles in person, close up and in a place where I was able to take pictures of them.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska Eagle Young Fri, 09 Jun 2023 00:06:48 GMT
BLUE Exhibition I'm really excited.  One of my photos has been chosen for an exhibition in June.  The theme is BLUE and they chose my photo from Alaska.  If you would like to see the photo at the exhibition, please go to from June 2-30, 2023 to see my photo online.  It will be for sale, so if you'd like your own copy of the beautiful image, please buy it from Midwest Center for Photography in June.  Buy it for yourself or as a gift for someone special!

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[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska Blue Exhibition Sun, 14 May 2023 18:17:43 GMT
Pelican Friend Going along with the theme of Florida, here is a picture of a Pelican that came to visit while we were walking out on the Lake Worth Pier.  This was not the last visit that we took to Florida.  In fact, it was a few visits back.  But I thought it was fun and cool to see the Pelican so close up.




[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Beach Florida Pelican Pier Tue, 09 May 2023 00:39:44 GMT
Beaches I have been on a much needed vacation to Florida.  I grew up in Florida, and as a teenager, it probably was not my favorite place.  Now that I am older I can appreciate it a bit more. This is a picture of the beach that I have posted before, but it is still one of my favorites. It is of my "home" beach and the pier in Lake Worth, Florida.  Though I am a redhead and fair skinned, I spent many weekends at the beach soaking up the sun.  I hope I don't pay for it now.  

This trip my husband and I took a walk along the pier.  We walked to the end where there were fisherman, and we looked down in the water and there were two sharks hanging around.  I have never seen a shark in the water (except exhibits).  I'd always wanted to see a shark in the water, yet not be in the water with it.  Unfortunately I did not get any pictures.

I hope that this picture gives you peace as you look at it.  I know it does me.

My beautiful picture

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Beach Florida Hometown Seagulls Tue, 02 May 2023 00:33:50 GMT
Butterflies - Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Every year in the spring, Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids has a butterfly exhibit.  I haven't been since 2019 but have plans to go in a few weeks.  This is a butterfly that looks completely different with its wings open.  When they open they are a beautiful shade of blue.  When they are closed, as this picture, they blend in really well with their background.  They are called a blue morpho and live in South America.  Apparently they only live 115 days.  I don't really know much more than that.  However the butterfly exhibit to me means Spring! And we are patiently waiting for the flowers to come up and the temperatures to stay warmer.  Hope you see butterflies during your spring and summer wherever you are.


Blue Morpho Butterfly

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Blue Butterfly Exhibit Morpho Spring Mon, 03 Apr 2023 12:00:00 GMT
Summer Flowers Though it is not summer yet, I was looking through my photos and found some from the summer of 2017.  That year I must've had more time and energy.  My flowers turned out really well, and oh so pretty. This photo is of flowers next to our A/C.  Not the most photogenic place, but the flowers around the A/C flourished.  I've planted zinnias and dahlias in this area.  This year I have tickweed (perennial) but hope to have room for more zinnias and dahlias.

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[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) dahlias flowers summer zinnias Wed, 15 Mar 2023 22:40:29 GMT
Snow in West Michigan It has been snowing here since last Thursday.  The Thursday before that it was sunny and 72 here.  Yikes.  That was fast.  Though it is November in Michigan.  However, we got 26 inches of snow in three days... from last Thursday to Saturday.  The last time we got that much snow was in 2013. That winter we got so much snow we ran out of places to put it after it was plowed.  Today the sun came back out and it got up to 40.  So the snow started to melt.  I think it may all be gone by the end of the weekend, because it is supposed to be warm (40s) for Thanksgiving. 

Anyways... here is a pic of our deck before it melted.  Kind of cool.

Stay warm!  Happy Thanksgiving!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) snow thanksgiving Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:29:51 GMT
Mighty Mac in Michigan I haven't written in awhile.  I haven't even taken pictures in awhile.  It's been a busy and stressful year, but things have turned out well.  I am very thankful that the year has turned out well.

My husband and I took a weekend trip up north to Mackinac Island in early September.  We stayed at a hotel in Mackinaw City.  We went to St. Ignace a few times, so drove across the Mackinac Bridge, or Mighty Mac as they call it.

Here is a picture of it all lit up at night!
Very pretty.... enjoy!!!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mackinac Bridge Mackinac Island Photography Sun, 23 Oct 2022 00:13:28 GMT
Getting Driver's License Renewed Today I received in the mail a notice that I need to get my driver's license renewed for my birthday (which is in March).  However I cannot do it online I have to come into the office to get it renewed.  I have two choices for getting an appt: 1) I found one online at lunch time (so I don't have to take time off work) at the closest Secretary of State office at 12:30 pm on Friday May 14th.  May 14th is way past my birthday.  2) Check the SOS website at 8 am and noon every day for an appt the NEXT DAY.  That means I have to tell my employer the DAY BEFORE that I am taking time off TOMORROW.  I am new at my job.. this is not an option for me.

So I wrote the SOS and told them this.  Still waiting on an answer.  Meanwhile I did book an appt on May 14th.  Hopefully I can take a long lunch that day, and that I don't get stopped by anyone while driving between March and May.

Here is a calming picture that I took in October.  It is so pretty.  I think I'll go take a long look at my pictures to de-stress.

Hang in there!  Spring is coming soon!


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) birthday destress license of path secretary state Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:18:59 GMT
New Year 2021 Haven't posted in a bit.  This one is going to be photo-less.  Weird for a blog of a photographer.  2020 didn't allow me much money or opportunity to go places to take pictures.  Happy New Year!  Here's to hoping that 2021 is better than 2020.  I did get a job in November, and so happily for me, my year has gotten better.  The world has gotten crazier though.  I have not stopped praying for my family, friends, and the United States.  Will start posting more pictures this year again.  

Take care and stay safe!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 11 Jan 2021 01:33:02 GMT
Horses Went for a ride today and checked out the animals nearby.  We have cows and horses.  Lots of corn and soybeans around as well  Though we live near a big(gish) city, we live in the country, which is a really nice location.  This horse was with his buddies eating.  I pulled up in my car next to the fence and he was patient with me being so close.  His buddy didn't like me and took off when I got too close.  However, you can see he is still keeping an eye on me.

This photo was taken in manual mode.  I am still practicing shooting in manual.  I had to increase the exposure in Lightroom just a bit, otherwise they are not edited.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) country eating horses Wed, 09 Sep 2020 21:01:30 GMT
Fall Already? I know, I know... the end of August is NOT fall, but it is starting to feel like it.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love when the leaves change.  I love college football (unfortunately that won't be happening this year).  I love the crisp fall days.  I don't like that winter will be here afterwards, but I try not to think about that.

This fall is bittersweet.  I have lots of time, but no job.  So less money than usual.  I have worked my entire life and am finding the extra time good and bad.  I have time to do things I didn't have time to do before, but I have lost a bit of confidence and purpose by being spit out of the work force by COVID-19.  Pretty honest and raw.  Have I overshared?  If you know me, you love me.  If you don't like that about me, oh well...

Here is a picture of how I see the fall.  It was taken in the fall and captures what fall mornings look like to me.




[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) barn early fall fog morning Sun, 30 Aug 2020 18:15:49 GMT
Car Show - Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! Today was a car show in Holland, MI which was put on on by the Camaros of Michigan.  This is the 4th year of the show.  Fran and Andy, who put it on, are really nice people and we really enjoy attending the show every year.  They raise money to help Hospice of Holland and also collect donations to help Harvest Stand Ministries

It was only in the low 80's temperature wise, but it was hot!!!  And I normally like the heat, but today it seemed hotter than normal.  Nice car show just the same. 

Today is my husband's birthday.  He has a beautiful orange 1967 Chevy Camaro.  He won the "Camaros of Michigan" trophy at the show!  I was so proud and happy for him!

Hope you are enjoying your day and weekend!!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) birthday camaro car show winner Sat, 25 Jul 2020 20:06:48 GMT
Tomatoes - It's the Little Things During the pandemic I decided to grow some vegetables.  I am a city girl, living in the country.  My first time growing tomatoes.  In fact, I blogged about them at my other site:  Finally, I had some cherry tomatoes turn red and were ready to pick.  I was SO excited!!!  The next project is to learn to can them.  I bought too many beefsteak tomato plants at the beginning of the planting season, and I think I will have way too many to eat.  So I'm going to give away some.  I should sell some.. but we'll see about that (perhaps a stand outside my driveway.. we do live on a busy road).  Gotta be resourceful given that I am job hunting and still looking.

Anyways, wanted to share my accomplishment.  And if you want any tomatoes, please PM me at: [email protected].  No cost if you contact me this way. If you stop by my stand that's another story, then it will be $1 a tomato. :-) 

Take care, enjoy the day, stay healthy! 

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) gardening have a great day tomatoes Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:43:57 GMT
What is the Best Camera to Buy? I have been taking photos for many years... in fact most of my life.  But I didn't always have the equipment I wanted.  You may hear that you can take a good photo with anything, including a box with a pin hole.  In theory, that is true.  The equipment doesn't make the photo just like expensive dishes don't make the wonderful meals that are cooked.  But I will say this, it is more fun to have a camera that you can do different things with.  With that being said, what is the best camera to buy?  Well... it depends upon what you want it for and what features you want.  

I bought my Nikon DSLR a few years ago.  And it was alot of money for me.  But it has lasted and still provides value.  However, there are more features available now that I wish I could get.  Maybe with my next camera.  If you are in the market for a new camera consider these things when purchasing one:


We all have to stick to a budget right?  No fun, but you really do have to consider what you can and are willing to spend on your camera.  Do keep in mind that the equipment you buy, if you take care of it, will last a long time.  The DSLR cameras that I would recommend for a beginner DSLR user start at about $400 and go up.  You can probably get a really nice one for under $1000.


Consider which brand you want to buy.  The two front runners that you will see in the market place these days are Canon and Nikon.  I have Nikon only because I have always heard what wonderful "glass" they have. (If you don't know, "glass" means lenses).  Putting a Nikon lens on a Canon body is not easy to do and not really recommended.  It is possible, but best to keep the lens and body the same manufacturer.  I am very happy with my Nikon, but I would still recommend the Canon line of cameras.  They take wonderful, clear pictures and both manufacturers provide similar features in their products.


This may not occur to you when buying a camera, but it is always good to hold one in your hands.  Is it comfortable?  What about the weight?  Is it too heavy?  Too light?  Just right?  If you have small hands like I do, you won't want a huge camera; and vice-versa.  You want to be able to enjoy taking photos with your camera. I suggest that you go to a store and actually hold the model of the camera in your hands before you buy it.  You can also try it out by going to and trying it out for a few days or a week.


The features of the camera are the fun part.  Do you shoot in automatic?  Do you want to shoot in manual mode?  Will you want video for your kids or action shots?  What about a flip screen that is also a touch screen?  And how about a feature that allows you to move your photos seamlessly from your camera to a shareable website?  These features are available on many cameras these days.

Where to Buy

There are many places to buy a camera.  You can buy one online or in a store.  You can try it out, and then buy it.  You can also save money by buying an Open-Box camera or a Refurbished one.  I love to buy at the following stores: B&H, Best Buy and  B&H is totally online, but the quality has always been excellent.  They run deals so check out their website at various times.  Best Buy allows you to go to the store and buy a camera that you are looking at, and handling, in person. lets you try out the camera and then you also have the ability to buy equipment from them.  


There may be other features or considerations that you have for buying a camera and the subsequent equipment, but the items discussed in this post is a good starting point, especially if you are a beginner DSLR user.

Have fun!  And keep on shooting!


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) beginner best buying camera dslr Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:18:48 GMT
Hummingbird Feeding Finally got a photo of a hummingbird feeding at our feeder.  I keep thinking that I need to get a remote control for my camera but I am not really into spending any money right now unless I have to.  I want to, but I don't have to.  I may break down and get myself one still.  We'll see.  We moved the feeder to move it off of the front porch.  I was concerned the hummingbirds wouldn't like the new location, but soon after we moved it, here came a hummingbird!  So I set my camera to make sure I had a fast shutter speed.  Unfortunately, I got it a bit underexposed but I got the wings.  I was so excited.  Hope you like it too!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) feeder feeding flight hummingbird in wings Sun, 31 May 2020 23:41:30 GMT
Beautiful Bird Photos -- Taking Some in my Spare Time I've been at home, like probably many of you are, due to the Stay at Home orders because of COVID-19.  My husband and I feed the birds with two bird feeders, one suet feeder, and a hummingbird feeder.  This year we have lots of birds.  We have a cardinal couple who have been around since we moved in six years ago, a blue jay, a grosebeek, and two (or more) woodpeckers.  There are also orioles in the neighborhood but haven't been sure if they are eating from our feeder yet.  Thought I saw one yesterday, but will keep looking.

Anyways, because of my limited access to places, I've been watching the birds, and the other day I sat on the porch while some of the birds came to the feeders.  Surprisingly they came to feed while I was there.  One in particular, a downy woodpecker came to eat at the suet feeder while I was sitting only about 50 feet away.  My goal is take beautiful bird photos and I was able to take some of the woodpecker.

I was  lucky.  Normally the birds don't stick around the minute I start lifting my camera to my face, and holding it up there is very tiring for me. 

I really, really want to get a picture of the hummingbirds when they come by.  I plan on setting up my camera on a tripod and getting a remote control for my Nikon camera to get a beautiful photo of a hummingbird.  This may take me awhile so don't hold your breath.  

Meanwhile I hope you enjoy my beautiful bird photo of the male downy woodpecker.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) beautiful bird close downy male up woodpecker Fri, 22 May 2020 19:18:54 GMT
Holland America Cruise Ships Alaska -- Glacier Bay Seems like a long time ago that my husband and I went on an Alaskan cruise.  Actually it was just last September, and it was late September.  We took a Norwegian Cruise to Alaska.  It was out of Seattle and went to Juneau, stopping along the way.  One of the places we went was to see the Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay.  Our ship went up the Tarr Inlet, were at the end was the glacier.  While we were traveling to the glacier, we had a Holland America cruise ship following us. However, they turned off and went up the John Hopkins Inlet to see the John Hopkins Glacier.  Our ship was supposed to go see it also, but we were running behind and I believe that only one ship can be in near the glacier at a time.

Holland America Cruise Ships Alaska

I took this photo from our balcony.  I was using my AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.  The photo was shot with ISO 1000, 85 mm, f/13 at 1/640 sec.  This is right where the two boats went off into the different inlets.  The mountain behind it is awesome.  It had just snowed and the snow was on the upper parts of the mountain.  To me it looks like an advertising picture, or surreal.  But it is real!  I find it beautiful and somehow funny too (not sure why).

Margerie Glacier Pictures

I know I have posted some of the Margerie Glacier, but here are some more.  This one was when we were coming up to it at the end of the inlet.  It looks small in this photo, but we are still fairly far away.  It really is huge!  This photo was taken with the settings of: ISO 1000, 300 mm, f/16 and 1/400 sec.  It is a bit high ISO, and I worry about it being too grainy, but it came out just the same.

Coming up to the Glacier

In this photo you can see the perspective.  We are on our balcony and the part of the ship you see is where the Captain sits.  Our ship was very large.  The glacier, again, does not look so big.  But it is.  This photo was taken with the following settings: ISO 1000, 122 mm, f/16, 1/400 sec.

This final photo was when we were still a ways out from the Glacier.  I didn't measure the distance but I would say we were still at least 200 yards from it, if not more.  As we got closer you could see more of the beautiful blue in it.  This was taken at: ISO 1000, 300 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec.

For a really close up, check out my previous blog post with an even closer look at the glacier.

Thanks for checking out my website.  Leave a comment if you like my photos!

Enjoy! And if you are a photographer, keep on shooting!





[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska Bay Cruise Glacier Holland Margerie Tue, 19 May 2020 15:49:15 GMT
Beginner Photography Equipment - Trying out Lenses When I was beginning in photography, I only had what would be considered beginner photography equipment -- one camera and one lens.  My lens was what came with my camera, and it was a 50 mm.  I loved my first camera and lens.  However, I kept wondering why I couldn't get AMAZING photos.  I would see it in my mind, take the picture and it wouldn't come out how I thought it would.  This was many years ago.

More Money, More Photography Equipment

As I progressed in my photography, and in life, I also was able to buy more equipment.  Finally, I was earning more money at my day job.  And I could choose one other lens to buy.  But what kind of lens should I buy?  I was more confused than ever when I went to look at the different lenses out there.  There were so many to choose from, and they all ranged in price by ALOT!!!  

I found it overwhelming.  I kept hearing two things: 1) you don't need a fancy camera or equipment to take great photos; and 2) if you are going to invest in equipment, it pays to invest in great "glass," or a great lens.   So which one was it?  Well, you really don't need a really expensive camera or lens to take a great photo.  There are more to taking a beautiful photo such as composition, color, lighting, etc.  BUT you have to admit, a lens that will open up really wide (small f/stop) that focuses automatically and provides vibration reduction, is something that I was definitely wanting to buy.  Again, the price for some of those great lenses were out of my price range.

Try It Out

With the advent of the internet, there are many stores to choose from to buy photography equipment.  I still didn't know what I wanted to buy, so I decided to try it out before I bought it.  I heard about and checked them out.  I decided to rent a lens that was a Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens.  I was nervous.  I am not the best at using a library because I usually forget to bring back my library books.  Now I was being entrusted with a very expensive lens to borrow.  However they made the process really easy, and it was affordable.  Instead of buying a $400+ lens and then deciding it wasn't for me, I was able to rent it for a period of time at much less the cost. 

Week of Trying It Out

I chose to try out the lens during a week in October when I knew I would have time to go around and take pictures.  I know some other photographers rent/borrow lenses if they have a wedding or a portrait shoot coming up, and they don't own a lens ideal for the situation.  I was lucky that I had plenty of time and a choice for when I was renting the lens to try it out.

I live in the county, and I took the following photo with the lens.  I was amazed that I was able to get such detail out of a photo.  I loved the lens.  

Buying the Lens

After trying out the lens, you have an option to return the lens, or to buy it.  At the time I borrowed the lens, $400 was too much for me to spend on my hobby.  So I dutifully returned the lens, and was happy with the experience of borrowing it, using the lens, returning it, and not taking too much of a hit to my budget.  I was also very excited about trying out a new "toy."  

Keeping the Experience in my Mind

Fast forward a few years later and my husband was asking me what I wanted for Christmas.  I never had a good answer for this question.  Feeling love from gifts is not my thing.  If I want something, and I have the money, I buy what I want.  Sure, I love when my husband buys me presents but usually the things I want you can't buy (world peace, less selfishness in the world).  But I had kept in the experience of renting this lens in the back of my mind, and I told him I wanted this specific lens.   Guess what I got for Christmas?!?  The lens I had rented/borrowed a few years before.  I had a wonderful Christmas.

Beginner Photography Equipment

If you are just starting out, or if you don't have a lot of resources, or if you are slow to spend your money on photography equipment; consider borrowing equipment from places like  I don't think I mentioned above, but will here: is NOT only for borrowing lenses.  They rent many other forms of photography equipment.  Check it out, and give it a try!  I think you will really enjoy the experience.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) borrow buy equipment lenses photography rent Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:51:41 GMT
Female Cardinal - Quarantine Quarantine in Michigan

During this time, we are under quarantine in Michigan.  Have been since March 23rd when this picture was taken.  Our governor has extended the stay-at-home order until May 15th.  People are reacting to staying at home many different ways, me included.  I lost my job on March 23rd as I was a contractor working on software implementation of SAP at a company.  They put the project on hold, and let all their contractors go.  Unemployment is impossible to contact, and I personally have not seen any of my unemployment money in over a month.  So, my stress levels have been rather high.

Silver Lining - Things to be Grateful for

On the flip side, I am an introvert and love being indoors, reading, writing, etc.  My husband is still working and getting extra "hazard" pay for having to go out in the world.  Neither of us is sick.  We actually think we had the virus in February after a trip to Vegas, but cannot prove it so far.

I've had lots of time to think in the past month.  I miss going out and taking pictures.  However I can take pictures from inside, or go in our yard and take pictures.  My flowers are starting to come up (daffodils in particular), and soon I will be able to buy perennials and mulch.  Since I currently have lots of time, I can work on the yard and make it as pretty as I want.

Female Cardinal's Message

The picture below is a picture of the female cardinal that lives near our house.  She and the male are often in the bird feeder outside our living room window.  He watches over her and seems very protective of her.  On Monday, March 23rd, right before I heard I was being let go, she came up to our window and stood on the chair and looked in.  Was she trying to tell me something?  Or just making sure we were aware that she wanted to have bird seed in the feeder?  I'd like to think she was trying to tell me something, and comfort me, by letting me know that everything will be all right.

Enjoy! Stay safe and well.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) beauty blessings cardinal female Michigan quarantine unemployment Sat, 25 Apr 2020 22:26:05 GMT
April 2020 - After the Birthday My birthday is near the end of March.  Our wedding anniversary is a few days after that.  We usually celebrate by going out to a nice restaurant.  This year I had wanted to go to Detroit to go to Andiamo's Italian Steakhouse.  We had gone there in Vegas, and it was wonderful.  Obviously that will have to wait with all the COVID-19 stuff going on.

My husband doesn't buy me flowers the rest of the year.  But he usually always buys me a dozen roses for my birthday.  This is what they looked like today, about 10 days after I received them.  They are still so beautiful.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) beautiful birthday dozen red roses Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:42:14 GMT
March 2020 - Crazy World I am housebound.  My project got put on hold, so I am out of work for now.  I have faith I will find something, and I know I am not alone... but it gives me alot of time to think (that may be good, may not be so good).  It is very strange that just 6 months ago Mike and I were in Alaska.  What a beautiful place.  I would love to go back and take more pictures.

Here is a picture of the Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay.  I may have said this before, but I did not expect to be so impressed with the glacier.  But I was.  It is really big.  Since I don't have an animal or human in the picture, it is hard to gauge.  But it is HUGE! And pretty.  The blue in it is amazing, and it is amazing to think that it has been traveling down the mountain for millions of years (I really don't know how long it has been,... but I know it has for a long time).

Enjoy this picture of the glacier.

Take care and stay safe and well!  We'll get through this COVID-19 together.



[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska beautiful glacier ice Margerie outdoors Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:28:20 GMT
Eagle Haven't written in awhile.  My husband and I went to Vegas for a Super Bowl party.  We had gone in 2019 and had a great time.  This year.. not so great.  We didn't win, which wasn't the worst thing, but came home and both of us got a bad case of the flu.  Which was horrible as I was trying to take care of him, and I was sick.  I wasn't able to really take care of him that well.  Thankfully we finally got better, but it took a good month.  AND I had the flu shot and I washed my hands. Apparently I touched my face?

Started looking at my Alaska photos again.  I would love to go back.  Maybe this time we can go to Denali.

I've attached a photo that I like that shows an eagle playing with, about to eat, a fish.  It was taken while we were on a raft floating down river.  You can see that there is brush in front of the eagle  Not the cleanest shot, but a nice one just the same.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska Closeup Eagle glacier Haines Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:19:49 GMT
Seals near Margerie Glacier, Alaska On our cruise we were taken to Glacier Bay so that we could see glaciers.  There are two that the cruise ships go to, we went to Margerie Glacier.  We took our time getting there.  The boat went fairly slowly, and as we got closer to the glacier we went even slower.  Definitely a "no wake" zone.  The mountains were beautiful and water was an emerald green, apparently from the minerals in the glaciers.  

As we got closer we noticed ice in the water.  We didn't think much of it at first but then we noticed that there were seals on the ice floats.  This photo shows two seals on an ice float.  It is zoomed in all the way with a 500 mm lens.  I also cropped the photo in very closely after looking at it in Lightroom.  From the cruise ship, they looked far away and very small.  A contrast to the glacier which looked huge in front of us.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska closeup glacier seals water wildllife Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:55:03 GMT
Happy New Year Happy New Year!  Tomorrow is the start of a new year and a new decade.  Hard to believe it is 2020.

I am STILL going through my photos from Alaska. I must be slow.  But I am having fun looking at how beautiful Alaska is. I would love to go back, but we'll see when I get to do that.

Here is a nice photo of an eagle that I took when we were rafting down the river near Haines, Alakska. He's just hanging out, watching us go by.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska closeup eagle Haines wildlife Tue, 31 Dec 2019 20:00:14 GMT
Thankful for... I am thankful for my family.  On Nov 22 my niece had a baby girl, so now I am a great aunt.  For Thanksgiving we got together with my family then with my husband's family.  We had more than we could eat at both gatherings.   

I am still going through my photos from Alaska.  So many to go through.  Lots of good ones, lots that I wish I could see again, .. I would love to go back and stay a bit longer.  For a city girl, I never thought I would say that.

Please check out all of my photos in my galleries and buy some if you like them. There are numerous things you can buy and put a photo on, or you could just buy the photo itself.

Check out one of my whale photos that I really like:

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 02 Dec 2019 00:56:03 GMT
Alaska My husband and I just came back from a vacation to Alaska.  As a photographer, this was the best vacation I've ever been on.  I want to go back.  Heck, I want to go back and stay.

We took a Norwegian cruise out of Seattle to Juneau, then made our way back to Seattle via Skagway (Haines), Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and then Victoria, B.C.  We went whale watching in Juneau and then went down a river in a raft in the Eagle preserve at Haines.  Both were awesome.  I am just starting to go through my photos so I will have to share a bit at a time.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Alaska Closeup Eagle Haines Wildlife Sat, 05 Oct 2019 19:17:51 GMT
Sunflowers Have't written all summer.  Haven't taken alot of pictures.  Miss my dog, Willie still.  But it is coming to the end of summer.  School starts for most kids tomorrow, and next weekend is Labor Day weekend.  The beginning of fall... my favorite season. 

Saw this on the way home from grocery shopping today.  Thought they were really pretty.  

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:28:50 GMT
Memorial Day Weekend It's been awhile since I have posted.  I haven't had my camera out recently, but finally brought it out for the weekend.  The Memorial Day Weekend always starts the car show season.  The first car show we go to is Lane Automotive in Watervliet, MI.  It is usually really big, but this year it looked like rain... until the last minute.  So there weren't as many people there as usual.

Our weekend wasn't that great.  We had to put our dog Willie down and we miss him terribly.  He was 7 years old and hadn't been feeling well the last few weeks.  Last week he seemed to be getting better but then on Saturday he took a turn for the worse.  We ended up going to the emergency vet on Monday.  They did an ultrasound on him and found out he had cancer.  We are heartbroken.  

Willie was a dog we adopted from the shelter.  He had separation anxiety and the first time we took him for a ride in our truck, he was shaking he was so scared.  However after that, he loved riding in the truck.  We always thought he was a lab with some pit bull in him, but a friend said he looked like a Vizsla.  I never heard of the breed until yesterday.  It said that they are sweet and sensitive dogs, mild mannered.  That was Willie.  I don't think he had a mean bone in his body... and he only "bit" when he was playing (and it wasn't hard .. or often).  He was smart, sweet, kind... and a great companion.  It is too quiet in the house.. and I've been crying on and off since yesterday afternoon.  I have a feeling that is going to last for awhile (and I'm not a crier).  

Willie taught me daily about unconditional love.   We buried him near our pole barn where he used to lay in the sand while Mike would work in the pole barn on his car.

RIP Willie. Love you forever.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Wed, 29 May 2019 00:35:18 GMT
Birthday and Butterflies Last Friday was my birthday.  Saturday my sister came to visit and we went to see the butterflies at Meijer Gardens  I had never been, so it was a new experience for me.  Saturday was beautiful... sunny, but cold.  We kept forgetting it was still in the 30's.  The lines were long to get in, plus Meijer Garden's is doing alot of construction right now.  Lots of families with kids at the exhibit.  Two weddings going on at the venue.  After about a 20 minute wait we got inside.  

The first room we went through had plants and caterpillars.  The plants were plants and flowers that you might find in Michigan.  

The second room was sub tropical and had the butterflies.  It had plants like you might find in Florida.  

The butterflies were beautiful, and hard for me to photograph, and I could not get the ones in flight.  I did get lucky and got the one below.I will have to go back and try for some more pictures.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) birthday butterflies close-up spring Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:28:37 GMT
Snow-maggedon - 2019 Worked at home today.  Worked at home Monday, went into work on Tuesday, and they sent us home to work.  Then they told us to work at home today.  Tomorrow and Friday ... it's looking the same. 

Tuesday morning when I drove into work, it wasn't bad.  The sun was out.  It was cold, but the sun was out and it wasn't snowing.  Around 10:30 my boss said they were going to send us home, because it  was supposed to get worse as the day went one.  By then there was about an inch of snow on my car... it had been snowing HARD that morning.

Drove home.. stopped for lunch with my husband, and kept going.  By the time I got near my house I was having trouble seeing because of white out conditions.  About 2 miles from my house, the road got a little icy.  I didn't think too much of it.  I have a new car and really good snow tires on it, so my drive was slow, but fairly smooth.  Just had trouble seeing more than 50 feet in front of me at times.  

Later my husband  came home.  The place where  it was a little icy when I went through, was  now VERY icy, and people were sliding off into the ditch.  He helped out by directing traffic until emergency crews came to help.  Hopefully no one was hurt.

Temperatures are near zero or below, and that is without the wind chill.  It has been really windy too.  I guess the last time so many schools and companies closed was in the blizzard of 1978, and before that, in 1967.  I sort of remember 1967... I was really young.  But I was living in Florida in 1978, and did not experience the "fun" of that blizzard.

Today I worked at home and tried to get a good picture of the male and/or female cardinals that feed off of our feeder.  They are a bit skittish.  The best I could do was the picture here.  I'm going to have to set up a tripod and use an electronic shutter release for them.  We have a few woodpeckers that are not as skittish, but I was trying for the cardinals only today.  Had to work and didn't have alot of time to be taking pictures.

Stay safe and warm if you leave anywhere near me.  And if you live where it is warm, enjoy!!!!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) blizzard cardinal snow Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:25:58 GMT
Back to Square One Back to square one?  Well, not exactly... but I sure haven't taken any pictures this last year.  Between breaking my ankle, starting a new job, my mom moving, and now frigid cold... I haven't done much with taking pictures. 

My husband saw a Photography course on he posted it to my Facebook account.  I signed up for their beginning Photography course, and am through Week 1 of 4 of an Introduction to Photography.  There were two hours of class this week, and after each hour my husband asked me, "Did you learn anything new?"  I laughed and said, "No, but it is a good refresher for me." 

I am enjoying it.  So far we have learned about the different types of cameras and different lenses (focal lengths, telephoto and fixed lenses).  I use a telephoto lens but rented an 85 mm fixed lens one time and took the following picture.  What is fascinating about this picture to me is how in focus the branches of the tree are.  I tried out this lens because of the larger aperture opening (smaller f/stop number).  This causes the background to blur and the items int he foreground to be in focus.  It is a good way to take portraits (so I'm told).  Portrait photography isn't that interesting to me... but at the same time I love taking candid photos of people and capturing their personality and essence.  

Anyways, I ramble and digress.  Enjoy this photo that I took with an 85 mm fixed lens.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Thu, 24 Jan 2019 23:52:07 GMT
New Year -- 2019 Happy New Year!  So far 2019 has been warmer than usual.  Unfortunately I have had a bad cold since before New Years,... and the University of Michigan football team lost their bowl game,....and the Michigan State University football team lost their bowl game.  There's always room for improvement, and my cold is getting better.

Last year I did not get out to take as many pictures as I would've liked to.  Also Alaska was put on hold because of my broken ankle in April (hmmm... I'm seeing  a theme here).  Anyways,... last January I did take some cool pictures.  Mike and I went to Silver Beach in St. Joseph and took pictures of the frozen water.  Here are two of my favorite pictures from that day.

Enjoy and here's to a wonderful, and healthy, 2019!!!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 08 Jan 2019 02:31:54 GMT
Patterns Last March a friend and I went for a walk at a local wildlife area.  Being March in Michigan, nothing had started to grow yet.  There was no snow that day, but it was still cold.  I wasn't  sure what I was going to take pictures of, but I wanted to get out and use my camera.  I ended up taking a number of  pictures of the trees, water, barns, etc. that highlighted patterns.  Posting here for your enjoyment.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:03:34 GMT
More Dolphins When we were in Vegas last month we got a few good pictures of the dolphins at the Mirage.  The one I am posting today has four dolphins jumping in unison (sort of).  I thought the cool part of the picture was the shadows in the water.  The second picture here is a cropped picture, which just shows the shadows of the dolphins and some of the water spray.

Dolphins in Unison Shadows

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:32:42 GMT
It's August Already? August already? Seems like it was just April.  Oh, that's right... I broke my ankle in April and was off my feet for about 2 months.  Last week my husband and I went on vacation to Vegas, one of our favorite places.  It was HOT!  I got dehydrated, but I managed to walk 11,000 steps one day and 8,000 steps the next.  Woo hoo!!!  My ankle did hurt afterwards though.  While there we saw the dolphin show at the Mirage.  We watched them at noon on a day that it was 100 degrees.... I found out I don't handle the heat as well as I used to.  Anyways,... we got some photos of the dolphins.  Here is a nice one of one of them just swimming and hanging out in the water.  Looking forward to being able to walk AND take more pictures again.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Thu, 02 Aug 2018 23:51:03 GMT
Spring/Summer and Photography I have not posted recently, I've been dealing with a broken ankle.  I broke my ankle in late April when I slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk.  Ironically it was the last icy day we had.  By noon that day, we never saw any more ice.  However, I had to stay off of it for six weeks and in a boot 24/7.  Just a few weeks ago, I was able to take the boot off and start walking on it.  I am walking, just not the greatest yet.  

My husband and I had planned on going to Alaska at the end of April.  We had to cancel and we will now have to reschedule.  

With not being able to walk that great, I have not been out taking pictures, but I'm sure I will again soon.

My husband did.  He took this awesome photo of a baby owl in our backyard.  The mama owl was nearby giving him the stink eye.

Have a great spring/summer, and enjoy!


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:55:14 GMT
Happy Easter, Happy April Today is Easter.  Happy Easter to my friends and family that celebrate the holiday!

A few weeks ago my sister and I went to Florida to visit my mom.  Her birthday is in the middle of March, and we went a few days after her birthday.  While we were there we went for a walk down the road where my mom lives, and where we used to live.  When we lived in Florida we spent alot of time outside.  There are two parks nearby, and we lived one block off the Intercoastal waterway.  My sister was much more adventurous than I was.  Her friend and she used to walk along the water along people's beaches.  I didn't because I was afraid that it was trespassing and I would get "into trouble."  I think my sister and her friend had more fun than I did, overall.

This is a picture of a walkway, between two houses, that goes down to the Intercoastal waterway.  It starts from the road that we lived on and ends at the waterway.  It was a nice little walk, and the end, on the water was very pretty.

I now live in Michigan and love it here.  However I do miss the water in Florida.  I could just sit by the water all day long, and stare at the waves coming in and the boats going by.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:53:53 GMT
Waterfall and Patterns Last weekend a friend wanted to go take pictures around the area.  I had wanted to go take pictures with her, but I wasn't in the mood to do any photography.  However, I had promised and I wasn't going to not go because "I just didn't feel like it."  I've been in a funk for a few months, but will eventually get out of it I am sure. 

I looked at the photos I took in this mood, and alot of them have patterns.  Patterns in the water, patterns in the grass, in the trees, in the bark, and in a barn.  We also have had flooding around our area recently.  The water has gone down, but it is still pretty high.  I am posting two photos from our shoot.  One of the waterfall in town, or the dam and waterfall.. and one of a pattern that I took.

Enjoy! And keep on shooting!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:32:16 GMT
More Birds Last weekend I had to work, but it was snowing, and my husband pulled out the camera and started taking pictures.  He got some good pictures of the cardinal couple that we have hanging around our house.  I LOVE seeing the male and female cardinal in our front yard.  We have two bird feeders and though they are a bit skittish, they come and feed from our feeder. 

Wanted to share one of the photos that my husband took.  Enjoy!!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:07:39 GMT
Bracketing I've been thinking about bracketing alot lately.  Not sure why, but it is something that helps me take pictures.  I tend to use the Aperture or Priority settings on my camera the most, and I also seem to take photos that are a bit overexposed.  So to work on this, one method that I started using to try and find the right exposure, is called bracketing.  Bracketing is a setting on your camera that allows you to take a photo that is "overexposed", "underexposed" and "just right" according to your camera's settings.  Once set, I can then point-and-shoot a scene, and the camera will take three pictures -- one at an exposure value that is "just right," one that is at an exposure value that is less than this setting, and one that is at an exposure value that is more than this setting.  You will then be able to look at the three photos and compare them.   You will be able to see which one is the best.  This allows you to take pictures with more confidence of getting the correct exposure.  Once I look a closer look at the three pictures, I could then use the one I like the best.. AND be aware of the settings that were used for the exposure/scene.  This is a good learning tool, and allows you to have photos to compare side by side.

Here are three photos I took in the fall that I bracketed to try and get a good exposure.

As you can see, one photo is exposed fairly well.  The next photo is underexposed, and the last photo is overexposed.

I don't remember the settings I used for these photos, but I could use a histogram viewer and it would allow me to see what the settings were.  I happen to like the second one the best, and would, in the future, use those settings for a similar scene.  I took these photos on a fall evening just before the sun was setting.  Again, it is helpful to use this method to get the right exposure and to learn what works for different scenes.

As always, have fun, and keep on shooting!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) bracketing how-to Sun, 04 Feb 2018 01:58:56 GMT
Taking Pictures in the New Year My husband and I had a three day weekend.  I ended up working on Monday, but on Sunday we decided to go for a ride to take some pictures.  We went to one of my favorite places to take photos... the beach.  The beach that we go to in Michigan is Silver Beach in St. Joseph, MI.  In January, it is pretty cold,...lots of snow and ice on the lighthouse and the walk out to the lighthouse.  It was cold, but so worth it.  Afterwards we went to Silver Beach Pizza and had a beer and pizza... another one of our favorite places.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:55:15 GMT
Beautiful Sky at Night As you can see, I'm always looking at the sky, especially at night or in the morning.  Tonight did not disappoint me.  The clouds and the colors were really pretty as I drove home from work (around 5:30 pm EST).  Hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:19:06 GMT
Beginning Photography Hi!  I'm still going to post more thankful posts, but today I wanted to write about beginning photography.  I've been taking pictures since I was 12 years old, but I just started getting more serious about my photography a few years ago and took a class at my alma mater Michigan State University.  Instead of shooting in Automatic, I now am using the three settings below that help with my picture taking.  Though I must confess, I tend to use Aperture or Shutter Speed priority, instead of just plain Manual (everything manual) still.  

The three main settings on a camera are:

ISO - This is the speed of the film.  The brighter it is out, the lower the ISO.  The darker it is, the higher the ISO.  Normally you will try to keep it lower if you can.  Sometimes the higher the ISO the more grainy the pictures.

Aperture - This is the opening size of the lens.  If you want to have the background fuzzy, use a smaller number.  If you want the background in focus, use a larger number.  You will also here this called the f/stop.  Some lenses come in a wide range of f/stops (ex: 1.8 - 22).  Some, not so much.  This is not the same as zoom, which is measured in mm (a 200 mm lens for example).   

Shutter Speed - This is how fast the lens opens and closes.  Examples are 1/125th of a second.  The slower the speed, the more light that will come in but the more you will need to not move the camera (perhaps a tripod is needed at speeds slower than 1/60th of a second).  The faster shutter speeds let in less light, but capture things moving fast.  Be careful not to get too fast of a shutter speed that you don't let enough light in and you get a dark picture instead.

Between these three settings: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed you can get a photo with the correct exposure for what you want to take a picture of.

Try experimenting with different settings, maybe only changing the aperture size to start with, and leaving the rest on automatic, to see what happens to your pictures as you take them.  It's a good way to learn to use your camera, so that when you want to have a desired effect for your pictures, you know exactly what to do.

I think this is a good project for me to do to start out the New Year right!

Have fun!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sat, 30 Dec 2017 20:16:47 GMT
Day 16 - Thankful for Vacation Days No picture today.  All I see is white snow outside and single digits in temperature.  I am thankful for vacation days.  I was able to sleep in and get some housework done.  Unfortunately I was supposed to travel to Detroit but the roads were bad and I rescheduled.  2017 has been a hectic year for me workwise, I'm extremely glad to have an extended period of vacation (10 days) where I don't really have anything I have to do.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:44:01 GMT
Thankful Day 15 - Christmas Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Today is Christmas.  I wasn't raised with Christmas, but celebrate it now with my husband, sister and family.  I am thankful for the people in my life that love me, and that I love.  I am thankful for a very snowy Christmas.  We are getting about 7-9" of snow today, just in time for the holiday.  The cardinals are back, so here is a picture of the male cardinal.  (Looks like I have a cardinal theme going).

Enjoy your day with your family and friends!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 25 Dec 2017 20:16:13 GMT
Day 14 - Christmas Tree I know it has been a few days, so it is incorrect to say "Day 14," but I'm going to stick with it.  We have had sick family members the last week or so.  I have been fighting it off, but truthfully slept a whole weekend away ... and I am the best physically of the family.  I think we are slowly on the mend finally.

So we are late on getting into the spirit of Christmas.  Tonight we put up our Christmas tree.  I always love having a tree up. 

Tonight I am thankful for a few things:

1. The walk in clinic that prescribed medication to make my family better.

2. My husband who took out the tree and helped put it up, and decorate it.

3. Christmas - and the feeling of love and family that it brings.

I hope all that read this have family and or friends to share the holidays with.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:28:09 GMT
Day 13 - Cardinals I know, I'm missing some days.  I've been pretty swamped at work.  (Have I said that before?).  Today I am thankful for Cardinals.  We have a pair that hang around our house.  Yesterday when I was leaving work I saw six cardinals.  I think there might have been two parents and the rest were their babies.  They weren't really little, but they didn't look really big either.   I LOVE having the cardinals hanging around our house.  So today (and yesterday) I am thankful for cardinals.  This is a picture of the female cardinal in the bush in front of our house today.  Oh yes, it also snowed.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:42:38 GMT
Thankful for 59 Degrees in December I don't have a picture today.  But I am thankful for a very warm, December day in Michigan.  Today is probably the last nice day we will have in December (and this year).  This week the cold comes and we are supposed to get snow,... enough snow to have to shovel it.  So today my husband, I and the dog went for a ride in the truck and took Mike's nephew a present for his birthday.  We visited with him and Mike's sister and brother in law for a little bit.  It was a very nice day.  

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:11:11 GMT
Day 12 - Moon at Sunset So I've missed a few days, due to working alot.  Today I am thankful for a few things, but my picture is about the beautiful moon at sunset.  This is what I saw when I walked out of work the other day to my car (you can see my silver Buick in the picture).  The sky was a pink/blue and the moon was big and right behind the tree.  Very pretty.

I am thankful for a few other things.  I am thankful for my job.  I am thankful for the good coworkers that I work with.  I am thankful that it provides me an income to be able to have a nice house, a family, food on the table, and to travel, and to have cameras to take beautiful pictures.

I am also thankful for my husband.  I haven't mentioned him much, and probably won't take any pictures of him for this blog.  However, he is the best thing that has happened to me.  He is very patient and supportive of me and my wild ideas.  He loves who I am and that means the world to me.  I thank God every day for putting my husband in my life.

Enjoy the picture.  It was very relaxing and pretty to look at.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) moon sunset thankful Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:55:55 GMT
Day 11 - Turnaround Some days it's the little things that you are thankful for.  Today I am thankful for the turnaround in our driveway.  Maybe it is not such a little thing, as it took a few years for us to put one in, but the difference it makes in my ability to drive from my home to work and other places is wonderful.  This fall my husband put in the turnaround in our driveway.   Now when I pull out in the morning, if I am backing out, I can turn around IN MY DRIVEWAY, and then drive out forward into the road.  Same goes for if I come home,  I can turn around (if I want) and back into my garage.  We live on a busy road so this makes a big difference.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:06:29 GMT
Day 10 - Thank You Cards at Work Today I am thankful for the Thank You cards I have received at work.  I haven't received alot of them, but the ones that I have received mean the world to me.  Not that I don't do a good job, we just don't seem to do alot of thank you's at work.  Today I am thankful for the appreciation I get and the thank you cards for a job well done.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:55:56 GMT
Day 9 - Birds Near my Home Today I am thankful for having birds near my house.  Here is a bird's nest that is right above our mailbox.  We have a pair of cardinals that are around, blue jays and a few woodpeckers.  I don't know whose nest this is, but I'm thankful that they chose to live close to our house.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:10:08 GMT
Day 8 - Country Living Today I am thankful for where I live.  I was raised a city girl, but my husband is a country boy.  So we live in the country, not too far away from the city.  This is a picture of some horses about 2 miles from our house.  I love being able to drive to work (10 miles away in the city) and seeing cows, horses, deer, etc.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:39:31 GMT
Day 7 - Thanksgiving Day Today is Thanksgiving Day.  I am thankful for my family.  I spent the day with them at the Lions vs. Vikings football game in Detroit.  Afterwards instead of the traditional thanksgiving turkey dinner, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe and had dinner.  I had a wonderful day and am so thankful for my family. Here is a view from our seats.  Too bad the Lions didn't win, but the game was still fun.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:33:33 GMT
Day 6 - Vacations Today I am thankful for vacations.  I am off work until next Monday for the Thanksgiving holiday. I could not take a picture of myself sleeping (though I suppose I could), but I thought I would post one of the most relaxing places for me to be. I love sitting on the beach and watching the water come in.  This is the beach in Lake Worth, Florida where I grew up.  Whenever I go home, I have to go and visit the beach.

My beautiful picture

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:07:43 GMT
Day 5 - Beautiful Sky Today on the way home from work the sky was a beautiful color.  I stopped and took a picture.  I'm not sure my photo can show how purple/pink it really was.  But here'a nice photo just the same.  I am thankful for a beautiful sky tonight.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:38:02 GMT
Day 4 - Winter Tires Normally we start getting snow for winter around Thanksgiving.  So this is the week.  Today it snowed, just a bit.  One year, a few years ago, it started snowing Dec 5th, and didn't stop until April.  Every day we got snow.  We all had trouble figuring out where to put the extra snow when we shoveled our sidewalks and driveways.  Back then I was commuting 50 miles one way for my job.  The roads, luckily, were plowed.  But one thing I really rely on in the winter time are my snow tires.  They really make a difference in how my car handles (and my car handles well to begin with).  Today my husband put on my winter tires, all four of them.  I am ready for the snow.



[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:18:28 GMT
Thankful Project I have not been able to take pictures the last 3 days.  I have been working alot at my day job.  So I am behind in my daily thankful posts.  However, I do want to say that I am thankful for my job.  The last few days have been challenging, yet I felt that my team was right there with me trying to figure out and fix the problems we were running into.  I am very thankful to be working with some great people.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:34:47 GMT
Day 3 - Thanksgiving Meal Today at work we had a Thanksgiving meal.  Potluck.  The company provided the turkey and mashed potatoes, and we brought in the rest.  I had alot to do workwise, so I got myself a plate and brought it back to my desk.  I am thankful that we get a nice meal at work.

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:19:42 GMT
Day 2 - Thankful Today I'm thankful for my slippers.  Yes, slippers.  I received these as a gift and wear them in the house, especially during the cold weather.   Right now we are hovering anywhere between 18 and 48 degrees on a typical Michigan, November day.  This weekend they are predicting snow (though we already got our first snow of the season on Halloween).  These slippers help keep me comfortable, cozy and warm during the cold winter season.


[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:50:27 GMT
Photo Project There are many different types of projects that a photographer can do.  Some of the ones that are common, and listed on Pinterest, are: 30 Day Photo Challenge, 365 Photos in 365 days, Black and White, 30 Days of Thankful.  I have traveled to Wyoming this year, and won't be taking another trip for a few more months.  Because we are coming upon the holiday season, I am going to do the 30 Days of Thankful.

My photo for Day 1 is of my dog Willie.  I am thankful that he chose my husband out of all the people who visited the pound 4 years ago.  He knew what he was doing when he chose us to be his family. Willie

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:52:55 GMT
Photographing my Life Hi,

My name is Shari Ameling and I love photography.  Welcome to my site.  I love taking photos of places we visit, landscape, cars, flowers, and animals. This year I decided to put my pictures out on the web.  If you see something you like, please let me know.  

Thanks for visiting my site!

[email protected] (Shari Ameling Photography) Sun, 17 Jul 2016 23:36:30 GMT