“The passion to see beyond what is admirable to the eye

The love that is felt deep within one's soul

The mystery captured through light and form

With honesty, humility and grace...

Only then can you tell your heart to be strong enough to love true art."

- Bibi Gefre

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Blessings 2011

To One and All... love and prayers this Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


... so I looked for the recipe for Arroz Valenciana ...

... and prepared the ingredients ...

... started cooking the garlic in olive oil ...

... and "browned" the sausages ...

... and chicken too ...

... boiling eggs on the side ...

... added broth, tomato sauce, spices and simmered ...

... removing the bay leaf after 30 minutes ...

... then added sweet brown rice (healthier!) ...

... when rice was half-cooked, added shrimps, peas and raisins ...
... you can add lots more stuff too like mussels ...

... mixed the condiments slowly ...
... simmering till rice was done ...

... decorated with eggs before serving ... voila!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Spent a weekend for some good old fashion sun and beach and of course, fun @ Ceviche in St. Petersburg, Florida!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Summer has come to a close again and the weather is starting to get nippy. It seems like the beautiful warm weather came and went too fast. Perhaps because I was horribly sick with bronchitis for five weeks straight. Taking different cocktails of antibiotics and staying in bed hacking away wasn't really my choice of fun for the summer :( But as God saves the best for last, I was able to close the season with a day of fun-filled laughter and cherished memories at the state fair with the family.

I love going to the fair... cheese curds, corn fritters, giant drumstick legs, cotton candy and french fries to name a few of so many a choice of tummy delights! The rides and games were the highlight of it all. Oh yes, I won at the water gun game and got a gigantic "Juanita" banana for my Maltese-Shih Tzu. (She loves to disect these stuffed toys by removing its cotton-like fillings).

I must say I overdid devouring a lot of "zipper" foods... a warning from my beloved late uncle-in-law who had bypass surgery and teased us to watch our diets lest we get a "zipper" on our chest.

I usually never write on this blog,just post my photos and let it speak for itself. But I guess there is always a first for everything.

Friday, August 12, 2011

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY: 7 Short Tutorials

"Radio Dragonfly" photo by Bibiportfolios

By Light Stalking

If you have ever wanted to take incredible bug portraits like Thomas Shahan or shoot through water droplets like Steve Wall, then you might be on the path to improving your macro photography. Here are seven of the best free tutorials on macro photography on the internet.

Marcin Klysewicz’s Macro Photography Tutorial – This is a fantastic short introduction to macro photography from somebody who walks the walks. Even if you’re not looking for a tutorial, you’ll probably want to check out Macin’s great example shots.

Marcin Klysewicz’s Macro Photo Tutorial, Part 2 – Obviously Marcin is a perfectionist and this second instalment on macro photography over at the Pixalo community has a lot more detail and even more great examples. Definitely worth a follow up read after taking a look at the first tutorial. Don’t forget to check out Marcin’s website too for some great galleries of macro bug photography.

Reversing Lenses for Macro Photography – If you don’t have the budget to buy a top of the line macro lens, then you might want to consider the technique that involves a (cheap) reversing ring and using a combination of lenses that you already probably own. It’s a much cheaper option and gets equally spectacular results.
Reverse Lens Macro Photography Tutorial – This is a more detailed tutorial that the lesson above and has some great example illustrations and an interesting discussion in the comments section.

Video Tutorial: Basic Introduction to Macro Photography – If you remember things better when it’s explained to you, then this video tutorial by Peter Madely is for you. He talks about everything from composition and depth of field through to lighting. It’s a great wrap up and well worth watching.

Macro Underwater Photography Tutorial – This tutorial talks specifically about macro photography in underwater environments and discusses everything from preparation and subject selection through to “underwater etiquette” which we guess is relatively important when you’re running out of oxygen to breathe!

Macro Photography by Photo.net – The folks over at Photo.net always produce great tutorials and this one is no exception. Philip Greenspun gives a detailed tutorial on ‘how to take pictures of small things’ that is well worth a thorough read. A few more examples would have been nice, but the depth of information makes this tutorial well worth the read.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Saturday, February 19, 2011


... observations at the beaches of Cozumel ...

a hermit crab says "hola!"

beautiful driftwood with a little history from the sea

curly, slimy seaweed

turtle prints on the sand

rope washed in by the tide

any crabs in there ??