Calm Reflections Photography shares beautiful photographs that can be placed on mugs, mouse pads, canvas, puzzles, T-shirts, coasters and prints. Joanna Macaulay makes souvenirs of St. Mary’s County for tourists and local residents. Information about St. Mary’s County attractions, travel, events and photography can be found at her site. She now does pet photography as well.
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I was once again a judge for photography at the St. Mary's County Fair. It is lots of fun to see some future photographers and possible Camera Club members. Please visit the exhibit to see the wonderful photos.
Congratulations to the following winners!
(Please pardon me if I misspelled any names and please make corrections if you see any)
Champion purple ribbons (all are First place also)
Adult Brett Prucha girl with umbrella
Adult Life in St Marys workboat by
Adult Fair moment girl petting horse by Duane Woodburn
Junior flower water drop by Rachel Prucha
Childrens doll portrait by Daisy Chesser
Still life Rolls Royce reflection by Beth Fabey
Pictorial grand tetons by Beth Fabey
Nature white bird Colin Gilyeat
Adult Black and White
Portrait night kiss under umbrella by Caitlin Stanish
The gardens seem fairly authentic. The real 251 year old De Zwaan windmill was purchased in 1964 and it's run by a female miller. Other attractions include a flower garden, an Amsterdam street organ and a carousel. In May, the gadens exhibit 115,000 blooming tulips.
De Zwaan windmill
Looking up! The miller can position the sails to create messages to nearby residents, such as the mill is running or not, birth, marriage or mourning.
Sarita couldn't go in the windmill and a nice employee offered to watch her.
Communication with the top floor.
The millstone to grind the grain.
Bridge to the island where the windmill is located with costumed guide..
We visited two different Dutch parks in Holland Michigan during our recent trip, the Nelis' Dutch Village and Windmill Island Gardens. Both allowed us to bring our rescue dog into the parks with a few limitations. Traveling with a dog is challenging, especially in restaurants.
We first visited the Dutch Village which was a little more targeted at children. They had some young dancers with wooden shoes, a lovely canal and some stores. We skipped the amusement rides and petting zoo.
One girl wore 11 pairs of socks to keep from losing her shoes.
Sarita looked at the ducks, but didn't get near them.
Our last poodle was a sweet senior dog when we started to care for her. As she got slower, we knew we would miss her very much when she left us. I started taking more photos of her. I wish we had lots of puppy pictures, but we couldnt go back in time to get them. Pet photography can create memories that you will never forget. You dont want to miss pictures of their puppyhood, their quirky personalities or their life. My goal is to give you lasting memories of your pet and have a little fun at a photo session at the same time!
Co-founder of St. Marys County Camera Club in 1998. Official Photographer for the Chesapeake Orchestra.
Awards: Advanced Digital Photo of the Year for Camera Club 2009, 2010, 2014-2016 (Dragonflies, Point No Point Lighthouse, Two Eagles Squawking, Baby Gorilla, Michigan Beach). St. Mary's County Fair Champion Winner 1998 and 2012. Photo judge St. Marys County Fair photography Division for 2011, 2013-2016. Advanced Photographer of the Year 2012 and 2014.