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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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Yucatan Mexico Trip February 3, 2018

We returned to Merida , our main trip destination and a good hub for exploring the Yucatan.  Many of the cities in Mexico now ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Way Too Funny Sarita (Our Toy Poodle)!

My sister has a cat door to her basement.  Sarita had to try it out.
      Cat door!  Cool!  A way out.

     I think I can fit.

     Help Mom!  I'm stuck!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Photo craft sale through Friday!

Zazzle is putting some of my photo crafts on sale through Friday.  This is the first time they sent me a notice specifically about my little store.  You need to add the word BLACKFRILOVE to get the discount!  Check it out!

Monday, November 21, 2016

My Winning photos from the End of Year St. Mary's County Camera Club

Last week we had our end of year competition.  The monthly winners are competed against each other.  I am still waiting for all the results because I prefer to congratulate everyone instead of just sharing my winners.  I will post all the winners names when I receive it.

For now, here are my winning photos.  

First Advanced Digital-Michigan Beach Sunset

Second Advanced Digital- Gerbera Daisy

Third Advanced Digital-Eagle Pair Flying

First Theme-Rosé Wine (Adult Beverage theme). All themes are competed together with advanced, intermediate, and novice all together). I can thank my sister for this one.  She gave me the black plexiglass for Christmas 2015.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

HVFD Craft Fair Sunday Nov 20th

Come support local artisans at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Dept Fall Craft Fair by the Ladies Auxilliary.  All crafts are homemade and lots of good Christmas gifts can be found.  The Annual fair will be held this Sunday, November 20th, 10-3.  Admission is free and food is available.

I 've been a participating vendor for several years, offering my photography crafts.  This year, I have new pendant/ornaments.

For more information see

Monday, November 14, 2016

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Photo Exhibit Reception Friday

You are invited to meet the St. Mary's County Camera Club photographers showing their work in an exhibit at 

The Community Bank of the Chesapeake in California, MD.  The reception will be held Friday, November 18th, 10AM-12PM.  This show runs from 

October 5 - January 1, 2016 and is accessible during bank hours.

I have about 8 photos on display, and my friends have some of their best photos too.  Most photos are for sale, but we'd also love to see you just enjoy our work.  Please share this information with your friends.


22730 Three Notch Rd

(north of Chipotle Restaurant)

California, MD 20619


Visiting Point No Point Lighthouse

We tried out our new used Wellcraft boat for a short distance on the bay.  It was getting cooler, but we wanted to see how it runs before storing it for the winter.

It rocked and rolled some, but seemed fairly sturdy with winds less than 10 mph.  We drove around the lighthouse twice in the late afternoon.

     A little reflection


     The outhouse

     What is it?  It reminded me of a bear with paws up.

     Some type of iron support, but I wasn't quite sure.  A davit to pull boats up?  You can see it on the first photo too.

     Time to return.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Shenandoah Autumn

At the last minute we decided to visit Shenandoah National Park when we learned that the autumn foliage was later than usual.  

We had all kinds of weather, rain, fog, clouds and sun in 3 days and saw deer, dogs, birds and even a bear cub.  We hiked to Blackrock Summit because it was the only day we expected sun.  In reality, it rained after sunset!

On Halloween, 

     We had a close encounter with a deer, which Sarita didn't notice.

Then after breakfast, we drove south from Big Meadow...

Before returning for a late afternoon Big Meadow walk.

     Can you spot the deer? (there are 3, but only one is really visible)

A woman gave us a tip that a bear cub was foraging just down the road, so we drove past Dark Hollow Falls till we found the stupid people trying to get close.  I used my very longest lens across the street!  My first bear photo outside a zoo.

The next day, we went north and home.
Here are some before and after the trip travel photos.