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blog carousel – texture

Due to our fall busy seasons, we skipped the November Blog Carousel. But we’re back at it. This month’s theme for the blog carousel is texture. It’s that time of year when color is disappearing and we wait for snow to take over and remove the last bits of it. Texture is all we’re left with. But there’s one place I can find color this late in the year, and that’s in the moss that grows on our patio. Unless it gets very dry, the moss is always growing. But it’s still the texture of it that’s fascinating to me. Such a miniature world. I find the “aerial” perspective makes for interesting compositions, the way it grows in the cracks between the bricks. And then from a different perspective….maybe that of a small creature… the moss looks like lush green hills.

To see some wonderful images of texture, take a ride on the blog carousel. You can start by visiting the blog of Westchester County child and baby photographer Dawn Sela.  Dawn  will have a link to the next photographer, and so on, until you’ve made it around the circle. Enjoy!

December 5, 2011 - 1:21 am

Corey - These are very cool, Lauri – and such a perfect interpretation! Love them!

December 5, 2011 - 5:50 am

Danna - ohhh, I wish it was warm enough here for some “green” texture images! lol

December 5, 2011 - 9:48 am

PamN - So cool Lauri!

December 5, 2011 - 10:33 am

Dena Robles - Lauri you have such a wonderful vision and inspiring attention to detail in all your photographic work. I too love the abstract nature of your texture photographs and the way that they look like miniature landscapes.

December 5, 2011 - 10:52 am

alpana - Love your texture play, Laurie! What a pretty patio you must have.

December 5, 2011 - 11:47 am

dawn - Great texture images Lauri! Love the shallow depth of field in the second…almost looks like a miniature filter!

December 5, 2011 - 12:05 pm

admin - It does, huh? Nope, it’s just a regular shallow DOF.

Karen, Ovarian Cancer Survivor

Meet my friend Karen. She recently finished her treatment for ovarian cancer, and tested cancer free afterwards. She asked me to photograph her before her hair grows back, to honor the fight she had to fight. I slipped in a couple of her smiling though, because this also marks a time when she can go on living her life!

If you are an ovarian cancer survivor, even if you’re currently living with the disease, I would love to photograph you. I’m putting together a fundraiser, which will either take the form of a calendar or a book, but it will include beautiful photos of the beautiful women who fight and survive this awful disease. Please contact me at


January 13, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Erika - So nice Laurie. You’ve captured her beautifully. Strong while keeping her vulnerable. Maybe do a whole series of these?

February 22, 2012 - 2:26 am

Linda - What a beautiful woman. That will be a great mark to the beginning of the rest of her life.

St. Louis Cardinals, 2011 World Series Champs.

Nobody took me up on my offer of a free session and prints, in exchange for just one ticket to Game 7 of the World Series, but I went downtown anyway and became one of the 10,000 fans supporting the Cardinals from outside the stadium. It was a sight to be seen, that’s for sure. I wish I had taken my camera! So to capture the excitement this city was experiencing, I headed down to Baseball Heaven with a friend a couple days later, for the parade and the World Series Championship Celebration. St. Louis came out in droves, once again, to create a sea of red to finish out another Red October. Thanks to my friend Jill for getting great seats to the celebration, and congratulations to the Cardinals! 2011 World Series Champions! Yay!


November 6, 2011 - 10:18 pm

allie - LOVE these pictures, incredible!!

Hope – Blog Carousel

This little patch of land once seemed like it was thriving with life, growing a lush lawn of green grass. But then weeds took root. If you didn’t look too close, the lawn still looked like a lawn. It was still green, after all. A closer look revealed the truth.  The soil was full of weeds that strangled out the grass. It was no longer able to support a healthy lawn. For this little patch of land to thrive with healthy life again, the weeds had to come out. Grass wasn’t the optimum use of this little spot anyway, which is why the opportunistic weeds were able to gain a foothold in the first place. So it was time to let go of the lawn too. The process of transformation isn’t always pretty, but this soil has now been tilled and prepped, and even in its raw form, its life already has new purpose. This time, as a perennial garden…

…a perennial garden that’s also a living example of hope and trust. There’s some work. And then there’s waiting. And then there’s beauty. It may look a little bleak right now, with newly-transplanted small hints of the large perennials they’ll grow into, and a lot of empty soil. Winter will arrive before this garden really takes off, and we’ll have to wait and trust some more. But we have HOPE…in the TRUSTING sense of the word…that after a brief period of dormancy, spring will reawaken this patch of land, and it will once again be thriving with life…a better life than before.

Hope is the theme of this month’s blog carousel. You’ll find many images of hope by some wonderfully talented photographers. The next image of hope on this blog carousel is from one of my very favorite photographers, Simone Hanckel, Adelaide’s leading children’s photographer.



September 18, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Corey - Beautiful, Lauri – the images and your words!

September 18, 2011 - 9:03 pm

alpana - beautiful words and images, Lauri!

September 18, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Danna - love this…love your words, so much meaning behind them! xox

September 18, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Marmalade - I love your words combined with the strength of the images. xoxo

September 18, 2011 - 10:06 pm

teri mason - Laurie, you always have the perfect words for the perfect image. Beautiful interpretation!

September 19, 2011 - 7:22 am

Simone Hanckel - I love this interpretation! It’s made me think of so many ways to clear my own life for hope to grow and thrive. I know Jen’s story is so meaningful to you, sending you a hug.

September 19, 2011 - 9:04 am

Dena Robles - I think we can all relate to the analogies here as we go through our lives and share in the struggles of others as well. Thank you for sharing the thoughts and beautiful photographs with us.

September 19, 2011 - 9:45 am

Anna Mayer - Love these words! You captured what I was haltingly trying to say about my garden and what we reap from it. LOVE.

September 19, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Julie - Wow Lauri – your words, metaphor and images are perfect expressions of hope! Lovely! (and I also have the weediest lawn on the street so maybe its time to do some transformation of my own)

October 14, 2011 - 5:56 pm

allie - Oh Lauri, you are so amazing, so incredible and touching with a camera and with words. Love this.

October 21, 2011 - 12:18 pm

PamN - Spoken like the true artist that you are – your words are as beautiful as the image!

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month became personal.

Many of you know that I lost my sister Cathy to cancer a few years ago. She had two primary cancers at the same time. One of them was ovarian cancer, the one we women dread. The one we’ve been taught is a silent killer because so often, symptoms don’t seem to appear until the later stages. Well, in recent years, they’ve found that it’s not exactly silent. It whispers. Early warning signs are vague, and can be due to so many other ailments…most of which are very minor. So women tend to overlook them. But many women with ovarian cancer look back and say, yes…I did have some of that happening earlier, and it was out of the ordinary. So that’s the key to early detection. If you notice any of these vague warning signs, and they last for a couple weeks and are unusual for you…if something just doesn’t feel quite right… see your doctor. You might think you’re bothering them, but you’re not. And even if you are, it doesn’t matter. A visit to find out it’s nothing serious is not a waste of time.

As August was coming to an end, our local ovarian cancer awareness group, SLOCA, was in final preparations for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the entire month of September. We have lots of events planned, including a transit advertising campaign, a night at the ballpark, turning the fountain at Kiener plaza teal. The annual Families ROC 5K in Forest Park is on September 25th. SLOCA has a new, easy-to-navigate website with loads of useful information for those diagnosed, for caregivers, and for those who want to learn more, donate, or volunteer. We have a new Facebook page where we can talk about our events and share photos, notify followers of upcoming events, speakers, radio interviews, etc. that might not be listed on the website. And at the end of August, we began a campaign to turn Facebook teal by replacing our profile pictures with teal ribbons.

Sadly, the very next day after I put up my teal ribbon, I found that a friend was in the midst of being diagnosed. She’s only 37. She has two young children. She’s amazingly creative. This is not the way I want attention brought to this disease. But she has an enormous number of friends who she has met through photography; who she has made an impact on over the years. These women (and men) have jumped into this fight with her, sending their support through phone calls, texts, emails, Facebook messages, Facebook postings…every way they can think of to let her know how much support she has…how big her army of prayer warriors is. They turned Facebook teal on my screen.  When I open Facebook, my list of friends is full of teal ribbons because of her. I hope that you’ll join us. Because this year, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month once again became personal, and I want it to be the last time.

Jen started a blog, Am I Still a Girl, to communicate her thoughts and keep everyone updated.  She’s so creatively gifted at expression…including her writing. If you’d like to support Jen, please follow her blog.  There is a place under each post where you can leave comments too, which we so affectionately refer to as “blog love” but in this case, those words take on real meaning. The comments can really lift her spirits and give her strength for her fight.

When you’re out and about this month here in St. Louis, look for our bus ads. They’ll be up all month.

September 6, 2011 - 8:55 am

Paula - Great story telling image Lauri! Thank you for reminding us how important it is to listen to our bodies and to see our doctor regularly. Prayers for your sister and Jen!

September 6, 2011 - 10:33 am

teri mason - Great photo and powerful campaign. Thanks for helping raise awareness!

September 6, 2011 - 10:38 am

Claire - Wonderful post and beautiful image.

September 6, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Sarah Duckworth - An awesome campaign – it reminds us how fleeting life is, and to not take it for granted!

September 7, 2011 - 12:10 am

Laurie - Such a powerful message we all need to hear.

September 7, 2011 - 11:39 am

alej keigan - thanks for the post – early detection is the key!

September 7, 2011 - 1:10 pm

alpana - Laurie, thanks for your post and helping raise awareness! Love your photo and it would be great to see this kind of campaigning on a national level.

September 7, 2011 - 1:48 pm

admin - Alpana, the campaigning is happening at a national (and international) level too. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, when local and national groups put forth big campaigns to get the word out. The work continues all year, but this is the month when they go all out.

September 8, 2011 - 6:23 am

Christy Johnson - Thanks for bringing awareness to this important issue!

September 9, 2011 - 5:11 am

Lisa Kelly - Well said. I’m sure Jen and the other women who are battling this disease would be proud of your words.