MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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CAPTURING MR. CARDINAL

BIRD (CARDINAL) NF.jpgI did it!!! I finally captured a picture of Mr. Cardinal!!! Yesterday, I moved the feeder to a spot on the porch rail where I can get clear shots from inside the house. Throughout the day today, he kept landing on the opposite rail but never came close to the seed while I was nearby.

Finally, he somehow got past me and got to the seed. I went for my camera, and he took off! Then later on, I could not believe he landed on the rail beside the seed and stayed long enough for me to get his picture!!!

Here he is, and he’s available on products in both my Fine Art America and Pixels online stores.

Next: Mrs. Cardinal!!! 🙂

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂

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OUTFOXING THE CARDINALS

BIRD SEED (NEW & EATEN).jpgI just had to share this! I finally figured out a way to outfox the cardinals. You know how I’ve been trying for weeks to get some pictures of the handsome and beautiful Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal who feed regularly everyday at my feeder? Well, this morning, I had to refill the feeder. I found a small chunk of leftover seeds that had fallen to the ground, so I put it on the porch rail right in front of my glass storm door. Also, I placed the refilled feeder beside the chunk of seeds.

Sure enough, I peeked outside my office window and saw Mr. Cardinal eating away. However, as soon as I tiptoed into the living room and grabbed my camera, he flew off! But I know he’ll be back, and I am determined to get my picture.

One day last week, I was sitting on the sofa talking on my cell phone to one of my sisters. Mr. Cardinal came up and just plopped himself on the porch rail directly in front of the door. He stayed there a long time, but I was so busy talking that it did not dawn on me to grab my camera which was right there on a table in front of me, aim it, zoom in, and get a close up of him. By the time I thought of it and picked up my camera, he flew away! I imagined him the whole while I was sitting there talking with my sister, heckling at me and saying, “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, you can’t catch me!” And then when he saw me grab my camera, laughing as he high-tailed it out of there. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I know y’all think I’m crazy, but that’s okay. Life is what we make it, and enjoying God’s awesome natural creation is one of my ways of making the most of it.

Until next time, this is from my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂

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HEALING PHOTO ART

Scientific studies indicate that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. Physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation. Perceptions of the world are immediately changed from darkness and despair to hope and jubilation.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an organization founded by Elaine Poggi. I recently had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her via the Internet during my research of children’s hospitals to whom I was seeking to donate some of my nature art. I e-mailed her, and right away, she responded back. Well, to give you the short version, I am now one of the Foundation’s contributing photographers!!! 🙂 Below is a picture of my “Regal Camellia” which has been added to their website. This image is also available on various products in my VIDA, Fine Art America, Pixels, and Zazzle online stores.

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Please visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about its founder Ms. Poggi and her extremely worthy cause. You can also show support for her organization through Amazon when you make purchases. If you buy items on amazon.com, please consider using smile.amazon.com/ch/76-0720368 which is the same as Amazon, except that it donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals! Just click on the link and choose the Foundation. Then shop always from smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. The Foundation is receiving more than $200.00 a year from Amazon, and if more people do this, they will be able to fund a whole photo project in a hospital very soon. Please help spread the word about this among your friends and family.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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CRACKLING OR PLAIN?

CORNBREADMy husband loves crackling cornbread!  While I love it, too, there are times when I prefer to have it just plain.  This past Wednesday, we had pinto beans, cube steak and gravy (cooked several hours in my slow cooker), and cornbread (crackling for him and plain for me.)

Sometimes when I first take my cornbread from the oven, I like to cut a slice open while it’s still piping hot and spread on some butter.  Mmmm-mm, talkin’ ’bout good!  And how many of us don’t love us some buttermilk and cornbread!!!  Ooh-wee, my mouth is watering just talking about it!  How do you like your cornbread?

And speaking of cornbread, over five years ago, Beverly Davis, Founder and Creative Director of Cornbread Millionaire, started her own cornbread career business based on her grandma’s secret recipe.  Since then, she has developed her very own variations and creative serving suggestions.  For example, how do the following creations sound (just to name a few):  Creme de la Corn Muffin, Cornbread Meal Muffin:  Squash & Onions, Homegirl’s Cornbread Chili Sandwich, and Sweet Potato Cornbread Donut-Muffins?  But Ms. Davis also has some other fabulous creations.

Please click here to visit her beautiful website and see everything she has to offer.  I just ordered her elegant picture cookbook that contains baking tips, creative cornbread recipes, humor, kernels of positivity, and photos of flowers from her photography adventures.  Best wishes to Ms. Davis in her endeavor!

As always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine 🙂

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