Member since 8-Oct-07
Visitors 3506
16712 photos

Welcome to my photographic world! From our home in northeast Ohio, my husband Jack and I love to branch out to other parts of the country to find some of our favorite subjects, like lighthouses, old grist mills and other historic sites, local, state and national parks and my "specialty," colorful flowers and plants. The galleries here showcase some of our travels (as well as my family, friends, favorite pets and some of the awards I've been fortunate to win along the way) in the hope that visitors will be encouraged to go see for themselves. I hope you'll take some time to browse around, and questions and comments are welcome!


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MINERAL RIDGE, OH 44440
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I'm a semi-retired newspaper editor, journalist and amateur photographer who keeps busy with freelance writing and photography projects. My husband and I love to travel, and our favorite destinations include the North Carolina Outer Banks, the coast of Maine and the western coastline and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I write several blogs, including my latest, a celebration of the great cuisine that's available in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania called Mahoning Valley Eats & Treats. A second blog is an ongoing compilation of poems written by my late father, Harold A. Pickett (aka "Slim Acres"), who published several books over the 96 years of his lifetime and was a well-known public speaker throughout Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. The blog is titled The Best of Slim Acres and features a new entry each Sunday. Two more blogs have joined the party - one titled Ready, Set, Read (book reviews) and another featuring the beauty of Mill Creek MetroParks, a real treasure in Mahoning County, Ohio.

Our family includes two grown children, Scott and Christine, and four grandchildren: Cassandra, Alexandra, Jacklyn Rose and Jarrett Allen. We've made our home in northeastern Ohio for many years -- Go Bucks!


Featured Galleries & Collections

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Visitors 26
88 photos
Created 28-Nov-17
Modified 28-Nov-17
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Awards and Honors

Visitors 268
187 photos
Created 22-Mar-16
Modified 22-Mar-16
Awards and Honors

Photo Art

Visitors 32
240 photos
Created 27-Jul-17
Modified 27-Jul-17
Photo Art

Mill Creek Metroparks

Visitors 158
1142 photos
Created 9-Dec-17
Modified 9-Dec-17
Mill Creek Metroparks

Flowers

Visitors 16
76 photos
Created 19-Apr-14
Modified 19-Apr-14
Flowers

Lights of My Life

Visitors 91
209 photos
Created 9-Aug-17
Modified 9-Aug-17
Lights of My Life

THE WILDS

Visitors 17
55 photos
Created 20-May-16
Modified 20-May-16
THE WILDS

2017 PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Visitors 6
417 photos
Created 14-Dec-17
Modified 14-Dec-17
2017 PHOTOS OF THE DAY


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2017 PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Visitors 6
417 photos
Created 14-Dec-17
Modified 14-Dec-17
2017 PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course

Visitors 26
88 photos
Created 28-Nov-17
Modified 28-Nov-17
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course

PG101 OCTOBER 2017 FAVORITES

Visitors 43
10 photos
Created 3-Nov-17
Modified 3-Nov-17
PG101 OCTOBER 2017 FAVORITES

Mill Creek MetroParks Farm

Visitors 0
185 photos
Created 22-Oct-17
Modified 22-Oct-17
Mill Creek MetroParks Farm

Punderson State Park

Visitors 14
174 photos
Created 19-Oct-17
Modified 19-Oct-17
Punderson State Park

Barns & Old Buildings

Visitors 13
40 photos
Created 1-Oct-17
Modified 1-Oct-17
Barns & Old Buildings

Mineral Ridge Homecoming 2017

Visitors 10
30 photos
Created 1-Oct-17
Modified 1-Oct-17
Mineral Ridge Homecoming 2017

Lake Milton State Park

Visitors 4
87 photos
Created 16-Sep-17
Modified 16-Sep-17
Lake Milton State Park


All Photographs

OBX 2010

Galleries 6
Modified 15-Jun-10
279 photos
OBX 2010

Blooming Crazy

Galleries 13
Modified 7-Sep-17
2173 photos
Blooming Crazy

Parks and Nature Preserves

Galleries 27
Modified 23-Sep-15
2801 photos
Parks and Nature Preserves

Lighthouses and Bridges

Galleries 2
Modified 14-Jul-08
402 photos
Lighthouses and Bridges

Outer Banks 2009

Galleries 4
Modified 18-Jun-09
353 photos
Outer Banks 2009

Great Places to Visit

Galleries 48
Modified 30-Jul-17
3544 photos
Great Places to Visit

Maine Ho!

Galleries 8
Modified 26-Sep-08
368 photos
Maine Ho!

Banking on Outer Banks

Galleries 1
Modified 4-Jun-09
148 photos
Banking on Outer Banks

Family and Friends

Galleries 17
Modified 1-Oct-17
692 photos
Family and Friends

JHS 50th Reunion

Galleries 2
Modified 3-May-09
101 photos
JHS 50th Reunion

Lake Michigan Tour 2009

Galleries 5
Modified 30-Jul-09
237 photos
Lake Michigan Tour 2009

My Favorite Photo of the Week

Visitors 230
185 photos
Created 8-Jan-12
Modified 8-Jan-12
My Favorite Photo of the Week

Awards and Honors

Visitors 268
187 photos
Created 22-Mar-16
Modified 22-Mar-16
Awards and Honors

BetterPhoto Awards

Visitors 60
476 photos
Created 31-Jul-14
Modified 31-Jul-14
BetterPhoto Awards

Fun Stuff

Visitors 85
174 photos
Created 16-Aug-16
Modified 16-Aug-16
Fun Stuff

Signs, Signs, Everywhere

Visitors 46
71 photos
Created 10-Jul-14
Modified 10-Jul-14
Signs, Signs, Everywhere

One-a-Day Group 2010

Visitors 171
365 photos
Created 31-Dec-10
Modified 31-Dec-10
One-a-Day Group 2010

Barns & Old Buildings

Visitors 13
40 photos
Created 1-Oct-17
Modified 1-Oct-17
Barns & Old Buildings

Metallica

Visitors 15
36 photos
Created 3-Jan-16
Modified 3-Jan-16
Metallica

Virginia-West Virginia 2010

Visitors 59
106 photos
Created 15-May-10
Modified 15-May-10
Virginia-West Virginia 2010

Maine 2010

Galleries 9
Modified 25-Sep-10
461 photos
Maine 2010

One-A-Days 2011

Visitors 51
390 photos
Created 31-Dec-11
Modified 31-Dec-11
One-A-Days 2011

This 'n' That in 2012

Visitors 94
210 photos
Created 30-Dec-12
Modified 30-Dec-12
This 'n' That in 2012

One-A-Day 2013

Visitors 59
574 photos
Created 31-Dec-13
Modified 31-Dec-13
One-A-Day 2013

Marblehead-Port Clinton June 2013

Galleries 5
Modified 21-Jun-13
287 photos
Marblehead-Port Clinton June 2013

Photo Art

Visitors 32
240 photos
Created 27-Jul-17
Modified 27-Jul-17
Photo Art

One-a-Days 2014

Visitors 97
446 photos
Created 31-Dec-14
Modified 31-Dec-14
One-a-Days 2014

PG101 Themes

Visitors 640
106 photos
Created 4-Jul-17
Modified 4-Jul-17
PG101 Themes

One-A-Days 2015

Visitors 61
448 photos
Created 1-Jan-16
Modified 1-Jan-16
One-A-Days 2015

One-A-Days 2016

Visitors 7
385 photos
Created 30-Dec-16
Modified 30-Dec-16
One-A-Days 2016

PG101 OCTOBER 2017 FAVORITES

Visitors 43
10 photos
Created 3-Nov-17
Modified 3-Nov-17
PG101 OCTOBER 2017 FAVORITES

2017 PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Visitors 6
417 photos
Created 14-Dec-17
Modified 14-Dec-17
2017 PHOTOS OF THE DAY


Guestbook for Monnie Ryan
Monnie Ryan
I'll answer the comments from Aug. 8, 2017, all at once here simply because I don't know any of you and whether or not your comments are legitimate. First, to Mitchell and Seeley, I have the basic Zenfolio gallery, which does not cost $100 a year (I believe it's $60 now). And yes, I love it. My purpose here is to showcase my photos and record some of life's memorable experiences, not to sell (I do that on websites like Redbubble and Fine Art America, where I've enjoyed moderate success).

To Rochell: The white flower that glows (and any others similar to it in my galleries) was done by applying a special filter called Fractalius. There used to be a free version for download, but I believe it must be purchased now.

To Fred: By and large, I do minimal editing to my photos (by that I mean possible lightening, straightening, cropping and always a bit of sharpening for those I post online. No, that's not much, but they certainly are not totally "unedited."
Michell(non-registered)
I contacted you via Goodreads, but had to check out your site because I'm a shutterbug as well. Outstanding! I'm in awe of those flowers. There is one of a white flower (don't know the name) that glows! How did you do that?
Mitchell(non-registered)
Very nice work you have created. Love all of your pictures. I am thinking about uploading to Zenfolio and wanted to know your thoughts. Do you sell many of you photos? Is it worth the 100.00 a year?
Rochell(non-registered)
hellow dear, I contacted you via Goodreads, but had to check out your site because I'm a shutterbug as well. Outstanding! I'm in awe of those flowers. There is one of a white flower (don't know the name) that glows! How did you do that?
Fredd(non-registered)
http://www.goldenagecheese.com/

What I loved about your photographs was the quality that you have maintained even without any sort of editing. I always prefer to see photographs of places, which are unedited, So that the soul of the picture will not be lost.
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