Category Archives: Muffed Target

Muffed Target: Parade Route

When taking pictures on the parade route, it’s best to hold still instead of trotting along behind the hay wagon float!

Thom has given us the opportunity to share our fuzzy photos via his meme, MUFFED TARGET.

Whether it was a moving target (or a moving photographer!), a shaky hand at the camera, or a subject “oops” — I know you must have something to share!  :D
Head on over to Thom’s place today to play along!

Muffed Target: treed

There was an explosion of pink in my neighborhood.

Pink Dogwoods, that is…

Unfortunately, by the time I discovered how badly out-of-focus these 2 pictures were, the sun had set — and now the blooms are mostly gone.  Ah, well.

Thom has given us the opportunity to share our fuzzy photos via his meme, MUFFED TARGET.

Whether it was a moving target (I plead blowing winds), a shaky hand at the camera, or a subject “oops” — I know you must have something to share!  :D
Head on over to Thom’s place today to play along!

And at least I managed a good close-up shot!

Not a Muffed Target now

Wanted: Dead or Alive

I awoke to the news yesterday morning that the world’s most wanted man had been found and killed. It seemed odd that he was finally found after so many years, and I had to watch the coverage on the television before I could truly believe it.

I’ve since had 24 hours to contemplate what this all means. It was a Tuesday morning in September nearly 10 years ago that I woke up to a different — but related — news report.  That day, September 11, 2001, I had to watch the coverage on the television before I could truly believe it.

A few years (or perhaps it was just a few months?) before September 11, 2001, I watched a special news documentary on TV about a man I had never heard of:  Osama bin Laden. I was shocked at the things he was planning and organizing, and appalled that while a reporter could be willing to accept possible death to get his story (he agreed to be taken into a terrorist training camp), the United States couldn’t seem to find and “take out” this clear enemy.  How could it be that our government intelligence agencies had not captured him yet?

On September 11, 2oo1, I heard the name of Osama bin Laden once again, and I sadly recognized it. Had President Clinton managed to take him out a dozen or more years ago, perhaps we wouldn’t be so deeply involved in a terroristic world… perhaps it would have nipped many terror cells in the bud… but perhaps we would still be where we are, locked in a forever battle against evil.

For now, despite the relief of the removal of Public Enemy #1, there are plenty of others ready to take his place, and we cannot be sure who is truly a friend.  As Mike Allen of POLITICO said in an interview yesterday morning, Pakistan “has some ‘splainin’ to do.”

Yes, I am relieved at the verified death of Osama bin Laden, but I cannot be jubilant. This battle is not over, and our citizens and military alike are still in danger of plans being carried out by madmen.

Muffed Target: perspective

The Muffed Photo Meme is sponsored by Thom and can be found every Tuesday (actually usually as early as Monday afternoon) on his blog, Thom’s Place 4 Well, Whatever.  This meme really fits in his “well whatever” category:

Each Tuesday post a completely crazy, messed up photo — one you would normally delete. The subject matter isn’t important — did you take a picture of your thumb? The lens cap? The wrong half of great Aunt Betty? (Really, she usually has a head …) Or perhaps you’ve got a shot of your own nose hairs taken while you were trying to determine why the flash wasn’t working. Whatever your photo goof is, we want to see it!
It's all in your perspective...

I’m still training myself to stop deleting every single “bad” photo. After all, it’s hard to play this game (meme) with a GOOD picture!

This muffed target occurred  when I was trying to get a shot of a little girl dancing close to her mama, but right as I snapped the picture, a wine bottle was passed in between the bluegrass baby and my camera.

ILMB, part 2

Sometimes I luck out with a cute little video (like yesterday) and sometimes I end up with a blurry photo:

(attempting) a look back at summer


The Muffed Target
is hosted by Thom each Tuesday.

This is one of those pictures that was “ruined” by someone walking into the shot… but I decided to keep it because the bright color of the water mattress worked to frame out the boys at the water’s edge.

I’m still trying to remember to not delete every muffed picture!

What is bright and interesting at your place today?

Muffed Target

I’m participating this week in Thom‘s meme called The Muffed Target. Why else would I save this photo?

I bring my camera along to nearly all of the cross country meets, but this picture is from the fundraiser run where most of my photos were unusable. My camera does not do night shots well. Couple that with constant movement and even panning is a rather useless technique. On the other hand, if you squint and use your imagination, this might qualify as impressionist art!

What was really happening:
The kids ran laps in the stadium for 89 minutes. (I previously bragged blogged about EB’s results here.)