Affect Everyone On The Entire Planet

What you do this week will have an affect on everyone on the entire planet.

You’ve laid the foundation. Now give it a rest!

Here are the energies for the week of April 26th thru May 2.

What To Look For When Buying A Used Lens

1. Absolutely no dings, scraps, marks on the lens body and glass. Especially look closely at the front edges as this is where a drop will almost always make a mark.
2. Shine a light into the lens from both front and back elements to see if there is ANY inside dust, moisture, or the start of fungus (you usually only see fungus if the lens has been in very humid environment for an extended period of time and it often starts showing around the very edges of the glass first)
3. Try to find lenses that have been used in the studio only or came packaged with a new camera and not used at all. Having the original box and packing is a plus.
4. Check to see if the lens moves effortlessly (smooth as silk) when using the focusing ring AND zoom ring AND changing the aperture.
5. Does it come with a filter already on it and do they state they added the filter the minute they got the lens. What does the filter look like – clean, scratched, filmy, dinged etc.
6. Does the outside of the lens look new or dull – as in oil from hands, age, wear, being tossed in a camera bag, carelessly being hung around neck while galloping across fields etc. ūüôā
7. Know who you are buying from and if they are reachable if there is a problem. Do they keep their equipment in a camera bag with separate partitions or just tossed in a bag or laying around attached to a camera body?
8. When buying from ebay, there is always the buyers protection, the pictures (make certain they are of the actual lens and not just stock photos), and your intuition (you know, that gut feeling that tells you this is a great transaction from a trustworthy seller – or not).
9. When you first receive a lens that you have not seen in person…go thru 1-6 above and shoot some images in a variety of lighting, focus, and zoom situations.

Generally, in a perfect world, you will buy used and get a lens that looks and operates like new and you might save a bundle.

Answers to all Your Questions About Life, Love, and Business

In my quest for answers about life, love, and business, I have discovered that creating videos for Radiant Wisdom Tarot has turned into a “Mission Accomplished”.

There a new Radiant Wisdom Tarot reading each week. If you choose to subscribe to my youtube channel, you will receive one notice as soon as a new one is uploaded and ready for viewing.

Here’s the link to my videos.

Suzanne Kammerer and Nashville Image Videos

Have a wonderful and gorgeous Summer.

My Solution To Getting Answers To Life’s Challenges

My Winter has been filled with a new photographic project – I am on a quest to create moving pictures instead of only still ones. Fun, fun, fun.

Equipment details: Panasonic HDC TM900, Autocue CS Glide, Manfrotto 501 Fluid Head, Manfrotto 3046 tripod, Sony Vegas Platinum 12 Suite, Serif Movie Plus X6, HP Quad-Core Dv7 Laptop, and lots of Hilo Mills Hawaiian coffee.

Here is the beginning of my creative journey.

http://vimeo.com/60769466

As an artist, I have reached points where I stall a bit on the creative flow, I run into challenges that seem like walls, and/or I wish I had a totally objective source for some guidance. Radiant Wisdom Tarot has become as valuable a tool to my artistic projects as the delete and backspace keys…that’s saying a lot!

My favorite and very positive and inspirational Radiant Wisdom Tarot Deck. This includes all 92 cards, the bag, the book, and the box.

The book gives detailed information on how to read tarot cards. It is a tarot reading guide and includes some easy card layouts. It also includes information about chakras, stones, astrological signs, energy, psychic powers, and using your intuition.

For me, it’s like getting a free tarot card reading anytime I want/need it and gives me a glimpse into the possible choices I have to discover answers and take action to achieve my goals. It takes leading a joyous life to a whole new level of conscious choices.

Anyway, I thought I would share this glimpse into Radiant Wisdom Tarot and Laughing Womyn Ashonosheni’s bright, positive, and clear tarot.

NOTE: This is also on youtube with some other Winter creation videos. Just type in Radiant Wisdom Tarot. In addition, visit RadiantWisdomTarot.com or go to Amazon or Ebay to purchase your own set.

I hope your Winter was filled with delightful adventures as well as restful peace.

Medicinal Plants in My Garden

So here are some medicinal plants that you might want to include in your Native American Healing Herbs Garden.

Laughing Womyn is really the gardener here and I am the photographer and appreciator of all things beautiful – blooming or otherwise. She also took almost 30 years of her healing and counseling work to create the Radiant Wisdom Tarot and Book.

While I enjoy to the max the wonderful gardens, there is more to living these days…sigh. By adding in this positive tool of Radiant Wisdom Tarot, it’s easy to find answers to questions and be given some actions to take to fulfill dreams. The website is the place to order a set today. What’s not to like about taking great care of, self-nurturing, and healing the bits and pieces of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being.

This is quite a list and the links are included for more information.

Plants for Native American Garden

 

Colors of the 4 directions: East ‚Äď yellow, South ‚Äď red, West ‚Äď blue, North – white

 

Traditional Food plants:

Maize

Source for heirloom maize seeds (zea mays) : http://www.victoryseeds.com/corn.html

Squash

Traditional varieties: Acorn, Boston Marrow, Pumpkin

Source for Boston Marrow (cucurbita maxima) seeds:

http://www.seedsavers.org/Details.aspx?itemNo=1433

Beans

Traditional varieties: kidney, navy, pinto, string, wax, Anasazi

Source for Anasazi Bean seeds:

http://stores.homestead.com/hstrial-Dabbott3/-strse-423/Anasazi-Bean–dsh–500/Detail.bok

Potato

Sweet Potato

Wild Strawberry

Fiddlehead Fern

Asparagus

Tomato

Beets

Cucumber

Cabbage

Carrot

Rhubarb

 

Traditional Medicinal plants of the 4 directions:

East: 

Alum root      Traditional: Heuchera Americana

Amaranth      Traditional: Amaranthus hypochondriacus or A. sanguineus

Lemon Balm & Bee Balm   Traditional: Melissa officinalis

Bird’s Foot Violet     Traditional: Viola pedata

Borage                     Traditional: Borage officinalis

Cardinal Flower        Traditional: Lobelia cardinalis

Columbine               Traditional: Aquilegia vulgaris or A. Canadensis

Fennel           Traditional: Foeniculum vulgare

Foxglove        Traditional: Digitalis purpurea

Garlic            Traditional: Allium sativum

American Ginseng    Traditional: Panax quinquefolius

Goldenseal     Traditional: Hydrastis Canadensis

Heal-all          Traditional: Prunella vulgaris

American Holly

Indian Paintbrush     Traditional: Castilleja coccinea

Lady’s Slipper                     Traditional: Cypripedium calceolus

Lily of the Valley     Traditional: Convallaria majalis

Maidenhair Fern       Traditional: Adiantum pedatum

Marigold        Traditional: Calendula officinalis

Rue               Traditional: Ruta graveolens

Sage              Traditional: Salvia officinalis

Wild Garlic    Traditional: Allium vineale

Yarrow          Traditional: Achillea millefolium

South:

Arnica           Traditional: Arnica Montana

Azalea, flaming        Traditional: Rhododendron calendulaceum

Bear Grass     Traditional: Yucca filamentosa

Beet              Traditional: Beta vulgaris

Bloodroot      Traditional: Sanguinaria Canadensis

Chamomile    Traditional: Matricaria chamomilla or recutita

Comfrey        Traditional: Symphytum officianale

Corn              Traditional: Zea mays

Crownvetch   Traditional: Coronilla varia

Cucumber      Traditional: Cucumis sativus

Dogtooth Violet       Traditional: Erythronium americanum

Evening Primrose     Traditional: Oenothera biennis

Forget-me-Not                    Tradtional: Myosotis scorpioides or M. sylvatica

Four-o’ Clock           Traditional: Mirabilis nyctaginea

Gourd            Traditional: Lagenaria vulgaris

Indian Tobacco         Traditional: Lobelia inflate

Larkspur        Traditional: Delphinium ajacis or D. tricorne

Mayapple

Pansy            Traditional: Viola tricolor

Pumpkin        Traditional: Cucurbita pepa (White Pumpkin)

Sage              Traditional: Salvia officinalis

Soapwort       Traditional: Saponaria officinalis

Strawberry     Traditional: Fragaria vesca

Tansy            Traditional: Tanacetum vulgare

Toadflax                   Traditional: Comandra unbellata

 

West:

Angelica        Traditional: Angelica archangelica

Asparagus

Bean              Traditional: kidney, navy, pinto, string, & wax

Black Cohosh           Traditional: Caulophyllum thalictroides

Blue Eyed Grass       Traditional: Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue Flag (Iris)         Traditional: Iris versicolor

Boneset                    Traditional: Eupatorium perfoliatum

Butterfly Weed         Traditional: Asclepia tuberosa

Cabbage

Carrot                      Traditional: Daucus sativus

Flax

Ginger                      Traditional: Allium sativum

Goatsbeard               Traditional: Aruncus dioicus

Hops                        Traditional: Humulus lupulus

Jack-in-the-pulpit

Turks Cap Lily         Traditional: Lilium canadense

Mugwort                  Traditional: Artemisia vulgaris

Parsley

Peppermint

Purple Coneflower    Traditional: Echinacea purpurea

Rhubarb

Rosemary

Spiderwort                Traditional: Tradescantia virginiana

Sunflower                Traditional: helianthus annuus

West continued:

Thyme                                Traditional: Thymus serpyllum

Trillium                   Traditional: Trillium erectum

Turtlehead                Traditional: Chelone glabra

Vervain                    Traditional: Verbena officinialis

Watermelon             Traditional: Citrullus vulgaris

Windflower              Traditional: Thalictrum thalictroides

 

North:

Adam & Eve Root    Traditional: Aplectrum hyemale

Blackberry

Black Cohosh           Traditional: Cimicifuga racemosa

Black-eyed Susan     Traditional: Rudbeckia hirta or R. fulgida

Blazing Star             Traditional: Liatris spicata

Bluebells                  Traditional: Mertensia virginica

Catnip                      Traditional: Nepeta cataria

Chickweed               Traditional: Stellaria media

Chickory                  Traditional: Cichorium intybus

Coltsfoot                  Traditional: Tussilago farfara

Elecampane              Traditional: Inula helenium

Fairywand                Traditional: Chamaelirium luteum

Crested Fern             Traditional: Dryopteris cristata

Feverfew                  Traditional: Chrysanthemum or Tanacetum parthenium

False Foxglove          Traditional: Aureolaria flava

Hearts-a-bustin’        Traditional: Euonymus americanus

Hepatica                   Traditional: Hepatica acutiloba

Lungwort                 Traditional: Pulmonaia officinalis or P. maculate

Field Mint                Traditional: Mentha arvenis

Mountain Laurel

Mouse Ear                Traditional: Gnaphalium uliginosum or Hiercacium pilosella

Oats                         Traditional: Avena sativa

Pale Beardtongue      Traditional: Penstemon pallidus

Pennyroyal

Cayenne Pepper        Traditional: Capsicum frutescens

Redbud Tree

Skullcap                   Traditional : Scutellaria lateriflora

Solomon’s Seal         Traditional : Polygonatum biflorum

False Solomon’s Seal                     Traditional : Smilacina racemosa

Speedwell                 Traditional : Veronica officinalis

Tomato                    Traditional: Lycopersicon esculentum

Wild Indigo              Traditional: Baptisia tinctoria

Wild Licorice            Traditional: Glycyrrhiza lepidota

Witch Hazel shrub

Wood Betony           Traditional: Stachys officinalis

What a great list and opportunity to heal and thrive. Peace and Joy.

Really big news Part One

I have a couple of really big news items to share.
One is that the Brown County Almanac is doing a story on Weddings in Brown County Indiana and Nashville Image and my wedding ministry is going to a part of the article.
It is wonderful to be seen!
Of course, I love my Wedding couples and am always so honored to have been a part of their commitment to creating their loving relationships for life. It is also an honor to be able to use my 40 years of professional photography to create some photographic memories they will treasure for all time as well as their generations to come.
What is the second big news, you ask? It may seem like trickery but I am so excited about it I just had to mention it existed because I can’t tell you more about “it” yet…right timing is so important AND FUN!
Check back in a couple weeks and I will have Part Two with the details, website, and pics.
Have a great life…I am.

Review of Lowepro Exchange Messenger Bag

I have now used this daily for 2 months and it has become my all time favorite bag for carrying everything I need for back and forth to the studio and out and about essentials as well.

This bag holds a LOT of stuff and I use it to carry a little digital Canon S95 for spontaneous grab shots, wallet, appointment calendar, pens, cell phone, e-cig supplies, business cards, cheater reading glasses, and even a small stainless coffee thermos.

Using the two dividers it comes with, I have the main bag divided in 3 sections. One holds thermos, center holds camera which is in another little Lowepro Rezo 50 with extra batts/memory cards. The 3rd section is for a variety of smaller accessories i.e. pocket calendar, wallet.

Then there are the 3 additional pockets on the front (one even zippered) that make it so easy to have instant access to a variety of small things without digging in the main compartment. This is very handy for cellphone, glasses, pens, business cards, e-cig.

While this is the usual Lowepro durable quality, there is one issue that I have solved AND could have been addressed in the original functional design of this messenger bag…it is too bottom saggy. Left as it was originally designed meant that everyting just kind of lumped together at the bottom of the main compartments even with the dividers.

I easily solved this by taking a divider from another bag, it already had velcro along the full length of each side, and put it in the bottom of my center division with it’s velcro attached to the strips already inside the messanger bag. This has perfectly provided just enough firmness that the bag sits nicely, holds it’s shape, keeps everything well protected, and maintains the super lightweight requirement for a bag I carry daily.

This bag is now fully functional for me, looks great, carries a lot of stuff, can carry lots more as needed from time to time, AND is very comfortable to wear for hours.
I even tossed my regular Canon in my center divided space for a special just-in-case event and it was fine.

I like having a bag that is versatile, doesn’t cry out “I’m a pro photog”, and is durable and comfortable. This bag does it for me.

New brown county weddings and Nashville Image video

This is so exciting to have a video on youtube about Nashville Image and Brown County Weddings in Indiana.