Zazzle coupon code for 50% off my photo calendar – today only!


My 2013 12-month photo calendar is now available for sale on my Zazzle online store. Carrie at The Write Transition was my first guinea pig most appreciated customer to purchase a few of them and they arrived in her mailbox just a few days later.

Today only, Veteran’s Day, use code: 50VETDAYSALE at checkout and get my calendar for 50% off! You can also get 40% off my ornaments and 15% off on most other products. Visit my Zazzle store now.

If you’re looking to make a nice and unique gift to someone for the holidays, you’ll want to take a closer look. You can view every photo that makes up this 2013 photo calendar here.

I also sell a number of other products, including posters, mousepads, phone and Kindle cases, and coasters, so go over to check it out. This is the link for anyone located in the USA and wanted to ship any of my products within the US. If you live outside of the US, you can still view and purchase from my store by clicking on your country flag below.

Thank you for your support!

When life gives you lemons

When life gives you lemons, you take plenty of pictures of them! I recently showed you some pictures I took of lemons and oranges in the summer light, but lemons can be just as beautiful on a rainy day.

I picked the photo of a lemon to represent November in my 2013 photo calendar and I wanted to share some other photos I took on the same day. Gray and rainy days are often a disappointment when you’d planned to take pictures on that day. Sometimes you just have to look past the wet grayness to see the beauty. Raindrops can make a great addition to your subject and a grey cloudy sky can be used as an nice, even background for contrast. And the filtered light can be your friend if you use it well.

Let’s start with the photo from my 2013 calendar:

Photo of a lemon on a rainy day
Photo of a lemon on a rainy day

Here’s another lemon, this time with the lemon tree leaves as the background:

Wet lemon on a lemon tree
Wet lemon on a lemon tree

Here’s a close-up of a wet lemon. I should have used the flash for this one…

Close-up of a wet lemon
Close-up of a wet lemon

And here are three wet lemons in a row. I love it! My only regret is, the lemon on the right is not completely in focus. Better luck next time!

Three wet lemons on the tree
Three wet lemons on the tree

Help me pick the cover photo for my 2013 calendar

My 2013 12-month photo calendar is now available for sale on my Zazzle online store. Thank you for your support!

Now that you’ve had a chance to preview the photos I will use for each month in my 2013 calendar, I’d like to ask for your input.

I need to pick one photo for the front cover of the calendar and there are 12 photos to choose from. Yikes! So how about you help me pick? I have only one simple requirement. I need some room on the photo for a few lines of text and I know not all photos will allow for it easily.

So take a look at the 12 photos and let me know which one you think would make a great front cover. You can go back to the original post and see a larger view of any photo by just clicking on it.

Thanks for your help!

January - winter sunrise
January – winter sunrise

February - lemon blossoms
February – lemon blossoms

March - California wildflowers
March – California wildflowers

April - Bottle brush tree flowers
April – Bottle brush tree flowers

May - Tiger swallowtail butterfly on bougainvillea
May – Tiger swallowtail butterfly on bougainvillea

June - a bee on a wild rose
June – a bee on a wild rose

July - protea pin cushion flower
My 201July – protea pin cushion flower

August: water lilies at Balboa Park
August: water lilies at Balboa Park

September: sumac's fall foliage
September: sumac’s fall foliage

October: full moon for Halloween
October: full moon for Halloween

November: rainy lemon
November: rainy lemon

December: pine cones up the tree
December: pine cones up the tree

My 2013 calendar pick for December: pine cones up the pine tree

View all of the pictures I selected for my 2013 photo calendar.

My 2013 12-month photo calendar is now available for sale on my Zazzle online store. Thank you for your support!

Picking the right photo to use for the month of December in my 2013 photo calendar was quite a challenge. I wanted to have something that would illustrate the holidays and winter for most people, but it’s not an easy task when you live in warm and sunny San Diego, California.

After a few days shuffling a few photos around, I settled on the picture below. I actually took it this past June, while visiting Lake Hemet, California. The whole area, including the town of Idyllwild, features a large amount of trees, most of them pine trees. I love the smell of pine trees, and I really like the shape of pine cones too, so I was happy when I spotted these pines cones up the pine tree, surrounded with plenty of long and green pine needles. Don’t forget you can click on the photo for a larger view.

My 2013 calendar pick for December: pine cones up the pine tree
My 2013 calendar pick for December: pine cones up the pine tree

I have a good idea for a more snowy photo I can use in my 2014 photo calendar but I won’t know if I manage to snap that photo until we reach the rainy season and it snows in our local mountains. Yes, we do get snow in San Diego County in the winter if the weather cooperates! But you won’t see me playing it in because I hate the while stuff…

My 2013 calendar pick for November: a lemon in the rain

View all of the pictures I selected for my 2013 photo calendar.

My 2013 12-month photo calendar is now available for sale on my Zazzle online store. Thank you for your support!

Unless you’re from California or Florida, you may not know May and November are the prime harvest months for citrus. Since I wanted my 2013 photo calendar to have a definite local flavor, I chose a photo I actually took last November of a lemon tree.

It happened to be a rainy day and I wanted to capture the rain drops on the lemons. The gray sky allowed some sunlight to filter through, offering a great neutral background. The sky looks almost white and allows the lemon to stand out. You can click on the lemon photo for a larger view. What do you think of it?

My 2013 calendar pick for November: a lemon in the rain
My 2013 calendar pick for November: a lemon in the rain