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Friday, December 31, 2010

Young girl in pink bathing suit, back towards the camera, ocean in front!

Huge tank of cichlids at Sea World in Orlando!

When you wander around Sea World, you'll find some neat displays tucked in the corner. This is a HUGE pool full of all different kinds of cichlids. There's so many they don't have to worry about fighting-too crowded! This would be awesome in my living room!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Funny t-shirt for the single college guy looking for a girl!

Single, college grad, has own place, straight and needs a girlfriend! Give as a joke or wear it as a funny plea!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day note, torn and taped.......funny Valentine!

Glowing blue pair of roses, colorized rose, neat design!

Click the link and then you can click customize to add your own greeting! Available on dozens of other products also!

Negatived self portrait, black and white, back view with trees......

Sometimes you can't find something to stand still long enough to take a picture of (ahem.......animals.....) so you end up using yourself. When I was taking b/w darkroom i used to love playing with the solarizing method (you turn the lights on for a second at a certain stage of photo developing, had to wait until you were the only one in the lab!), and this picture was digitally solarized. I like it!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dark blue colorized roses with leaves

Great rose design as is or click and click customize to add your own text!

Trainer riding Shamu at Orlando Seaworld Photograph

My favorite picture, *ever*, that I've take of the killer whales. Something about the backlighting and the giant wave just make this one a favorite.

It's cold in Florida! A few tips for the heatless ones.......

It's really cold for south Florida....personally, I'm freezing!

There's no heat in the house I'm at, so I've devised a few ways to stay warm and thought I'd share.

1. Layer. Clothes, clothes, more clothes. Put on the sneakers, the bunny slippers, whatever you have to keep your feet warm. Polyester is cold, wear your cotton or acrylic things. Of course, there's only a few layers you can add before you just can't move, at which point your only recourse is to crawl into bed.

2. Turn things on. If you don't mind a slightly higher electric bill, turn on the TV, the computers, the printers, etc- they all produce a little bit of heat that does add up. Two computers in a small room make a huge difference.

3. Confine yourself to one room. Your body heat alone, if you stay in one closed in room, will raise the temperature a little bit. Grab the dog/cat/anything furry and keep them with you, they put out heat too!

4. Light candles......SAFELY. I found that 20 tealight candles in a 12x12 room heat it up noticeably by the time they burn down. And they're cheap if you buy them by the bag. I put mine on a couple of plates on top of a bookcase far away from anything flammable or the cat.

5. Sleep on the top bunk. Okay, this will only work if you have a bunk bed but heat rises-bad in the summer, great in the winter!

Don't forget to cover the plants, or bring them in.....and keep an eye on the animals. They get cold too! Anything goat to dog sized can usually be persuaded to keep an old tshirt on when it's cold. Set out a blanket for the cat to burrow in. Put heaters in the fish tanks, a light over the snakes....keep em warm!

Hopefully you're just reading this post for amusement and not because you to don't have any heat :). Stay warm!

Susan's Zoo Crew photography and design

Monday, December 27, 2010

Earthy scribbles color background, perfect for business cards!

Easily change the text on this business card to read your business information.
Just click on the card and then click customize!
Available on other products also, click on the card to see more!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Neat dark color shot of a moving fair ride

I took this one at the St. Lucie County fair. Playing with multiple flashes and night photographs of moving rides leads to some interesting results!

Friday, December 24, 2010

New Video! Sampling of photography, set to my own bass line :)

I made my first video of my photography and even did the background music myself! Okay, it's basically just a bass line but hey, it's mine!

See it on youtube at:

Almost Christmas!

I love Christmas! Even if I end up buying myself a's still fun!

But the day before can be a little, I entertained myself by updating my smashing flowers lens :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

BIG frog on the wall!

There was a HUGE tree frog by the door when I came home. I immediatly ran inside and grabbed the camera. The low vantage point makes this picture unique! Luckily he decided not to jump on my head when he came down from the wall :)

Bass playing from a woman's perspective, updated!

Add more thoughts to my "bass playing from a woman's perspective" page

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fire flame, blue flame through lattice grid photograph

This is one of those photographs where you look at it and go , hey that's neat! Started out as a photograph of flames through a burning piece of wooden lattice, one tiny invert and viola! Blue flames through white grid! Hint though, don't burn pressure treated lattice wood.....the fumes are obnoxious! Fans of this photograph design have commented that it also has a fantasy blue smoke look to it. (c) Susan L. Marsh, all rights reserved. Click on the image to see this on other products or to customize and add your own text!



Goat sisters

When they were young, Mocha and Cappuchino were best of friends. Even older they stuck together like glue, but Mocha ended up being a flighty goat while Cappuchino liked her head scratched.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fixed up the dog photography lens

I added some more information to my Dog Photography lens, pretty soon I'll have to make it into two lenses! Yipee!
Come by and let me know your opinion!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Beautiful White Tiger! Licking his nose Mousepad

One of my favorite animals, a white tiger is relaxing on the green grass in this original photograph. In this version, he's even licking his nose as if to say YUM! He's wet from just having come out of his tiger swimming area. Beautiful white tiger! Taken at Busch Gardens, Florida. (c) Susan L. Marsh, all rights reserved.

White Tiger with Blue Eyes Licking Nose mousepad

Love is....... pretty love saying graphic, perfect for the one you love or just for display!

Love is knowing that even when someone isn't there in person, they are there in spirit. A profound thought, displayed here on a red purple background with filgaree framing. Add your own text or click on the picture to see this short love poem on dozens of other products!



Flamingo photo tinted pink, pink flamingo! business card template from

Flamingo photo tinted pink, pink flamingo! business card template from

I love flamingos! They are so pretty. I used to want one as a pet until I did some I'll have to settle for pictures.... :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Emu HI!

Sometimes you manage to capture an animal at just the right moment! Like this curious emu, he kept moving his head around too fast to get a good shot. But then he heard something and looked straight at me. I think he was going to eat the camera after I beat feet after taking this :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mud turtle wearing santa hat card........Christmas is so near!!!

Can anyone believe how close Christmas is?! Wow!


Updated the cat photography tips and tricks lens

Quick not: Added more information to my cat photography lens, let me know what you think!

Roses ornament

When zazzle decided to start carrying ornaments I made this one on request from a friend who couldn't find any pink roses.
Making your ornament is pretty cool! After you click on the picture, you can poke around and make your own! Better than the styrofoam garbage they sell as ornaments in the stores nowadays......

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dolphins! and a short blob about Discovery Cove

Dolphins are pretty interesting mammals. Smart, great swimmers, and their skin feels like a swim flipper (the rubber kind.....seriously!). Plus, they always look like they are smiling! The black and white ones are the neatest, but rare in the parks so hard to get a photograph of. This "regular" dolphin loved the camera though! Click on him to see more!

A few years back a friend and I went to Discovery Cove in Orlando. Cost an extra $100 to swim with the dolphins for 30 minutes. Well, you don't really swim with them......that's misleading...that conjures up images of you in a tank of dolphins. What really happens is you stand in a line and the dolphin goes past and lets you touch him (which is how I know they feel like a flipper). Then, you swim out a ways and the dolphin "kisses" you for the camera. Then you hang on to the fin and WHEEEEEEEEEE get taken back in! Dolphin ride!!

After (or before depending on what time your turn is) you can go shuffle around with the stingray pool. Shuffle? Yep-you really don't want to step ON a stingray! Then you can go swim in the giant aquarium-big round pool with a fake reef in the middle and fish and rays swimming around and around. If you can hold your breath long enough, the bottom of the reef has a small shark inside of it behind glass you can see.

It's pretty cool.......but expensive for what you get. I was told the Florida Keys has a dolphin experience that lasts longer..... I probably won't do it again due to the cost, but I'm glad I did it then :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hydroponics-pre setup.

I recently found out that an old neighbor opened up a hydroponics store. For those of you local, it's EZ Grow Green on Bayshore Boulevard in Port St. Lucie. Their facebook is here:

EZ Grow Green

I've looked into it a few times, but it looked to complicated. After seeing the bucket systems and the easy home depot type, I decided to give it a go. I'd like to grow my hot peppers year round and I'm tired of fighting bugs!

So I bought the bucket system-basically you take a black bucket, drop a basket in it to hold the media, fill it with water and nutrient, add plant, add an airstone and pump and viola! Hydroponics! The kit came with the media, I'm also going to do another bucket using turface from my bonsai.

Then I got the fitting kit and went to home depot and bought two big storage containers. For the media in the baskets I'll use turface since I just bought a bag of it.

The cold snap here has made me gun shy on moving the plants, so I'm going to wait to set it up. I may go ahead and get the pieces all put together, but the garage is full of plants and doesn't have much room to move around in.

I will take pictures and post them here as I get going on it.......stay tuned!

Oh, and for the photography, here's a cute Christmas card I did:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Carousel Horse Mousepad

This horse is my favorite out of all the photographs I've taken of carousel horses. I love how they have her name, Marina Rose, right on her shoulder. And the photograph makes it look the the carousel is going to jump off the page! Click on it and you can zoom in to see the detail.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Flash mobs, hydroponics, and photography

What do those have in common? Those are three things I've looked up in the last 15 minutes ;).
Flash mobs are neat when it's controlled and involves music. Apparently some of them have gotten out of hand, but mostly they're just fun. Like this one:

Love it! The first few people really have to have good voices!

It's cold here in (not so) sunny Florida, so this will be short post until I can fell my fingers again.......Next post, hydroponics and photography :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bass Player Humor!

For the ladies :) The ONLY time a man can get away with saying that in public!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Photos From Recent Trip to Cape San Blas

I recently went on a family trip and one of the places we went is called Cape San Blas, on Florida's Gulf Coast. Gorgeous place! Here's a few of the pictures from it, more to come later!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blue Baby Swing

Makes for an interesting composition.......leads one to think , is it waiting for a baby? Did the baby just get out?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Aged Halloween Jack O Lantern Picture

I took this of a little girl's Jack O Lantern that was left outside a bit tooooo long... at first glance it looks ok , and then if you look close you can see the flies. Still makes a neat picture!

Monday, November 8, 2010

American Bald Eagle Pencil Sketch

A total of six eagles in an original pencil sketch. I loved sketching these eagles, the beaks and eyes are so majestic!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A more unusual beach view

Took this picture of some debris on the Fort Pierce South Beach.....came out as part interest part odd and part hrmmmmmm

Friday, November 5, 2010

Added to my "Smashing Flowers" squidoo lens

Come check it out! I added some more information to my lens on "smashing flowers" at squidoo!

Smashing Flowers

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

A fun butterfly B design!

I love playing with multiple images, and in this case, it makes a cute design!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Crabby turkey!

Buddy, my Florida wild turkey hen, is not always in a good mood. At 8 years old, I can't blame her! For a turkey that's a long while.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Have Your Hugged Your Bonsai Today? Bumper Stickers from

Have Your Hugged Your Bonsai Today? Bumper Stickers from

Only applies if your bonsai is not of the thorny persuasion. Hugging a Brazilian Raintree hurts! Trust me on this one!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

This design seems to be a favorite. I have it in other color combos too, but red and blue seems to be a good choice for today! Hope everyone is having a great week!

This design seems to be a favorite. I have it in other color combos too, but red and blue seems to be a good choice for today! Hope everyone is having a great week!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Toothache ......and ways to get rid of em......and a digression on dry socket

For some unexplained reason I had a toothache today. And I *really* wanted to get rid of it....without doing an emergency dentist visit (is there even a dentist open after 5pm around here? I doubt it.....).

So I headed over to Walgreen's and hit up the toothache section. After reading a billion boxes, I came to the conclusion that all of the pain relief stuff had the exact same active ingredient! Even the one claiming nighttime relief was no different from the "regular" stuff, except in price. So I grabbed a tube of regular... but I remembered last time I had a toothache that stuff only worked for a few minutes until it wore off. Not to mention too much of it and you're drooling because you can't feel your mouth! I felt like I'd need more....

Digression time!

When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I ended up with something called "Dry Socket". Doesn't sound too bad, does it? Wellllll let me tell you-that was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. Breathing through my mouth hurt (and I had a cold and no choice), swallowing hurt, my ear hurt, my throat hurt, everything! I was willing to do ANYTHING to stop that pain. I clawed myself up pretty good trying to even scratch away the pain through my cheek....OW!!! Called the dentist up and told them that it reallllllllly hurt-the receptionist basically said oh, that's normal. I said NO it's not-I've taken 4 ibuprophen, 2 aleve, half a bottle of toothache liquid and I'm still dying here! She still sounded dubious, had that someones-being-a-big-baby tone, but told me to come in.

My tooth was hurting so bad I could barely see straight but I drove back there. The receptionist kinda poo pooed me as I signed in, but the dental hygenist who knew me walked by and saw the look on my face and immediatly got the dentist. I was in the chair in a minute flat! The dentist was a nice guy, did the "Ok, what's going on here?" Told him owowowowowowowwwwwwwww and pointed. He got out the mirror and had a look.....

I've never seen a dentists' face go pale after looking into someones mouth before! He goes, "Oh you poor baby" and takes off down the hallway... I'm in the chair with a reallly puzzled assistant standing there too! He comes back with this little jar and goes, "You've got dry socket. I'm so sorry! This stuff is going to taste horrible but it'll take away the pain up!"

Hey, at this point I don't care if the stuff required me to stand on my head for 10 minutes to work, HAND IT OVER! Open up I did.....and awful it was. Cat butt awful.......but oh man, the pain...... like someone dialed the guitar amp from 11 down to 1. ahhhhhhhhhhh blessed relief! He told me it was an all natural paste made from ground up cat butts and clove oil. Ok, maybe I exaggerated the cat butt part but the clove oil was true. Turns out I was the first person in 5 years at that practice to end up with dry socket, hence the disbelief. Well, at least I wasn't just being a baby! He explained that dry socket meant the blood clot fell off leaving the bone exposed to air, and that it is a very painful thing (duh!). Usually only happens if you smoke (I don't), throw up (nope), or suck through a straw (nada) after a tooth extraction.

I was sent home with a socket packed with cat butt clove oil paste and gauze and firm orders not to smoke/drink through straw/toss up my cookies. No problem! The gauze stayed in for about 3 days (as did the cat butt taste) but the pain never came back like that.


The reason for the digression is that I remembered how well that clove oil stuff worked and was hoping I could buy something....found nothing that said "clove oil". Did find a little kit that had tiny cotton balls, tweezers, and a vial of liquid....directions made it clear not to get it on anything but the hurt tooth... I figured that had to be potent stuff. The main ingredient was Eugenol oil. So it was buy one get one free .....added that to my basket. There was some of this gum stuff to cover sensitive areas, added that. Hey floss that whitens as it goes! Added that..... out we go.

Get out in the truck and immediatly try the benzocaine gel. Numbed my gums and tongue but didn't get to the tooth. BAH. Headed for home.

Now kinda desperate, I immediatly went and scrubbed my teeth, flossed with new floss (hoping it was just stuck food) and used my water pic. I put hyrdogen peroxide in the water tank of the water pic, about 25%, figuring it wouldn't hurt.
Then I busted out the super do-not-put-anywhere-else stuff.

Guess what? Eugenol oil *IS* oil of cloves! WHOO HOO!!! Grabbed the tiny ball of cotton, tried to soak up just a little of the oil, ended up with a dripping ball of cotton. The instructions had it in BOLD not to spill it, so I squeeze it out....stuck the little cotton ball on the hurting area and butt flavor! Got it in half my mouth somehow, I wasn't so good that holding the cotton ball on the tooth. It burned a little but within 10 minutes no more tooth ache! Ahhhhh. Slapped some of the gum stuff between the two teeth just in case and right now, so far so good and it's been 3 hours.

So, the best stuff (but be careful) is called "Red Cross Toothache Kit". Got a red cross on it, comes with small tweezers small box of tiny cotton balls and tweezers. It works! Was $7 at walgreens. The gum stuff is "Dent's Toothache Gum" in an old fashioned looking box that's mostly blue and white. You cut a little pieces off, soften it in your mouth for a sec (don't chew) and put it over the hole. Those two rock! And oh, go make a dentist appointment.....which is where I"m heading now :)

Edit: This stuff, but go get it locally and save the shipping:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Working hard on designs :) Cute elf design! And same elf running away!

Added some more new stuff to my zazzle storefront. My sense of humor lent itself well to two different designs using the same elf graphic..... It's always fun to see different ways of using graphics!

First we have Christmas Meets Halloween....background is an original spray paint painting and the rest is added/painted graphics. Poor elf!

Next up is the same elf in a more cheerful environment. Although, if you look close, you'll see the same frankenkitty that was chasing him being used-as a toy!:

Amazing what different ideas come about from one little elf graphic......and now I'm off to make some more! Let me know if you like....or hate.......either one :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mrs. Doubtfire deleted scenes has a CSI actor!

I love the movie Mrs. Doubtfire! Robin Williams is great, the reality of the scenes makes the humor even better, and seeing the transformation between dad and Mrs. Doubtfire is really neat. So when I saw a copy of it with extended scenes and other goodies while I was shopping, I snagged it.

While watching all the deleted scenes, I'll admit to zoning out and not paying attention to the movie. Then all of a sudden my ears heard a CSI character?! Grabbed the remote......rewind.......sure enough!

It's in the scene "Cajon Chef"...the chef that talks to Mrs. Doubtfire is Paul Guifoyle who plays Jim Brass on the original CSI!! I had to watch it a couple of times to make sure as they show him in such a way that he looks taller :). Found the credits and's him! Jim Brass as a chef....... :)

Talk about before they became famous.......

Funny part is my ears caught on to it before my eyes did :). I wonder how many other actors I'm used to seeing on CSI are in other shows.......

Friday, September 17, 2010

Zazzle shirt from Chestfull: No, I haven't heard that one yet. Sarcasm... Logo

Zazzle shirt from Chestfull: No, I haven't heard that one yet. Sarcasm...

Tell the world, No, I Haven't Heard That One Yet!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How quickly a sun rises!

This morning I had kind of intended to get up early and try to take pictures of the sunrise. Well, I kinda got up early (5 minutes...) but the sunrise decided not to cooperate and was a boring grey behind clouds view. It was time to go to work so I headed out..... no sooner did I get on the main road when the sky turned a *gorgeous* shade of pink! I was thinking to myself, next time I'll bring my camera and take pictures from work. However, within a few more minutes the sun had come completely up! The "pretty sunrise" window is apparently only a few minutes long. Amazing how fast a sun rises! So now I know....get up early, rush to good spot, wait for that magical five minutes and click away!

This was the sort of sunrise I was looking for and didn't get to photograph:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Zazzle binder from Susan Marsh: Bright Blue electric guitar repeated i... Logo

Zazzle binder from Susan Marsh: Bright Blue electric guitar repeated i...

A neat repeated image of a strat style electric guitar on a binder, perfect for a music binder or for anyone who just loves guitars!