Hello, My name is Cynthia Mackowick – Traun a.k.a. Cyndie, Cyn, or Little Mack. My passion for photography started young as I would watch my Aunt Sandy work her magic. Whenever we would visit her in Colorado, I would spend time viewing the recent photos she would have on her wall in awe. She taught me the basics of composition and some of the rules of photography (some of which I now break for fun as rules are meant to be broken at times). Thank you so very much Sandy. Your service as a teacher, no doubt, taught you that you never know when you spark an interest in a child that would last a lifetime. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
More appreciation is needed. Although my father is no longer with us today, I would like to thank my parents who taught me to see the beauty in the world. You both have always encouraged me to use my creative mind and to view the world with open eyes. Thank you for all of the support you have given me in the past and the support, I know, you will continue giving me in the future. I love you so very much Mom and kisses sent on the wind for you Dad.
Part of what I like to capture in my photography images is what my father and I started doing when I was a wee little one. We would travel around the countryside in southwest MN looking for abandoned houses and farmsteads. To this day, the excitement of seeing these abandoned or neglected properties is beyond any words I could write. He would remind me that there are stories behind these places and sometimes, we would make up our own.
I am fortunate to have found someone who can share the excitement of back-roading with me. Dan always has a way to make me smile and my love for him is beyond what any words can say. The way that he sees the world is captured in his blog at dantraun.com.
Last year, we lost two of our photo buddies – Tindra and Audrey. I am leaving their images in this post as they were a huge part of our daily lives. They may not be by our sides, but they will live in our hearts forever. The two would always become very excited, and somehow know, when they get to go on a photography outing with us.
We are lucky to have found another duo; complete bundles of four legged love- Clover and Lucy who now fill the backseat on our photography outings. Clover was a rescue from New York; she lived 6 years of her life in situations that any dog should not have to experience; thank you Furever Dachshund Rescue for taking her in. She is our shy one, but her adaptability amazes me everyday. Clover. who is now 7 yrs old, is a complete angel and is finding her “inner dog” with every moment of the day. Lucy came is to from a rescue in Illinois; she is younger at 2 years old now and is the life of the party. We kept her name as Lucy since she reminds us of the laughter and quirkiness of Lucille Ball; thank you Dachshund Rescue of North America (DRNA) for taking her in. She is Clovers right hand and our comic relief. We adore our little family and are very lucky to share our home with two adorable, quirky, and lovable Dachshunds.
Yes, we added to our family in 2016 with a little old man named Harley D. I received a call from a family stating that his owner could no longer take care of him due to dementia. Knowing Harley for most of his life, we took him in without a second thought. He settled right in and and quickly became part of our family. On August 11, 2020 (13 months after being diagnosed with prostate cancer) we had to say goodbye to this happy-go-lucky guy. We know that he is in a better place and is pain free, but we certainly do miss him. Until we meet again Harley, RIP little Prancer Boy.
Cynthia Traun (Mackowick)
Red Wing, MN
Website: Cynthia’s Gallery