I love photos; not photos of cousin Joe’s wedding, though those are nice. I love photos that tell an instant and a lifetime in one click of the button, or flash of the light.
I love wandering cemeteries. There is a name given to people like me, taphophiles. Years ago, I didn’t know there was a name for this addiction, until I stumbled upon it on the computer one day. Lo and behold, I found fellow taphophiles and treasure troves of stories in the photos taken at both famous and abandoned cemeteries around the globe.
I look for little snippets of the heart……touching mementos left at a gravestone, or weeds left to wind with abandon, each tell their own story.
For me, finding that moment that I know will transcend into my camera and into your heart is like finding a diamond in the rough.
Each resident is a diamond, some polished with manicured landscapes and some in the rough, with overgrown weeds and dandelion blossoms adorning their grave.
To me, they are all precious jewels of time, shining in the sunlight or waiting in the rain, for a taphophile’s heart and camera……………

I believe photography can convey such emotions ......... I like to visit cemeteries, especially on rainy, misty days. The wistfulness is carried through the camera.
I feel the same about my home in Gettysburg......such emotions are carried through the lens. The sadness, the peace, the beauty of this land.
I love old statues, crumbling, moss covered.....their beauty deepens with age. I love to photograph cemetery Angels...one of my favorite places is Highgate Cemetery, in London, England.
And I love to tell stories; I write on several blogs. Telling stories with a camera, bringing smiles, tears, memories, or longings to life; is something everyone who picks up a camera hopes to achieve.
I love to combine artwork and photography........creating works of art and poignant scenes ..... Each photo capturing a "moment in time" and an emotional response from the eye of the viewer........
Please feel welcome to browse through all my galleries.....
©Shirl Knobloch


Custom Pet Portraits in Watercolor or Charcoal Sketches


Email me your pet's photo. I will then paint a treasured keepsake, which is mailed to you in the form of an 8"x10" print on glossy fine photographic paper, ready to be framed.
A thoughtful gift for someone who loves their furry companion; a cherished keepsake for someone grieving the loss of a dear friend.

Upon purchase, email your pet's photo to shirl@briarrosereiki.com
Message me to commission a unique portrait of your pet........
Simple charcoal rendering..........$24.99
Watercolor Rendering...........$40.00
Multiple sibling portrait will be slightly more to commission.....thanks.



My watercolor paintings are scattered throughout my Galleries and are all available as prints or custom made items.


My work as an Author.

I work as an author and have nine books available on Amazon.   One is a collection of memoirs of my work as a Medium in the Paranormal Field, filled with personal stories and experiences that span from my farmhouse in Gettysburg to the castles of England and Ireland. It is entitled "The Returning Ones, A Medium's Memoirs."  I have written four collections of Fairy Tales for all ages, as well as a fictional book of Civil War stories.   My latest book is a memoir of my Italian Heritage.

 "Birdsong, Barks, and Banter," is filled with stories of my Animal rescues and Reiki work. If a furry or feathered companion has ever captured your heart, you will love reading my stories. 

Please feel welcome to visit my Author Page at Amazon..............https://www.amazon.com/Shirl-Knobloch/e/B00OEW2XJQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I have several Fairy Tale books, for readers of any age and a collection of Sea Tales and Ghost Stories.

Visit the link below to see all my titles.   Thanks.


Musings about Life........My Daily Blogs



I write on three blogs, in addition to my blog on this Gallery page.
The Roses and Thorns of Life http://sknobloch88.wordpress.com/

Walking Among the Ghosts of Gettysburg http://walkingamongtheghostsofgettysburg.wordpress.com/
http://sknobloch88.wordpress.com

And 

https://tenleggedjourney.wordpress.com/  a blog of my journey with my little pomeranian through the final days of his terminal illness, before his crossing to the Rainbow Bridge.


And the blog on this site, accessed by the link on my Gallery pages.



Link to purchase my books. 

https://www.amazon.com/Shirl-Knobloch/e/B00OEW2XJQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Signed copies may also be ordered directly from me.   Message me to place an order.