Day 89/365: Oh the tightness I feel after a long weekend! My hubby has been gone to Canada since last Thursday on a fishing trip with his boss and co-workers and I have felt his absence! Not only am I missing time with my best friend (we haven't even been able to talk because of how much the cell company would charge us) but I am missing the help. My husband is such a huge help to me and when he's not here - my body sure feels it! A bit of stress, being tired because of not sleeping well without him home, and running around keeping up with three munchkins has given me a tight neck and shoulders this weekend. Happily awaiting his arrival today!
Day 87/365: This isn't exactly what I was hoping to capture today. In fact, I was quite surprised to see that my background is quite in focus after coming home. But, anyway, on the walk home from school I thought this was a fun idea - the baseball field in front of the school surrounded by a fence made for a neat foreground. It's so hard to see what you capture in the brightness of the day until you get home... So, this is what I have to share today. :) I'm still ok with it. :)
Day 85/365: This is outside the box a bit. I had first ran right away this morning to go to my favorite church to get a shot of the arched doorway, but I was very unsatisfied with what I came home with. Then I googled the definition of "arch." I am taking the verb approach of this concept today - to have the curved shape of an arch (like the arch of an eyebrow). This was me 7 months pregnant with twin boys 7 years ago. I felt plenty arched and rounded and thought this would be a fun spin on today's idea.
Day 83/365: Some of my very best memories have been spending time with my grandparents. In 2003 I was able to fly to AZ for 6 weeks just to be with them. That trip was so wonderful for me. One thing that stands out from all that time spent there was the breathtaking sunsets (that I took photos of every evening I was there) but also these cute little birds. These little quails would lineup like this and wander everywhere. My grandma called them "the girls" in reference to their prissy and important little walk. It's a special memory for me now that they are both gone...
Day 81/365: Today's idea was to capture a portrait of someone, but on their terms. When I explained this prompt to my hubby today, he was all for coming up with great ideas to help me out. He is anticipating the next turkey/duck/deer seasons and he will literally walk around the house with his turkey/duck/deer calls practicing! (Much to his family's dismay)! But, he is as passionate about his hobbies as I am about mine and because he is supportive of my hobbies - I try to reciprocate as much as I can (before the headache sets in anyway). He was a good sport today and really gave me some excellent shots! Hence why there are three. He sat with me while I edited them a bit and we couldn't decide on just one.
Day 80/365: This is what the second day of spring looks like for us. Yesterday, this very large pinecone was discovered on a nice walk with my munchkins who, once they realized how full of sap it was, put it outside on our deck. This morning, light and fluffy snow covered it. Oh well... Such is the life of a Minnesotan! :)
Day 78/365: I have always loved those photos of names where the letters are created (either on purpose or naturally) out of different objects. Well today I wanted to create that a bit myself. It was harder with numbers... I was surprised at how little I was able to find numbers in my home. The three is from my daughter's last birthday when she turned three. The 6 is actually from a photo of my favorite body wash that has a rose on it and I thought the petals looked like a creative number six. And then the 5 is from a preservation of my sons hand from Kindergarten. This was a fun prompt today and got me out of my shell a bit. :)
Day 76/365: This was a special idea today as I have a collection of 4 leaf clovers (even a 5 leaf clover in the upper right hand corner) that were left in my grandma's bible. I got her special bible after she passed away and she had many clovers preserved within the pages of that special book. I wasn't able to save them all but those I did save I preserved even further by laminating them on this poem that I also found in her bible. This is something I read often and something that is very special to me. Grandma and I used to sit for hours in a clover patch just looking for these special treasures. I was surprised by how many were smushed in her pages, but it is a way of being close to her even in death... This was something that I remember sharing with her as a child and something that was obviously special to her too - otherwise she wouldn't have kept so many! My grandma could look down and find a 4 leaf clover out of the blue. It is a fun memory for me.
Day 74/365: Oh the life of a dog! This little thing is such an important part of our life and she has sure made her way into all of our hearts. She really thinks she is a little human. She is also becoming more and more of a favorite for me to photograph. She is going to be 11 years old this year and I'm afraid that her years are getting shorter. She is moving slower and sleeping more in her older age. Hoping for at least a few to 5 years more with my sweet girl.
Day 67/365: This is such a common thing in my household. To hear the low growl of little boys as they drive their cars and motorcycles all around the house! Today my husband humored me and made this awesome track on our kitchen floor where our boys have been spending hour upon hour of driving enjoyment!
I have taken on a challenge to take one photo a day for this entire year. I have been excited to join up with an amazing community of talented photographers who have also taken on this challenge. The goals I have for myself this year is to, first of all, complete the whole year of 365 photos. I also want to allow this challenge to teach me all I can about the equipment I have in order to better myself as a photographer. I am excited to learn and experience so much this year through this challenge. Thank you for taking the time to look through my journey. It truly means a lot to me.