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Friday, November 30, 2012

Checking Myself

I'm checking in with Christy for this month's {in the picture}.  Hard to believe December is on the doorstep.  Just one more month to fulfill this project.  Very proud and happy that I've stuck through 'til the end.  That is if I don't screw up the last month.


In The Picture


Optional theme this month was "thankful".  Hmmmm...



Farewell Old Friend
Farewell Old Friend

Well, this month I am most thankful that I was able to purchase a new (lightly used) car.  Not exactly actly actly what I wanted, but damn close.  It was a good deal from an acquaintance.  His father's car-8 years old with low mileage.  I'm not sure it only went to church on Sunday, but maybe made just a few trips a week to the golf course.


Dry Your Tears
Dry Your Tears

In addition, I sold my 1999 wagon with 200,000 miles to the kid next door.  Right before I sold it to him I had it washed-and decided to snap one last selfie in the side mirror.  And then I felt a bit sad.  I guess that's normal when one has carried you through several phases of your life, both good and trying.  Perhaps those drops were the car being a touch sad too.


Sloppy 86/365
Sloppy 86/365

I don't know that I'm thankful for jeans, but then again, yes I am.  My favorite clothing item.  This isn't an iphone shot, just a square crop and texture.


Although I have kept up with the selfie project, last month I missed doing a post and linky.  Whoops.  The theme then was to put yourself in a favorite place....which I pretty much failed at.

You Talkin' to Me? 42/365
You Talkin' to Me? 42/365

One of my favorite places is being home.  It's quiet, there's food, computer, TV, a comfy bed and a couple of pets.  I suppose you can't tell I'm home since I hogged the frame with my mug, but I am.  Trust me.

Flat Car Selfie
Flat Car Selfie

I don't know that on a flat car is a favorite place to be, but I am drawn to RR tracks as places to shoot.  Counterbalances all the rural and water scenes available to me.


Suddenly I See
Suddenly I See

Lastly, here's my fave selfie from the last month. The photo is from February, but the process is new. I shared it a couple weeks ago to mixed reviews-because, it's weird. I like using selfies as a basis for making abstract pieces-my eyes usually play heavy in the results. Believe me, this is child's play compared to a lot of the things I've done.


Thanks to Christy for making the effort to keep this linky up and running.  I know it's hard work and time consuming, but if it's any consolation, I've really enjoyed the process throughout the year.  Happy weekend everyone.

 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  C'mon over.




Hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a nice one.  We had great weather and good food-and the niece and the nephew didn't melt down at dinner or need naps.  That's a great day.  This year I think I was most thankful for the new (lightly used) car sitting in my garage.  A couple weeks back I'd asked for positive thoughts to be sent my way and they must have worked.  Thanks to you, it happened.  My old car with 200,000 miles on it is going to the 19 yr old kid next door.  We're both happy.


On to scavenging.



Old Door Textured
Old Door

Home or Thankful:  This isn't my home, but it is close to my home and it is some one's home.  I think I've walked past this a million times and never before noted the gorgeous door knob-but I'm thankful I did.  I used a new Kim Klassen texture called Cherish to warm it up.

Celery
Celery

In the Kitchen:  My uncle says it's not Thanksgiving without the celery.  Huh?  I'm good with passing on the crunch, but I guess it means a lot to him.  Perhaps it's just his way to joke around with his niece.  I'll have to try that on my niece.

They're Not Socks,They're Tights 80/365
"They're Not Socks, They're Tights!" 80/365

Couple:  Speaking of my niece these are a pair of her 4 year old feet.  She did correct me quite quickly when I misspoke about her socks.  "They're tights because they have pants attached".  Oh.  Hmmmm.

The Season BW
The Season BW

Bubbles:  "Those aren't bubbles, that's bokeh"....guessing what she might say 10 years from now.  Stretching on the bubbles, but it's working for me.

Waiting On Spring
Waiting On Spring

Trees:  Way out there, do you see them?  Any day like this where there's sun and warmth it's a blessing.  It is getting dark really early.  Hate it-a lot.  Have to go out around 3:15 to get reasonable light.  Hello?  Like; I'm working.  This just ain't nat'rul.


And that's another SHS wrapped up and ready to go.  Can't wait to check out some other sets.  I think there was great opportunity for creativity with the prompts this week.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday means Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  Dew drop in.  (Can you believe some people actually name their little motels that?) or is that just a Maine thing?



My spell check is kind of on the fritz.  Jus' sayin'. 
I htink I gut tham all, but yo knew how it gose.  : )



Tasting a Broken Heart
Tasting a Broken Heart

Vision:  I was all set for this prompt with a photo I didn't care much for but fit.  Then yesterday while driving, late day the sun was nearly blinding-why I thought I might take a photo of that?  Who the hell knows, but I like the outcome.  So blocking my vision in this case.

Summer's Skletons
Summer's Skeletons

Strong:  What is it about these seemingly dainty Queen Anne's Lace plants that makes them endure?  Perhaps there's a message for women hidden in there?  These are even post Sandy.


Computer Logic
Computer Logic

Buttons:  You know when you have a mediocre picture and you try to make it better and spend way too long doing so, so you have to go with it anyway?  Yup.  I do like the quote.


Suddenly I See
Suddenly I See

Map:  When I read this prompt last week I couldn't get KT Tunstall's song Suddenly I See out of my head.  I knew I had to do this image.  Not optional.  It is an image of me from earlier this year, but the process is brand new.
"Her face is a map of the world, is a map of the world."  Now it's in your head too. 


Pears at the Market
Pears at the Market

Favorite Fruit:  OK, not my favorite fruit.  I'm not big on fruit, and pears are not on the "OK I'll eat one because I can eek through it" list.  I bet they are somebody's fave though.  That covers me.


I feel like I'm offering up a quirky set this week.  Oh well, I'm going to own my quirkiness, at least for today.  I hope you are having a great day and if celebrating, a warm and blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Third Thursday

Linking with Brenda for 3rd Thursday.



I promised myself I'd remember to do 3rd Thursday this month.  Promised.  It's a miracle I'm doing it.  This week already I've forgotten 2 things-meetings-I was supposed to attend.  Whoops.  I must have too damn much on my mind.

Anywho....I've remembered this and am joining for the first time.  If I "get" it, the idea is to try something that isn't your normal kind of stuff.  Feeling not too normal 98% of the time, that left a lot of possibilities for me, but here's what I'm going with.



Old Gnarly Tree
Old Gnarly Tree

Used a processing on this I normally don't reach for, and thought looking up rather than down or eye level served me well.  Embracing barren as having its own beauty; mostly because that's where the sun was shining.

Glad I made it in to link with Brenda today.  I shall mark my December calendar now so I won't be inclined to miss next month.  Thank you hostess.




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sneaking in the Scavenger

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday, fondly referred to (at least by me) as SHS.


I hope everyone is having a super fab day today.  I have a bunch of stuff to do, but hope to get an opportunity to relax a bit tomorrow, courtesy of the Veterans....who I give great thanks for their service to country.  Where would we be without them?


On another note.  I am such a dumb ass.  Already completed my Scavenger, beautifully I might add, and when I went to post realized I fulfilled last week's list rather than this week's list.  Doh!  So, hope I can make some of the shots I took work for the RIGHT list.  How numb am I that I didn't notice that the topics seemed awfully familiar?  I guess for me it's not about the topics, it's about the fun.  Either that or it's that whole early on-set Alzheimer's thing kicking in.

So, 2nd try.  I guess I'm having twice as much fun this week.


Fall Trees BW 67/365
Fall Trees BW 67/365

Nature:  Barren tree reflections on Baston Creek.  Light is getting scarce with nature's lights out happening at about 4:30.  Hate that, so got to make it work as early as possible.


Bowl of Berries 64/365
Bowl of Berries 64/365

Vintage/Retro:  I'm not usually a big user of textures, but this image needed some zip so I decided to give one a go.  Thanks Kim Klassen.  The texture made this image.  If you don't know Kim, you should.


Eyelets
Eyelets

Whimsical:  I love these kicks.  I don't know if they seem whimsical to you, but they do to me....and I bought them a couple months back on a "whim".  That makes them whimsical, doesn't it?

Asparagus Omelet
Asparagus Omelet

Cooking:  I started working with a nutritionist a couple weeks back, so I've been more aware and purposeful about my cooking lately.  I'm totally OK with breakfast at breakfast and then a different breakfast at dinner from time to time....this was dinner.  Ham, asparagus, English muffin, peanut butter.  Yum.

Old Hayer
Old Hayer

Week's Best:  Finding this old hayer in a field was super inspirational to me.  All of a sudden I was making some shots I really liked.  Glad there's a reason to share my week's best.

This one is a close second, or maybe it's the best.  All in taste I suppose.

Field and Farm 62/365
Field and Farm 62/365


Well, I enjoyed my 2nd time thru the Scavenger as much as the first one.  I'll be more mindful next week.  Yikes.  Have a great day-and I appreciate you stopping by.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Photo-Heart October

Linking last minute with Kat for the Photo Heart Connection.  Thanks Kat.










Shape of My Heart
Shape of my Heart

Do you see a heart in the middle of this image?  I kind of do, if I stretch my imagination just a bit. 


I remember as a child people telling me that they saw images in the clouds in the sky.  "I see a rabbit, do you?  It's right over there."  I never saw any pictures in the sky.  I still don't.

This morning when I went through my October images. Those that spoke had a common theme; sadness.  For the most part they looked blurred and somewhat abstract.  Many even were entitled with words that seemed sad: Danger, Dying, Nothing Coming, Trapped, Black and Blue, Another Rainy Night, Lines and Circles....OK, Lines and Circles isn't sad, but the image was taken on a raw blustery day with Winnie the Pooh nowhere in sight.

I haven't felt particularly sad this month, but maybe the sadness is showing itself in abstraction, in deep corners. Or maybe the sadness is making its way to the outside rather than hanging on the inside.  It maybe the darkness of winter approaching, or the fact that I'm not blogging enough.  I don't know.  I'm not very good at determining what I'm feeling unless it's overpoweringly obvious.

Please don't call the happy police...I don't wish to be anywhere but here.

I do like that my images are showing more abstract in them.  Not always of course but more than a year ago.  It seems that's a step or bump on the plateau(s) that naturally occur in my (and likely others) photography skills.  I am doing another 365 and it is challenging me big time.  Too many evenings I've come home and had no clicks in the camera and had to push to go back out or make something work in a dark house.  Even so I haven't missed yet a day.  Persevere on.

I snapped this image from the driver's seat of my car in a parking lot.  The surprise was the heart I found later.  What I don't know is whether it's saying my heart is sad, or that despite the dreary rainy day, there's something positive and love (not romantic, but internal) to be found.  I guess I'll have to just wait and see.

Thanks for reading my long blah, blah, blah...but I guess when you do the PHC, you have the right to blah, blah, blah on. 


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Scavenger Hunt

Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday.  C'mon, you know you want to join in.




Well another week....and that time change thing!  Blech!

Grateful that Sandy did not make her ugliness known here in Maine too much.  An extra lot of branches in the yard, but aside from that feeling very lucky here.  Hope if you weren't as lucky, that things are beginning to come around for you.

I found this week pretty challenging and my pictures seem rather drab and blah.  Can I get a witness or am I standing alone on this feeling?



Drift By My Window 56/365
Drift By My Window BW 56/365

Wild:  Obviously the winds were wild this past week on the East Coast.  As they started to blow, I went out and tried to capture falling leaves.  Not as easy as I thought it might be.


Joanne BW 57/365
Joanne BW 57/365

Welcome:  Conducting...with a gesture of welcome.

This week, even with the craziness of Sandy, the Cuban National Choir came to Portsmouth NH and performed.  Rather an amazing feat for them to be able to do so....and so wonderful to see some friends that were made during the trip to Cuba this past summer.  It feels so enlightening to have created this relationship with people from a country that has such tense relations with the US.  Seems like change is happening, one step at a time.

Cuban Chorus
Cuban Chorus


Cycle 56/365
Cycle 56/365

Adventure:  About 5 months back I started taking spinning classes.  1 hour of the wheel going round and round while I get an "ass kicking".  For me, that's an adventure every time.  And to think I pay for that.  What am I thinking?

Kicking Up Leaves 55/365
Kicking Up Leaves 55/365

Vibrant:  I tried to make leaves seem vibrant.  Once they're on the ground....I think the vibrancy is pretty much gone.  A little girl watched me kicking leaves along the side of the road. She stopped and looked at me.  I said "you think I'm crazy don't you?"....then she offered to throw some leaves in the air to help me out.  Cute.

Green Glow
Green Glow

Black and White
Black and White

Classic:  A little dip into the Cuba archives.  Definitely a couple of classics.


Thanks for taking a look at my blah set today. Thank goodness for that green car to spice things up a bit.

I'd like to brag that I'm 60 +/- days into my 365 without a miss yet, but there's been some serious scrambling to keep it going. 
2 months in, 10 months to go.  Yikes.
Have a great weekend.  I'm off to rake leaves.