Just leap, you’ll figure it out along the way…

Week Two

Posting just once per week doesn’t quite feel like enough, but committing to another year of daily blog posts feels more than just “a bit” over-ambitious. I guess I could throw in additional posts as I feel so inclined, but what I enjoy about this type of project is the structure, schedule and routine. I suppose I’m saying all of this because my plan when I opted for 52 weeks of posts, was to follow a central theme each week, and while pulling this week’s photos together I realized I had multiple stories & more than a few photographs from the last several weeks that I wanted to share. I’ve said this before, but it seems appropriate to throw it out there again, since this is my blog and therefore there are no official rules, I’ll bend my own “guidelines” this week. This post includes multiple stories & tales with a wide array of images captured over the course of the last several weeks. Perhaps I’ll have things a bit more tightened-up for next week, but until then here’s a bit more about “Frances”, “The Leaf Party”, and “Frozen Bubbles” (yes, again)…

The Tale of Frances the Christmas Kitten…

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“Frances”

This sweet little mischief-maker was a Christmas gift for my niece Tessa who said that she wanted a kitty for Christmas this year “more than anything in the world”. My husband and I were lucky enough to host Frances at our house for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. Looking back, I don’t remember if my sister even had to ask if we would help in coordinating where kitty would stay before Christmas, or how kitty would arrive Christmas morning. The moment it was even remotely a possibility that a kitten could spend any amount of time with us, I literally jumped out of my chair with my hand raised high volunteering our house for as long as needed. What I didn’t know then was that two weeks was all it would take for my heart to be completely hers. I had no idea that I would intentionally find so many things to do that involved sitting around on my butt just so my lap would be available in the event she needed to nap. Our time with her just zipped by, and before we even knew what had happened to our hearts it was time for her to go.

On the morning of the 25th we delivered “Frances” (she is now known as “Annabelle”) at 6:00 am sharp to the porch of our five-year old niece. In a carefully orchestrated ruse put together by my sister and I, we were able to fulfill a sweet little girl’s Christmas dream of a kitten from Santa. After we rang the doorbell and shouted out several hearty “ho-ho-ho’s'” we jumped back into the car and headed home, both of us smiling from ear to ear, grateful to have been participants in the fulfillment of a Christmas wish, and in spite of our full hearts and goofy grins, there wasn’t a dry eye in that car…

A Bowl of Hoppin John at Aunty & Uncles’ House

"Enjoying a few rounds of Duck, Duck, Goose"
“Enjoying a few rounds of Duck, Duck, Goose”

In our Family New Year’s Day means someone will be cooking up a big pot of black-eyed peas (“hoppin john” for those familiar with Southern Cuisine) to ensure prosperity in the up-coming year. This year my husband and I decided it was time for us to host the festivities and invited all to our house for lunch, a bit of football, and some family fun. The weather was unseasonably warm so when all bellies were filled we headed outside for a few games of duck-duck goose (I love that game). It was during a break in one of the many, many rounds of being ducks and geese that our niece exposed our truly poor lawn care skills and discovered our neglected leaf piles stashed around the side of the house. She thought it was great fun and I was finally able to snap the “fall” themed photo that I had wanted to snap months ago.

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“Leaf Party”

Frozen Bubbles, one more time…

"Frozen Bubble I"
“Frozen Bubble I”

If you followed along with me last year, you may recall that I haven’t always (or ever) been successful in capturing frozen bubbles. You may wonder why one would want to photograph frozen bubbles, and I would respond by saying that I find them both beautiful and challenging, and that sometimes you just need a new and different subject to shoot. Last year I spent multiple days and countless hours in search of the perfect frozen bubble photo and my results were, if I’m honest, just dreadful (if you’re curious just how bad I was – see days 62 and 63 from last year). So when the temps plummeted this week I knew I wanted redemption. I knew I couldn’t just grab my bubbles and camera and head outside, I knew that capturing a bubble while it was freezing would require a homemade bubble solution, that said solution needed to be cold (but not too cold), that I would need to be out at the crack of dawn, and that I would need help. Lucky for me the stars aligned this time…

"Frozen Bubble II"
“Frozen Bubble II”
"Frozen Bubble III"
“Frozen Bubble III”
"Frozen Bubble Bursting"
“Frozen Bubble Bursting”

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy…” unknown

Let’s get this party started!

Week One

It’s been awhile, not a long while, but long enough that I feel a little rusty. A little unsure of my words, unsure of what photographs to choose and how to begin again, but it’s time. After posting every single day for one year straight I was confident that I wasn’t willing to do back to back years of the 365 day photo challenge, but I knew, even back in October when I made my final post of the first year that I wanted to do something. I wanted to do a year two. So without further delay (I almost convinced myself I should wait as my “about me” isn’t current, I’m tired, I don’t have much to say tonight, blah, blah, blah) I am posting my first post of 2017. This year I’m committing to the 52 Week Photography challenge, here we go folks…

Just a few of the beautiful faces that I crossed paths with over the last seven days…

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing…” Walt Disney

Every story has an end, but in life every end is a new beginning…

 

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Day 365

I made it. The final day of my one year photo project. I will admit that I’ve wondered what this day would feel like for months. I’ve been ready for a break for several weeks now, and I will take that break, but in no time I’ll be back. Will it be on a daily basis? Um, no, but I have already committed to myself that there will be a year two, and that it will begin shortly. How could I pretend that this journey is over? How could I abandon what has changed my life in ways that words fail to describe? No, this is just a new chapter, it will be different, but look out because I’m just getting started…

Today’s pics are of me, and I still haven’t figured out an easy way to take a selfie with a DSLR…

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“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different…” C.S. Lewis

 

 

My sincere gratitude to these beautiful families…

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Day 364

I can’t believe it, today is the eve of the last day of my 365 day photo blog.

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I’ve been busy lately, but I want to take a moment and share a few of my favorite pics from the last few days.

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These beautiful families were gracious enough to allow me to photograph them (some more than once) as I work to build my profile and website. I’m in their debt and look forward to snapping many, many more photos for them in the future…

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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it…” William Arthur Ward

Beautiful horses shared by some beautiful people…

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Day 363

There’s quite a lot I could say about these photos, but I’m far too tired to say it all. I will say this, today these horses and these beautiful girls made my whole heart smile…

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“One touch is all it takes for a girl to fall in love with a horse…” unknown

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