Friday, September 24, 2010

Keepin' on with the 365 and You Capture

I'm realizing that I'm focusing more on the picture part of what's going on - not necessarily a bad thing, and it's been fun trying new photo challenges. But I'm not writing as much as I hoped with the blog...something to ponder!

Here are my next 5 photos for the 365 project - an opportunity/challenge to take 1 photo every day for 365 days.
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# 2 9/20/10 This is where I am most Monday nights of the year, with the exception of summer. I sing in a 200-voice women's chorus and we rehearse on Monday nights in the beautiful Unitarian Universalist church in town. I like how the lights are giving out a special glow.

#3 9/21/10 On Monday our work landlord came in with 4 tickets to the Red Sox the following night. We don't usually go out on a "school night", but decided to go. It was quite an adventure getting there (broken subway car in front of us, stuck in a crowded car for 20 minutes & ended up walking the last mile and got there an hour after the game started). But once we got there...nothing like Fenway Park on a beautiful night!

#4 9/22/10 I'm attempting to participate in the You Capture photography project and this is my one shot of the week. I won a packet of seeds at a work event and tossed them in this spot about a month ago. 1 of these flowers makes an appearance each morning - just beautiful!

#5 9/23/10 I offered a vespers service (meditative evening service) at my church and folks are invited to come light a candle of joy or concern.

#6 9/24/10 We tried a new restaurant tonight in the tiny town of Epping NH. The place is called Holy Grail - it's a former catholic church. This guy was there to greet us and to his right is a baptismal font with mints in it. Fun!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

365 - I'd like a do-over

Ok, so I wasn't really organized for starting the 365 project. I've been taking pictures on my little Canon Point & Shoot, and I've been taking some on my Droid. I figured having 2 options would make it easier for me to actually take a picture every didn't work. I missed days, and then I've somehow deleted photos from my Droid before succesfully moving them to my laptop.

So...with your permission, I'd like to start this project over as of today, 9/19/10. Thanks in advance!'s the 1st shot for my 365 project:

#1 9/19/10

My hometown hosts a Criterium each year. Other than our downtown streets being closed to vehicles and lots of bicyclists going quickly, I wasn't sure what it meant. Here's the definition from Wikipedia: "A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5km) often run on closed-off city center streets." Yup that's exactly what was happening today.
I took this shot on my Droid sitting on the curb in front of my church. I love the action of it, and how the camera somehow made her wheel oval.
After watching some of the racing I headed to a friend's house to get some plants for our new flower garden - pictures of that will definitely be part of the next 364 days!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

365 - catching up

Well, I've fallen a bit behind on posting my pictures for the 365 project! (see link on the right) I started the project wanting to have a wonderfully creative picture each day, but that ain't gonna happen. So far in the couple of weeks I've been doing it...I'm lucky if I remember to take any picture at all - let alone be creative about it. So I've now decided that I'll be happy if I just take a picture that documents my day - and looking back at the year, seeing the progress of things will be lovely! So here are several days of the 365 - enjoy!

#4 Our little garden. We planted 4 tomato plants and 1 cuke plant. But last fall Bobbi threw a few mini pumpkins in here, and now we have almost a dozen mini pumpkins growing! Later in the Fall I'll post a pic of several of them together.

#5 When the sun is just so out our front window - it makes this beautiful shadow on our wall from the crab apple tree in our front yard.

#6 The stage at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. The scene of Peter Pan all summer, along with many wonderful concerts. They're taking things down for the winter, but we'll be back next year!

#7 Low tide at Rye Beach, NH.

#8 We went camping in the White Mountains on Labor Day weekend. My all-time favorite part is having a campfire - I could just sit there for hours - and I do! Here's our fire one nigh.

#9 There was a penny on the picnic table at our campsite. It rained one night and the water pooled a bit on the penny creating a neat effect.

#10 One of our favorite Portsmouth Restaurant - The Rosa. They've been around since 1927 and this is a picture of their original menu.

#11 I looked out our front window and saw the neighbor's cat (Blue - on the left) stalking a squirell (on the right). I knew Blue was the neighborhood feline bully, but I thought he just bullied other cats and birds!

#12 We had some peaches in the fruit bowl and some late-summer rhubarb in the yard. Here's the result - rhubarb peach crisp. Yum!
I'll try to keep up on posting my pictures more regularly...but don't count on it! Thanks for going through the year with me!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

You Capture - Mornings

This is my first post as part of the You Capture project - click the link on the right. I love the idea of paying attention to an idea, a concept for a week and looking to find images that capture your imagination. This week the word was "Mornings".
I was lucky enough to be on Star Island this past weekend. Star is one of the Isles of Shoals about 6 miles off the coast of NH. I spent 7 summers working there about 20 years ago - best summers of my life. Sunday morning I woke up early - at about 6:15. I'm not generally a morning person, but a clear morning on Star is a wonderful thing...and a great opportunity for pictures! So as my roommate slept, I crept out of the room and started shooting - here are just a few shots from my Star Morning.

This one is for my friend Suz who loves taking photos of beach roses. They are in abundance on Star!

There was another group on Star - Road Scholars (formerly Elder Hostel). It's a program for seniors to explore different parts of the country, attend educational workshops, etc. This was a group of people walking around checking out the birds on the island. I was 10 seconds too late to catch them all looking through their binoculars.

Rocking chairs are in abundance on Star, but it's rare to find a row of them empty. Because of the different angles, it does look like they're rocking...just waiting for the humans to arrive.

The current chapel on the island is 210 years old and is probably the most photographed part of the island. I love the morning light casting shadows with the few trees on the island. Interested in Star Island? Check out