Sunday, April 15, 2012

P52 Catch-up - Hunger, Details & Foolin' Around

So my friend Suz gave me a gentle reminder that she hadn't seen any P52 posts in a while and she was right...I've been slacking.  I've been taking pictures, but just wasn't managing to post them.  So - here's a 3-fer - all of them thanks to an overnight in Chicago at the end of a trip to Indiana

Week 12 was hunger - here's a picture of a place you want to go when you're hungry - the Weber Grill restaurant in Chicago.  If you sit at the counter you can watch them cook on 7 (yes, 7!) giant charcoal grills - heaven for this grilling girl!

Week 13 - details.  Again, a big thank- you to Chicago!!!  I love how this photo came out - the black & white quality (it was taken in color), the beauty of the metal work, and the reflection in the windows.  Quite pleased with myself on this one.  :-)

And Week 14 was "Foolin' Around".  Not necessarily a photo OF fooling around.  This was taken on the way walking to a favorite breakfast spot in Chicago - about 8am on a Sunday.  Crossing this bridge I decided to just turn around to look behind  us (ok, I can say I twirled...that makes it Foolin' Around) and saw this shot - love the contrast of new & old, the lines and the reflections.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

"Eyes" of March

Linking with the great P52 photo project.  I may need to re-name it P51 because some how I missed the "Be Still" week.  I'm not surprised - it's been a busy time and it's going to get busier.  And I'm not one to be known for being still - I'm always flitting about here and there and hate to miss anything.  I will keep my eyes out for a "Be Still" photo and share it.

Speaking of eyes - the theme for this week was "The Eyes of March".  I had thought of taking a pic of the eyes of my love, but didn't get around to it.  Then 2 days ago I was in the car, slid the mirror cover over on the sunshade, and there were my eyes and well, they caught my eye.  I liked how they were blocked out by the mirror frame, and I was able to angle it so I was looking at myself...not the camera. 

Thanks for taking a look!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Great leap

Posting for my 9th week of the P52 photo project - yay me!  Yes, I still haven't found the "True Love" photo, but I did take it!
Anywhoo - the theme this week was "Great Leap" - my mind went immediately to one of my favorite moments of 2011 - me standing on the edge of a plane ready to jump out for my first skydive.  Obviously I didn't actually take this picture, but I'm a main participant.  This moment - on the edge, not in control, not holding on to anything but myself was so exhilarating it's hard to put into words.  I can still recall the feeling and can't wait to do it again. If you have any interest in trying it - go for it - you won't regret it!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cabin Fever

It may appear that I missed a P52 week - True Love - and I kind of did.  I did take a picture, but now I can't figure out where it is.  When I find it, I'll share.
But now we're on to Cabin Fever.  This was a hard one - I haven't had a real reason to have Cabin Fever.  Yes, we've had some cold days and yes the days were short, but in my neck of the woods we have had no snow...barely a flake since a freak Halloween snow.  I live in New Hampshire and I've had to shovel twice this year - it's just not right.  As you can guess, I love snow, and I have really missed it this year.  I don't mind shoveling it, I love skiing on it, I love the look of it...and it's been a brown winter.  Can't control it, but I can complain about it.  :-)
So the other day I took a walk in our local Urban Forestry Center - a great spot right down the road.  Normally there would be cross-country ski tracks and snowshoe tracks...more brown.  But it was a lovely walk on a windy day.  I came around a corner to this view.

And for a tiny glimpse of winter, I did find some frozen water on the path.  I'll take what winter I can find.  I was tempted to step on it and hear that icy crunch...but I left that for the next traveler.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Drink Up! and Into the Drink

Linking with the P52 photo challenge for my 6th week in a row - I'm on a roll!!  The theme this time was Drink Up!  The first thing I thought of was a weekly "business meeting" with some friends I sing with.  We're in a 100 voice group that sings music from around the world.  About 15 of us make our way to a local establishment each week and as long as we talk about or actually sing one of the songs, it's an official "business meeting".  So here's my shot from the meeting - what draws my eye is the reflection of the flash and the lights in each glass.
In between drinks that night, we made our way down to the Piscataqua River - the Memorial Bridge, connecting our fine town to Kittery, ME is being taken down and replaced.  On this night the center span of the bridge was being taken out and floated up river - a big deal in the area.  For reasons to complicated to explain here, we didn't actually see the bridge float out - we saw it before, and we saw it after, but we missed the big hoopla of it leaving.  Oh well.  So we did toast to the bridge with the drinks in the above photo, so I thought I'd include some "before and after" shots.  The center span didn't go Into the Drink - thanks to the hard work and engineering skills of many...
 The last twilight before the middle went away
The next day - blue skies and a bridge to nowhere...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Shadow Side

Five weeks in a row...close to a miracle!!!  The theme this week was "Shadows".  The sun wasn't out much this week so finding some good shadows was a challenge.  But on Friday...ta da!  The sun came out while I was at work.  Thanks to my buddy Suz, I had my camera at work(it's a lot easier to do photo challenges if you have your camera with you!).  I looked up from my computer monitor and saw these great lines.

That same night doing laundry in the basement and saw these shadows cast by the hangers waiting for some clean laundry.
Then Kitty Katie Couric came along to see what I was doing.  She was casting some great shadows but didn't stay still very long so this is the best I could get.
Thanks for taking a look!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Self Portrait

The theme for the P52 project this week was "Self Portrait" - rut roh...don't know what I think about that.  In general, I don't mind pictures of myself.  Of course, there are some I really like and some I REALLY don't like, but I'm not one of those folks who ducks behind others, runs screaming from the room, etc when someone pulls out a camera.  But a self portrait - that means I'd have to think about how I'd like to present myself.  I shared this hesitation with my friend who is also doing P52 and she gave me some great suggestions - just do a part of me, try it from an angle, a reflection of me, etc.
As a result, this was the first time during this challenge that I took a bunch of pictures of myself - different settings, angles, smiles, no smiles, etc.  It was actually fun to take pictures of myself - what a concept!
So - here's the one you get to see.  As I was driving home from work I noticed the sky full of little puffy clouds - the sky was constantly changing in the sunset.  By the time I got home and got my camera (yes, I need to keep it with me!) the clouds had started to fade, but it was still a beautiful sky and the moon was just appearing.  So here I am admiring the sky, those bare trees that I love, and feeling ok sharing a picture I took of myself.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dreamed a Dream

Three weeks in a row - I'm on a roll.  Yay, me!  So, for the P52 photo challenge, the theme this week was "I Dreamed a Dream" inspired by MLK's speech.  I'm in the state that was the last to sign on to recognizing MLK day, but they finally did it a few years ago.  'Bout time.
Back to the photo challenge...I'm a New England gal, other than college and a brief stint in Alaska, I've lived in New England.  I love snow and love playing in/on it - skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, etc.  But this year, other than a freak Halloween snowstorm, we haven't had enough snow to shovel.  So - I've been dreaming of snow, and yesterday we got a few inches - finally!
So here's a shot out the kitchen window of the snow-lined trees with a beautiful winter sky behind them.  Another thing I like about winter - especially when we get a snow that sticks to the branches - is that we can see the silhouette of the tree.  I love seeing all the detail of the branches and the "reaching up" feeling that the trees give us at this time of year.  Without the leaves, we can see this.  Sometimes you have to strip things away to get to the hopefulness of something.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Made with Love

Back for my second week of posting. Someday I may post more than once a week...but for now this is good. Part of my motivation in posting once a week is the P52 photography challenge. The challenge is to take/share a photo each week based on a theme. This week it was "Made With Love". Great theme... seemed easy...I thought about it all week but nothing grabbed my eye. Apparently I don't have many homemade items in my daily life. I was hoping and planning on taking a picture of some homemade cookies at a gathering on Friday night and it would have been a beautiful thing. But for reasons too long to put here, I never saw those cookies. So here I sit on Sunday night looking through old photos - a small "cheat".
This is the one that grabbed me - Made With Love by Mother nature. This was taken in the Redwoods on a trip we took this year where we drove from San Francisco to Seattle. Love is the main word for me - we love to travel, we love each other, we love exploring new places, and our life together has been made with love. Nuff said!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I'm back!

Well, it's been over a year and 3 months since I've posted. I've been doing a lot, enjoying life, just not writing about it or sharing pictures. But I was inspired once again by my "crackerjack photographer" friend Susan who participates in a lot of online photo challenges and projects. I'm not officially doing any resolutions this year, but am feeling inspired about a couple of things - taking some pictures and getting organized. So my friend, in her wisdom, found me an easy photography challenge - Project 52 (P52) just take and post 1 picture a week based on the theme. I think(hope) I can do this - I'll be more successful than the 365 challenge - which was 1 photo a day!
So the theme of the first week was Resolution. As I said - no official resolutions here, but I have felt the need to be more organized at home and at work. I did some drawer and closet cleaning at home and the local thrift store benefited.
Things were so bad at work that I actually enlisted the help of a professional organizer - Sue at My piles had gotten to be so many and so big that I didn't even know where to start...but now I have a plan and I'll keep you updated.
My Resolution picture is my work place in process - empty hanging folders just waiting to be put to good use!

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