Thursday, January 31, 2013

Project 365: Day 31, Impending Storm

These photos were taken yesterday, 
as the impending storm made it's way towards us in North Carolina.  

The storm wreaked havoc across the Southeast.  Tornados in Georgia, flooding in our NC mountains.  Here in the Piedmont Triad we had lots of rain and very heavy winds.   We had a tornado watch (which means that conditions are right for a tornado, but one hasn't been spotted).  There were reports of trees down, and that's really what I was most afraid of.  We've got lots of trees in our yard.  But we were, thank God, just fine.  
For us, it was nothing more than water and wind.
These photos were taken about an hour before the rain began.  It was certainly windy... the clouds were racing across the sky and I finally went inside when a small branch was blown out of the tree and landed on the ground beside me.

All of these photos are SOOC.

This is the first day I've skipped my photo a day... I took nearly 70 photos yesterday, so I guess that's okay. I'm still going to count this as Day 31.  :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Project 365: Day 30, Report Card Day

Ha ha, we don't need that book for this report card!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Project 365: Day 29, Backyard Birdwatching

Monday, January 28, 2013

Project 365: Day 28, Daughter

Hung out with my older daughter yesterday.

She's eight.  

She's good at school.  She loves to read.  She loves to climb.
And she sleeps with a gaggle of teddy bears every night.

She also wants to be a model.

Love this girl to pieces.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Project 365: Day 27, Perspective

Do you have any idea what this is?
Something on the ledge of the Grand Canyon?  

Let's look again.  
Do you see it?  
The object photographed above is hidden in the  picture below.  
Well, not really hidden.  It's right there, found in the woods behind our house.
Zoom in if you need to.
It's directly above the "i" in Lewis.  See it?

I learned a little something about perspective today.

You know, how we see things.
How two people can look at the same thing, yet see something completely different.
As we zoom closer, you can clearly see it.

As we pull out a bit, notice the objects around it.  
The tree.  The moss covering it's surface.
The fallen leaf at the forefront of the photo.

We found this in the woods behind our house.  I wasn't sure what it was at first... but my daughter knew.  It was a

potato.  A red potato, one of about a dozen that we threw into the woods after I let them go bad in the pantry.  About four months ago?
  Decomposition.  Waste.  Rot.  
(The photo above and below were captured from the other side.)

Or object of beauty.  Wonderment.  Surprise.

It really depends on your perspective.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Project 365: Day 26, Ice

Drops.  The temperature is rising.

Looking through the ice.

Wish I knew my birds better.  I think this is a wren?
Do you have a go-to site for bird identification?

I'm going to have to give this guy a name.

The tippy-top of a crepe myrtle, against the winter sun

Friday, January 25, 2013

Project 365: Day 25, Glum

I don't see this very often.  A glum face on my older daughter.  School let out early due to snow and sleet on the way -- only by the time we got home it seemed to have stopped.  She was sitting at the window, wanting to go back to school.  The sleet had stopped, for the moment, but started back a couple of hours later.  The roads are now covered in ice and everyone is being advised to stay at home.

The Bird Shed

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Project 365: Day 24, avocado tree

This is an avocado tree that my Mom gave me a month or so ago.  Mom's thumb is green, mine is not.  When she gave me the tree, she told me that she had previously thought that it had died but suddenly there was growth.  It was in a rather small pot, and you could see the roots spreading through the top of the soil.  When I got home, I put into the largest pot I had (it's really huge; I wanted the tree to believe it had plenty of room to grow) --- and now!  More growth!  Three tiny leaves sprouting.  This makes me so happy! 


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Project 365: Day 23, stained glass

The thing I love about taking a photo a day is that it is really inspiring and challenging me to not just take a photograph, but to capture and create beauty in an unexpected way.  This photo was taken through stained glass, looking out towards a tree in my backyard.  Changed the color up a bit, but I didn't like the color placement.... so I turned the photo upside down.  


Shop Carolina Rustica fine furniture & lighting

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Project 365: Day 22, Map

Photographed a section of a large wall map that was labeled "The Background of the New Testament" while waiting for my daughter's Brownie meeting to finish.  Just seemed interesting so I zoomed in and edited a bit.   I always worry that it's too much.  I like it (although now, I think it's a bit to orange-y)... What do you think?  (SOOC is below.)  

I found a really great resource for photographer's inspiration.  It helped me to think out of the box a bit.  That's part of the reason I was inspired to take the camera out when I saw this map.  Check it out here.
Scattered Horizons