Photography Week 7: Pet or Nature

Here we are to Week 7 with Beka at Sunshine to the Square Inch and the Photo a Week Challenge!  This week the topic was Pets or Nature.

Naturally, I chose to photograph my little gray kitty, Clifford.  I had thought of something nature related, but all it is outside is snowy white and gray gloominess.  And frankly, I’m pretty tired of it.  So Cliffy it was.

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I know this picture didn’t turn out exactly fabulous, but it is the only one of the 30 or so I took that he wasn’t a gray blurr. I tell you, he hasn’t yet learned to sit still. I love how his coat looks in this photo. It is a beautiful shimmering silver gray that takes on colors of the environment around him depending on the lighting.

Clifford came into my life almost 3 years ago at the place I was working at the time.  I got a call of an abandoned kitten left in a box in a church parking lot.  I arrived and searched the parking lot, and found him in the southeast corner.  This little ball of gray fluff was shaking in a Miller light box with a half can of beer and a half a sandwich.  His mew was so tiny and cute.  I grabbed the box with him cowered in the back, placed it in my truck, and made the drive to the vet clinic we took the strays too.  That little bugger captured my heart immediately.  I visited him each day I worked, and eventually named him.  He fell in love with my bracelet, but wouldn’t let me hold him.  He finally began to warm up to me after about a week.  That’s when he claimed me.  I met J there after my shift one day, and Cliffy instantly claimed him too.  Okay kitty, we shall be your humans.

He is such a social cat, always has to be around whenever anyone is home.  He’s mischievous and has figured out to open almost any door in the house.  He’s cuddly {on his time}, and still has such a playful side.  He is our crazy, cooky toddler.

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Head on over and link up with Beka and your photo of a furry friend or nature.

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Photography Week 6: Valentine Related

Here we are to Week 6 with Beka at Sunshine to the Square Inch and the Photo a Week Challenge!  This week the topic was Anything Valentine Related.

This is a photo of a table of Valentine’s goodies at work.  Everything looked and sounded delicious!!  As usual, the photo was taken with my iPhone 4s, as I don’t have a big fancy-schmance camera just yet.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  (or for my friends who admittedly won’t celebrate it – Anti-Valentine’s Day!)

Photography Week 4: Something Red

Here we are to Week 4 already with Beka at Sunshine to the Square Inch and her Photo a Week Challenge!  This week the topic was Something Red.

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I know it is almost Valentine’s Day, and we’re already through the first month of the new year, but my Christmas cards are still hanging on the door to our office.  I just love seeing everyone’s smiling faces, and who doesn’t love Christmas, really?

Photography Friday : #1 & #2

Happy Friday!  (Not really my Friday, more like Tuesday…)

I have recently joined Beka over at Sunshine to the Square Inch for a little photography journey.  I decided to join to keep my inspiration going during my Photo-a-Day goal.  As of right now, all of my photos are being taken with my iPhone 4s.  J and I are in the process of saving up for a fancy schmancy DSLR camera, so bear with me.

This was  Week #2 of the challenge, but the first link-up of the journey.  Which means, you get to see two photos this week!  Wahoo!

The theme for Week #1:  Something you are thankful for.  – I am very thankful to have a sewing machine of my own. Sewing is something that I will do to clear my head, or when I need some creativity time after a long day at work.  Her name is Gertrude, Gerdy for short. She came into my life when I was in high school, and we’ve made many beautiful memories together.

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And the theme for Week #2:  Eating out or anything food related.  – ah, the sweet nectar of Clementines!  I am currently filling up with Vitamin C to keep the colds away as they make their trip around the office.

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Stay tuned for next week’s link-up.  And be sure to hop on over to the link-up to see work by others, you can even join if you’d like!  Enjoy! :o)

Photo-a-day progress

Last month, I challenged myself with a little photo-a-day project to see how long I could keep it going. I am also making a photo book of the photos each year. I have been going strong for a month and two days now.

Here’s a little selection of some of the photos that have turned up in the book so far…

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Its been a little challenging a few days, but I’d say it’s going well so far!  Looking forward to my first book as it all comes together!

A walk amongst the fallen leaves.

Fiance, I think we shall call him J from here on out, is taking a photography course this semester.  It has been a lot of fun to watch as he learns new techniques and dives into looking at the world from a whole different perspective.  Talking in a different language of the rule of thirds, apertures, ISO, and lighting.  He often asks if I want to go with him on his hunts for just the right photographs for class.  J knows of my love for capturing life through the eye of my lens.  I took every photography class I could in high school and college without it actually being my major.  I even mentioned to him today that I have no idea what I will ever do with all of the photos I take.  Save them for a “someday” I suppose.

Today, we took a trip to a local park to explore the trails around one of the many lakes this great state has to offer.  The leaves have fallen, the trees are bare, the sun was setting, but there was this serene beauty about it all.  It was a cool day with a crisp fall wind.  We were able to capture some wonderful shots of nature as it prepares for the winter.

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J also had a rush of memories as he walked up to the pavilion in the park.  The memories of a family reunion thirteen years ago.  We didn’t know each other at that time, in fact, he didn’t even live in this state.  He was stationed in Hawaii in the military and had come home for the reunion.  The funny part – this park is near the home in which I grew up.  We have often marveled at the many times we were in the same city, or somewhere near each other without even knowing it.  We always laugh and wonder if we have crossed paths in the past.

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Photo-a-day journey begins

As I peruse through the blog world, I have always seen people posting and talking about their photo-a-day challenges, whether it be for a month, a year, or further on.  Then I stumbled upon Danielle’s blog, A Writer in Love, through The Dwelling Tree’s “Let’s Be Friends” blog hop.  Danielle wrote about how she has been embarking on her photo-a-day journey since 2009.  2009!  That’s 5 years of 365 photos a year!  And honestly…I love it.

Not only does she take a photo each day of something she finds in her everyday life, she then prints up a photo book of all of the photos each year.

I make a yearbook each year since Fiance and I began dating, but I love this idea of photo-a-day books!  I have decided I shall embark on this journey.  I am not sure how long it will last, how many years it will go, how many photos it will encompass.  But with a camera at my fingertips with my smartphone, how could I not take this journey?  Afterall, I almost went to college for photography, it has always been a part of me.

I had been debating on making a separate blog for my Photo-a-day journey, but I am thinking the yearly book is a splendid idea.  (I may still do the blog idea as well, we shall see.)  I have always loved the idea of making my own coffee table books with my photography.  And I’ve always pictured that one day in our home, there would be books and art filling the shelves that Fiance and I have done ourselves.

So without further ado – the first photo:

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