Finding and creating adventures in everyday life.

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 7:Portrait, Faceless

This was a fun one. When I saw the challenge title and description (Tell someone’s story without showing their face.), I really did think of Colin right away. For someone who, for many years, didn’t want to have kids, Colin is an amazing Dad to our boys. He is a present, active, caring, challenging and strong Dad. I am grateful to share the joyful burden of parenting with him.

My faceless portraits of Colin.


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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 5, Landscape: Black and White

I think the black and white landscapes can be challenging because it’s hard to have an image that is both high contrast and full of detail. I tried out a few different effects and have included the original image and the black and white images.

Hanging out at Pilot Butte, Bend, Oregon.


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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 3, Artistic: Red

This week’s challenge was to do something artistic with the color red and make red the focus. When I first stated thinking about possible ideas for this week, I immediately thought of Iron Man. I love Iron Man. I also wanted to incorporate the snow as a background and then as the snow began to melt this week, there were puddles everywhere and I love reflections. So here is my shot for this week, Iron Man in red, reflected in a puddle with a background of white snow.


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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 2, Traditional Landscape

This week’s challenge was definitely a challenge. We’ve had so much snow, grey and dreary skies and then travel became hazardous and then school was cancelled for much of the week. I had time scheduled to go out and take my landscape photos, but the weather and school schedules didn’t cooperate. I do love the snow though and I am very thankful that the school district is working to keep kids safe.

Finally, on Friday, the sun came out in all its glorious splendour. The boys and I had to get out of the house so we ventured to downtown Bend and went to Drake Park. I had visions of the boys frolicking in the snow while I wandered around taking pictures. The reality is that it was flippin’ cold, the snow was crazy deep and we lasted about 10 minutes in the park. It was absolutely gorgeous with the blue sky and sunshine though.

I took several photos of the river and I can’t decide which I like best – I like different things about each of them.

I like the crispness of color and the shadows in this one.dsc_1944

I like the detail of the post in the foreground and the birds in the distance in this one.dsc_1942

I love shooting into the sun. You never know what effect you’ll get and I love this one. The trees, the sun, the reflection in the river.dsc_1946

And finally, because I love them so, a couple shots of my boys.dsc_1958dsc_1973

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Photo Challenge 2017 – Week 1, Self Portrait

Self portraits are strange, but as a highly introspective person, I think they’re pretty cool too. There are many types of self portraits – you might want to highlight your best features, or one particular trait, or show something that people might not know about you. You might want to capture a moment in time, a struggle or a triumph. You might want to don a costume or a mask to convey something about yourself that is inside of you.

For my self portrait, I simply wanted to capture this moment in time. I’m seeing the years make their mark on my face. Time marches on. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to age, but it’s not always fun to see it happening to my face and body. The lines represent lots of worrying, tears and even some anger. There’s also so many smiles and a lot laughter etched into my face. Our friend, Gravity, is there too.

I’m thankful for the places these eyes have seen; Jamaican fruit trees, Tower Bridge, Lake Victoria, Crater Lake, my sister walking down the aisle in her wedding dress. I’m thankful for the sounds my ears have heard; Colin playing the piano, the voices of friends and family, the laughter of my boys. I’m thankful for the smells my nose has experienced – my Mom’s homemade bread, fresh cut grass, the London Underground (it’s a special smell). I’m thankful for the things that my mouth has tasted; jerk chicken from Barry’s at the end of our driveway in Linstead, Jamaica, a pint of Guinness at a pub in Dublin with Becky, a pot of Bi Bim Bap that my friends bought me when we went out for my birthday. I’m thankful for the things my hands have touched; my boy’s skin when they were babies, a bucket of wet plaster as it warms up before I dip scrim into it to create a sculpture, the dojo floor when I’m doing another push-up.

Genetics, time, experiences – these things shape us. This is me, January 2017.