Fourth of July – Fireworks and Family Fun.
Fourth of July – Fireworks and Family Fun.
Took a photo of my love this week. Handsome lad.
I made it! I loved having a daily challenge in 2016. And it was, indeed, a challenge. In the end, I missed 6 days where I took no photos of any kind. That’s a bummer, but it also means that I took 360 photos! (I actually took so many photos this year and I love it!)
I shot the majority of my photos on my Canon D7200 that I got the year before. I took a photography course in October of 2015 and it was amazing! I have shot my photos almost exclusively in Manual mode since then. I took some photos in the challenge with my phone, but most of them were with my DSLR.
I have discovered that I love the journalistic style of photography. Capturing moments of everyday life.
I was lazy at times and only grabbed photos in the moments before falling into bed. This was good and bad. It caused me to look around my home and find those interesting (to me) scenes and images that I might have missed.
I didn’t do much planning at all. I just tried to be mindful of seeing things and getting my camera out and grabbing a shot. I carried my camera with me almost constantly, which I’ve never done before.
I definitely see the world in photographs. I love the idea of capturing and keeping moments. Nostalgia and memories are so important to me.
I did increase my skills with the camera, just through constant use. However, one of my hopes for this challenge was to try new techniques and explore more of what my camera can do and that didn’t happen. It turned into more of just getting a shot each day rather than planning shots and creating something. I don’t regret it at all and I got some amazing shots, but I do want to push myself more.
Looking ahead to 2017, I am embarking on another Photography challenge. It will be a weekly challenge and I found the prompts online. It will be something that I will be able to take the time to plan and work on various techniques. The website I found the challenge on is Dogwood Photography, and I like that it is more than just a list of prompts.
I imagine that I will return to the Photo a Day challenge in future years. Despite its challenges and frustrations, I loved doing it.
Day 345 – Colin and I helped out in the 4th and 5th grade class at church and the kids had to make Nativities out of Play Doh.
Day 346 – Getting jars and jar lids ready to our neighbor gifts.
Day 347 – Moon Rise.
Day 348 – I usually carry a huge bag day to day, but when I go out for an evening, I love being able to use one of the many vintage bags that I have – this one from my sister.
Day 349 – We had a big snow storm and I love it!
Day 350 – Two days off of school because of the snow required walking to the park to play in the snow and get some energy out.
Day 351 – Back to school for one day before the Christmas break. Parties and fun. Jude made a gingerbread house.
Day 352 – What a beautiful place we get to live in. Winter wonderland indeed.
Day 353 – Icicles.
Day 354 – The slushy, messy aftermath of snow.
Day 355 – Out looking at Christmas lights with the family.
Day 357 – Christmas moments – West Wing, Josh and Leo.
Day 358 – Dabbers.
Day 358 – Jake, the Snow Dog.
Day 359 – Homemade sushi for Christmas Eve Dinner.
Day 360 – This boy and this face.
Day 361 – The advent Nativity is complete and Jesus is in the manger.
Day 362 – Pretty lights.
Day 363 – My moon boots. Never got them as a child, but snagged them as an adult.
Day 364 – Snowshoeing. Beautiful day.
Day 365 – Jude and Zane have been eating the gingerbread house they made at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Jude decorated a couple of pieces for Zane. They said, “I love you, Zane. From Jude”. It’s not always sweetness and light, but my boys do really love each other.
Day 366 – Ringing in the New Year with my boys. Final photo in this challenge.
Day 319 – One of my favorite karate buddies.
Day 320 – There’s always random toys and whatnot lying around.
Day 321 – School project – Georgia.
Day 322 – Sparring Gear.
Day 323 – Jude worked on a Rube Goldberg Machine before school.
Day 324 – Local Bookstore – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Stair.
Day 325 – Always safe when you’re jumping into Daddy’s arms.
Day 326 – Canyon Walk.
Day 327 – Lava Fields.
Day 328 – Running across the Bridge.
Day 329 – Cheers to Thanksgiving!
Day 330 – My boys – Puget Sound.
Day 331 – Cousins.
Day 332 – Portland Bridge
Day 333 – And the tree is up!
Day 334 – The boys love their London Underground duvet sets that they received from our NZ/UK visitors. I love when they ask me questions about the various lines and stations.
Day 335 – My extremely talented friend and the boy’s piano teacher is directing a children’s theater production of Elf. We were invited to the dress rehearsal and it was fabulous!
Day 336 – Breaking in a new pair of Docs.
Day 337 – The Advent Nativity has begun. The boys are being creative and making the animals into super heroes.
Day 338 – This kid cracks me up! The fortune says, “You are the center of every group attention.” Pretty much. Also, look at those eyes!
Day 339 – This year’s photo ornament. My boys.
Day 340 – Right before double carpal tunnel surgery. I’m ready for relief from pain and numbness. Also, a bit nervous.
Day 341 – Winter Berries.
Day 342 – The boys wrote to President Obama and thanked him for serving our country. They received an amazing package of photos, information and a letter from the President. Super cool!
Day 343 – Checkers does love the stove!
Day 344 – Hat, gloves and scarf drying in front of the fire after play time in the snow.
Day 284 – Just a boy and his companion, Beaver.
Day 285 – Sad Face. No Photo.
Day 286 – Jog a Thon at School. High Schoolers came out to cheer on our kids. Looks like Jude had a great time.
Day 287 – Sad face again.
Day 288 – Jake stayed with us for a couple of weeks. Love his face.
Day 289 – A typical Saturday morning scene at our house.
Day 290 – Moonlight through the trees.
Day 291 – Stormy sky, autumn tree.
Day 292 – The bouquet of flowers that Colin and the boys made me for Mother’s Day – they never fade or die!
Day 293 – A childhood rite of passage.
Day 294 – Adventures in Cold Brewing.
Day 295 – Hey Jude.
Day 296 – Pumpkin Patch Shenanigans.
Day 297 – Beautiful Boy.
Day 298 – This lovely sign is the cause of much marital strife.
Day 299 – Checkers
Day 300 – The colors of Fall.
Day 301 – Zane summing himself up in one word.
Day 302 – The view from Black Butte.
Day 303 – Experimenting with water blur along the McKenzie River.
Day 304 – We rented a cabin on the McKenzie River and it was wonderful – peaceful and recharging. This was our backyard.
Day 305 – My wee Hobbits visiting from Middle Earth.
Day 306 – Colin and Checkers performing their acrobatic tricks.
Day 307 – Kickin’ It.
Day 308 – Sunsetting.
Day 309 – Our Middle Earthian Family.
Day 310 – Pom Pom
Day 311 – Cool Twilight Clouds
Day 312 – Crackling Leaves.
Day 313 – Clouds over Pilot Butte and the boy’s school.
Day 314 – Hazy gradient.
Day 315 – Homemade sushi dinner with Vietnamese spring rolls.
Day 316 – Making stuff with the amazing Dojo Ladies.
Day 317 – Night Sky.
Day 318 – Sometimes you wait a long time to do something. And then one day, you do it.
Day 269 – Had a lovely tea party with the family.
Day 270 – Missed it. Dang it.
Day 271 – Practice, practice, practice.
Day 272 – Zane at a karate class – mostly focused.
Day 273 – Autumn has arrived.
Day 274 – Ya gotta have faith.
Day 275 – Checkers.
Day 276 – Out with the Girls for a birthday treat. Had absinthe for the first time and it was amazing.
Day 277 – Sometimes your kids struggle and get stuck, it’s hard to see. Then they work hard and overcome it. Jump the hurdle Zane!
Day 278 – Sad face, another miss.
Day 279 – Jude surrounded by some of the things he loves. Books about science, karate, Minecraft, his video camera tripod.and fancy drink stirrers.His room is also a mess.
Day 280 – Block man, just having a chill out.
Day 281 – My lovely book necklace that my sister gave to me.
Day 282 – First pumpkins of the season!
Day 283 – Cool clouds over the Lava Lands.
Day 259 – Spider web! I really don’t like spiders, their webs can be quite beautiful though.
Day 260 – It’s Fall! Candles and coziness.
Day 261 – Leaping!
Day 262 – The leaves are falling.
Day 263 – Macrame. My Grandma used to macrame and I’ve always loved it, but have been very intimidated by the process. I finally bit the bullet and did a very simple design. I would like to try some more complicated designs, but so glad that I finally went for it and just did it!
Day 264 – I love our dojo. Doing karate is such a challenging and overwhelming experience. I love the way things are done in out dojo – it’s tough, it’s hard, the standards are high. At the same time there is so much love and encouragement. This is one of our senseis receiving a black gi which is a big deal.
Day 265 – Shooting into the Sun.
Day 266 – Birthday Self-Portrait. More and more myself, everyday.
Day 267 – Living Room camp out. The boys and Daddy love to sleep downstairs in the living room.
Day 268 – This is Colin, on his birthday, teaching kids at church. He really is so talented in many ways – musically, intellectually, humorously and he’s great at teaching. I love watching him lead and guide his own kids and the kids at church. He’s pretty cool.
Day 249 – Labor Day cornhole. Mom, Dad and Jake.
Day 250 – Climbers
Day 251 – First day of school – Brothers and Best Friends
Day 252 – Punch!
Day 253 – Sunflower at Sunset
Day 254 – Jake after a hard day of putting together IKEA furniture.
Day 255 – The system that the boys use to climb the fence to turn the water on.
Day 256 – Even scratchy, prickly weeds can be beautiful.
Day 257 – Karate and the rising moon.
Day 258 – The boys and their neighbor friends have created an impressive river system in our front yard.
Day 240 – Beautiful buck in one of our city parks.
Day 241 – Brilliant clouds over Pilot Butte.
Day 242 – Sunseting.
Day 243 – Jude and his portrait of Checkers.
Day 244 – Cuddles with Checkers.
Day 245 – Open House at School. Hard to believe that Summer is almost over.
Day 246 – Sunset at Cultus Lake.
Day 247 – Sunshine through leaves.
Day 248 – This spider on my front porch is just way too big.