March Madness. It comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Well, it definitely came in like a lion as I was scheduled for a flight from New Orleans to Portland on March 2, only to have it cancelled because of a Nor’Easter. L O T S of snow. So I flew out two days later, was here for two weeks, and guess what … two more Nor’Easters hit. Yowza!
So here’s my merry month of snow, beach, crawfish, scrabble, knitting, nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, and just basic madness … in pictures. #playingcatchup
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It was all so very innocent. My New Year’s Day Facebook post said something about 365 new days, 365 new opportunities. I mean, that’s what a new year is all about, right? I wasn’t meaning anything more, and that’s when it all started ….
Here’s a little background. My friend (and a fabulous photographer) Kristina did a killer 365 project last year. If you aren’t familiar with that term, it translates to mean 365 images over the course of the year, taken daily. It’s a daunting task if you ask me. Several of my photographer friends were planning on participating and were in the process of creating a special FB page for sharing images, challenges and successes. Me? I was on the fence.
As an aside, you may recall that last year I participated in a project 52 … yup … one photo per week. If you missed it, click here to see my year in pictures, week by week. I didn’t realize how special this project was until I was already done. I put all the images together into one file (wish I had thought of that at the beginning of the project!) and was pretty darn thrilled to see the entire year — all 52 images — pulled together and in one place. I even felt a little proud!
Back to that Facebook post about new days and new opportunities … another photographer friend Judy piped up with one simple question … “Does this mean you’re doing the 365?” Gulp. I threw caution to the wind…. I’m in!
To keep me honest, I’ll share my images monthly. Granted, we’re already well into February, but you know what they say about personal work? It takes a way-back seat. Plus, in order for this to work for me, it has to be on my terms without added pressure … a photo a day is pressure enough! Speaking of that, daylight is winding down, and since I haven’t made my image yet today, I better get going. 🙂
Here is January through my lens.
I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph.
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For those of you who know me, know that when I pick up my camera, I’m a very happy person. I love my job, which isn’t a job at all because I have tons ‘o fun and meet some truly wonderful people. I’m grateful for finding photography and for photography to have found me. I’ve made this a business, and it’s a happy little business indeed!
But when I pick up my camera with no agenda, expectations and demands — when it’s just me, myself and my camera –my heart sings. Lllllaaaaaaaaaa …. Can you hear it???!!! THIS! This is what fills my soul, feeds my creativity, allows me to observe, to look at seemingly meaningless things in a whole different way, and capture those moments — just for me. It’s crazy good and I love it!
I just don’t do it enough.
2017: Project 52
So last year I participated in a Project 52 … that is, making and posting one personal photo per week …. which got me shooting more than I might have otherwise. It was overall very fun, challenging, fulfilling, and oh so pleasing to see the final 52 — my year — in its final form. It’s worth noting that I do have one exception — week 48. Well, that week was incredibly sad because we said goodbye to a man I have loved dearly for almost my whole life and my focus was not on making photographs, but rather on making a slideshow of his life to share with family and friends. However, you will see his handsome and smiling face still added to Week 48 — a photograph I took when he was inducted into the Chevrus Hall of Fame a few years back. It just feels right.
Before I share with you my Final 52, let me tell you what I’m doing for 2018….. any guesses? Yup … a 365!!! Stay tuned as I’ll share some of those throughout the year.
Without further ado ….. My 2017 week by week…
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Fall is typically my busy time of year. If I’m not behind my camera, I’m in front of my computer — culling, editing and posting the images previously shot. This year provided some breathing room and so it was a great time to take a little time off.
Where to go in Maine in the fall? I would run out of fingers and toes tenfold counting all the beautiful spots in this great state. So we settled on Point Lookout in Northport — not too far that it would take more than a half day to leisurely make our way there, and not too close so that it felt like we were going away on vacation. My honey and I, and my sister and her honey bunked in a sweet, rustic log cabin nestled in the woods and warmed by the fire in the cast iron stove. We took the short trip up Mount Battie that overlooked the lovely little coastal town of Camden, and then went into town for dining and some therapy shopping(!). Belfast wasn’t too far up the road and it turned out to be a delight, and Lincolnville was well worthwhile for getting up and out before the break of dawn.
We had such a great time that we’re thinking we’ll do it again next year! I’m happy to share snippets of our mini vacation with you!
I’m so glad to live in a place where there are Octobers.
llmontgomery, anne of green gables
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