I am challenging myself to post a photo each day of the year. I am hoping that this challenge will encourage me to keep my eyes open for the wonders around me, document a great year and improve my photography techniques.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

6-30-09 After the Rain

6-30-09 After the Rain, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Beautiful sky after a downpour at the Lincoln Memorial. Alison and I had a lot of fun touring the monuments at night. Check out the rest of the photos in the set.

Monday, June 29, 2009

6-29-09 Capitol Q

6-29-09 Capitol Q, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

There is just something about Texas. All around the world, I have found Texas themed restaurants. This is in Capital Q in Chinatown in DC. The sign on the outside said Texas BBQ in Chinese. My alma matter SFASU is up in the corner. Right below Viva Ecuador! (Where I frequented the Texas Grill and Bar in Quito.... :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

6-28-09 Red White and Blue

6-28-09 Red White and Blue, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I had a great time going on a photo safari today. Wish that it hadn't been cloudy, but it was still a lot of fun and I saw some really cool things. I decided to go patriotic today since I am in the Nation's Capital. I also enjoy strolling through the Eastern Market. The botanical gardens were beautiful. The architecture was great. The food was yummy at the Folklife Festival. The Newseum is also are really neat addition to the many museums in D.C. (Just wish it wasn't so pricey.)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

6-27-09 Peace

6-27-09 Peace, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

OK, I know that I am in DC and there are so many historical and monumental things that should be my photo of the day. Today I haven't had a lot of time to look for photos, but on a walk from my hotel to Dupont Circle, I saw lots of beautiful architecture, statues and art. But for some reason, when I downloaded my pictures, this is the one that stood out to me. And, it just so happened, that I was walking down the street talking to my husband of 11 years today, when I spotted this photo. Maybe that is what makes it special. As I explore DC, I will continue to post all of my photos on my Washington DC page.

Friday, June 26, 2009

6-26-09 Discovery

6-26-09 Discovery, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Another day of learning and networking with inspiring educators at Discovery.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

6-25-09 Virtual Friends F2F

6-25-09 Virtual Friends F2F, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today I am at the Discovery Educator Network Leadership Symposium. I am meeting lots of people I feel I know well from our virtual conversations and professional development. Even though we learn lots from each other even when we are on opposite ends of the globe. It is still great to get to visit and learn from others face to face. This is Dennis in person, next to Dennis' online presence.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

6-24-09 Freedom Is

6-24-09 Freedom Is, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I met this little Navajo Grandma at the Lincoln Memorial where I offered to take a photo of her with her daughter. She was excited to hear that I had taught on the Navajo Nation. I was able to use the little bit of Navajo I still remember. Which made her eyes light up. This photo was taken at the nearby Korean War Memorial. I had fun wondering around DC today and I took lots of photos. But this little lady captured the spirit of those who make the pilgrimage to our nation's capital to celebrate freedom. She is a proud American, even though our American government hasn't always done her proud.

My photos from today...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

6-23-09 Rainbow Wall

6-23-09 Rainbow Wall, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today was a travel day. Left the hotel at 4am in Seattle and traveled all day to get to another non descript hotel in the DC area. Not a lot of photo opportunities. This rainbow wall was a bit of art in the Dulles Airport.

Monday, June 22, 2009

6-22-09 A Touch of Santa Fe

6-22-09 A Touch of Santa Fe, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Erik and I love our visits to Santa Fe. This planter was purchased at Jackalope on one of those trips. Think the planter is really from Guatemala, but it reminds us of the wonderful, rich culture and colors of Santa Fe.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

6-21-09 King Felix

6-21-09 King Felix, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Enjoyed a fun day in Seattle. It was fun to test the limits on my new camera. We had great seats, (3rd row), but a bigger zoom helped too. Actually, the shots I liked the most were of children enjoying the game at the park. But I decided to go with King Felix for my photo of the day.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

6-20-09 Skagit Fresh

6-20-09 Skagit Fresh, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Went to the Burlington Berry Dairy Days today. Just another of the many festivals in our area celebrating the bounty of our fertile valley. There were strawberry shortcakes, folk music and even a few cows. These sparkling fruit drinks are made locally from Northwest apples and local berries. Looks refreshing doesn't it?

Friday, June 19, 2009

6-19-09 Day Lily

6-19-09 Day Lily, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lots of Day Lilies just starting to bloom in my garden.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

6-18-09 Rainbow Bridge

6-18-09 Rainbow Bridge, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Not quite the Golden Gate Bridge, but a beautiful landmark on the Swinomish Channel.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

6-17-09 School Guitars

6-17-09 School Guitars, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today I had a meeting with an elementary music teacher. She was running late and I was waiting in her classroom. So I pulled out the camera and took some pictures. I love the fact that all the students are learning to play a musical instrument. What a great lifetime gift.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

6-16-09 Waiting to Burn

6-16-09 Waiting to Burn, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

So it is supposed to be the next to the last day of school. I am getting calls from frantic teachers asking me to complete their video projects so that they are ready for promotion ceremonies and student gifts. I just can't seem to say no. I so want teachers to use video in their classroom so I don't want to discourage them when they do. Even though I wish their planning had been a bit better. In front of me is a pile of DVD's I agreed to burn for a teacher by tomorrow. So no time to go out in search of photos or even enjoy my birthday. I decided to get a little creative as I waited for DVD's to burn.

Monday, June 15, 2009

6-15-09 Good Dog

6-15-09 Good Dog, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lacking inspiration for my photo today I asked Erik what I should take a picture of. He replied, flowers or dog. (Meaning my go to subjects.) I decided to do a little photo shoot with Roswell. Got some fun kind of posed shots, This one was before he started posing.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

6-14-09 Hen and Chicks

6-14-09 Hen and Chicks, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Out for a walk this morning pretty determined to find something besides a flower to photograph. But this ended up being the most interesting shot. Almost looks like a sea anemone.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

6-13-09 Local Berries

6-13-09 Local Berries, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We love going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday. Not only is there lots of yummy food, but we see our neighbors, listen to local bands (today it was the middle school Jazz Band with two of my former students) and support our community.

Friday, June 12, 2009

6-12-09 Kitsch on Wheels

6-12-09 Kitsch on Wheels, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Made Erik chase this fun little truck down. We saw it driving through the parking lot and we followed it so that I could take a photo. We were not the only interested people looking at this kitsch on wheels.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

6-11-09 Undugu

6-11-09 Undugu, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In an effort to diversify my photos beyond flowers, I looked around the house today for something to shoot. Having lived all over the world, our house sometimes resembles a Pier One. This treasure is from artisans at the Undugu Society in Nairobi an organization that works to help urban poor. Undugu means brotherhood and solidarity in Swahili. I am not much of a shopper, but I love Fair Trade Crafts and craft markets. I became known as the resident shopper in my community because I got to know all the local artisans and would take people who came to visit or go on safari shopping at all the best dukas.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

6-10-09 Self Service Flowers

I love this little roadside stand.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

6-9-09 Pea Blossom

6-9-09 Pea Blossom, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Came home to find not only pea blossoms, but even some sugar snap peas ready to eat. I liked the different stages of the plant that you can see in this photo.

Monday, June 8, 2009

6-8-09 Foxglove

6-8-09 Foxglove, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

After being gone for a few days it was fun to come back and find new things blooming in the yard. I also have strawberries, broccoli and peas ready to eat.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

6-7-09 Grown Up and Gifted

6-7-09 Grown Up and Gifted, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

My last morning in Houston before heading back home and to work. I was treated to an impromptu concert by my 22 year old nephew, Jared. As I watched and listened, I thought about when Jared was around 3 years old we traveled from East Texas to San Diego together and he sat in his car seat and sang the whole way. He loved “Baby Beluga” , “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Jesus Loves Me”. As I traveled around the world, I made a habit of finding unique musical instruments for Jared. I just knew that Jared had a special love and gift for music. Jared is now a talented musician completing a degree in Music Education. It is such a blessing to get to hear him sing and play.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

6-6-09 Fish and Lilies

6-6-09 Fish and Lilies, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Enjoyed a morning at the Mercer Botanical Gardens in Houston with my family. My mom commented how nice it is that we would rather spend the day wandering around gardens than in a shopping mall. This is especially surprising of my 18 and 22 year old nephews. Out of the 6 of us, we had 6 cameras pointing at every flower we saw.

Friday, June 5, 2009

6-5-09 Discovery Green Houston

This morning we went to a great new park in downtown Houston. Lots of interesting art, fountains and surrounding architecture. We especially enjoyed watching the kids relish in the dancing water fountains. Both of my nephews are really into photography so we had a great time wandering around looking for the perfect shots. Lots of fun angles and such. Here are some more of my photos from today.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

6-4-09 Yay Chase!!!

6-4-09 Yay Chase!!! , originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today my youngest nephew graduated from high school. I am so happy that I was able to make the trip to Houston to be a part of this celebration. I am a proud aunt.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

6-3-09 Flower Power helps Heifer International

This group of K-2 students are a part of Flower Power all year long. They learn the science of plants, grow their own plants. Make garden art and then have big sale to raise money to feed babies. The gave half of their proceeds to our local WIC program and the other half to Heifer International. I got to be the honorary recipient of the Heifer money at their Flower Power Celebration today. This is a dual language program so these kids are fluent about plants and helping others in 2 languages.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

6-2-09 Keeping with the Bee Theme...

Seems to be a bee theme among photographers this week. Fun to watch these little critters busy at work in the garden. Happy to have them around. Many areas are losing their bee population.

Monday, June 1, 2009

6-1-09 New Growth

6-1-09 New Growth, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lots of new growth on this conifer. Everything is growing at warp speed right now.

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