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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

9-30-09 September Send Off

9-30-09 September Send Off, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today is supposed to be the only clear day this week. I decided to make a quick visit to the Discovery Garden. I love watching the seasons change there. Took several photos that I like. (one of those days) But the color in this one really jumped out at me.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

9-29-09 Geeky Self Portrait

9-29-09 Geeky Self Portrait, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Working at my desk. Decided it was time for a self portrait. Blustery rainy day outside, good day for a silly indoor photo.

Monday, September 28, 2009

9-28-09 Old School

9-28-09 Old School, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Something about the corners of this old building catch my eye everyday as I come to work. This is the District Office where I work. It is a repurposed old school house. This building has lots of little quirks, like the only bathrooms being in the cavernous basement and the moaning windows when the wind howls. I often hear from community members who went to school in this building. I love the living history of old buildings.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

9-27-09 Oyster Run

9-27-09 Oyster Run, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This weekend was the Oyster Run Motor Cycle Rally in Anacortes. You couldn't go anywhere without seeing leather and Harleys. Took some photos of the stream of motorcycles traveling trough town, but wasn't really pleased with any of my photos. Perhaps it is because I am not a big fan of motorcycles. Decided to go with this shot from our morning walk with Roswell. Not the masses, but it does mark a day of motorcycles.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

9-28-09 Fall Flowers

9-28-09 Fall Flowers, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Stopped at the Farmer's Market this morning to get some blackberries for a cobbler. Picked up a pretty little bouquet of fall flowers. The smell of blackberry cobbler and fresh flowers will be a nice welcome home for Erik today.

Friday, September 25, 2009

9-25-09 Home from School

9-25-09 Home from School, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

It is Friday! School is out and I'm looking forward to the weekend. Love the show off trees and bushes that turn earlier than everything else to let you know that changes are on the way.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

9-24-09 Beyond this Mountain

In a battered old jeep traveling through the countryside of Haiti in a bit of a rush to get to the family of a dying man before he passed away. At one point, we were met on the road by some grieving family members who had received word via wailing through the mountainside that the man had died. The journey then became a trek to get to the home toattend the funeral. As the hours passed, it seemed as if we would never reach our destination. The old Haitian man driving the jeep said "In Haiti, we have a saying, beyond this mountain, there is another mountain." I am reminded of this when I feel a bit overwhelmed like I do today. Life is full of challenges, we do make it to the top of mountains, but the journey doesn't end there, there is always another mountain in our journey. When I look at the mountain of stuff I have in front of me, it seems overwhelming. I have to remember that life is about the journey and when we concentrate on the steps along the way and not the mountains in the distance, we are able to make the journey much more reasonable and often even enjoyable.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

9-23-09 Replenishing the Pumpkin Patch

So with this being the first year of my doing this challenge, I guess that I can be as cliche as I want about the photos I take. I am sure this fall you will see fall foliage, pumpkins, scarecrows etc. It is all a part of how we mark the seasons. I think that it is funny, that these pumpkins have been picked from another field and will be placed in the pumpkin patch at this farm stand. They want people to get the feel of going out and picking their own pumpkin from a field, but they want to be able to have the field close by. The patch will be replenished as often as needed throughout the season.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9-22-09 Colors of Fall

9-22-09 Colors of Fall, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Happy First Day of Fall. Starting to look like Fall. But this afternoon, it sure doesn't feel like fall with the temperature in the mid 80s.

Monday, September 21, 2009

9-21-09 Harvesting Potatoes

9-21-09 Harvesting Potatoes, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Busy day at work. I need to be better at taking photos of my work. But today, after I got off work, I founds some farmers still working. Amazing to think of the tons of potatoes that are harvested out of these fields.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

9-20-09 Brave Squirrel

9-20-09 Brave Squirrel, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Not that this is an amazing shot, but if you knew that there was a giant dog attached to me at the time who loves to chase squirrels, it is pretty amazing that the squirrel stayed to pose and that Roswell didn't pull me up the tree.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

9-19-09 Soap Box Derby

9-19-09 Soap Box Derby, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell and I walked down to the Soap Box Derby this morning. It was fun watching the kids race down the hill, but even neater to see how families were interacting with each other. Took several photos, but I chose this one because it tied in with my photo from yesterday.

Here are a few other photos from the event.

Friday, September 18, 2009

9-18-09 Welcome to Mount Vernon

Seattle has the Space Needle, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Mount Vernon has the Tulip Smoke Stack. I can't believe that I have gone this far in the year with out a photo of this Mount Vernon icon. Today, I wanted to celebrate the blue sky so this seemed like a good subject. A few years ago, they were talking about taking the smoke stack down due to damage in the last earthquake. But they decided instead to take off about 10 feet at the top and give it a fresh coat of paint. Hopefully, this welcoming icon will be here for many more years to come.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

9-17-09 Morning Light and Fog

Got out of the house a few minutes early this morning and noticed the fog in the valley. Went for a short drive and found some neat foggy barn scenes. I like the way this one shows the sun breaking through the fog. So glad I had these few moments just to enjoy this morning. The rest of the day has been a mad rush.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

9-16-09 La Casita

9-16-09 La Casita, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This is mine and Erik's second kitchen. Within sight of our house, we can have yummy Mexican food when ever we want. We are such regulars that they see us coming they get our Diet Pepsi and Dr. Pepper before we walk in the door. This is just another reason we love our community.

9/15/09 Team Walker

9/15/09 Team Walker, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Bathed in prayer by family, friends and strangers, my neighbor Lynn battled and beat Breast Cancer. To celebrate, show solidarity with others on that journey and to raise money for research, she and her two daughters walked in the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk this weekend. I am so proud of Lynn and the grace and strength she has shown through this life experience. Go Team Walker!

Monday, September 14, 2009

9-14-09 First Signs of Fall

9-14-09 First Signs of Fall, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Out for an evening walk with Roswell. Leaves are starting to change. Love the color of the fall( well almost fall) sky on a clear crisp day.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

9-13-09 Potato Harvest

9-13-09 Potato Harvest, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I've been anxiously awaiting digging my potatoes to see what has been happening underground all summer. Today seemed like the perfect day to do it. It was a bit like a treasure hunt or an archeological dig as I sifted through the dirt looking for treasure. I had Yukon Gold, Skagit Red and All Blues. I'm guessing that the soil cost more than the potatoes I harvested, but it was still fun. Probably got about 20 lbs of potatoes. I'm thinking potato salad is in my near future.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

9-12-09 It's a Dog's Life

9-12-09 It's A Dog'sLife, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell had a fabulous time at the Dog's Life Festival today. I had fun taking photos to use for a teacher workshop I will be doing on Monday. Got lots of fun photos, including ones that were in better focus. But Marcos Torres says that when you are trying to show action, it being out of focus actually shows movement. :) I just like this picture because I thought it captured the joy of Roswell running and playing with his new friends. Here is a video of the day.

Video from the Dog's Life Festival.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9-11-09 Remember

9-11-09 Remember, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today I saw flags flying all over town. Some at half mast and some not. I am not much of a flag waiver, because that symbol has been used to represent so many things that I do not believe to be at the heart of what the flag should stand for. To me, today is not about patriotism, but it is about remembering and moving forward. The symbol of the flag at half mast helps us to remember, even the flag itself, on this day, symbolizes something different than patriotism for me. I am reminded of all the pictures of that day and the days that followed where flags flew to show support, honor and encouragement to move forward. Patriotism is defined as love for or devotion to one's country. Patriotism has it's place, but today is more about humanity, mourning those lost and celebrating the heroic efforts of others who rallied to rescue and rebuild.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

9-10-09 Autumn Joy

9-10-09 Autumn Joy, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Love fall blooming plants. They let you hold on to Spring and Summer just a little bit longer.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9-9-09 Office Supplies

9-9-09 Office Supplies, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lots of time working on spread sheets at my desk today. The paper clips and stapler caught my eye. Thought I'd have a little fun while waiting on some information to load.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

9-8-09 All Work and No Play?

Erik is going to Spokane to help out in a plant there for a while. Roswell and I will really miss him while he is away. Wonder if he will miss us with all the toys he took with him to occupy himself when he isn't at work. He is such a hard worker and it sounds like he will be pretty swamped there as well. So I do hope that he finds at least a little time to play.

Monday, September 7, 2009

9-7-09 Hedlin Farms

9-7-09 Hedlin Farms, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Hedlin Farms is a family farm in our valley. They have a beautiful produce stand during the summer and fall. I especially love their fields of flowers that they grow to sell as cut flowers. My dream is to someday have a garden where I can grow my own bouquets

Sunday, September 6, 2009

9-6-09 Empty Nest

9-6-09 Empty Nest, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Out picking apples in our backyard today and I found this nest on the ground. I've always thought that bird nests were cool. Looks to me like this one did a nice job of sheltering the young birds until they hatched and flew away leaving only a reminder of their youth. This empty nest made me think of my sister and brother-in-law who are experiencing the empty nest this week. With their youngest moving into a dorm and the oldest starting his student teaching. I know that they must be feeling kind of strange in a house with out children.Luckily, their little "birdies" have vehicles to return for visits, a great cell phone plan and internet to keep in touch.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

9-5-09 To The Rescue

9-5-09 To The Rescue, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Just looking at Marie Coleman's photo of the day ( a yellow fire truck) and thinking about what my photo should be. I looked out the window and there were firetrucks, police cars and an ambulance right outside. Decided to go out with the camera to get a nice RED firetruck shot and see what was going on. I know that I shouldn't be, but I am a bit of an ambulance chaser. My curiosity gets the best of me. And anyway, this was practically in my front yard. Found out that one of my former students had pulled out and hit another car. Cars were a little crunched and nerves were frayed, but everyone was o.k..

Friday, September 4, 2009

9-4-09 Fishing on Friday

9-4-09 Fishing on Friday, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is a special fishing season for Chinook Salmon on the Skagit. The last few mornings I have passed a cool scene from a bridge of people lined up fishing along the river with the railroad trellis in the background and the fog in the valley. Hard photo to take when you are driving across a bridge though. So today, I tried to get the best shot I could of the scene while not driving across the bridge. On the bridge, you can see that there are about 30 or so people lined up in this area. Lighting not good and shooting through a windshield causes problems. But, this will be my photo of the day unless I am able to snag another one later in the day.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

9-3-09 New School Supplies

9-3-09 New School Supplies, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This guy was so proud to show me all his cool new school supplies including 6 pencil sharpeners in case anyone else needed one. Still weird not to be welcoming a new class of students on the first day of school.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

9-2-09 Busy Bee

9-2-09 Busy Bee, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Bees are busy at work in our yard. They are especially busy on the Joe Pye Weed, the asters and the Russian Sage. Had fun trying to capture these busy guys this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

9-1-09 Welcome September

9-1-09 Welcome September, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This morning there was a crispness in the air. The sky was so blue and there were lots of puffy white clouds. A beautiful start to a new month. Looks like is will be apple pie time soon.

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