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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

12-31-09 The Old and the New

I really struggled with finding a photo for today. Seemed like the photo needed to be significant since this is the last day of my 365 day challenge. I went for a drive through the farm fields which I often do when looking for inspiration. Couldn't find just the right photo. Came home and went out in my garden. I had noticed this wild current with a one leaf remaining as new buds start to form. Took a photo, but I wasn't pleased, went out to get another one and when I touched the branch, the leaf fell to the ground. Upon further inspection I found this old leaf with a new bud actually sprouting through the middle of it. Seemed like a great symbol of celebrating an old year and welcoming a new year.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

12-30-09 On a Winter's Day

12-30-09 On a Winter's Day, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray. But there is still beauty all around. The title probably invites images of snow and ice, but this is much more a picture of a winter's day here in Western Washington.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

12-29-09 Fireweed

12-29-09 Fireweed, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Long walk with Roswell today. I'm finding on gray cold days like this at the end of the year that it is sometimes harder for me to find my photo inspiration. Not because there aren't cool things to see, but I feel that I have shared most of the things within walking distance before. As the new year arrives and my challenge is no longer a challenge, but a way of life, I think one thing I will continue to learn is how to look at the ordinary in new ways. I hope I can do it.

Monday, December 28, 2009

12-28-09 Lunch Time

12-28-09 Lunch Time, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Kind of a gray day here. Decided to go out to one of the known swan haunts to take a few pictures. I am really fascinated with swans. I think that part of it has to do with the fact that I grew up with swans being an ornamental fixture in park ponds. I never really thought of them as wild birds and really never thought of them flying. We have both Arctic and Trumpeter Swans that winter here in our valley. It is fun to see the creatures who look so amazingly graceful when swimming and flying look so ungainly when on land. Flocks of swans fly back and forth over my house daily. They spend the evenings munching in lakes and streams and then fly to the fields for the day. I have even learned the time of day to expect the glorious fly bys. I never take this majestic sight for granted. The sound of the trumpeting as they fly in formation above me stops me in my tracks and has me gazing upward every time.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

12-27-09 Skagit Reflections

12-27-09 Skagit Reflections, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This is something that I see almost every day but decided today was a good day to take a picture of it. Rivers have so many stories to tell.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

12-26-09 Frosty Morning

12-26-09 Frosty Morning, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Shot this photo directly into the rising sun. I know better, but I kind of liked the effect.

Friday, December 25, 2009

12-25-09 Eagle

12-25-09 Eagle, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Erik had to work this morning on Christmas day. Sounds like a pretty cruddy thing to have to work at a Waste Water Treatment Plant on Christmas. But actually, he gets to see some amazing scenery daily. One of his plants is at Warm Beach Christian Camp. His plant overlooks wetlands, the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Roswell and I went on a frosty walk as Erik worked. We saw swans, ducks, hawks, eagles, herons, egrets and more. We saw several eagles. At one point two came flying over the lab fighting over something. Then a wing dropped to the ground. We thought that one of the eagles had lost it's wing. But upon closer inspection, we think that it was the wing of a snow goose. This is the best shot I could get of an eagle with my camera. Here are some other shots from our Christmas Morning at Warm Beach. www.flickr.com/photos/roswellsgirl/sets/72157622945993105...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

12-24-09 Heri ya Krismas

12-24-09 Heri ya Krismas, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This Nativity reminds me of my 2 Christmases I spent in Kenya. I remember that one of the Christmases I was feeling pretty down because I was away from family and all of my friends were traveling over the holiday. I went to Christmas Day service at my church in a poor neighborhood in Nairobi. We were singing Christmas carols. It seemed that even though most were in English, they had a different tune for all my familiar favorites. I remember singing "Angels We Have Heard on High" as loud as I could trying to get everyone on the same tune as me. This was during the time of the genocide in Rwanda. After the service I was speaking to a refugee from Rwanda. He was concerned about his wife and kids. He hadn't heard from them and they had been unable to get out of Rwanda yet. At that point, I realized that I had no reason to feel sorry for myself. I was and still am very blessed. I have a wonderful family and I have been blessed with amazing opportunities to experience the many blessings all around us.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

12-23-09 Lathe and Plaster

12-23-09 Lathe and Plaster, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We are finally getting a new bedroom and bathroom after having our bedroom down to the studs for over 8 years. Our home is over 100 years old. It is interesting to see the bones of the house and the process for building so long ago. It has also been fun to find things hidden in the walls and the insulation like toys, receipts and newspaper articles.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

12-22-09 Homecoming

12-22-09 Homecoming, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

These two young men were on their way home for Christmas. I'll bet that their families will be very happy to see them.

Monday, December 21, 2009

12-21-09 True Gifts

12-21-09 True Gifts, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This is my sweet mama. She is one of the dearest and most thoughtful people I know. I am truly blessed with the most wonderful parents. I could write a book about all the selfless and caring and thoughtful things that both of them do daily. One of my mom's many gifts is the gift of writing letters and cards. She keeps a calendar and buys birthday cards a month in advance to send out to her many friends and family. What a special gift she is.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

12-20-09 Full House

12-20-09 Full House, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

There are eight of us here at my parent's house in Nacogdoches to celebrate Christmas early. Even if the calendar doesn't say it's Christmas, being with loved ones sure makes it feel that way.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

12-19-09 Well Fed

12-19-09 Well Fed, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This squirrel and I were both well fed today. Lots of special food when I visit my parents.

Friday, December 18, 2009

12-18-09 Graduate!

12-18-09 Graduate!, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

When my first nephew was only 7 days old, he came to my college graduation. Today I had the privilege of going to his graduation. It was a great day to celebrate at Texas State in San Marcos, Tx. He is a music major. It has been so fun to watch him grow in his life long love for music. I am a proud aunt.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

12-17-09 Take Off

12-17-09 Take Off, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Left early this morning to fly to Austin to attend my nephew Jared's graduation tomorrow. I have often seen Mt. Rainier from the airport, but this morning, I noticed the Olympics as well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12-16-09 Happy House

12-16-09 Happy House, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This house has a little bit of a Griswald effect. Perhaps not the most tastefully decorated house, but is sure looks happy. Long day of meetings so I was left to find a night shot. Weather not really cooperating, but Roswell found this house on our short, rainy and windy walk.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12-15-09 Native Nativity

12-15-09 Native Nativity, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In addition to our collection of ornaments, we also have a collection of Nativity Scenes. I started this tradition when I was living overseas and I would buy a nativity from different places for my parents every Christmas. At some point, I started buying them for me too. This is part of a set from Indonesia. I love to see all the creative ways that people all over the world carry on the message of the birth of Christ.

Monday, December 14, 2009

12-14-09 Late Start

12-14-09 Late Start, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We had a little bit of snow, which turned to ice over night. We had a 2 hour delay this morning. Have to remember to get out an warm up the car on days like this. Thought the blue sky through the ice looked cool.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

12-13-09 The Well Traveled Tree

Erik and I have a tradition of finding Christmas ornaments to represent our travels and the events in our lives. One of my favorite things to do each year at this time is to pull out the ornaments collected from all over the world and place each one on the tree while remembering the place and the time that the ornaments were purchased. Some of my favorites are a Hopi Kachina Rattle, a beaded bell from the Dayak tribe in Borneo and a Chili pepper Santa from from Santa Fe. This year's addition was an Inukshuk from our travels in Canada this year. We actually made 3 wonderful and very different trips to Canada this year. The first was a cold, foggy weekend to Vancouver to celebrate Erik's birthday, the second was a camping trip up the Sunshine Coast and to top it all off was a magical trip to Banff, Alberta for a wonderful time of exploring some of the most breathtaking scenery we had ever experienced. All great memories.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

12-12-09 Not So Jolly Santa

12-12-09 Not So Jolly Santa, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell is generally jolly, but he is not a big fan of wearing costumes. Still looks cute though.

Friday, December 11, 2009

12-11-09 Multiple Mes

12-11-09 Multiple Mes, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Out looking for a replacement bulb for our prelit tree. Found that was quite a challenge. The malfunctioning of one tiny light might force us to purchase a whole new tree. Took this quick shot as we searched the aisles.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

12-10-09 Another Skagit Sunset

Lots of beautiful sunsets with the clear cold days.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

12-09-09 On a Mission

12-09-09 On a Mission, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

One of my favorite signs of the season are our migrant swans. I look in awe and wonder ever time I see them fly by. The light was great this afternoon and I got some cool mountain shots, but decided to share the swans which were a quick snap from inside a truck with dirty windows.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12-08-09 Early Evening at the Office

I have been doing lots of afternoon trainings making getting out and taking photos really difficult. Tonight as I was finishing up my training, one of my collegues came in and urged me to look out of the window. Such a blessing to see such a beautiful site at the end of a busy day.

Monday, December 7, 2009

12-07-09 Morning Light and Shadows

There is something about this simple old barn that always catches my eye. I usually drive by it in the morning. (Not that it is on my way to work, but sometimes I go out looking for pictures before work.) With this beautiful clear sky this morning the temperature was a frigid 20 degrees. But clear blue skies are much more of a story than cold temperatures here in Western Washington.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12-5-09 Cabbage Scape

12-5-09 Cabbage Scape, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Even in the cold, cold days of this season, you can still find bounty in the fields.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

12-5-09 Frost Shadows

12-5-09 Frost Shadows, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today on our walk with Roswell, the theme was frost. Took lots of photos of frost on plants. Decided to choose a non-plant photo, since I am always sharing plant photos. Thought it was cool that the frost was only in the shadows

Friday, December 4, 2009

12-4-09 Morning Moon

12-4-09 Morning Moon, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The sky was just amazing this morning. Even though the whole day promised to be a beautiful day, I just knew that I had to capture the many colored and changing sky this morning for my photo of the day.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

12-3-09 Rush Hour

12-3-09 Rush Hour, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In Anacortes to teach a Google Workshop this morning. I love the idea of commuting by ferry. Time to read and think while enjoying amazing scenery. I can imagine the drawbacks too, but since I don't do it, I can just imagine how wonderful it must be... :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

12-2-09 Evening Walk

12-2-09 Evening Walk, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

It gets dark before I get home making it hard to take photos and take Roswell for a walk. Tonight, I decided to take the camera with us on a night walk. We often walk around the hospital at night because there are plenty of lights.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

12-01-09 Welcome Sunny December

A sure sign of a sunny day is when Mount Baker shows its majestic glory to the North. The month of November was one of the wettest on record, so being greeted by the December sun this morning was quite a treat. Mount Baker is one of the snowiest places on Earth. In 1999 it set the world record for the most snowfall in a year at 95 feet! That is a lot of snow. This photo was taken in a new housing development in town. Will be sad when the lots are built on and I lose this majestic view.

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