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.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

01-31-10 Skagit Farm Implement

Very gray and soggy day today, so I decided to go out and take some photos of the gray. I've taken a photo from here before, but I like the colors today.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

01-30-10 Colonial Manor


01-30-10 Colonial Manor, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Daily Shoot #ds76 Get up close and personal with a building today. Make a photo of an architectural detail.

Erik and I enjoy going to look at old homes when they are open for an open house. The home that we looked at today was built in 1907. One year older than our house. The house had lots of cool details, but it was worn and ragged. Made our house look shiny and new... :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

01-29-10 Berries


01-29-10 Berries, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

DailyShoot #ds75 Sugar, spice, and everything nice. Make a photo of something sweet today.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

01-28-10 Tulipscape


01-28-10 Tulipscape, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Walking out to the parking lot at work today, the way the Olympics looked behind the Tulip Smokestack, caught my eye. It is funny the things that I notice so much more since doing this challenge.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

01-27-10 Katherine's Crocuses

My neighbor across the street always has the first crocus to bloom in her corner bed. With the warmest January ever here, I was joking with her a few days ago, that it wouldn't be long before her crocus began to bloom. I was still surprised when I saw the little yellow flowers appearing today. This is sign of the season is something I look forward to each year.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

01-26-10 Ready to Paint


01-26-10 Ready to Paint, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We are getting really close to having a new bed and bathroom. The walls are now ready to paint.

Monday, January 25, 2010

01-25-10 Espalier Apples


01-25-10 Espallier Apples, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I'm still a big fan of trees that look like trees, but these are kind of cool too.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

01-24-10 Early Lenten Rose


01-24-10 Early Lenten Rose, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today I saw a cherry tree already in bloom. Yesterday I saw a daffodil bud. This has been the warmest January on record here. The plants are really confused. I looked back at my photos from last year. The Lenten Rose is an early bloomer, but last year, that early bloom was at the end of February. Sure hope that Winter doesn't come back with a vengeance and shock all of these early bloomers this year.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

01-23-10 Adding to Our Travel Book Collection

#69 We're all collectors of something. Find an interesting way to display and make a photo of a collection today.

Erik and I have quite the travel book collection with travel books from the 6 continents we have explored. Last year, I shared a photo of part of our collection for one of my 365 shots. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/46248775@N00/3183907194/] Today's dailyshoot challenge was to take a photo of a collection. Erik and I were away from home most of the day. Decided to take this photo while we were looking at travel books for our upcoming road trip to Arizona for Spring Training. Not the most exciting photo, but it will have to do for today.

Friday, January 22, 2010

01-22-10 "Happy Birthday To You"

Today is Erik's 40th birthday. He is celebrating by mowing the lawn and playing volleyball.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

1-21-10 Kingston to Edmonds Ferry

Coming home from my meeting in Gig Harbor tonight. I was advised not to go back through Seattle, due to the traffic but to take the ferry. Again, working with limited light, I tried to take advantage of the ferry trip to get my photo of the day.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

01-20-10 Color on Gray


01-20-10 Color on Gray, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In Gig Harbor for a meeting today. Cloudy, gray and getting dark when the meeting was over. (Which was fine because I really did come for the meeting, not the photo opportunities.) These kayaks stood out in the gray.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

01-19-10 Gig Harbor


01-19-10 Gig Harbor, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Not a bad day, but a little gray for my late afternoon walk in Gig Harbor. I am here for a meeting and was lucky enough to get here in time to go walk along the harbor before sundown and take some photos. Hoping for another chance tomorrow as well. We will see what the weather does.

Monday, January 18, 2010

01-18-10 First to Bloom


01-18-10 First to Bloom, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Visited the Discovery Garden at lunch today. Not a lot happening, but I am beginning to notice lots of little buds and sprouts. Indicators of things soon to happen. This Witch Hazel was the only thing blooming. In reading about Witch Hazel, I read that it has a very fitting alternative name, Winterbloom

Sunday, January 17, 2010

01-17-10 Plumbing


01-17-10 Plumbing, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Now this is part of the new bathroom addition that I am not much help with. Crawl spaces are just not fun. Luckily, I am blessed with a husband who is very handy and although, not his favorite thing, he is willing to crawl under the house.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

01-16-10 Foggy, Soggy Landing

Beautiful morning here. In between rain storms. Cool to see the steam from the sun burning the frost off of the fields. Caught these swans coming in for a foggy, soggy landing.

Friday, January 15, 2010

01-15-10 A Break in the Weather

Windy, rainy, flooding here today. But I caught this during an afternoon sun break to the east.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

01-14-10 Shopping


01-14-10 Shopping, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I have always loved taking photos in markets on my travels around the world. This photo was taken at the not quite so exotic Safeway here in town. I love all the colors and shapes. An added bonus was that without me knowing it, I was taking a self portrait.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

01-13-10 Memories from Haiti

In college, I had the opportunity to go on a couple of volunteer teams to Haiti. Both times, we worked in orphanages and clinics. This was my introduction to the "third world". These experiences changed my life for ever. I fell in love with the people and I committed myself to serving the least of these. Unfortunately, Haiti is in the headlines again for yet another disaster. It is hard for any of us to put our heads around such tragedy in a land that seems so foreign and yet it is right at our doorstep. I have many sad and disturbing memories of broomstick arms and legs, death, slums and greed. Life is tragic in Haiti even without a natural disaster. But I also have lots of really sweet memories like singing songs in the darkness with drum beats in the surrounding hills as stars looked so close that you felt you could reach out and grab them, playing with the sweet smiling children in the orphanage who wanted nothing more than to be held, and working outside a clinic as a baby was being born, outside the women in line were singing "The Solid Rock" inside, the happy cries of a newborn baby. Today as the pictures show a Haiti I knew now in rubble I am remembering those special memories and praying for the people of Haiti.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

01-12-10 Between Seasons


01-12-10 Between Seasons, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Raspberry canes doing their winter thing waiting for a tasty summer debut. Heading home from a meeting in Anacortes, got just a glimpse of blue sky on a very gray day. Was gray and raining again only a few moments later.

Monday, January 11, 2010

01-11-10 Time for a Walk


01-11-10 Time for a Walk, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

After a dreary long day, it would be easy to forgo the walk. But Roswell makes sure that the walk happens. Not only does he bring me the leash, but he brings my tennis shoes too. I'm always glad after the walk that he convinced me to go.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

01-10-10 A Walk on the Dike at Warm Beach

One of my husband's plants is at Warm Beach. Today he needed to go to the plant and I jumped at the chance for Roswell and I to go with him. While he worked, we took a walk on the dike enjoying swans, ducks, geese, egrets, herons and hawks. Didn't even need a jacket this morning. Can't believe the mild weather we are having while everyone else seems to be in a deep freeze.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

01-09-10 Skagit Barn in White

The weather forecast said rain and clouds so I decided to take advantage of the surprise morning sunshine and go find a photo with Roswell. We were headed to our weekly visit to the Discovery Garden but found the light hitting this white barn and fence and that was it! We did get to the Discovery Garden too. (This is right across the street from there.) There were swans just on the other side of the apple orchard. I had never walked out in the orchard before. Still fascinated with the swans, every time would honk, I would point my camera and shoot. Will come back another day for more photos.

Friday, January 8, 2010

01-08-10 Numbers All Have Stories

This week, I have spent a lot of time looking at numbers. As our district financial officer says, "numbers all have stories." This is so true when those numbers are students or student scores. As we look at the numbers and discuss what we need to do to change those numbers, we need to remember the stories behind those numbers.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

1-7-10 Geeky Desktop


1-7-10 Geeky Desktop, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

All day in tech meetings today, not sure what I could do for my picture today. I looked over and saw this Hitachi Guy perched on top of a couple of Flip cameras and I thought GEEK.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

01-06-10 Looking for Light


01-06-10 Looking for Light, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The assignment for the daily shoot today was to take a picture of a light source. So after school today, I went out looking for light sources. I found a classic Mount Vernon neon sign for that assignment, but was treated to the most amazing sunset in the process. (also a light source) I've often shot photos of sunsets from my house up on the hill, but this was the first time I've thought about shooting the sunset on the Skagit. What a treat! That is what I love about this challenge, I am always looking and almost always finding beauty all around.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

01-05-10 Insubordination


01-05-10 Insubordination, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

One way I am pushing myself in this challenge this year is to take part in DailyShoot.com. Each day, a new photo challenge is posted. This is only day 2 for me and I am not sure I will do every day, but it will help on days when I lack inspiration. Today, the challenge was to take a photo of a reflection in water. Thought it would be fun to take Roswell's picture reflected in his water bowl. But when I set up the shot, Roswell refused to come anywhere near the water. EVEN WITH A FOOD BRIBE! Roswell is generally pretty easy to photograph. He is a big beautiful goof who doesn't mind me pointing the camera at him and he will do pretty much anything for a treat. So this is not the photo that made the DailyShoot, but it is my photo of the day.

Monday, January 4, 2010

01-04-10 Mount Vernon Rain


01-04-10 Mount Vernon Rain, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Took this photo while dodging the windshield wipers this morning. This is a very soggy day. I like the way that the photo looks soggy too. I also like that you can see a glimpse of our Tulip Smoke Stack to the left. The smoke stack, the rain and the bridge over the Skagit are all true symbols of Mount Vernon, WA.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

01-03-10 Winter Feast


01-03-10 Winter Feast, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Visited the Discovery Garden this morning. I am going to try to visit once a week throughout the year if we are in town. Today, the attraction was birds feasting on all the wonderful winter garden goodies.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

01-02-10 Don't Touch My DQ!


01-02-10 Don't Touch My DQ!, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today we spent a lot of time in home improvement stores looking at shower doors, plumbing, and insulation. No time for exploring the natural beauty the way I like. This big guy was in the parking lot at Lowes. Since we have a Great Dane mix, I am fascinated by Great Danes. They remind me that Roswell is not the biggest dog around. Think that this was probably a friendly fellow. He was just saying hello to the poodle across the way. But it does look like he is in charge of protecting the DQ.

Friday, January 1, 2010

1-01-10 Changes


1-01-10 Changes, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Happy New Year! Excited about second year of my 365 Photo Challenge. This month's theme is "change" and there are some major changes going on at our old house. Thought it would be fun to document our progress as part of the challenge. After taking down the lathe and plaster from one of our bedrooms about 8 years ago, the bedroom has just sat with the door closed. We finally decided it was time to get to work on it again. We have a contractor doing some of the work, but Erik is doing plumbing, insulation and electrical so there is plenty for "us" to do. I am excited to see this space "change"; into a master bed, closet and bath.

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