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, February 28, 2010

02-28-10 Red Winged Black Bird

We didn't walk far on our morning walk today, but we did see fog settled in around Mount Baker, a beautiful sunrise, red winged blackbirds and a bald eagle circling almost in our own back yard. Lots to see if you take the time to look.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

02-27-10 The Goose

02-27-10 The Goose, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We went to Anacortes today to check on my Father in Law's sailboat. This is the boat in the next slip. gray day, but the sun was filtering through the clouds making the red pop.

Friday, February 26, 2010

02-26-10 The Other Roadside Attraction

The Dailyshoot assignment today was to go somewhere I'd never been before to take a photo. This was quite a challenge since I am naturally an explorer and have explored even more with this challenge over the last 14 months. I decided to go to this funky sculpture garden where they sell art and honey right off the freeway. Lots of funky art pieces. Was hoping to find another subject for my photo of the day today, but with the rain and a very busy schedule, I decided to go with another piece of art from the Other Roadside Attraction Gallery for my photo of the day.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

02-25-10 Happy Crossing

02-25-10 Happy Crossing, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

These kids sure look happy to be going to school. Every morning they are greeted by this friendly Santalike gentleman who dons a different crazy hat daily and always has a smile and wave for everyone who drives by. What a great way to start the day. (Not sure why the puppy gets to come to school, but the pupplies and daffodils in this photo add to the happiness. )

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

02-24-10 Blocked Views

02-24-10 Blocked Views, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Something about old barns and boarded up windows that always gets my attention. Lots of texture. Many stories to tell. Glad that not even animals call this barn home any more because all creatures deserve to take in these beautiful views.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

02-23-10 First Field Celebration

Warning. I will most likely post several different photos with fields of daffodils or tulips before the season is over. This is the first field to go yellow this season, so it is worth being celebrated even on a gray day like today.

Monday, February 22, 2010

02-22-10 Moonlit Magnolia

02-22-10 Moonlit Magnolia, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Keep walking past this magnolia at night and making mental notes to go back when it is daylight. On our walk tonight, I just decided to experiment and see what would happen if I took the photo at night. The moon was out, but technically, it is more street light lit. (Moonlit sounds better though.)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

02-21-10 Blooms with Baker

02-21-10 Blooms with Baker, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Couldn't pass up the trees blooming with yet another mountain photo. We really don't get to see these mountains every day so when the weather is clear, everyone celebrates the mountains being out. Took this one while out on a walk with Roswell today. We stopped for lots of blooms and buds along the way.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

02-20-10 Daffodil Harvest

Daffodil Harvest, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

With all of this sunshine, the daffodils are ready to harvest. You can't tell from this photo but there were at least 30 people in this one field working away. I did see one field that was already yellow with blooming daffodils, give it a few more sunny days and it will be brilliant.

Friday, February 19, 2010

02-19-10 Same Mountain, Different Town

I usually try to vary my photos from day to day. But when the day is this glorious, and the mountain is out, I just can't resist. Took this photo on my way home from my meeting in Gig Harbor. This was from Ruston Way in Tacoma.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

02-18-10 Gig Harbor

02-18-10 Gig Harbor, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In Gig Harbor for a meeting. Absolutely gorgeous day. As soon as the meeting was over, I headed to the waterfront to take photos. I enjoyed my walk and taking photos even though I was a little disappointed with my results. My pictures just don't do the scene justice. I ended my walk at this location. There were two ladies set up there with their tripods and DSLR's ready to watch the sunset. We ended up having a nice talk and exchanging our Flickr names so that we could follow each other. @maps50 and @trooperslucky7 are amazing photographers. I will enjoy following them. Just another reward of taking on this challenge.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

02-17-20 Under Construction

02-17-20 Under Construction, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Driving to Gig Harbor for a meeting tonight. While stuck in Seattle traffic was able to roll down my window and get this shot.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

02-16-10 Sun's Late Arrival

02-16-10 Sun's Late Arrival, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Put off my photo of the day today because the forecast kept promising sunshine. The sun finally made its appearance just about the time it was setting.

Monday, February 15, 2010

02-15-10 Snow Geese at Snow Goose

I did not go out today with a plan to take yet another photo of Mount Baker, or another photo of the Snow Geese. But there they were in all their glory. I just couldn't resist on such a beautiful day. These guys were hanging out just across the road from the aptly named Snow Goose Produce, a seasonal farm stand like no other. This allowed for plenty of parking for all the people with their giant camera lenses to step out and take some shots. With camera envy for sure, I just boldly stand next to those hot shot photographers and and snap away with my little point and shoot.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

02-14-10 What is Love?

02-14-10 What is Love?, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Sunday (Valentine's Day) challenge: What is love? Make an interpretive photo today.

Erik and I met 13 years ago just as I was headed to teach in Indonesia. Most of our courtship was by e-mail and chat. He came out to visit me for Christmas in Indonesia and then, after returning home sent me this little note on Valentine's Day with an o-ring engagement ring and a heart shaped rock he had found. I'm not a diamonds and jewelry kind of girl so this was a perfect. He is still perfect. I am blessed.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

02-13-20 Pear Blossoms

02-13-20 Pear Blossoms, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lots of trees already in bloom here. This pear tree was on our walk this morning. Nice little promise of the spring to come on this gray day.

Friday, February 12, 2010

02-12-10 Rainbow Weather Pt. 2

Looked outside and saw again that it was rainbow weather. Ran outside with the camera and found the most beautiful full rainbow arcing right over our house. Took several shots, but was disappointed with electrical lines and such in the shot. Turned around and was struck by the beauty of the sky to the West. This church looks out over the valley and always makes a nice foreground for sky photos. Here are my other rainbow photos from today.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

02-11-10 Capitol

02-11-10 Capitol, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Spent the day in Olympia at OSPI. Got there early and was able to walk around downtown

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

02-10-10 Road Trip!

We all have some sort of hobby or favorite activity. Make a photo that shows something you enjoy doing.

Those of you who know me, know that I have done quite a bit of travel. I love exploring new places. One of my favorite ways to travel is on road trips with Erik. We have traveled all over the US stopping in beautiful, interesting and sometimes,downright quirky places.

Since I am traveling tonight, I had hoped to have a different photo for my photo of the day, but no such opportunities.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

02-09-10 Hidden Beauty

02-09-10 Hidden Beauty, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

@dailyshoot #ds86 Franz Kafka said "Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." Make a photo of something beautiful today.

Forecast says our blue skies will soon turn to Northwest gray again soon. Made a trip to the Discovery Garden. Lots of people busily working in the dirt on this beautiful day. Many different hellebores blooming. You could totally miss the beauty of these flowers as they bashfully nod hiding the beauty below. In order to really appreciate the beauty, you have to get down on the ground and look up.

Monday, February 8, 2010

02-08-10 Mount Vernon Morning

Knew I had a busy day ahead so I looked for a photo before school. I liked the way the sun was breaking through the clouds. Have been looking for a good way to get our old water tower in a shot.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

02-07-10 Homeless to Home #DS84

Challenge: Practice storytelling today. Look for 3 images that tell a story, and make a set of photos that go together.

We were blessed with the world's best dog. We found him at the Humane Society. He was 10 months old, giant and goofy. We go back to the Humane Society often to visit all the other dogs and cats hoping to find a happy home like Roswell did.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

02-06-10 Tulip Town

02-06-10 Tulip Town, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell and I went for a walk downtown this morning looking for curves for the Daily Shoot assignment. Found my curves, but this shot caught my eye too. Since it was early morning, I could squat in the middle of the road and get this perspective of the tulip cross walk looking down through the courtyard.

Friday, February 5, 2010

02-05-10 Old Barn, New Tricks

As I continue on in my second year of this challenge, I am learning that themes are ok. Barns, fields and trees really do look different from different angles, with different lighting and in different seasons. Looking at the same things again and seeing them new is a great part of this challenge. Today the story was the blue skies and the mild temperatures. Especially in contrast to the severe winter storms in other parts of the U.S. I always watch this barn when the fields of tulips and daffodils bloom. If the farmers plant just the right things in just the right field, this simple old barn makes a great back drop.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

02-04-10 Rainbow Weather

02-04-10 Rainbow Weather, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Last night, after I had already posted my photo of the day, Erik came home from work and told me to grab my camera and go outside. There was a complete rainbow to the east. This church is just down and across the street from our house. I often take photos of beautiful sunsets from our yard looking out over the valley with the church in silhouette. This time, we grabbed the camera and the dog and headed for the front of the church to see the view east. Very beautiful moment. There were children out taking photos as well. I almost missed this because I was busy inside the house. But usually, when conditions are right, (Rainbow Weather), I will think to go out side and look east for a rainbow.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

02-03-10 Garden Planning Time

Although it looks and feels like Spring, and the retailers are eager to sell me gardening stuff, I think that it is still a bit too early to be planting. But it is time to start planning. Still a newbie at gardening so I do lots of research and planning before I put most stuff in the ground. I think that I learned that skill from my Dad.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

02-02-10 Don't Believe the Groundhog

Out at the Discovery Garden today looking for sign's to see if Punxsutawney Phil was accurate with his 6 more week's of winter forecast. Maybe in Pennsylvania, but it sure looks like Spring has already sprung here in Western Washington.

Monday, February 1, 2010

02-01-10 Working in the Wee Hours

Erik was busy at work painting our new bedroom last night. Getting closer!

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