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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Skagit Peony Harvest


Skagit Peony Harvest, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Another flower harvest in the valley. This time peonies.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

05-30-10 Busy


05-30-10 Busy, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Had just a little sunshine this morning. Tried to get out and get some gardening done. Went to one of my favorite nurseries. There is an old school house with a beautiful garden on the grounds. Not sure what this plant is, but the bees and humming birds were really enjoying it.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

05-29-10 Garden Visitor


05-29-10 Garden Visitor, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Rainy and cold today, but decided just to go out and work in my garden anyway. Wonder what this guy thinks of all the rain.

Friday, May 28, 2010

05-28-10 Life is Good


05-28-10 Life is Good, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This local bug (even though it is sporting a Canadian flag) always reminds me that life really is good. :) I see it parked at the Y next to my office. But I got this shot while waiting for a light to change. The weekend is here. No big plans, but looking forward to celebrating the fact that lifer really is good

Thursday, May 27, 2010

05-27-10 Flower Power


05-27-10 Flower Power, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today, I had the opportunity to celebrate with the k-2 students at one of our elementary schools. They do a project based learning activity where they learn about plants, grow plants, sing about plants, etc. (In English and in Spanish) and then they have a plant sale where they raise money for hungry children. Each year, they give the money raised to WIC and Heifer International. I got to accept the giant check on behalf of Heifer International. I am a huge fan of this Flower Power program.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

05-26-10 African Daisy Down Under

@dailyshoot #ds192

Lose the rectangle today. Make a photograph with a square (1:1) aspect ratio and post it. Crop if needed.

Back to my garden today for a quick photo after a long day.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

05-25-10 Kachina


05-25-10 Kachina, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

My garden is full of photo opportunities, but I wanted to do something a bit different today.

This Kachina was given to me during a Hopi ceremony my first year of teaching. One of my Hopi students invited me to a baby blessing ceremony. This type of Kachina is given to someone at their first ceremony. I have so many special memories and souvenirs of my adventures in teaching.

Monday, May 24, 2010

05-24-10 Lupine of Many Colors

I'm a big fan of lupine because they are as close as I get to my beloved Texas Bluebonnets. The cool thing about lupine is that they come in many, colors. This looks purple until you get up close and examine it. Lots of colors on this one lupine.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

05-23-10 The Arctic Club


05-23-10 The Arctic Club, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Enjoyed a fun day in Seattle. The Mariners lost miserably, but we had fun anyway.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

05-22-10 Unable to Hide


05-22-10 Unable to Hide, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I have too much good stuff growing in one of my gardens. Beautiful treasures are hidden by the foliage of other beautiful treasures. I know that I need to do some thinning, but what do you thin when you treasure it all?

Friday, May 21, 2010

05-21-10 Clouds


05-21-10 Clouds, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Just can't stop looking up at the beautiful clouds today.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

05-20-10 Inch by Inch, Row by Row

Interesting to see farming at such a hands on level. Not sure what these workers were planting. I know that there was broccoli in this field last year. But the process is planting each seed by hand. My back aches just looking at this. Makes me appreciate each bite I take. There is hard work behind the veggies we eat.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

05-19-10 Pink Dogwood, Blue Sky

This blue sky did not last long. A spring storm is blowing in. Glad that I looked up and caught a glimpse of this while the sun was shining today.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

05-18-10 Signs of Sogginess


05-18-10 Signs of Sogginess, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In the Northwest, if you can't get out and move around, moss grows all over you.

Monday, May 17, 2010

05-17-10 Columbine


05-17-10 Columbine, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I love the intricacies of columbines. I have all different colors, sizes and shapes in my garden.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Missing the Ocean


Missing the Ocean, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This old boat sits out back an even older barn in the middle of a field in the Skagit Flats. Looks like it is yearning to be just a few miles farther west in the water.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

05-15-10 Young Eagle


05-15-10 Young Eagle, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Enjoyed a great hike with Erik and Roswell today out to Craft Island. Craft Island is only accessible by land at low tide. Great views of the San Juans. Lots of eagles, herons and wildflowers. The best part of this hike is that it is close to home.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Iris Field with Red Barn


Iris Field with Red Barn, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Another red barn and another of the many crops grown in our valley.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cabbage Seed


Cabbage Seed, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This may just look like a field of rather colorful weeds, but it is actually a cabbage seed crop. Farmers in the Skagit Valley grow around 75% of the US cabbage seed and 25 % of the world's cabbage seed. Farmers also grow other crop seeds like spinach and broccoli.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

05-12-10 Tags


05-12-10 Tags, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

@dailyshoot #ds178 Pick an everyday subject and get as close as you can to it. Make a photograph and post it!

Roswell is such a great trainer. He makes sure I get my 10,000 steps in every day.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

05-11-10 Have a Seat


05-11-10 Have a Seat, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Had a meeting in Anacortes today. I had heard that the wildflowers were especially pretty right now at Washington Park so I stopped there before going home. Did take some flower shots, but thought I'd just share the view on this gorgeous afternoon for my photo of the day.

Monday, May 10, 2010

05-10-10 Picket Fence


05-10-10 Picket Fence, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Enjoyed a nice walk with Roswell this evening. We were looking closely at our surroundings for the daily shoot assignment. This simple scene had a lot of beauty to me.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

05-09-10 Welcome to Seattle


05-09-10 Welcome to Seattle, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I love flying over Mt. Rainier when coming into Seattle. I love even more when the mountain is out to greet me when I land. Home from visiting my parents in Houston. Unfortunately, I found out my dad was back in the hospital when I returned. Hopefully, they will get things straightened out and he will get a good night's sleep and feel better in the morning.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cardinal


Cardinal, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

While visiting with my parents, I have enjoyed several nice walks. They live in a peaceful neighborhood with lots of great smells, scenes and sounds. There is also a wealth of nice walking trails and gardens in their little town. Today, I walked on the LaNana Creek Trail. This little cardinal caught my eye and my ear and he happily chirped in the forest canopy.

Friday, May 7, 2010

05-07-10 Dragonfly


Dragonfly, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Still in Nacogdoches today. Went for a walk in the native plant garden today. Actually enjoying this hot weather. Enjoyed finding lots of neat wildflowers. Saw this little guy at the pond.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

05-06-10 Lizard


05-06-10 Lizard, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Trying to get my daily walks in even without Roswell my trainer. Today, while visiting my parents in Nacogdoches, Texas, I went on a walk at the azalea gardens. Not many azaleas blooming, but this little guy added a little color.

Excited that we got to bring my Dad home from the hospital today and he is doing well. Hopefully, me walking, will inspire him to do the same. I want him to be as healthy as possible.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Reunion


Happy Reunion, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

After a long day of traveling, I made it to Nacogdoches and was able to get a good visit in with my dad. He is progressing well from his surgery and looking good. Hopefully he will be able to come home tomorrow. He has a brand new recliner full of reading material just waiting for him. I also got in some good visiting with my mom and my nephew. Special times.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

05-04-10 Rainbows Over the Skagit


Rainbows Over the Skagit, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Tonight, we could tell it was rainbow weather. On our way home from dinner, we went looking for a good place to get rainbow pictures. There was a full double rainbow. Unfortunately, my camera couldn't quite take it all in. Had already take a photo of the day, but I have decided to share this one instead.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Iris Field


Iris Field, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The fields aren't as showy as the daffodils and tulips, but I love when the fields of iris bloom. Went out tonight in a wind storm to get some photos. Wasn't sure I was going to get the flowers to stand still for the photos.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

05-02-10 Farm Workers March


05-02-10 Farm Workers March, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Every year around May 1st there is a Farm Workers March. Farm Workers and others who support their hard work, come out to show solidarity and support. It is always a peaceful and proud group of people.

05-01-10 Seattle Essential


05-01-10 Seattle Essential, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Spent the day in Seattle, enjoying the Mariner's vs. Rangers and walking through Pioneer Square, the waterfront and Pike Place Market. Dodged raindrops throughout the day. This umbrella, wouldn't be much help, but it is a good reminder of why things are so lush and green in the the Northwest.

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