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.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

07-31-10 Family Portrait

07-31-10 Family Portrait, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

@dailyshoot #ds258 Make a portrait of somebody today. It can be somebody you know or a stranger. Maybe even yourself

Those who know me, know that I don't usually find myself in front of the camera. The only way I could talk Erik into a portrait today was if it also included me. So I set up the tripod and begin trying to get everyone focused at the same time. This was my best attempt. More often than not, the photos looked more like this.

Friday, July 30, 2010

07-30-10 Above the Clouds

07-30-10 Above the Clouds, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell and I are enjoying our morning walks as we climb Little Mountain. As far as mountains go, it is little, but it is still quite a climb. I especially enjoy walking up above the clouds.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

07-29-10 Sweet Pea

07-29-10 Sweet Pea, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Planted some sweet peas along with the other peas in my garden. I am enjoying the delicate color.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

07-28-10 Hedlin Farms

07-28-10 Hedlin Farms, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Decided to take a break from course planning on the computer and take a drive to LaConner for some photos. Beautiful day and some nice photo opportunities.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

07-27-10 Summer in Skagit

07-27-10 Summer in Skagit, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

These next few weeks are historically the best weather weeks of the year here in the Skagit Valley. Days like this need to be remembered on cold dreary winter days.

Monday, July 26, 2010

07-26-10 Pink Pedals

07-26-10 Pink Pedals, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today was a rough day. We got word that Erik's mom's husband Everett had passed away during the night. We went and spent the day with her trying to support and help as needed. As we were leaving, I mentioned to them that I should take a photo of her pink bike for my dailyshoot. She thought that was a great idea. This pink bike had been a sweet gift from her husband just a year ago.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

07-25-10 Clearwater Firetruck

On our way home from our property on the peninsula, I spotted this cool old fire truck. I'm guessing that it has been sitting in this spot for years, but this is the first time it caught my eye.

07-24-10 Ruby Beach, Olympic Peninsula

After a day of working hard on our property near Kalaloch. We treated ourselves to a dinner in Forks and then a sunset walk along Ruby Beach before heading back to our cozy tent where we slept like logs.

07-23-10 On Alert. Our Property, Olympic Peninsula

Erik, Roswell and I enjoyed a nice weekend at our property on the Olympic Peninsula. It is far enough out that we only get out there a few times a year. This was our first trip this year. First job, clear all the downed trees off the road. Erik always works so hard, cutting and clearing and cleaning while we are at the property, but he seems to love it. I do some work too, but I spend more time going on walks with Roswell and enjoying the campfire.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

07-22-10 Potatoes

07-22-10 Potatoes, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

These potatoes look much better than the potatoes I am growing this year. The slugs decided to eat the leaves and my poor potatoes didn't have a chance.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

07-21-10 Good Friends, Good Food

Today I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful afternoon with some dear friends. The last time that I saw them, their oldest son was an infant. Even with the length of time away, we reconnected, like we had just seen each other yesterday.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

07-20-10 Red Chair

07-20-10 Red Chair, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Visited the Discovery Garden between meetings today. I'll have to admit, that after our 24 days of road trip, I am having a little trouble with inspiration for photos. I love taking photos of flowers, but I like to mix it up a little. So, here is a red chair in the middle of a vegetable garden.

Monday, July 19, 2010

07-19-10 Dozens and Dozens of Daisies

Home from our trip. Told myself that I was not going to venture from home for a photo today. While we were away, daisies took over my garden. My daisies are very prolific and a bit invasive, but even though they are taking over more than their share of my gardens at this moment, they still make me happy.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

07-18-10 Old School in Eastern Washington

Last day of our long but wonderful road trip today. We took Highway 2 through the beautiful farm fields all the way across the state. This is an old school that I have photographed before at a different time of the year. Just had to stop again.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

07-17-10 Culture in Butte

07-17-10 Culture in Butte, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today we drove from Bozeman, Montana to Spokane, WA stopping in several neat historic mining towns along the way. Our first stop was in Butte. Cool old buildings, working mines and relics. The history of the city includes the tapestry of many cultures who came to work in the mines during it's heyday. I love all of the old buildings and the stories they hold.

Friday, July 16, 2010

07-16-10 Grand Tetons

07-16-10 Grand Tetons, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lots of beautiful sites to choose from today. Erik and I drove from Dubois, Wyoming to Bozeman, Montana via Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. Perfect weather, lots of wildlife. Amazing as always. This was a really quick trip and I wouldn't recommend trying to see Yellowstone in a day, but a day is all that we had and it is kind of cool that we can pop through these amazing parks on our way home from a great adventure.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

07-15-10 Baby Longhorn

07-15-10 Baby Longhorn, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Beautiful drive today from Ft. Collins, Co to Dubois, Wyoming. Wyoming is a vast state with sweeping views and very few towns and people. We did encounter at least 4 Jackalopes along our travels today. We decided to stop for the night in the cute little town of Dubois. We are staying at The Longhorn Resort which is actually a working ranch. Erik and I had fun watching the longhorns. Especially the cute and curious ones.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

07-17-10 Wind Power

07-17-10 Wind Power, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Hard day for the photo of the day. We traveled from Amarillo to Fort Collins, Co today. Lots of cows, oil wells and windmills. Hard to stop for photos while traveling on the two lane highway with lots of big trucks. Took this photo out the window as we drove by.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

07-13-10 Boot Bouquets

07-13-10 Boot Bouquets, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Last day in Texas on our road trip. Today we took back roads from Austin to Amarillo. Lots of neat old towns and quirky sites such as a giant armadillo, boot bouquets and a Cadillac Ranch.

Monday, July 12, 2010

07-12-10 Happy Couple

07-12-10 Happy Couple, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today we celebrated the marriage of my oldest nephew Jared to his beautiful new wife Alyssa. The wedding was beautiful and very much represented the two of them. One sweet surprise was that they used my Mom's famous 7-Up cake recipe for their wedding cake. Lots of wonderful family memories include my mom's cake and now this special moment can be added to the list.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

07-11-10 Waiting for Bats

07-11-10 Waiting for Bats, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Tonight we went to the Congress Street Bridge in Austin to watch the urban bat colony of Mexican Free Tail Bats to leave their roost and head out to munch on mosquitoes. Unfortunately, tonight they were a little shy. We did get to see the bats, but it was pretty dark. We will try again tomorrow night.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

07-10-10 Cool Bugs

07-10-10 Cool Bugs, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Another nice day visiting with family in Nacogdoches. (I guess that I should be sharing a photo of my family... ) Had a fun little excursion with my nephew Chase, a photography student this afternoon. And then this evening, Erik and I returned to the arboretum where we were married 12 years ago. Lots of cool things to see and lots of neat memories. Also made remembered just how hot and humid it was at our wedding.

Friday, July 9, 2010

07-09-10 Pollination

07-09-10 Pollination, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Erik and I went for a quick walk in the Native Plant Garden today. It was so humid. The highlight of our walk were the insects and spiders we saw along our walk.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

07-08-10 Old Time String Shop

I always enjoy walking around the square in Nacogdoches when I am in town. We stopped in at the String Shop where the owner was happily strumming his banjo as we explored the store.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

07-07-10 San Antonio River Walk

Today we traveled from San Antonio to Nacogdoches. Both cities have a huge place in Texas history. We traveled the El Camino Real or Old San Antonio Road all the way from San Antonio to the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches.

07-06-10 Share The Road

07-06-10 Share The Road, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We saw a bunch of these huge tarantulas as we traveled from El Paso to San Antonio today. Erik kept spotting them as he drove the 80mph speed limit on I-10. We decided to get off the highway and go on a tarantula hunt so that we could get out and take a photo. Erik actually took this shot.

Monday, July 5, 2010

07-05-10 White Sands National Monument

Today was mainly a driving day. We drove from Santa Fe to El Paso with a stop at White Sands National Monument. We were there mid day so this time, it was hard to get good shadow pics. Amazing how much this gypsum sand looks like cold snow. But you step outside and quickly realize that it is almost 100 degrees outside.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

07-04-10 Picuris Pueblo

07-04-10 Picuris Pueblo, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Another day in our favorite city and its surrounding area today. We started the morning at the Pancakes on the Plaza event. This is how Santa Fe celebrates the 4th. I'm guessing it started as a small pancake feed and has become huge. Music, old cars, art and people lined up forever for pancakes. We people watched and looked at the art, but didn't eat any pancakes. Saving up for more yummy food to come. For lunch we decided to try The Tune Up Cafe, a place that has been featured twice on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I've been wanting to try an El Salvadoran Pupusa forever and now was my chance. Yummy! Erik had a Cubano Sandwich, also yummy. With full stomachs, we headed out in search of old missions. We took the High Road to Taos. First stop was in Chimayo. This old church supposedly has healing water. We arrived while mass was going on and there were lots of people. Interesting to see the mix of tourist and the faithful. From there, we headed to Truchas and Las Trampas. More missions. Then we headed to the tiny pueblo of Picuris and yet another mission. After returning to Santa Fe, we enjoyed a nice walk around the plaza area with out the throngs of people that had been there in the morning and had one last yummy New Mexican meal of blue corn enchiladas, tamales and rellenos. Now we are off to watch the fireworks down at the rail yards.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

07-03-10 Rail Runner

07-03-10 Rail Runner, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Great day exploring Santa Fe. Wonderful food, beautiful and and colorful architecture and art.

07-02-10 Rain Over New Mexico

Today we drove through the Four Corners area and Georgia O’Keefe Country. Lots of beautiful countryside that brought back great memories to my first years of teaching on the Navajo Nation. We stopped at the Four Corners Monument hoping to get photos of us standing in 4 states at once, but it under construction. We still walked around and Erik had a piece of Navajo Fry Bread. We oohed and ahhed at the thunderstorms across the desert. Tonight we are staying at a funky little court style hotel that looks like it is from the 40s. We have already eaten some of the wonderful New Mexican food that we crave between visits.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

07-01-10 Natural Bridges National Monument

Another breathtaking day. After some amazing thunder storms rumbling through the canyon last night, we started our morning exploring Capitol Reef National Park. This park is beautiful and much less visited than Zion and Bryce. Nice to be able to explore without the hoards of people. We made two hikes through narrow canyons in the park. By the time we left the park, we both admitted to a bit of red rock fatigue. Every sight we have seen has just been breathtaking. But we were kind of overdosing on all the amazing beauty. We headed from Capitol Reef through some more beautiful country on our way to Natural Bridge National Monument. We did some more exploring there, hiking down to one of the natural bridges capturing the bridge and the reflections in the water. Tonight we are in Blanding, Utah looking for another day of exploring tomorrow.

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