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, September 30, 2010

09-30-10 LaConner Afternoon

09-30-10 LaConner Afternoon, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Needed to clear my head of high yield strategies and electronic grade books for just a little while after work today. Decided to take a drive out to LaConner. After a quick dinner with Erik and a long walk with Roswell, I will be back at the strategies and gradebooks. Just that type of week.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

09-29-10 Lurking

09-29-10 Lurking, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Yesterday corn in the window, today a vampire. You just never know what might be gracing the windows in down town Mount Vernon. Stay tuned, I know of at least one more interesting character lurking in downtown Mount Vernon.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

09-28-10 Corn Colored

09-28-10 Corn Colored, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

My photo a day challenge has me looking for photos everywhere. Can't really explain this one. But for some reason, this newly painted corn colored building, has two windowsills lined with corn.

Monday, September 27, 2010

09-27-10 Learning from Charlotte

Charlotte, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Last week, a wonderful teacher friend of mine shared how her reading lesson was interrupted by the wonder of a spider on the classroom window. The students watched the spider in awe, asked lots of great questions and made wonderful observations. They even named the spider Charlotte. This spider is hanging outside my window at home. I am happy to watch her as she spins her amazing web. We all have something to learn from Charlotte.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

09-26-10 Red Truck

09-26-10 Red Truck, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I've seen this truck, which is actually an old fire truck before, but this location seemed the perfect place for a photo.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

09-25-10 Wisps Over Mount Baker

Warm and sunny on this first Saturday of fall. Had to go to Washington Bulb to pick up the tulip bulbs my dad ordered and took a few Mount Baker shots on my way back.

Friday, September 24, 2010

09-24-10 Bushel of Apples

09-24-10 Bushel of Apples, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Fresh local apples!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Down the Alley

Down the Alley, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
Walking my normal path last night, I noticed something I had never noticed before. I can see my Skagit Trees down in the valley from the alley right by my house.

Here is a link to other photos of my Skagit Trees.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

09-22-10 Last Walk of the Summer

Last walk of the summer tonight. Beautiful color in the sky and trees. A nice ending to summer and a beautiful start to fall.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

09-21-10 Ready for Fall

09-21-10 Ready for Fall, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Although the official start to autumn is still about 24 hours away here, it is beginning to look a lot like fall.

Monday, September 20, 2010

09-20-10 View From the Cemetery

My very busy day ended with a sunset walk. This is the view from the highschool parking lot looking out over the cemetery to the valley below. Always peaceful and especially beautiful on a good sunset night.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

09-19-10 Coming Rain

09-19-10 Coming Rain, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The weather was changing as we went on a walk this morning. The wind was blowing and the blue skies were quickly becoming gray.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

09-18-10 Today's Harvest

09-18-10 Today's Harvest, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Decided today was the day to pull my carrots. I hadn't thinned the carrots because they needed thinning while we were on vacation. So there were some little carrots, but some big ones as well. I had no hope for my potato harvest thanks to a herd of hungry slugs so I was surprized to find that my blue potatoes had actually survived. No red, white and blue this year, but at least I got blue.

Friday, September 17, 2010

09-17-10 Sunflower Critter

09-17-10 Sunflower Critter, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The sun came out just long enough to enjoy the colorful sunflowers today. Spent most of my day with numbers and computer screens, this was a welcome change.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

09-16-10 Rain Makes the Corn Grow

09-16-10 Corn Fields, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
Rainy afternoon. Decided to go find a picture any way. As usual, lots of farm shots to choose from today. I liked the way this one showed a little about the weather and the season.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

09-15-10 Rudbeckia

09-15-10 Rudbeckia, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I love the rudbeckia this time of the year. Everything else is fading away and this showy plant is strutting it's stuff. Supposed to be an easy plant to grow, but I haven't had much luck. Just bought two more plants to try.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rainbow of Greens

Rainbow of Greens, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I couldn't even venture to tell you what kinds of greens are being harvested here. Looks like a whole rainbow of greens. Foggy morning and the splash of color was the people hard at work.

Monday, September 13, 2010

09-13-10 Hanging Out

09-13-10 Hanging Out, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Lots of little frogs at the Discovery Garden pond today. They were nice enough to pose while I took a few photos.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

09-12-10 Misty Aster

09-12-10 Misty Aster, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Rainy gray day here but I still spent a little time cleaning up in my gardens and looking for photos.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

09-11-10 Alley Musicians

09-11-10 Alley Musicians, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today we walked down to the Farmer's Market. On the way home, we saw some people cleaning an alley. The Downtown Business Association had scrub brushes and brooms and were busy cleaning the alley. But just to make the chore a bit more enjoyable, they had a band playing in the alley while they scrubbed.

Friday, September 10, 2010

09-10-10 Sweet Corn

09-10-10 Sweet Corn, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Love these honor stands where you take what you want and put your money in the box. Nothing better than fresh local corn.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

09-09-10 Old Main

09-09-10 Old Main, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Amazing how peaceful a building can look on the outside even when there is tons of learning and activity going on inside. I've noticed this the last two days as I have visited schools. The buildings look quiet and majestic on the outside, but walking inside shows a building alive with excitement and learning.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

09-08-10 First Day Of School

Today was the first day of school. This is my third year out of the classroom and it still feels very strange to be starting a new school year without a new family of kids to learn and grow with. There are lots of things I love about my job now, but I sure do miss that excitement of the first day of school.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

09-07-10 Forgotten Broccoli

Forgotten Broccoli, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
This is a busy time of year for school teachers. This is what happens when busy school teachers, like myself, forget to pick the broccoli.

Monday, September 6, 2010

09-06-10 Welcoming Autumn Early

Not really autumn yet, but it sure felt like it today as the rain, wind and cool weather came in today. These leaves are ready for a beautiful show.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

09-05-10 Lake Quinault

09-05-10 Lake Quinalt, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
Beautiful weekend camping on the Olympic Peninsula. This is Lake Quinault. We came here to take a shower and enjoy a walk on the lake.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

09-04-10 Clear Cut

09-04-10 Clear Cut, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
This weekend we went camping out on our property on the Olympic Peninsula. 40 years ago, our land was an ugly scarred clear cut. But just as you can see in this photo, nature is determined to rebuild. Had an interesting walk through this clear cut near our property. So much life, determined to keep going here. The logging company did replant fir seedlings, but there is a lot of other stuff pushing through as well. Our property is still very thick, maybe even too thick with trees. It is good to know that this has the chance to look like ours in 40 years or so. The thing that still saddens me though is finding the giant old cedar stumps that were logged 100 years before. I have a hard time cutting down any tree, but 1000 year old trees should definitely be off limits.

Friday, September 3, 2010

09-03-10 Walking on Water

09-03-10 Walking on Water, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
These little guys were down in our little creek on our property. I liked the way they were making cool shadows in the water.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

09-02-10 Cooperate

09-02-10 Cooperate, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Second time seeing this car at our District Office. Great teaching strategy. Co-oper-8.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

09-01-10 My Other Garden

09-01-10 My Other Garden, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The last day of August felt a lot like November, so the first day of September was a pleasant surprise. Decided to visit the Discovery Garden and soak in a bit of the beauty after work today. Most of my photos of the garden are close ups of flowers and such. Today, I decided to share a bit more of the big picture. This is one of the beautiful vegetable gardens. I have a lot to learn from these incredible teaching gardens.

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