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.

Friday, December 31, 2010

12-31-10 Heron with a View

12-31-10 Heron with a View, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Decided to go a bit less birdy with my last photo of the year. I convinced Erik to go out the Samish Flats to see the Dunlin today. We took a video. I got some great shots of eagles, but I decided to let the blue sky and the mountain get the attention today. Yay! I made it through year 2 of the 365 Day Challenge! On to year 3! It is now just part of what I do every day. I can not imagine not doing it. Of course, most days will be much more mundane than this gorgeous day and view. I need to remember that I am learning, looking and documenting life. Some days I will end up with a photo you might hang on your wall, and other days, I probably wont. Happy New Year to all of you who have stuck with me throughout the year. I look forward to looking for the beautiful and meaningful in the new year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

12-30-10 Snow, Skagit and Swans

I know, another bird picture. That has definitely been the theme this week. Very icy here this morning so my photo shoot had to be on foot. Roswell and I walked downtown and then down by the river. I learned that plowed roads, means no sidewalks, but we managed. The sky is so blue today. I was enjoying watching the swans fly to their feeding grounds. But these guys decided to hang out at the river's edge today instead of moving out further in the fields.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

12-29-10 The Elusive Heron

12-29-10 The Elusive Heron, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Looked out this morning and there were giant swirling snowflakes. Looked almost blizzard like but was short lived. After it stopped, thought I'd drive out in the farm fields to get some photos with the snow. No snow there. Just a few miles from my house and there was no snow at all. But, of course, I still found a few things to take photos of. You'd never know that I took this photo on a snowy day. My photos have been rather birdy this week, but this is the best shot of a skiddish heron that I have gotten so far, so I decided to choose this photo for my photo of the day.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

12-28-10 Potato Feast

12-28-10 Potato Feast, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Had another fun morning out taking photos. This was not my best photo of the day, but I like the lines of color and the story it tells about about our valley. Potatoes, Snow Geese, Trumpeter Swans, Raspberries on a gray day.

Monday, December 27, 2010

12-27-10 Samish Flats Hawk

12-27-10 Samish Flats Hawk, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Still pretty gray here today, but headed out in search of some of Skagit's beautiful wintering birds. Saw some dunlin dancing, falcons swooping, eagles watching and this pretty hawk hunting.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

12-26-10 Warm Beach Swan

12-26-10 Warm Beach Swan, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Erik needed to go to his lab at Warm Beach today. I jumped at the chance for Roswell and I to go with him, even though the weather was pretty yucky. I wanted to try out my new lens. When we got there, it was raining. I put a plastic bag over the camera and headed out on a muddy walk on the dike with Roswell. With those conditions, my photos weren't the best, but I did enjoy seeing heron, egrets, dunlin, ducks, falcons, hawks and this single swan. Not sure why he was hanging out alone.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

12-25-10 Follow the Star

12-25-10 Follow the Star, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We've had a peaceful and happy Christmas. I hope that your day has been great as well.

Friday, December 24, 2010

12-24-10 Seattle Swish

12-24-10 Seattle Swish, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Actually took this from the shuttle on my way home from the airport Wednesday night. But I just found it on this camera. I got a clearer shot of the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas in downtown Seattle, but I liked the effect of this one. Hope that everyone is now settling down for a peaceful time with family and friends. Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

12-23-10 Golden

12-23-10 Golden, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Back from my trip to Texas and putting the finishing touches on the Christmas plans and prep today. Since it is a gray and rainy day, I decided to double dip and use my DailyShoot photo for my Photo of the Day. This is one of the many ornaments from our well traveled tree. We got this ornament at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

12-22-10 Blanket of Clouds

12-22-10 Blanket of Clouds, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
Travel day today. Got to witness the sunset from above the clouds this evening. Nice ending to my visit with my Texas (and Arkansas) family.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

12-21-10 Arboretum in Winter

I made my pilgrimage to the Stephen F. Austin Arboretum this afternoon. This is on the campus of my university but more importantly, the site of my wedding. Even though it was the first day of winter, and the gardens had been put to bed, it was 84 degrees and almost felt like it was the summer day. (Well, not really, considering, summer days in Nacogdoches can be oppressively hot. This was pleasantly warm.

Monday, December 20, 2010

12-20-10 Nacogdoches Night

12-20-10 Nacogdoches Night, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Enjoying another beautiful East Texas day with family. Tonight we went down to the square to see the lights. I have a family of shutterbugs and photographers so we were snapping lots of shots.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

12-19-10 Tree Shadows

12-19-10 Tree Shadows, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Had fun geocaching with my family today. My new niece (by marriage) has quite the geosense. My nephew actually proposed to her in a geocache

Saturday, December 18, 2010

12-18-10 Native Plant Garden Reflections

I'm in Nacogdoches, Texas to visit family before Christmas. Today, my nephew, the photography major and me, went for a photo walk through the Native Plant Garden. Amazing that it is still fall here and we have already had snow at home.

Friday, December 17, 2010

12-17-10 Morning Olympics With Skagit Trees

Beautiful clear day today. The Olympics were out, Mount Baker was gleaming and even Mount Rainier was making an appearance early this morning.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12-16-10 Angel

12-16-10 Angel, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

When you challenge yourself to take a photo every day, there will be days when it is hard to find a photo. Luckily, I have a Christmas Tree full of treasures to inspire me right now.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12-15-10 Lighting the Way

12-15-10 Lighting the Way, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Dark and rainy for my walk with Roswell tonight. First chance I had to point a camera today so I went with Christmas lights.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12-14-10 Honduran Nativity

12-14-10 Honduran Nativity, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I started collecting Nativities when I was teaching internationally. My sideboard is now over flowing with Nativities from near and far.

Monday, December 13, 2010

12-13-10 Picket Fence

12-13-10 Picket Fence, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Took this last night on my walk with Roswell. There was finally a break in the rain. I liked the white light on the old white picket fence. I am amazed at how much more light there is on the night streets with all of the Christmas lights. I can actually see where I am going.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12-12-10 First Signs

12-12-10 First Signs, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Not even winter yet and the first signs of spring are already here. Very soggy day here. Remembered I had seen these bulb shoots in the field the other day. I love the way I now notice the changes in the seasons this way. Even on a very gray and soggy day, signs of Spring color are already present.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12-11-10 Watching in the Rain

I seem to have a bird theme going on lately. This area is such a great place for birds in the winter. Saw several eagles, hawks, herons and swans today out in the sogginess of the day.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fir Island Snow Geese

Fir Island Snow Geese, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
I love the Skagit Valley is the winter home to so many amazing birds. Today the Snow Geese and a rare blue sky caught my eye. Lots of fun photos in the set but I had to choose just one.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/roswellsgirl/sets/72157625447064897/show/

Thursday, December 9, 2010

12-09-10 Young Engineer

12-09-10 Young Engineer, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today I had the pleasure of watching a Lego Robotics team prepare to go to the state finals.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12-08-10 Morning Migration

12-08-10 Morning Migration, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Really raining this morning. Tried taking some rainy photos before school this morning, but as I was heading work, the sun broke through and I was able to find these swans as they moved across the valley this morning.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12-07-10 Cozy

12-07-10 Cozy, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

A cozy evening at home with my two favorite boys.

Monday, December 6, 2010

12-06-10 Spring Training

12-06-10 Spring Training, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Each year we choose an ornament to add to our tree from our travels. This year's ornament was from our trip to Arizona for Spring Training. Great trip and great memories. Too bad the Mariners didn't have a better year. But we also watched the Rangers, (my other team) and they did fantastic.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

12-05-10 Samish Birds

12-05-10 Samish Birds, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Today was all about the birds. Went to Samish Island. On the way I saw eagles, hawks, heron, geese, swans and more. There are some of the more. Need to figure out what these guys are. Hundreds of them flying in mass at this spot.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12-04-10 Kulshan Trail

12-04-10 Kulshan Trail, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Frosty morning walk on the Kulshan Trail. We walked down to the river where we saw eagles, hawks and swans.

Friday, December 3, 2010

12-03-10 Compact

12-03-10 Compact, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We seem to be drawn to smaller versions of big things. There is nothing cuter than a puppy, or a tiny pair of Converse Sneakers. Today these little guys were in the parking lot and I just thought that they needed to be photographed.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

112-02-10 Hiding the Hills

112-02-10 Hiding the Hills, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Had just a few minutes to take a photo and I pulled over to take a photo of this barn with the clouds bumping up against the snow dusted hills. When I got home, I found that I had missed the hills. They just faded away in the clouds. So, all we have is yet another old barn.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12-01-10 Morning Has Broken

12-01-10 Morning Has Broken, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Happy December! The lighting this morning as the sun tried to break through the low clouds as it rose in the sky lit up the valley in a beautiful way. The silhouettes from looking east and the strong light with dark cloud back drop in the back looking west made for lots of oohs and ahs.

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