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, February 28, 2011

2-28-11 Signs of Spring

2-28-11 Signs of Spring, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The snow is melting and there are little signs of spring all around. Besides these little blossoms, the birds were all out singing this morning.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

2-27-11 Melting

2-27-11 Melting, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

After another 2-3 inches of snow on top of our 18 or so already there, I think that we have started the melting process. Still beautiful and white outside, but I am starting to see the hints of spring peek through again.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2-26-11 Winter Gifts

2-26-11 Winter Gifts, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

On our 4th day of snow here. The snow has really been distracting me from getting some of my many projects done. So, today, I vowed to stay in and get them done, even if it was beautiful and snowy outside. This little squirrel helped keep me on task by posing outside the window. I am still trying to attract birds to my feeders, so I scattered some seed on the ground to help entice them. This is who came to visit instead.

Friday, February 25, 2011

02-25-11 Inland Bound

02-25-11 Inland Bound, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Took this photo last evening after I had already posted my photo of the day. So I am little ahead of the game today.

This was the view from the parking lot of the high school right by my house. (Well, I did zoom in on the scene.) We are on the flight path of the daily swan migration from the fields in the day to the lakes and ponds in the evening. I never get tired of hearing their honking and looking up to watch them fly by.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

2-24-11 Snow Dog

2-24-11 Snow Dog, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We got about 20 inches of snow last night. Very beautiful this morning. This is Roswell on the sidewalk as we blazed the trail on our morning walk.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

02-23-11 Icy Iris

02-23-11 Icy Iris, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Crazy snow day here. Started snowing and sticking after the normal call it time. Most teachers and some students made it to school before it was actually canceled. Took this photo early in the day so that I could get inside and get warm after walking to and from school this morning.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

02-22-11 Stellar Jay

02-22-11 Stellar Jay, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Since I am still processing my photos from the weekend. I decided to sneak in one more for today's photo. Tomorrow, photos will be back in the Skagit Valley.

02-21-11 Pine Marten

02-21-11 Pine Marten, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.
Our last day at Holden. Erik and I hiked up to the tailings for one last look out over the valley. We were entertained by several Pine Martens who were enjoying the findings in the Garbology Center. We had a great time watching as these little fellows played in the compost.

The day before from the third level, we had noticed the Pine Marten tracks in the snow. www.flickr.com/photos/roswellsgirl/5467837612/

02-20-11 Sunrise at Railroad Creek

Erik and I got up early and searched for the best place to catch the rising sun on the mountains. We tromped through several feet of snow and hopped across streams to get to the perfect place to welcome the day.

02-19-11 Broom Hockey

02-19-11 Broom Hockey, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Marco Torres says that when telling stories with photos, be sure to share the where, the what and the how. It would be easy for me to pick photos of the glorious mountain scenes for each of the days we were at Holden, but even though the beauty would be enough to make Holden an incredible place, the community, the creativity and the culture of Holden are what makes it extra special. So, in a place with no cars, no cell phones, no televisions, etc. Holdenites find creative ways to pass their time. Here some villagers and visitors are playing broom hockey. Two of the participants are exchange students from Afghanistan.

02-18-11 Glorious Holden

02-18-11 Glorious Holden, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Erik and I were blessed with an amazing weekend at Holden Village up in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area. This is a community where Erik lived before we met and the place we got together 13 years ago. So there are lots of very special memories in this beautiful place for both of us. This was my first opportunity to visit Holden in the winter. As you can see, the weather was glorious. We went on great snow shoeing hikes every day. Still processing my photos. I took over 700, need to do some weeding. But hard to do with this much beauty.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Trio of Swams

A Trio of Swams, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I never get tired of seeing the swans.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

02-16-11 Daffodil Harvest Time

This being my 3rd year of documenting each day with a photo, I look forward to those special seasonal signs of change. Today was my first day to see people in the fields harvesting daffodils for cut flowers. It is fun to look forward to these signs each year. Just one way I now see the world in a new way. I know to look for things that others don't expect or notice. I am especially fond of taking photos of people working in the fields. I like to put a face on those daffodils you buy in the grocery store.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

02-15-11 Color in the Fields

Love that it is staying light a little longer. I was able to get out after work and take a few photos in some beautiful light.

Monday, February 14, 2011

02-14-11 Local Valentine

02-14-11 Local Valentine, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

My Valentine's Day flowers came from right here in Skagit Valley. Makes them that much more special to me. What a great place to call home.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

02-13-11 Taking Flight

02-13-11 Taking Flight, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We went with Erik to Warm Beach today so he could do lab work. Not quite a sunny day, but nicer than many lately. Roswell and I enjoyed a nice walk along the dike. We saw most of the usual subjects, swans, hawks, eagles, ducks and herons. No egrets or kingfishers today.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

2-12-11 Hanging Out

2-12-11 Hanging Out, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

I am really trying to attract birds to my new feeders. But all I seem to be attracting is squirrels.

@dailyshoot #ds454 Tell the story of a subject today in a photograph by photographing one specific detail of it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

02-11-11 Boarding

02-11-11 Boarding, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Headed home from my meeting in Bremerton today.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

02-10-11 The Fog Rolls In

02-10-11 The Fog Rolls In, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

The last two mornings I have gotten up early to go out and explore while I have been in Bremerton. Both mornings, it has been socked in with fog. This morning I rushed over to Scenic Beach State Park before my meeting. I didn't have a lot of time, so I just snapped a few shots. Looks like a beautiful place. I am looking forward to returning and spending more time.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

02-09-11 Bremerton Boat

02-09-11 Bremerton Boat, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

In Bremerton working with a great team of educators. Had just a bit of time before the sunset tonight to find a photo. I walked along the waterfront.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

02-08011 A Dusting of Snow

02-08011 A Dusting of Snow, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Beautiful day today. The sky was amazing from sun up to sun down. Unfortunately, I didn't have many good opportunities to get out and take photos. Took this one on my way between meetings.

Monday, February 7, 2011

02-07-11 Roswell's New Toy

02-07-11 Roswell's New Toy, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Roswell always loves new toys. He's beat from playing, but is keeping it close at hand/paw just in case his boy decides to swipe it from him.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

02-06-11 Lenten Rose

02-06-11 Lenten Rose, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

This time of year has me looking for signs of Spring. Today, I went out in my soggy garden and found this stealthy hellebore.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

02-05-11 First Crocus

02-05-11 First Crocus, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

Exicted to see the first crocus blooms in my garden this morning. They haven't opened up yet, but a little sunshine and they will pop right open

Friday, February 4, 2011

02-04-11 Real Gas

02-04-11 Real Gas, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

How to keep up with the times? Add in a little math.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

02-03-11 Share the Road

02-03-11 Share the Road, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

We have signs up throughout the farm fields that remind us to share the road with farm vehicles. Perhaps these birds need a reminder that they too need to share the road with me.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

02-02-11 Ahh Morning Sunshine

Another beautiful sunrise this morning. Puxatony Phil would definitely see his shadow here today. Good thing he isn't here. Maybe Spring is on its way.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

02-01-11 Filtered Sunshine

02-01-11 Filtered Sunshine, originally uploaded by roswellsgirl.

While most of the nation is experiencing harsh weather, we have had an absolutely glorious day here. Cold, but sunny. Sunny means a whole lot to people living in the Northwest. Unfortunately, I didn't have many outside opportunities today, so I looked inside for a bit of the fleeting sunshine this evening.

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