Monday, January 31, 2011

Project 365

Just moments left to the last day of January. Already, a month of 2011 gone. So I'm slipping today's photograph right under the wire. This is a shot of the walkway along storefronts at Birch Bay Square. I've filtered the image with some film grain, which highlights the angles and softens some hard sharp lines.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project 365

Yesterday's and today's! I forgot my computer at the office yesterday and wasn't able to upload yesterday's photograph. I'm playing with neon and lights and reflections and I just couldn't make up my mind which to use. Fun!



Friday, January 28, 2011

Project 365

Another rainy day in Birch Bay. But I always find something in the street to pique my interest, although this photograph isn't in the street, but at the entrance of a parking lot. I like diagonals:


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Project 365

I was working at home all day, but needed to drive over to the studio to pick up some materials. That was around 5:30 pm and when I came out I found the sky awash with color. I was missing a sunset extravaganza! The light was changing rapidly and I knew I'd never make it to the beach in time. So, I just stopped, whipped out my camera and clicked. I love all the branches--they look energized! Here she be, the photo for Thursday, January 27, 2011:


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Project 365

Today was over and done before I could turn around, but turn around I did, with camera in hand, and caught this:


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Project 365

After the staff meeting this morning, I walked a bit in downtown Blaine. Although it was a gray morning with a little drizzle threatening, I couldn't pass up the edge of this building overlooking the waterfront. What's not to like about aged bricks?


I uploaded a wide assortment of 10 new images to my Etsy store Some are floral, a couple of the images I've included in Project 365, some beach things, drapery, diner, and froggy comes a-courtin' ! Check them out when you have a moment. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Project 365


Today was rainy wet. Better to photograph something dry inside. I had my camera, but the battery wasn't holding a charge, so these photographs were taken with my iPhone 3G.  I found this scene at Blackberry House while in Blaine this afternoon. I liked the simplicity of the chair set against the shine on the plank flooring.

OK, I liked this one, too:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project 365

Alas, my gaze fell today. But I got such luscious textures in these two driftwood, that I am unrepentant!


In keeping with my intent to "look up," the following are photographs of tree trunks I came across yesterday afternoon while out with the mutt. I was struck how one of them looks so much like a face. It made me smile. I wonder if I made the tree nymph smile at me. Hmmm ...


Friday, January 21, 2011

Why stop at one?

There was an absolutely stunning Birch Bay sunset day before yesterday. People were stopping their vehicles, jumping out, snapping a shot and going on their way. I had taken a couple of shots, but while I was at the Bay Center Market, a stranger next to me bemoaned the fact she didn't have her camera with her. She had lost her job with Comcast, wasn't finding other employment here, was moving shortly to Arizona to find a job and buy a home down there. She said she wished she had a sunset photograph of the bay to take as a memento.

I told her I'd send a photograph to her, if she wanted. She wanted! So, today I sent this photograph, along with eleven other sunset photographs ... one for each month of the year! A lot of sunsets are similar, but each is totally different. It's amazing when you see a large assortment of sunsets, how unique each is.

Project 365

Oh my! Did I forget to upload my Project 365 photograph yesterday? Yoiks! Well, I'll upload yesterday's with today's photograph. Both of these were taken with my iPhone.


I can't help myself. I looked down. My intent for this project is to look UP,
but downward observations are a hard habit to overcome.
I was waiting for someone and looked down.
I thought it humorous to see the dark grid of the public bench,
the stone tile ... and my feet.
I'm easily amused.


I thought it interesting to see how this mud puddle froze around the pebbles.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Project 365


Uploaded just in the nick of time. Still a bit o'time before it's tomorrow. Wandered around this afternoon and came across this. It wasn't what I had anticipated seeing in a tree in the Pacific Northwest, but heck, why not?

I'm including this one, too. There was something about all the little bare twigs at all different angles that intrigued me.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Project 365 ...


Cold and rainy. The storms toss a lot of debris onto the beach. Lots of broken shells and seaweed. This pile of seaweed, oyster shell, cobble, broken clam shell caught my eye. Even on a dismal gray day, the pinks in the oyster, greens of the broken clam shell and burgundy in the seaweed stood out:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Project 365


Didn't get out of the house until almost sunset. Rain threatened. Terrell Creek Pilings.

I know, I know, I am doing one photo a day for 365 days, but I didn't get started on the first day of January. I go overboard, okay?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Project 365

Today 01-16-11:

I've been playing with the B&W feature on my Canon PowerShot SD790 IS. While out picking up some dogfood, my eye was attracted to this grove of trees. Why not?


I was photographing a newly made pair of earrings at the kitchen counter, and loved the colors of the copper pitcher and the red box, even the shadows and the warm and cool contrasting walls. This was shot with my iPhone.

Friday, January 14, 2011

365 days in a year ...

And today is the 14th day. I came across an article referring to artist Noah Scalin's project to make a representation of a human skull every day for a year. He used a wide variety of media, from spaghetti to  ... well, you just need to google the project and see for yourself. It is awesome! The creative focus and discipline appealed to me. Lord knows I can always use more discipline! So, I made a decision to snap random shots and upload it to my blog. There won't be any rhyme or theme. I tend to photograph close up images, so I'm going to try to look up and capture some of those images. I'll be using a variety of cameras and my old iPhone camera, and I won't be editing these images. You'll see them as I snapped them! Won't this be fun? I hope so.

I decided on this project a few days ago, so I'll share today's image (01-14-11) and then work backward. This is an iPhone shot of red birch driftwood on cobble beach. You can see a little snow on the bark.

01-13-11 I happened to have business at the Bellingham courthouse and shot these two looking out the 3rd floor window toward the courthouse rotunda.


01-12-11 Same area as the earlier two photographs, Horizons at Semiahmoo. Attracted to the organic bare, red spike branches in front of the wood plank formed concrete with horizontal lines and six small holes.

01-11-11 Loved this bare, red budded branch in front of a couple of boulders and a formed concrete wall. Great contrasts and textures.

01-10-11  It was starting to snow again. Loved the fluidity of the grass contrasting with the icy concrete walkway.

01-09-11 Shot with my iPhone looking west from Semiahmoo spit.

I usually take photographs each and every day, but for the purpose of this 365-day photo project, I'm not going to hazard a guess as to which images were shot on which days. It will be fun to see if there's any pattern to my daily images. I'm looking forward to the spontaneity of these random photographs.

And away we go .....