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February 18, 2011

Melting… melting…

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Woo-hoo! 60° in February!  With the winter we’ve had so far, this was something to celebrate!  And a chance to get outside and enjoy while it lasts.  Our piles of snow are still with us, but lucky for our roof, they are starting to melt.
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Drip..

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Drip…

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Drip!

It was a good day for taking the duo for a walk with the new boots.  Andre was grouchy that I left him home for this one.  I wished I had brought him (of course) when I saw this huge puddle on one of the side streets we passed:

(I took this one with my phone) Daphne and Teddy thought it was time to go for a swim!

Back at home, I took Andre out to look around to see if we could find any signs of life, like Kathy’s pussy willows or Robin’s green shoots.

Enough snow has still not moved aside to see much of anything, but I did see these:

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Lilac buds!  One of my spring favorites.  I won’t smell their perfume until May, but it’s nice to dream.

There was also water in my newly-uncovered-with-snow birdbath:
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Liquid water everywhere!  So nice to see instead of ice! I even could see…
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me!  Do you see me?

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How about now?

Unfortunately, it seems our “thaw” will be over tomorrow.  Temps for this area are forecast to be back to seasonable over the next week (my school vacation week!) in the mid 30’s.  No school means plenty of time for blogging, photography and hopefully, more outdoor adventures.  I’ll be working on that Photography Scavenger Hunt – I hope you are too!

October 13, 2010

Good Day Sunshine – Picture Fall, day 13

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 7:49 pm
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I really struggled with today’s photo prompt.  I took 25 pictures before I settled on one that met my satisfaction – both for interpretation of the prompt as well as my personal creativity.  I think I should give you the full text of today’s email prompt; maybe then you’ll have an idea about why I struggled so much.  Or maybe you’ll just think I was thinking about it too much:

       What happens when you haven’t seen the sun in weeks? You find your own sun of course! Although the fruits of summer have gone, fall brings all kinds of gifts. With a bounty of pomegranates, pumpkins and persimmons there is no shortage of sunshine substitution. A burst of round, ripe sunny color can totally transform the gloomy grays that may be lurking outside.

     Hmmmm, I wondered.  Is this supposed to be literal – find brightly colored fruit and photograph it?  Or should it be  more loosely interpreted as anything that can bring you sunshine on a cloudy day?  The last line of the prompt seemed to say to me that she was looking for something more literal –  “ripe and round” made it sound to me like I should go with fruit.  So that’s what I did:

Picture Fall, day 13

I’m happy to say this was taken indoors, well past sunset, without a flash.  I cranked the ISO up to 1600, shutter 1/20, f4.0.  Autofocus argued with me about taking this picture, so I slipped over to manual and overruled him.  Perhaps it was the reflection in my granite countertop that made Mr. Autofocus so choosey, but that was my favorite part of the picture, so I wasn’t about to let him talk me out of it.