2019 The Year of Looking Back to Avoid Seeing Today: Week 7

Looking back to avoid seeing today… not something I usually recommend but every once in a while it’s a coping technique I can get behind.  We’ve been snowbound for weeks and while I’ve promised to post a photo a day I was tired of looking at icy pictures so after one final black and white I turned my back on the great outdoors and dove into some older picture files for inspiration.

The first photo of the week is the view down our street after the neighborhood worked in shifts to shovel off some of the ice, and the second is Finn coping with this chilly weather.  From here we travel to Bellingham, WA and a 2015 visit to the marina, I couldn’t get enough of these fishing nets and the picture perfect vintage Ford Truck.  The dancing goats are in front of an art gallery in Edmonds, WA and I took their photo along with the softly glowing lantern on Christmas Eve 2018.  My final photo is a look back at a sun filled day at the Oregon coast and, as I noted in my Instagram post, the best-selling print in my Etsy store.  Many of the photos you see here are also listed for sale there so if there’s something you’d love to have please let me know and I’ll send you a link.

All images were taken with an iPhone (5 or 8+) and I used three editing apps this week:  Hipstamatic, Stackables and Snapseed.  If you’d like more information I usually note editing details and filtering choices on Instagram or you can ask me a question in the comments below and I’ll be happy to share my process.

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15 thoughts on “2019 The Year of Looking Back to Avoid Seeing Today: Week 7

  1. I totally agree, Lisa! I need to escape, too. I actually resorted to looking at Google Street View photos of our house taken last August on a smoky, moody, but sunny morning. Desperate! I do like that Oregon coast scene. I can see why it’s a best-seller.

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    1. Oh wow, I can’t believe your latest Google Street View photo was taken on a smoky day! I will admit some photos from those days look moody and atmospheric though but I’m afraid smoky August’s may become more the norm than outliers… 😦 Great to hear you like the Oregon Coast scene!


  2. Great idea to dig into the files – I could not see the Ford one – I am on the reader and some of the collages are cut off – and I can’t leave the reader to go to the site right now – but the ones I did see weee fun – 😉

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  3. I love looking at past photos, but also enjoyed looking at the ones I took today in the park with beautiful snow (but not too much) all around. I hadn’t gotten out for a walk for much too long so it felt amazing. I love the coastal shot. I’m curious about Etsy and whether you find it worth it. I’m thinking about trying to do something with my photos and, once I get back to them, handmade cards. Just not sure the best way to market them.


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    1. I’m so happy to hear you got out for a nice walk in the park, Janet! Etsy is fun and I have a variety of things in my shop from handmade to photography. There’s a learning curve to setting up but I enjoyed it and yes, the hardest part is marketing. I know what I “should” be doing but don’t actually do very much of it… If you decide to set up shop and have questions please reach out, I’m happy to share what I’ve learned.


  4. I’m sure you’ve had enough of the sleet and snow, Lisa. I’m tired of being cold! I love the photo of Finn. Our Zena was able to go outside today, finding a little spot of sun on the pavers and for the first time in weeks, she just lay there taking in some warmth. When the animals start to complain, you know we’ve had enough of winter! I think looking back is another way of looking ahead. You know the warmth and beauty you’ve enjoyed before will return, and that can keep us going. Impatiently, perhaps, but still going! I think you’ll be doing a happy dance when spring officially arrives! 🙂

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    1. Debra, I’m so happy to hear your Zena was able to enjoy some outside time! You’re right to say I’m going to do a happy dance when spring officially arrives and I like your comment about looking back being another way of looking ahead. So perceptive!


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