My Year In Pictures: October Week 2

Every year I try to convince myself that there is plenty to love about Fall.  Most people I know (myself included) look forward to cozy sweaters, pretty leaves and warm beverages but these three things aren’t enough to outweigh my dread of shorter days, cold rain and the threat of snow.  Can you tell I’m not a fan of winter?  Last week I tried to showcase some of the prettier aspects of October in the Pacific Northwest but you could see me turn away from the outdoors and toward inside activities so this week is a truer picture of what my typical days look like: chores, a brief encounter with vibrant leaves followed by long mornings in the dark.

Sundays usually mean laundry and as I was out of ideas for a daily photo I thought I’d share a shot of a clean basket waiting to be folded.  Monday’s photo is me acknowledging there is plenty of beauty to enjoy when I’m outside in the daylight and the rest of the week is how I tried to turn a negative into a positive as far as photos go.  My days start early with Finn’s 5:30 am walk followed by another walk with Ryan to the bus stop at 6:30 am.  The rest of the day is filled with driving and work so the next time I’m free to look around outside it’s dark again.  The story of my next few months indeed but for a the rest of the week I tried to look around with a fresh perspective and photograph typical sights from a new point of view lit only by my flashlight.  The results were surprisingly fun and I may revisit the idea again when I’m at a loss for new material.

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A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up November With Hipstamatic (week 2)

If I had to pick one word summarizing the past week I think I’d choose “stormy.”  Our surprising Pacific Northwest drought is coming to an end as a series of “Pineapple Express” weather systems have delivered more rain in the past 10 days than we usually see in the whole month of November with plenty more to come over the next 48 hours.  it’s dark when we leave for work and dark long before we come home making each day feel like a bad opening sentence ( It was a dark and stormy night…).  Recent attacks around the world weigh heavy on our minds and every day seems to present new challenges.  Ours are quite small in comparison but challenges all the same.

Sunday is a down and dirty capture of the last of our red maple leaves waiting for someone to clean the deck and Monday night this little face was waiting for me at the end of a painfully slow 2.5 hour commute.  Tuesday’s photo is a different take on my favorite tree theme, these black and white evergreens are from a large wood-cut art installation outside of Ryan’s Tae Kwan Do classroom.

Wednesday night we went enjoyed a rare weeknight treat and spent the evening watching Daniel Craig in the newest James Bond film and Thursday nights dog walk brought Ryan and I past the first house on our street to have their Christmas lights shining brightly.  I’ve seen plenty of strange floral displays around shopping malls but whoever planned the fall themed pots in this particular mall must have really run out of ideas.  Every intersection had several of these large planters filled with big pumpkins and gourds plopped down on top of fake leaves and a few sad mums.  Hmmm.  By the time Friday night arrived we were really fed up with the dark, rain, wind and cold but poor John had one last surprise waiting.  A flat tire in the middle of a deserted park-and-ride lot.  It was 7:00 pm and there was so much water on the ground neither of us felt up to crawling around with a jack and a spare so I drove him home and we called AAA first thing in the morning.  Here is a shot of the flat culprit in the back of his car.

Storms come and go but we feel very fortunate to be here in a warm house with the opportunity to reflect on the days we’ve had and make plans for what’s to come.   My blogging pace will be a little slower than usual for the next several weeks as I’m working hard to get an exciting new project up and running (details coming soon!) but I’ll still be looking for the beauty in every day moments and trying to capture them in all their random fun via Hipstamatic.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

 

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up October With Hipstamatic (week 4)

We’re reaching the end of October and in a house where Halloween is everything even our simple, daily views are magically transformed into something spooky.  This week I’ve included a few glimpses of our newest decorations and some surprising examples of ordinary moments seen in a new light.

Sunday is a shot of our stairway and the pair of crows who have come to roost.  Monday is the Haunted Tarot table and Tuesday is a new mushroom just starting to open, framed with the random selection of Hipstamatic’s new Gongbi film.

Wednesday I planned to capture some of the pretty red leaves on our stairs below the deck but the combination of Hannah (lens), Shilshole (film) and Triple Crown (flash) added a level of creepiness I wasn’t expecting.  Thursday is all about the skull and Friday is another image of spring plants blooming out of season.  I don’t know where this single Camellia flower came from but Ryan and I found it all alone in the middle of the road during Finn’s early morning walk…

Saturday was a happier find when Ryan and I attended our local Library’s annual used book sale.  Imagine an entire gymnasium filled with tables and boxes of books, CD’s and movies with the proceeds benefiting literacy and arts programs for the community.  We filled several bags with hardcovers for $2.00 each and paper backs and movies for $1.00 each.  So much fun!

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

 

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up October With Hipstamatic (week 3)

October is finally settling into a true fall like feel here in the Pacific Northwest.  Apples are dropping, leaves are turning and scarecrows are popping up all over town.  Our Indian summer continued through mid-week with one last stretch of 70 degree days but by Saturday afternoon rain returned and the clouds look like they are settling in for a long stay.

Ryan and I went for a walk together Sunday afternoon and after finding this shiny red apple laying by the side of the road we both wondered if someone from Snow White has moved into the neighborhood…  Monday I took the long way to my car instead of the short cut over the sky bridge in order to snap a photo of this face carved into the remains of a tree trunk and for Tuesday you get another shot of my backyard trees.

Wednesday’s photo is one of the Edmonds 2015 Scarecrow contest entries and Thursday evening I liked this confused bunch of rhododendrons.  They put on a great show every spring but this is the first time I’ve noticed blooms in the fall.  Friday’s photo is of Finn modeling his new plaid coat.  Since his left side was shaved for surgery and most of the remaining fur on his right fell out due to stress he’s been a little chilly during our morning walks.  This should fix it. 🙂  Saturday I found a neglected corner of our backyard for a photo-op so here is one of many old wood piles left by the previous owners in all it’s black and white glory.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

 

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up October With Hipstamatic (week 1)

The first full week of October blew through the Pacific Northwest in true fall fashion.  We enjoyed a stretch of sunny days filled with blue skies and fall colors, our summer-brown lawns and dry plants started to green up again and the sun rise is now late enough that I can enjoy it after my morning coffee.  All in all not a bad week.

Sunday afternoon I put on my walking shoes and went out to climb the hills in our neighborhood for some fresh air and exercise.  Monday I stopped to capture the begonia blooms on one of my deck pots and Tuesday I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this cute sign.  Everyone needs a smiley face now and then. 🙂

Wednesday found me in the back yard with some plants at the end of their growing season and Thursday is a view of Finn’s sad face as he realized his constant licking earned him 10 days in a larger cone while his incision continues to heal.  Friday morning arrived with a beautiful sunrise and even though Hipstamatic’s random addition of a Cherry Shine flash muted the colors I still like the composition and it’s enough to spark my memory when I want to see a bright pink sky.  Saturday began and ended with plenty of sunshine but the middle of the day was a completely different experience filled with drenching rain and gusty winds.  This was the view through my windshield after a stock-up trip to the grocery store.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up August With Hipstamatic (week 2)

This set of seven photos reminds me one more time that interesting things really can be found in the middle of a regular day.  I started this random photo-of-the-day project during a dreary February week and here I am, six months later, still looking forward to going outside and finding something new every morning.  Since we’ve passed the half way point I think I’ll keep the series running until February 2016 and finish the year with a fun collection of images documenting of how I really spent my time.  Not just the highs and lows that live in our digital photo albums but the daily experiences that we think we’ll remember but always end up forgetting.

Sunday evening found Finn and I enjoying a quiet moment in the backyard as the sun started to come down and Monday evening I visited my favorite massage therapist for a bit of post-hiking rest and relaxation.  Tuesday morning I found this sad little tree leaning away from a deep set of tire tracks and Wednesday morning I found this poor watermelon blown to bits by a handful of firecrackers.  Do you think the same people who knocked down the tree blew up the watermelon?

Thursday’s photo is of our vine maples turning color weeks earlier than usual due to this stressful season of high temps and no water but Friday brought some much-needed rain to the Seattle area!  Lego Star Wars fans might recognize General Grievous’ Flagship, The Malevolence and Ryan’s latest Lego creation is the subject of Saturday’s photo.

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens and filter used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

iPhoneography Monday: Macro 11-11-13

iPhone Monday 11-11-13

Capturing clean macro photos is always a challenge for me but I love Sally’s weekly Phoneography posts so here is my latest attempt.  These fern fronds were part of the path through a park we visited Saturday afternoon and I liked the woodsy shades of brown on the forest floor while we were surrounded by so many kinds of evergreen branches above.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography Challenge:  Macro