My Year In Pictures: January Week 4

Wow, after 2 years and 730 daily photos I can finally say this project is finished!  I’ve enjoyed the practice of taking and posting one photo for every day of the year but now that it’s over I’ll admit to feeling a little overwhelmed by the pace of creating 30 new photos every single month.  Scaling back to a few per week seems a lot more realistic and I’m looking forward to a lighter schedule, posting when I want and jumping back into some of the challenges I’ve missed.

Instead of 7 images and 1 full week we’ve got a super-sized gallery of 11 to finish out the year and I like the stories that they tell.  We start with a street performer in Seattle, a sleepy Finn and a beautiful sunset.  Ryan and I sat together in the car on a clear, cold night unable to leave this view while the radio played an acoustic version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.  My last 7 shots are an exploration of the soft blues and grays that make up so much of our Pacific Northwest winters.  For editing I reached back to some tried and true favorites so you see one shot processed with Oggl and the rest were finished with VSCO.  All images were shot with my iPhone 7+.

If you’d like to see the whole year again I’ll have a dedicated page posted soon to join my previous years recaps from the 1 Day 1 World Project and A Surprise Every Day with Hipstamatic.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur (Morning in Westlake Park)

Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.  Aeschylus


I spent some time searching quotes this morning looking for a starting point to accompany the word “blur” and of the many pages of quotations I read this one by Aeschylus stuck with me all day.  Walking through Westlake Park I knew why as the juxtaposition of the big department store full of glittery merchandise, a brightly colored food truck promoting small bites and happy times then a huddled homeless man trying to disappear into the stones brought the ancient Greek quote into modern-day.

iPhoneography Monday: Street Quotes

I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past this wall of bronze tiles outside the Westlake Park Starbucks in too big of a hurry to notice what was happening around me but last month I finally slowed down enough to see several of them are actually inscribed with interesting quotes.  I’ve since returned twice to photograph a few of my favorites and am posting them here today as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Challenger’s Choice (street photography).

iPhone Monday 1-26-15 City Quote 1 iPhone Monday 1-26-15 City Quote 2

Black and White Tuesday: 1-21-14

B&W Tuesday 1-21-14

It’s hard to miss this hot donut stand in Seattle’s Westlake Park, the bright colors and happy customers can be seen from blocks away. Ryan insisted we stop for a bag of our own during a December trip downtown and while his mouth was too full of donuts and sugar for a wordy review, two thumbs up and a smile said it all.