Day 1 – Home

This year home is covered in snow!  Despite it being March 2 in the Mid-Atlantic of the USA, we have had snow, sleet, freezing rain in the past week.  So this photo is the beautiful maple tree outside the house on our farm.  The sun was out and the shadow reflected on the ice covered snow.  IMG_8694

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Day 10 – Mystery

In our school, part of our teaching obligation is to proctor a class for a teacher who is absent.

A few weeks ago, I had occasion to be in the art room with some very talented students who were working on a drawing project in charcoal.

Not being very artistic – at least in the drawing/painting category – I love to observe their work.  But in this case, I was even more fascinated by the model.  I thought it would make a great photographic subject as well.

The interesting shapes, colours and shadows produce an air of… mystery!

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Day 9 – Warmth

Although today’s prompt suggested that we “draw with light” and use the sun as our source of ‘warmth’, I didn’t have a chance to get outside and snap anything.

Today was a cold, raw, cloudy, wintry day.  After chaperoning a trip to New York City yesterday for 47 high school students to see the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, I was in the mood to stay at home and chill out.

I’m a pretty good cook, not too bad with a cake or two, but I have never been able to master the art of pastry.  Patience, perhaps, is what is lacking.  But whatever the reason, my pastry is not pretty.

Appearance notwithstanding, I got it into my mind to try a new pastry recipe and so I baked this apple pie from scratch.  As promised, it is not pretty, but it made the kitchen feel warm and smell good and there is a certain warmth to accomplishing a homemade pie crust.

And so I present, “warmth”.

Home made apple pie with 'made from scratch' pastry.

Home made apple pie with ‘made from scratch’ pastry.

Day 8 – The Natural World

Capture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning forest hike to a close-up of a leaf on the sidewalk, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.

Last night we had our first visible snowfall of the winter.  Going out early this morning, the grass and fields were all completely covered with a thin white mantle.  On one of our boxwood bushes, there was a little snow, some bright red leaves from the Japanese Maple trees and the sunrise in the background.

I didn’t get the Depth of Field as accurate as I would have liked, but still rather like the capture.  There is something about snowflakes on trees and bushes that fascinates me – I love to photograph snow up close!

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Day 7- Landmark

We often use locations to orient us, to identify where we are — from statues to town squares to corner shops. These landmarks on a map can be famous and instantly recognizable, or sometimes they’re simple markers to help us navigate.

Today we are looking at landmarks.  In and around the Capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., there are nearly more landmarks than one can photograph.  As a tourist guide in D.C., I am often there – constantly showing things I see very often to people from around the world who are seeing them for the first time.  Sometimes, when I have the time, I take my camera along, hoping to find a new or ‘perfect’ shot.  I always love to tell guests, “the best photo can be taken from this spot”.

None of these were taken today, but I have taken them all.  Another opportunity to use the gallery that we learned on the weekend!   How many can you recognize?

Connect

In northern Maryland, we are only a short distance away from a large Amish and Mennonite community in southern Pennsylvania.  It is really fun to go the large auctions held during the summer to support the local fire departments.  I attended this one in July and couldn’t help but photograph the line of horses – all so well cared for – hitched together in front of the buggies.

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I did no post production – I liked the contrast of the cars on the far right and the buggies on the far left – the connection comes in the line of the horses – all tethered together and patiently waiting for the ride home.

Minimalist theme

In keeping with the Blogging U theme of the week, “Minimalist”, I submit the following photo.

I took it in South Carolina on the beach at Botany Bay.  It was a cold, windy day and there were very few people around.  As I walked the beach, virtually alone, I suddenly spotted these shoes, apparently abandoned.  I looked around, but there was no one – certainly not a child  – strolling shoeless.

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