82 – 88/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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82/365 House plant catching some early morning rays through the picture window.

 

83/365  Gull out at the reservation

83/365 Gull out at the reservation

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85/365  Piano light early in the morning . . . reminiscent of early morning practices when I was a school girl.

85/365 Piano light early in the morning . . . reminiscent of early morning practices when I was a school girl.

86/365  "King" Willy watching all the comings and goings. :-)

86/365 “King” Willy watching all the comings and goings. :-)

87/365  Kingfishers are back! This is a female Belted Kingfisher.

87a/365 Kingfishers are back! This is a female Belted Kingfisher.

87/365  Hooded Merganzers, male and female.

87b/365 Hooded Mergansers, male and female.

88/365  A male Wood Duck walking on thin ice.

88/365 A male Wood Duck walking on thin ice.

I’ve posted on Facebook but got behind with my blogging. This will catch me up with the challenge. Enjoy!

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76-77/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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I keep telling myself that photographing something–anything–every day for an entire year will help me become a more proficient and creative photographer. I am beginning to have my doubts. But I’m sticking to it. Mainly I’m tired after a long day’s work and find that I just grab the nearest item and start shooting in the hopes of getting something half-way presentable. Maybe when I am able to spend more time outside I will get some good stuff to post here.

I’m off to bed now. Sweet dreams everyone. ;-)

75/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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These were yesterday’s photos. I posted them in FaceBook was too tired to post them here before going to bed last night. So here they are. And now I’m a day behind because I have nothing to post for day 76! MAYBE I’ll come up with something in the next couple of hours (but doubtful….I’ll just post two photos tomorrow.)

Monthly Photo Challenge: North Chagrin Reservation — March

Spring is just around the corner and most of us in this neck of the woods are anxious for its arrival. Winter on the Great Lakes is brutal and lasts too long for this southern gal’s liking! No matter how many winters I survive here in the north country, seeing snow–and lots of it–still on the ground in March (and sometimes April!) seems a cruel thing to endure. For the third month of this challenge, I have more snow pictures. Sigh . . .

But change is coming. In the midst of winter, walking on snow made crunching sounds. There was a silence in the woods broken occasionally by a distant bird calling its cohorts. A cold breeze would rustle the branches from time to time, but all was generally quiet. Meditative. Even though I complain about the seemingly never-ending winters here, in all honesty I love my weekly winter walks in the woods. I go there every chance I get. But too much of a good thing is still too much!

Now I am noticing significant changes as we reach the cusp of a new season, things I never noticed in earlier years. Despite all the snow you will see in the following photos, there was a change in March! I still have to wear winter coats and scarves, gloves and boots. But the sounds are quickly evolving suggesting transformation and renewed life. Crunching sounds of boots on snow have softened as the snow has softened and begun to melt. One hears running water everywhere. Snow is melting and forming small puddles that create rivulets that run down hills to larger creeks that are no longer covered in ice and hidden by snow. The cacophony of chirping birds would be annoying any other time of the year, but now signal the activities that precede nest-building, mating, laying eggs, and hatching chicks. For the first time I have seen deer on the reservation. They have always been here, but they, too, signal more activity as spring approaches. Yes, there is still snow at the reservation, but one also recognizes a change is about to occur!

Enjoy the following photos and see if you recognize differences from the previous two months of this challenge! They were taken over the course of the month since February’s posting so some look like they were shot in the dead of winter (they were) and others suggest emerging life!

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https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/monthly-photo-challenge-the-changing-seasons-03/

71a&b/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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This challenge is intended to force the photographer to experiment, explore different viewpoints, learn her or his camera, etc. Today I did all of those things. The photos are of a candelabra and the view point is from directly above looking down. Once I got a few shots that I liked, I played with them in post processing. They were both shot in black and white, but I added sepia to one photo along with blurred edges, increased contrast, etc. I left the other photo as black and white, but I cropped it differently. I also increased the contrast on that one.

I am ambivalent about these photos, but I had fun experimenting for sure!