I missed yesterday. Well, not entirely. I tried to get a photo to go with the prompt "shaping up." I shot some photos, but no fabulous shapes jumped out at me, so I informed the Picture the Holidays group that I'd be trying again today on that one. And today came through for me. Once again I was captivated by the sparkling sunlight on my little gilt Christmas tree so I took some photos of it. When I was looking through them after, I found that I had captured a tiny, shiny little galaxy all my own:
I'm using that one for the photo project, but I also really loved this shot, so I'm sharing it here:
Today's prompt was easy. It was "a whole lot of happy." I work in an office with a big black lab. We also have a couple of regular doggie visitors, and one of them stopped by today. Look at this face and tell me that doesn't just make you laugh out loud:
And finally, because our office dog doesn't want to be left out, here's a picture of both of my happy doggie pals today:
I'm going to be brief today, mostly because I'm a bit overbooked. Well, my brain feels overbooked because it wants to be working on outlining and it wants to be writing. And then in the middle of all of that it needs and wants to take pictures! It's a tough life sometimes, being a creative brain.
Anyhow, today's prompt is about reflections. I love looking at things in reflection and rarely remember to photograph them (although once, in 1998, I got an awesome shot of the Space Needle in the side view mirror of the car I was driving. I was at a stop light at the time, though, so it was perfectly fine). Reflections are hard, by the way. In case you've never tried to get a photograph of one. After many, many attempts, I finally got this great shot of my pretty, sparkly little Christmas tree I keep here at work. I used my little pocket compact mirror. What looks like lights is really lots of sparkly sequin sorts of things on the tree catching the light from overhead and from the window.
Today I was on the lookout for little, pleasing things during my day to capture with my camera. I went through my usual routine, opening mail, processing transactions, still looking around for that special little thing that wanted to be pictured. While opening the mail I found several pretty, brightly colored stamps on some of the envelopes, and as I often do I cut them out and set them aside for later to put into my journal or just into my little collage stash. I was still looking for my pretty little thing. Then, work finished, I started playing with my stamps, shuffling them around to get the most pleasing configuration to paste into my journal. Hey, what's that? Oh! A pile of pretty little things!
I believe this is what is called a lesson. Don't get so hung up on looking for something that you miss what is right in front of your face!
I'm sharing two photos. The first is the one I chose for the Picturing the Holidays project, but the second one was a close runner up.
I am at work, looking for a good image to embody the view from my windows. I can't seem to escape the power lines! It's actually pretty frustrating. I've taken a couple dozen pictures today, and none of them capture a view of the winter holidays to me, so I'm going to go with my favorite. It's an accidental photo--I hit the button while I was shaking my iPod to randomize my settings (yes, I'm using Hipstamatic to shoot my photos--I love it, what can I say?).
So here's the view from here today. Bright blue skies carrying frosty breezes. Some trees hanging on to their brilliant leaves while others have given them up and stretch their bare, unencumbered branches to the heavens. And the parking lot, because around here there are cars everywhere I look.
Of course, this one is also good. It's a Japanese maple, mostly leafless now but holding onto a few red fronds. And underneath its bare, scratchy branches a bed of ferns growing wild, mixing their greens with the maple's reds to create a Christmas tableau of their own.