Thursday, December 11, 2008

Project 365: Days 65 through 69

Day 65: December 6, 2008
At the end of the day at the craft fair that made me famous (in northwestern PA, anyway), I realized I had better take a picture of two. More proof that I need a better flash.
Day 66: December 7, 2008
I love holiday lights. Good, bad, pathetic, I love them all. This is an example of very enthusiastic for the size of the home. This home is one story, and probably only five rooms max. There is enough bling and hoo-ha for a house three times its size. I do feel the need to drop off a couple more boxes of icicles, so they can finish what they started...
Day 67: December 8, 2008
This is one of three such ginormous bovine creatures that reside near the Morristown Armory. This one happened to stop licking the fence and pose so nicely. I want to call them oxen, but they could be some kind of yak or whatever.

Day 68: December 9, 2008
The skeletal remains of hydrangea on a rainy day.

Day 69: December 10, 2008
More lights, this time on Main Street in Succasunna. I believe this to be an excellent example of the proper use of white lights.

Project 365: Days 60 through 64

Day 60: December 1, 2008
We got snow while in Illinois. This tree was out in front of the funeral home. Everyone else was trying to take pictures of it through the window. I was the only one who was willing to go outside, and it came out pretty.

Day 61: December 2, 2008
Because of the snow fall the previous day, and the bitter wind and cold, the funeral service took place inside the mausoleum. I know I end up taking a lot of pictures in cemeteries, and now at funerals, but its not a thing for me per se, its just sometimes the best picture of the day happens in these places.

Day 62: December 3, 2008
I love looking really close up at things. When we were little my brother had this book called "Tiny Monsters" (I think) and it was these macro pictures of bugs, and that close up they did look monstrous. This is the end of a rotten fence post. Again, not every pic is going to be coffee table book material, people!

Day 63: December 4, 2008
When not sure of what to do, take a close shot of something mundane. I call this "Tools of a Trade".

Day 64: December 5, 2008
I am obsessed with these little guys. They reside at a horse farm, and they are not out in their paddock every day. I look for them every day. Of course the one time they are out, they are standing as far away from me as they can. At some point the owners of this farm are gonna slap a restraining order on me for harassment! Hah!

Project 365: Days 55 through 59

Day 55: November 26, 2008

This is the door of a cool farm outbuilding that I pass on my way to work. It is part of the Alstede farms of Chester, but not the main stand that is on 24. I will soon take more of the main barn, which is lovely in a very timeworn way.

Day 56: November 27, 2008
I was "commissioned" to take some family portraits and baby pics for the Resners on Thanksgiving day. The baby is uber photogenic, and his father is our family's Chandler Bing, but he manged to not make a goof y face in this and another couple of shots. This photo shoot has not totally convinced me that I like to take pictures of people, but the fact that I did get a couple of good ones, makes me hate it less.

Day 57: November 28, 2008
Now, I am not going to pretend that I get into this project every day. This photo is absolute proof of this, but at least I tried to make something ordinary a little interesting. Oh, whatever. You try taking a picture a day for a year, it is not all great pictures!

Day 58: November 29, 2008
We traveled all the way to Crystal Lakes, IL to eat tater tots! Oh, yeah, and to pay our respects to our grandma...

Day 59: November 30, 2008
My Mom's immediate family playing a rousing game of GOLF!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Goodbye Grandma Myers, part 1

My grandmother passed away on Wednesday, quietly. My Grandma Myers did everything with enthusiasm. She loved big, cooked with zeal, prayed with fervor. The final years of her life were filled with pain and confusion, but on her good days she still shone with beauty. She was the first older person I knew who could giggle without self-consciousness. She had cheeks like warm summer peaches, so soft.

The family who could, gathered in Woodstock, IL to pay tribute to her life. We laughed a lot, cried a bit too, but mostly just enjoyed being together. We pored over old pictures, reminiscing of her sense of humor and adventure. We played dominoes (although her game of choice was Rummage), shared meals. There was praying, and some more crying. Family thought lost, came to pay tribute to Auntie Helen. I think she would have approved of our efforts, because next to Jesus, family was above all else.

She was buried December 2, 2008, weeks shy of her 95th birthday, next to her husband of 68 years. The church fed us well, a lovingly prepared meal, and we parted ways, each heading for home, hearts heavy with loss, but gladdened for sharing these days.

Thanks grandma, for sharing the art of the giggle.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Project 365: Days 46 through 54

Day 46: November 17,2008
Now, apparently, a study of area churches. Hilltop Church in Mendham

Day 47: November 18, 2008
The same church, from a different angle on a different day, some effects thrown in for good measure.

Day 48: November 19, 2008
Sunset over Succasunna, NJ

Day 49: November 20, 2008
St. John's Church in Somerville

Day 50: November 21, 2008
My baker's assistant

Day 51: November 22, 2008

Day 52: November 23, 2008
Scott left his tailgating fleece-wear out to air overnight. The next morning it had a thin skin of frost...

Day 53: November 24, 2008

Frosty shingles on our storage hut out back. I thought I had captured the glistening better...

Day 54: November 25,2008
The sun came out for a few minutes this afternoon, back lighting this lame-o still life at the office. I think the light was pretty though

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Project 365: Days 35 through 45

Day 35: November6, 2008 Dream House

I pass this house sometimes on the way to or from a client. It is not too big, but just looks like it would be the homiest cottage ever...

Day 36: November 7, 2008

My original goal with this one was to take close ups of the leaves on this tree. The problem, sometimes Mother Nature says eff-you to your plans, and whips up a little wind, splashing you with raindrops, and moving things around too much for your macro to work. So, plan B, throw on a little lipstick, and do a self portrait.

Day 37: November 8, 2008
The people tailgating next to us that day had quite a spread, including, you guessed it, king crab legs. This one is apparently attempting a speedy getaway.

Day 38: November 9, 2008

I barely took any pictures during Fantasy Thanksgiving (I was frying whole chickens, go figure), but I did catch this snap of Dwight and Abbi blowing out their candles.

Day 39: November10, 2008
It was a full moon, and I decided to break out the tripod for some moonscapes. I especially like the laciness of the branches.

Day 40: November 11, 2008
I finally found new boots that fit over my calves! Yeah!

Day 41: November 12, 2008

Decided to snap a pic of the charger before we returned it. Fun to drive, but a beast, and helped convince me I miss small cars...

Day 42: November 13, 2008
I promise I will find somewhere else to take pictures

Day 43: November 14, 2008
I broke out the photo cube again today, in anticipation of taking pictures of new jewelry. Hey, and by the way, this thing actually works! Yeah! I looks like a light saber! Yeah for "as seen on TV".

Day 44: November 15, 2008
This picture is quite crappy, and I'm not sure why...

Day 45: November 16, 2008
That's more like it. I fancied up a chain to hang this pendant on. It is quite large, and can handle something substantive. I just need to figure out the bail.

So, I am caught up now. Whoohoo. I have decided to add a new rule for myself (hey, you guys have played games with me, you know I am the rules Queen!), each week one of my pictures has to be of a newly fabricated piece of jewelry. There, I've done it, and come full circle. I originally started this as a place showcase my jewelry, and now I will force myself to do that again! That's all for now, back to my little wire sweatshop!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Project 365: Days 27 through 34

Day 27: October 29, 2008

The obvious beauty of fall foliage doesn't last forever, so took advantage of some leaves.

Day 28: October 30, 2008

Elusive cardinals at a clients bird feeder. I love to let everyone around me know I am insane, and will take pictures at any given moment, no matter who may be looking.

Day 29: October 31, 2008

Admittedly a desperation picture. At the last minute, remembered that I had not yet taken a picture, grabbed this bag of delicious Japanese gummy candies. Not a total grasp in the dark picture, because I had wanted to glorify the ad work on this bag in a picture. "fully ripened pineapple imposing as a southern island king crowned in glory, is yours to enjoy" just makes you want to pop one in your mouth-no?
Day 30: November 1, 2008

This is Hudson, the little punkin'. Why does he looked alarmed? Well, because his Aunt Jen is wearing a wreath, complete with bird and nest and shiny beads and dragonfly on her head, all the way to Long Island. Why, you ask? Because I was Mother Nature for a costume party, of course!

Day 31: November 2, 2008

This is one of a pair of Majeicka's favorite toys. They start out as little dumbbells made out of tennis ball materials, and they degenerate to this.

Day 32: November 3, 2008

Here is what one of those awesome pineapple gummies look like unwrapped. Taken in my light cube on a cloudy day. Can you taste the imposing, fully ripened pineapple?

Day 33: November 4, 2008
Good bye, zoom-zoom. This was my favorite car ever. I had imagined myself driving her for a couple of hundred thousand miles, seriously. Fate had another plan for her, however. You will be missed...

Day 34: November 5, 2008

Does it seem like I'm obsessed with cemeteries? Well, I am with this particular one. I pass it every day on my way, to and from work. If I need something to photograph, there is always something here. It is so lovely.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Project 365: Days 19 through 26

Whoa, I let a week go past without posting, and that was not a good idea. Been pretty busy, but got a couple of good/interesting snaps...

Day 19: October 21, 2008

This was taken at the Morris County 911 Memorial. It is a lovely place in a horrible way.

Day 20: October 22, 2008

This is an "installation" on the lawn of a house on 206 in Bridgewater. I will try to get a better one before they take it down, but I remembered it from last year,and was pleased to see it again.

Day 21: October 23, 2008
I had to bring my pooch to work that day, and she really enjoys hanging out in her carrier bag, even if she doesn't enjoy being at the office.

Day 22: October 24, 2008
I call this one "East meets West" Our friend Bill had found the hat and Iron City at an estate sale. Very fitting for the start of our trip to Pittsburgh, considering all were New York fans of one sort or another.

Day 23: October 25, 2008
This is the view from the top of Heinz Field. The sun had just broken through the clouds, making the buildings sparkle.

Day 24: October 26, 2008
On Sunday of our trip to 'burgh, my sister and I went shopping. We found an artsy little area that would be great to visit on a Saturday, when the shops might actually be open.

Day 25: October 27, 2008
The view from our hotel room in downtown Pittsburgh. The window actually opened about 12 inches so I could get a clear view.

Day 26: October 28, 2008
This was a picture of the snowstorm, taken from my desk. I had to take tons of snaps from various places before I got one that showed the volume of snow that was falling. Not a big deal if it hadn't been October!