May 15th, Day 135: Reflections

Out at the Nelson Farm Park, where my veggies are growing, there’s an old house and barn. The city is working on raising funds to upgrade certain parts of the house, and until then we aren’t allowed inside.

Today I peeked in the windows, and caught this interesting reflection.

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I felt like the Nelson Family would suddenly walk out of the house and start talking to me. That, or creepy stuff would start happening…may 15 2 wm

But Toby was there to protect me if the Nelson ghosts came creeping.

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June 16th, photo of the day: Hope for a Sunrise

Got up early this morning with the hopes of finding a nice sunrise. I seem to have a knack for picking overcast mornings though, and it didn’t turn into anything but rain.

However, I did enjoy a nice early morning sit by the lake shore at the boat ramp.

This photo was asking for an old fashioned look. So I obliged it. :)

May 10th, photo of the day: a little of this and that

One of the most important parts of this 365 photo challenge I’m doing is that when I force myself to get out and photograph something everyday, I am more often ready to take photos of all those things I always say I should take photos of!

Oh, you’d like an example? Well, how about that tree -you know the one- out in front of our building. It looked BEAUTIFUL when we first moved into this apartment back in November. However, we moved in, and quickly turned around and left again to Peru for two weeks. It’s funny, because I actually recall thinking “I should take a photo of that tree because it’s almost guaranteed to be bare by the time we get home.” But did I take it’s photo? No, because I’m a slacker. And was the tree bare when we got home? You betcha it was.

Well alright, you might be saying, just take the tree’s photo this coming November, and all will be well in the world again. Except that we plan on being out of this apartment by the end of August (Wait, you moved in in November, and you’re leaving in August? Don’t ask, it’s a dumb story.)

In any case, I am still slow to learn that if I see something I want to photograph, I need to do it, right then, at that very moment that I think about it. But actually holding my camera in my hand when I have these thoughts has helped loads. I am getting used to wearing my camera.

Bleeding Heart Pods – I love seeing the progression from new flower to pod.

I was liking the reflection on this pond – which was supposed to have Koi Fish in it, but didn’t. Hrmm..

Dear 50mm lens, I know we’ve only been together a short time, but please never leave me, I love you.

It could look like a bald eagle, but it’s not. It’s s crow with some bit of garbage in it’s beak.

Is it weird to just take a picture of light? I think not.

And finally, I will ‘leaf’ you with one I call “Happy Trees” because they look so very happy, and it makes me happy to look at them.

All of these were taken, just because I had my camera out and at the ready. If it hadn’t been, I might have made a mental note to take a photo of this or that, but never actually get around to it.

What are your tricks to keep yourself taking photos? Do you “wear your camera?”

 

A window

That’s today’s prompt. A window.

How about a window to the soul? Hmm?

Window to the soul

And for the sticklers, there’s a reflection of an actual window on the eyeball.

I did get around to making those doughnuts I’ve been talking about, finally!  My sister gave me a doughnut pan for Valentine’s Day, and I’ve been meaning to try it since I got it. I used this recipe from 101cookbooks.com. Never having made doughnuts before, I thought it best to use the exact ingredients listed (plus, I figured if you’re going to eat a doughnut, why waste your time using whole wheat flour?).

Kneading all-purpose flour dough is SO MUCH BETTER than kneading whole wheat flour dough.

It’s so much smoother and creamier. I felt like I was holding a newborn baby instead of a ball of dough. Am I crazy? Whole wheat flour is rough and heavy, and harder to knead. Don’t get me wrong here, I like the final product of whole wheat – whatever – just fine, but I seriously enjoyed kneading that little ball of all-purpose flour dough. Okay, maybe I’m crazy. (oh, and eating it isn’t so bad either)

Doughnut love

Heart shaped doughnuts taste better

Doughnut hole love. I won't lie, I ate a lot these little guys during the pre-baking stage.