February 28th, Day 59: The Makings of a Tree

Whew! Two months down!

Just ten more to go, haha. :)

I participated in a themed session today within the fPoe group, titled “1300 my time” which is a tough one for me, because I’m typically heading into work at that time.

I found this small pod hanging in the woods near the library. I’m calling this “The Makings of a Tree”

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I find that it does help me to have a goal, even one so broad as today’s, to keep me focused. I’m better at finding new subject matter if I have some minor guidance to get me there.

And we had a brief (VERY brief) respite from the rain today with this glimpse of sunshine near the end of the day.

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February 25th, Day 56: Happy Birthday

Well, today I worked all the live -long day. It was a friend and co-worker’s birthday, so we celebrated by eating cake and cookies all day long. :)

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This cake was made by yours truly, and though the decoration  leaves something to be desired, the cake itself was reported as; “the best cake I’ve ever tasted!” by those in the know.

February 24th, Day 55: Spring is Sprung!

“Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is?”

It has definitely been getting warmer the last few weeks, I guess ol’ Punxsutawney Phil was right this year! ;)

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It’s also time for Indian Plum sightings to start up again! I love walking the dog on the trails around here and seeing the little leaves beginning to open up. Since I’m more aware of it this year, I’m going to try and catch it in all its stages, including the elusive berry stage!

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February 23rd, Day 54: Squirrel, Party of Two

Now that we live in an apartment  that offers more bird-appeal I have been able to put my hummingbird feeder to use. In addition, I bought a regular bird feeder, and they are both hanging happily outside.

Also, recently I have been sprinkling bird seed in the grass just beyond our back patio, much to my dog’s chagrin.

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Dog meets Squirrel

He gets all riled up and panicky as though the squirrel is going to be our demise or something. I think they’re kinda cute…

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Even a tree needs to be reminded that it’s appreciated

So today I was actually able to crack the sliding door enough to poke my camera lens out. The squirrels were cautious, and ran back to their trees several times, but after I turned my camera’s shutter to ‘quiet’ mode they forgot all about me.

Heeey...whatcha doing??

Heeey…whatcha doing??

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And while I understand none of these photos are going to be award winners, it was a fun process. I enjoyed figuring out how to get to where they were comfortable with me, and getting close enough to the little buggers. I was using my 55-200mm lens, without a tripod (I was laying on my belly on the living room, pointing my lens out through the slightly opened door), and should this opportunity ever present itself again I may try to utilize my gorillapod for more stabilization.

Thank you for stopping by!

February 22nd, Day 53: Working Backwards

Alright, well I have been absent from this little blog o’ mine the last few days, and for that I apologize.

I have been diligently taking photos, even though I haven’t been posting them. I am always looking for new ways to see my usual surroundings and currently mentally planning several trips (mostly nearby) to seek out places I have not yet seen.

At the very least I’d like to get to the following:

  • Port Angeles and Neah Bay (The farthest Western point in the continental U.S.)
  • Lavender Fields
  • Olympic NP and Coast
  • Rainier NP
  • Camping! (at most all of the above mentioned places)

But for now, I’m working pretty much opposite schedules to Isaac (not to mention working 6 days a week. :/) and so I am restricted to places more local. Which can be fun too, such as my visit to Stadium High in Tacoma earlier this month.

I digress. The reason for my little rant is because today’s photo was taken at the dog park.

I know, right? I don’t know how many dog parks you’ve visited, but all that I have seen share certain similar traits including sparse landscaping, mud puddles, doggie poo bag dispensers, and garbage cans. Oh, and maybe a picnic table or two. Generally not particularly photographic or beautiful.

I have played around with the visitors of these parks, though I feel a little weird about photographing other people’s dogs. It’s no different to how I feel about photographing random people or kids on the street. Like I’m just asking to get yelled at or something. This is a feeling I need to get over for sure.

In any case, while I was trying -and failing- to keep up with Toby at the park this afternoon I happened to look up just as the clouds were moving across the moon.

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And now I will continue to work backwards until I have offered you a photo from each of the preceding 4 days. Thanks for you interest and patience with me.