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Picture project

Well, I all but abandoned Daffodil Days when I really got rolling with my home decor blog, Daffodils at Home. Daffodil Days is more of a personal blog, and I’m here to resurrect it. I’ve got a new passion and I want to share! I’ve always loved taking pictures. A few months ago I offered to take photos for the church members to create a member directory. I enjoyed it so much and was so happy with the results that it launched me into a full blown obsession with photography. I’ve been reading blogs, library books and watching tutorials on youtube every chance I get! I have already learned so much but it’s mind boggling how much more there is to learn! I found a site where you post a photo a day for a whole year and I decided to join. The site is called 365 Project. I’ve been participating for just under a week. Here are the photos I’ve posted so far:

S playing barbies Working on perspective.

Swinging at sunset Playing with faster shutter speeds to freeze motion.

Front porch for fall Fall front porch I photographed for my decor blog.

B&W flower Figured out the Black and White setting!

black cat Trying to get better focus, but didn’t quite get it.

Acorns Morning trip to the pond. Nailed the focus! Whoo hoo!!

The only photo I’m not sharing is a family portrait session I did on Monday. I’m keeping the final version under wraps until I can send a copy out to Grandma and Grandpa. ;)

Have you ever participated in anything like this? The hardest part is choosing only one photo each day. I was so excited yesterday to figure out a trick called “back button focus”. I got a couple of awesome shots of John down by a pond near our house.

Great smile by the pond

Near the pond

And this one! It isn’t the best of John, but I caught birds in flight in the background!! So excited. :)

Birds in flight

I’ll probably jump on here a little more regularly now to share some of my fun photos. I love that 365 Project is forcing the camera into my hands every day! You could try it, too. It isn’t just for DSLR users. You can participate with a point and shoot or even a phone camera. Have fun shooting!

Field Trip Friday: Return to Apple Tree Farm

A couple of weekends ago, the kids and Kenny and I returned to our favorite Apple Orchard for their annual Farm Fest. Of course, I wanted to get the kids’ photo in front of the orchard’s sign like I did the previous two years. And, of course, the sign was not there this year. But […]

Field Trip Friday — Clark Museum in Williamstown, Mass.

It’s been a while since I posted a Field Trip Friday post! I had lots more to tell about the Kentucky trip, but the summer got away from me. Most of you know I started a new blog, Daffodils at Home. I’ve been working very hard on making that blog a part time job and […]

Field Trip Friday — Niagara Falls!

Last week when we set out on our week long adventure to a retreat in Kentucky (and yes, this trip will provide fodder for Field Trip Friday posts for several weeks!), we had no intention of stopping at Niagara Falls. It wasn’t even on our scope. But as we were driving down the road, Kenny […]

Field Trip Friday — 4th of July!

The 4th of July technically fell on a Thursday, but whatever. We were too tired after staying up for fireworks to do anything else on Friday anyway. We had a lazy, relaxed morning and then made a hamburger lunch with baked beans, chips and deviled eggs (deviled egg recipe to follow in day or two!) […]

Happy 4th of July!

Here’s a blast from the past photo to celebrate. This was taken at St. Joseph’s in 2009. Hope you have a happy and safe 4th! I’ll post pics of our 4th tomorrow for Field Trip Friday.

Menu Plan Monday

I haven’t posted Menu Plan Monday in a long time. Lately, though, I’m making more of an effort to streamline the “must dos” in order to squeeze in more “wanna dos”! Having a set menu plan helps so much! It’s crazy how much time I waste on dinner when I have no plan! Without further […]

Field Trip Friday – Minute Man National Historical Park

Wow. I can’t believe it has taken me a month and a half to get all the Massachusetts posts up! What a trip! I promise this is the last one. I’ve been calling this part of the trip the North Bridge, and we did see the North Bridge, but it turns out we were at […]

Summer break is finally here!!

I don’t know if I’m going to stick with the local school schedule next year or not. We get so tired of school going until the 3rd week of June! Of course, we like not starting until after Labor Day… And if I switch it this year we’re going to have a really short summer… […]

Field Trip Friday — Last Day of School

I’ve got one more Massachusetts post to put up, but yesterday was the last day of school so I’m going to blog about that this week. I’ll try to get that last MA post up next week. We had a mad scramble to finish things at the end of the school year. We always have […]