"And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


January 10, 2018

The sun beckoned us out to take a walk in the woods.  It was a welcome respite from the stretch of bitter cold weather we'd been having.  The three of us caught up on each other's lives, relishing the time spent together.


January 11, 2018

Patiently he waits for me to complete my morning yoga practice.  He likes to be wherever I am, my little shadow.


January 12, 2018

Fog greeted me this morning, so thick I was unable to see down to the end of our road.  It cast an eerie feeling over landscape and I hurried back inside to the warmth of our home.  Rain arrived shortly thereafter, turning the snow into a memory.


January 13, 2018

Dinner at the new sushi place in town.  The line cook on the right spent most of our time there perfecting his skill at creating the perfect first layer of rice.  Gathering a ball of sticky rice in his hands, he'd pat it over and over before smoothing it down onto a bamboo mat.  Satisfied (or not), he would then gather it up, toss it out and begin once more.  


January 14, 2018

I awoke this morning to a soft light easing into our bedroom window.  It was a gentle start to my Sunday.


January 15, 2017

These hang over the kitchen table throughout the Christmas season.  I am not yet ready to put them away until next year.  Snowflakes last all winter, right? 


January 16, 2018

Hydrangeas in winter.  Seeking beauty on a bitterly cold day, I realized I needed to go no further than outside my front door.


January 17, 2018

An unexpected snow day.  Piano was canceled so I was able to work in the studio all morning.  I'm trying my hand at making my own collage paper using a Gelli plate.  I had mixed results but keep reminding myself that I am a beginner and this is part of the learning process.


January 18, 2018

There are still reminders of Christmas around our house.  The snowmen stay up until March and the candles are lit each night until the evenings grow shorter.  Small comfort and joy scattered here and there cheer me during the long winter nights.


January 19, 2018

Late afternoon tea.  Because of his long commute we usually don't eat dinner until 7:30 or later, and on Fridays he likes to have a glass of scotch beforehand which means dinner is often served at 8:00.  A steaming cup of tea and a small treat tides me over until dinner is served.


January 20, 2018

He has been struggling with his weight and is therefore more tired than usual.  His favorite spot to be is on the back of the loveseat, where he can look out the window and keep an eye on things.


January 21, 2018

Behind our barn there is a small woodpile sitting amongst the brush.  It caught my eye today as we were walking to the small restaurant down the road for breakfast so when we returned home I grabbed my camera and took some shots.  This one is my favorite.  I like how well focused it is and the mixture of textures found in the logs.  I am learning that through the lens of my camera I am capturing beauty that is not always evident to my naked eye.


January 22, 2018

I once read that a photographer often needs to take dozens of shots before she captures the image that speaks to her heart and I am rapidly learning that this is true.  There is a stillness in this photograph that reflects how I was feeling as I was capturing the image.  Love.


January 23, 2018

The sun made an appearance late this afternoon, bringing with it temperature in the 50's  It felt so good not to have a chill in my bones as I stepped outside.  The first thing I noticed was how the sun illuminated this small leaf by the side of the house.  I am learning that late afternoon is an ideal time to capture the light.


January 25, 2018

Plant. Hope. Grow. Love.

I have photographed this cupboard often, usually head on because I like the way the light plays across it in the morning.  This time I decided to play with my perspective, shooting instead from the side of the cupboard, capturing the ornament that hangs from the knob.  The light is so fleeting in my house that I often find myself following it throughout the day.


January 26, 2018

Finally we have a day where the sun is shining and the roads are dry enough to go for a walk.  Popeye and I stay in the neighborhood taking our usual route, down the road and up again, and then up the street that runs perpendicular to ours.  I am quickly out of breath and realize I need to make more of an effort to exercise.  This road once led to nowhere, just acres and acres of forest that we were assured when we bought our home would always stay that way.  Unfortunately, the realtor was wrong.  The land was sold to a developer and now there are cookie cutter homes lining the street.  

We head back down the road and turn into the driveway of our absentee neighbors.  They live in the city and rarely use the house anymore so Popeye and I often walk up their long dirt driveway, enjoying the quiet and being off the main road.  Their drive way is lined with pines, many of them hosting these tiny cones.


January 27, 2018

A trip to the city to see Hello Dolly.  I so rarely take selfies, often choosing to obscure my image one way or the other.  


January 28, 2018

I'm not happy with any of the shots I took today but because I vowed to post a photograph a day I settle on this one.  I'm not sure why I don't like it, it could be the composition, but most likely it is because my heart wasn't in it when I took the shot.  I was feeling very uninspired all day and am quickly learning that my state of mind is often reflected in the photographs I take.


January 29, 2018

It isn't uncommon to find reminders of Christmas throughout our house during January and February.  This ornament has been hanging around on the windowsill waiting for me to pack him away with the others.  Even after snapping the shot I leave him on the sill, enjoying his whimsical presence.


January 30, 2018

It snowed during the night and we were greeted this morning by a winter wonderland.  One lesson I am learning is that if I see a shot that appeals to me I need to take it right away.  I loved how the snow is tucked into the crevices of the rock wall, the contrast between dark and light, rough stone covered by soft snow.  I played with this shot a lot, trying to decide the aperture I wanted to use.  I finally settled on this one because I liked how it starts out unfocused and then in focus and out again.  An hour after taking this shot I looked out the window and saw that the snow was already beginning to melt away from the stones.


January 31, 2018

He's ready for his closeup.

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