Finding the Beauty

So after three days of snow fall, people are definitely complaining around here.  While we are still below average for snow fall on the year, it has been coming at the most inopportune times. Like rush hour. I hear stories of 1-3 hour commutes. I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I don’t travel far for work, and never during rush hour.

Rather than whining, I have learned in the past few years there are worse things to complain about.  Life is too short to cry about first world problems like traffic and long commutes. There are more important worries in the world.  Instead, I choose to find the beauty in it all.  It is here to stay for a while, so we may as well embrace it.

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Boat house on Lake Orono in Elk River, Minnesota

52 Week Photo Challenge Week 1

Week 1 was a bit of a challenge, if I am hearing correctly from you. That is what this is all about! To get everyone out of their comfort zone!

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Here is my week 1 photo “New Beginnings”.  I just finished school in December, and am looking for another job. I also am adding some new services to my photography business. Web and graphic design. I am working on a website overhaul and making changes to the way I do some things. So yes, those are some of the “New Beginnings” for me in 2017. However, I really can’t take a photo of stuff like that, LOL.

So I thought I about the next best thing. The sunset. A sunset makes room for another day to start all over again. A new beginning.

I can handle that.  It was pretty chilly when I took this with my  iPhone on Saturday. It was -7 below with a wind chill of -18 below. One of my favorite places to bird on the Mississippi just down the road from my home.  In fact, there were a couple of Mallards down in the freezing water bathing themselves.

I saw several awesome photos with the hashtag #FMTM52weeks. So glad people are getting out there and participating in the challenge! I will be sharing some of these here and there throughout the challenge on my blog and Instagram pages.

Next week will be an easy one. Especially around here. Winter. Don’t forget to link back here and/or use #FMTM52weeks for a feature!  If you need another glimpse at the list, click 52 Week Challenge Categories.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sheila

 

 

A Thanksgiving Sign

For the last three years, I’ve been promising myself I would get back to going on photo walks, getting out into nature, blogging, etc. And for the last two years I have let myself down. I’m not going to be too hard on myself.  In the last three years, I have lost both of my parents and my full time job. I started school full time and my sidekick became ill. Chronically ill. Which is a story for another blog post. I have been working a REAL job part time while I go to school, and am depending on my portrait photography to pay some of my bills. So in the end, life has been consuming me.

I have had rare opportunities to get out into nature and take photos. While I like portrait photography and I get paid for it, my true passion lies in nature, landscapes, birds, still life or inanimate objects. I could sit for hours watching a Snowy Owl in freezing temps or capturing the beautiful color of fall. The last time I was at my favorite spot, the refuge, was in June. JUNE. I have been lost without it. I miss it. I miss blogging. I miss reading the blogs I loved to read on a daily basis. I miss walking in the snow and capturing the beauty.

I. Miss. Nature.

In the back of my mind I have been thinking about starting another Project 365. It’s the only way I know that will push me out the door to get back into it again. I finished one in 2010/2011 and did some of my best work during that time. I started another one in 2014, only to have my dad get sick half way though and I had to end it.

So when I looked out my sister’s window on Thanksgiving Day and saw this beautiful family, I knew it was a sign.  It was the first time in 14 years that my whole family had gotten together for Thanksgiving. Since then, we have lost my brother and both of my parents. Maybe it was a sign from my parents, to kick me in the butt to get me motivated again. I have been missing them so much, and always do when the holidays roll around.

At any rate, my sister’s backyard in Duluth has been the place for many a photo for me in the past few years. With eight acres of woods, it is easy to find SOMETHING to take a photo of and write a blog entry. At any given time in the winter, she can have up to 15 deer in her yard. She sometimes names them. This is “Bread Doe” and her family.

Thanks for stopping by and reading. If you are so inclined, stop back again. I can’t promise I will post all the time, but my goal is at least once a week.

Sheila