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Monday, March 13, 2017

365 Days of Something Beautiful Photo Project: February

I know. I'm two weeks late on this post. It's terrible. I hate that it's late, but it's here. I got extremely sick and ended up tearing a shoulder muscle (rotator cuff one...). As such, I was pretty much unable to do anything until this weekend. Not type, not write, not push my own wheelchair, not hold up my camera, not sleep through the pain.... Anyways now that my arm is out of the sling a good deal of the time, I can finally bring you February's installment of  365 Days of Something Beautiful Photo Project (click this link to read the description of the project with the first installment). One last note: this month's installment, there are a couple of days that I picked more than two photos (I couldn't help it) to share, but due to illness I also missed an uncomfortable amount of days, so it all works out more or less anyways. I hope you enjoy!


Feb 1: Olympic mountains
Feb 2: My son, the astronaut
Feb 2: My son, the astronaut (Jim Lovell- astronaut of Gemini and Apollo missions- is one of his heroes)
Feb 3: Myself all gussied up for my sleep study
Feb 3: The floor in a hospital building- Did you see what they did there? It's the phases of the moon! Awesome, right?!
Feb 4: Moss (Fun fact: The brown part sticking up is a different lifecycle of the moss- thus separate individual- than the fluffy green part. The brown is a "sporophyte" containing two sets of chromosomes, like human adults do, and the green is a "gametophyte" containing one set of chromosomes, like a human egg does.)
Feb 4: An abandoned bus in the woods on Tiger Mountain in Issaquah WA (Bus Trail)
Feb 4: A Licorice Fern growing as an epiphyte on the side of a tree
Feb 4: Rivets (I think?) in the decrepit bus
Feb 5: Snow! (The pond is frozen sold!)
Feb 5: My son in the snow getting ready for a snowy adventure (We visited a park with a glass conservatory that he had never seen before. A glass conservatory is a magical place in the snow- it's warm and humid, full of frgarant tropical flowers, but you can still see the snow all around you- something I thought I'd like to share with him)
Feb 5: Orchids in the conservatory
Feb 6: Building a snowman
Feb 6: Building a snowman with Dad
Feb 6: Looking out into the snow
Feb 7: (Self-portrait) Getting chemotherapy infusion
Feb 7: Infusion ward at the hospital

Feb 8: My husband's eye
Feb 8: Some type of unknown seed pod
Feb 9: Self-portrait, color
Feb 10: My astronaut child (and I, offscreen) blasting off into outer space in our space capsule

Feb 10: My astronaut child now marveling- having already blasted off- at the cosmos
Feb 10: The moon- ever full of intrigue
Feb 11: The Olympia marina downtown
Feb 11: Outdoor art installation at the Olympia marina downtown (I'm sorry, but I didn't catch the artist's name, due to needing to handle an autism meltdown) with the sun glinting 
Feb 14: Mt. Rainier
Feb 14: Homemade fudge-dipped strawberries (which we make every year as a tradition for Valentine's Day)
Feb 15: A stinkbug (I believe) on my husband's mechanic's glove, which he found in our garage
Feb 15: Caspar Babypants performing live
Feb 16: A breathtaking sunset (sent by God in a moment of complete overwhelm and defeat) 
Feb 16: A breathtaking sunset (sent by God in a moment of complete overwhelm and defeat)
Feb 16: Our family (my son and husband, with me off-screen in a wheelchair tie down) riding the bus. For what felt like eternity.
Feb 20: A kiwi being prepared
Feb 20: A kiwi
Feb 21: Close up of a section of an engraving artwork done by me
Feb 21: Close up of a section of an engraving artwork done by me
Feb 22: Reflection in a puddle of the tops of trees and sky
Feb 23: Silhouette of birds perched atop a street light (Fun fact: This photo was taken going 60 mph past the light!)
Feb 23: A dusk skyline
Feb 24: Self-portrait, black and white
Feb 25: A rose
Feb 25: Veins of a leaf (rose)
Feb 26: Photo of a collage artwork by me
Feb 28: Neighborhood cat
Stay tuned for March's installment! 
Also, an update is in serious order, as so much has happened in our lives, including more diagnoses, bad news, more bad news, bad luck, and some tiny rays of light onto which to hold.

Friday, February 3, 2017

365 Days of Something Beautiful Photo Project: January

This year I have made some pretty discrete goals for myself. One of those goals is a year-long photo project. I had been thinking about what it is that I have always loved about hiking, adventure, nature- things that I have felt a great lack of since become wheelchair-dependent- and I found that one of the biggest aspects that I loved was seeing that which is spontaneous and beautiful. I wanted to remind myself that these things need not only be found at the tops of mountains, faces of cliffs, or crevices of tideflats, but can also be found every day of my life as well, as long as I keep my eye out for them. So I started 365 Days of Something Beautiful Photo Project to help me capture these beauties, during which I will take at least one photo every day for the whole year. I do take photos most days of the year already- I am never without my camera. But in addition to being a nice body of work and a motivation to create, this would also act as evidence proving to myself that my life is beautiful every single day, not just the rare day spent in adventure, something I need to remind myself of often. I will likely miss some days here and there, but even on my bedridden days I expect to take photos. Also, since narrowing my selection down to just one photo per day will likely be even harder than taking them every day for me, I will permit myself to choose two on any given day instead of one.

Here is the first month of 365 Days of Something Beautiful Photo Project: January.

Jan 1: A view of the Olympic Peninsula near Jacobys Shorecrest Co. Park WA
Jan 2a: My son throwing rocks at Jacobys Shorecrest Co. Park WA
Jan 2a: My son standing at the water's edge at Jacobys Shorecrest Co. Park WA
Jan 3a: My tiny laughing astronaut on his therapy swing (I knitted his astronaut helmet myself)
Jan 3b: My husband working on a model car
Jan 4: My son in the sunlight at Mima Mounds


Jan 5: Pressed daisies
Jan 6a: Frozen fountain at Pacific Science Center
Jan 6b: Frozen fountain at Pacific Science Center
Jan 7: Working with Dad on building a toolbox at Home Depot
Jan 8: Dried, empty lanterns from a garden
Jan 9: Silhouette of a dream catcher (an utterly amazing Christmas gift from my best friend Sara)
Jan 10: My son investigating footprints in the snow
Jan 11a: A seed pod
Jan 11b: A marine snail shell
Jan 12a: Canadian geese on a frozen pond
Jan 12b: My son and husband chasing each other while pretending with Harry Potter "wands" made of twigs
Jan 13: A sunrise
Jan 14a: The chain of my medical ID bracelet
Jan 14b: Popcorn (vegan!)

Jan 15a: A beautiful view- somewhere in southwest WA (near Naselle WA) on the drive south to visit my best friend Sara
Jan 15b: Breathtaking sunset at Cannon Beach OR
Jan 15c: Sunset at Cannon Beach OR
Jan 16a: Breathtaking sunset at Ecola State Park OR with a silhouette of a tree
Jan 16b: Breathtaking sunset at Ecola State Park OR
Jan 16c: My best friend Sara's cats
Jan 17a: Another of my best friend Sara's cats
Jan 17b: My son (a huge Lewis and Clark fan) at Fort Clatsop OR
Jan 17c: One of my best friend Sara's cats in a window filled with dream catchers
Jan 20: The silhouette of tree branches
Jan 21: Laughter at a family gathering at my father-in-law's house
Jan 21b: My father-in-law's cat
Jan 22: A game of Candyland
Jan 23: A tropical fish
Jan 25a: A pinecone
Jan 25b: A pinecone
Jan 27: My child "king" taking a water break from his reign
Jan 28a: Tumwater Falls
Jan 28b: Tumwater Falls 
Jan 29: A caterpillar
Jan 30: Poly spots at physical therapy
Jan 31a: Butterfly at Pacific Science Center
Jan 31b: Butterfly chrysalis' at Pacific Science Center with my best friend Amelia
Jan 31c: Axolotl at Pacific Science Center
Join me each month as I share each month's daily photos!!