Friday, December 31, 2010

Photostory Friday: 365 Weeks 51 & 52 (plus a day)

And so it ends...

Day 348

December 17: Just over a week to go -- and this is the only snow to be seen for miles

Day 348

December 18: I just couldn't make myself delete this image.

Day 349

December 19: Whoops. Again.

Day 350

December 20: Not many Silent Nights around here at this point...

Day 351
(Is it just me, or is the day count seeming a little off?)

December 21: This is the festive cord which attaches the fuzzy white ball to the soft, plushy redness of my Santa Hat.

Hint: If you EVER decide to take a picture every day for a year or two, when you get to the cold, dark winter months, take your picture early in the day, or you will end up just like me -- taking pictures of everything in your living room....

Day 352

December 22: Ok, here's how I look at it -- Two years of daily picture taking, and I've missed roughly a week's worth of pictures.

I'm giving myself a pass.

Day 353
(Yeah, something's wrong here...)

December 23: Very. Angry. Birds.

Day 354

December 24: One last family photo shoot before the big day.

Love those big eyes.

Day 355

December 25: He's eleven but still gets overwhelmed by the big day.

Matt literally stopped talking to me in mid sentence.

Day 356

December 26: Assemble the minions!

Day 357

December 27: If you don't have a carbon monoxide detector, get one. If you have one, change the batteries.

I changed mine Christmas night. Monday afternoon, the alarm went off. Fire trucks came. The gas company came. Emma slammed her finger in the fire engine's door, and got a sweet stuffed bear. And, eventually, we got the ok to come back home.

Day 358

December 28: This is all I see when I look in the living room now.

It's time for it all to come down.

Day 359

December 29: products?

Day 360

December 30: I love Christmas, but after about December 27, this is the best sight of all.

Day 361
(Whoops. I know today is December 31, I'm not sure where I lost four days, but I'm not going back to find them)

December 31: Two years. I only meant to do one.

This picture is symbolic. You'll notice I'm not behind the camera, and the lens cap is on.

I'm not giving up on photography, I'm just taking a couple of days off.

I'm honestly glad I did this (now that it's over). I'm grateful to so many of you who have followed me on this journey -- though I've been almost completely absent from my blog, except for this weekly journal entry. I'm really looking forward to the new year -- I'm looking forward to coming back here to share more moments and images from my life. I look forward to writing again.

In a day or so, I'll go over the pictures from the last year and marvel at what a life I am truly blessed with.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Photostory Friday: 365 Weeks 49 & 50

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

Limping toward the finish line...

Day 334

December 3: I swear it's NOT made in Heaven.

This stuff sucked -- but it came in a cool bottle...

Day 335

December 4: Say hello to Maddie. I was her favorite target at the neighborhood Christmas party (I was also a wise man in the live nativity :).

But Maddie didn't want to throw snowballs at me -- she wanted to throw snow boulders at me.

And she did...

Day 336

December 5: A couple of Christmas ornaments.

(And a couple of inadvertent self portraits)

Day 337

December 6: Kinda says it all, doesn't it?

Day 338

December 7: I love Christmas lights.

(maybe not to the extent of, say, Clark Griswold...)

I love turning off all the other lights, and basking beneath the soft warm glow of the Christmas tree.

Day 339

December 8: Dawn + rolled down window + camera + 50 mph = this picture.

Day 340

December 9: "Fun" at the beginning band concert.

Day 341

December 10: interpreted by Jim Shore.

Day 342

December 11: Eventually I may photograph every decoration in the living room....

Day 343

December 12: This Sunday afternoon, I was really feeling down. I felt like I hadn't taken a good picture in -- well, it felt like months. So, I determined to get in my car and drive, until something caught my eye.

On my way up the canyon, these gnarly old trees were everywhere.

It's hard to explain to someone else, and I don't know how it is for other photographers, but I feel that everything -- every time, everyplace, every moment -- has a picture locked inside of it.

Like a soul.

I don't always know what I'm going to find, but I always know when I've found it.

I took a hundred pictures of this scene, and eventually, I found it's soul.

Day 344

December 13: Have I ever told you how much I love my son?

Spending the evening with Matthew at the Jazz game, just the two of us (and 18,000 other fans), was a fantastic night.

Day 345

December 14: Day number 345.

Actually, let's call it what it really is: Day 710

I am so ready to be done with this little project.

Day 346

December 15: What it's all about.

Day 347

December 16: Happy Holidays, from all the people I work with.

I wasn't in the picture.

I was in the middle of the road.

Two more weeks.....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photostory Friday: 365 Weeks 47 & 48

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

Day 320

November 19: Guitar. Again. Burning out. Glad this year is almost over...

Day 321

November 20: Evidently I missed another day. I'm finding it really hard to care at this point. Don't ever commit to taking a picture a day for TWO years.


Day 322

November 21: Chris just pawn in Game of Life.

Day 323

November 22: This little polynesian fish hook has been hanging from my rearview mirror for about ten years.

What hangs from your mirror?

Day 324

November 23: Armageddon.

To listen to the news reports, this was going to be a whopper of a storm. People left work early, they invaded the stores for survival supplies. They hoarded gasoline and food. I was prepared to eat one of my children, if necessary.

We got two inches.

Day 325

November 24: No matter what else you've done that day, you can't NOT take a picture of your little angel, asleep on the couch.

That's in the manual folks.

Day 326

November 25: Thanksgiving!

I LOVE Thanksgiving, and it saddens me to see it more and more overlooked each year.

This year, my caramel apple cider was the hit of the holiday. Let me know if you'd like the recipe.

Day 327

November 26: Up close and personal with one of my wife's latest crocheted creations!

Day 328

November 27: The last day of the regular college football season. Rivalry day. The cougars held strong for fifty nine minutes and fifty six seconds, and then....

Four seconds...

Field goal to win it...


Great game Utes. Have fun wallowing in the middle of the Pac 12.

I'm not bitter...

Day 329

November 28: Ample reward for shoveling the driveway, and the sidewalk, after the REAL snowstorm.

The one no one told us about.

Day 330

November 29: I love to shoot into the sun, on a crisp winter's morning.

Day 331

November 30: 'Tis the season for Christmas movies! Which ones are your favorite?

Day 332

December 1: Eye see you!

( the year over yet?)

Day 333

December 2: Flying my spaceship out of the mouth of an ice monster.