2013 Photo A Day Challenges – Day 1

One of my goals for 2013 is to do more with my photos and to pay more attention to this blog.  With that in mind, I decided to participate in some of the photo a day challenges that I’ve seen floating around the web.

The first challenge I found is hosted by Fat Mum Slim



The photo assignment for day one of this challenge is simply “Today.”  Here is my photo.

Bear & Stogie

Bear & Stogie

This is how my first day of 2013 began and my husband’s last day of 2012 ended – me snapping a quick photo with my D7000 of Tony (aka Stogie) and our friend George (aka Bear) attempting their first cigar of 2013.  I say attempting because, well even men are sometimes smart enough to know when it’s too cold to sit outside and smoke a cigar.



Another blogger that I follow is doing this photo a day challenge. I really liked some of the things they have on their list, so I thought I would give it a shot, too.

They are using instagram, which I’ve signed up for, but have never used. I’ll just post mine here.

Today’s assignment is a self portrait.



I took this photo with my iPad, uploaded it to fotoflexer and gave it a poster like effect.  I thought it helped to hide the old lady chin that I seem to have developed. Anyone who knows me, knows that a self portrait of me reading a book, is some cultures say “SPOT ON.”

Signing up for two different photo a day challenges may be a case of biting off more than I can chew, but I won’t know until I give it a good try.





365 Project Day Three – Tea and a Book For Me.

Ok. So this is one is not very creative, but it is rather descriptive of me.  I am often found curled up on the couch with a book, my favorite blanket and a cup of tea.  Sure beats housework.


365 Project Day Two


You would think that working in a library finding one book related photo per day would be easy.  There’s always someone reading, right?  That’s true.  I’m surrounded by books and often by students reading.  That’s the problem. The readers are students. I LOVE that they all read so much, but even if there were not rules against it, I still wouldn’t publish photos of my students. I value their safety and their privacy too much.  Oh, I do take photos of them from time to time. I plan on having a “Look Who Got Caught Reading” wall in the library.  I’m going to have to get creative in my search for a daily photo – and that was one of the reasons I signed up for 365 project.

This is not the best photo, but it’s not bad for quickly throwing something together just before I fall asleep.  A little photo editing and what would have been a bland photo is a bit more interesting. (See the original photo below.)  So what do you think?

365 Project

I ran across the 365 Project quite by accident. I think it was a pin on Pinterest.  I am always looking for ways to improve my photographic creativity, so I thought this would be just the thing for me to do.

A 365 Project is one where you pick a them and take a picture a day for one year.  I chose the easiest theme for me – books/reading.  Being a total bookworm and an elementary school librarian, I thought it would be much easier to find a photo a day related to books.

As a side project I’m looking for ways to do self portraits without including myself in the photo – photos of things that describe me

This is my first photo for the project.