Photo Challenge Week Four
This week’s challenge was a headshot. Knowing that many adults, like me, shy away from the camera, I decided to make kids my focus. So, I borrowed my pastor’s children to be my subjects. It was so hard to choose, since there are four children, but I picked one as my entry for this week because I loved the crooked smile and the sunlight in his curls.
His hair reminds me of the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that my dad would recite to me when I was little. Here is the beginning part that he recited:
There Was a Little Girl
There was a little girl,
And she had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good
She was very, very good,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
With weather on everyone’s mind, I thought I’d share this from E.B. White, a man who truly had a way with words. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the author of the children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web. When talking about the first flakes of snow falling, he said,
“At first it was an almost imperceptible spitting from the gray sky…”
I love the way he put it – such a perfect way to describe this scene. This is how I want to write.
I didn’t get any pictures yesterday, but here are some pictures from February, 2015, when we had that “…imperceptible spitting..”.
And, if you haven’t seen the Snow video, an Adele parody by Mary Morris from Tennessee, you’ve GOT to watch it!
Photography Challenge Week Two
This week’s challenge was to capture a landscape. My plan was a walk at Red Mountain with Loretta. Since she gets so excited on walks, I find it’s usually best to use my cell phone instead of my Canon Rebel.
Even in bleak January there is always a view to be found outdoors. I wish I could capture the fresh air and the energy that even a short hike gives me. Just use your imagination while you view a few landscape shots.
Red Mountain ~ January, 2016
When I got home I went out in my backyard with the Canon and took some suburbscapes as well. Here’s one-
I got an extra surprise shot as a plane came in for a landing at the nearby Bessemer Airport.
If you missed week one, you can see it HERE. And if you’d like to read my take on unexpected moments in photography and life, such as the plane flying by, you can read HERE.
Photography Challenge – Week One
I thought about doing a daily photography challenge, but I knew I could not keep up with that. So, I found a list of 52 prompts for 2016 that I think I can handle. But, alas, the first prompt is self-portrait.
“I feel it’s healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. With a mirror, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.” Bill Withers, from Garden & Gun interview
My husband thinks it’s funny to tease me about taking selfies, but honestly I don’t do it very often. I joined a group in B’ham last summer and got some great tips from Jamie on self-portraits, but I can’t remember most of them. And, like I said, I don’t take many. I much prefer to be behind the camera. So, it’s with much trepidation that I present these pictures. All of these were taken with my cell phone, hence the collage isn’t the best quality, but I like the other one.
I decided to give the look of this blog an uplift that features pictures I took this past year around town. It was really hard to pick out which ones to feature as Birmingham has so many picture-perfect spots.
I also thought about highlighting some blog posts, but they are all here to be found by clicking tags and such. Instead I thought I’d link up some articles I wrote for the Leaf that didn’t appear on the blog.
Four of the articles revolve around Riverchase Middle School since that is where I spend much of my time as a substitute teacher.
· In September Dr. Tim Elmore visited RMS for a day, speaking to students, teachers, and parents.
· Also in September, teacher Hannah Rodgers won the WAIT One Class at a Time Grant.
· The fall brings football, and this year it brought a new tradition to Pelham High School. Players write appreciation letters to former teachers and the coach delivers a jersey to the teacher to be worn on game day.
· Students had a real treat when local author Lou Anders came to visit.
· In August we traveled to Montana to see our daughter. Before we left, I made a thank-you package for a family that was giving us a place to stay while we were there. I had fun shopping for All Things B’ham.
· I was able to see Big Fish in September, my first Red Mountain Theatre Company experience.
Looking forward to 2016, I hope to explore more of the Birmingham area, make more blog posts and continue to write for the Leaf.