About Project 365

Thanks for stopping by my blog! This is Year 2 of my Project365 blog. What is a Project 365? It's a photo challenge involving people from all over the world posting one photo per day throughout 2011. Some photographers choose themes, however for now my photos will be totally random. I will be shooting with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi-18-55mm, 75-300mm zoom and 100mm 2.8 macro lenses. I edit in iPhoto and Photoshop Elements 9. Not all photos are "perfect"; the purpose is to make photography an everyday event.

I am not a professional. Photography has always been a diversion of mine. I am a primary grade teacher and passionate tech. enthusiast. I consider myself an experienced amateur with LOTS to learn!

You will find links to other photographers in the sidebar- do check them out! I have also joined the Flickr EdTech 365/2011 Group, and you can click this link to view the entire pool. I will be posting my photos to their group pool, as well as here on my photo blog. I welcome your constructive criticism!


1. Photos are to be taken in 2011.
2. Post your own work only.
3. Images may be edited or unedited- your choice.
4. Keep your images, text, and comments appropriate for all ages.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Siphon in Action

I needed to take an "action shot" for this week's digital photography class using a slow shutter speed. After our 12-hour power outage on Friday, the siphon system we used to sump our basement was still running full blast! Thought I might create a soft image of the water, but didn't totally get the effect I was hoping for. Not really happy with this shot, but it served as a learning experience if nothing else. At least the basement's not flooded!

Saturday, February 27, 2010


A cold, raw day is perfect for some comfort food. My 14-year old daughter loves to cook (a trait she did not inherit from me). Chocolate chip cookies made from scratch. YUM!

Friday, February 26, 2010


Yep- as alluded to in last night's photo, we got hit with a powerful storm that delivered over 3 inches of rain, sustained winds of 30-40 mph, and a lot of power outages. This morning we were disappointed to find that our driveway had yet again washed out, for about the seventh time this year! Such strange weather for February in New England!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Copious amounts of rain + Flood Warning + High Wind Warning = potential power outages. Best be prepared tonight, I say.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Truck Turkey

Okay, so this isn't my best photo yet, but perhaps among my weirder ones! Although we live right in town, we've seen lots of "critters" over the years, but to look out and see a huge turkey sitting on top of my son's truck... well this was just strange this morning! Perhaps he needed a ride to work? (And here I was worrying about a picture of the day!)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Our spare room finally got renovated last year. In our 125 year old house, it's taken almost 18 years to work on this, the last room! Part of the renovation included adding a sewing area for me. My friends and family know what an organization fanatic I am. It felt so good to get my collection of thread tidied up as well!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fancy Grass

Out for a morning walk today before school, I spotted this fancy-looking grass. I loved the contrast of textures.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Low Tide

I headed down to a local state park this morning, unsure of what I might capture. Luckily it was low tide, which afforded me all kinds of options I wouldn't have had at high tide! (I feel so fortunate to live near the ocean.) I couldn't believe it when I returned and uploaded 79 photos! How did that happen?

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Apparently the tracks near our house will not just carry freight, but passengers as well within two years. I find this prospect encouraging from both an environmental and historical perspective. There are so many positive opportunities in this. I wonder, though, how having a local train stop might change things in town. Not necessarily change for the worse... just different.

Friday, February 19, 2010


This week's assignment for my digital photography class is to take portraits. My daughter was a willing victim...er...subject. Very pretty subject at that!

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Noticed these glasses in the hutch today and thought they might make a nice photo. I've always liked the variety of colors in the bases.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Green Sea Glass

A friend asked me today if I was wishing for spring. She was referring to me likely wanting new material to shoot for this Project 365 challenge. Truth be told, although I am learning lots about my camera, and thoroughly enjoying the challenge, she echoed the very thought I've wrestled with as of late. Winter has not been very "scenic" here in northern New England this year. So here's a new take on a previous theme. My day #20 photo featured this glass in a container alongside my containers of brown and clear sea glass. I think it's much more interesting spread out like this, though! (Keep an eye out for the clear and brown in a similar spread!)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

February Snow

As alluded to in yesterday's post, snowfall has been unusually light this winter. This afternoon a light snow began with large, light, fluffy flakes. This was apparently the first snowfall here in 3-1/2 weeks. Quite a contrast on the green rhododendron leaves!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Winter Corn

Usually in mid-February, these rows would be fully covered in snow. Not this year, though. Seems as though we're almost in a period of drought to make up for the rainy summer and fall. All the big storms have gone south of us.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Stained Glass

Looks a little like a quilt square, but it's not. I love the stained glass window in my bedroom. It always forces the sunlight into a variety of shades of colors.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Okay, so you really do learn something new every day. I had to look up the correct spelling for "baluster", and in the process found that the word originates from the Italian word for wild pomegranate flower. "So named because part of the pillar resembles the curving calyx tube of the flower." Hmm. I guess it does!

Friday, February 12, 2010


This morning a colleague on my wing surprised us with Valentine cookies! They were delicious! How sweet!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Multi Links

Got out the multi link cubes for a math lesson today. No wonder the kids love using them. So colorful!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why Would Somebody Keep These in a Jar?

Oak plugs. They belonged to my dad. After he passed away, we found them amongst lots of stuff in a jar in his barn. Why would somebody keep these in a jar? The same reason my dad kept most things. You might need it someday!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Good Kitty

Remember the toilet paper incident from two days ago? (Day #38) Well here's the antithesis- good kitty!

Monday, February 8, 2010


After an especially tough PET meeting this morning, I was totally shocked to find these on my desk after lunch today! They were from the student-in-question's mom with a note confirming that I am truly appreciated. Parents rarely go to such lengths, but when they do... we remember it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bad Kitty

So I walked into the bathroom this morning to find this spare roll of paper torn to shreds. Apparently my cat had aggressions he felt he needed to take out on this helpless roll of T.P. Better the roll than one of us, I guess! Cats!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Old Fashioned Taste

A few years ago we cleaned out the old family camp in preparation for renovation. In the process we found these old glass soda bottles. Several are from local companies (no longer in business). Others were national companies but bottled locally. In case you're having trouble reading them, left to right they are: Moxie, Clark's, Pepsi Cola, 7-Up, Hires, and Leary's.

Friday, February 5, 2010


I bought some Valentine gel clings for decorating my classroom this year. Shot this right out through a classroom window. Another beautiful, blue sky today too!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Overnight we got a dusting of snow and cooler temperatures. Almost looked like the ground and vehicles (this is the back of my husband's truck) had been sprinkled with sugar!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I snapped a quick photo of my cat, Graham. It wasn't until I downloaded it to my computer that I noticed the freaky quality of his glowing eyes! This is totally unedited. Bizarre! (He really is a lot more affectionate than he looks here too.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


It's been a really long day and I was looking for something to shoot (picture-wise, that is). I took a photo over the weekend identical to this for my photography class. It actually came out much better than this. But to stay true to the technical aspect of "taking a photo a day", I decided to re-shoot this photo for day#33. Not sure how good a choice that was.... but here it is. And if you ever lose a button, I've got quite a variety on hand!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pink and Purple

Bought another bouquet of flowers this weekend. It really becomes a chronic need during the winter months. And after all, it is February now. Can spring be that far away???