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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


First day of school with kids, and am I ever glad I shot my photo of the day BEFORE going to school. Seventeen 7 & 8 year-olds in a classroom that approached 85 degrees most of the day. Talk about miserable! I found these maples on an evening walk last night. Boy are the maples changing earlier than usual!

On a related note, I was notified today that the photo I posted on June 1st of my CoCoRaHS rain gauge (after moving to my own property), was selected from over 500 submissions for their 2011 CoCoRaHS calendar contest! I get a free calendar, but even more important... now I can say I'm published!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Early Morning Moon

Caught this shot of the waning moon this morning. Am thinking I may need a different lens to portray the moon as I'd like, though. Anyone have suggestions on the best size for the job?

Sunday, August 29, 2010


My classroom's just about ready for my new second graders! Broke open the new packs of crayons. What's not to love?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gray Tree Frog

This little guy somehow ended up atop our "Topsy Turvy" tomato planter. My daughter found him this morning, just sitting atop the plastic cover. I've never seen one of these before, and come to find out, not only are they an arboreal frog, they also can camouflage. Clearly that wasn't happening when I took this shot! Cute little fellow!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Not totally happy with today's post, but sometimes it just is what it is. I edited the saturation a little- normally the (fake) stones are a ruby red shade.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Maple Leaf

We've had some cool nights, and the maples are really showing their brilliant colors first! Perhaps it will be an awesome foliage season!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alpine Awning

I just recently noticed the new "awning" at a local ski outlet. Very clever!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I made some crude curtains for my classroom this afternoon. It was time to update the ones I made 8 years ago. I found some cheery, joyful, (cheap) fabric. But here's the litmus test- when I have to get out my sewing machine's owner's manual to remember how to thread it... it's been way too long since my last sewing project! Note to self- time to get crafty again!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Orb Weaver

Found this funky little spider on the deck railing this morning. Turns out it's a variety of orb weaver spider. It is reported that Orb Weavers will re-spin a new web every night. Their proficiency at nighttime hunting and propensity to enjoy insects makes them the ultimate in the way of mosquito zappers. Well then.... carry on, I say!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Making Tracks

This is a rear tire to my son's dirt bike. Looks like it would do a great job of gripping whatever he's riding on... hopefully safely!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Cows

Another example of the the good old "plan b" coming through in the clutch. We drove to a local balloon festival in hopes of seeing some launch this evening. Unfortunately, it was too breezy to launch. However, on the way home I saw a small herd of dairy cows munching by the road, and thought I'd get a picture or two. Well, as I began shooting, they all started moseying toward the edge of the road- very friendly cows!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Touch of Fall

Lots of maples in town are beginning to show a slight touch of fall. Caught this one this afternoon in front of a brilliant, blue sky. Sad to see summer fading, but it might bring some new photographic opportunities!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Parking Lot

Was out this afternoon getting some supplies for my classroom. The parking lot was virtually empty, though.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More Flowers

I have no idea what these petite pretties are, but I know they often appear near the end of summer. Guess it is about that time.

Monday, August 16, 2010


My daughter is often very creative with her hairstyles. Oh, to be so resourceful!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Screened Out

It happened again for the second time in as many days. Missed another daily post for a variety of reasons. Back on the project365 bandwagon! With the screens off for continued house painting, I came across this interesting pattern made when two screens were stacked together. I thought it looked cool, and somehow must involve math, I'm sure!

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Car

Well, it finally happened yesterday- I missed my first post ever this year. I was so spent after returning from the Literacy Conference that I just crashed last night. (Hopefully it is the only time.) However I took purchase of a new car this morning. Had to post its portrait!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Day #2 at the Literacy Conference. I probably should be posting something more related to literacy, but this caught my eye on a before-breakfast walk. Thought it looked rather tropical! Heard lots of great info today about vocabulary and constructed response! Last day is tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Orange Lily

I'm off to a three-day literacy conference this morning with a team of teachers from my school, so have posted a "quickie". More of those late-planted lilies bloomed overnight!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


132 balusters. That's how many there are on our newly-painted railing of our deck. The last time it was painted was about 6 years ago... and I obviously had a lot more energy! The railing looks fantastic. Wish I could say the same for myself!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yellow Lily

Planted some lilies very late this year. I was thrilled when they began blooming today!

Friday, August 6, 2010


So file this under "practice makes....". Well, admittedly this shot is far from perfect, however it is an improvement upon "suds session #1" this morning- a serendipitous moment of washing dishes, followed by "oh, that would be a cool photo"! Maybe if I'd had better lighting, or focus, or whatever didn't work. Session #2 was done after dark with a dark background. Again, although it's not perfect, I think it's kind of funky!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What Am I?

Found this critter in my garage this morning caught in a spider's web. I took pity and decided to free him. (He actually hissed at me.) But he was the most bizarre-looking insect I've seen in a while! About an inch long, and his antennae were easily twice as long as his body, with little joints along the length of each one, making it possible for him to flex them like appendages. Kind of freaked me out a little! An hour later after he'd disappeared, I began to wonder if he was some type of invasive, destructive species. I might just send his "portrait" to the Forest Service to be sure! Anybody out there know what this creepy critter is?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I love the jungle green shade of newly planted grass. My husband has several of these patches in the back yard, trying to cover up erosion from heavy rains this spring and summer. We hope they remain!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Humidity and occasional showers are back. As much as I dislike them, they give the plants a tropical look!

Monday, August 2, 2010


My apologies for yet another flower shot. They are just so plentiful this time of year, not to mention colorful!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Quartz and Mica

I found this rock glistening in my dirt driveway earlier this week. The quartz and mica gave off considerable "bling" as I walked by. Was intrigued at how it reflected off this glass tabletop.