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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Pink Tulip Project

I came across this beautiful garden of pink tulips today. It is called a "Pink Tulip Project" in honor of breast cancer awareness. The garden is much larger than this photo shows, but certainly is a beautiful reminder of the cause.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Flowering Quince

This bush from my schoolyard that boasts these beautiful salmon-colored blooms is apparently a flowering quince. Thanks to my colleague, Jane, who knew exactly what it was!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

White Sea Glass

It was just too cold this morning for an outdoor picture. Had been saving more sea glass for another capture. (Stayed much warmer!)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


It was a cloudy, drizzly day on the playground today. The swings sat silent longer than usual.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Okay, so a little different cat shot for today. Was fooling around with close-ups of Graham. Loved the way his whiskers showed up. If only he didn't look so apathetic about the paparazzi!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Tale of Two Kitties

Today's post features our cat, Graham (the gray cat), and our neighbor's cat, Evin (the orange cat). Both are clearly "modest" gentlemen who are well-loved by their owners. But there's something about male cats and territory. Although they'll defend their own territory to the bitter end, they also like to continually check out the other's. (The grass is always greener, you know.) Sometimes this results in occasional fights, as is evidenced by Evin's nose. Not sure if Graham was responsible for that or not. Separate frames are probably a good idea here!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Upta Camp"

We headed "upta camp" for the day today. This was the view on the way in. What a beauty! No bugs, little wind, and temperatures in the low 70's. Can't beat it!

Later while on a walk, I decided to shoot this old house. It reminded me of day#100's picture of the deserted old farmhouse, although I tried to incorporate some different angles.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Yellow Tulips

I love it when it stays light late enough to go for an after-dinner walk. Caught this capture on just such a walk this evening!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jumbo Whoopie

We celebrated my son's birthday a day early today. He will be turning 17. His "cake" was a jumbo whoopie pie made at a local bakery. What's not to love?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I won this table in a raffle at school years ago. It looks great outdoors in the summer with a potted plant atop it. Time to dust off the outdoor furniture and to start thinking WARMTH!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Birthday Cake

So it was my birthday today. My 14 year-old daughter made me a delicious cake with funfetti! It's so nice to have family that cares about you!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Today we took our son, a high school junior, to the campus of our alma mater for open house. I was reminded of the variety of types of trees and shrubs that grow on campus. I have no idea what type of tree this is, other than these appear to be cherries of some sort. However, as in the past, I know some smart horticulturist bloggers will hopefully help me out! Do you know what kind of tree this is?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Swim

My principal loaned me her zoom lens over vacation. Made it infinitely easier to get closer to this Canadian goose out for a Sunday swim!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Snow

I shot this just yesterday without snow. Such a cruel joke by Mother Nature!

I'm afraid this daffodil's down for the count.

This could be pretty... if it weren't April!

Friday, April 16, 2010


The start of April vacation means I can take my time shooting and likely post much earlier in the day! My azalea bush looks so beautiful right now. Not sure how happy it'll be with the forecasted rain and snow for this weekend. Alas, April is still a winter month here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Udderly Curious

This was my first try at shooting cows (figuratively speaking). They looked extremely curious as to why I'd stopped my car and walked up to their fence! It is clear that to do a better job I will need a zoom lens of some sort. Not happy with this shot, but it's a baseline, I guess.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cupola #2

My husband just finished building this cupola for our garage. I think he did a fine job!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bloomin' Tulips

Today my class was thrilled to find that our Journey North tulip garden has begun to bloom! This is the earliest bloom that we have record of in the 7 years that I've been doing this project! (You may have noticed that this is the second day that I've posted two pictures- not just one. Was feeling a bit like a mother being forced to choose her "favorite child". Just can't do it.)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Apple Blossoms

It seems so early for apple blossoms! Everything's about 2-3 weeks ahead this year. How beautiful to look at, though.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


This old farmhouse has been deserted for years now. It's sad to see it in such a state, although it still has so much character.

P.S: It's day #100! Such a milestone!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Forsythia in the Rain

The forsythia bushes outside my school are a brilliant yellow. They were even prettier this morning covered in droplets of rain!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Magnolia in Bloom

Seems like everything's beginning to bloom as of late! This is one of the beautiful blooms on a magnolia at school. Lovely!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Purple Pansy

Passed this purple pansy (and its friends) as I walked to work this morning. SOOOO glad spring is here!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Family Tree

This is my first attempt at some sort of self-portrait. I bought these earrings last spring at a genealogy conference. They depict a family tree.

Monday, April 5, 2010

April Showers Have Brought...

I planted the bulbs for these "early bloomers" close to 10 years ago. (I can't remember their name.) They always bloom about the time my crocuses do. Finally all those April showers (and torrential downpours) have brought about something positive!

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Nothing like fresh asparagus with Easter dinner! Add a little hollandaise sauce.....yum!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Tulips

Bought these tulips to bring to Easter dinner tomorrow. Decided to shoot them first!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Foggy Beach

I rode to a nearby beach with a friend today and took a walk. It was very foggy, although there were actually several people out doing the same thing. It was so relaxing- I love walking along the beach!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


This interesting cupola sits atop the town hall. This building used to serve as one of the town elementary schools many years ago. I liked the shadows caused by the setting sun.