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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Three holidays a year (Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran's Day) my town erects over twenty flags in rows in a small town park. The flags are loaned for the day by families bestowed with each flag upon the death of their loved one. It's a beautiful sight, both on a patriotic, as well as artistic level. I'm afraid I didn't do it justice, but hope you'll enjoy a bit of the beauty!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lots of Lupine

I was very excited to capture the above field of lupine, not far from my home. I even used my polarizing filter. Got home and uploaded to my camera and was so unimpressed with the colors in this shot. Turns out there are currently forest fires burning to the northwest of us in Canada. Many people across the state today saw the haze and could smell the smoke, and thought something nearby was on fire! People were even cautioned not to call the fire department unless they actually saw a fire of some sort! Fortunately the close-up shot of lupine came out much more brilliantly! Good luck with those fires, Quebec!

Saturday, May 29, 2010


I spent quite a bit of time outside today trimming up bushes and shrubs. After snipping a forsythia branch, I was surprised to find it totally hollow! I grabbed the camera (and macro lens). Mind you, this branch is actually the thickness of a pencil. I wonder what caused this branch to become hollow?

Friday, May 28, 2010


I love hosta, mostly because it's so hardy and "idiot-proof"! I bought this hosta plant two weeks ago. It's been sitting in the garden bed ever since, in the plastic pot, still waiting for me to have time to plant it. With a three-day weekend in progress I hope to save some time to work in the garden.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sharp As A...

As of tomorrow we'll have ten days of school left. Wow! This is the time of year when second graders, anxious about the end of one year and moving to a new school, begin to stretch their behavioral wings. Teachers need to be sharp as a...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Went out in the garden early this morning sporting the macro lens again. I think I'm going to like it!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Macro Experiments

Here are the first two posts using my new (used) macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Lens). It's amazing the detail it picks up on these pansies. (Not sure what the spider thought, though.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kayak Sale

A local outdoor outfitter has lots of brightly colored kayaks in stock. How do you pick a favorite???

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Today's capture was from a series of shots of my all-time favorite soda. My daughter picked out this view. When I asked her why she liked it best, she couldn't explain. It's kind of like why I love Dr. Pepper; not sure why- I just do!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Galileo Thermometer

My husband was given this Galileo thermometer years ago as a holiday gift. It consists of a sealed glass tube filled with water and floating bubbles. The bubbles are filled with a colored liquid, and tags hand from each denoting a particular temperature. As the room temperature changes, so does the density of the water, causing some bubbles to float, while others sink. The bubble that sinks the most denotes the current approximate temperature. It's a pretty ingenious little invention, and a lot of fun to photograph too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Birch Bark

I really enjoy shooting things up close. Have a (used) macro lens coming next week. I am really looking forward to even closer close-ups!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I decided, after a rainy day, that the dandelions on the lawn having gone to seed might be an unusual subject for today. Not until I enlarged them did I see some of the interesting details, like the brown seeds beginning to separate from the center!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Honestly...this was a last minute shot tonight. I left for school at 7:30am., and due to a very long meeting, didn't get home until 7:30pm. tonight. My daughter loves pink- it's everywhere in her bedroom. Including this pink butterfly adorning her pink curtain, near her (you guessed it) pink wall.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Barrel Planter

Finally had time today to plant some pansies in my barrel planter. What a beautiful day to work outside!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pine Cone

As I was out mowing the lawn today, I noticed these interesting-looking cones forming on the red pine in our yard. Kind of looks like a small pineapple!

Friday, May 14, 2010


I sing with a local community chorus. We had our dress rehearsal tonight, with a performance both Saturday and Sunday. It's been a long week at school before even getting to rehearsal. Perhaps this portion of our lyrics should become my mantra!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


The lilacs in our yard have bloomed a full two weeks ahead of the usual time of year. However, the blooms were much less robust than in years past. Could the warmer winter have made a difference?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tennis Anyone?

This spring my daughter took up tennis for the first time- joined the high school tennis team. She inherited my 10 year old racquet...at least for her first season. Glad somebody's getting to play!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Town Wharf

Drove down to the town wharf tonight in hopes of a pic of the day. After capturing these lobster traps...

along came what appeared to be the wharf mascot. Apparently as grizzly as the traps look... there's something mighty tasty inside!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010


It was cold and rainy here yesterday. Today is partly sunny, but windy! My daughter's hair is a testament to that fact!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I went to visit my mother today for an early Mother's Day lunch. While there, one of her cats, Mocha, decided to pose for some shots. I love his blue eyes!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Blue Bracelet

I pulled this blue bracelet out the other day. I love the colors and patterns in the polymer clay beads! Thought it might be an interesting shot.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Unknown Bush-Spring Edition

This bush was my third post back in January. I called it Unknown Bush. I now believe it must be in the azalea family, given the blossoms. Decided to try for an unusual angle today. What a difference a season makes!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Morning Maple

Went outside this morning while the kids were at recess. Caught the sun peeking through one of the maple trees. The weather was just spectacular today!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rainbow of Tulips

A neighbor down the street has the most beautiful border along the edge of her property along the street. Tulips of every color imaginable line her front lawn! I can't imagine how long they took to plant!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Bug Saga

So...funny story (not). I took a medical day off today for a mid-day doctor's appointment, and decided to finally get my '79 Bug inspected early this morning. (Everything was in order- it just needed an inspection.) On the way to the garage I got stopped due to... yes- no inspection. A bus load of local students drove by while I was pulled over. I'm sure many of them knew me! It passed inspection, however on the way home (being an older Bug), it blew a fuel line. I sat on the side of the road for an hour waiting to be towed. Given that it's an older Bug, it loses about one fuel line per year. My husband joked tonight that perhaps it should say "fuel EJECTION" on the back instead! Very possibly!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Farm Equipment

I tried for another "cow capture" today, with little success. (I really need to start thinking about a telephoto lens.) Then I saw this farm equipment sitting in a field across the road. It looked rather lonely, but certainly ready for haying come July!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Car Wash

I'm trying to get my 1979 Super Beetle back on the road for the summer. It's insured and registered. Just need to get it inspected and she'll be ready to go! Decided that it was such a nice day that it needed washing today. Maybe by this time next week I'll be tooling around town in it!