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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Before and After

One of my students walked through the door this morning and presented me with this basket of... do YOU know what these are? Well, for those of you who don't, they are horse chestnuts. The big green objects with the spiky protrusions (looking not unlike land mines) are what they look like when they first fall to the ground. If you open the lime-colored covering, you find the beautiful, brown chestnuts! Guess it was wise of Mother Nature to at least cushion their fall somewhat with a soft shell. Imagine the damage they could do (bigger than a quarter) if they fell without!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More Mums

This was another quickie tonight. Seems as though there is always something to do after school, and the sun keeps setting earlier and earlier, making natural light shots less convenient. Luckily still some flowers in bloom to shoot!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Spider Web- Remix

In mid-August I shot an orb weaver spider. Curious that I should find an almost perfect web in the drizzle this afternoon just feet from where that shot happened! My first spider web shot was back in early June, and I wasn't satisfied with it. These shots are much more gratifying!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day at the Fair

Today we drove to a country fair in-state that emphasizes organic farming, environmental sustainability, and traditional skills. The Canon came along and captured lots of sights such as this demonstration of mules plowing a field...
...lots of livestock, including this sheep...
...these sheep and goats (part of a Border collie demonstration)...
...this little piggie going, "zzz, zzz"...
...and lots of demonstrations of wood stoves and splitters. This "curl" of wood was laying on the ground; thought it looked curious. A fun time was had by all (especially the Canon).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

View From the Top

I attended a genealogical conference today. After lunch I took a drive to the top of a nearby mountain to check out the bay. Still a little foggy near the islands, but a gorgeous view nonetheless!

Friday, September 24, 2010

New Lens

This is a quick post tonight- one of the first experiments with my new zoom-telephoto lens. Now I'll capture a sweet moon shot!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Painted Sky

I awoke to a pastel sky this morning, that looked like it had literally been painted with a brush. Not even sure this photo does it justice.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Sometimes when I look at my shots of Graham, I think that's the only mood I can capture... like it's a constant state of being. Or perhaps it's just that he really doesn't like having his picture taken. Regardless, here's another shot chock full of feline attitude!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I love getting new pots of mums each fall- it helps me ease into the "loss" of summer. Tonight while I was shooting these mums, I heard a flock of geese overhead, presumably flying south. I guess with the autumnal equinox arriving tomorrow, it's time to let go of summer.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Brown Sea Glass

More of the sea glass that I've posted on previous days. I love the different shapes and textures. It also occurred to me that this must represent quite a few broken beer bottles!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Maples

Another fall capture. Not feeling particularly creative today- fighting off a head cold.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pink Stonecrop

This pink stonecrop has recently bloomed in one of my garden beds. I love perennials for their low-maintenance nature!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Pennies

Somehow I missed out on the fact that our penny was undergoing redesign this year. My husband was given these two as change at the hardware store yesterday. The "heads" loos the same, but the "tails" is all new!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pin Cherries

I need to carry my camera with me more each week. This morning I had it and spied this colorful pin cherry tree outside my allergist's office. Beautiful reds and greens!

Monday, September 13, 2010


You know you're a project365 blogger if... you see an ice cream topping in the grocery store, and before considering how flavorful it might be, you first think... "hey, that'd make a cool photo"!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


One of the teachers at my school planted sunflowers with her class last year. Several are up and blooming near our bus road. They are a cheerful welcome to school each morning!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Went to check my rain gauge this morning. No rain, but some interesting dew formations!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Goldenrod can be quite lovely when you ignore the fact that it's a weed that can set off some people's allergies. I'll be happy when the weed count goes back down!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Hair

Every once in a while, you just need a change. For me it was having 2-3" of hair chopped off today, and a new style. My students are always thrown a little at first by changes like hairstyles, etc. Wonder what they'll have to say?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


This is one of the apples that was spared the paring knife on Sunday when my daughter made her apple pie!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Acorn Season

It's acorn season again. These cute little nuts have been perpetually pounding our house as of late. Note to self- park new car someplace else!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Apple Pie

My daughter got the urge to make her first apple pie this afternoon. Thankfully she is a MUCH better cook and baker than I am! Quite tasty to say the least!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


No, you aren't seeing double. This is a one-of-a-kind bicycle that my 17 year-old son made today. He welded two bike frames together, somehow created an extra-long chain for the sprockets. Even the brakes work from up there! Any surprise he's looking at various mechanical engineering programs for college next year???

Friday, September 3, 2010

Freshwater Snail

In preparation for Hurricane Earl, my son and I made a quick trip to our camp this morning to pull in our float from the water. Although Earl will likely be a tropical storm by the time he "visits" us, we didn't want our float smashed on the rocks thanks to tropical winds. After we brought it up on the beach, I spied a few freshwater snails laying on the sand. I love the spiraling formation of their shells. It almost reminds me of a french horn!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's September???

See, now I could have sworn, as I sat in the sweltering sun at my daughter's 90˚F field hockey game, that it might have been mid-July! Those poor kids- one actually collapsed from heat exhaustion, and was driven away by Rescue. Could this game not have been postponed?