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Photo 101 – Week 2

Once again, it’s been one of those weeks. As each day’s Photo 101 assignment arrived in my inbox, I thought not about what I could shoot that day, but rather – Oh – I think I have just the picture in my “stash” that would fit that! So here goes – another week of assignments completed via my archive of photos over on Flickr.
Day Six: Connect & TagsThere are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?
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This shot of the almost completed bridge that diverts traffic from the top of the Hoover Dam was the first thing I thought of with the assignment title of “Connect”. So close! (This photo was taken in 2010 – the bridge is quite complete now, and we’ve even driven across it. :))
Day Seven: Big & Point of ViewToday, let’s go big. Whether inside or outside, photograph something of massive size. Feel free to interpret big in your own way, and get creative with your shot. Capture all or just part of the subject. Place it in the foreground so it takes up the entire frame. Or shoot it from afar so it appears smaller — yet still prominent.

Couldn’t resist these two BIG things that popped up in my head.
Grand Canyon – April 2010 – Grand Canyon-25
Sequoia National Park – Feb 2009 –
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Now that’s Big!

Day Eight: Natural World & Leading LinesCapture the natural world with your camera: document a moment outside, big or small. From a panorama snapped during your morning hike to a close-up of a leaf in your yard, we invite you to document this wondrous world around us.
One of my all-time favorite headers –
Lake Tahoe May 2010- tahoe header
And then while we’re on the subject of nature –
Baby birds at The Cabin – June 2013-

Day Nine: Warmth & the Quality of LightToday, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. And if the sun is nowhere to be found, don’t worry! You can interpret warmth in a different way.
There’s nothing like the jeweled necklace of a dew-studded spiderweb
And then from our second month on the road –
Early morning deliciousness on Georgian Bay (Ontario, Canada) – Sept. 2004 garygeorgianbay-1

Day 10: Mystery & Lighting Effectsshare an image that creates a sense of mystery. A lone mitten on the sidewalk. A trail leading off into the distance. Your dog’s deep brown eyes. Intrigue us with uncertainty.

A smoke shrouded mountain in Alaska, Summer of 2009
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I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be doing these assignments in more of a real-time scenario, but I have to confess I’ve really enjoyed hunting down these pictures over on my Flickr account.  And with 15,390 uploaded photos to choose from, there has to be something that fits! Right?


Photo 101

Remember that Blogging course I signed up for back in January? (Man, was that 2 months ago?). It was pretty interesting following along with their prompts and suggestions, and I think I gleaned a couple of good ideas from them. I spruced up the blog by changing the template, added some picture links, and started with a couple of “features” – Sabbath Rest and Mondays are for Memories. And, it encouraged me to do the Post-A-Day (self-imposed) challenge last month. I even signed up for their Blogging 201 course, but that turned out to be all about writing poetry. Maybe I’ll tackle that in my next lifetime! But I did sign up for their Photo 101 course that started on March 2nd. Hey, I take lots of pictures – maybe this will be fun! The premise was that you would be instructed to take a photo a day, using a predetermined style or prompt. I’m really glad that all of these ‘courses’ have been free, because I really don’t know who has the time to do all of these things. Please don’t judge me, but I didn’t have the time this past week to go out and actually take the pictures per their instructions. But each of the prompts did bring certain images to mind, so I did a bit of Flickr searching to see what I could find. Here are my assignments and my completed homework for the first 5 days –
Photography 101
Day one – Home – Home is elusive. When we think about this word, we might picture different physical locations. And while home is often found on a map, it can also be less tangible: a loved one, a state of mind. GettingReadytoGo-16

This is home for me. My loved one looking out our big front window.

Day two – Street – Yesterday, we asked you to interpret home in your own way: you might have posted an image of a house, the countryside, an entire city skyline, or something else entirely. Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes.

So here is a shot of Seattle that fits the assignment –Drive to WA - Day 7-9
But for us a “street” is more likely to look like this –
The Ride Home
or maybe like this –
It's been a rainy drive home, but there is a promise of better things ahead. #godisgood
Day three – Water – We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us. How it reminds us of family vacations, outdoor adventures, or the hot summers of our childhood. How it might symbolize a place we’ve left behind, or a location we dream to go.
Guess that was a no brainer, right?

Day four – Bliss – What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

Bliss: complete happiness, great joy, paradise, or heaven.

Coffee on the cabin yard – you’re not really surprised this is my interpretation of “bliss” are you?
Day five – Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”
We’re excited about today’s theme, solitude. In addition to thinking about what it means to you, also consider the placement of the subject in your shot. How can you interpret the state of being alone, or a lonely and uninhabited place?
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I took this picture in 2008 as we drove through New Mexico, and I have often thought of that solitary house. I haven’t a clue of its story (and I doubt that it follows the “Rule of Thirds”), but I did know I was awfully glad of the opportunity to share it with you all again.

So, now that I’m all caught-up (well, sort of) with my week of assignments, I can take tomorrow off.  And you never know, next week I might even get out the camera!

Don’t forget to spring ahead!


Mondays are for Memories

One of the assignments given during the Blogging 101 Course that I (sorta) took was to create a “feature”. I thought about Wordless Wednesdays or Throwback Thursdays (already done over on Facebook) or maybe even Freaky Fridays. Nothing really jumped out at me until I started doing a couple of posts that required me to look back through my 10+ years of blogging to find a particular entry. And I found out that I really enjoyed being reminded of some of the really wonderful-special-extraordinary-everyday events that I’ve journal-ed about over the years. So my newest feature (this month and hopefully for the months to come) will be Mondays are for Memories – a re-post picked randomly (or not) from the RV There Yet archives. I’m more than happy to do all the choosing, but if you’d like to shout out a date (no, you can’t just shout it, Fitz – you have to leave a comment!) I’ll be happy to find the post closest to that date and re-post it on a Monday. (Just for the record, my first post was June 29, 2004.)
For this week, I’ve chosen one that is almost 10 years exactly old. February 15, 2005

On The Other Side of Disney!

What do you get when you take 6 adults and 2 small children, put them together in an RV and a tent on one campsite, add a five day Disney pass and almost perfect weather?
Eight very tired people who thoroughly enjoyed themselves (to the point of exhaustion it seemed at times) and each other immensely!
We truly had a special time as a family at Fort Wilderness and Disney World last week. It’s hard to believe that something we’ve talked about and been planning for over three years is now just a wonderful memory to be cherished.
Yes, we were a little cramped and
Yes, there was “stuff” everywhere and
Yes, our precious 2 yr old Ellie suffered a couple of meltdowns from excitement overload combined with late nights and missing naps and
Yes, we ALL went home with colds and the need for repeated naps,
Hayley was content in her stroller for hours on end,
Ellie got to hug Snow White, Mickey Mouse, any number of Lion King friends, Winnie the Pooh, Stitch (or was it Lilo?) and even Nemo.
Toby, Tammy, Lara and Josiah got to ride the roller coasters and see the shows they wanted to. Gary and I even took in a few ‘coasters and shared some old people moments while we enjoyed the company of the grandbabies while the big kids took their turns!
We got to share meals together (even getting together with my niece Bethany who lives in NY City, but who happened to be in FL on a mini-vacation) and even agreed (mostly) on what kind of food we should be eating! (BTW, everything was delicious and while not a bargain, was not totally out of sight price-wise!)
We played miniature golf, sat around the campfire and sang silly songs with Chip and Dale, spent recovery time just hangin’ round the campground and never left the Disney Complex (except to do airport runs) the entire time.
It was a VERY WONDERFUL WEEK and one that I believe we will all cherish for years to come.
Lara’s back in California, Toby, Tammy and the girls are back in Columbus (trying to reestablish their routine, I’m sure) and Josiah is back in Doylestown. The RV is quiet again, and I’m missing them already!
Here we are at the Disney miniature golf course – with a trailer of course!
(There are a couple of new pictures of the girls on the family picture page – I must confess that most of the pictures centered around Ellie (and I’m sure you’ll be able to tell why!) )

(This post was done on a different blog ‘platform’ and the mysterious “family picture page” no longer exists. I have no idea where those pictures are now living on the internet. I hunted around and finally found the batch on a CD, so you are welcome to see more of our family ten years ago in Disney World HERE!)


That word has been rolling around in my head for a while now. I want to become more intentional about a lot of things, but this month my goal is to be more intentional about this little corner of the internet. The combination of the Blogging 101 course (that I’m still wading through even though it’s officially over) and some residual prompts from the Writers’ Conferences I’ve been to over the last couple of years has made me want to be more intentional with my writing.  Why do I write? What do I write? Does it matter that I write? I’ve come to realize that I will never figure out the answers to those questions unless I actually Write.  So it is my intention that I will do a post of some nature each and every day this month.  I have a couple of days already planned (two birthdays, a holiday and even a new baby to announce any day now) and after all, February is a pretty short month. I should be able to do this right?  I did this before in 2013, and while I can’t promise heavy duty prose each and every day, I will promise not to share how many loads of laundry I’ve done (although I have plenty to do this week) or what we’ve had for dinner*. I may combine some prompts from my blogging class or I may just share a favorite photo from my archives. I’ll probably do a couple of FAQ’s too – so if you have a question about this journey we’re on, feel free to leave it in the comment section and I’ll work it in!

Just to start this Fabulous February Filled with Frivolity and Fluffiness, here is a video of one of our extraordinarily adorable grandbabies –

You’re welcome!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll join me on this month long adventure!
*Oh, about the dinner pictures. This does eliminate the possibility of food pictures. Just sayin’.

Actually doing the homework!

I guess you can tell that I’ve been trying to do some of my Blogging 101 homework. If you’ve stopped by before you can see that I’ve not only changed my header picture, but I’ve also changed the whole template. It’s similar (I really like being able to easily change that header picture), but different. I’ve been learning about things called widgets and plug-ins and figuring out how to tweak the layout of things. Aside from main template change I’ve also –

  • Updated my “About Us” Page.  Not a big change, just tried to freshen it up a bit. 🙂
  • Added a Flickr widget in the sidebar that scrolls through my last 20 uploaded pictures. If you click on the “big” picture it will take you to all of my pictures over on Flickr, so that’s pretty cool.  And the widget itself is a pretty cool gizmo.  I can also have it just show pictures with a certain “tag” – like the cabin in the spring!
  • Added a page for my Instagram photos too! I don’t know how useful that will be, but it was fun to figure out how to make it work.
  • Re-installed the contact form on the “Contact Us” page. So if you’d like to contact us via email instead of leaving a contact that option is back.
  • Finally got the RV picked up after our unpacking and monthly mail delivery.  OK, so that’s not actually Blogging 101 homework, but it sure is Home Work! And it sure needed to be done!

If you have a moment I’d love to hear how you like the changes. Or how you don’t.  Is something missing that used to be on the page?  I was pretty happy with the previous blog-look and was in no hurry to change, but sometimes it’s fun to shake it up a bit! And I think this old dog even learned a new trick or two in the process!

Have a good weekend, everyone!