In Thankfulness of Heart

I haven’t done much decorating for holidays this year, but for some reason, I was in the mood for a little Fall in the house.  I’ve put out the beautiful table runner Julia made for me on the dining room table, along with my amber glass turkeys.  I am so in love with the turkeys.  Every year I am thankful I bought them because they make me so happy every time I unwrap them to put on our table.  I did a little something different for the centerpiece, using the gourds in one of my hurricanes.

Not a lot of decorating, just a few touches around the house.  So in love with white pumpkins on the mantel too.

And Julia sent me a very thoughtful care package from Rhode Island a couple of weeks ago.  Her note said “I thought you might like some of the beauty of New England for yourself.  I thought of you and collected and dried these leaves.”  I’m so thankful for that.

And somehow I’ve never noticed it before, but it appears our tree in the front yard takes on a beautiful color in the Fall.  Who knew?

We’re having a quiet Thanksgiving this year, just watching the Macy’s Parade and then going over to my inlaw’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. 

And we definitely have a reason to be thankful each and every day. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bishop Arts District

On Sunday, we went out to the Bishop Arts District to take our anniversary photos.  Last year we did them at the State Fair, which was fun.  It would be nice though, if we could arrange our schedules to have our anniversary photos done in April, when our anniversary is! 

The Bishop Arts District is made up of a bunch of fun little boutique shops and restaurants, including the soda shop you see above.  We took a good portion of our photos in this great little restaurant that featured this sweet little birds on wooden tables.  I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out!

After all the photos were taken, we decided to duck into Eno’s Pizza for a quick snack.  I loved the atmosphere in here. 

Everything felt so autumnal.  Even the customers…I fell in love with her red hair against her blazer. 

And the pizza was fantastic.  It was super thin crust, just like in Rome, with fresh basil on top.  Very few places make pizzas like the Romans do!  And the root beer was on tap and fantastic.  Just what I needed to top off a great afternoon.

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Dallas Skyline

Saturday night, I joined Eric and the photography club in shooting the Dallas skyline at night.  I wasn’t overly excited about it, since we’d previously done a Dallas After Dark shoot.  But, as soon as we hit the first location for the night, I was thrilled.  Look at the fabulous reflections I got on the water from the lights.

Eric helped me out with my camera settings (I’m now determined to learn how to figure this out on my own!) and he let me use one of his tripods, which I actually used.  Shocker.

We moved on to the second location, a little closer than the first.  The first thing I found out was that with the slower shutter speed, look what happened to the traffic going by – you just get this cool blur of light.

See?  And along with neon, I have a fascination with graffiti. 

From there we moved on to our final location.

Like I said, I was thrilled that I went with Eric. The event was so well-planned and I think I got some great shots. I’m completely determined to learn more about camera settings and learning how to work the technical aspects. I think I’ve got a good feel for what I like to photograph and the way I like to compose my shots, I just need to learn how to make my vision happen.

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Worldwide Photo Walk 2010

Since I’ve been posting a bit about my photography, I realized I needed to post about the Worldwide Photo Walk.  Back in July I participated in the WWPW, which is put on every year by Scott Kelby.  This year there were 1112 photo walks across the globe, and 33,497 participants.  Eric and I were members of the group that shot in Uptown Dallas.

I was pretty happy with the photos I took.  I tried to push myself to take a variety of types of photos, as well as to photograph things that maybe not everyone else would choose.

I really enjoyed wandering about with the group and watching the other members choose their shots.

The photo above was one of my final three choices for which one to submit to the contest.  I loved how this one came out.  The blue shutters at the top of the post was another final choice.

I found that I really was drawn to shots of numbers for some reason.  Guess their graphic nature was just calling to me that day.

But my favorite part of the day was over at the DMA.  I have always loved this mosaic.

And here’s the photo I submitted to the contest.  I loved the juxtaposition of nature and industry.

What a great day.  I was so proud of myself for participating.  I’m really happy with my photos and I hope to participate again next year.

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365 Photo Project

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Way back when, in the spring of 2009, I decided as part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days that I would start a photo project – taking a photo every day for a year.  I figured it would be kind of a cool way to journal a year of my life with photos and also it might help me improve my photography skills.  I learned a lot in that year, which ended back in March (I know, I’m a little slow to talk about it).  One of the things I learned is that many days, I just wasn’t feeling it.  So I’d take photos of the cat or some other method of “phoning it in”.  Of course, after losing Romeo in June of this year – those photos of him at 10pm at night are precious to me.  But, I also learned that on days when I am feeling it – I took some great photos.  And it was fun to look back at them and see some of the things that happened during that year.  The photo at the top of this post was my first photo for this project.  I’ve even used one of my 365 photos on my About page.

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It was a hard project – hard to stick with, and some weeks I didn’t.  But, I’m so glad I pushed myself to do it.  And some of the most rewarding photos were captured when I said to myself “I’ve been wanting to stop and take a photo of that for a long time”, and then I just pulled the car over and got out with my camera. 

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I thought this “wrap up” post would be a good place to share some of my favorites from the year too.  But, if you’d like a look back through those 52 weeks, you can find the posts here

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There were photos from Miami, photos at work, photos on my way to school, photos from the “walkabouts” I went on with Eric and his camera club, photos from my first 5k and photos celebrating holidays with our families.

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It was even an interesting way to look back at the books I was reading during the year – because strangely those books ended up in my photos more often than not.

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I documented snow on Christmas Eve, and then later in February when we had snow again.

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But above all, I’m glad I had this experience and that I challenged myself to do it. I’m so appreciative that it brought Eric and I closer together as he taught me the ins and outs of using my camera, suggesting trying new settings, and walking with him in the snow – cameras in both of our hands.

It was a crazy, whirlwind of a year. But, at least I can look back at these photos and remember.

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New Digs

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Welcome to the new home for my blog!  I’m really excited about the possibilities of what this means for the future.  Eric has been so helpful and supportive (and extremely patient) through this move – I can’t thank him enough.

I hope to post more regularly on this blog and can’t wait to share some of the things I’ve got lined up to share.

If this is your first visit, welcome!  Take some time to look around.  I still have a lot of work to do here, but I was anxious to flip the switch.

So here I am – glad you are too!

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