leap/snow day…

grace licking snow

I didn’t anticipate leap day being much of a day out of the norm but it really was.  Up here in the northern part of the USAwe look forward to a snow day every once in a while at least.  The day started out early with a recorded call from the school superintendent saying how school would be closed due to weather.  After turning the TV on to check out the weather and road conditions you get to crawl back into bed to sleep in.  As each kid wakes up they start to realize it is a snow day that’s why they got to sleep in.  At breakfast the excitement starts to build as the discussion of what each kid wants to make in the snow first is voiced.  It is like a bonus day, a free day, a day that doesn’t count.  You get to do something you hadn’t planned on doing that day.  Being this was the first snow day we have had since we move to our little farm I thought I should go out and check on everything.  Our 15-year-old told me I would want my camera so I grabbed it on the way out the door.  The snow was beautiful but the rain that came before the snow had turned to ice.  Then that wet sticky kind of snow was on top of that.  The branches sagged under all the weight.  It was kind of eery for some reason.

snow day

Some were bending down to the driveway.  Some had broken and were laying on the ground, shed roof and the fence.  The very fence we had just fixed on Saturday.  I closed the gate to the pasture and unplugged the new fencer.  I didn’t want that to burn out again.  I continue to walk down our township road and take images of the ice and snow.

windmill in disguise

Once back in the house it was time to start warming up by baking.  The kids played outside for hours and had warm chocolate chip cookies when they came in.  A day like this called for soup or stew so beef stew was made for supper with cranberry muffins.

warm cranberry muffin

The night was wrapped up by planting some sweet pepper seeds.  That task reminded me that spring is right around the corner and the snow won’t last long.

sweet pepper seeds

I sure enjoyed my leap/snow day.  How was yours?



Photos…sorting and organizing what a challenge

Challenge yourself

As a photographer I have bins upon bins of pictures and hard drives upon hard drives of  images. They need to be sorted and organized every once and awhile.  When I do that I come across a few that are worth a second look. The image of a glacier in AlaskaI named “Challenge yourself”.  I wasn’t climbing the glacier like the climbers were but I was challenged just by getting the image photographed.  My asthma was pretty flared up with all the altitude changes we were making in a day.  I insisted on bring my camera gear everywhere.  My pack was heavy.  That is as far as I could go with out going into a full-blown asthma attack.  I picked a spot and started shooting all around me.  It reminds me to “keep challenging myself but everyone’s challenges are different and that’s okay”.

Hotel DeFontanac learning Photoshop

The 2nd image is from a last-minute trip we took to Old Quebec.  My best camera was being fixed so I had only a Nikon film camera, my Hasselblad (film also) and a Digital point and shoot with me.  It was a challenge to not shoot how I was used to shooting. The images where amazing because I was thinking in a whole different way while I was shooting.  This was also when I started learning how to use Photoshop.  Now that was a challenge!  What’s your project today? Is it a challenge?