Year 2/Day 198

Year 2 - Day 198

Will had to run some errands downtown for the estate and instead of trying to hassle with parking I just dropped him off and drove around.  While driving I found an interesting place to stop and take some pictures and walk around for a little bit.  It was very peaceful and quite.

We also decided to have one cheat night and had dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse.  I figured this would be a good place to get something kind of healthy.  I got a small filet steak, salad with raspberry vinaigrette (on the side), and broccoli.  We didn’t get any appetizers or desserts and I only had one piece of bread.

…But…

I still managed to feel gross afterwards.  Bloated and greasy.  Yuck.  Not the greatest idea.

Year 2/Day 194

Year 2 - Day 194

Spent a little time outside in the cold taking photos of flowers.  Didn’t stay too long though…cause it was cold! :)

Year 2/Day 95

Year 2 - Day 95

It’s been raining for days, and it has been so gloomy.

Thankfully, the sun decided to peak out and say “Hello” for a little while today.  I love how the sun shines and reflects off wet surfaces.  I had a moment to try and capture the beauty before it disappeared.

Day 40

Day 40

Another bug picture.

I feel like I’m beginning to get in a photo rut, and I need to find a way out.  Quick.  I don’t think my photos have been bad lately…I just don’t feel like I’ve been getting a lot of variety.

I really want to grow as a photographer during this project, and I think I’m at one of those points where I need to push myself and stretch a little.  Unfortunately though, I’m one busy girl right now.  I’m currently looking for a job, enrolled in nursing school, and trying to learn how to be a better photographer.

The whole unemployed part of that scenario really limits the amount of money I can put towards this new hobby.  I’m trying to find places I can go that are cheap to free, and as much as I would love a “real” camera, I’m alright using my phone…for now.

I suppose the best thing to do now is take a few minutes everyday to read up on a new technique, or find some inspiring photos or articles.  Just stay motivated Brandi!  You got this.  :)

Day 39

Day 39

After the long day yesterday, I only managed to sleep for 2 hours today.  On top of that, I decided to walk 3.5 miles today…cause…ya know…exercise and all.

Today’s photo journey was another trip around the yard.  Luckily, there always seems to be neat things to photograph outside, but the mosquitoes are killer.  It has been rainy the last few days, so there were lots of water droplets on everything and too many mosquitoes in the air.  :)

Today’s picture was actually the last thing I shot.  I managed to get a few other good shots as well, but I really liked the contrast on this one.  The veins on leaves, especially dead leaves, always seem to catch my eye.  This one almost has a burnt quality to it as well, that I find very intriguing.

Day 36

Day 36

So, my story today has nothing to do with my photo of the day.

Today, or should I say this evening, has been one of those days where I ended up getting lost in the internet.  Have you ever had one of those days?  You know, your simply checking your timeline on Facebook, and wind up clicking on a video link.  You notice an interesting looking link on the right side of the page, and click to see what that’s about.  Next thing you know, you’ve been watching videos for hours, and have found 2 new bands that you now love.  :)

That’s kinda what happened to me.  Tonight, I have been exposed to Lindsey Sterling and Pentatonix.  WOW!  First of all, what amazing musicians!  Secondly, what amazingly different styles of music they are.

Lindsey Sterling (http://www.lindseystirling.com/) is a classically trained violinist, who plays with electronic sounds and dances with reckless abandonment.  She is fan-tas-tic.  I will absolutely be getting some of her music as soon as possible.

Pentatonix (http://ptxofficial.com/) is a group of out-of-this-world vocal musicians, who harmonize without using instruments, only their voices.  Double wow.  These guys are crazy good, and again, I want their stuff ASAP.  :)

After doing some basic research on these two artists, I came to realize that they both got their start on TV talent shows.  Who knew!?  Lindsey Sterling was on America’s Got Talent, and Pentatonix won The Sing-Off.  Lucky me, today I was introduced to them, and can now enjoy the music that they create.  :)

There may be a lot of crap (for lack of a better word) on the internet nowadays, but it’s days like today that I can really appreciate the good ole World Wide Web.  Social media may be crippling our youth from actual social interactions, but with it, we can also share things of great inspiration and beauty.  We can expose people to music/art/ideas that they possibly never would have witnessed without the internet.  For that, I am grateful for technology and the connections that can be made.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to share MY love of photography to “strangers”.  Although, even with that, I beginning to make new friends and share memories.

 

Day 34

Day 34

Like looking into a crystal ball, this sunflower has a lot of secrets to tell.  Unlike fortune telling…I have to wait to see it’s future.  My roommate has planted some gigantic sunflowers in the yard, and I love checking in to see how much it’s grown.  So far, it’s taller than me and still growing.  I can’t wait to take more pictures of it, as the flower starts to bloom.

I really love the textures of the leaves.  It looks prickly…but it’s actually quite soft.  Very interesting plant.

And look!…Larry’s back!  :)

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