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Many apologies for my lack of posting! Simply put, life has been overwhelming lately and unfortunately, the blog took a backseat. Rest assured that I am doing my very best to get back into the groove.

Today is the first day in quite a while that I’ve had a decent span of time to process any images. This one I captured back on September 22nd as the sun was sitting low in the sky. The day’s weather was beautiful with temps in the low-80’s and I was feeling a bit sad realizing one of the best summers we’d had in a long time was inevitably coming to a close. Sigh.

"Fade to Fall" (Backlit Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopeduroides) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/3.5, 1/8000s, ISO 640

With that in mind, I walked the landscape in search of a photo that would encompass what I was feeling at the moment… something to wrap my emotions around as the summer light faded.

Mission accomplished. 🙂

My first photographic love will always be flowers and, if they are pink and they are peonies, well then, in my book that is a winning combination for sure! Good thing we are in peony season then, huh? 😉 

I particularly like the unusual perspective and backlighting of this gorgeous blossom. Deliberate underexposure created the dark background, while a gold reflector highlighted that wild yellow center which otherwise would have been lost in shadow. This ranks up there as one of my favorite peony shots. Ever

“Take a Bow” (Pink Herbaceous Peony, Unknown Variety) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/8, 1/200s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

So, there it is, folks. The final Project 365 image! 🙂 

The concept seemed simple enough at the beginning…post (at least) one image every day for 365 days. Never could I have known the journey I would take!   

Here I am, 365 days (and 396 images) later, the task complete. Woo hoo! Elation abounds! 🙂   

Will I stop? Yes and no. I will not commit to posting an image every day for a year. Been there, done that. I firmly believe projects need a finish, otherwise, what’s the point?   

However, I have found that I do love posting my images and writing stories to go along with them, so I will be continuing with the blog. Hooray! 🙂 I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the people I have met along the way and am especially grateful to the ones who took the time to comment and encourage me to be a better photographer than I was. You guys are awesome!! 😀 

As I look back over the year, I can clearly see that my skills have grown by leaps and bounds from that first day. I have become quite comfortable with all the equipment I am fortunate to own and I have been pushed to go beyond my comfort zone. Yes, there have been lows but more often, there have been highs. I couldn’t be happier with the body of work I’ve been able to create! 

My goal for the blog from this day forward is to continue posting images and commentary a few days a week. (To stay in the loop, I highly recommend subscribing to receive notifications of new posts via email). Creatively, I need a break and I want to get back to the days when shooting is something I consider fun and not a requirement. I’ve learned I need to find a happy middle ground.  

I hope you all continue to follow along, continue to inspire me with your images and continue to tell me what works and what doesn’t. Without you, I’m merely a girl with a camera and no purpose. What’s the fun in that? 😉

When I was a kid, we called the seeds from maple trees ‘whirligigs’ since they would twirl and spin as they fell to the ground. On a blustery day, it could actuallyappear as though it were snowing as millions of these seeds were sent aloft from the canopy of the maples. We would gather the fallen seeds in our hands and toss them up into the air, gleefully watching them twirl to the ground once again.  

“Rabbit Ears” (Maple Tree Seeds) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 400, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV, ‘Old West’ Antique Toning Action

Finding a pair of seeds still attached was quite the lucky score today and photographing them back-lit by the sun highlighted all the delicate lacy details. (I actually shot the seeds in black & white but felt a warmer tone worked better in the finished image).  

Enjoy! 🙂

Just couldn’t take another photo of snow or ice!

"Amber Glow" (Close-up of Backlit Hydrangea Leaf) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/160s, +0.3EV, ISO 640

Can someone please send some warmer temps??

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