Wednesday, July 24, 2013

30 Days of My Jubilee Summer

Toward the end of June, I accepted an invitation
to participate in a "30 Days, One Object" photo project
with an Ipernity group.

I counted the days, and realized that if I started the day
we were at the Taos Pueblo and I continued for all 30 days,
the last day of the project would be the day before the students returned
to school.

I ended up doing themes in 3 day groups to keep Jubilee
 in the same dress for 3 days.

#1-New Mexico, #2-Water,
#3-Flowers, #4-Red, White and Blue America,
#5-Swimming and Boating, #6-Public Art
#7-The Day Cottonwoods Came Down, #8- Green
#9-School Playground, #10-The Last Hula

My real opinion?
It did take some consideration each day to come up
with an idea for a photo and actually take it.
There were days I went out to get a good picture,
which was a good thing.
There were days when I was gone all day,
and took Jubilee and my camera with me.
There were days when I wanted to stay home and not think about it,
but I did anyway.
There are pictures I love,
and pictures that are boring.
Then, by the time my vacation had ended,
and I went back to work,
it consumed more energy and creativity 
than I was willing to give.

In the future, I'd like to try it again, with an adjustment for time.
Lauren really wants to do an ABC series.
I really don't want to do a one a day photo sequential photo shoot
as it doesn't seem to do much for the quality of some of my photos.
One a day is okay, but in the future,
there will be more time in between photos,
and I'll do them when I have the time, energy and motivation
to contribute good photos to a series.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cottonwood Stump

I have spent years photographing dolls
around the trunk of this cottonwood tree.
It will be removed down to the stump and the roots,
but here is to a last photo session or two
around the cottonwood.

My small dolls will miss the root slide!

Such a great photography nook!

The wood shavings remind me of the smell 
of a clean horse stall or the animals at the fair.

This is part of my cottonwood collection
on a small table on my balcony:

Jubilee and Lauren enjoyed finding perches next to my chair!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Day the Cottonwoods Came Down

July 7th
Last photographs of the cottonwoods
in front of my apartment, knowing that they would
be removed on Tuesday.

July 9th
They have started removal of these trees.

July 10th
partially done

Hey, Joe, where'd you put the orange cones?

July 11th
The tree closest to me is down.

a little more work needed on the one farther away

30 Days, One Object Photo Project
Picture of the Day
19/30: 7/11/13
A Very Odd Day

Piles and Pieces

who wants to make some doll furniture
out of cottonwood?

second tree down,
they will continue removal all the way to the roots

In Memory of a Cottonwood Tree

July 11, 2013

November 11, 2012

Rio Grande Botanical Garden~Summer

 Yesterday, we got out of the house for a few hours
to go to the Botanical Garden.

 I love fountains,
and the Botanical Garden has several fountains.

This is this best time of year to go the Botanical Garden!
There are a lot of pretty flowers!

This is the biggest flower I have seen
here in Albuquerque!

The pond in the middle reflected the green trees.

There are sculptures here, too,
even in the pond!

Butterflies fluttered all over the Butterfly Pavilion

Do you see the orange butterfly
flying over the flowers?

After we visited the butterflies,
we went to the healer's garden
where herbs and plants used for healing are grown.

It is getting harder to see the barn
at Heritage Farm,

but the adobe farmhouse is pretty as a summer picture.

Sasebo Japanese Garden
is a quiet, contemplative space.

Lauren came along on this trip,
and after waiting and waiting,
she finally wanted her picture taken, too. 

More sweet smelling roses!

We enjoyed our morning at the Botanical Gardens!
We hope you did, too!