I have only ONE MORE MONTH in my 365-day photo challenge!
November 1. Panorama
November 2. High Aperture
November 3. Street (technically, this is a road. Please forgive me.)
November 4. Spinning
November 5. Action
November 6. Story (My favorite librarian loaned this book to me today. I can already tell that I am going to like it.)
November 7. Silly face (this “plant” spontaneously grew in my office today while I was at lunch)
November 8. Buy (Harris Teeter had a sale; I had a coupon.)
November 9. Weekend
November 10. Opinion (My opinion is that York peppermint patties are the most underrated candy. Everyone forgets about them, but they are absolutely perfect!)
November 11. Surprise (This guy was chilling on campus today during my lunch break. He didn’t seem very surprised that 15 humans crowded around him with cell phones).
November 12. Tripod
November 13. Hate (I hate cold weather, but I love this pretty frozen fountain.
November 14. Education (my current education consists primarily of my 8-week class about learning disabilities [not pictured]. When time allows, I am also working on research design, listening to Spanish podcasts, and taking a Python coding class, #neverstoplearning).
November 15. Quick (I toyed with the idea of skipping the gym today. But I went, and I ran my quickest pace since March.)
November 16. Hot drink
November 17. Soft (I spent the afternoon at my grandparents’ house, and seeing these puppies brought back so many memories of sleepovers when I was little).
November 18. Candy (I don’t even like Starbursts)
November 19. Order (There is something calming about a well-ordered to-do list).
November 20. Blaze
November 21. Zero (Zero is the number times that I have walked on this roof, even though it is incredibly tempting, and I consider it every day. The subject of this picture isn’t that great; this is the view out my window at work. Around 4 o’clock I realized that the lighting was incredible, so I took a quick picture.)
November 22. Loud (The gym is always loud with bouncing basketballs, clanging weights, thumping “pound fitness” classes, and whirring treadmills. Adding construction to the mix didn’t help any.)
November 23. Simple (Just a drop of rain on the tip of a pine needle. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my close-up lens attachments?)
November 24. Fashion (This was my “fashionable” hat for hat night at church)
November 25. Before
November 26. After (I took these to a potluck at work, and my coworkers wanted to know where I bought fake M&Ms [see yesterday’s picture]).
November 27. Thankful (I’m thankful for evenings with my family, especially when I get to play Scrabble with Mom)
November 28. Fast (have you ever noticed how quickly a sunrise can disappear. My dad called me outside just in time to capture this fast shot.)
November 29. Formal (The day after Thanksgiving formally marks the beginning of Christmas)
November 30. Zig-Zag
In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!
I saw this post on Instagram, and I think that it summarizes my month pretty well:
Despite the cold weather, the 35 deadlines, the panic, and the darkness, November brought joy. Here’s why:
I could describe all 31 of these photos in one word: uninspired. Honestly, I didn’t try very hard to get good pictures; I am just proud that I still haven’t missed a day. Maybe I will get some better shots next month.
Also, I counted 16 pumpkins in these pictures. Let me know if I missed any.
October 1. Matching (I snapped this picture during my run and then a walker wanted to discuss how spooky our neighborhood gets in October. Personally, I thought the matching skeletons on tree swings were funny, not scary.)
October 2. Pumpkin
October 3. Professional
October 4. Sport
October 5. Shoes
October 6. Ceiling
October 7. Name (If you’ve ever written me a thoughtful note, it’s probably in this overflowing box of cards and letters. It took me longer to put all the letters back into my box than it did for me to take this picture.)
October 8. Chaos (Three computer screens just weren’t enough today)
October 9. Bright
October 10. Harvest
October 11. Southern (Fun fact: I live in the city where Krispy Kreme began)
October 12. Healthy
October 13. Luck (According to the Lexington Dispatch, Lee Hinkle attributes the 100-year-long success of his family business to “Hard work, timing and a little bit of luck.” [As reported in the article “Conrad & Hinkle celebrates 100 years” by Ben Coley on February 5, 2019]).
October 14. Door
October 15. Idea
October 16. Thing (This is the “thingest” thing in my apartment. It is an amethyst inukshuk that my brother bought for me when he portaged in Canada last year. These statues used to serve as signposts in the tundra to guide travelers on the safest routes.)
October 17. Black
October 18. Create
October 19. Current mood (I defrosted my freezer today because I didn’t want to study. True story.)
October 20. Polka Dots
October 21. Casual (just another casual stroll through Old Salem)
October 22. Fear (these plastic skeletons don’t scare me. I’m just trying to figure out how last year I completely missed the extravagant decorations that appear in my neighborhood in October.)
October 23. Comfort
October 24. Letters
October 25. Half
October 26. Quiet
October 27. Celebrate
October 28. Button
October 29. Magic (Watching your phone sync nearly 800 photos, dozens of files, and who knows how many contacts in a matter of minutes is magic).
October 30. Travel (This may be the worst photo that I have shared all year. Today was exhausting, so here is a picture of my half-packed suitcase. Maybe I will get a better picture tomorrow after I reach my destination.)
October 31. Deep
Each month, my photos seem to develop an unintentional theme (or two). My mind was somewhat consumed with sunrise/sunset/golden hour for the first part of September. I checked the sunrise and sunset forecast most days, hoping for a brilliant sky. Sunrise became the subject of my photos on September 1, 6, and 8 (and later on day 21). I chose photos of the pre-sunset golden hour on September 2, 3, and 5. On September 12, I took photos of 6 different things before deciding that my best photo that day was of –you guessed it– the sunset.
At the end of the month, I kept taking pictures of yellow plants. Maybe I’ve just been feeling really bright and sunny lately.
September 1. Silhouette
September 2. Youth
September 3. Furry
September 4. Silver
September 5. Warm
September 6. Wanderlust
September 7. Symmetry
September 8. Sunrise
September 9. Seasonal
September 10. Picture of a Picture
September 11. Fire
September 12. Night
September 13. Camera
September 14. Sign
September 15. Clean
September 16. Dirty
September 17. Sad (I don’t know who left these yellow flowers on a bench to wilt, but they are probably the most depressing thing that I have seen today).
September 18. Home (This is the interior of the 4th oldest home–and oldest extant structure–in Old Salem)
September 19. Movement
September 20. Literature
September 21. Peace
September 22. Can’t Live Without (Technically speaking, I can live without dark chocolate. But I don’t want to live that life.)
September 23. Fall
September 24. Stripes
September 25. Country
September 26. Shop
September 27. Perfect (just look at that perfect radial symmetry!)
September 28. Leaves
September 28. Teach (I co-teach an children’s class at church, and the other teacher gave a lesson about prayer today. The children made prayer rocks to remind them to pray)
September 30. Middle (you are seeing these in the middle of the process. They started as leftover cheesecake dip and chocolate chips; they are becoming chocolate-covered cheesecake cups.)
Every time that I leave my grandparents’ house in Michigan, I wonder how long it will be before I make it back up there. Yet, I somehow find myself in Michigan every year, much to my delight (proof: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). This weekend, my parents and I made the 14-hour northbound trip. We spent 2 days with family, attended a wedding, and returned south. As always, the long drive was worth it.
September 5. Warm
September 6. Wanderlust
September 7. Symmetry
I’ve written and deleted half a dozen introductions to this post. Here is a general summary of everything that I’ve thought about saying:
- August 2019 may go down in history as the month that I fell in love with macro lenses (see photos 2, 13, 16, and 24).
- In July I apologized for posting 4 photos of water. This month I have to apologize for posting another 5 photos of water (see photos 1, 3, 13, 17, and 19).
- Overall, this is my favorite month of photos (see photos 3, 4, 13, 17 and 18)
- Every day, it gets a little harder to choose one of the 365 prompts (because every day, there is one less to choose from).
August 1. Water
August 2. Bokeh
August 3. Liquid
August 4. Reflection
August 5. Balloons
August 6. Complex
August 7. Gift
August 8. Culture
August 9. International
August 10. Place
August 11. Handmade
August 12. Tradition
August 13. Zoom In
August 14. Instrument
August 15. Run (I am being liberal with the challenge today…I found this feather while I was running, so I think it fits the “run” theme).
August 16. Money
August 17. Long Exposure
August 18. Horizontal
August 19. Refreshing
August 20. Octagon
August 21. Keepsake
August 22. Expensive
August 23. Gothic
August 24. Wild
August 25. Fresh
August 26. Postmodern
August 27. Cooking
August 28. Metal
August 29. Quaint
31. Bucket List