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Monday, Monday

What a week! It rained all day Tuesday and all day Thursday. Wednesday and Friday were solidly gray, overcast and damp. But Monday, oh lovely Monday, looked like this:

I’m participating in Susannah Conway’s April Love 2017 (there’s a photo prompt for each day during the month of April), and the prompt for Monday was “Noon.” How lucky was I that this one glorious day fell on Monday? I was tired and not feeling well as I headed out, but an hour of walking on the beach at midday, breathing in the salt air, feeling the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, renewed my body and spirit.

This is the collage I made and posted in the April Love group on Facebook. But after all my moaning about snow and winter lingering on forever, I thought you all might like to see it, too.

This . . . THIS is what I’ve been waiting for!


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Not a Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

Our optional April theme for {In the Picture}, the self-portrait project I’m participating in, was “Shake It Out.” Last weekend I took my camera and tripod and headed down to a spot by the river that I knew was likely to be deserted. I experimented with taking photos of myself whirling and twirling and jumping around, though it felt pretty silly. Most of the photos ended up looking pretty silly, too, in my opinion, at least.

Trying for Takeoff

In spite of that, I enjoyed moving and stretching and just basking in the beautiful, warm sunlight. And I did “shake it out” to the extent that I got some nice relaxed selfies at the end of the shoot that I like a lot. Here are a couple:

Perfect Accessory

Life is Good

Though I still feel self-conscious about it, I’m beginning to feel more comfortable in front of my own camera. I realized as I went through these images that the main reason I didn’t care for the “prancing and dancing” ones is that they really do not express who I am. They might picture my physical self, but they do not portray me — my real, inner self. That’s what I want my self-portraits to do.

Windblown

Linking up with Christy at Urban Muser for April’s {In the Picture} linky party.


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Back on the Hunt

Since yesterday was such a beautiful day, and since I got so many things crossed off my to-do list, I’m rewarding myself with Scavenger Hunt Sunday. This week’s prompts were Yellow, Something that makes or made you smile, Ancient or Antique, Splash, and In the Sun.

Yellow:

No Respect

Andrew V. Mason once said, “If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.” I have no idea who Mr. Mason is or was, but I liked his quote and have always remembered it. And I am very fond of dandelions!

 

Something that made me smile:

Take Me Away

These not only made me smile, they made me circle the block and find a place to park so I could take some photos. Of course they made me think of friend Kat Sloma, who has a “thing” for scooters, but it also occurred to me that one of these might be fun for running around town in my next life . . . you know, after I retire and move to the country.

 

Ancient or Antique:

Janet's Beads

These were given to me about 45 years ago by my late mother-in-law. They had been given to her, many years before that, by a Canadian friend who told her they were Indian trade beads. I wish I knew more about them, where they came from, and even what they’re made of. It’s interesting to imagine all the hands they might have passed through.

 

Splash:

Over the Edge

There’s a low dam in the river just behind my apartment building, whose purpose (I think) is to regulate the flow of water through a small hydroelectric facility across the river. The water flows over the dam in many moods, depending on the season and weather. It was peaceful on the evening I took this photo.

 

In the Sun:

Blue & Gold

I’ve photographed this clock tower near my office downtown in every season and many different lights. On my way home this day, I noticed the late afternoon sun illuminating both the golden dome and the forsythia in bloom along the street where I was parked. My attempt to catch the light was only partially successful, but I like the image anyway.

 

Special Bonus All-in-One:

Oh Happy Day

Yellow — flowers and shirt.  Something that makes me smile — going out to play on a sunny spring day.  Ancient or Antique — that’s ME, of course.  Splash — all that bright splashy color.  In the Sun — too obvious to mention! Extra credit — diagonals!!

Wishing you all a happy week filled with sunshine, and some rain, too, if you need it. (We do!)

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