Archive | March, 2013

Wordless Wednesday – 3/27/13

27 Mar

Spring? I think not!

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Wordless Wednesday – 3/20/13

20 Mar

Guard dog

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

19 Mar

Time to show us your lunchtime. This might seem like a pretty narrow task, but if you think of “lunchtime” as a theme, there are lots of places you can take it… – WordPress

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Thank goodness for leftovers! Chicken Parmesan is one of my absolutefavorite meals!

And yes, I am reading “50 Shades of Grey” during lunch….sometimes you’ve just got to escape the world for a little while. Usually I’m catching up on reading the blogs I follow, but recently our wifi has been down. So….no judging me, and besides, one of my coworkers told me to read it anyways!

Wordless Wednesday – 3/13/13

13 Mar

Hope is all I have…

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Daily Prompt: Playlist of the Week

10 Mar

“Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of five songs that represent it.” – WordPress

In no particular order, this would be the playlist for the last 7 days….

1. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

2. Catch my Breath – Kelly Clarkson

3. When Can I See You Again – Owl City

4. I Don’t Have to Be Me (Until Monday) – Steve Azar

5. Somebody’s Chelsea – Reba McEntire

Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

8 Mar

Many of us now have phones that are a lot more than just phones — we’re walking around with some pretty powerful cameras in our pockets at all times, poised to freeze moments both sublime and mundane. This month, The Daily Post celebrates the art of phoneography and the cameraphone’s ability to go where DSLRs fear to tread. – WordPress

As I don’t have a smart phone, I will be participating in these challenges using the camera on my iPod touch.

Welcome to my Kingdom, my little part of the world, fondly known as Farmersville or No-Mans Land, U.S.A. As much as I’m longing to move to a warmer, sunnier climate, this is where I grew up and it will always be a part of me. So, welcome, make yourself at home and enjoy exploring my hometown!

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A farm I pass on my commute to and from work

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The volunteer fire department where my uncle is the chief

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The little community church where we go to Christmas Eve Service with my extended family. My maternal grandparents were also married here 53 years ago!

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The sunset from our family room window

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

7 Mar

This challenge is about getting lost in the details. Once you’ve found a subject you want to photograph, challenge yourself to work a little further into the scene…Move the camera around to see how a scene changes. Get low, or reach higher for that matter, and bring out the details that are often hiding in plain sight. – WordPress

If I’m being honest, I had NO IDEA what I was going to submit this week, of if I’d even attempt a post at all. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to photograph. It’s that transition from winter to spring, so everything outside is “ugly,” so naturally that was out. I didn’t want to do people or pets or even Disney, I wanted to really challenge myself this week. That’s when I started combing through some REALLY OLD photos.

Okay, okay, I’m only 24 so pictures I’ve taken can’t really be considered that old, but these are from 2007! Holy freaking cow, I was a senior in high school then and that just feels like a lifetime away…

As I’ve just pointed out, this week’s picture(s) were taken during my senior year while on spring break in Spain with a small group from my high school (2 students, the Spanish teacher, her husband and son. We were also joined by a group of 50+ from a school in Georgia).

On our last full day in Spain (10 day trip touring the country, started in Madrid and ended in Barcelona), we got to see the works of famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. We went to Park Güell, a park he initially designed as a housing complex. Our tour guide, Jésus, described Gaudi as a man who believed in combining nature and architecture. He didn’t believe in straight lines. His work showcased his love for stone, mosaic tiles, old pieces of pottery and tiles.

First, I saw this…

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Then I looked up…

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And then I focused closer…

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This is the Hipostila Room. It has 86 columns and was supposed to be the marketplace for the residential community. The columns not only provided support for the square above, but they also serve as a secret draining system for the rain water collected from the square. The water is filtered and then passes down the columns into a chamber under the room that served as a reservoir.