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“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.”  Mike Huckabee

Wow!  I can’t believe I have reached Day Three Hundred of this 365 Project!  There have been days when I really didn’t think I could come up with something to post . . . another photo much less another blog post!  Because I took on the task of not only doing a self portrait every day, but also doing a blog post about it ever day as well.  I have fallen behind a few times . . . but I have not neglected the actual taking of a photo every day.  It’s pretty incredible what I have learned through this process . . . one of which is Photography is most definitely where my passion lies.  There has been a thread of Photography throughout my entire life . . . I just didn’t pursue it as I am able to now because of where life took me.  I’m here now though, and so fortunate and blessed to be in a position to finally pursue my passion.  In fact – in a few days I will be meeting up with fellow 365’ers in Las Vegas for a weekend of shooting and camaraderie over our shared mutual passion.  Here I am perusing the 365 forums, amazed at the talent and friendships that we have formed even tho few of us have met in person.  Vegas . . . here we come!  

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“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”  Dr Seuss

Baby Girl wakes up every morning giggling and happy and playful.  It’s the most amazing experience for her Papa and I.  I love to listen to her talking with her stuffies in her crib – which she will do for almost half an hour.  Then I’ll hear a tentative “Ya Ya?”  When I get up and go in to get her, she giggles with joy and hides under her blanket.  How can one not just have a great day after waking up to that??  This morning, her last day here in Canada with us, she decided to climb on the window ledge in our bedroom and look outside for the birdies.  I love the whispy softness of this shot – taken with my iPad and processed in Photoshop CS6 with Nik Color Effex Pro.  

I’m going to miss her so much!  But I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend this quality time with her.  

Priceless!

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“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.”  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
 

We woke up in our hotel in Ashland, OR this morning with disappointment in our hearts because we hadn’t been able to visit with my niece the night before due to the Salt Creek Fire on I5 in Northern California.  Instead of dwelling on the disappointment though – we looked forward to our day ahead.  The plan was to make it to just south of Portland where my son lives – which is about a 4-5 hour drive.  My husband mentioned that he’d never been to Crater Lake and would love to take the side trip if it would work out.  We have driven the I5 corridor from Canada to California for years and years . . . never stopping to enjoy all the beauty along the way.  Turns out it was only a few hours detour to do . . . so off we went!  I’d never been there either (not that I remember anyway) so was pretty excited to see this amazing natural landmark.  My picture does not do it justice at all.  Stunning is putting it mildly . . . and we arrived under perfect blue skies with just a slight breeze cooling off the mid 80’s temperatures.  If we had not been detoured by the fire, we would not have taken the time to drive to Crater Lake and enjoy the views.  An unexpected, very enjoyable, bonus in our trip . . . 

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