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“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.”  Bern Williams

I am standing here on a dock at 6am in -7 degree Celsius literally freezing my fingers and toes off to capture this amazingly gorgeous shot of the sunrise over the Fraser River Delta.  This is what this 365 Project has done for me . . . it has awakened the passion for photography that has been bubbling below the surface for many many years.  I’ve always had a camera in my hand to record special moments, but I’ve always wanted to really immerse myself in the craft . . . learn how to really utilize my brain, my vision, and the tools available to me to create amazing and thought provoking images.  I’ve had the most fabulous year of learning.  I’ve made  new friends and connected with some fabulous inspirational photographers.  

One more shot to go .  .  .  then what?

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“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.  You trade in your reality for a role.  You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.”  Jim Morrison

I was doing a bit of cleaning and organizing today.  I came across this mask.  It was gifted to me last year on my birthday.  I’ve always loved masks . . . the more ornate and fancy the better.  I had planned on doing one of my 365 shots with it . . . but never got around to it somehow.  This was just a quick shot with my iPhone4.  

I have spent years trying to remove the mask of what I think others expect from me.  It’s been a long process, and I’m still working on it.  

This 365 Project has been quite instrumental in helping me step out from behind the masks I’ve gotten so good at creating over the years.  We all have them.  Different masks suit different situations . . . help us cope all the different scenarios we face daily.  I’m really, really good at hiding.  Hiding, both physically and emotionally, protects me from “stuff”.  I learned from a very young age that being invisible was the best strategy.  

Well, I’m really out of hiding now!  I’m out in the open for all to see.  What you see is what you get.  

I am hiding no more.    

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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana 

I’m grabbing this shot from my Las Vegas trip in November. We had driven up to Rhyolite – the old ghost town on the edge of Death Valley.  This house is completely built out of bottles and cement.  That’s a lot of bottles!  I don’t know if they are wine bottles, or beer bottles.  I just thought it was an interesting design.  

I’ve had a lot going on since we’ve returned home from our two months away.  One thing that is consuming my time is that I’ve decided to move my two blogs over from the WP.com format to a self hosted installation.  It’s been one issue after another, and I’m still working on it . . . but hopefully I’ll have both Blogs seamlessly working on the new host soon.  Meanwhile, there should be no disruption in your ability to access my content on the WP.com platform.  

I’m also nearing the end of my 365 Project.  I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by, and I have a written and visual record of it.  Stay tuned for what’s next . . . 

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Oh boy . . . challenging day today.  Had several appointments scheduled, starting with a visit to our accountant at 9:30am, then taking MIL to get a Holter Monitor put on for heart palpitations.   She’s 92, healthy as a horse but having stability problems.  After the Lab appointment, I was taking her for an Orthotic evaluation to hopefully get her better shoes and support for walking.    She uses Nordic walking sticks to get around generally.  We made a stop at the bank, then headed next door to the lab for an 11am appointment.  We had to navigate down about 4 steps, and then up another 4 steps.  On the very bottom step going down, she grabbed for the handrailing, and missed.  I had taken one step ahead of her anticipating turning around to help her down the last step when suddenly I heard a yell, turned around just in time to see her literally just tipping over.  She had completely lost her stability and down she went. She landed on her right hip and lower back.  Luckily there were two bystanders who rushed over and helped me get her up to her feet again.  She seemed fine and insisted that we carry on to the lab for her appointment.  However, as we sat waiting . . . the more it was obvious she wasn’t ok.  So I packed her up in the car and took her to the ER for evaluation.  Long story short . . . after X-Rays and CatScan . .. a fracture in her right hip.  Not a bad one . . . but it warranted surgery to pin it so that we could get her up and mobile ASAP.  Otherwise – it would be six weeks of bed rest – a death sentence for a 92 year old woman.  We (hubby, his brother and wife) stayed with her until they moved her up to the surgical floor and settled her in for the night.  I live 30 minutes from the hosp – so was tucking myself in to bed around midnight.

This is my 365 Self Portrait Challenge pic of the day . . . taken with my iPad and a bit of editing applied with PhotoShopElements App.

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Eleven

I’m having fun today playing with textures on my photos.  I’ve used Kim Klassen textures to give this kind of a dreamy feel – hubby and I and a romantic candlelight dinner.  

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Ten

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Ten

 

I’ve been seeing several people putting up Multiplicity shots on the MTM Challenge board so had to give it a try.  A bit of a cheat on this one, as I took the pics yesterday up on Grouse Mountain but had so much fun doing the edit in Photoshop today.  Can’t wait to try this trick on one, or several, of the grandkids!  

What do you mean CLOSED!  Where are those darn BeaverTails anyway??

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Seven

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Seven

Had a great day today – celebrating my 60th birthday with my favorite companion . . . my husband.  I thought we were just getting new snow tires for the car . . . who knew tires came with a whole new car??  

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Six

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Six

One of my favorite things to do on a cold snowy winters day (we’re getting up to -20C here in the Fraser Valley today) is to stay snuggled in to my comfy cozy bed with my flannel sheets.  So I lay awake for about 20 minutes thinking hmmm . . . that would make a perfect pic for Day Five!  So I finally pulled myself out of my nice warm hidey-hole and set up my camera on the tripod and took about 25 shots before I came up with this one . . . gotta love the delay timer on my camera.  Have it set at 10 seconds which was JUST enough time to snuggle in to the covers each time.

Took a few test shots with a balloon first . . . (left over from New Years when we had a party with the little ones).

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five TEST

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five TEST

 

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Five

Today I challenged myself to try something other than just pointing the camera and shooting. There are some AMAZING self portraits being posted over on the Michael the Maven blog. Seriously! Huge inspiration . . . I’m really fascinated by images where people are “ghosting” themselves. So – I tried that today, out in the snow – freezing my tush off! It was fun though . . . and this is the result . . .

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Four

365 Self Portrait Challenge Day Four

It’s snowing like crazy right now. Nice big fluffy soft flakes. Just gorgeous . . . as I admire them from INSIDE my nice cozy abode.

365 Self Portrait Challenge DayThree

365 Self Portrait Challenge DayThree

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