A Month in Pictures

 

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If you look carefully you can see our spiffy “Running Fifty” shoe tags that were created for us by Run Inspired Shoe Tags.  I ordered a pair for Mike for Christmas and got a set for myself, too. The tags arrived within a few days with a lovely hand-written note commenting on our quest to run a race in every state.  We love having such a personal, hand-crafted item tagging along (pun intended) on our runs!

As I assembled these photos I realized there was a definite theme to most of these…skies with silhouetted trees or as the Instagram hashtag I saw yesterday puts it…#stickseason. The majority of these were seen on my runs.

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Bentley and I took a walk in the woods and I was able to snap this portrait of him.

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Mike and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch in Boston at Piattini Wine Cafe.

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Giving Tuesday

As we enter the Christmas season, I want to share two ways to give that won’t cost you a penny and will take just a few minutes. The Charity Miles app lists more than 35 different charities that you can choose to donate to every time you do an outdoor walk/run, indoor walk/run, or outdoor bike ride.

Simply pick the charity you’d like to support and start moving.

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Various corporate sponsors donate funds to your chosen charity. Bikers can earn up to 10 cents per mile and runners earn up to 25 cents per mile.

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The Donate a Photo app allows you to post one photo per day.  You choose the cause you would like to support and Johnson & Johnson donates $1.00 per photo.

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I love scrolling through the list of wonderful causes listed on these apps and selecting my charity du jour.  Taking a few extra seconds to turn on the app as I head out for a run or choosing a daily photo to donate effortlessly contributes a dollar or so to a truly worthy cause.

You don’t need to be a runner to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. A walk around your home or a stroll through the neighborhood can result in a meaningful donation to a deserving charity.  Although there is no stipulation that donated photos be recently snapped we are certainly entering the season where  there will be no shortage of photo ops.

I hope you will consider giving these two easy-to-use apps a try. Share this idea with family and friends and let them enjoy the gift of giving, as well.

Happy Giving!

 

A Year in Pictures – One Year Blog Anniversary

As the saying goes, “A picture’s worth a thousand words”.  So to mark the one year anniversary of our first post blog, I’ve decided to fill this post with images from the past year. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who has taken a look at our reflections on our quest to run a race in every state and the other tidbits of our lives in Maine.

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The sight and sound of geese in the fall always moves me.

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Try Something New in March -Photography

Continuing with my goal of trying something new for 30 days, I embraced learning more about photography for March. Although I have been taking pictures for years, it has frequently been done with very limited knowledge or technical skill. So I explored more features on my DSLR camera, did some editing, and tried a new app.

These are photos I took on runs. For me, experiencing the sights and sounds I encounter on my runs is equal to the enjoyment of the actual run.

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A slight deviation in my running route allowed for a change from my usual sky and landscape shots.

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This month offered plenty of opportunities to take pictures of ice.

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I thought tagging along with Mike as he cut wood would be a chance to take a different type of photo.

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Isn’t he cute…in a manly, lumberjack sort of way?

My trying a new recipe goal from January carried over to these beignets.

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I convinced Mike to go to Portsmouth with me solely so I could take pictures.

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It was intriguing to take the same photo with different settings.

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I began to feel a tad sketchy as I hung out on the edge of the salt pile waiting to capture this action shot.  But it was fun to be aiming (pun intended) for a different type of composition.

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Our trip ended up with a stop for a drink and appetizers (as I had hoped it would).

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As we left Portsmouth, I was able to capture this parting shot of the landmark steeple.

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A community group that I am involved with has been making pottery bowls for our annual “Empty Bowls” event under the guidance of one of our members who is a talented potter. This was another opportunity to try a different sort of photography.

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I traveled to Vermont to see my amazing niece perform in a circus showcase.

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There were a number of other performers, as well. Their skill far outperformed my photography ability but it was exciting to try to capture them in the midst of their actions.

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This photo that  intended to capture the rapt attention of these small spectators didn’t quite do so. I obviously need to work on my timing!

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March has been filled with maple sugaring here on our small Maine farm.

I had to wear snow shoes to get through the thigh-high snow to tap these trees in early March.

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Amazingly, there is now bare ground in this spot.

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I was enthralled with attempting to capture the steam rising from the evaporator.  Thank goodness for digital photography which allowed me to take picture after picture without rolls of unsuccessful shots on film.IMG_2648

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After 39 gallons of evaporated sap we are rewarded with a single gallon of maple syrup.

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A new waffle recipe proved to be a delectable way to sample the new syrup.

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Of course, a gallery of my photos would not be complete without a few shots of our furry friends.

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Once again, trying something new for 30 days proved to be exciting and enriching.  I learned some new skills and embraced having this as an activity that I was (happily) committed to engage in for the month.  However, these 30 days only gave me a snapshot of the skills I hope to acquire as I continue in my quest to expand my photography abilities.