108: Something around the house

(Bad hair day.  © 2011 MaidinSun Photography)

As mentioned previously, one of my goals this year is to learn to use the manual mode of my camera in preparation for jumping into the DSLR pool sometime in the future.  Having received a little windfall the other day (a surprise because I’d forgotten about it), I have the beginnings of a good savings account for said future purchase.

In addition to learning to use manual mode, I am attempting to stretch by doing something different every now and then.  Towards that end I decided to participate (as much as possible) in MCP Project 52:  One Photo a Week.  I qualified that with “as much as possible” because I don’t want to overload my plate.  There may be weeks when I don’t have time.

This week’s suggested theme was:  Something around the house.  I thought about shooting the snow around the house as my interpretation of the theme but I’ve already photographed and posted plenty of the white stuff.  Instead, I decided to try a still life, having been inspired by Marcie’s recent series.  Her still life photos are amazing!  If you haven’t seen them, go take a look.

Still life photography is not my thing, making it the perfect “something different.”  I located my tripod.  Poor thing has been collecting dust and cobwebs.  I grabbed a vase and a pineapple, set them up one at a time, and took a series of shots using various settings.  The pineapple pictured above  was my favorite of the bunch.  I was not terribly happy with any of the shots.  That’s okay.  It was fun and I learned a few things along the way.

(A collage of today’s attempts at a still life photo.)

The Lake Erie Snow Machine

The snow continues to fall, even when the sun makes an appearance.  I like watching the snowflakes glisten in the sun as they make their way to the ground.

(Blue jay.)

The birds are providing color today.  I spent a good portion of the morning watching them at the feeders.  I was hoping to catch the brilliant red male cardinal but he was too fast for me.

(Red-bellied woodpecker.)

While out on my walk today I experienced a couple of heavy snow squalls as well as some clearing and sunshine.  It was a nice, wintry mix.

(Snow on the roof.)

We should get enough snow tonight and tomorrow for cross-country skiing.  M and I are thinking about trying out some trails up near the lake (Erie), maybe at the Holden Arboretum.

(At the back of the pond.)

Time for me to get moving.  Dinner time approaches.  I’m making a cauliflower and potato curry for dinner tonight.  It’s been a while since I made a curry.  I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll leave you with one or two more photos from today’s walk.  See you tomorrow!

(Sunshine peering through the woods.)

(Today’s view of the creek in the woods.)