111: Ye Olde Archives

Interesting numbers here today. I’m on day 111 of my outdoor challenge on 01-11-11.  It’s a binary code day.

It is also another of those days when my outdoor adventures were taken up with running errands and doing chores (shoveling snow, feeding the birds, hauling stuff around).  Even if I had gone for my usual walk around the pond, I would not have taken the camera with me.  I overexposed my hands (particularly my right hand, especially my right thumb) to the cold yesterday morning while taking pictures of the frost.  It’s no big deal but I’m trying to keep my hands warm for a few days.

M and I did go cross-country skiing late yesterday.  We went north to the Chapin Forest Reservation where they have groomed trails for cross-country skiing.  It was fun.  It was also more work than I expected it to be.  I’m not sure why other than being out for twice as long as usual.

I’ve been going through Ye Olde Archives to pull out some photos for a couple of projects I’m working on.  Since I have no new photos to bring to you today, I thought I’d put up a few of my old favorites.

(Wild horse of Assateague Island.)

M and I went to Assateague Island in Maryland back in February of 2007 while off on our sabbatical adventures.  I was hoping we’d see at least one wild horse while we were there.  We were very lucky.  We saw several, including some babies.  I took a lot of different shots of the horses.  The one above is my favorite because of the textures.  It’s been edited in Photoshop but I lost track of what I did.

(Strolling through the gardens.)

I took this colorful photo at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania sometime in April of 2008.  It was pure luck, coming around the corner to this scene and being quick enough with the camera to capture it.

(Garden weeds.)

This was my first Fun with Photoshop photo.  A friend made a video with instructions on how to do selective coloring.  She explained it all so well that even I could do it.  lol!  Those familiar with my garden and my lazy gardening techniques know that I often have some beautiful weeds growing amongst the vegetables.  Sometimes they are so pretty I don’t want to pull them.  I am becoming more aggressive and ruthless about the weeding each year as I’ve learned that when the pretty weeds go to seed, it means more of them the next year.  This beautiful little flower (and spot of clover) were growing in the asparagus bed in August of 2008.

(Above and below.)

I took this photo of three leaves here at Breezy Acres during the autumn of 2008.  I like the crispness of the newly fallen leaf above the ghost-like appearance of the two leaves under the water.

(Framed in the woods.)

The above shot was taken at Holden Arboretum this past fall.  That’s my favorite hiking partner with his signature red day-pack.  It’s one of my favorites precisely because it includes my favorite hiking partner.  I usually take at least one shot of M with the red day-pack while we’re out on a hike and it’s now become a sort of signature for me, at least in terms of my hiking photos.

(I’m not looking at you.)

I can’t finish this up without a couple of photos of my favorite subjects.  My granddaughters, of course.  This is Miss Maddy, determined not to look at me.

(Playing in puddles.)

And finally, a photo of Miss Emma, playing in the rain.  I had a difficult time picking out photos of the girls as every photograph I have of them is a favorite just because they are in them.  I decided on the moodier pics for no particular reason.

I just glanced out the window.  Looks like the predicted snow storm has arrived.  The snow is coming down fast and steady.  The birds are congregating in large numbers at the feeders, trying to fatten up before they get snowed in.  Reminds me of the rush at the grocery store for milk and bread.  They were almost out of skim milk at the grocery store where I shopped today.  I guess people were out early stocking up for this storm.  Or there’s a shortage of skim milk.

Thanks for joining me today.  I will probably have more snow photos for you tomorrow.  Hopefully my fingertips will be feeling much better by then so I can get out with the camera again.  If not that, at least go skiing in the fresh snow.


18 Comments on “111: Ye Olde Archives”

  1. boatacrosstheriver says:

    I love the picture of the horse — both he and the grasses look so fuzzy and soft. They match!

  2. Take care of your hands, Robin! I know how painful the cold can be from the days when I didn’t have a frost-free freezer and had to manually defrost the old thing. The cold hurts!

    Thank you for spoiling us all with some of your best photos today! It’s impossible to pick a favourite out of the first few, but then there’s Little Misses Maddy and Emma…they are both IT! Gorgeous shots of both of them. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. 🙂

      I don’t know if these are my best photos but they are some of my favorites. Probably because, for me, they all have some sort of meaning to them.

      And not to worry, I will be taking much better care of my hands from now on. I don’t want to find out how I’m going to hold the camera or take photos without thumbs. Or pieces of my other digits missing. (Perish the thought!)

  3. photobyholly says:

    Sorry about your hands, but I understand about the cold (pretty nippy around here, too)!! You have some wonderful photos here! The horse at the top is just beautiful (love the edits – and don’t worry, I usually don’t remember what I did to a photo right after I do it!), “Framed in the Woods” is very nice – having “M” stand there really helps to show perspective, but those girls are just adorable!! Even though you can’t see their faces, the photos are precious! I get plenty of those “I’m not looking at you” looks from my little one, and it seems like kids and puddles go hand-in-hand!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Holly. 🙂

      I usually don’t show the girls’ faces. Maddy, sometimes. Emma, not so much. As they get older and look more like themselves rather than random toddlers, I figured it was best not to show too much.

  4. You had me with “It’s a binary kind of day” and you clinched it with your photographs. I’m *so* subscribing!

  5. jenna says:

    Yay, you showed “my” photo! It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. (I feel slightly, and only slightly, proprietary about that one, because I got to participate in a little way. Making that video for you was fun.)

    Our snow has arrived, too. Tomorrow, I’ll think of you enviously while I trudge to work.

    Could those kiddiwinks be any cuter??

    • Robin says:

      Nope, J. They are as cute as could be. Perfectly cute, in fact. 😀

      It’s a great video. You should put it on YouTube so I can direct people over there.

  6. starbear says:

    Well done Blogging buddy! Love the horse image – one of my favorite series of kid’s books – Misty, et al. Whatever you did in PS – it worked. I often forget and wonder “How’d I do that?”
    End up taking notes , which I then either lose or can’t figure out… LOL.
    Do take care of digits, I now have special gloves for days so cold – after frostbite 2 years ago – hypersensitive to cold, that finger.
    So you’re getting “our” snow? Events here being cancelled due to not enough snow for sled dog races… Can’t be done on less than a foot or so… LOL. Blog on…

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Starbear. 🙂 And thanks for stopping by to check up.

      I don’t know if it’s your snow but it’s certainly snow. Lake Erie cranks it out but judging by your photos, you get about twice as much as we do. We’ve only got about a foot or so out there now.

  7. penpusherpen says:

    Miss Maddy looks so precious, ‘I will not look up!!’ …
    fantastic array of photo’s and I particularly like the one of ‘framed M’ no idea why..it just appeals..
    and spooky numbers, I’ve had a few weeks of seeing ‘ 11 11’ time-wise…Microwave, clocks, and even this PC…I clocked in 11.11 ferzackerly!! I am being haunted…and I have my fingers crossed…I did the lottery yesterday 11.of (20)11 …(stretching I know but maybe it’s 11 of Nov 2011?) … I am not usually superstitious but somethings going on if I get tingles !! … I’ll let you know if I win anything!! (some hope!!) xPenx

  8. Karma says:

    What a lovely assortment of shots. You’ve had some wonderful experiences, for sure.
    I’d really like to learn how to do that selective coloring. Is there a link to that video available anywhere? I have Photoshop Elements, not full Photoshop – any idea if it is possible to do it in PSE?

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      I’m not sure if it will work in Elements or not (since I’m not familiar with it). I will ask. In fact, I’ll see if I can send you the video. I don’t think it’s online anywhere so I’ll have to ask permission.

  9. Marianne says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin. The young horse and the flower are wonderful.

    Good for you for being so adventurous.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Marianne. 🙂

      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving comments, too. I know you’re trying to cut back on computer time so don’t feel you have to leave comments (or visit all of my posts each week). This post-a-day thing is making me more prolific than usual. Yikes!


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