A Different Take . . .

Lately, my subject matter has been focusing on still lifes- to the point where I am even thinking of subjecting you poor readers to a month of them–but that is just in the thinking stage . . .

In the meantime, I spotted this interesting interpretation at another funky coffee and bakery place in NODA. I thought it clever-others might not-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed

For today: Still Life with Plastic Fruit

Still Life

Still Life

 

Take 12! October

 BAM! here comes the 12th–

Today’s photos were taken in the Central Avenue and Ashland Avenue areas as well as a visit early this morning to the NODA neighborhood-I remember when I was in grad school in Vermont getting up early, early, early on the weekends and hitting the road with my camera-today’s adventures reminded me that doing that really pays off-few people, fewer cars and plenty of picture-taking opportunities awaited-

5 Things I Learned Today

1) October 27 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day-pet and hug a pitbull! (This is National Pitbull Awareness Month).

2) 5 percent of all dogs in the United States today are pit bulls.

3) Mercury is in retrograde–BIG time (actually this has been a running joke all week, but today I learned just how retro Mercury really is right now).

4) The stem of a pumpkin continues to nourish the pumpkin even after it’s cut, and helps it stay fresh.

5) The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips. (Anyone for a jack o’turnip)?

Need more Take 12! inspiration? Take a visit down under to Beyond Purgatory and see what Lee has set her sights on that day-textures, shapes and colors abound!

All images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Aviary and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Take 12! October

 

Getting Ready

Several folks in the neighborhood are getting underway for Halloween-so you will be seeing neighborhood decorations off and on this month-

These were some jack-o-lanterns on a neighbor’s porch steps-I added the ghostie courtesy of Jixi Pix’s newest app Hallows Eve which has some interesting filters and effects-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Pic-Tap-Go and Hallows Eve

For today: Three Jacks

Three Jacks

Three Jacks

 

Rainy Morning

After the rain passed through the other day, I spotted this arrangement on the front porch steps–a web, raindrops and leaf litter. All of it together made for an interesting composition-but I will admit I struggled in trying to find the right way to process this-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Pic-Tap-Go, and Romantic Photo-

For today: Rain Web

Rain Web

Rain Web

Coffee Break

Wow!

That was a quick month-Thanks to all for hanging around and for your wonderful words of encouragement about the break-

Walking around the neighborhood known as NoDa (which stands for North Davidson Street)-and I stopped for coffee at a delightful place called The Smelly Cat. The coffee was excellent, the decor, delightfully eclectic and on top of that, you have this great wall art to greet you from the parking lot.

And with all the coffee I drink I should be so cool-

At this point, I am not sure I will be posting every day-am thinking a couple of times a week, but I am going to see how that feels-I may be ready to start posting again everyday sooner-and there will be no shortage of material this month to be sure-already Halloween decorations are coming out as well as autumnal fare such as pumpkins, autumn leaves and hay-

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Coffee Break

Drink Coffee

Drink Coffee

 

Take 12! September

I cannot believe the 12th came on me so quick-

today was a day of running errands down around Central Avenue, so that is where most of these pictures came from. A lot of street art which is always guaranteed to catch my eye and just an interesting walk around the neighborhood in general-

5 Things I Learned Today

1) Children’s teeth are identified by letter in the United States, adult teeth by number (at the dentist office today)

2) A small critter of some sort is terrorizing Jack Henry in the back yard-he will not go out there by himself right now

3) If you want to visit Newfoundland, you had better like cod (suggestion from a friend who visited and loved the area)

4) Pumpkins are already beginning to make an appearance in the grocery stores

5) Christmas decorations are already out in some other stores–yikes!!

And be sure and check out this month’s “Take 12!” challenge from Lee at Beyond Purgatory-some wonderful impressionistic work of The Big River in Australia-

All images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Pic-Tap-Go, and Photo Toaster

For today: Take 12! September

 

New Direction

Dear WP Peeps-

After almost three years of taking photographs everyday as well as Take 12! Challenges, I have decided–reluctantly I might add–that it is time to take a break.

This was a really difficult decision to make. I have gotten so used to making time everyday to take photographs that it is hard to imagine trying a different routine. But a couple of weeks ago, it was gently pointed out that perhaps a break was sorely needed-I had gotten to the point where I was not using photography as my meditative practice but as one that increasingly was fixated on getting the one image that would work for the blog. And I think it started to show in some of my photographs over the last month–maybe longer. I just was not seeing, if that makes sense. So then the frustration would start and being the obsessive-compulsive that I am, it would just turn into a hash of things.

So what does this mean for those of you who have read this far?

It means that for the month of September I am taking a break from this blog. I have not decided yet about my other blog Little Dogs Laughed-am still thinking about that one. I will do my Take 12! challenge as I do enjoy that exercise and I find I cannot do completely away with routine. I may still go and take photographs everyday, but I may also turn my energies to some other photographic processes that I have been wanting to experiment with–I just do not know. And for now, that is okay-I do not need to.

So thank you all for bearing with me, for sticking around this long and hopefully, I will see many of you again in October. In the meantime, I will be continuing to visit your blogs, catch up on comments on mine and think of new ways to express myself with the camera.

With many thanks and most grateful appreciation for all of your support-

Meg

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