Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer on Film #2

I love the unpredictability of film so much, the fact that a strange color cast can appear on one photo and not the next, even though they were taken with the same camera settings and in the same location. It might have something to do with the fact that all my manual cameras are old and were bought secondhand. Or perhaps someone who's more knowledgeable about the inner workings of film cameras and the developing process could explain it away with technical jargon. But I prefer to think it's all alchemy and light and maybe a little pixie dust sprinkled in the mix too.

I can remember being a small child, completely amazed and not really being able to wrap my brain around the idea that cameras could capture a moment in time and hold it forever. It was pure magic to me then, and it still is. Don't get me wrong, I love digital photography too, mostly for the immediacy and convenience of it. And on a related note, the internet wouldn't really exist as we know it without digital photography, and I'm definitely team internet, so there's that. But I never really stopped thinking of film cameras with the same wonder and excitement I had as a child, so they just feel more special to me.

I guess I'm just feeling a little sentimental about it lately because I keep seeing blurbs about this film or that film being discontinued, and I know at some point, they will probably stop producing film altogether. But I hope it's not for a long, long time.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Project 365 - Week 9

Hi, guys! I hurt my finger, and it's a little hard to type, so I'll keep the captions brief this week.

Day 57 - Early morning light when the day was full of promise.

Day 58 - An afternoon at Jones Point. Something about that tree in front of that lighthouse pulls at my heartstrings every time.

Day 59 - Jam and bread for breakfast.

Day 60 - Peter thought I should snap this photo. It looks like the entrance to an enchanted forest or something, but it's really just a cut-through next to a park. It makes me wonder what Alexandria looked like before it was developed. A few years ago, archaeologists found a spearhead in a cemetery nearby that's 13,000 years old! It's both hard, and somehow not hard at all, to imagine people walking and hunting on this land 13,000 years ago.

Day 61 - I don't think I've ever shared this little gallery wall in the living room before. I bought all of these pieces when we were living in different apartments, and I didn't hang them all together until we moved into this house. But at this point, I feel like they belong together, all these little creatures, and it will be weird to split them up when we move.

Day 62 - Morning coffee.

Day 63 - Pink skies.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Summer on Film

I'm still doing my 365 project, but I have some film photos taken randomly here and there that are their own thing, so I thought I'd do a little series of posts...just a few pics at a time.

Taken on my Pentax in one of my favorite gardens (Dumbarton Oaks). There are a few places here so lovely in summer that they somehow offset the stifling heat and humidity, and this is one of them. :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Project 365 - Week 8

This week was really busy, and I didn't have a lot of time during daylight hours to photograph anything, so most of these photos were taken either early in the morning or late in the evening. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you don't mind photos of my breakfast. :)

Day 50 - Waffles are probably my favorite go-to breakfast food when I'm in a rush. (Side note: has anyone watched Stranger Things? No spoilers...but that scene when Eleven walks out of the supermarket carrying all those boxes of waffles, I was like SAME...though to be accurate I would be carrying TJ's waffles, and it would be a miracle if there were even that many boxes left in the case as our store is always a war zone, but I'm getting off-topic. Anyway, watch Stranger Things if you haven't already.)

Day 51 - Making my to-do list on my "DO or DIE" notepad. Isn't it cute? (It's by Rifle Paper, if anyone's curious...I have way too many of their products.)

Day 52 - In the evening, we stopped by the rose garden for a little while. I like to come here because it reminds me of my grandparents, who grew beautiful roses in their garden. After they passed away and the house was sold, my dad made rose cuttings for each of us and has been nursing them at his house until the time comes when we can transplant them. I hope one day, when we're more settled, to transplant my roses from Nana and have a garden that does them justice. :)

Day 53 - Watching the sun sink and fade from my cozy spot on the couch.

Day 54 - We spontaneously decided to drive out to the nearest Krispy Kreme for late night doughnuts, and it was the best decision ever.

Day 55 - My friend Marieken emailed me one day to let me know she saw one of my pink hedgehog brooches in an old issue of Flow Magazine. I was like "No way! I love Flow!" Marieken was kind enough to email me a scan the next day and then mailed the actual page too! (And I learned a Dutch word; egeltjes means "hedgehogs.") :)

Day 56 - Marieken also sent a bunch of beautiful prints and papers as well as a tiny notebook she made! Peter was laughing at me as I went through each thing in the package because I think I was squealing and saying "Oh my God!" a lot. I love everything she sent so much that I had to photograph it all the next day. And she also sent some recipes for quiche that I can't wait to try out as well. So needless to say, I'm working on a "thank you" package to send to her that I hope will be half as awesome. :)

Happy weekend, guys! As soon as I hit publish, I'm heading to the kitchen to bake some cookies and then finish a movie Peter and I started earlier. He's been very patient waiting for me to finish this post, and by patient, I mean napping. Perfect Friday night if you ask me. xoxo

Friday, July 29, 2016

Project 365 - Week 7

Day 43 - Here's the peach cobbler I made with the peaches my brother and his wife brought up to DC. It was so good! One drawback to making this dessert in summertime, though, is that it makes me miss fall weather something terrible, especially when the heat index is 115 outside. The recipe calls for lots of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and the aroma of baking is heavenly, to be sure, but also makes me long for crisp cool days and cozy sweaters.

Day 44 - I had a dentist appointment in DC, which is never fun, but at least I passed by these cute houses on my way there. (When I have to do something I really don't want to do, or go somewhere I really don't want to go, I try to notice all of the beautiful or interesting things around me. It's amazing how much it can help quiet anxious thoughts.)

Day 45 - Hydrangeas are so beautiful I can't stand it sometimes. I mean, look at those blush and lavender tones! I would fill our whole yard with them if I could, and I've sort of tried, but they don't seem to grow well in our soil. One day I'll have them if it's the last thing I do! *shakes fist at hydrangea gods*

Day 46 - Gathering inspiration among kindred spirits. :)

Day 47 - Taking a shortcut through an old railroad tunnel.

Day 48 - Pretty geese, bathing in the sunlight. I know people complain about geese being a nuisance, but they're such beautiful birds, aren't they?

Day 49 - Not the best photo, but definitely the best ice cream! We've been going to Sugar Mama's in Fairfax more often than we probably should. We've tried almost all of their flavors at this point, and they're all good. (The scoops are huge here, so if you're watching your diet or want to try multiple flavors, you can ask for mini scoops...not that we ever have, but I've seen more conscientious customers ordering them.) The woman who owns the place was a school bus driver for many years, all the while dreaming of opening an ice cream shop, and she finally did a few years ago. Isn't that great? I wish there were more small business success stories in our area.

After this week, I missed a few days, but I just decided to keep going as if I hadn't. (I'm sure I'll miss a few more before the year is out.) I'm not beating myself up about it because I don't think it will really matter in the long run. Maybe I'll get a book printed at the end of the year (or whenever I finish) so I'll always have a little time capsule to look back on when I'm old and grey...well, older and greyer. ;)

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is filled with all of your favorite things. xoxo

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Project 365 - Week 6

Day 36 - This colorful mural was a happy surprise! I passed by it when I was out running errands on a humdrum sort of day, and it instantly brightened my mood.

Day 37 - I'm trying not to buy too many books these days, to be patient and wait for my local library to stock the books I want to read. But I'm powerless against the charms of a book like  Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World. I bought it a few weeks ago, and I've loved flipping through it and learning new words. "Szimpatikus" is Hungarian: "When meeting someone for the first time, and your intuition tells you that they are a good person, you can refer to them as 'szimpatikus.'" I know I have felt this before, most recently when meeting our next-door neighbors for the first time. :)

Day 38 - I noticed the setting sun cast shadows of cacti and succulents on our coral-colored wall, and I pretended for a moment that we lived somewhere in the desert, where the air is dry and nights are opposed to here, where the air is so close it will make you dizzy sometimes.

Day 39 - We spent the day with my brother and his family who were passing through town on their way to New Jersey. My niece, Maddie, made Peter and me matching bracelets, which we wore with pride (of course!). I can't wait till we live closer.

Day 40 - We went to the Renwick Gallery to see Wonder, and it was pretty spectacular. I wouldn't say no to having large-scale rainbow installations in my house one day.

Day 41 - My brother and his wife gave us a bunch of fresh peaches that they bought on the drive up. I made peach cobbler a couple of days later, and it was so good!

Day 42 - I took this photo on the 4th of July, which as you can see, was very rainy! In fact, it was so rainy that pretty much all plans (fireworks, barbeques, etc.) were canceled. When they announced that they were going ahead with the fireworks on the National Mall as scheduled, we drove to a spot across the river where we've watched them before, but visibility was so bad (and it was still raining) that I didn't even bother getting my camera out of my bag. I think they even aired a previous year's fireworks show on PBS because it was so hard to see anything. All that aside, I kind of liked how this photo turned out, so all was not lost. :)

I might do two posts next week to try and catch up a little, as it's now the 21st and I've only posted through the 4th. I don't plan on posting in real time, though; it's enough to remember to take a photo every day! And in all honesty, I missed a few days between last week and this week. I don't want to post a blank spot for those days--that seems silly, no?--so I think I'll just keep going as if I hadn't and not worry about it matching up to the calendar exactly.

I hope everyone is enjoying these long summer days. xoxo

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Project 365 - Week 5

Day 29 - After a day of violent storms, the sun finally peeked out from the clouds around 8 p.m.. I felt like I needed to get out of the house, so we went for a walk in the park and spotted a rainbow, which you can sort of see in the middle there. :)

Day 30 - I repotted several plant babies after I noticed they weren't looking so great. Actually, they started to look a little peaked almost immediately after coming home from the garden center, and I was bummed because they weren't cheap. But they seem to be doing better in their new pot, so we'll see.

Day 31 - Rain on the patio.

Day 32 - Peter brought home some tulip-shaped cookies from a bakery near his work. :))

Day 33 - We spent a Saturday afternoon by the river watching sailboats and listening to the kids play in the fountains nearby. The weather was gorgeous! (You can see the Capitol dome on the left.)

Day 34 - The next day we drove out to a lake about 30 minutes away and walked around the trail that surrounds it. I actually didn't really love the trail, but the lake itself was beautiful. I think next time we'll just rent some boats and row around the lake.

Day 35 - Still making smoothies almost every day, helps to balance out all the cookies. :)

As I was putting this post together, I thought, "Yep, that's pretty much what summer looks like around here."...lots of rain, lots of sunshine, smoothies nearly every day, and as much time by the water as I can get. Hopefully, we'll be going on a little road trip to see the ocean later this summer too.

Hope everyone is having a great week! xoxo