Friday, March 11, 2011
On the way to the busstop this morning I was so happy to see the beautiful sunrise and didn't mind the frost on the trees and branches because it is just so pretty. It's like diamonds are twinkling all around me. Granted, if I have too many more frosty mornings in March, I will not have such an optimistic outlook.
Because I am using this site as a way to remember big events, it should be noted that many people in the world today were not so fortunate to dwell on sunrises and frost as there was a massive earthquake in Japan that caused a tsunami reaching the west coast of the United States.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I am excited that it was around 5:45 PM when I took this photo and it isn't even daylight savings time yet! These days, I need to find the silver lining on the dreary cloud that has been this winter. I crave sun and color like never before. I will be taking in every moment of this summer. I will be cutting myself off from most indoor activities and will do my best to avoid complaining that it is too hot. That is my promise to you, Mother Nature.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Today I decided to take a personal day off so that I could recharge after having such an active (OK, active for me!) social calendar this past weekend. On Saturday, I took photos of Avery's birthday party, ran errands and watched the final movie of the list of ten best picture nominated films. On Sunday, I met Liz, Brian and their daughter Vivian at the Children's Museum, ran errands, at at Kafe 421, took photos of Amy's nieces, Sophia and Julia and then watched the Oscars returning home around 11:00 PM.
Today, I wanted to start the day in a way that I am unable during the work week. I took my buddy, Stewie and we hit the trails at Lake Harriet. It was quite cold until the sun started beaming down on us. So, I wanted to capture the competing sensations of the cold air temperature and warmth from being in the direct sunlight. I recently read on Erin's blog that if you set the aperture at f/22, it creates the sun rays. I think this photo perfectly captures the cold and warmth in one photo which is basically how I start feeling in the late winter/early spring.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Fact: My husband, Scott, has on two occasions cared for squirrels as pets. Peanut and Buddy. Peanut was special needs and lived with him for a year before passing. Buddy was a baby and was let go after three months.
Fact: This happened before 2003 when I met him.
Fact: The last time we found squirrels in need, we called a woman who devotes herself to caring for orphaned squirrels whom I insensitively call the "Crazy Squirrel Lady."
Monday, February 21, 2011
Last night at around 9 PM, we found out our flight had been canceled. Since I am iPhone dependent, I assumed I could easily assess the situation and take the necessary steps for rebooking on the Delta app. WRONG. It took me far too long to realize I could just go to Delta's website on Alisa's computer. Once I did that, it was easy peasy. Almost too easy, in fact. When I clicked on "view alternate flights" a 7:00 AM flight came up which was two hours earlier than our canceled flight. I booked it just in case but talked to a Delta representative about an hour and a half later to ask why the flight would be earlier. Apparently when there is bad weather they "thin out" their schedule.
So, we trusted that we'd get out of Denver on time and as such left for the airport at 4:45 AM. Isn't it insane how far away the airport is from the city? Bonkers.
Our flight was smooth sailing except for the major ear drum congestion I experienced. I can't really blame that on Delta though.
We realized we were back in winter wonderland the moment we landed. Pure white!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Downtown Minneapolis bikers are getting creative with their parking. I don't particularly like this picture in terms of composition, etc. but it certainly tells the story of the time of year. I am continually amazed that people choose to bike to work this time of year. I can barely tolerate waiting 5 minutes for the bus.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I'll admit that today I felt like I hit a wall with this project. I was tired from lack of sleep the previous night. I was busy at work. It was freezing cold outside. I was not feeling inspired. Then, I saw this friendly little plant in the IDS Crystal Court. It reminded me that I will enjoy colors other than white, shades of grey and black. I can make it! I will push through this temporary lapse in motivation.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The men and women who plow the streets, sidewalks and parking lots of Minneapolis are working overtime. The sky was a brilliant shade of blue this morning and I loved the way the snow chute from this snow plow was lit. I know it would look unrealistic but I would like to turn the snowbank from snirt to a sparkly diamond from fresh snowfall snowbank!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Today was one of the coldest days this winter. I've discovered that taking photos everyday is helping me to appreciate how clear, cold days can impact light. This photo was taken from my corner in Minneapolis and it captures both the beauty and harshness of this season. It is fitting that I also started getting a cold on this frigid day. *sniff* *sniff*
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family