Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

I’ve been pretty slack about participating in the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenges, but this week, their theme was family. I don’t think any family is perfect. Mine has its issues, but one thing we excel at is loving each other. And in that way, we are perfect. I count my blessings each time we visit, and cry a little each time we leave. But I figure it’s best this way; I might cry more if I lived nearer, and for less endearing reasons ;)

So here’s a peek at my family. I took the camera to Ohio at Christmas, but indoor lighting and chaotic family time don’t lend themselves to terrific photos. Certainly not everyone is pictured, but I didn’t leave anyone out intentionally! (Because, seriously, that would be cutting out a lot of people who I love!)

You’ve all met Tony, my husband of 13+ years. We’ve got at least one more year; I’d hate to end things on unlucky 13 ;) You’ve seen photos of him, but he doesn’t love when I take snap his picture. Thus…his hands, playing his new cello. It’s a rented cello, and he’s dedicating a year to learn it. I’m impressed and inspired. I can’t even play the cowbell.

Our kids. Sebastian and Dominique, 13+ years. They’re brother and sister from a litter of Bengal cats we got when we first moved to Miami. And Petey, alternately warming his face and buns by the fire.

Some of the rest. Parents and extra parents, brother, sister, niece and nephews. At this point, we’ve got quite a collection of nieces and nephews, but that whole lighting thing…

Instead of telling you about each of the photos, I’ll just share a few things I captured that make me so glad I cart the camera around even when it seems bulky and unnecessary.

  • Addi and Zy opened their presents next to one another on the couch. You can see from her sweatshirt that she’s a Belieber, and that sweet little thing kept telling Zy how much he looked like Justin Bieber. Which is a dubious claim at best, but he is rocking a Bieber-esque haircut, and he was a good sport about it.
  • Not finding anything in the stores this year that we even remotely liked, we made our own Christmas cards for our parents. Used some of my favorite seasonal photos and wrote a personal, if not poetic, note. Caught Tony’s parents reading our card. Phil grinned, and Shari, aka Blondie, cried. A good cry, which makes me happy :)
  • Longtime readers will know that I’m a bit morel-hunting-happy. I inherited that squarely from my parents. This year my mom tracked down my dad’s cousin who hand-carves walking sticks with intricate morels at the top. She surprised him with it, at which point he said, “Jerry used to make these.” To which my mom replied, “Jerry made this one.” I can’t get over their faces and the depth of love they share. I cry every time I see this set, which makes me happy :)
  • Here’s to my imperfect, perfect family. May we all be so blessed, even if fleetingly or in memories.

    Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

    The creators of the Daily Post have continued to issue photography challenges each Friday, and I have failed to participate. I’ve thought about it a few times, and almost did last week (or was it the week before?). This week’s challenge finally grabbed me, though I went a different direction than the inspiration: “Evan Zelermyer’s stunning urban, abstract, and architectural images.”

    My version of lines to patterns (like I can claim this creature as mine – ha!):
    walking stick-2

    walking stick-3

    walking stick

    Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

    Just the other day I was celebrating spring‘s (late) arrival to northern Michigan. I spoke too soon. It’s the middle of April, and Mama Nature is spiteful. She has coated my just-cleared patio with a thick blanket of ice and snow. We’re expecting a couple additional inches of snow, but farther north they’re going to get a disappointing foot of accumulation.

    When The Daily Post issued their weekly photo challenge today, I knew just what to photograph.

    Really looking forward to spring. Any day now.

    hyacinth under snow

    purple crocus buds in snow

    icicles and purple crocus buds

    icicles and crocus buds

    Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

    While Tony and I were exploring Michigan’s northwest coast and its little towns on Sunday, I had kept this week’s photo challenge theme in the back of my mind: beyond. The goal was to take a photo that encourage a viewer to want to look beyond. I tried to accomplish this by focusing on something detailed in the foreground while having something interesting in the background that’s out of focus. These are my three favorites from the day, with an extra view included in case you really did want to see beyond, through the distance :)


    and through

    very frozen chain links

    from the other side

    shore ice and Frankfort Lighthouse

    shore ice and Frankfort Lighthouse-2