december 2016 // my 5 favorite photos

This month, fall turned into winter, there were Christmas parties and a surprise visit to see Meg in Virginia, fun dinners and a week off work. It's been lovely, but you wouldn't know that from my snapshots. (I took very few.) Christmas tree lights (out of focus, of course, because I roll like it's 2008 over here) and dogs were my favorite shots this month. 

December 10, 2016 :: tonic under the tree. (Shot with my Nikon D610 and 85mm 1/4 lens.)

December 10, 2016 :: tonic under the tree. (Shot with my Nikon D610 and 85mm 1/4 lens.)

December 17, 2016 :: It wasn't a white Christmas here in Boston, but we did see some snow. Trust me, Indie loves the snow more than she appears to here.

December 17, 2016 :: It wasn't a white Christmas here in Boston, but we did see some snow. Trust me, Indie loves the snow more than she appears to here.

December 22, 2016 :: This is what City Square Park looks like at 5:30 am. I snapped this on my way to yoga one morning.

December 22, 2016 :: This is what City Square Park looks like at 5:30 am. I snapped this on my way to yoga one morning.

December 27, 2016 :: Heading to yoga before dawn is easier when there are sparkly lights. 

December 27, 2016 :: Heading to yoga before dawn is easier when there are sparkly lights. 

December 29, 2016 :: We put up a tree this year, and   kept the decorations simple since this is the first year we had a tree and a dog at the same time. Out-of-focus = more festive, I say.

December 29, 2016 :: We put up a tree this year, and kept the decorations simple since this is the first year we had a tree and a dog at the same time. Out-of-focus = more festive, I say.

october 2016 // my 5 favorite photos

It's fall in New England and that means one thing: bring on the foliage shots

We took a few days off in early October to spend a few days in Maine with friends. It was far enough north that the leaves had started to turn and early enough that it was still pretty warm outside. 

in the woods somewhere in Roxbury, Maine

in the woods somewhere in Roxbury, Maine

mooselookmeguntic lake (I think)

mooselookmeguntic lake (I think)

But the real reason for our trip north wasn't to see the leaves or drink wine in front of a fire (although we did plenty of both). There were some new puppies, around 8 weeks old, to hang out with.

english springer spaniel puppies exploring // october 2016

english springer spaniel puppies exploring // october 2016

puppies sharing a stick :: october 2016

puppies sharing a stick :: october 2016

Later in the month, I spoke to some engineering students at MIT about what it was like to work at Autodesk. I expected MIT to be intimidating (I'm not an alum). It was anything but, and in some ways it felt to me like any other college campus.

Building 1 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Building 1 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

That's it - my five favorite photos for October. All were shot with my iPhone 6+. November, my favorite month of the year, should be a fun one - I have some traveling and celebrating to do.  I'm off to Washington (state) and Las Vegas, and near the end of the month will celebrate my 45th birthday.

I don't know if November is still the traditional time for #NaPhoPoMo; it seems to be, if a quick Google search is any indication. It may be crazy to post a photo every day in November, when the days get short and light is scarce but I'm planning to do just that, because I like it.  

Day 1: Just Try

It's not about posting 30 photos every day for a month for the sake of posting something - anything - every day for a month. For me there's something fun about the discipline of taking a small bit of time each day to work on photography, something I've enjoyed for a long time. It's not about creating a masterpiece or posting perfect photos. It's about enjoying the process. It's about trying. 

While I should probably be a bit embarrassed to link to her blog in two successive posts, I'm proud to be a fangirl. Thanks to Karen for the idea and encouragement.

And with that, here's my first post for National Photo Posting Month. 

National Photo Posting Month :: November 1, 2015

National Photo Posting Month :: November 1, 2015

What: Fall Flowers

Where: Near the Winthrop Square Training Field in Charlestown, Massachusetts 

When: Sunday afternoon, just before sunset

Why: I liked the striped effect of the black and white stairs - I think that's what makes this snapshot interesting.