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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If I were to tally up the photos on my phone, I'm sure I'd find many more sunrises than sunsets on the camera roll. That's how you'd know I'm definitely a morning person.
I'm certainly not the first person to dabble in journaling, diary keeping or blogging only to give it up after a few days or posts. For the past few months I've toyed with the idea of keeping a personal blog. A blog with no other purpose than to be a place where I record things I'd like to share and remember.
I had plenty of reason why I shouldn't start one.
"I don't have time."
"My life isn't interesting enough and my photographs are boring."
But I have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé, as the saying goes.
And elephants walking down the street makes for anything but a boring photograph.
And with that, I'll begin blogging again and see where it goes.