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In the early months of 2014 a seed was somehow planted. I don’t recall how or where or who was responsible for the idea but I began to consider starting a blog. Over the years, I’d toyed with the possibility of writing a book but never took it any further than that. I don’t know that I have a viable story in me but felt that I wanted to otherwise express myself. And from the little I knew at that time, a blog seemed like the perfect vehicle to do just that. And now, one full year later, I’ve discovered it’s all that AND the proverbial bag of chips.

I love blogging. Love the opportunity to share my thoughts, views, ramblings and observations. Love the wonderful connections I’ve made from all over the world. And I love having a platform to share my photos and flex my creative muscles in response to the many and varied photography challenges that are posted each week.

And so, with one year under my belt, won’t you join me in celebrating my first blogging anniversary? I’ve compiled some of my favorite posts and photos and sincerely hope you’ll find something here to inspire you, to make you think or to simply put a smile on your face.

As always, a special thank you to my loyal followers. I appreciate each and every ‘like’, comment and Follow!

JUNE 2014

JULY 2014

AUGUST 2014

SEPTEMBER 2014

OCTOBER 2014

NOVEMBER 2014

DECEMBER 2014

JANUARY 2015

FEBRUARY 2015

MARCH 2015

APRIL 2015

MAY 2015

Thanks for stopping by! And thank you for your continued support, following and friendship. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of this wonderful community of folks – those of us we collectively refer to a bloggers!

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While I’ve been away…

Blogging has not been a high priority lately as my son was here visiting for a few days. Although we grated on each other’s nerves a few times, as is always the case when he’s here more than a day or two, we managed to have a little fun as well.

We hiked, explored the downtown river walk, ate at a variety of restaurants, and rode bikes. Here’s a great example of my son’s wacky sense of humor. My sister and I, following along at a slower pace, encountered this amusing vignette on the way back to our vehicles. It reminds me of my dad, Wesley’s grandpa, as this is exactly the kind of stunts he liked to pull. It occurs to me now that it might have been funny if Molly and I had just continued riding along as if we hadn’t even seen him.

In any case, we had a nice visit but I’m certain that we’re both glad he’s back home now!

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On our trip through the (seemingless!) endless plains of Nebraska – which I found beautiful nonetheless – I took this photo from the car, window rolled down, holding on to my camera for dear life, as we drove to Colorado. I’m not sure what we’re looking at here – recently harvested potatoes, perhaps?

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

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For this week’s Black and White Challenge, our marching orders are to use any B&W photo taken in the last week or two, if not otherwise shot today. Since I didn’t have anything even remotely usable, I headed out to the backyard with my Canon in hand to see what I could see.

I’m drawn to photos of the mundane and this shot of a downturned wheelbarrow beneath our deck adequately fills the bill. What I really like about this is how the light is filtered via the slats between the deck boards throwing ever so subtle shadows in a soldierly formation of sorts.

Award-winning? Most certainly not but I was happy with the results and isn’t that the point of photography after all?

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Take a New Photo