deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
No, I'm not posting pictures. :D

Any time one undertakes a huge project that requires daily attention over a long period of time, one surely must learn something from it. Over the last few weeks, I have had thoughts tumbling around in my head about this very topic. Just what DID I learn from Project 366? Did I learn anything about myself? Nature? People? In a feeble attempt to gather and organize the rather scattered and indistinct ideas, I'm going to jot down ten of the most obvious.

1. I am not, nor will I ever be, a true photographer. I don't know how Melanie and Jeff do it. It would be nice (maybe) if I could somehow magically evolve into a photographer, but since that isn't going to happen at this late date, I'm content knowing I am just a run-of-the-mill picture taker. That's good enough for me. Seriously. I can't take the pressure.

2. Perseverance is a virtue, and the rewards are great. Try not to whine, though, because it reduces the joy of taking a picture of a daisy in bloom four hundred times.

3. Regardless of how many times I whined about lack of subjects, it's not true. There is always something waiting to have its picture taken. It may mean one has to take a closer look at one's surroundings or revisit old subjects in a new light, but something is there...waiting.

4. Heads or feet of human subjects do NOT have to be cut off in a picture. It's taken me this long to figure out how to manage to get the entire subject's body in the picture, but I did it. :D

5. Animals do not understand the concept of still photographs. National Geographic photographers are magicians.

6. Children will most always clown for a camera...or cry...or twirl. One must simply deal with it.

7. Always have a camera handy. One never knows what is lurking around the corner or under the table or over the hill or in the sky or...any other prepositional phrase one can think of. Oops!

8. The light inside my apartment is definitely not good. I need to add more lamps with energy-saving bulbs.

9. Pay attention to the background. It's as important as the subject. If it's cluttered, the picture will be cluttered. Besides, who wants to look at someone's pile of dirty underwear behind an adorable kitten or last night's dishes covered in dried gravy in the sink beside a scrumptious plate of brownies?

10. When it rains (or snows or sleets or hails), take a picture...take ten even...from inside, outside, underneath, up close, from a distance. Precipitation is a perfect picture taking opportunity. It hides clutter.
deltamiss: (Wash Day at Sycamore Center)
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

"That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."

Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?"

The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows."

And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
As I watered the dog and the birds, I noticed the sun shining through the pecan tree and reflecting in the birdbath. I played around with the water and took several pictures. I like how the image morphs into something unrecognizable. Sort of like life...

'Reflection'...



Photo of the day...'Distortion'...



'Disturbed'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
It's been almost a month since I took a sky picture, and today the clouds against the blue, blue sky were just too pretty to pass up. I wish I had a HUGE lens to capture the textures.

Life right now is sort of like today's sky...layers of sunshine and clouds, bright-blue and gray-white. There are tiny moments of joy peeking from behind drab humdrum, and I must remember to see the beauty beyond the ugly.

Photo of the Day...'Layers'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
Let me say up front that it is not the quality of the workmanship that made me choose today's photo of the day (although I think it's pretty good considering the limited resources the kids have available to them), but rather it is the spirit embodied in the very recognizable symbol of autumn. It is confusing that fall is a time to use a symbol of plenty. Produce seems more abundant during summer, but who am I to argue? ;)

At any rate, the season fast approaches during which we try to find time to appreciate what we have. Gratitude is a lot better than whining about what we don't have. I don't know about you, but I don't lack for much of anything. Life's accoutrements around here may not be top of the line, but so far (except for another headlight and the AC in my car) everything still meets my needs. No one in the family is burdened with major financial woes (been there; done that; have the t-shirt) or terminal illnesses (also been there). We manage to get where we need (and most of the time want) to go; fulfill responsibilities; stay warm or cool and dry; fill our stomachs; sleep in a bed. Honestly, what more could a body ask for?

Photo of the day...'Cornucopia'...

deltamiss: (Christmas Gift)
I received this in an email from a friend. I think it says just about everything.

A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal - some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite.

Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee.

When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering.

"You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems."

He continued, "Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups... Then you began eyeing each other's cups.

"Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us. God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups. Enjoy your coffee!"

The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. So please remember: Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

And remember - the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.


Sometimes, and not because anyone makes me feel this way, but sometimes I'm a little embarrassed to post pictures of my apartment because it IS old and run down and needs a lot of work that I can't afford right now. But, then I look at the pots where the grands and I planted all those herbs and flowers and remember the joy we found in them every day...or the house that Melanie and Jeff have made into a home...or the animals that own us...or the business that Melanie has built from nothing...or my chime tree...or the notes from Peyton and Mabry on the decrepit refrigerator (that needs defrosting again), and I remember how I got where I am, who I am and how happy I am to be me right now.

My 'coffee cup' literally 'runneth' over!

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