photography magic

I loved Harry Potter.  Still do.  There’s something about the story that speaks to the possibilities – escaping the humdrum and finding that bit more…

Photography, in its own way, is magic.  We can capture moments in time and create images that inspire our imagination.

These images were from my latest light painting effort.

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Wishing you a magical weekend.

-Deb

 

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Putting a Little More Life in my Daily Living

This past month has been a busy one.  I turned fifty-one.  Somehow, I thought it would take longer to reach middle age than what it has.  I celebrated my last day being 50 by target shooting and going for a 5 mile hike.  All in all – it was a good day!

My spare time has been spent playing with my camera.  I’ve given light painting a try and I’ve found it to be a fun, creative outlet for ridding myself of the day’s stress.  Below are a couple of the photos I’ve taken.

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Loved the reptilian feel of this one. Is it me or can you see a snake too?

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Light painting with a crystal ball

Back in January, I started an exercise program through work.  Tomorrow begins week 13 of the 14 week challenge.  At the beginning of the program, I had to choose some motivational quotes that would inspire me along my journey.   One of the motivational quotes I chose was:

                       Three months from now, you will thank yourself.   

(I looked but couldn’t find the author of the quote.)

It’s been 3 months – and I’m so thankful for the changes in my life.  Life is so much more fulfilling when you are taking advantage of your time instead of letting it drift away.

There’s more hiking, target practice and camera time on the calendar and much less time in front of the television.

Here’s wishing you lots of living!  Have a great week!

-Deb

P.S.  Less television also means more reading time.  I’m a huge fan of YA novels.  Recently finished John Mantooth’s – The Year of the Storm.   It’s got a bit of a Southern Gothic feel.  A little different from my usual reads but really good.         

 

Photography – My Work in Progress

Photography is something I really enjoy.  I love trying “new to me” techniques.  A couple of weeks ago, I tried my hand at light painting.  This week, I worked on HDR Photography.  As I live in a rural area, I decided to focus on what is around me – which is a lot of water.  In the near future,  I’d love to drive to Wilmington, NC and try this in the downtown area.

So here’s a couple of my first week’s attempts:

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Gotta love spring time weather in February – nothing better than getting outside and enjoying the warmth!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful week!

-Deb

 

My Little Victory

I came across this quote the other day:

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. 

                                                                                                                                                 -Bill Phillips

I’ve adopted this as my mantra.

When I turned 50, I promised myself that I’d make an effort to get in shape, to be a healthier me.  Only, the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months and 2017 became 2018.   I could see my fifty-first year on the horizon and I was quite disappointed with myself.  After all, I have a goal of living to be at least 103 years old.  But, poor health choices were sending me down an entirely different road.

Today begins week six of the health and wellness challenge that I promised myself I would complete.  After five weeks of making healthier food choices and doing some strength and cardio training, I’m happy to say that I’m on my way to becoming the person I want to be.   I’ve lost weight and inches and have more energy.

Making progress feels so much better than making excuses.

So – this is me having a little victory moment!

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I hope you experience a victory of your own this week!

Take care.

-Deb