Ok, so I have been a bad student, which is quite embarrassing for someone who has been teaching for 20+ years! I will now play the role of many of my former students and offer the following lame excuses. I have been focusing on exercise and spending a lot of time in the rock climbing gym and yoga studio, my son had two of his wisdom teeth removed which took a little time, my daughter took the GRE on Friday and we went to celebrate the good returns, and I attended a women’s workshop with a friend and learned some great new tips for blogging. All excuses are valid and true so now I need to catch up!

I am double dipping on some of these shots as they fit a couple different assignment criteria. The first missed assignment was titled “Bliss”, but did not specify who’s bliss was to be recorded. I went with our cat Monti who’s entire life appears to be one big vacation!

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See what I mean? Life’s rough! This is just one of her favorite nap sites in the house.

The next assignment was to interpret the theme of “connections”. I grabbed my camera and a lot of layers, since it was 26°F, and headed to one of my favorite running paths.

Bridges are a symbol of connecting and these two are ones I pass as I am running along the slough. I also feel connected to nature in this area, even when it is cold and most intelligent life forms are looking for shelter.

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This picture reflects the cold, barren feeling of the day

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But I was not alone for long-these ducks are accustomed to humans feeding them at all times of the day and came running! 

This is where I start cheating (sort of). One assignment challenged us to zoom in on subjects to work on close ups, and the ducks where cooperative that day so I took a number of different shots for this purpose while I was documenting connections.

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Not too far from this area is a small park with several sculptures. I decided to try my luck with the assignment that covered perspective and the concept of “point of view”. I am short so I often feel like I am looking up at everything. So, I began experimenting with upward angle shots.

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This is a large glass sculpture outside of our city hall building

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This view is from beneath one of the spires

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A close up shot of one of the segments of the sculpture with the building in the background

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The view from beneath that same segment

Just to the left of the city hall building is a smaller sculpture and I lay down on the very cold ground (people walking their dogs must have thought I was crazy) to take these images.

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 A tree branch against the winter sky

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The view through this cylindrical sculpture

Now that stage two hypothermia had set in I decided to head home and warm up! The next morning I was up early and saw the moon setting over our neighborhood. I used this opportunity to take a photo of something “big” and “lonely” which both define the  moon.

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So now I am only a couple days behind with this course! More pictures to post soon and the final wrap up of the class.

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