A Photo A Week Challenge: Abandoned

I couldn’t think of anything more fitting for the end of this crazy year that an abandoned building. I think there are many of us who would love to abandoned so many things about 2020: pandemic fear and isolation, raging political division,

There are some things about this year that I am grateful for. My husband and I have learned that we are very compatible. We work well together as well as live well together. And this year has been about immediate, household togetherness. I have learned that it is possible to live a semi-normal life during a pandemic. We have been fortunate to live were we do. Our business is small enough that we can have the office open and still observe social distancing (when you work with engineers, there’s actually no other kind of social anything except with distancing). I’ve learned how to accessorize with different types and colors of masks. Mostly, I have grown closer to my family and a few close friends. Even when we can’t be together in person, we can still uplift and support each other and feel the love that we share.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and that 2021 is brighter and better than 2020.

(P.S. I have learned that since I took this picture earlier this fall, this building has been demolished.)

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A Photo a Week Challenge: #GiveThanks

In the United States, today is Thanksgiving. Even though there is a lot of controversy about our history and what and who we should celebrate, I’m still grateful to live in a country that values freedom. While we may not be perfect at honoring that value, I do believe most of us try. Last Friday, the leader of my church asked everyone, worldwide, to flood social media with posts about gratitude using the hashtag #GiveThanks. It has been amazing to see the tone and feeling of my Facebook newsfeed shift from anger, fear, and division to hope, gratitude, and love for others. I hope that this continues not just through the holiday season, but becomes a permanent part of our lives and thoughts as we give thanks for what we have and who we have in our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, American or not. I hope that your days are filled with love, joy, and happiness.

(P.S. The second photo is to show off a little. I’m loving the flakiness of my pie crust turkey but please ignore the slightly too-dark edge. 🙂 )

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Cityscape

Salt Lake City sits in a bowl. The city is surrounded on almost all sides by mountains, the Wasatch Front of the Rockies on the east, north, and south, and the Oquirrhs on the west. There is a break in the bowl where the Great Salt Lake sits on the northwest end of the valley. The Utah State Capital Building sits on the north end of the valley on the rise of the Wasatch Front foothills that form a westward jut. Some of the best views (and most expensive homes) lie on the rest of the rise above the Capital Building. This view of the Salt Lake Valley gives you the complete aspect down State Street, all 25 miles of it, as well the city skyline. (If you look closely, you can see the LDS Salt Lake Temple to the right of the the Capital Building.)

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Insects

Our ecosystem is highly dependent on everything working together to keep the balance needed to make the earth a livable place. While we sometimes might find bugs (or more specifically for me, spiders) annoying and frustrating, without them our world collapses. The United States had a scare in May of murder hornet sitings. I’m very happy to report that this little guy really is a little guy (less than an inch long) just being a busy bee pollinating my roses (and hopefully moving on to my tomato plants).

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Anything

I like open topics, because it gives everyone a chance to be creative. I recently purchased a Lensball (an upgrade from the small crystal ball I bought from Amazon), and I had fun playing around with it. I need a bit more practice getting truly sharp images in it, but I’m happy with how this one turned out.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark

During times like this, is can seem as though there is no light. I believe that we need opposition in all things. Without bitter, we can’t savor sweetness. Without pain, we can’t comprehend bliss. Without dark, we can’t understand light. Contrast in art is important to help create substance and focus. We smoked some corn on the cob on our Traeger, and I loved how the husks turned out. I put them in a stock pot on my stove to capture this image. I don’t know what I enjoyed more: photographing or eating them. (Just kidding. They tasted amazing!)

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Footwear

I like wearing shoes, but I don’t like buying shoes and I don’t own a lot of them. When I find a style that I like and are comfortable, I will wear them until they wear out. Then, I’ll try to replace them with the exact same shoes. I love shoes for little kids. I think they are so cute, especially boots. Any style of boot for a little kid is just adorable. These boots belong to my great-niece. Her parents are building a new house, and these are the boots that she wears around the construction site.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

Last week, I asked you what changes you have made because of the pandemic. This week, our state went from orange alert to yellow, which means that all businesses can open again and restaurants can offer limited dine-in services (with all proper precautions). Our governor is also talking about some counties that have had little to no impact from the virus might be back to green (all clear and normal) by the end of the month. This is good news. The shutdown was initially only supposed to help hospitals prepare and be ready for an increase of patients. I’m not sure when it went to “we can’t open anything until we have a cure”. We don’t have a cure for the Spanish Flu from 1918-19. Why do we think we will find a cure for this virus? Sorry about the rant. I just worry about economies and isolated people who are at risk with no outside contact. There has to be a balance.

So, in honor of some small signs of hope that this will eventually end, this week’s topic is opening. I know I post a lot of pictures of our rose garden. I’m not going to apologize. I love them. This particular rose starts as a variegated bud but once it is fully opened is a beautiful red.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Just for Fun

With the stress of lockdown (or semi-lockdown, depending on where you live), I thought we could all use another de-stressing challenge. A couple of years ago, I bought a small crystal ball to use in my photography but hadn’t gotten around to trying it out. With the tulips and early bulb flowers in bloom right now, it seems like a good time to see how it worked. It worked just great. I did make my husband worry a bit when I told him it was a standard crystal ball and not one made specifically for photography, but I also assured him that I wasn’t planning on following Professor Trelawney from the Harry Potter books into divination. I really did buy this to use for photography.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air

Sorry about no challenge last week. With COVID-19 raging throughout the world, things have been a bit crazy here. And then yesterday morning, Salt Lake City was hit with a magnitude 5.7 earthquake. Needless to say, this topic seemed to fit perfectly for the world situation right now.

Last week, I had the chance to visit this job site the day they were flying in the roof trusses. It was the first time I’ve had seen this, and it was a blast. The framers were amazing, climbing all over the frames to secure them once the crane lifted them up for placement. I picked this particular image because I loved how the sunbursts helped to frame it.

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