Thankful November 12th: Work

Four years ago, my husband left the structural engineering firm he was working at so that we could open a firm of our own, Realize Structural Engineering, Inc. A year and half later, I left my full-time job as a technical writer to work part-time as our office manager and HR department. It’s been a crazy ride, but it has also been so worth it. These photos are some of our recent projects.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to build our own company with our own standards and mission statement.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Beauty

Queen's View Scotland

One of the places we wanted to visit while in Scotland is called the Queen’s View. When Queen Victoria visited it in the 1800s, legend has it that she believed it was named for her, but in reality, Robert the Bruce called it that because it was the favorite view of his wife, Queen Margaret. With the recent tragedy in Paris, I wanted this week’s challenge to be one of hope and beauty. Beauty can be found everywhere, even in tragedy. The image below is the ruins Melrose Abbey, where Robert the Bruce’s heart is believed to be buried. The Abbey was built in the 1100s, and after many assaults and wars, fell into disuse and ruin in the late 1500s.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF THINGS YOU FIND BEAUTIFUL.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: At the Edge

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So many photos are taking on the edge of things: cliffs, shores, piers, lives. As photographers, we have the opportunity to capture timeless, solid views and brief, passing moments — all at the edge of something. This view is the edge of the pier at Daybreak Lake, part of a newer community in the Salt Lake Valley. The lake is a perfect setting for photo shoots, but I also found serenity in the bare scene itself.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO FROM OR REPRESENTING AN EDGE.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: View from My Front Porch

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So, in the spirit of full disclosure, this is not the view from my current front porch. This is the view from my mom’s house, but I have lived there. Whether you have an amazing mountain landscape, a friendly (or not-so friendly) neighbor’s house, or a cityscape over-look from 30 floors up (or more or less), there’s always a story in what you see from your own front porch (or balcony).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A SERIES OF PHOTOS THAT FEATURE THE VIEW FROM YOUR FRONT DOOR (OR BALCONY OR FAVORITE WINDOW).

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Horizon

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Landscape photography comes in many forms: mountains, oceans, deserts. You can think of as many types of landscapes as there are people to think of them. I love this view of the far-off horizon over the Great Salt Lake just north of Salt Lake City. The lake was at a low point, so you can see a lot of eddies and sandbars. The distant mountains and wispy clouds add interest and create a sense of vastness.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF HORIZONS (PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, OR OTHERWISE).

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge

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Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona can feel like standing on the edge of the world.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Edge.

A Photo A Week Challenge: View

Stirling Castle countryside

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As photographers, we get the chance to take a lot of pictures of many things: scenery, family, scenery, buildings, scenery, pets, scenery. You get the picture (pun intended). I can’t think of anywhere that I’ve ever been where I thought “Wow, I never want to take a picture of THIS place.” And I’m really glad about that. The world around us is amazing. Every place has it’s own type of beauty. These pictures are from our recent trip to Scotland. The first one is looking over the countryside from Stirling Castle. The second (one I’ve posted before) is call The Queen’s View and was the favorite view of Queen Margaret (Robert the Bruce’s wife) in all of Scotland. So this week’s challenge is to find the beauty in your view, whether it’s just outside your kitchen window or from a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE VIEW OR VIEWS.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Sunday Stills: Lookin’ Through Windows

Temple Square through the windows of Abravenel HallThis amazing view of Temple Square is from the second level balcony inside Abravanel Hall (aka Symphony Hall) in Salt Lake City. The Dale Chihuly orange glass sculpture was commissioned for 2002 Winter Olympic.

This great challenge is brought to us by Sunday Still Adventures.

A Photo a Week Challenge: View

Twin PeaksWhen you look to the east from my office building, this is what you see. Well, this is what you see on a really good day. On a bad day, like today, all you see is hazy smog and an outline hint of mountains. The Wasatch Front of the Rockies Mountains is one of my favorite views. People I’ve talked to who are visiting Salt Lake City for the first time almost always mention how much bigger the mountains are in real life than they thought they would be. Pictures don’t do them justice.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OF YOUR VIEW.

Get creative and find some unique and interesting views in the world around. Blog an image of a favorite view and post a link to your find here.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.