Day 292- “A Boy and His Dog”

Today, I realized something a bit depressing. I don’t get out much anymore and just take photos. Lately, it’s been because of my bad ankle. So today, I sucked it up, took some Advil, and set out from my house with my camera.

This photo is of a guy playing Frisbee with his dog. I watched them for a while, and out of the whole adventure today, it was probably my favorite part. I really, REALLY want a dog of my own, except my lease won’t allow it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tordy (my turtle), Pippin (my gerbil) and Apollo (my fish), and of course I love my Corgis back home, but it would be nice to have a dog. Of course, realistically, I would need a more stable job and a bigger yard… And of course a lease that allows dogs!

Anyway, I like this photo. Here are some more photos from today!

Some broken glass

 

Beautifully changing leaves

 

For some reason, I’ve always wanted to see inside of this house. So… I feel like a lot of old houses in Greeley sort of… Look like they belong in the boondocks. And… That’s all I have to say about that.

 

I was looking through my photos when they were all on my computer, and in this photo, I noticed the three guys at the table had all turned to me and were smiling for the camera. This made my day, more than I can tell you. In my experience, most people see you with a camera and flip you off, make a dumb face, stick their hand in front of the lens, etc. Their simple smiles made me very happy.

 

A spider in her web on a bush

 

Sunlight in the trees.

 

Action shot of a squirrel.

 

The UNC Visitor Center

 

So I helped plant this bed of flowers on campus over the summer. In the middle of all of the gold and yellow flowers, there is a random red flower. None of us had it in us to pull it, so it has been there since June. Pretty, huh?

 

Well, it may be kind of a depressing note to end on, but here you go. As I was on the final leg of my journey back to my house, I encountered this tree which is scheduled to be cut down. It makes me sad. I love the old part of Greeley (despite the boondocks-style houses), mostly for the trees. They are tall, old and beautiful. It makes me wonder how we as humans feel we have the right to tell this tree that it doesn’t get to live anymore. But, life goes on.

Of course, from the opposite end, having cut up a dead tree with a chain saw at work over the summer, I can tell you this: it’s extremely fun, even if it doesn’t set quite right with me.

You know what else doesn’t quite set right with me? Mulch. We take chopped up trees and spread it around the base of other trees to help them grow. This, friends, is cannibalism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 290- “Apollo’s Reflection”

Featured here is my beta fish, Apollo. I got him last year, and he was featured on my blog then (https://myownphotoproject.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/day-108-apollo/). Since then, he has moved to a bigger tank- a much, MUCH bigger tank. He now has a ten gallon tank all to himself, complete with Greek ruins. Yesterday I was changing the water in his tank, and at the point that this photo was taken I was siphoning clean water back in. He meandered around the tube from which the clean water was coming, and I got this photo of him. The one on the right is the real Apollo, and the one on the left is his reflection. I like the contrasting colors in the photos.

 

Day 286- “Evening Flight”

The other day, the sunset was so… so… beautiful. There were trails from planes and the clouds, and coloring from the sun was so beautiful. I took some pictures, and adjusted my settings. At the moment that I lifted my camera to take a photo of the clouds, hundreds, if not thousands, of birds began fly across the sky. I snapped the photo, and seconds later, they were gone. I am so grateful that I was there, right then, and caught that priceless moment. Times like that are the ones that make me glad that I am a photographer.

 

Day 245- “Ninja Cowboy”

At the rodeo, some crazy stuff happens. The craziest thing I saw was the ninja cowboy!

Okay, he’s not really a ninja. But right as his bronc started getting REALLY wild and started to make the final kick that would throw him, this guy leaped off and actually landed quite gracefully. When I looked back at my photos, I was delighted to find that I had gotten a shot of him in midair. Awesome action shot. :)

 

Day 244- “Dancing”

The other night I went to another rodeo. About halfway through, the lights dimmed down and a spotlight came up on a rider who came into the arena holding a weird orange pole. I was really confused by it. And then, he and his horse started… dancing, for lack of a better word. Twisting, spinning in the darkness with the spotlight fixed upon them. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time. I have no idea what the rider’s name is, what the horse’s name is, or what their art form is called. (Closest thing I can think of is dressage, but I’m pretty positive that’s not what this is called.)

This photo really does capture the essence of what they were doing. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the SUPER bright orange, and tried editing it out and turning the color down, but I liked the original photo better when it was all said and done. I love the contrast of the shadows and highlights.

Day 231- “Silhouetted Bird”

 

 

For my final South Dakota picture, I decided upon this- a bird silhouetted again the setting sun. While my family’s attention was on the herd of bison, I was creeping up on this guy with my creeper lens, and got this photo right before he flew away. I absolutely adore this picture, and was afraid at first that I hadn’t gotten it. But, I did. Yay. :)