Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August You Were Wonderful


Happy September! In the month of August, I spent time with a group of bloggers on a private Facebook group. It was called August Break, 2017, and was a community project that had no real rules —  the idea was to simply take a photograph every day for the whole month of August. That’s it. Pause, look around and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there.We could share our photos (which I did) or just enjoy taking them without sharing. 

We were given a list of daily photo prompts so if we got stuck for something to photograph, we could just refer to the list. I challenged myself to use the list. It was a lot of fun, and we will do it again next August. The photos are listed with a description listed below. 






























Here is the list of photo prompts I followed:

DAY 1 - MORNING
This little guy was resting on the clay pot. Can't imagine it was very comfortable.

DAY 2 - GOLD
This golden owl holds the keys. My fascination with owls started when I rescued an immature Great Horned Owl with a broken wing from the forest floor so he could have his wing repaired.

DAY 3 – ROSES
"Run for the Roses" pie that I made for a Kentucky Derby dinner we attended at our friend's home.

DAY 4 – WHERE I LIVE
We spend our summer weekends at the camp my dad built 50 years ago. Okara Lakes, NY is in the Old Forge region of the Adirondack Mountains. Our backyard is designated "forever wild". Great visionaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thoreau have drawn inspiration from the Adirondack Mountains. I'm sure you've heard of the Adirondack Chair. There is a lot to love in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park is larger than Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon combined.

Day 5 - BICYCLE
Each February we visit Key West and use bikes or our feet as transportation. There are many unique bicycles parked in front of shops and restaurants. Very common in Key West to see cruiser bicycles and parrots as big as the local personalities. This bike with the "Keys" fascinated me. Personal rolling art.

DAY 6 – MY FAVORITE NOVEL - I forgot to do this one. Probably because I only read novels in school.

DAY 7 – GLASS
There’s just something about fairy gardens that makes one young again. My next door neighbor is a teacher and has summers off, and I know her garden has brought her much joy this summer. She's been adding glass, lights and fairies for all to enjoy.

DAY 8 - MY EYES
 "Your heart is able to see things that your eyes aren't able to."
Kholoud Yasser

DAY 9 – POSTCARDS
Some of my husband's favorite postcards from his collection.

DAY 10 - LAVENDER
Have a seat and relax in the field of lavender. The Finger Lakes Lavender Festival in Skaneateles, NY.

DAY 11 ONE WISH

PEACE ON EARTH
"We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.

DAY 12 - LOVE LETTER
We are vacationing in Bar Harbor, Maine and I wrote a letter to my sweet and kind husband and tucked it under his pillow here in Maine. After all these years, he still grabs for my hand when we take walks. I thank God every day for our wonderful marriage and my best friend.

DAY 13 -- I CRAVE Lobster!

DAY 14 - VINTAGE So I'm 58 today. I guess that qualifies as vintage? 😁

DAY 15 - DRAGON
The Chinese tradition of lantern making – and lighting – began centuries ago. Lantern making is an art that passed through generations of Chinese families. The lantern displays at the Lantern Festival are made from artisans from Sichuan, China, and took months to assemble at the New York State fairgrounds. I went in April.

DAY 16 – FAVORITE COLOR
Black and White
It's Basic.
It's Elegant.
The monochrome beauty and stark contrast of black and white captures the eye just as a splash of vibrant colors can.

DAY 17 – DAISIES
We have a sweet cottage in the Adirondack Mountains built by my dad 50 years ago. Love seeing the daisies.

Day 18 - ONE REGRET
This one really made me think today. I think we do wonder "what if" we made different choices in life. No regrets.
I am being silly in Maine at Stonewall Kitchen.

DAY 19 - METAL
A metal garden stake in our garden always brings a smile when we dine alfresco. Our New York summers are short so we soak up the warm sun and eat most of our meals outdoors.

DAY 20 - I LOVE
Owls! Ever since I rescued an immature Great Horned Owl with a broken wing 22 years ago. Photos taken at our annual side walk art show.

Day 21: Monochrome
This challenge challenged me to take a photo in my fairy garden.

DAY 22 -- SOUR
I love limes!

DAY 23 - SIGN
When we travel, even if it's in our area, I take a photo with my tote bag. I have a group of friends that have the same MacKenzie Childs tote bag and we share photos of places we've been. JUST FOR FUN.

DAY 24 - SILVER
My husband's interpretation of silver. I was discussing the month of August challenge when this "sewing needle" bug screamed "take a photo of me". His idea, not mine.

DAY 25 – PRETTY WEEDS
Weeds or wildflowers, I took my scissors out the back door of the building where I work and bent among the bees to cut some weeds. Recognizing the beauty of the overgrown field full of weeds and wildflowers this beautiful summer morning, and brightening my office today.

DAY 26 - WINDOW
Our camp window with shutters made by my hubby. Have a great weekend everyone! Only 5 days left in the August challenge.

DAY 27 - STONE
They started painting stones/rocks to spread joy, love and inspiration through the simple gesture of painting rocks and putting them throughout the community. Have you found one yet?

DAY 28 – ADVENTURE
Climbing up Beehive in Acadia National Park is rewarding, and even despite the sheer cliffs, it was an awesome hike with great views.

DAY 29 – YES!
Yes! Watermelon radishes in my CSA box! I've been a member of a CSA for 10 years, and look forward to watermelon radishes. I am a foodie, and they make a stunning presentation.

DAY 30 – I BELIEVE
The sunset is a symbol; it represents how good things happen every day.

DAY 31 – AUGUST WAS……


Well, too short for me! It's my birth month, and I have truly been enjoying August weekends at the camp that my dad built at the lake and vacationing in Maine. As the days get shorter, I will look to autumnal hues to gently lead us into this most beautiful season ahead. Have a great September everyone, and I enjoyed spending August with you during this challenge.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

12 comments:

  1. What a fun challenge..I did a watercolor a day for one month but lasted 20 days..well done Debbie..
    I love noting:) Epiphanies often:)

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  2. What a fun idea! Looks like you enjoyed August!

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  3. I think August loved you too :) Great shots, Debbie!

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  4. How fun. Love the photos. You are such a good trooper for participating.

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  5. Fun prompts!!! I must admit that your August looks like it was much more fun than mine, Debbie! Loved seeing your photos!

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  6. Your August was truly spectacular, Debbie. I love the lavender, the owl, and the silver interpretation. Joe's got a very creative mind too!

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  7. Debbie... what a clever post! All the pics are great! You can really rock those readers. Enjoy your week.

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  8. That seaside photo was missing one thing...ME!!!!!!!!! 😁

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  9. I want to spend next August with you! Deb, I love how you live life. What a wonderful month for you and I love the challenge, Your photos are fabulous..........

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  10. I think August must be your favorite month, Debbie! I loved seeing your photos, especially the owl, the pie ( I want a slice), and the sunset. I hope your September is wonderful, too.

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  11. What a fun idea! Your birth month was full of fun times just as it should be. You are the reason many smile, my friend! Happy September!

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  12. No wonder you loved August dear friend... you had a terrific idea to picture it specially the pie, the flowers, everything! What a great month you had.
    You put a smile on my face.
    Have a wonderful September.
    Fabby

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