day nine – a sunset.

sunsetOne of my favorite things in life are sunsets. I’m very thankful I got to capture this sunset and all it’s beautiful colors. I know I could have gotten a better picture from this particular sunset, but I knew I didn’t have much time before it was gone so I took it from where I was at the time. At least I attempted to be artistic and get the porch in the picture. I need to work on lighting when it comes to taking pictures in the evening, but it is was it is. So here’s to one more day of this challenge!

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day eight – before and after.

I like to refer to this moment as “cat got your tree”. Yes, we have a 6 month-old kitten who loves to destroy anything and everything I work hard to make look nice in our home. She means well, but she’s destructive. At first she did great with our Christmas tree. She didn’t touch it for the first week. All of a sudden I come home from work one day and I find our tree just like you see in the right photo. Star hanging by a thread, ornaments all over the place, branches spread apart, tree skirt on the floor, and the one gift I had under the tree knock over. Really, cat? Let’s just say she had one heyday on our tree. Nonetheless, I guess it made for the perfect before and after picture for my blog photo challenge. Here is day eight…

cat got your treeIt’s hard to stay mad at her, because she’s so darn cute. I’m just hoping this isn’t a sign of every Christmas to come.

day seven – something bright.

Nothing screams bright quite like unfocused Christmas lights. Am I right?! I thought this was a cool picture, so this is day seven of my photo challenge.

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And just for a little extra enjoyment today. It’s tacky sweater season again. Here’s to sequins, ribbons, and frills!

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Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!

day six – water.

I love today’s photo challenge, because ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to know how photographers got waterfalls to look so misty. I used to think, “That has to be fake. You can’t make a waterfall look that good.” Of course, I was wrong (gasp!). Now that I have the proper camera though, I get to mess with the shutter speed and a few other settings that are necessary to make water look a certain way. So without further ado, here is day six…

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Waterfalls are probably one of my favorite things to photograph. After visiting Niagara Falls this past summer, every other waterfall seems like a dribble, but they are all still beautiful nonetheless. I’m not a huge fan of the lighting in this picture. The purplish tent kind of bothers me, but it does add a neat effect at least. See? Doesn’t the misty water look cool? Told ya.

day three – a photo from your weekend.

Since this title didn’t specifically say a photo from your ‘most recent’ weekend, I decided to use this picture from a FEW weekends ago. I’m not cheating, because I still took the picture. So take that, photo challenge.cabin

You may remember that my husband and I took a trip to see the number one college football team in the nation play in their home stadium. That’s right…the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! They are playing in the national championship bowl game in January. My husband grew up a huge ND fan and it has been a dream of his to attend a game for a loooong time. I finally got him a set of tickets for his birthday this year and it just happened to be the greatest season ever! We had such a blast exploring the beautiful campus and watched an amazing football game. You can read more about our trip here.

This picture is of the old log chapel on Notre Dame’s campus. It is really neat and a very historic landmark for Indiana.

I would maybe love this picture a tad more if it had been during the early part of fall, when the leaves were more colorful and vibrant. I still love the colors of the scenery and the cabin is beautiful by itself, but I think a good landscape can always improve a picture. Either way, God is good and everything he has created is beautiful, which makes me want to give him ALL the glory that much more. I need to learn not to be so picky with my pictures.

I am learning new things every day and very grateful for that.

day two – something you find beautiful.

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Does anyone else find Christmas lights absolutely beautiful? If not, you’re crazy. Or a scrooge. I, for one, think they are perfect during the winter season. If you live where I do, it gets dark way earlier than it should at this time of year and it’s usually cold and dreary and miserable (for the most part…minus last year when we had an unbelievable warm winter). Anyway, to the point I’m trying to make…there’s really no better way to cheer me up than to show me some vibrant Christmas lights.

I took this picture at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. I love this picture, because it not only captures a neat perspective of the trees, but look at that moon! Impressive. It’s amazing what you can do without the flash and with a steady hand. Looking forward to the rest of these challenges.

day one – a photo that makes you laugh.

I’ll go ahead and say it now, these blog photo challenge posts may not always be consecutive days, but I can assure you they will at least be my next ten posts. So without further adue…here is my photo that makes me laugh.

DSC_0516I’m not sure why this picture makes me laugh, but it probably has something to do with the fact that my husband is at the bottom of a pile of a bunch of little rascals. I took this picture while we were playing a game called “keep away”, in which you do everything in your power to keep the football while others try to take it from you.

The nieces and nephews were finally able to take down the biggest “kid” playing the game and that was a proud accomplishment to them.

It was a beautiful day for pictures. I love the lighting in this picture and capturing some laughter. You can’t look a photo like this and not smile.

I feel like I’m learning new things about my DSLR camera everyday and I’m loving all of it. I’m looking forward to the rest of the challenges. It really has been fun and educational so far.