Life in Focus 2012

Focus changes over time.  Interests either evolve or quietly dissolve.   The people who hold our attention today either grow more captivating or fade into the backdrop of our ever expanding lives.  But, I think with each hour of each day, we somehow fine tune what matters and hone in on our true talents and abilities.  Just think, 4 years ago I wanted to be a firefighter!  I was so passionate about it too!  Now? I’m so glad I figured out my calling in life does not involve 3 a.m. wake up calls and 4 alarm fires.  I’m far more content to work on my writing and photography.

Sooo, 2012…

I’m about 6ish chapters into writing my first book – a memoir about my trips to Ireland.  In tandem with that project, I’m working on some short fiction and using my new favorite website, Writers Market, to find appropriate publications for my work.  Goals?  Finish the memoir this year, secure an agent, and find a publisher.  If Elizabeth Gilbert can sell Eat, Pray, Love there’s no reason why I can’t sell Ireland (a far more interesting “I” country, in my opinon).

Photography is still interesting but in a different way.  I tried the whole taking portraits and wedding photo thing for a little while, but it drove me absolutely crazy.  I prefer taking photos as life happens without being concerned if the bride got a picture of the bouquet toss or if someone refuses to pay for their pictures because of their armfat.  That’s not fun. And I didn’t get into photography to create more work for myself – I wanted a calm pastime.  So, I will continue to photograph the world as I see it on my terms, with one goal: learn one new thing each week.

So, there you go – a snippet of my life and of things to come.  Here are some previously unpublished photos from the past month:

Frosted Teasel

I’m the last person you’ll find waking up early on a Sunday; however, I somehow managed this weekend in order to get some early morning shots in the Skagit Valley. I was hoping for fog to capture some good landscape shots. That didn’t really work out. Instead, I found a bunch of Common Teasel – a weed found all over the Northwest – looking rather majestic covered in frost. I’m not much of a landscape girl anyway; the small details are much more fascinating.

Some perspective on the height of the Common Teasel

Cold Beauty

I’m losing interest in the cold beauty of winter.

I’d previously stated that photography had the power to make me forget about little things like…the cold…frostbitten fingers.  What was I thinking?   My fingers were so cold, I lasted 20 minutes the other day when I got this picture.  I’m ready for 70 degree temperatures again!

Frosted Outline

I had to take a break from roller derby photo editing to do something artistic.  This lead me to an area called Sudden Valley, where it remained cold enough for the frost to survive the day.    It outlined the foliage in a way I found very beautiful.

This has nothing to do with the picture, but I just realized it’s February 1 already – which means I can now say I’ll be back in Ireland next month!   I’m actually looking forward to returning more than the Nikon I plan on buying later this month.  I know, weird!   Life for me is still more about the experiences and the people.  Photography is hands down my favorite hobby, but it can never fill that void I’ve felt since leaving Ireland.