Monthly Archives: January 2013

365 Photo Challenge Update

It’s been hard.

I’m trying my best to keep my photo challenge going, but it seems like the only time I have for photo-ing is on the weekend. I will do better! In the meantime, here’s where I’m at.

We’ve been going up to the mountain a lot, which is great for a lot of reasons. We get to be outside moving around and exercising, and it’s total eye candy for photos. These are just a few of my favorites from one of our trips up to Silver.

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We got lucky around the middle of January and the sun came out for a few days. Juneau and I totally soaked up as much sun as possible. We went for a walk down to the City Beach and did some people watching, geese chasing and exploring. As a dog-owner I love this time of year because nobody leaves their houses. We can go to the park, beach and Tubbs Hill and not worry about seeing anyone. I let Juneau off her leash and she can run free and explore her home. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Sometimes winter sucks. It just does. When the snow is a foot high and it’s a rainy, slushy mess, who wants to go out in that? But on days when the sun pokes through the clouds and you can see ice crystals sparkle from a mile away; you suddenly don’t feel so trapped and suddenly winter isn’t such a curse, rather a gift.

Stay warm everyone! Spring is just a few months away.

Resolutions

Goals. Resolutions. We all make them; some we meet, some we don’t. Every year there’s so much pressure to set resolutions and so many of us give up in the first month or two. So why set them to begin with if we might fail?

Don’t think like that! Resolutions are great. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start and new perspective. I think the best way to go about it though is to make realistic goals. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lose 50 pounds this year,” set a goal like, “I’m going to exercise for 30 minutes 4-5 times a week.” Totally doable.

This year my New Year’s resolution is to work on my photography skills. My dad and I made a pact that we’d each take at least one photo every day – a 365 Photo Challenge. I got the idea from A Beautiful Mess. So far so good! It’s a little challenging with work and all, but if I miss any days I vowed to make it up on the weekend. Take a look at the photos from my first week below.

365 Photo Challenge Week 1

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Do you want to run your first 5K? Work on your cooking skills? Start a family? There is so much we can accomplish in a year. Small, reachable steps are definitely the key to success. I can’t become a professional photographer in a year, but I can take one photo every day to practice new skills.

You may not be able to go out and run a 5K tomorrow, but you could join a running group at Fleet Feet to work on it, or take a cooking class at Gourmet Way to learn how to make a new meal or dessert.

So what’s your New Year’s resolution? Please share and keep reading to see how I do with my 365 Challenge.

Happy New Year!

They may be bald…

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Whoever said being bald isn’t beautiful?

One of my favorite traditions is to go eagle watching with my dad. We’re so lucky to have these guys migrating through Coeur d’Alene every year. They arrive around (or a little after) Thanksgiving and stay through about the middle of January. We were supposed to have record amounts this year, and I’m pretty sure we did.

Each year my dad, my mom, my husband and I load up our cameras and binoculars and go searching for Bald Eagles. This is the best way to experience them, with the ones you love having a mini-adventure. But, there are other ways to see them too.Eagle_intree

The Coeur d’Alene Resort does cruises that take you out to see the eagles. This is a great option for kids because raptor (the bird kind) experts come along and teach cruisers all about the birds along the way. It’s also a little warmer and there’s refreshments and restrooms.

The BLM is also helpful. A resident eagle expert will meet in Beauty Bay at certain times to help visitors spot the birds, and give a little education as well. The BLM also posts info. about the current counts, viewing and safety tips, and general information about the birds.

Happy eagle watching!