Weekend Update – September 10, 2017

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in photos, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update


This was kind of a weird and busy week. Holiday weeks always leave me unsure about what day it is and this week was no exception. My boss was on vacation so that added a little bit of stress to me at work. Luckily there were no crises that I couldn’t handle in her absence. Then on Friday my work laptop decided to be silly and I ended up watching the Desktop support guys mess with it. By the time it was done I had a working laptop but I had lost all my settings and network drive mappings. Blergh. I had it all back to working order by the time I left on Friday.

This week was all about wildfire smoke in Portland. Last weekend a fire was started in the Columbia Gorge by some idiot kid with fireworks. It’s been sad to see such a beautiful natural area devastated by fire.

Smoky day in Portland

Smoky day in Portland

The fire is still not fully contained but the wind has shifted and the air quality is much better now.

Friday night we went to see Craig Johnson (author of the Longmire series) at Powell’s. He’s a great storyteller both in writing and in person. If you ever have the chance to catch one of his tour events you should do it.

Craig Johnson at Powell's

Craig Johnson at Powell’s


Today and tomorrow I’ll be keeping and eye on Hurricane Irma. I’ve got friends in Florida and this one is going to be ugly.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.


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September 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

September 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for September:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

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These are the most liked of my August 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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