Photo 101 Day 4: Bliss

What is your idea of bliss? Is it an image of your family, laughing at the dinner table? A state of total relaxation, while lying on the beach? Your latest painting, drying on the canvas?

One of my treats to myself is to join @FriNightWrites #WriteClub sprints on Twitter. Some of those Fridays, though, my cats have other ideas. Meet Cricket:

Cricket takes her duties as my right hand gal long as my right hand is generous with the pettins.

Cricket takes her duties as my right hand gal seriously…as long as my right hand is generous with the pettins.

She likes to “help” me write. And to be honest, I like to let her. Along with these two, Sassy (the black cat with the tongue; she is indeed sassy) and Seven (the chocolate Siamese caught in a rare moment of not being pushy):

These two beasties are besties! <3

These two beasties are besties! ❤

It's hard not to feel peaceful and relaxed when I'm surrounded by purring cats, even if it is a little difficult to type around a conked out Cricket. 😉

Photo 101 Day 3: Water & Orientation

Today’s Photo101 theme was water:

We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us. How it reminds us of family vacations, outdoor adventures, or the hot summers of our childhood. How it might symbolize a place we’ve left behind, or a location we dream to go.

Water is my reset button. When I start to feel stressed, all I need to do is take a stroll along a lake, a river, the Sound, and ahhh, instant peace. And when I need a bigger reset, I head to the Olympic Peninsula and hole up at Lake Quinault or Lake Crescent, or spend some time wave-watching at the coast. So for today’s assignment, I decided to head down to Ruston Way in Tacoma for some shots of Puget Sound.

This was my favorite shot from today’s walk:

There is something amazingly relaxing about watching waves roll into shore, especially when they swirl around driftwood.

There is something amazingly relaxing about watching waves roll into shore, especially when they swirl around driftwood.

I also really like this one, particulary the shadows and the worn stones nestled in the top of the rotting pier remains and the tiny glimpse of the Port of Tacoma waaaay in the background:

Today’s assignment suggested that we rotate our camera and take the same shot from a different orientation, so I snapped a horizontal shot:

Photo 101 Day 2: Streets & Establishing Shots

Today’s Photo101 assignment is a street shot:

Today, let’s focus on a street. It can be a quiet road blanketed in snow, an alley near your apartment covered with murals, or a busy street where pedestrians weave between cars and motorbikes…

I’ll confess, I didn’t take this photo today. I had every intention to wander around photogenic downtown Puyallup after work, but I ended up with a last-minute appointment, so there went that plan. I’ve always liked this road shot from one of my visits to to Mt. Rainier National Park (“my” mountain, mom, not yours 😉

This was taken on a visit where I looped around to the Stevens Canyon entrance. I love the tunnel blown through the rock. The park has breathtaking views, so breathtaking that I can (mostly) ignore certain stretches of the drive where there’s no shoulder and no guardrail, and wow, mountains are steep. Who knew? (I am not cut out for the world’s more dangerous roads.)

Photo 101 Day 1: Home

I had so much fun with the Blogging 101 course here at WordPress that I decided to try the Photo 101 course. These days, I take all of my photos with my phone, since it’s the one thing I’m guaranteed to have on me at all times. Also these days, my photos are pretty split between my umpteenth moss/log/mushroom photo (sometimes, I even hit all three in one shot!), taunting wine and food photos that I immediately text to my friend who totally deserves each and every one (they’re all in retaliation to her taunting photos, I swear!), and some wine tasting and recipe photos for this blog. It would be nice to expand my horizons.

The first prompt is home:

Home is elusive. When we think about this word, we might picture different physical locations. And while home is often found on a map, it can also be less tangible: a loved one, a state of mind.

Home, for me, is sanctuary. I’m quite introverted and guard my personal space fiercely, and rarely invite people into my home as a result. So for this prompt, I decided to push myself past my normal comfort levels and offer up a photo of the most intimate part of my home—my altar: