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Welcome to the March edition of 10 on 10! This month I decided to highlight the second day of our trip the Lake Placid for the Bobsled World Championships.
It was a wonderful weekend full of snow and plenty of world class athletic competition ending with the US winning Gold!
1. I used a similar photo for my Project 52 last week. I processed this one a little differently with Topaz Adjust. This was taken through the hotel window, creating the dancing bokeh, which is actually from the dirt on the window. Having lived in Hawaii for two and a half years and getting to see the sun set behind the mountains every day, I found it very comforting to be able to watch the sun come up over the mountains.
2. My super cool dudes all geared up and looking cool for the competition.
3. Steve Holcomb and the winning crew pushing off the “Night Train” for their first run of the day. Pictures truly do not do these athletes justice. They are the size of linebackers, running while pushing a bobsled the size of a bathtub on ice, and then quickly jumping in said sled before it goes barreling down the ice. Having seen several accidents over the course of the two days, let there be no doubt, this is a dangerous sport.
4. A view of Whiteface Mountain from the top of the bobsled run.
5. This was the happiest this guy was the entire time, trying to ring a giant cowbell one of the team USA bobsledders brought out. Couldn’t get a clear shot of him because of everything going on around and the fact that he would not stop moving.
6. Team USA wins GOLD! Pretty amazed with this shot because I was a good distance away and was able to crop the photo in without losing too much of the quality.
7. The World Championship Trophy before it was presented to team USA.
8. USA! USA! USA!
9. The top of Whiteface Mountain. Simply beautiful.
10. The Ausable River at the entrance to Whiteface Mountain. Processed with Topaz Adjust.
Now head over to the talented Ginger Haddock | Casper, Wyoming to explore her 10 on 10! See you next month!
It’s Project 52 time! This week we are tackling our interpretations of “alone.” I must admit that I had a hard time with this one initially because I am never alone!
This past weekend we drove up to Lake Placid for the Boblsed World Championships. After a rather disappointing Massachusetts winter, it was fun to go somewhere where there was already snow on the ground. And, an added bonus was it snowed for two days solid! Lake Placid is a sleepy little town. It’s hard for me to imagine how this tiny place hosted the Olympics in 1980. There isn’t a lot there now, so I’m sure there was even less then. One of the wonderful things about the area, though, are the views. I miss the mountains of Hawaii, and I find mountains in general to be comforting. There is something about them that makes you feel so small–helps put things in perspective.
After watching two days of exciting bobsled races–US won gold–we headed to the top of Whiteface Mountain via the ski gondola. While we are not skiers, going to the top of the mountain to just look was amazing. There is something so peaceful to me about looking out over the vast view. So, while I was with my family, in these small moments I was able to just stand and take in the wonder of it all.
If you look closely, you can see tiny little skiers going alone down the next highest peak.
I was able to capture some sunrise photos each morning in the quiet before anyone else woke up. The first one was taken through the hotel window and created the fun bokeh from the sun and dirt on the window. For the second, I braved the cold and opened the balcony door to get a clear shot of the sunrise.
I simply love seeing the sun rise or set behind the face of a mountain.
And, last but not least, we were walking back to our hotel one night after dinner when I got a glimpse of this couple walking alone down the street.
Now head on over to the fabulous Melinda Meredith Photography and check out what she’s been working on for alone. Join us next week when we share “memories.”
Welcome to week 8 of Project 52! This week we are exploring the theme of “pretend.”
This past weekend we went to the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Ct. I have vague memories of going there when I was in middle school and was excited to return there with the boys. It was such a fun day! I’m a huge fan of history in general, and I love giving the boys the opportunity to experience the history in this area. The great thing about the seaport is that the activities for children and adults are pretty equal. I was really impressed with the number of hands on activities for the boys. Their favorites of the day were pretending to row a boat and pretending to be fishermen. All in all, it was a beautiful New England day!
Now head on over to the fabulous Melinda Meredith Photography and check out what she’s been working on for pretend. Join us next week when we capture ”alone.”
I hope that week 7 of our Project 52 finds everyone having a wonderful week!
This week’s theme–you guessed it–is…
Playing around with my Lensbaby and textures was tons of fun! I raided the boys’ loot from school and pulled out the Lensbaby and the macro attachment and snapped away. The fun thing to me about the Lensbaby lies in the imperfections it creates. The dreamy effect is perfect for all things “love.”
The boys enjoyed making Valentine’s cards of their own. Each had his own distinct style and method. So fun to watch them focus and create! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–they are at such a fun age because the holidays are all so exciting to them. They both exclaimed, “Mommy, this was the best Valentine’s Day ever!” It’s amazing how a little candy, a stuffed animal, and some coloring books can make an ordinary day extraordinary to little ones.
Now head on over to the fabulous Melinda Meredith Photography and check out her amazing work! Join us next week when we look at “pretend.”
Sometimes, taking help where you can get it is totally worth it. This little guy is in a stage where he wants to help in any way he can. On this particular day, he and his brother helped dust the baseboards, clean one of the bathrooms, make beds, and vacuum. While his brother had reached his finishing point by the time the laundry came out, this guy insisted on helping me fold clothes. While he didn’t do a great job, I just didn’t care. He folded two loads of laundry, and it was glorious! I know there is a limited window where they are going to want to do these things, so I figure I need to take advantage while I can.
He even does socks!
“Uhm Mom, this sock doesn’t have a match.”
The finished product! It’s messy folding, but who cares!
Love this look. It’s a, “How am I doing mom?” look. And to that I say, Sweetie, you are doing great!
Now find your way to the fabulous Lucy Jane | Adelaide Photographer and see her amazing interpretation this week! Join us next week when our theme is LOVE!