52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 22 # 22 Ordinary Objects

Macro, spoon reflectionWhile recovering from my hip surgery I’ve been having some fun photographing ordinary items around the house. Yesterday, I decided to try a soup spoon which I placed on a Christmas Card.  I used my Macro lens with all natural light. As you can see, the reflective spoon picked up the reflection of the card nicely. It is amazing how many ordinary objects you have around the house that can be creatively photographed.


Week 21 – #8 Break the Rule of Thirds

macro egg, forks

I’ve always wanted to try this macro shot with the forks and the egg.  I only had brown eggs but actually I liked the contrast of the color. I also sprayed the egg with some water to add additional interest and texture.  My intention was to use this shot for the 52 week Challenge – “Macro” but once I got it into post production I decided to use it for “break the rule of thirds”.


Week 20 – #2 Abstract

Slinky fun, macro, ChristmasYesterday, my good friend Roxana dropped by with some wonderful holiday treats.  I will be enjoying her incredible baked goods for the next few weeks but also in her package of goodies was a simple old fashioned metal slinky.  Boredom and cabin fever had begun to set in during my recovery but the slinky proved to be just what the doctor ordered.  I dusted off my camera and macro lens and had so much fun creating images out of this simple toy.  I think I’m almost caught up on my blogs now but what a wonderful opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See everyone next year with some new bionic parts.


Week 19 – #4 Architectural Details

Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architectural In 1938, Florida Southern College was a college campus with elegant brick buildings in a very scenic area overlooking Lake Hollingsworth Fl.  Dr. Ludd Spivey, the college president at that time had a vision for something else for his campus. He wanted a campus that was “truly American” rather than those that seemed to mimic European campuses.  He reached out to Frank Lloyd Wright who was 70 at the time.  He had a vision but no funds to back up his dream.  Determination on the part of the president and accepting the challenge on the part of Wright brought this project to fruition. It took 20 years to complete a total of 18 structures.  The project was named “Child of the Sun” and to date is the largest and most fully articulated collection of Wright’s work in the world.  If you haven’t had a chance to see this campus in Lakeland FL, it is definitely worth the trip. This is a photo of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.


Week 18 – #5 Artistic

Recently the Characters Focus Group from the LWRDPC took a trip to the annual Chalk Festival in Venice.  Hundreds of pavement artists from around the world gather and create incredible art using the sidewalk as their canvas. It was fascinating to witness these works of art come together.  Here are a few photographs demonstrating the artistic talent of these pavement artists.  Chalk Festival Venice Florida chalkfest5 chocfest2 chocfest3


Week 17 – #14 Line From a Song “Anchored Down In Anchorage”

Anchorage AK, November, Frozen Pond

Anchored Down in Anchorage

This weeks theme dovetails nicely with my recent trip to Anchorage Alaska.  The song is “Anchorage” by Michelle Shocked released in 1988.   The song is about the narrator named Chel finally taking time out to write to an old friend, who has moved from Texas to Anchorage and her friend’s reply. In her reply, her friend realizes she might have become a housewife “anchored down in Anchorage”, although still dreaming about being a “skateboard punk rocker in New York” I’ve heard this song played on the radio many times, but it was interesting to research the origin and really understand the meaning of the lyrics. From the looks of these abandoned items left on the frozen pond, this family is “anchored down in Anchorage” somewhere warm.  (I hope) The items cover such a wide age range – empty growler of beer, empty soda can, men’s, women’s and child’s gloves, child’s helmet, empty baby food packet and a drink thermos.

This was taken before sunrise in some extremely cold weather.

Here are the lyrics to the song “Anchorage”

I took time out to write to my old friend
I walked across that burning bridge
Mailed my letter off to Dallas
But her reply came from Anchorage, Alaska

[She said]
“Hey girl, it’s about time you wrote
It’s been over two years you know, my old friend
Take me back to the days of the foreign telegrams
And the all-night rock and rollin’… hey Shell
We was wild then

Hey Shell, you know it’s kind of funny
Texas always seemed so big
But you know you’re in the largest state in the union
When you’re anchored down in Anchorage

Hey Girl, I think the last time I saw you
Was on me and Leroy’s wedding day
What was the name of that love song they played?
I forgot how it goes
I don’t recall how it goes

Anchored down in Anchorage

Leroy got a better job so we moved
Kevin lost a tooth now he’s started school
I got a brand new eight month old baby girl
I sound like a housewife
Hey Shell, I think I’m a housewife

Hey Girl, what’s it like to be in New York?
New York City – imagine that!
Tell me, what’s it like to be a skateboard punk rocker?

Leroy says “Send a picture”
Leroy says “Hello”
Leroy says “Oh, keep on rocking, girl”
“yeah, keep on rocking”

Hey Shell, you know it’s kind of funny
Texas always seemed so big
But you know you’re in the largest state in the union
When you’re anchored down in Anchorage
Oh, Anchorage
Anchored down in Anchorage
Oh, Anchorage


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Week 16 – #6 Beam of Light

Anchorage Alaska Sunrise

Alaska in November has a few things that take adjusting to if you are from the NE.  First of all, there is the 4 hour time difference but more unusual for me is the limited daylight hours.  Catching a sunrise in Alaska in November does not mean you have to miss any sleep. The sun rises about 9:30 and starts to peak over the mountains around 10AM.   If you are brave enough to weather the cold (10 degrees or less) you can really catch some beautiful sunrises.  On this morning I caught the sun peaking over the mountain and spraying beautiful beams of light on this lone brave ice skater.  I had to carefully compose my photograph because exposing my bare hands to the elements was not going to last for more than a few minutes.