Photography 101 (days 15-19)

Now for week 3 of Photography 101. I am really enjoying the themes each day and writing too. I continue to learn and grow and appreciate the continued support of my readers and family. I know this is a long post, but it is a great exercise for me each day. Thanks for following along.


Photo By: Carrie

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata CA

We have now been in our new surroundings for four months. Long enough to watch the summer season meander into autumn. These flowers are everywhere along the beach shores. They were a beautiful pink in the summertime, full of color and promise. As the sun has begun to set earlier, not quite reaching the heights it did in late summer, these and many other wildflowers have softened in their appearance.

It is a simple yet brilliant reminder of the winter ahead. The slowing down, the dull colors of winter. Beautiful in its own inward way.


Photo By: Carrie

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, CA

I may be cheating a bit here. I apologize if I am offending anyone. I follow many incredible photographers whose first love is architecture. I find a similarity in the way they approach a building or structure they want to photograph, as I do with trees. They notice the light, they walk around their subject, looking for unique angles and opportunities. They marvel at the design, the lines, the beauty of such a thing rising from the ground.

Photo By: Carrie

The forest is my city, I marvel at each trees unique design and work carefully to give each tree I photograph their moment in the spotlight. Part of today’s assignment was to share your image in both black and white and color. Which do you prefer?

Day 17- MOMENT

Photo By: Carrie

Hammond Trail, McKinleyville CA

Watching my child, lost in play, is one of my greatest moments as a mother. They live, fully, in the moment. I must keep my distance these days, they are more easily distracted by my presence then when they were younger. I know this is a fleeting moment, they will soon be retreating to their rooms or else where to play.

Each time I see one of my boys give themselves fully to a moment, especially out in nature, I am overcome with joy. Their pants and shoes caked with mud, their fingernails embedded with sand and dirt, their minds open to the world around them. At peace and doing their best work. Just as it should be.

Day 18- SWARM

Photo By: Carrie

A serious challenge…I decided my image is from the perspective as if I was part of a swarm of bees. A great landing spot, I think.

I moved away from so many swarms this summer, the traffic, people, neighborhoods, even freeways. There are few things swarming around me these days, that feels so good.

It is raining today, or I would have tried my hand at capturing the hundreds of birds enjoying the view from a wire in the farmlands or maybe even at the local marsh. But, I have yet to get a photograph of them. They move quick! Although, it feels like I need to make a point of capturing those birds…I will challenge myself when it isn’t raining buckets outside and share my results. No guarantees though. They are mighty quick and my camera is better at close-ups. It will be interesting.


Photo By: Carrie

Arcata Bottoms, Arcata CA

I have a good friend, who often reads this blog. I met her when we were pregnant with our first babies, 7 1/2 years ago. She had one of the most unusual jobs I had ever heard of. She would take a dairy cow and calf to local schools to introduce kids to where their milk comes from. For many kids, in the Los Angeles area, this was the first time they had seen a cow and calf.

When my family was planning our move up to Arcata, she came with me on a whirlwind trip. We drove 640 miles up and back in 3 days, she never complained,  we travel well together. I miss her, a lot. We all know, a true friend is a rare find. It was hard to move knowing our relationship would change.

My family has made the best of the sunny weekend days lately, when we go to “the bottoms” for a bike ride, we pass hundreds of cows grazing in the emerald grass. I always think of her, she was so happy to see these cows eating grass, near the ocean, having a good life.


  1. Hi Carrie – love your B&W version of the trees best. I think it’s because it allows me to focus totally on those trees without the distraction of colour, which is rather unusual for me! 😊
    I also like the way you have combined a week’s worth of thoughts and images into one post. There are a few challenges I’d like to take part in, but I don’t want to publish every day! So yours is a great approach. Chris

    1. Hi Chris, thanks for the feedback. I agree, the black and white is my favorite too. Which I think holds true to a lot of architecture images too.
      Yes, I just really wanted to participate in this challenge but felt like it was too much to post twice a day, or only post this all month. I am glad you like it, It is fun to work on it all week, although a bit more work than I can sustain.

    1. Thank you so much, Cybele. My little guy on the beach, that is a very special photograph for me. Thank you for taking time to look through this post, I know it is long…but a great exercise for me 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Laurie. I am very partial to that image as well. It is such a beautiful thing to see my boy(s) “in it”. I may have to frame that one 🙂

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