The thousand picture project: beauty hides in the oddest places

by DaniGirl on March 12, 2010 · 7 comments

in Photo of the Day

So I have to admit, I haven’t exactly been taking pictures every day. Some days I take a dozen pictures, and some sad days, I don’t even touch my camera at all. (Well, that’s not quite true. I still lug the poor thing around with me everywhere I go, I just don’t always remember to stick it to my face as obsessively as I did all through last year.)

Aside from birthday parties, here’s some of the other ways beauty crept into my life in the last couple of weeks.

Discovering the toddler’s secret lair under the kitchen table was a treat, for instance.

397:1000 In the 2 year old's secret lair

And speaking of treats, we had a family dinner at a friend’s place recently, where she endeared the kids to her forever with a make-yer-own-cupcake dessert. I’m surprised the boys didn’t pack their bags to go live with her on the spot!

398:1000 Cupcakes!

Beauty hides in the oddest places. I found the light falling on these dirty towels irresistible!

399:1000 Towels

After that I entered what will now be known for all time as Dani’s Late Winter Tulip Period. (Yanno, like Picasso’s Blue Period?) I got a bouquet of tulips to welcome my folks home from a trip and filched a few, then got a surprising amount of photographic mileage out of them in the subsequent week. Who knew tulips were so versatile?

You’ve got yer tulips with a texture overlay here:

400:1000 Tulips with texture

You’ve got yer through-the-viewfinder tulips here…

402:1000 TtV Tulips

… and here:

403:1000 TtV Tulip Study

And then you’ve got yer straight-up-with-a-side-of-overexposure here:

404:1000 Tulips. Again.

If you were paying attention, you might have noticed an earlier version of this shot a few weeks back in TtV format. I particularly like this one because I finally managed to get the white background exposed well enough that it more or less disappears into the background.

406:1000 Bowls

Sometimes, the simple shots become your favourites. I like this one because it tells a whole story, and invites you to ask a little bit more too.

408:1000 At the airport

The weather around here has been uncannily beautiful lately, and we’ve been taking every opportunity to play outside where we can enjoy it. This is what springtime looks like in suburban Ottawa:

407:1000 Suburban springtime TtV

It’s been a lovely couple of weeks!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 colleen March 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Simply beautiful photos!

2 smothermother March 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

i think you should use the dani tulip period as part of your etsy shop. they are gorgeous!

3 Ari March 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

I think my fave is the first one. The bite out of the apple, the tones you captured. So neat!

4 Kim March 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm

One spring during university I bought some orange tulips and put them on my desk. I slowly watched them bloom and I can honestly say it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever been a part of.

It IS amazing how much beauty is hiding in the world, it’s kind of like those magic eye posters– we just have to stop and LOOK.

(speaking of tulips, they are poking out in the gardens around Dow’s lake already…..sighhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

5 DeuxHirondelles March 16, 2010 at 9:27 am

They’re all sigh-inspiring shots, but my fave is a toss-up between the towels and the cereal bowls…the colors…oh my!

6 marisol March 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

All of them are wonderful; bt the apple, cup and crayon made me a “rataouille deja vu”, as my toddler is on his way to leave us that pic at home.


7 Jill March 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

FABulous pictures, loving the weather too!

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