365-Day Project, Art, Creativity, Mystery, Photography

What Is It?!? A Look Back

A Look Back on My 365-Day Project in Perspective


I honestly thought back on January 1, 2013, that I’d end up with maybe 20-30 followers for my “What Is It?!?” blog, and I’d genuinely be happy with that. So here I am on January 1, 2014, with well over that number, currently 1057 followers! Wow! That’s just mind-boggling, and it makes me more than happy, more like ecstatic! I learned so much from a lot of you, whether being inspired by your own photography, or from your comments. For example, I had no idea that in the UK, y’all don’t have fire hydrants. I learned that some items are indeed universal, and others are not.

I took a virtual tour through numerous countries, and truly enjoyed seeing, and reading, about places I’ve been, or have yet to visit. My blog had visitors from 104 countries, some of which I’d never even heard about! … and it also taught me how poor I am at geography, and how the United States educational system still fails to really teach our future generations about the world outside of our small boxes. “Think outside the box, live outside of the box” has always been my motto. Perhaps that’s why I’m always searching for those “hidden treasures” I like to photograph. I’m constantly on the journey to discovery. And it’s not reaching the destination that’s so important, it’s the journey along the way that matters.

I’ve enjoyed each and every step, even if some days were more difficult to find anything I deemed “worthy” as a mystery subject. I also learned to stop being such a darned perfectionist, as some days I’d challenge myself to create a vision from the first thing I saw, even if it was a clothes hanger. I learned to plan ahead, especially with trips I’d know would limit my time, and looking back, I’m amazed at how many places I did get to visit. I was able to take a mystery subject picture each place I visited, to share with all of you. That included, Destin and Grayton Beach, Florida, Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom (twice!). Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, on a Civil Rights tour with my son’s fifth grade class, Atlanta, Georgia (continuing the Civil Rights tour) including the Georgia Aquarium. Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia, for our families spring break together. Another trip to Orlando, Florida, just to be lazy and enjoy the resort. A trip to Wilbraham, Worcester, and Lake Lashaway, Massachusetts (and a very cool picture of armor from the Armory Museum in Worcester), for a family reunion. Family trips to St. George Island and Apalachicola, Florida (our lovely, gorgeous beaches). More family trips to Miami, Florida. Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida, a night in Lakeland. Knowing me, I’ve forgotten a trip or two, but just listing all of these places makes me realize just how blessed we are. … and makes me excited for upcoming trips, like to New Orleans, Louisiana, in just a couple of weeks.

I became quite familiar with my Canon 5D Mark II (and do I love her so!), and my beloved Canon 100 mm. 2.8 Macro L series lens. I learned to use my Canon Speedlite 320EX and learned there are certain situations where you absolutely need a flash! I’ve also used my Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 macro lens, my first lens purchase that started the lens fever. I used my sitting/standing workstation keyboard stand to photograph most of the mystery subjects, and the red walls and ambient lamp light made for some really neat background effects. There were many pictures, though, that resulted from me looking around all of these places that we visited. There are hidden treasures EVERYWHERE. You just have to look. πŸ˜‰

Thank you for being a part of “What Is It?!?” … you made my 2013 fabulous! Happy New Year 2014 to all!

What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture – The Final One! (Day 365)

I had to find something special to commemorate my final post for my 365-Day Project in Perspective and I think I found just the perfect subject. Jude thought, “Your last shot looks like angora and silk – a jumper perhaps?” Not angora/silk or a jumper. Gail got her guess in just in time, “Did I miss it? Did someone guess….fudge?” Not fudge either.Β So what was it?

What you saw was an antique glass punch bowl glass, just a very close up macro shot! Thank you again, all, for playing this guessing game. I look forward to stumping all of you again in 2014. So look for the next “What Is It?!?” picture coming your way soon! (Just after I take a little break, but knowing me, it won’t be long.)



14 thoughts on “What Is It?!? A Look Back”

  1. Wow just reading of your travels I realize you have been to the last place I lived…Worcester, Ma. and have been only an hour from my current location in Georgia! Kind of neat! Wishing you and your family many blessings in the coming year! Hugs


    1. It really is a small world! My husband is originally from Massachusetts but I kid him that he’s a Southerner now that he says stuff like, “y’all” and “fixin ta” …
      Happy New Year to you and your family. πŸ™‚


      1. Ha ha ha. I say, “Ya’ll” and hubby teases me about how I say “oil” like Paula Dean..hmm. The weird thing is, folks down here still say I sound like “Boston”..I’m an enigma. Actually the last place we lived in Mass was Brimfield, but I have lived all over Mass.


  2. Well done to you Schelley. One of the things I love most is finding out about other cultures. Im quite sure education systems the world over are lacking in that area. I feel incredibly naive sometimes. Your photography always astounds me, and I look forward to more of your adventures in 2014. πŸ™‚


  3. I’m exhausted just reading your list of accomplishments and trips. Whew!! It was fun meeting you, and I’ll hope to swing by and guess anew in 2014 once in awhile. I expect you are in the rhythm now, and unable to stop entirely. I find I see the world in a new way now that I am looking for pictures to pair with poetry all the time. I imagine the way you see things has forever changed as well. Cheers, Brenda


    1. You are correct, these mystery pics are part of my life now, and there’s just no way I can give this up entirely. I’m glad you see the world in a new way, as do I. The world always looks different, even the same scene changes somewhat each day. Or each minute … just depends on how you look. Thanks for your feedback! And I’m really glad we met, Brenda. You’re a delight! πŸ˜‰


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