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Day 105 – Wise Woman Says …

All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou

Sometimes the universe points us in a certain direction, where everything seems like it was just meant to be, such as choosing which quote to use today. I kept spotting Maya Angelou’s name, and personally I admire this woman. She’s a wise – no, let me make that very wise – soul. So today while I’ve fretted over time (being rushed, not having enough time, fretting over what to post today), her quote “spoke to me.”

The subject for today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture also “spoke to me.” It beckoned me to examine closely, and here is one of the results. Can you tell? Do you know?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 104)

Would you believe that yesterday’s picture is the same subject as in Day 94? I had several images that looked vastly different; with this one, I tweaked the color a bit, and to me, it looked like water in a puddle. To Gail, it looked like “rain drops making ripples in the ‘puddles,'” but after informing her that wasn’t the subject, she guessed cracked glass.

It does look like cracked glass, but it’s just the pattern on a glass candle holder (that looks like a bowl).

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Daily Prompt: All About Me: What Is It?!?

The concept is simple: to post a photograph daily for 365 days, but not just any photograph, instead, macro photographs. And not just macro photographs, but to create images of ordinary objects that no longer look familiar to you, the reader. When you look at these pictures, you think, “what is it?!?”

Merge these funky photographs with some quotes, some writing, a little poetry, sometimes a little humor, and the “What Is It?!? A 365-Day Project in Perspective” blog was born. The title just seemed to fit.

The idea was the inspiration from Noah Scalin’s book, “365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life!  Besides the premise of doing something creative for 365 days (and creating this blog as suggested), that’s about all I managed to follow from this book. But that’s me. I’ve never kept the lines inside of the box. I’m the one that colors outside the lines, makes my own pattern, and meanders down a different road. I love to explore!

But I needed something to corral my creative energy and this book was exactly the tool I needed to start my latest adventure. See, one of my problems is I like to do everything creative, that means I’ve drawn, painted, carved, tie-dyed, crocheted, sewed, ceramics, pottery, origami, jewelry, macrame, celtic art, scrapbooking, mosaics, just to name a few … see, I could probably tell you what I haven’t done, that list would be shorter! Unfortunately, I start many, many projects but rarely finish one. So I thought maybe I can start this project and actually see it to its end. So far, we’re at day number 44. I’ve got a ways to go.

My premise is you can take these ordinary objects, and by looking at them differently, whether at a different angle, upside down, sideways, and really close up, your perception changes. Take this object out of context and suddenly you don’t know what it is anymore! What looks like a zipper, a tool, or a grater is really an earring. The picture that looks like foam on a latte, cinnamon on whipped cream, an orange, foam at the beach, or the inside of a shell is actually a gemstone. The thing that looks like a gemstone? It’s really an ice cube.

So I invite you to join “What Is It?!?” A 365-Day Project in Perspective.” and peruse my daily mystery “what is it?!?” picture. Each day I post a new, wacky photograph, in addition to a “What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture” section, where I give you the answer for the previous day’s image. Sometimes I even post another picture to show you a different perspective of the same object.

You can play along! My hope is this blog continues to grow and becomes interactive. Because I bet your perspective will change once you look at something differently.

What Is It?!?” Take a look and tell me your perspective.

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The Daily Prompt: About Me: Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

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Day 41 – Hidden Treasures Exposed

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. – Lao Tzu

I started to photograph an object yesterday and ended up capturing images of those hidden details the naked eye doesn’t first see. Thank goodness for macro lenses and computer monitors, so now we can see what hides beneath the surface. It’s like opening a surprise gift on Christmas morning, just when you think you’ve unwrapped everything!

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture is ready for your guessing pleasure!

What Is It?!?

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Yesterday’s image has got to be the best example of what this “365-Day Project in Perception” is all about. What we see isn’t necessarily what the object is. What the object is isn’t what we see.

The guesses are always the best part of this interactive blog! Is it something to do with an orange or a lemon? No. Foam on a latte? (This is what I would have guessed!) Not foam on a latte. “It looks like sprinkled cinnamon on top of whipped cream next to a grapefruit.” Yes, it does! But it’s not that either. “Is it food?” No, not food. Foam at the beach? No. Inside a conch shell. No.

The correct answer is … a gemstone.

 

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Day 38 – The Well of Words and Visions

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. – Jonathan Swift

At times it’s hard to express a certain vision, particularly if you don’t quite know exactly what that vision is. Give me a blank sketchpad and I’ll typically freeze. Too many choices, too many ideas. Or, no ideas at all. The only thing staring back at me is white. Blank. Nothingness. Lately I have experienced that when I think of these daily post titles! But last night I decided to pull out that sketchpad, and several hours later, miraculously, I created an image that originally had no vision. I took a previously unfinished (rather, barely started) sketch and turned it into an image of words and nature. I didn’t have the vision upfront, it just happened. Gosh, I love that part about creativity. It’s “kind of like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re getting until you take a bite.” (Forrest Gump) When the creativity wells up, I’m along for the fun ride.

Today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture should convey an old-timey feel, if my vision was properly executed. There’s your hint – it’s old.

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 37)

I suppose yesterday’s photograph was not that difficult to guess, considering it was the second guess that was correct: yes, it’s a stack of coins. But what kind of coins? A gold dollar? No. “Irish” money? Well, close enough. It was a stack of Euro coins.

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Day 37 – The Challenge of a Witty Title

I can live for two months on a good compliment. – Mark Twain

I think every artist/writer/creator feels a sense of accomplishment when others convey positive thoughts about their work. I know that I certainly do, especially when I’ve written something and hit the Publish button and then think, “what if I just made a fool of myself?” Trust me, I’ve cringed about 44 times now.

Yes, we are our own worst critics. I will admit to that. So even though I might be hesitant about the value of my work (or lack thereof), the community here on wordpress.com makes me realize my work does have value. And getting comments or likes or having something we created shared with others, now that feels really good. That makes me feel proud of my work. That gives me value.

Starting this blog was unknown territory to me, this is the first time I’ve ever publicly shared my photographs or my words (besides the work world, where I’m used to writing technical documentation, or earlier in my career when I wrote and edited newsletters). Sharing my work – the real me, in essence – has exposed me. And I’m pleasantly surprised … that other folks really do like my work, that I’ve already picked up 38 followers, had visitors from over 40 countries so far(!), and over 300 likes. Wow! I’ve been tweeted about and re-tweeted, too. Thank you, thank you!

Y’all know how to make a girl feel good. 🙂 This definitely fuels my fire to continue my wacky photographs. The greatest challenge now is coming up with witty titles each day. Now those stump me!

Ready for today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture? Take a guess! What’s your perspective?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s picture (Day 36)

Yesterday’s picture sure was fun. Just an ordinary object looked like so many different things to my friends: a screw loose, edge of a coin, side of a large metal pipe, close up of string, the side of a bracelet or earring, a silver straw, and a kitchen appliance. But alas, the object wasn’t any of these. My inspiration was the curves and lines of a drill bit.

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Day 36 – Not a Pocket Watch!

A picture is a poem without words. – Horace

Yesterday after I posted my daily mystery “what is it?!?” picture and shared it on Facebook, several friends started to play. One friend popped in and guessed a pocket watch; after I responded that it wasn’t a pocket watch, my friend’s next comment was, “Yes, Schelley. Yes, it’s a pocket watch!” 

I thought that was hilarious; actually, I thought all of their guesses were just funny, particularly one of “Paul’s hearing aid?” (Which he does not have.) Nothing makes this project better than hearing (reading) what everybody else perceives the image to be! I hope one day this will happen here on my blog posts.

And so this “Project in Perspective” continues … only 329 more to go!

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 35)

Gears, pocket watch, “OK, then, it’s shower curtain rings. Or a charm bracelet. Or a sliver teapot. Or something that’s making me exceedingly insane!!!! LOL”, horse bridle, metal clasp on ear; yesterday’s picture was none of the above. Instead, it is a picture of an earring. My inspiration was the intricate details in the earring.

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Day 35 – Imagination Begins with an Eye

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein

Yesterday’s image was the result of being aware of my surroundings, and taking notice! I was preparing my camera ISO and white balance for my daily picture, and while sitting on my back porch, I saw that the screen’s shadow was dancing across the surface of a potted plant. It was a lucky coincidence that I was in that spot during a sunset to capture these images. I’m glad I paid attention!

I’ve learned to keep my perspective tuned to my surroundings; almost always I discover something new, especially those minute, little details that are easily overlooked.

Ready for today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture? Do you know what it is?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 34)

Yesterday’s image was the shadow of the back porch screen and plant leaves, reflected on a ceramic potted plant. It was fun to watch the shadows dance and to change patterns!

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Day 34 – Chasing the Setting Sun

“Sunlight is painting.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

The sun was almost setting as I thought, “oh my, I need to take my mystery what is it?!? picture for today!” I didn’t even have to look for inspiration, as soon as I grabbed my camera, my eyes spotted something really interesting. Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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Have you ever looked at a wrench close up? Now you can say you have. Yes, yesterday’s picture was of a wrench (the wheels where you adjust the width). How I was inspired to seek out the details of a wrench, I do not know!

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Day 33 – Flash Frozen Brain Cells (Now How’s That for a Title?!?)

Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates

When a girl has had a hard week (oh my goodness, yesterday I was left brain numb at the end of the work day), it’s time for some retail therapy. So before I go on my little shopping extravaganza (and get super bundled up because it’s really cold in Tallahassee, Florida today), I will post today’s mystery “what is it?!?” picture. My muse beckoned and I answered the call!

What Is It?!?

ImageWhat Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 32)

I’ll tell you first what it wasn’t: ice cubes, Ginger Ale, beer, the rim of a light bulb, or a paint brush handle. Yesterday’s picture was of a miniature glass mug; I was inspired by the sunlight reflecting off the bottom of the glass from the sunset.

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Day 32 – Spark! Fizzle! I’ve Got Nothing for a Title!

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

Tonight’s post is short, kind of like me.
I picked up my camera, this is what I see. 
Light flickering shadows, brightness within. 
Can you tell what I am?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture (Day 31)

Now that I’m fully immersed in this perspective project (32 days!), everything, and I mean everything, is scrutinized by my eyes, looking at every detail, and yesterday’s image was inspired by just an everyday, ordinary object in our craft clutter – an X-Acto knife.