A New Day – 19 – Still operational

A New Day – 19 – Still Operational

 

Staying with the theme of keeping on so-to-speak today we meet this little fire hydrant. Surrounded by snow and partially buried it remains operational God forbid the need should arise.

 

I can appreciate this winter in all its snowed out and snowed in glory and for several reasons. For one it further requires that I stay on my toes and my eyes focused like a lens to keep a watch out for photography “subjects”. It’s requiring me to improve my technique in regards to capturing and post-production editing, for example while taking pictures in the snow it’s so easy to get a washed out picture. I wanted more than anything for the dimensions and details of the snow surrounding the hydrant to be more apparent. But being snowed in a lot also adds more reasons to sit my butt down in front of this computer and WRITE!

 

And that I did folks. I missed my 6,000 word goal last week, but did I give up? Did the roof of my mind collapse under the pressure of the snow and cold of a failed goal? Absolutely not! I remained functional like this hydrant and called upon my creativity. So yeah, yesterday I wrote 6,000 some odd words in a matter of hours and there ya go, now I just have to worry about this weeks goal. Having dug myself out from under last week I am thrilled and even more confident in my ability to achieve this goal and looking forward toΒ what this progress means.Β And this Project 365 goal for today as well!

 

Cheers to you all! No matter how the weather has buried you, do try to remain operational. πŸ˜‰

 

Fire hydrant under snow

Fire hydrant under snow

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Ilex

    Good morning! Sorry it took so long to figure out how to follow. . Duh. Anyway. ..
    I applaud you on your motivation! I’m still functional, but at a loss on subjects (as a Midwestern Plant Guru) in this white out. What does it for you? Any motivation secrets you have to share?
    I’m also attempting to break into grant writing and have offered my services for free. Oddly, 3 charities have not returned my emails with even a hell no.
    Not exactly a motivator!
    Enjoy your Friday!

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    1. eLPy13 (Post author)

      Hello hello!

      Thank you for the follow and comment, very much appreciated indeed! And I apologize it has taken me so long to get back to you.

      I’d have to say for myself there’s no one answer to that question. In the past I’ve written about what I do to keep reading – Some things to keep yourself writing Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 – but I do have other motivations in terms of my amateur photography ventures.

      First of all doing my first Project 365 “A New Day” has been a huge motivation for me. Since the goal is to take a picture every day I have to be on my toes with my creative mind always open and ready. Regardless of the enormous amount of snow surrounding me (yourself and so many others) I try to keep my eye out for what is extraordinary even if ordinary or the things that stick out no matter the conditions (like color amongst all this white), and in many cases, images that are directly related to winter (like snowflakes or winter animals) to name some of the things that stick out to me. I’ve found that if I actively seek creative expression I have to be ready for it to come from anywhere at any time. I think it’s when we close our minds to the possibilities that we really inhibit our own art/craft.

      In addition to my photography project 365 & some of my writing strategies, it helps me to step back and see things for what they are all by themselves (love it or hate it, this winter has been extraordinary in its performance and at least deserves that much credit!). On the other hand, sometimes if that doesn’t work then I like to consider possible subjects in context, or in my imagination, or even see underlying meanings, stories, potential, and facts. For example, in A New Day 5, through the lens of my camera a streetlight nearby shown down like the sun, except that it was night, and I imagined if there could be a sun at night and how the light might look even as it remains dark. Even in your own circumstances, being a Midwestern Plant Guru, I would imagine that you have plenty to prepare for as the spring approaches and even fill your readers in about the evergreens we see. This winter especially I have a great appreciation for the life of evergreens, they seem to defy the odds. I’m thinking a lot about spring too and what all this snow means for my plants. Will they be stronger, healthier because of this snow? What do you think about in terms of Midwestern plants when you can’t see them? And I think the simplest answer here (after all that) is: LIFE. Life motivates me. But so too do my goals and sometimes reminding myself of my goals helps to get me up and going. πŸ˜€

      Wow, good luck in breaking into grant writing. I’ve not written grants myself but I did write quite a few proposals when I was in college working with several student groups. I would think offering your services free is a good way to get your feet wet, at the same time I’m not entirely surprised that those charities haven’t said anything back. I’m sure you yourself can vouch that sometimes it’s the free stuff offered to us that we doubt the most. There’s a chance that they thought maybe you were just spamming them. I would say continue to do your research on what it takes to write grants, what’s new and in demand in the “world of grant writing” right now, and try reaching out to them again from a different angle, maybe they never got the message…? Since you posted this comment, have there been any changes?

      I look forward to hearing from you and thanks again!!

      Cheers to your motivation!
      eLPy

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      1. Ilex

        Thanks so much for the motivation tricks! I think I will jump on the 365 wagon… That does sound intriguing. In the season, I easily take 5 pix a day. It shouldn’t be hard to find something to photo with 2 crazy dogs for back up.
        I understand your point with the charities, mostly. They were asking for grant help though at volunteermatch.com, I didn’t just contact a charity outta no where. I’ll just write other charities on the website as there are many!
        I really just need an attitude adjustment or more vitamin D… Sometimes a swift kick gets me moving. I really want to do a job that isn’t a job to me. I’m kinda fickle and need to settle down and pick something. I like my job, but would dump it in a heartbeat for a job I love… and perhaps can do from an RV!
        Thanks again for your wise input! I’m off to check out your links now

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        1. eLPy13 (Post author)

          There ya go! I’m very much looking forward to the opportunities this spring will provide for my 365 and the chance to learn more about the technical side of things. Having something to look forward to helps a lot. It’s the 11th of February, I know we’ve got a fair amount of winter left to go but we’re getting closer and closer every day! I think it helps get me excited too if I write about what I’m looking forward to, for instance I’ve got big plans for my yard this year and I really should get moving on nailing those plans down so they don’t fall by the wayside this year.

          Oh I see what you’re saying about the charities, hm, that’s strange they didn’t reply. Makes me wonder how old the posts were on the site. I’ve done some projects in the past involving charities and I think I found my share of charities that are no longer in existence. I think you’re right to just move on and contact some others, eventually someone should respond. πŸ™‚

          I would think in addition to myself some of your other followers would love to hear about the Midwestern Plant Girl’s spring plans! Maybe a little daydreaming yourself is in order. πŸ˜‰

          Thanks for visiting!
          eLPy

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  2. Laurence

    Wow lots of snow!! Glad you appreciate the beauty of such a winter! Thehydrant has a Jamaican flavor. Very cool pic!!

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    1. eLPy13 (Post author)

      There’s so much snow that I’m starting to wonder where to put it, but I do have a special appreciation for it. Nature is a powerful thing to be respected!!

      Thanks!

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