Not such a good week (photo-wise or in general). I am sort of mortified to post a few of these, and now see the value in doing a 365 where you don’t post everything, but just what you feel like sharing. I have shared everything so far, so I will keep going with it. I haven’t even wanted to sit down at the computer to try to edit anything because I knew that it was just going to be bad. I know that I sound like such a downer, in this post and probably in real life, and I am sorry for that. That is just where we are, I am afraid. I don’t anticipate this week getting any better, at all, but pretty soon we will have a camping trip. And pretty soon our current family crisis might even out a bit. And some of the rest of it might get better too. Who knows? We will try to stay optimistic for the second half of the year.
This year is really not getting any better. It is pretty much just a whole lot of SUCK. With new things that are hard and fairly awful just piling up by the day. I will probably share and update about more of the non-photography parts of my life at some point, but for now I will stick to photography talk. I have started the long process of preparing to apply for CMpro. My goal is apply in a year or so. I am in a small group right now with a few others who are also preparing to apply, and the great thing about starting this process is that I am getting some feedback and direction regarding what I most need to work on as far as photography goes. What is very clear to me, and painfully so especially this week, is that the area I most need to work on is editing. I am trying to come up with a plan for how to do that. I will probably take a class or two, and I am going to force myself to work through some of the materials I already own.
I really should discuss some of the content of the photos from this week. The first photo was my attempt to finally capture a nest full of robin’s eggs. This is a nest that is in a bouquet of artificial flowers on my neighbor’s porch taken in terrible light. The speckled egg is a cowbird egg (and as an aside, I am not sure if I should be capitalizing bird species names and I am too lazy to look it up). I am not sure about the other eggs. My middle child is obsessed with this whole situation, and has made me tell the story of the eggs to every person we see. The cowbird is a parasitic bird, and she basically looks for an established nest, steals an egg out of it, and replaces it with her own egg. It is really crazy and interesting. Google it. When I told my neighbor, he said he wold not put up with such a lazy bird and removed the egg from the nest. It turns out this can have all kinds of consequences, but so far the remaining eggs seem ok and the mama remains in the nest. Also, I turned 40. My son picked one of my allium. And it rained. A lot.