“ A Day's Catch ” Like many in this group, I'm an introvert with social anxiety, so when I don't have a common reason to talk to a stranger (convention, work) then I hate asking for a "favor". That said, I put the challenge out of my mind for the entire week since I was way busy with work, health, & school, and finally on Sunday afternoon- I made an ask. I was driving by the dock and saw two fishermen sitting on their boat taking the white perch out of their nets. They were e
“ Playing Games ” My dad taught me how to play chess when I was 10. It's a hobby that my husband and I share and one we would do often on our dates. I decided this week to show off the unique "travel" chess set we got in Morocco. I'll post the color version on my blog so you can see the wood's beauty and design. A reminder that I am doing black & white photos this year as an extra challenge. Chess isn't the only game we enjoy but it's one of the smarter ones that really makes
“ Runaway Cart!!! ” I'm glad that I live in a small town and the manager and store employees all know me because otherwise, I am sure security would have investigated me on Saturday. So if you're new to looking at my photos, I have decided that I am doing primarily black and white photos this year. The goal is no more than 30% color in my submissions. This week I went about pushing my shopping cart down empty aisles trying to get the blur just right and keep the cart centered
“ New Year... Same Pace! ” So I was hoping that the start of 2023 would be a little calmer, a little less drama, etc., but my car was totaled on January 1st and it's been as hectic or more so ever since. So I think my dog Fiona has the solution for everyone this year: "When all else fails, HUG A DOG!"
I know that when my days, weeks, and months are a blur Fiona helps to stop me in my tracks and breathe. So I hope that everyone has a "Fiona" in their life that will help them
“ And the Ice Begins to Melt! ” We had quite the cold snap, much like most of the US around Christmas. The marina froze up pretty well - as well as too many pipes in the neighborhood. On Friday my son, who's home from college for the break, took Fiona our poodle out for a sunset walk. It was a warm day for the end of December, and the ice had been slowly melting since Tuesday, lending itself to different colors and textures, especially with the sun's low position near dusk. I
“ Out of focus ” Just me 10 minutes before the radio show starts at 6am. I'm not a morning person so the radio shows I guest host kind of seem like a blur in the mornings. Lol
Rule broken - main focal point out of focus #breaktherules #NDBHphotography #NicoleBeusHarris #OutOfFocus #RadioStation #TalkRadio
“ Just Another Sunset ” Someday soon I hope to have time where I really take time to choose my photo for the week, but this week was not one of those times. Thankfully God gave me a magnificent sunset on Saturday for a photo opportunity. Still so blessed with my view. #rollof24 #NDBHphotography #NicoleBeusHarris #sunset #SunsetPhotography
“ Above or below? ” In our garage we have a zillion things, OK maybe only a million things hanging from the ceiling. As I was looking around trying to figure out a shot from below, I walked through our garage and almost hit my head on the bicycle handles once again. "Hey there," the bicycle started "take our picture." Sure, why not I thought. It would be interesting and unusual. It actually came out better than I thought because it plays some tricks on our eyes, but it also p
“ Ms. Sneezy Attack (aka my Fiona) ” When my husband comes home he has a whole routine with our dog Fiona. "Alpha male" faces off against Fiona because Fiona thinks she's the alpha in this house. So Fiona runs to him every single time and they start showing their teeth. Now I love this because Fiona cannot show her ferocious teeth without starting to sneeze. So we go from protecting mommy to sneezing uncontrollably for several minutes at a time. This leads to lots of laughter
“ RIP Doc ” One of my neighbors passed away this year. He was 90ish and had fallen last year and never made it back home from surgery and rehab. He was a doctor, like my husband, and we inherited his old doctor's bag with instruments. It's worn just right, speaks to an older practice with home visits and personalized treatment. I really just love this bag, the size, the wear on the corners and handles. I think of George every time I pass by the bag sitting on my shelf now. Re
“ My Husband's Temptation... ” My husband likes to joke that I bring all the sweets into this house, but then he brings home 2 dozen of these! Serious temptation! Probably a bigger temptation for me than him - that doesn't seem fair. Lol. Does anyone need to gain some weight? I'll send you my extra! #food #NicoleBeusHarris #NDBHphotography #StrawberryCheesecakeDanish #danish #StrawberryJam Other photos from this week:
“ Interview ” So a few hours after I took this photo of an election night interview, I got tangled up with my dog and landed myself on crutches and was told to stay immobile as much as possible for a week. So an unplanned couch vacation meant no more photo opportunities. Oops! #streetphotography #NicoleBeusHarris #2022elections #NDBHphotography #reporter #interview Another photo from election night before the incident...
“ Pre-Election Chaos ” So my life is chaotic this week and trying to find 30 seconds for a photo was hard. See about half my hours worked are political and election day in the USA is the day this photo album comes out, so I'm swamped. On Saturday I found someone had started stuffing bags for a literature drop but then abandoned the post and left the slippery bags on their own which meant they slid everywhere and wherever they wanted. Kind of appropriate for everything this we
“ The Perfect Bite ” My husband & I have a favorite little barbecue place half a mile from home & we went for lunch on Friday. I got the Burnt Endz (Brisket) platter which meant "tender meat candy nuggets" (as their menu describes them) combined with two sides. Now I have to make this disclaimer: I do not like mac-n-cheese, but for some reason, Lil' Bitta Bull BBQ has the right ingredients & mix, and I can't get enough of their recipe. You combine the burnt endz, mac-n-cheese
“ Peek-A-Boo! ” "Hi mom! Glad you're here to pick me up, but can I play with my friends some more? Pretty please!"
My rescue dog, Fiona always protests going to get her hair cut, but then she acts like this when I go to pick her up. She will bounce up and peek around the corner to acknowledge me and then quickly goes back to playing with all her friends. She's seriously like a little kid.
I was going to do something completely different this week, but this photo really got
“ Bubble Bottle Blues ” I have this square bottle that has a bubble texture on the outside. I put it on top of my elephant logo so you get my teal elephant as a shadow-like figure at the bottom.
Very different photos from this week (see below) - did I choose the right photo this week? #shootthroughsomething #NicoleBeusHarris #NDBHphotography #BlueBottle #elephant
“ Warthog ” You're looking at the business end of an A10 aka Warthog. This aircraft has been in the news many times over the last decade because some people see it as a waste of money for our military while many ground troops have thanked a Warthog for saving their life. These may be a slower plane than most, but their low & slow approach combined with these 7 chambers usually make the enemy run away. So I am thankful that we still have the A10s flying & I'm thankful to see t
“ Bump Bumps... Braille ” In photography we're always using our eyes, but what if we didn't have our eyes to see? As I looked around this week for "letters" and planned on finding some great big bright letters at night, this little sign caught my attention as I took the dog out for a walk. I felt compelled to highlight another form of letters. A way of writing that helps millions stay informed and live independent lives. What an amazing invention braille is. #letters #braille
“ Reflection ” It's 2 am Saturday morning and I'm just finishing another long day of working. Between running campaigns, end-of-year marketing clients, going to school full time, and running my neighborhood HOA - I'm exhausted this week. Today my eyes have really been bugging me with the computer and allergies and I picked up a lighted travel mirror that I keep close by to see (for the 50th time) if something was actually in my eye AND my photo idea hit me. So I turned off th
“ The Caterers ” I finally asked a stranger (well 2 in this case) to allow me to take their photo. They had a sense of humor because they said since we introduced ourselves, we weren't strangers anymore. I told him I only had hours until the deadline & it took me all week to work up the courage to ask someone. He laughed & said we were close enough to strangers to still count. My husband & I went to an event this evening (Sunday) & they had a big buffet for dinner. Considerin