adventures in solitude
The first day of September. For some reason, it feels like such a turning point … leaving summer behind, kids back at school, the last week of swimming outside. Awaiting the pungent crunch of leaves, diminishing daylight, cooler temperatures. For me, a time of Adventures in Solitude. By bicycle.
I rode today with only my little Lumix point-and-shoot. It makes me “work” a little harder … and I’ve just been feeling like I need to be challenged. With the first of the month here, I feel like I’ve been slacking off over the past few months, not feeling especially creative. And I find myself looking for some long-term personal “project” to tackle, something to inspire me, to spark some creativity, to prod me in some new (?) direction.
I confess that I am a big proponent of 365 projects. My experiences with ShutterCal and #330daysofbiking were rewarding, challenging, and a “push” to grow, learn and expand my proficiency with my camera and on my bike. I’ve been trying to figure out another 365 avenue to tackle; as much as I loved the photo-a-day, and the ride-a-day, I’m just not feeling an urge to repeat those. A variation on the theme would be fine, but just not a repeat of the same.
Some of the more fascinating 365-projects I’ve come across in my search for inspiration:
- Clouds 365 Project – a daily photo project of a single subject: clouds. Stunning stuff.
- Make a Book A Day – a seriously ambitious undertaking of making a hand-bound book every day. Wow.
- ThreeSixtyFiveBears – the creative undertaking of my (twitter) friend Meghan’s husband, Phil Barbato (artist/designer/web developer), who is drawing a bear each day on his iPhone. Awesome.
Final note: Thank you to everyone who responded to the jersey give-away; I appreciate the interest and the great rom-com suggestions for my Netflix queue. ;-). I will be revealing the random-drawing winner by Monday, 9/5.
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If I lived in a place that could promise me crunching leaves and cooler days before December, I would put my hands to baking. While there I would revamp Granola, Cookies, Pies and Cakes. Alas, I live in Tucson where it’s still 100F at 9:30 PM, swimming outside is more like doing laps in a really big bathtub and riding is a test of your metal and commitment to “getting out there”.
I love your photos and commentary, that in it’s self is art, don’t forget that. In the mean time, drink in life and all it’s tiny wonders.
I miss you on ShutterCal. It was your blog and reference that got me started there!
365 cows. That would make me smile 🙂
How about 365 days of reading? But it must be reading something that is not the news – a novel, memoir, essay. Should also involve actually sitting still in a comfy chair for 15 minutes or more and involve a cup of coffee or glass of wine 🙂
Hmmm, maybe 365 days of wine?
Oh, can’t wait to find out what you decide will be the next project. You were my inspiration for my own 365-day photo project; it was such a great challenge and I learned to appreciate and be aware of my surroundings so much more!