Although Tulip Sunday has officially come and gone, along with a couple of storms in between, the tulips at the Botanic Garden were stunningly beautiful as they danced in the breeze on a sunny day today. The Wellington Spring Festival is still in gloriously full force.
It has been exactly one year since I began my Project 365, aiming to take a photograph a day and see my life in a whole new way. The title gives it away: there are 365 days in a regular year. As you will see from my the number on latest photo, I didn't quite make it, but here I am at the finish line exactly one year later. If there were 274 days in a year, I'd have passed with flying colours.
This project has had its ups and downs. I was hesitant to start as I wasn't sure if I could keep up such an ongoing commitment in addition to my regular blog, Tales from a Café Chick. I'm no more proficient in photography than when I started, and still feel quite reluctant to approach people to be in photos, so my project mostly featured objects, items, and scenery, just as I expected it would.
About four months into the project, the pressure to take a photograph and post it to my photo blog every single day began to get me down. That's when I decided that things would change. I'd not worry about the 'gaps' or missing days and just see what happened. I started taking photos almost every day but uploaded them in batches. This helped me manage things a bit better and feel a little less anxious. I also stopped worrying about how each photo would look to others; this was a personal project of images and scenes that I came across each day, and that helped, too. The result: 274 photos, or 75% success. A milestone of sorts, even if it's not the original goal I was aiming for. And that's just fine with me. :-D
So, where to next, now that I've officially reached the finish line? I'll keep up this photo blog if I see something interesting or photo-worthy. I can promise you that it won't be every day, but we'll see what happens from here on in. Thanks for joining me on my journey. My ClustrMap informs me that I've had 2500 visits this past year. Wow! (Sadly, the map will be archived tomorrow and all my pretty red dots will disappear, but that leaves it ready to populate again during the coming year.)
I couldn't believe this sign in a hospital elevator. Someone had already attacked two of the rogue apostrophes with a Twink pen, but somehow copy's remained. Seriously, how long would it have taken to ask someone to check the spelling and punctuation on this sign before it was produced? *shakes head in disbelief*
A single red rose left at the door by an admirer, with an anonymous note constructed from letters cut out of a newspaper. (Its contents, although brief, prevent it from being a poison pen letter.) Unfortunately, the object of his affection had moved house several weeks earlier and never got to admire his handiwork. I guess it pays to always check your facts!
This is my original piggy bank from when I was just a few years old. It has collected change for more than 30 years. A friend of Mum's gave it to me. It has a big cork on the bottom so it can be used over and over. The cork cost 2c - it's written on the bottom, and I've never forgotten it!
Here is my own personal Project 365: How to take a photo a day and see your life in a whole new way. I am excited to see where the project will find me at the end of one year. I may not always take a photo each day, and will probably upload my pictures in batches, so we'll see how that works! This site hosts my daily photos and accompanying captions.