Week 50: Cloud Nine | 2018 Project 52

It’s been said that the best camera to have is the one that’s with you.

I didn’t take the kind of picture I wanted this week. But I took several with my phone. It was a week spent with friends… book club took place at a Hogwarts Feast, our Friday night date with the Wards, Ladies Day Out with my tribe, a holiday party in the neighborhood, and an impromptu fish-sandwich-slash-nightcap on Sunday evening. I love this time of year just because of the way people connect in different ways. And I really love my people – family, old friends, new friends – because they make me feel whole.

So I didn’t take the kind of picture I wanted. I did take snaps with my phone. And… I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on cloud nine.

cloud nine

Settings: f/4.0, 1/160 sec, 35mm, ISO 1600
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I’m an introvert – I live in my head most of the time, I think really hard before I have a difficult conversation, it takes me forever to make a financial decision… but I love my people. I do wear out and then need a recharge, but I can’t get enough of the people Mike and I have surrounded ourselves with. They bring us so much joy. There’s something to be said for watching your friends’ children grow when you’re not distracted by your own – an appreciation that the other side doesn’t see. And knowing that so many of the people we’ve chosen to stay close with have been around for years… it makes my heart beat harder. And then our new friends, our neighbors… well, we’ve embarrassed ourselves plenty of times but they still keep inviting us over.

People. Being together. Learning more about each other, supporting one other, retelling old stories for the hundredth time. That’s my cloud nine.

Week 51: Reflection
due 12.19.18

With the year winding down, let’s slow down and take some time to look around us… maybe look back… or look at ourselves. Interpret the theme however you like, but EXPLORE – before you take a selfie in an ornament, stop and consider how the image will make you feel at the end. Will it feel just like another selfie? Or can you take it up a level?

We can find inspiration inside, outside, in places we’re familiar with or new ones we’ve never visited – there are so many ways to find reflections or reflect on the year that’s passed. What will you share with us?

Last Week’s photo: Diamond #2018P52

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2018P52 so that we can find your work and share some hearts!

We’re in the home stretch of 2018 Project 52 with only 2 weeks left to go! Plans for #2019P52 are underway but we will stick only to Flickr. There will be some other changes, but I think they’re for the better. Our new group is set up already, so join us on Flicker at 2019 P52!