It well and truly is April. If we don’t start getting some spring sunshine to go with the April showers soon then I may well have to rethink the challenge. The idea was to give me a reason to get out of the house, if only for a short time, each day. But it is almost making it harder: now it’s not just “leave the house”, it’s “leave the house and find something that isn’t going to look miserable in this horrid grey light”.
Now, I happen to like today’s photo. I love textures and details and decay and there’s a lot of that in this image, along with those tiny sprigs of green poking out. But the only other photo I took was this:
It’s not just grey, it’s uniformly grey. Solid cloud cover. No texture. No variation. The only reason I included the top of the tree was to prove that I hadn’t just photographed a sheet of grey card. And the forecast for the next week seems to be filled with more of the same: “mostly cloudy” and “overcast”.
So I’m pondering how I can change this into something I will enjoy doing every day. I’m definitely happy to have picked up a camera again for something other than photographing my cards and art for my other blog. And it’s good to have woken this blog up again (and yes, I will do ratty updates). But I need to stop this challenge becoming just another thing on the todo list…
day 7/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject
And it’s raining again. And I’m feeling run down. And I have a thousand and one things on my todo list*. So long walks are simply not happening today. I’ve had a couple of goes at getting photos of the neighbour’s magnolia blossom; took one I was almost happy with, but not quite, maybe it’ll be third time lucky… We’ll have to make do with a small carpet (a rug?) of very wet flowers that might be violets instead.
*This may be a slight exaggeration, but that’s what it feels like.
day 6/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject
I did go out for a walk this afternoon and I did take a few photos while I was out, but my favourite picture of the day was taken in our garden this morning. It wasn’t raining — for a change — so I tidied up the planters before the weeds got too enthused by the recent sunshine and warm weather, and that’s when I noticed how nicely weathered our owl was becoming.
day 5/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject
This photo makes me happy. I was starting to worry that my fuchsia wasn’t going to recover after the miserable winter it has been through, but when I checked it today I spotted these tiny green leaves appearing.
day 4/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject
We had sunshine! It’s been so grey, cold and wet this year that “sunshine” was even trending on Twitter in the UK. I wasn’t sure I’d get out much past the front door today as I was stuck in waiting for deliveries; luckily they all turned up while it was still light so I got to appreciate these colourful flower boxes that someone had hung on the railings by the river Wandle.
day 3/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject
I didn’t give up immediately and I wasn’t even put off by the weather. I did try to time going out to avoid the worst of the showers, but the nature of April weather in England meant it was almost inevitable that I would get caught in one. Which I did. I can’t really complain though — I wouldn’t have caught these raindrops in a puddle otherwise.
day 2/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject
While idly catching up with my blog feeds the other day I came across a mention of the 100 day project. It’s now in its fifth year, but somehow it has completely passed me by.
I did think about joining in, but, with only a couple of days to go before the start date, I was hard pushed to come up with a project that fitted the brief. I am very eclectic when it comes to my art: I love to try different things and different styles and the idea of committing to one thing every day for one hundred days seemed like a losing prospect. The 30 day colouring challenges are enough of a commitment.
So, nice idea I thought, but no, I’ll give it a pass this time. And anyway, I don’t need another excuse to not leave the house…
Brain: Why not make it one hundred days of leaving the house?
Me: That’s not an art project.
Brain: It could be.
Brain: It could be if you took your camera out with you.
Brain: You know, the actual camera, not the one on your phone.
Brain: You’d only have to take one photo.
Brain: And if you’re feeling ill or the weather’s awful, you could just step outside the door, that would count.
And that’s how I seem to have decided to do #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera in the almost certain knowledge that it will not happen every day, but I’ll give it a go. At least I did manage to get out on day one 🙂
day 1/100 — #100daysofleavingthehousewithacamera – #the100dayproject