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May 2019
I cannot believe I've been a member of this community for 5 years!!! Where DOES the time go??? In these past 5 years I've seen my younger son graduate from high school and go off to college, my older son married and gave me the awesome gift of twin grandchildren, and now those grandchildren live with hubby and me. I've gone from mom, to grandmom (Nana!), to empty nester, and back to house-filled-to-overflowing-with-way-too-many-toys! At this point in time, the twins are 4 years old, we have a dog and 3 cats, I stay home with the kids and am self-employed as a bookkeeper, the house is never completely clean, the laundry is never finished, the family car is littered with who-knows-what all over everywhere, the gardens have become weed beds for the most part, hubby is completely stripping the house and repainting it this summer ... and this list could go on and on!

But I have SO missed this community! So I'm going to do what I can, when I can. Likely won't be a pic a day, but I'll do more than I have been lately. I started this project with a Canon Rebel T3i, moved to the Canon 70D, took a BRIEF detour over to the Nikon D850, realized I missed my Canon 100-400 lens, so returned to Canon with the 5D Mark IV and got my 100-400 lens back!!! I also joined a camera club somewhere around the time (or maybe the fall after?) the twins were born, and that has really made me push to improve.

Looking forward to reconnecting with everyone!!!

Aug 2014
I've been chewing on the idea of starting a 365 Project for a while now. This summer I've upgraded my telephoto lens from the kit lens that came with my camera 2 years ago to one that has IS, USM, and the UD glass that tempers chromatic aberration. This has made all the difference in the world! I can now be excited about downloading and viewing my photos. Even tho I've had my camera for 2 years, it feels like I can finally start to learn to take really good photos. And so I've decided it's time to finally start my Project.

My favorite subjects so far have been seashore-type birds, water, sunsets and sunrises, the moon, flowers and other outdoors subjects. I've recently wanted to expand my horizons and venture out beyond my comfort zone. With the announcement that my first grandbabies will be here this winter (yes, plural - twins!!!) I definitely need to start learning to photograph people, and photograph them indoors - a huge learning curve for me! Sharpness is also a skill that needs improvement. Any and all suggestions are more than welcome on any of my shots. I'm here to learn! And I'm definitely looking forward to becoming part of this community!