Days 353-363 (18-28 Dec 2012) Catch Up Post, and GOOD NEWS!!

These past several days have been crazy, busy, and awesome!  I have not had a chance to post, but I have taken photos every day (even if just with my iPhone), so I am still on track for this project!!!

Below are some of the photos, the most important/best ones of these several days.  Some have not been processed yet, and others (such as the iPhone snapshots) are not worth posting here.  Starting next year, I will move my blog to another WordPress address; I have a few reserved, but will let you know the new address to subscribe to.  I will not be doing another 365 project, but I will still be making photos all the time, and posting.  My goal is to have a site (WordPress or other) where I can post not only a blog, but also galleries to show off my best work.  I will also be buying a domain name (or two) and professional hosting.

Please take a moment and view below what is my absolute favorite photo of all time!!

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She said YES!!!!!

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Christmas with my Fiancé

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Maine Lobster Pots

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FIshing Boats in Portland ME

2012_Dec_26_Lensbaby_024Rain On A Window (Shot with my new Lensbaby Spark!)

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Latte (Shot with my new Lensbaby Spark!)

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Day 337 (2 Dec 2012) Christmas in Colchester

Tonight I wandered over to the Colchester Town Green to see our tree.  The tree that was decorated in the past was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and was removed after Thanksgiving and replaced with this one from the edge of the Green.  It’s a bit smaller, but still a beautiful tree!

I set up my camera with my 50mm f/1.8, radio trigger and tripod and just had fun!  It was a warm 50 F with minimal breeze, so I wasn’t in a hurry to be done and was able to enjoy myself out there!  There weren’t very many people out for me to get in the way of (or vice versa, lol), either. 🙂

I’m curious as to your thoughts on my interpretation of the scene.

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Self Portrait 
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Christmas Light

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Christmas Lights and Tree

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Christmas Tree

Day 336 (1 December 2012) Christmas Parade

Today makes 336 consecutive days of taking photos!  Only 30 more till I hit 366!  This dude isn’t stoping at a mere 365, I’m going all the way to 366!! Oh Yeah! LOL

Tonight I hung out with some friends (and their kids, lol) at the Groton Holiday parade.  It wasn’t the the greatest parade ever, but how often do you get a chance to see several floats all lit up at night just drive past you?  It was a good time to light paint many times with minimal effort, lol.  All I had to do was stay warm 🙂

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Day 316 (11 Nov 2012) Veterans Day

Veterans Day.  This is the day in which we honor those who have (and are currently) served our great nation.  But what does it mean to be a Vet?  Have you ever pondered what serving in our military today is like?  Do you know anyone who has or is serving?

There is so much I could tell you about the daily scarifies that our men and women make, and that their families make, too.  But It would fill up much more of your time than I normally do.  Of all that they sacrifice for our freedom, it is my opinion (from experience) that leaving your family behind is the biggest.  Imagine giving birth with out the father present.  Christmas with out mom.  Anniversaries alone.  Imagine not being able to watch  your child’s first steps.

Regardless of your political views of the wars and conflicts our nation is involved in, honor the men and women who go, no questions asked, do to the bidding of their Commander In Chief, regardless of who it is.

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From my time in Afghanistan, though embedded in an Army unit, I was still a Sailor!

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My “Fish”, or the recognition that I qualified as Submarine Warfare Officer

Day 254 (11 Sep 2012) I remember. . .

 

I remember exactly where I was on 9/11/01.  I remember that I was a senior in college at Savannah State University starting my last semester.  I remember that I was in NROTC preparing to take the Oath of Office as an Ensign in the US Navy that December.

I remember that my clock radio woke me up some time after the first tower was struck.  I remember the DJ saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York and thinking why the huge deal over a small plane collision with a big building.  I remember that the possibility of an airliner crashing into such a huge building, or that a major terrorist attach on US soil never entered the realm of possibilities as I hit snooze.  I remember that when I finally did crawl out of bed the shock and horror I felt when I finally realized what had happened.  I remember the anger, fear, and uncertainty that followed for the rest of the day.

I remember how everything changed after that day.  I remember the explosion of patriotism  that swept the nation.  I remember that you couldn’t find a US flag in the store; as they were all sold out.  I remember our nation preparing and going to war in Afghanistan while I was in my naval training.  I remember watching the news of it between classes and being frustrated that I was stuck in a brick building in Groton, CT, and not out on my ship taking the war to the enemy.  I remember about 5 years later that I would go to Afghanistan, and finally “do my part.”

When I see the indifference that the ‘people’ of this nation now have towards the conflict or the event 11 years ago, I remember the lives lost on that horrific day, and those lost since and still being lost.

I remember.

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