52 on Wednesday :: Morning

January 11, 2012

I’m Marla
Sprinkled throughout this journey are the little joys, moments of inspiration, and snippets of life that add color to our human experience. Join me as we embrace the beauty of imperfect perfection, the magic of a beautiful moment, and the endless possibilities of creativity.
This last year I followed a few photographers who were working together on a 52 week photo project together.  I thought the concept was really fun and somewhat genius for helping with motivation and accountability.  Each week there was a theme and each photographer would interpret it their own way and then link to the next photographer in their circle.  
A 52 week photo challenge may not seem like that much of a challenge, not nearly as daunting as a 365 perhaps; but for me, it will take effort and dedication to complete it each week for all 52 weeks.  I’m really excited!  So each week there will be a new theme and this week’s theme is morning.  This week actually posed a bit of a challenge for me because my daughter was sick, and then I became sick, followed by a bout of food poisoning = horrible week in the health department.  Normally, I wouldn’t want to save my assignment for the last minute, but today I was able take a few shots of what would be typical for me on any given winter morning.
I live in Oregon and in the winter, it is fairly dark.  I wake up at 7:15am and it is still mostly dark and doesn’t really reach full daylight until closer to 9am.  I don’t generally take pictures of sky, but this morning I was desperate for ideas and there was a bit of blue (rare occurrence in a Pacific Northwest winter) at about 8:15am.
By this time, my daughter Eva was nearly ready for school and being silly, as she frequently is in the morning.  I love her eyelashes, they give me eyelash envy.  So I take pictures of her looking down…intentionally. =)
And after walking her to school, I sat down to enjoy my breakfast — a Starbucks chai tea.  Also at the table was leftover orange from Eva’s breakfast.  It’s this time of year that I really appreciate far off foods, as frowned upon as that may be.  If we ate entirely local–there would be no fruit in the winter here and that would be really difficult.  So I sat there thinking of how grateful I was for this southern orange and the farmer that grew it.  However, I ended up putting it away because I’ve been stomach sick and didn’t think an orange would sit well.
So I just enjoyed my chai tea.
And then I went back to bed.  Because that’s what sick people do.
Up next, see what a morning looks like for Ms. Traca Miller, a photographer from Stephenville, Texas..
Traca Miller – Stephenville, TX Photographer
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  1. Hope you feel better soon! Love seeing your morning.

  2. Traca Miller says:

    So sorry your not feeling well, but great start on the project. So glad to see that there are several of us Chai girls mixed in with the coffee die-hards! See you next week!

  3. Ohhhhhhhhh – so jealous of you going back to bed!

    I also love tea but am weird and drink breakfast tea in the afternoons. 🙂

  4. your images are stunning in their simplicity, marla. the tones in that top image are gorgeous! and i love the photo of your daughter…my daughter (who is about the same age as yours) has the same AMAZING eyelashes, and i am also a sucker for the “looking down” shot…LOL! it’s great to ‘meet you’ and i look forward to getting to know you better as the project moves forward…

  5. amanda says:

    The photo with the eye lashes is AMAZING!!!! wow.. and now I need starbucks… lol

  6. Kate says:

    O.K. now I have eyelash envy!!! 🙂 Great shots! Hope you are feeling better!

  7. I love the story of your morning! Beautiful images!

  8. Love your morning pics! I have Starbucks envy, the nearest Starbucks for me is over 70 miles away. Looking forward to getting to know you over the next year.

  9. Karen says:

    Very nice. I love the one of your daughter and her lovely eyelashes.

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