2022 is the Year of the Creative Outlet

It’s been awhile since I have posted. We moved to Germany in July and life just seemed to get away from me. I’m not intentional about many things, and for some reason, I have felt that I just can’t manage anything extra except feeding our family and homeschooling.

But, that being said, 2022 is here and I am trying to find a creative outlet. Oh, I love to bake, but here in Germany I don’t have the space to keep baked goods and so I feel a bit frustrated about it. I received a new camera for Christmas. Not a professional one, but a better one that the 13 year old Nikon that I have used. With smart phones my camera has been stuck in the closet collecting dust. But in the fall, after travelling to a couple of close-by towns, I realized that my 13 year old camera could not compete with my phone for clarity, so I asked for a new one for Christmas.

I received a new lens for my birthday and just picked it up yesterday, but I haven’t used it in a daily photo yet. My goal is to really learn to use my camera to its full potential.

I want to use this camera and not rely on my cell-phone, so I created a #365photoproject on Instagram. My goal this year is to take one picture a day with my camera and then once a week, I want to write a blog about those photos and share with the world.

I am not a professional at all. I want to be able to edit well and although Lightroom overwhelms me, I am trying to learn it so that I can edit pics and maybe they’ll brighten your day. May the photos I take be for God’s glory and maybe they’ll brighten your day as well. May this be a project that brings peace to all those who see them.

January 1, 2022 — Our Lego Winter village. We’ve collected one Lego set, sometimes two, every year since 2011. We have less space, but they have found a place on this small table and on our bookshelf.
January 2, 2022 — Fog is a regular occurrence here. I want to learn how to take really good fog shots, since it is common.
January 3, 2022 — Rain is also always around in the winter, so this day was particularly wet, but I managed, with a slip slid down the hill in our backyard, and a muddy spot on my rump, to get a pictures of the amazing oak trees in our yard.
January 4, 2022 — My Birthday!!!! Which included a bakery run for these lovely goods. Oh how we love the bakery that is a 15 minute walk from our house. They are incredibly friendly and always smile and don’t roll their eyes when I use my poor German skills.
January 5, 2022 — My favourite tree. A 20 minute walk from our house. I will be returning often to this spot as the sky is big here and I miss the skies of the prairies, where I was born.
January 6, 2022 — Ella’s Birthday. She planned her cake and decorated it all by herself. It is an amazing cake. I love that she is using her time by finding recipes and then wanting to cook/bake them.
January 7, 2022 — A Dusting of snow. While our college kids were here for Christmas, we didn’t have any snow, but the day they left, the snow fell.
January 8, 2022 — More snow. I love the blue sky and clouds mixed. I am hoping that I can learn to bring out the depth and texture of the clouds this year as I practice this photography thing.

Thanks all. I hope you will be patient as I learn to take and edit my pictures.

May the Lord bless all of you this year.

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