Monday, September 3, 2012

Inspiration Comes When You Least Expect It

It took a few days for inspiration to finally gel in my head.  I had seen the signs, but they did not come together for some reason until this morning, Labor Day, 2012.

New Market, MD - September 3, 2012
My friend and fellow photographer, Erin Merritt, began a new Grateful project, where she posts a photo related to a "grateful message" that someone else sent her that day.  A few months ago, she finished a 365 Grateful project, where she posted a photo a day for a year for something she was grateful for.  Yesterday, I again watched the movie "Julie & Julia," where Julie Foster determines to cook one of Julia Childs' recipes every day for a year. 

This morning, it occurred to me that those two things were related -- I needed to complete my own 365 project, too.  But what could it be? 

I have never been an exerciser.  I might make a weak resolution every New Years,  but generally, just going out for a walk for the sake of exercising bores me.  But if you put a camera around my neck, and put me in a small town, I can easily walk for an hour.  So, that's what I decided to do -- a daily photo walk!

I live near New Market, MD, a quaint little town in central Maryland.  I am 12 minutes from downtown Frederick.  And nearby are Libertytown, Brunswick, Walkersville, Burtonsville, Jefferson... 

As I walked today in dripping humidity, I worked out some "rules" in my head.  I will not bore you with those today.  Just know that my top rules are to do a photo walk every day, to post a photo daily on this blog, and to use my Nikon P7100.

I can do this!  Day one is in the books!

Hurricane Sandy Relief: Donate to the Red Cross, and I will mail you a 5 x 7 print from any of the photos I have posted on my blog OR any photo on my website.

Forward to me via email a receipt for donating to the Red Cross. Tell me whether the photo is from the blog or the website, and Include its title along with a mailing address. The name on the receipt to the Red Cross must match the name of the mailing recipient. Send the receipt and the photo request to


  1. Can't wait to follow your 365! I've tried twice and didn't make it more than a month or two. I am itching to start a new one sometime though...
    Good luck!

    1. Thanks, Jess. We'll see if I can surpass your "month or two." You've just given me motivation to do just that!