Flickr Time Machine


This was a fun photo to look back on. I posted this on Flickr on July 6th 2007 but it was taken on July 5th 2007. It was my foray into night photography. I would go on that summer to do more of it. Here are a few examples. Ah! And it looks like I even blogged about this photo, as well.

That was a fun summer! It was the summer I hooked in with my friends from the Spokane Flickr group.

It is really fun to look back at these old photos. I was using my point-n-shoot Cannon Powershot at the time. I totally used the crap out of that camera. The photos that I took weren’t half bad, if I do say so myself. However, I was more than ready to move up to a DSLR when I finally did. And now my interest is in film photography. Weird how things go full circle. Looking at these, though, makes me miss my DSLR. I should dust it off and take it for a spin this weekend.

Spokane Flickr Reunion Tour 2012


I mentioned last week that I met up with some Spokane Flickr friends a couple of weekends ago in my home town. Fun times! We really need to get together more often. It is one thing to interact online but a whole other thing to interact in person. Way better.

Here are the photos I took with my Pentax K7. I will post the Holga shots next week (after they are developed).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects


I happened upon The Daily Post At last week and was totally stoked  since I’m doing my own post-a-day challenge for 2012. Yay for daily inspiration! They offer a weekly photo challenge, which makes me extra stoked, being a lover of photography and all.

This week’s challenge (which I am late in joining) is “Two Subjects.” I took this one in Spokane during the photoroll. I have a slight obsession with reflections. I don’t know why or what that says about me but I love to photograph them.

No One


I had a busy weekend! I visited my home town, Spokane. Here is a list-ey post with some highlights:

  • I met up with some of my photographer friends on Saturday morning. We played cameras downtown for a few hours. It was very fun! I hope that we are able to get together again soon. Too much time goes by in-between these meet-ups. I brought my Holga and my Pentax K7 with me. I shot two rolls of 120 film, one black and white and one color. I am looking forward to getting them developed.  In the meantime, here is a shot of some graffiti, made with the digital camera.
  • I had dinner with some more of my photographer friends later that evening at Zola. I had never been there. I  had the mac-n-cheese and it was fabulous.  I also laughed so hard I cried. I had to leave when the band started playing ’cause I was turning into a pumpkin.
  • I met up with my dad and step-mom for breakfast the next day. My dad bought an iPad a few months ago so I got to actually play with one close up which led to:
  • I bought an iPad. yep. If you have one please tell me your must-have apps.
  • I got my hair did. My  brother’s fiancée offered to color my hair when I asked her about the topic. It’s actually a lot darker than the picture shows. I love it!

So there you go. My weekend in bullets. See you tomorrow!

The House I Grew Up In


In the four years I lived in Spokane (when I moved back as an adult) I only visited my childhood home once. Raf and I were shopping at Target in the Spokane Valley and we were looking for something to do so he said, “let’s go on a tour of Monica’s childhood.” So I drove him by the house I grew up in.

It’s weird to drive by this house. It evokes such strong memories. Good memories. Memories of snowball wars with the neighbor kids in the winter on one of many show closure days. Memories of playing “Marco Polo” with my brothers and sisters on warm summer evenings in the front yard. Memories of sleeping outside under the stars on those warm summer nights. There are so many good ones that it is hard to choose just one to write about. Right now I am thinking about the happy feelings that place evokes in me.

It has been a very, very long time since I have lived there. The baby tree that was planted in the front yard is now huge and shades the house. The house has been painted blue. The basketball hoop in the driveway is no longer there. It has been somebody else’s home for 35 years. Maybe lots of families have called that place home since I lived there.

A couple of years ago I found this website. you type in the address of your childhood home and the movie is built around that address. I thought of it as I was thinking about this topic, so I thought I would share. It’s kind of cool.

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