Winter Drive

I don’t remember where we were when I took this picture. But I tend to like taking pictures of roads that are cut through tall trees, hugging in on both sides.

Driving down a two-lane road with bare trees on both sides of the road. Photo by Not So SAHM

Winter Drive – ProjectEdit365 – 27 Jan

The original photo was definitely nothing special. Head over to Project Edit 365 to see the original and how different it looks with the edits! Thanks!

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San Juan Bautista

Near Monterey, stands a mission along the California Mission Trail. It also stands on the San Andreas Fault! San Juan Bautista is a beautiful, small mission founded in 1797. Below is the church. Some of the tiles that make the floor have paw prints of cats that walked over them while they were drying, over 180 years ago! Another note of interest is that parts of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Vertigo, was filmed here.

The church at Mission San Juan Bautista near Monterey, CA. Photo by Not So SAHM

Mission San Juan Bautista – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Jan

Did you know that your lens determines how many points you’ll have in a starburst on your lights? Hop over to Project Edit 365 to read about how many points my starbursts have and how I edited the original photo. Thanks!

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Beauty Everywhere

Even under foot.

When we took a tour of the US Capitol we were awestruck at the beautiful architecture, columns, paintings, ceilings, sculptures, the cupola, and even floor grates. I could stare at this for a long time. I love the symmetry. It looks like it’s a fibonacci sequence. Maybe that’s why it’s relaxing to me. Is it only me? It might be too busy for you.

A grate at the US Capitol has a beautiful pattern. Photo by Not So SAHM

Beauty everywhere – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Jan

I had to turn this one to black and white. To see why head over to the Project Edit 365 blog. Thanks!

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Overview of Carmel and Point Lobos

It’s almost always hiking weather in Monterey, California. There’s a nice park there called Jack’s Peak that you reach by driving up a small mountain. The views from the park are magnificent. You have to walk through the forest to get to various vistas, but you get almost a 360 degree view of the surrounding lands: Monterey Bay, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and Carmel towards the Pacific Ocean.

This shot is looking southeast, over Carmel and towards Point Lobos, another beautiful hiking spot. It’s maybe a 5.5 mile distance as the crow flies (using this handy tool, because I’m terrible at distances). Everything is close by in the Monterey area.

Seeing this really makes me want to go back. We were only there for nine months. Enough to capture a little piece of my heart.

Looking out over Carmel from Jacks Peak Park to Point Lobos. Not So SAHM

Overview of Carmel to Point Lobos – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Jan

It was super bright this day! Head over to my project blog: Project Edit 365 to see how I brought back the color to the original photo. Thanks!

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Edmund Pettus Bridge

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama, is the site of many civil rights marches in the 60s, including Bloody Sunday. Although Martin Luther King Jr was not there on Bloody Sunday, he would be two days later to march to the site of the violence and pray. Due in part to this nonviolent protest, President Johnson submitted voting rights legislation to Congress.

That’s a horribly short encapsulation of a whole movement which still carries on today, and a blog post here couldn’t do near the justice needed to cover the full range of the civil rights movement. When we lived in Montgomery, we drove over to Selma one day to explore an old base that my husband’s father had been stationed at. This was the only shot of the bridge that I got, but if you go online, you’ll see other (better) pictures that show just how beautiful the bridge is.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge where many civil rights marches occurred in Selma, Alabama. Not So SAHM

Edmund Pettus Bridge – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Jan

The original was probably taken with my iPhone back in 2009. Please go to Project Edit 365 to see the original and the edits that I made. Thanks!

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Docked for the Winter

Back to Annapolis, Maryland. It’s such a cute seaside town. Well, it’s technically on a bay, but the water is there and it’s a major part of life. It gets cold in the winter though, and at that point who wants to be out sailing? As we were driving into town we passed by these boats — chilling until fairer weather prevailed.

Sailboats dry docked for the winter in Annapolis, Maryland. Not So SAHM

Docked for the winter – ProjectEdit365 – 07 Jan

I took the photo with my iPhone and as I adjusted the settings on the picture I quickly realized my thumb or finger had made its way into the picture. Click over to Project Edit 365 to see how I got my thumb out of there and what other edits I did. Thanks!

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