a country drive

winter landscape

One of my favorite bloggers is doing a #photo365 project this year, and it’s inspired me to do a #photo365 project myself. I’m going to be taking at least one photo each day for a year, and sharing them on the Internet. I started yesterday, January 1, and the above photo was my chosen shot from day 1. I’ll keep track of each day’s photo here on my Tumblr blog. On this emelgy.com blog, I’ll be sharing background info about the photos, and any other shots from the same day.

winter landscape

Yesterday I took a short drive with a friend. We didn’t go far, but the trip took us slightly out of the city as we travelled from one suburb to another, and we happened to pass through some wintry country landscapes in the process.

winter landscape

These shots were taken with my new Hipstamatic Tintype SnapPak, and then processed with Camera+ to heighten the contrast. I love the 19th century feel of this Hipsta pack…

winter landscape

I’ve added all of these photos to this Google+ album of winter landscapes. More to come, since I also went for a walk in the woods yesterday…

winter landscape

winter landscape

winter landscape

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See this post on Tumblr.

another place where i create

large desk and rocking chairs

Last week I shared some photos of my back room, which I use as a studio for writing, drawing, crafting and sewing. (It also holds my books and my clothes.) As luxurious as it may seem, I actually have four places in my apartment where I can (and do) write – thanks to the portability of my laptop. In this post I’m sharing some photos of my front room, which I set up as a home office when I first moved into my apartment, and where I’m writing this post.

Above you can see what the room looks like from my front door: there’s a large industrial shelving unit that fills the entire wall to the left, a huge desk made from a cedar door placed on three filing cabinets, and several wooden chairs, including two of my collection of rocking chairs, and a vintage stenographer’s chair from the 1940s.

desk with laptop and strawberries

I’m pretty obsessive-compulsive about keeping my work areas spotless and completely clear. (You should see my cubicle at work – a casual observer might not realize that anybody even works there, it’s so bare!) I’m a very visual person, and find it too distracting to have clutter or piles of papers where I’m working. The one exception is when I’m making collages – then I love having an assortment of papers and supplies spread all over the place.

two rocking chairs

Most of all, I love having beautiful views in front of me when I write. I always set up my desk / writing area facing a window, so I can rest my eyes on peaceful vistas. In this case, it’s a huge purple maple that’s growing directly outside my windows.

tree outside window