Friday, September 20, 2013

263/365 Power Lines

"Power lines - Lifelines"

Today was a day of choices.  I'm not sure that I made the best ones, but I am happy with the ones I made.  I had a bunch of work to do for school.  I unconsciously made the choice not to do any of it today.  I say subconsciously because throughout the day I kept saying, "I'll do this, then I'll grade tests."  With this tactic, I managed to read a bit, do some laundry, clean the kitchen from top to bottom and watch some online photography videos.  Then there was the time I took to have a piece of cake for lunch.  Remember,  I said that I didn't necessarily make the best choices, but the ones I made did make me happy.  I was very happy with that piece of cake!

It rained all day, something we haven't seen in a long time.  That made it a perfect day to hunker down at home, Since I have no classes on Fridays, I can choose to work from home…and, I did.  I really had good intentions of accomplishing so much.  I did, too...just not the things that probably needed to be accomplished.

I have always heard that if you are going to work from home, you should treat the workday at home exactly like the workdays away from home.  You should get up at the normal time, get dressed and follow your normal daily routine.  I was good with step one; I did get up at the normal time.  Then things fell apart.  I didn't do so well with step two and beyond.  I didn't get dressed until about 3 o'clock.  That's what rainy days do to me.  And why do I need to be fully dressed to read and watch videos?    I'm making up for it now.  It is 11:30 pm and I am still fully dressed…shoes and everything.

I also had to make some choices regarding my approach for today's photo.  The prompt was "power lines" from below and or at dusk.  I knew that I wasn't going for a photo walk in the rain looking for pictures of power lines.  I wasn't dressed.  I also knew that with the cloudy skies brought about by the much needed rain, dusk would be nothing inspiring.  Early in the day I made the decision to photograph important "power lines" in our house - the power cords to everyone's computers.  In this case, power lines and life lines are one in the same.

This evening we went out for dinner and to take our resident baker to the store for supplies for this week's bread orders.  It was still dark and gray, but the rain had let up for the most part.  Though it was totally dark by the time we finished all of this, Weber and I went out to see if we could find anything interesting fairly close to home that might better satisfy the day's prompt.  We didn't really find anything except the very cool wind turbines on the local water tower.

"Power(flu) Lines"

This is related to power and it does have very cool lines.

Below is another picture of the water tower taken from a different perspective.  I took this one to address the "from below" part of the prompt.

"Looking Up the Water Tower"

I find this angle kind of interesting.  I also like the big bokeh that I think was created by passing car lights and the heavy mist in the air.

Though it is not as photographically interesting, I chose to use the Mac power cords for my picture of the day because, of the three, it is the one that is the most  accurate representation of our lives.

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes…and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."  - Eleanor Roosevelt