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Project 366 Weeks 51 – 52

The 366 Photo Challenge 2016

I am happy to share that I have made it through all 366 of my first photo a day challenge! They definitely do call it a challenge for a reason. There were some days where I had zero inspiration and real life definitely got in the way. On the other hand, I started to learn to think outside the box, not taking the daily prompts so literally, and it became something I looked forward to. It really did up my creativity and imagination.  You start to look at the detail of the everyday objects and the scenery around you.

I really enjoyed how it helped me improve my skills in photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom.  I became more comfortable shooting in manual mode and started experimenting with different lenses. All of these skills take time to learn and master. Just like playing piano, it helps when you practice everyday. Participating in The Bethadilly Challenge made me challenge myself and find a style that was all my own. I'm excited to share that I will be jumping on board The Bethadilly 52 this year.  Instead of a photo each day, I will be taking a themed photo each week. I'm thrilled to keep pushing myself and ready to try something new! 

Day 336 | 366 {fancy}

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This squirrel enjoying a fancy lunch of fresh pumpkin seeds today. So I watched as the squirrel and his friend proceeded to find a way to roll this small pumpkin down my front steps. It broke open from the fall, then they hit the jackpot. After this, they continued to fight over the insides of the pumpkin for a good 20 minutes! I also watched them try with all their might to do the same thing to a bigger pumpkin on the steps. Silly squirrels 😋

Day 337 | 366 {a self portrait}

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I love planting Amaryllis bulbs every winter! They add some color and cheer during the dreariest months of the year. Stay tuned for a Longfield Gardens winter gift kit giveaway coming soon to the blog!

Day 338 | 366 {a black + white edit}

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Happy Wing Wednesday! Phoebe flapping her strong, gossamer wings!

Day 339 | 366 {from behind}

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My favorite feathered caboose! 😂

Day 340 | 366 {wishlist}

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I was given a copy of Gardening With Chickens by the lovely and talented Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily! This new book should definitely be on every gardener, farmer and book lovers wishlist this holiday season. It is filled with gorgeous photography and smart strategies to keep your plants safe as they grow! Book review on the blog coming soon 🌱🐔

Day 341 | 366 {lights}

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We love to cuddle and enjoy the lights on the Christmas tree! Don't holiday lights make the best bokeh?

Day 342 | 366 {free choice}

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My favorite mystical mama of the farm, sweeter than the butterscotch candy she loves!

Day 343 | 366 {bundled up}

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So as humans, when we go outside we bundle up to stay warm. Ducks can't do this, so they rely on their feathers. Well, these two little mischievous ladies found a better way to stay warm! Since it's wintertime, the water comes out of the hose hot. They run over as soon as they see us bringing over the hose. Then, they wait patiently for the water to get to be just the right temperature. They treat the water bowl like it's their own personal hot springs! Crazy ducks, gotta love them ❤️

Day 344 | 366 {tree}

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My talented mom made this awesome artwork by reusing old or broken costume jewelry! Instead of throwing away earrings or pins when they broke, she saved them to make something new. Each bauble or charm came from something my mom, my grandmother or I used to wear. Every piece holds a special memory. I absolutely love my mothers creativity and ability to transform and revitalize everyday objects!

Day 345 | 366 {’tis the season}

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'Tis the season for Christmas cactus blooms!

Day 346 | 366 {home}

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Oh there's no place like home for the holidays! 🎄

Day 347 | 366 {sparkle}

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I love these red glittery ornaments that sparkle and reflect the glow of the Christmas tree! 🎄

Day 348 | 366 {bokeh}

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Sending a huge thank you to my friends at Plants Map Tracy & Bill for the festive ornament!

Day 349 | 366 {festive}

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Getting to munch on some festive peppermint treats! ❄❤️❄

Day 350 | 366 {mittens}

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Fresh eggs for the winter solstice! Thanks ladies! Hope you are staying warm today. I'm ready for the days to start getting longer again!

Day 351 | 366 {a winter activity}

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Staying warm and toasty. It may have snowed today, but the temperatures are slowly going back up! Thankful for that!!

Day 352 | 366 {tradition}

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It's tradition that we get a special and new ornament for our tree each year. This year, we picked out this pretty little green house! 🌻🍃

Day 353 | 366 {a cup of cheer}

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My favorite kind of cup filled with cheer! Watching The Grinch & some other Christmas classics tonight ❤️💚❤️

Day 354 | 366 {a gift}

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Lots of gifts waiting to be unwrapped under the Christmas tree tonight 🎁 So excited! Wishing everyone a very happy holiday!

Day 355 | 366 {white}

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Merry Christmas from the farm! 🎄

Day 356 | 366 {winter}

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My favorite winter flower! Well, technically this plant flowers all year. I just appreciate these gorgeous red blooms more during the winter months. If you have trouble growing indoors, this anthurium plant is for you. It can tolerate all levels of indirect light, and all I do is water it using two ice cubes once a week! That's it! Laid back and beautiful ❤ The way all houseplants should be!

Day 357 | 366 {a holiday treat}

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Christmas was filled with such delicious desserts. Here is the Yule Log, which is yellow sponge cake filled & covered with chocolate buttercream flavored with espresso + liqueur. It is sprinkled with powdered sugar and covered in berries. The mushrooms are made out of meringue! Such a festive holiday treat! 🍓What's your favorite holiday treat?

Day 358 | 366 {gold}

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A little gingerbread man bracelet for the holiday season!

Day 359 | 366 {off prompt}

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Gobbles stopping by to say hello! He is hoping you are all having a wonderful holidays! 🦃

Day 360 | 366 {family}

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You know your feathered flock is really a family when they fight over the same pile of food...when there are six separate piles to choose from! Oh those crazy birds 😜

Day 361 | 366 {a new favorite}

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It's because of my amazing boyfriend that I have adopted an Emperor penguin chick! 🐧 I absolutely love all animals, especially the penguins, so this really made my heart burst ❤ We are taking a trip to meet the penguins this spring, and I'm thrilled!

Day 362 | 366 {the weather outside}

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Today it started out clear, then it snowed, then it rained, then it stopped, then it snowed again, then we got thunder snow. That pretty much sums up what it's like to live in New England right there!

Day 363 | 366 {a glimpse}

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A glimpse into the life of a chicken. Frolicking and foraging around the farm finding grubs in the mud all day long! 🐛

Day 364 | 366 {chilly}

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It was another chilly day on the farm. This flock of Canadian geese stopped in for a drink, and all of their loud honks certainly got Finn's attention! It's still pretty icy around here, so there was some slipping and sliding taking place! It's so beautiful to watch them all take flight & travel together! 💙

Day 365 | 366 {warmth}

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Ella likes to burrow in my blanket scarf for extra warmth. Nothing better than cuddles with my fuzzy little pup!

Day 366 | 366 {celebration}

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We did it! Happy New Year everyone! 🎊This photography journey has been so rewarding. I wasn’t even sure I could make it through a month of this challenge. I’m so happy and grateful to have connected to all of you wonderful and talented photographers this year. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation along the way. Big thank you to Beth of The Bethadilly Blog for the prompts that helped keep those creative juices flowing! The support and encouragement within this community kept me going while challenging myself everyday. I’ve taught myself how to really master manual mode and learned how to use different lenses. There is always work to be done and even though I’m never done learning, I have a certain confidence in my photography style now. Ready to take on a new challenge, #thebethadilly52 this 2017! ❤️ and appreciate each and every one of you & wishing you all health and happiness!

That’s A Wrap On My 366

December Calendar

Thank you for following along with me here on my blog and on Instagram! I'm ready to take on a new challenge this year. Have you ever participated on a photo challenge? Maybe thinking of participating in one? Tell me all about it in the comments section below or tweet me @thefreckledrose. I'm determined to keep learning, growing and challenging myself with photography every day. I'm ready to take on a new year and I'm eager to see new things and visit new places! Wishing you a happy 2017 full of adventure. 

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  • Casa Mariposa
    January 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I’m happy if my photos don’t include my finger or a pooping dog! Yours are incredible!!

    • Thefreckledrose
      January 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      hahaha that made me giggle! Some of my photos include my thumb still, but luckily no pooping dogs. They just decide to lick my clean lens every now and then. Darn dogs! Most recently, a horse sneezed on my lens. Yes, that’s right, I had to clean off horse boogers. Thank you very much by the way 🙂

  • Katy SkipTheBag
    January 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    That tree made from jewelry is beautiful and I could stare at photos of that horse for hours. So many great photos! Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Hop!

    • Thefreckledrose
      January 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you so much Katy! I’m always happy to link up at your wonderful party 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend.

  • Jessica F. Walker \\ Millennial Life Skills Coach
    January 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    These are so beautiful! I love the depth of the horse, and all the chickens. I miss chickens.

  • Eileen
    January 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Hello your Ella is a sweetie. I love all the geese and the pretty horse images. The whole post is just lovely. I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!

    • Thefreckledrose
      January 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you Eileen! Ella is such a good little girl. She loves to cuddle 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful 2017 as well!

  • Michelle
    January 11, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Your photos are beautiful Angie. So full of life and emotion. Everyone of them tells a story that makes me want to read more and more. Happy New Year and I can’t wait to see the next installment of your photo stories.

    • Thefreckledrose
      January 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle! Happy New Year to you as well 🙂

  • Mandy
    January 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Congrats on completing your challenge! I bet you enjoyed looking back and seeing not only how far you’ve come but also what each day of the year looked like for you. I wish you all of the luck in completing the 52 week photo challenge this year. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun participating and be challenged in a whole new way! 🙂

    • Thefreckledrose
      January 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you Mandy! I do, it’s nice to document each day with a photograph. I really enjoyed it! I’m excited to take on a new challenge, and I can’t wait to see what good things are in store for this 2017 🙂

  • Mandi
    January 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    What a lovely and inspiring challenge to take on. Great photos!

  • Rebecca Robson
    January 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I love this! How amazing to have captured an image a day for a full year. A memory a day marked forever more. I may have to take inspiration from this and take on this challenge for myself.

  • Christy Doucette
    January 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This is awesome! What a great way to challenge yourself.
    My goal this coming year is a poem per week. That lack of inspiration is already starting to hit and it’s only week 2 for me. Way to go with making it a whole year!

  • CL
    January 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    What a great way to start a new year! Hope 2017 treats you well too!!

  • Gillian Kent
    January 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    What a challenge! You must have learned a lot. Those blank days are the worst. I look forward to this year’s project from you.

  • Fi Morrison
    January 12, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Wow this is awesome! Great job! I love the range of photos you took, and it is so great that you felt like you improved over time and found joy in the challenge. I’m checking out the Bethadilly 52 now! Good luck for the next challenge 🙂

  • sherry MacKay
    January 13, 2017 at 4:36 am

    how fab that you kept it up and learned so much. Good on you! and good luck this year.

  • Kristin Aquariann
    January 13, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Congratulations on completing the challenge! Your photos are amazing.

  • Jean
    January 29, 2017 at 4:06 am

    I love a photo challenge but they are hard to stick with. You’ve taken some beautiful photos!

    I’ve nominated you for the blogger recognition award – https://asseenonjean.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/blogger-recognition-award/

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