I very much enjoyed the September 2023 Photo-blogging Challenge at Micro.blog, it gave me a lovely opportunity to look back at all the photos I’ve taken over the years; as I’ve been taking photos since December of 2004, it’s a lot of media to look through (at the time of this post, I have 422 videos and 76,313 photos). While you can go look at the individual posts if you like, I thought it would be fun to post them here and add a bit more details about each photo.
Note: Each day matches the corresponding day of the month of September.
Day 1: Abstract
Decided it would be fun to use DiffusionBee, used the following for the prompt: “random collection of splashes of colors, focusing on shades of blue and silver, Jackson Pollock, HD” #mbsept
I really didn’t have anything in my photo library that I could call abstract and thus, I tried out the whole “using AI to generate images” approach.
Day 2: Build-Up
The inverse of “buildup” is “tear down” and in my case, devouring breakfast while catching up with an old friend. 🍽️ #mbsept
I almost always take photos of my food when I eat out, for a couple of reasons…the chief of them being my leaky memory. Usually these sorts of things end up in Day One but I ended up posting it, which greatly amused my breakfast companion.
Day 3: Precious
Sadly, our little puppy-rabbit crossed the rainbow bridge back in February but this little fur-ball is still with us, eating us out of house and home, puking all his food up, and wailing plaintively to go outside. 😸 #mbsept
Just one of the more recent photos of Alex the fat/annoying/adorable/crazy cat. Since Russell’s passing, he’s become much more social with us, and thus, the crazy is more on display. 🤣
Day 4: Orange
Every time my partner and I visit Quebec City, we have a dinner at a local crepêrie and inevitably get cider with the meal. This time, there was cinnamon on the glass and an orange slice. 🍎🍊 #mbsept
My Partner is a French teacher and as a result, we end up in Canada a lot, with a particular focus on the Province of Quebec. We alway end up going to the same crepêrie when we visit Quebec City and more often than not, end up getting cider with dinner. 😋
Day 5: Forest
The view from some random trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a couple years back. 🌳 #mbsept
The view from one of the hikes me, my Partner, and a few friends went on when we rented a cabin in Tennessee a few years ago. It was the first vacation with friends we ever went on…and was a smashing success.
Day 6: Well
Closest thing I could find in my photo library, this is a “well” of alcohol at a Holiday party back at University. 🎄🍾🥳 #mbsept
I don’t really remember much about this night… 🍺😁
Day 7: Panorama
A panorama view of Montmorency Falls, just outside of Ville de Québec (Quebec City) in Canada, as it tumbles down into the basin and flows into the Fleuve Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence River), on a sunny day in August. #mbsept
I absolutely love visiting this waterfall right outside of Quebec City, every time we head north, we visit.
Day 8: Yonder
Another one from photo library, this view into the yonder was taken near the Four Corners monument in the South West of the States in 2019. 🌵⛰️ #mbsept
Another photo from the not so distant past, we were heading home from Arizona.
Day 9: Language
Given this photo was taken around ten years ago, I’m not sure why I took it but this was the view of an arrival/departure board at a train station in Paris. 🚄🇫🇷 Now if only I’d learned French… 😢 #mbsept
I always marvel at people who can speak more than one language…and my Partner speaks French; he was the perfect tour guide around France when we visited some time ago. I would never have made it around the countryside without him. 🤣🇫🇷
Day 10: Cycle
Winter in Québec has a tendency to cover everything and clearly, some people should have brought their bikes inside. 😆❄️🇨🇦🚲 #mbsept
This photo was taken right outside our hotel. 🥶
Day 11: Retrospect
It’s been a little more than ten years since I was in Paris and I have to wonder what became of the couples who symbolized their relationships with these locks. 🤔🇫🇷🔐 #mbsept
All over Paris, on bridges, you find these locks. Couples will place them on bridges, as a sign of their love. 💕
Day 12: Panic
Per the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” one should never panic, hence the security system. 🚨 #mbsept
A photo of the dongle to arm / disarm the house, from our old security system.
Day 13: Glowing
Nothing like a glowing sunset on one of the Great Lakes. 🌤️🛥️ Took this on my summer vacation. #mbsept
Photo from vacation over the summer, my Partner and I went up to Wisconsin with some friends.
Day 14: Statue
While wandering around Montréal back in 2014, my partner and I stumbled upon the Tai Chi Single Whip statue in Victoria Square. 🗿🇨🇦🇫🇷 #mbsept
Took this photo so long ago that I can’t remember taking it. 😂
Day 15: Red
Taken back in 2020, we got in / out of Québec right before the Pandemic lock-downs in March of that year. Whilst visiting the Great White North, we stopped for a drink in the Ice Hotel and had some Caribou. 😋🥶🇨🇦🇫🇷 #mbsept
Drinking in an ice hotel was a lot of fun but I couldn’t feel my fingers by the end of it. 😆🥶 Still, it was a pretty good time and how many people can say they’ve had drinks in a bar made out of ice?
Day 16: Oof!
All I can say is that falling into a glowing fire-pit would result in far more than saying “oof!”. 🔥 #mbsept
Another photo from our summer vacation, took this as the fire was dying down on the 4th of July. 🎇
Day 17: Intense!
It was rather intense watching my friend pose for this photo, I was panicking the entire time but he really wanted that photo while we were hiking in the Smoky Mountains. ⛰😱 #mbsept
I was in a panic the entire time my friend was posing for the photo but he wanted to send it to the guy he’d just started seeing. 🤪
Day 18: Fabric!
Taken during the first summer of the Pandemic, when we were all having backyard gatherings, the friend who was bringing over their projection screen couldn’t make it so we used a sheet instead. 📺😷 #mbsept
The “Pandemic” was just…awful… One of the ways we were able to be someone normal was to have friends over in the backkyard, to watch tv / movies with a projector. 🎥
Day 19: Edge!
Any time I fly, I always feel like I’m at the edge of the world, especially when going over large bodies of water. This is the sunrise from my first trip to Europe, ten-ish years ago, flying into Amsterdam. 🌥️✈️🌊 #mbsept
Sunrise over the Atlantic, on my first trip to Europe. You never forget your first time, even if it’s with the family that drives you insane. 😱😆 It was a crazy but fun trip.
Day 20: Disruption!
It’s always good to stop when see a sign, unless you want to cause a dangerous disruption. 🛑 Bonus points when the intersection contains your last name… 🤣 #mbsept
I could go into the backstory of why there is a street with my last name but that would just ruin the mystry of my Family line. 😝
Day 21: Fall!
There is nothing like the crunch of leaves underfoot as you’re strolling around a local park during the Autumn / Fall season. 🌳🍂 The only thing missing is a pumpkin-spice flavored drink. 😆☕️ #mbsept
Winter used to be my favorite time of the year but as I age, I’m starting to favor Autumn a little bit more.
Day 22: Road
Just a piece of rubbish lying next to the road. 🧱🛴 #mbsept
My partner and I were actually in Nashville for this photo, we were passing through on our way to Georgia, and stopped at a Britsh pub we’ve eatten at a few years prior. On our way back to the carpark, we stumbled on this piece of trash (yes, I say trash because these things are still cluttering up city streets).
Day 23: “A Day In the Life”
Breakfast this morning; we’re visiting my Partner’s cousin’s family and as they took us to dinner last night, we showed up with tons of sugary carbs. 🍩 #mbsept
Who doesn’t love a ton of complex carbs early in the morning?! 🍩🤮
Day 24: Belt
Wanted to make sure my new iPhone made it home safely, so of course I used a belt in the car. 🚗📱 #mbsept
As we were out of town, I had my new iPhone delivered to the ‘rents house (parent’s house).
Day 25: Flare
Nothing like a little flare to brighten the night sky on the 4th of July. 🎆 #mbsept
This is one of the first photos I ever took with my first mirrorless camera. Looking back at all those photos, taken over ten years ago, they still look amazing. 📸
Day 26: Beverage
I was never sure if Russell was after the cheese or the mulled wine but I know he was hoping we’d walk away at some point; he made a habit of stealing unguarded food. 🍷🧀🐶🤣 #mbsept
During the Pandemic, we’d frequently have wine / cheese time on Friday afternoon, after work was done for the week…and watch travel vidoes, dreaming of going anywhere. 🍷🧀
Day 27: Embrace
He didn’t want to wake up,
so he was hiding his face,
in a sweet little self-embrace.
He’s such a lazy cat… 🐱💤
Day 28: Workout
One of my overarching goals for this year was to work on my health, with a large emphasis on fitness. My bestie has work pushing me into lifting weights, for my regular workout. 🏋🏼 #mbsept
There really isn’t much to this photo, I was at the gym and remember I’d forgotten to post.
Day 29: Contrast
A view from the Terrasse Dufferin during February; I always love Quebec in winter…the contrast of light and dark, ice and life…it’s lovely. ❄️💡 #mbsept
Quebec in winter is glorious, I can’t wait to go back. This is a photo from February of 2020, we got in / out of Canada right before the Pandemic hit the States.
Day 30: Treasure
Playing for pennies during a friendly family (in-law) poker game. I wouldn’t call them treasure but I did win a few rounds…and as I’d never played before…that was good enough for me. ♠️🃏🪙 #mbsept
Sadly, I didn’t have any photos of gold bars or cash bonds in my library (oh, how I wish I was wealthy), so I ended up settling for some coins. This photos is from a poker night with the in-laws, they usually play for snacks / candy but as this was taken during the Pandemic, we opted for something less likely to pass along unwanted germs (foolish to believe but we were grasping at straws back then).
All in all, it was a lot of fun hunting through my photos over the last month (I started writing this post in October but then my life sort of fell apart, so…here we are). 😊