Rising

BeechWinter

I believe this photo shows a dormant beech tree, but I’m not 100% certain.  It was taken on January 10, 2018 at a park in my neighbourhood.  I love the colours in this photo: the soft blue and the orangey brown.  It’s nice to see colour in the dreary winter months.

Stone

Stone

Pictured here are layers of snow found at the end of someone’s driveway.  This photo was taken about a week and half ago in my neighbourhood. I converted it into black and white because the actual colours are pretty dirty.  I also wanted to highlight the textures.  The photo has an abstract quality and almost reminds me of granite or marble.  Not bad for plain old snow.

Complex Cluster

WildCarrot

If you have been following me over the last year, you would know that I do critiques of my own photos.  I have been doing this for nearly a year now.  A brand new year ushers in a major change.   Starting today I will not be doing photo critiques.  Instead, I will just share my photos with you and give a brief description.   Here’s the first photo of the 2018!

This photo shows a dead wild carrot plant with snow in the background.  It was taken last Tuesday at Lemoine Point.   Lemoine Point is a conversation area at the west end of Kingston.  It has 136 hectares of forest, field and marsh, and a wonderful waterfront.  On the day that we were out, the weather was quite nice, not too cold and partly cloudy.  We saw an owl in the wooded area, but I didn’t have my telephoto zoom lens to capture it.  I did take this photo of an intricate wild carrot though.

Goals for 2018

IMG_0591The start of 2018 means it’s time for setting goals for a new year.  Setting goals help keep me focused on tasks and help keep me motivated.  Here are my goals for 2018.

The first goal is one that I set in 2017, but didn’t complete.  It is to finish revising my novel.  I’m hoping that I can finish editing by the end of 2018 and have something ready to be submitted by this time next year.

In 2017 I began to seriously study web design by learning HTML, CSS and Javascript.  For this year, I hope to finish the majority of the courses that I am currently taking.  I would like to finish the web design module in Lynda.com, and also an HMTL/CSS course on edX.  Additionally, I’m hoping to finish the Javascript/jQuery book by Jon Duckett .  So it seems that I have a lot of learning to do this year.

My last goal is to continue to produce content for Hubpages and Shutterstock.  My goal is to write an article a week or every two weeks for Hubpages.  That works out to be about 25 articles for 2018.  I’m also hoping to submit perhaps 25 to 50 images to Shutterstock.  I think these are achievable goals for content creation.

This year is all about writing, learning and creating.  I think if I keep at it I will be able to achieve these goals.  Here’s to a good year in 2018!