Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Category: Photo 101

Day 4: Bliss

cropped-seal_v2-01I’m participating in Blogging University’s Photo 101 course, sponsored by The Daily Post on WordPress. Each day they give a topic, along with photography tips. For my pictures, I use my iPhone 6.

Day 1: Home
Day 2: Street
Day 3: Water
                                                Day 4: Bliss

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So this one was easy for me to choose — I love riding on the bike! I love exploring the beautiful mountains around Asheville, NC. I love the feel of the wind in my face. I love the sense of freedom and adventure. And of course, there’s the cool factor. It’s always a great time with the one I love. I had dated a guy in college who had a motorcycle and had loved it back then. That was over twenty years ago, so it’s been super fun to have it come around again. Bliss.

I love riding on the bike!

Mother’s Day on the Blue Ridge Parkway — I love riding on the bike!

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Asheville, NC

Day 3: Water

cropped-seal_v2-01I’m participating in Blogging University’s Photo 101 course, sponsored by The Daily Post on WordPress. Each day they give a topic, along with photography tips. For my pictures, I use my iPhone 6.

Day 1: Home
Day 2: Street
Day 3: Water

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For water, I’m torn between a couple of pics I already had on my phone, also taken just recently. The first one is of Lake Julian here in Asheville, NC while I was walking the dogs on the pier. They love getting right up close to the water. It was a beautiful day, great weather. It made me want to rent a canoe one evening and be out on the water, which is not something I normally do, but it’s on my list for this summer. I love the movement of the water and the dogs in the pic. The pic shows all of Brandy, but not Ginger. I wish I had captured all of her, but it was quite a feat taking a pic while walking two dogs on a floating pier!

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This next picture was taken in Greenville, SC just last Friday. Chris and I went there for an outdoor concert, and we walked along the river downtown. This was taken from the suspension bridge at Falls Park. I think the colors and scenery are so beautiful. It looks like we stepped in front of a postcard! I tried to zoom in on it so you can see more of the water, but then you lose some of the visual quality of the picture.

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© June 10, 2015
Asheville, NC

Day 2: Street

cropped-seal_v2-01I’m participating in Blogging University’s Photo 101 course, sponsored by The Daily Post on WordPress. Each day they give a topic, along with photography tips. For my pictures, I use my iPhone 6.

Day 1: Home
Day 2: Street

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So this is quite the stroke of luck! I thought I would not have anything for this topic, but it turns out that just a few days ago I took this picture to send to my sister to ask her about the flowers. I think they are so pretty, but I don’t know what they are. They were here when I moved in. I appreciate gardening, but it’s really her specialty. Also, across the street, you can see my neighbor Betty’s home. She’s an older woman and the only neighbor I know. She’s friendly enough, but often stops by when I am not expecting company!

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© June 10, 2015
Asheville, NC

Day 1: Home

cropped-seal_v2-01I’ve signed up for Blogging University’s Photo 101 course, sponsored by The Daily Post on WordPress. Each day they give a topic, along with photography tips. For my pictures, I use my iPhone 6.

Day 1: Home

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Here’s a picture of my current home here in Asheville. I live in a small 700 sq ft house built in 1953 and located on a main road that gets lots of traffic. I’ve been here for almost two years. It’s a nice large wooded lot, which I enjoy, so it actually feels very private. The home has been nicely renovated over the years, and just a few months ago, my landlord, Tom, upgraded the bathroom, so it feels like a spa.

I love this picture because you can see my dog, Ginger, sticking her head out the window, which is one of her favorite things to do, and you can see the beautiful new landscaping my sister and I added just a few weeks ago. It’s nice to come home to some pretty colorful flowers and loving pets.

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I also want to write a little about Asheville. It has felt the most like home out of any city I’ve ever lived in. I moved up here three years ago from Georgia. It’s a very earthy, spiritual, artsy place and I love it here. I love the mountains; the area itself is just beautiful. I love that it’s normal to be a vegetarian here. I love my church home. I’ve made great friends here. I love that major authors stop by here; I’ve gotten to hear the likes of Elizabeth Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Natalie Goldberg, and so many others. There’s always something exciting going on. And it’s an easy trip back home to Atlanta to see family. I hope to make “a long-term commitment” to this special city.

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*** I did not take this photo, but I like that it captures both the city and the mountains.

© June 10, 2015
Asheville, NC