a truly belated post

These past few weeks have been so full of college craziness that I slipped so far into November without noticing that its almost Thanksgiving. I also completely forgot to update y’all on my October Photo Challenge. Shame on me. But, the past is the past, and I am here now. As I mentioned in my first Photo Challenge post, I wanted to take the month of October as an opportunity to work on my photography and editing skills, and the results were interesting. I learned a couple of things while participating in the challenge:

  1. Taking good photos is a lot harder than you may think. First of all, it can be difficult to find good subject matter to photograph, especially if you are a college girl in a small town. Then, once you find your subject matter, it may not be so easy to capture the photo you want. I often found myself on all fours or flat on my stomach in order to capture the picture that I wanted.
  2. I discovered that, although it can be frustrating, photography is a great way to share how you see the world. In the process of this Challenge, I discovered something that I truly enjoy doing. Although it would be nice to have a good professional camera to use, and not just my iPhone.

As promised, here are the last of the photos from my October Photo Challenge. If you haven’t seen the first few photos I posted, or if you’d like to look at them again, you can find them in the two previous blog posts. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Capture 11-13

Capture 14-16

Capture 17-19

Capture 20-22

Capture 23-25

Capture 26-28

Capture 29-31

And, here is a complete list of my October Photo Challenge with subjects for each day of the month:

October Photo Challenge

*Remember, you can click on the photos to see a larger image.


october photo challenge update

Good evening, blog world!

Well, I am all ready for Fall: my room is littered with leaves (fake ones, of course); some friendly scarecrows and Halloween ghosts; and plenty of pumpkins. Fall break is coming up next week, and I already have a list of projects and fun things planned, which I will write more about later. For now, I found a small break from the piles of homework and studying, so I thought I would give you an update on my October Photo Challenge. Enjoy!

P.S. If you are just now tuning in, my photos for the first four days of October are in my last post, Where there are Octobers.

October 5-8October 9-10

*Click on pictures to see a larger image.

Holidays · Photography

where there are octobers

Hello, fellow night owls. I’m back! I have been off traversing on a grand adventure to the forests of South America and the ancient cities of Europe. Well, at least in my mind. In reality, I have been stuck in a little cramped space filled with college exams and covered with tissues. I realized this week that it has been almost a month since my last blog post! I was astonished when I discovered this, and I’ve decided that I must have slipped through some sort of twilight zone for a while. However, I am back from that strange place, and I am on the mend from the horrible cold that has been hanging over my head like a little black rain cloud. Now, I can catch you up on what has been happening in my strange little head these past few weeks.

As I said, I must have slipped through some sort of twilight zone. How else could it already be October? But, I am not going to complain. October is the best of the months. As Anne Shirley said,


(Photo via Pinterest)


Now, there are many reasons to award October as the best of the months, but these three are the most important: first, it is my birthday month (yay!); second, October means the semester is halfway over; and third, it is the beginning of the greatest time of the year. By the greatest time of the year, I of course mean the season of holidays and decorations! My room is already littered with Fall and Halloween decorations waiting to be put up.

As I went about my normal October duties (a.k.a. decorating my room and preparing for the upcoming holiday season), I decided to do something new. This month, I am going to participate in a 31 Day Photo Challenge. Why am I doing this? Well, this October I will be 21 years old, which is a pretty big deal, at least to me. So, I decided that the every day wonderfulness of this October deserved to be captured. Plus, I’ve just always liked taking pictures, capturing the little things in my life that make it special, both the pretty and the plain. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ll be getting a chance to practice my photography and editing skills, such as they are.

Some people use a specific Photo Challenge list, usually something they were tagged in on Facebook or Instagram. I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about. Anyways, after perusing Pinterest for a while, I realized I didn’t really like any one specific Challenge list. They all had both good ideas and not so good ideas. So, instead, I am going to cheat a little: I am going to take the ideas from a few of the lists I looked at to make my very own October Photo Challenge list day by day. It should be fun! Hopefully, I will remember to log on every few days and post my newest photos, along with the categories for each, so keep an eye out! But, for now, here are the photos that I have taken so far (click on picture to see a larger image):

October 1-4

P.S.- The someone special is my best friend, Sarah. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about her later on.