June has been a really good month for taking pics. A friend at work and I were sitting around the end of May talking, when we should probably have been working, and came up with a list for a photo scavenger hunt. It was really what I needed to get my creative juices cooking. Although I haven't gotten quite back to where I want to be, I'm on the way. The best indicator for a good month is when my photo file is chuck full of pics. I have over 200 images in my June folder now. Earlier this year, I was lucky to have 10 photos.
I have all kinds of new ideas and and pulled some old ideas out of my hat. My favorite hunt day was earlier this week when we did the word "slide". I didn't want to just post a picture of the local kids' slide. My mind went right to those old color slides. I only hoped I could find one in the overstuffed photo box that has never been organized. The slides were right on top.
As you can see, it's not a perfect picture of the slide but it sure tugged at my heart strings .... hard! I had to hurry and snap the pics and put them away lest I turn into a puddle and make my eyes puffy for work. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I had forgotten about these slides. Don't remember taking them but I sure do remember the place and time and how much I love this little man.
I discovered many of my friends are nothing short of creative geniuses. That was a nice surprise. This little hunt also garnered me some new friends. Who can't use more friends?
The other thing that happened was people started sharing their stories. They posted up photos from the past. Whether they were snapshots or digital, it has been heartwarming to read about everyone's favorite memories.
I also learned about a cool little app to put on my phone to make photo collages. I encouraged a new friend to try Zentangle. She tried it and posted her first piece which was spectacular. I also read comments from friends of friends who really enjoyed the hunt and wanted to do it too.
One of my FB friends agreed to put up the July list at the urging of the participants. I'm glad because those new ideas are someone's elses ideas and I can go into July with a fresh slate and it will be fun to post up my interpretation of his prompts. He created a "group" just for the scavenger hunt on FB which allows anyone who wants to participate to join in without having to "friend" each other if they don't want to. Personally, I have enjoyed friending total strangers who have similiar interests ... to share photos and ideas. Love that.
Tomorrow ... a road trip to cooler places in Washington. Maybe Mt. Rainier, maybe Leavenworth, maybe Roslyn. Not sure yet. That's how we roll. Hoping to come home with some nice pictures of the day.