Foto Friday: Eyes

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 14: Eyes

Da Realist 1: Just Eyes

Just Eyes

Just Eyes

Well, we are almost halfway through the “30 Day Photography Challenge.” Today’s photo is a tough one–eyes. Since last week, I have been wondering, How in the heck am I going to take a picture of just eyes? I even tried to take a picture of my own eyes with my camera. That “selfie” was not ready for prime time though. Then, I began to think about what else has eyes. My dog? Yes, but she’d never sit still. Needles? Yes, but they’re too small. A potato? Yes, that’s it. So, my picture this week is of potato eyes.

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Foto Friday: Something Blue

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 11: Something Blue

Atari Game Joystick

Atari Game Joystick

Da Hype 1

One of my fondest memories of my childhood was watching my mother and father battle at Pac Man on my Atari 2600 game console. Of course, it looked nothing like this. It was black and wide, not sleek like the game consoles today.

Once, when I was nostalgic for my childhood games, I purchased this joystick, loaded with Ms. Pac Man, Galaga and some other games. I LOVE Galaga and I look forward to playing my games to relieve some stress.

This joystick was clearly made for old heads like myself, who are not interested in all of the new games, but still appreciate good family fun and a way to relax in the evening. It’s actually funny to see the simple graphics of these games compared to what’s out now.

Da Realist 1

I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, and I learned a lot from all of them. But my great-grandmother Della seemed to have just the right temperament to teach me how to do things. She taught me how to bake pies and cakes, and I loved to help her in the kitchen. She also taught me how to crochet. I could never crochet as well as she did, but I can still crochet a square (not sure what it’s actually called).

Baby Boy Blanket

Baby Boy Blanket

I’ve crocheted a few things over the years, usually baby blankets or pillows. I find it soothing, but I don’t often have time for it anymore. I found this unfinished blue-and-white blanket in my closet with my yarn and other supplies. I remember starting it for a friend who was having a baby boy, a boy who is probably in the first grade by now. Maybe one day I’ll go ahead and finish it.

Foto Friday: Someone You Love

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. This week’s topic is “Someone You Love,” but we were unable to persuade those we love the most to participate. Instead, we decided to make one last dedication to Jesse, our dearly departed friend, and our friendship with him.

Day 9: Someone You Love

Da Realist 1: Friends

The Hermitage, The plantation home of President Andrew Jackson

The Hermitage, The plantation home of President Andrew Jackson

In my experience, there is something interesting that happens when black people visit an historical plantation site. We become objects of curiosity. This is what happened in November 2010 when Da Hype 1, Jesse, and I went to visit “The Hermitage,” the plantation and home of Pres. Andrew Jackson. You may ask, why would I want to visit such a place? I’m a historian, and I find these kinds of things interesting. I’m not quite sure how I convinced my friends to go, but they indulged me.

As I predicted, the Hermitage employees and the other visitors appeared to find our presence curious and disruptive. We were the only black people there. And the looks that we kept getting seemed to ask, “What are you doing here?”

Nerdy Treacherous 3 at the Hermitage
Nerdy “Treacherous 3” at the Hermitage

As we were waiting for the horse-drawn wagon tour of the plantation grounds to start, a man approached us and asked if we were the ones driving the wagon. What the. . . ? Now all of the employees/volunteers were wearing either period costumes or matching shirts and aprons. We, of course, looked at him real crazy and told him no. Did he think we were playing the part of slaves? Or, maybe he could only rationalize our presence there as employees, not as actual visitors to a plantation. It was more comedic than offensive. How many times have you wanted to tell someone off when he offended you? Well, Jesse followed that man into one of the cabins on the grounds and told him, “You’re stupid” right to his face. Classic. What awesome friends I have! Love ya, Jesse! Love ya, Hype 1!

Foto Fridays: Routine

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 8: Routine

Da Realist 1: Morning Walk

This week’s photograph is from my morning routine. When I get up, I check my e-mail,

Morning Walk

Morning Walk

give my elderly dog her medicine, and take her for a walk. Miss Maxie is 15-years-old. (Yes, my dog has a courtesy title. :-)) It might be more accurate to say that now she walks me because she dictates the length and speed of the walk. If she’s feeling good, we may stay outside for 30 minutes. If it’s too hot or too cold, the morning walk is just a quick potty break.

Today was a good day; we had a long walk. I think she may have wondered why I was following her around with a camera though. (She’s a very smart dog.) I snapped this picture at the end of our walk after Miss Maxie ran (slowly) up the stairs. And to make it clear that she’s in charge of the walk, she often turns around and looks at me as if to ask “Are you coming?” like she did in this picture.

Da Hype 1

DSCN0815This mound of clothes represents my routine responsibility of washing clothes. I hate it! I’d rather be writing on 2DS or working on my fiction. It is this mound of clothes that I look at each day that prevents me from accomplishing my task of writing. How does this affect my ability to write, you ask? Because even when I am not folding clothes, I’m thinking about all of the clothes that I need to be folding. I know that I would be more prolific if only I could get these dang blasted clothes folded.

The truth? When they are gone, what excuse will I have for not writing?

Foto Friday: Obsession

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 6: Obsession

Da Realist 1: Bag Lady

Bag Lady

Bag Lady–These are nice, but I am still looking for the bag to end all other bags.

I am obsessed with organization because I just don’t function well in chaos. That does not mean that I am always organized, but I am constantly trying. So, I like anything that can help me with this–boxes, bins, hooks, shelves, bags, etc. But handbags are truly my Achilles heel. Big ones, small ones, totes, hobos, backpacks, clutches, and cross-body bags. I have them all. Some of them are pictured here. I have been searching for the “bag to end all other bags” for years. It must hold all my stuff and keep it orderly at the same time. When I find it, my life will finally be perfect. 🙂

Foto Friday: Something Green

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 4: Something Green

Da Realist 1: Deer Strikes a Pose

I took my camera out on my walk again for this post. I had decided that I was going to

You lookin' at me?

Strike a pose.

photograph the beautiful green willow trees at a nearby pond. I had already taken those pictures and was continuing my walk when I saw a deer frolicking in a field of soybeans (at least I think it was soybeans). Deer are often in this area–alone, in pairs, and in groups, but I NEVER have a camera when I see them. The deer noticed me as I tried to come closer. It stopped momentarily in the tall grass bordering the walking trail and looked at me as I snapped this picture. I was only able to get one shot, but I think the deer struck a rather nice pose.

Foto Friday: Clouds

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photo Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 3: Clouds

Da Realist 1: Happy Clouds/Angry Clouds

Happy Clouds

Happy Clouds

I was actually prepared to do this post last week. Since the end of June, I have been walking around looking up at the sky and snapping photos of clouds. I settled on two photos. With a hat tip to the late Bob Ross, who always spoke of painting “happy little clouds” on his PBS show, “The Joy of Painting,” I call the first one “Happy Clouds.” It was a bright, “sunshine-y” day, and that seemed appropriate.

clouds2

Angry Clouds

My second photo is of “Angry Clouds.” If clouds can be happy, then I suppose they can also be sad or angry. When I saw these dark clouds spreading across the sky, I knew it was time to pick up the pace during my walk. These ominous clouds were bringing rain my way.