Earlier this week, I ran past Hadlock Field in Portland. I stopped jogging and paused my Garmin, spending a second to look at the stadium and dream of warm summer nights of baseball.
The statue of the team’s mascot, Slugger, in front of the stadium holds a sign. On that day it read, “Think Spring. Opening day is 32 days away.”
We got 18 inches of snow over the next two days.
I drove over to Hadlock Field today because I thought it would be a fun image to make of that sign in front of the stadium surrounded by snow. Plus, I love baseball stadiums (I have a blog about that, too).
There wasn’t a ton of snow in front of the stadium, so I didn’t exactly nail the image I wanted. Still, it was fun to be at the stadium, dreaming of those warm summer nights, and making images.
On the walk back to my car, the sky started to turn to a glorious mixture of blue and pink and red. I decided then to find a spot to try to capture those colors. The sky was impressive, my ability to capture it was a mixed bag.
When I interviewed for my first journalism job after I graduated from college, this spot was the home of a newspaper that was first published in 1825. Now, 20 years after my first full-time job in the business, it is home to a bank, a Target, a Five Guys and all kinds of other bullshit.
Also, I need to work harder on my 365 photo project and my “create every day project.” Work and life has gotten into the way, but I need to do better than this.
When all of my friends are on social media talking about “Friyay,” or when I hear someone say, “Thank God it’s Friday,” well, sometimes I grumble. Ya see, your Friday means nothing to me because I don’t have Fridays off. I don’t have Saturdays and Sundays off either. Your weekend is just part of my work week.
My weekend: Wednesday and Thursday.
This week, Wednesday and Thursday just happened to be full of snow. It started snowing Wednesday afternoon and the last time I looked out the window Thursday at around 5 p.m., it was still snowing.
I beat the snow Wednesday and got out of the house for a 4-mile jog and to run a few errands. When I woke up Thursday, the ground was covered in snow and I sat in my bed most of the day watching TV (season 2 of Jessica Jones was released on Netflix today, so I had to jump into that) and feeling like a slug.
Finally, I started to get cabin fever and had to do something. I wasn’t planning to run today because I’m not quite ready to run three days in a row, so I bundled up, grabbed my camera and went for a walk around the neighborhood.
That’s right, I took more photos of the snow.
And as much as I dislike the white stuff, I had a pretty fun time today. I shot a bunch of the usual scenes — the streets and the buildings — but I also ventured into the woods for a few shots. It wasn’t easy trying to keep my lens dry, with snow falling at a pretty good clip, I need to figure out what to do about that. I got a few decent shots, both with my DSLR and my iPhone.
Some day, I’ll take pictures of something other than the snow. Anyway, here are a few more of today’s images.
I haven’t really set aside much time lately to be creative. Work has been busy (it’s also creative), I’m trying to get back into running shape, and I’ve been lacking motivation a little bit. That’s too bad, since the purpose of this blog and this creative goal was to help keep me motivated but that’s just the way it is right now.
But instead of just blowing this off because I’m lacking the motivation to set aside time to be creative every day, I’m finding bits of time here and there to create. I bring my phone on a run so I can snap photos if I see something I want to capture, which is also helping me slow down on my runs, not go too hard or two fast in order to hopefully stay healthy. I bring my camera with me to work and snaps some photos of the building and my surroundings. I take time in the morning while eating breakfast to write in my journal. I’ll spend a few minutes editing photos before I go to bed.
I’m going on vacation next week. My plan is to take it easy and rest, but also to carve out some time for creativity.
Hopefully that will spark me back into my creative routines.
Driving around town, doing errands this afternoon, I really wanted to go for a run. I’m slowly working my way back after some arthritis-induced inflammation in my knees put me on the shelf for a few months, and I’m still dealing with some aches and pains. My knees are so, so much better than they were in October, thanks to a lot of physical therapy and cortisone, but the last couple of days I’ve been a little achey.
So I decided it wasn’t a good idea to run today, which would have been three days in a row. I haven’t run three days in a row since the end of September, so I need to cut myself some slack.
Still, I wanted to make use of the not quite spring weather, so I grabbed my camera and drove to the Back Cove. Last night, jogging with my running buddies, I saw a few spots I thought would make for awesome photos, so I went back there tonight.
And I made a rookie mistake.
Actually, I made two.
The first was I didn’t plan well enough. The sun was starting to set when I got out of the car at Payson Park, which was great, but I wanted to shoot the interstate from the overpass on Washington Ave., with the sunset, so I could get some good light trails and I was about an hour too early.
I knew that when I got out of the car, so I tried to kill time and make as many photos as possible. I took shots of the setting sun over the Back Cove from the path that surrounds it, with as many possible foreground subjects as I could find. I also took shots from Tukey’s Bridge, including that awesome painting in the picture to start this post.
That, however, led to my second mistake. The costly one.
Shooting so many pictures drained my camera battery. And since I don’t shoot nearly as much as I would like, I don’t charge it that often. And, you guessed it, as soon as the sun really set and the sky started to get dark enough to get those light trails, my battery died.
It wasn’t a total bust. I captured a few photos I like and I found a couple of spots that are definitely worth trying to shoot again. So, regardless of my carelessness, today was a win.