Since I've been gone, Pt. 1

Oh hi, I didn't see you there.

A still life of a tulip tree clipping, photographed on my kitchen table last summer.

A still life of a tulip tree clipping, photographed on my kitchen table last summer.

It has been almost a year since I last wrote something on the blog. I never stopped creating, in fact, I have so much stuff that I'm splitting this post into a few parts. Since the blog has long been a personal project, I thought this first part would feature some personal images.

Tire tracks criss-cross the beach sand during a 2016 clam tide.

Tire tracks criss-cross the beach sand during a 2016 clam tide.

Clammers head back after catching their limits last spring in Seaview, Wa.

Clammers head back after catching their limits last spring in Seaview, Wa.

It isn't like I stopped making photos, but for awhile I wasn't really making them everyday. However, more and more often the photos I was making were not for artistic reasons. They made me some money but didn't bring me the joy that going out and making photos for fun always did. So I had to start "forcing myself" to go out and make photos, like the evening of the clam dig above.

Levi taking a "light nap." Summer 2016

Levi taking a "light nap." Summer 2016

I also started making a ridiculous amount of photos of my dog Levi, a mini Pinscher/Dachshund mix who became the person I saw the most everyday. I had never "worked alone" until this last year, and Levi is a big part of my not going insane. In the afternoons when I'd be at work at my desk, he was usually curled up not far away, usually in a beam of light.

A late summer "light nap."

A late summer "light nap."

I also began walking the dog everyday for longer and longer distances over the past year (we can now do four miles in 50 minutes without trying very hard). The weight loss and improved mood provided by this was considerable, but so was the realization that I was seeing weird and funny and interesting things every day on these walks and I started documenting them with my phone's camera. Some of the images made on my walks have been featured in an ongoing photo series in the Chinook Observer, titled "Peninsula Postcards" — the most recent installment you can find HERE.

#sad

#sad

#wheretherainbowends 

#wheretherainbowends 

I was making so many of the images on our walks that recently I decided to dedicate my personal Instagram feed (which had also gone without any new material in almost a year) to them and is now titled seenonwalks, and all of the images feature the #seenonwalks. You can visit my feed HERE.

Kenz on Independence Day 2016.

Kenz on Independence Day 2016.

And of course there were all the photos I made this year of people I love, also something I need to continue to do more of.

Wyse learned the joys of feeding seagulls from the car.

Wyse learned the joys of feeding seagulls from the car.

Natty trying out a new giant bubble solution, something of a passion for us last summer.

Natty trying out a new giant bubble solution, something of a passion for us last summer.

Johnny was also a giant bubble enthusiast.

Johnny was also a giant bubble enthusiast.

Madeline at the Women's March in Astoria, Or.

Madeline at the Women's March in Astoria, Or.

Levi is not a snow guy. So Johnny had to cradle him while being pulled to grandma's house in the snow.

Levi is not a snow guy. So Johnny had to cradle him while being pulled to grandma's house in the snow.

Despite his need to always be with Natty, Levi quickly changed his mind as his paws touched the alpine lake water last summer in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. 

Despite his need to always be with Natty, Levi quickly changed his mind as his paws touched the alpine lake water last summer in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. 

So that's it for Part 1. Sorry it took me so long to write it. But sometimes life gets in the way, and things that we enjoy don't seem as important as other events in the day-to-day. But I think it's important to remember the things that make us happy. I remembered that making photographs for my pleasure is important and I'm going to be trying harder to do more of that this year. Part 2 coming soon, promise!

-DKM