View from Skywalk Window

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I’m still playing with yesterday’s assignment. The fun part of participating in the photo101 class is that it makes ordinary experiences more interesting. One could even say it helps me to be more mindful of my surroundings. I also look forward to seeing everyone else’s interpretations each day.

I stopped and took these pictures on the sky walk on the way into work this morning. I have had so much fun experimenting with various shots. Following the assignments and looking through a photographer’s eyes makes me aware of all the small, intricate details that are there for the noticing in any given moment.

I think this process would be helpful for anyone who is working on their emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being.

 

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Glass

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ymcaToday’s photo101 theme  was glass, so I  took a picture through the YMCA windows on my way in this morning. It was chilly outside and I was tired, so the photo is a bit blurry. I also tried to capture the reflection of the clock lights on the glassy surface of the water before it was disrupted by all the swimmers.

I started swimming three mornings a week. I arrive at the Y before it is light out, and the only thing motivating me to dive into that cool water is the thought of how good it will feel once I get going. I find that swimming is one of those rare activities in which it seems easier to practice mindfulness because I can pick something like my stroke, the feel of the water, or being in synch with the other swimmers to focus on. I am swimming with a group of people who are my age, so it doesn’t feel too intense. We pair up in lanes and try to go at the same pace as our partner, according to our varying speeds in the water. I am with the “slow” group, which is fine with me. Like many aspects of life, it is always nice to share our experiences with others.

Architecture and fond memories

I used PicMonkey to edit this picture of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. (apparently now called Children’s National Health System). I worked there in the 90’s and have always been fascinated with the building’s architecture. I actually took this picture when I was visiting a few years ago.  Right after I snapped the shot I fell off the retaining wall I was standing on because I was talking on the phone at the same time. I’ve always known that kind of multitasking is not my forte!

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Children’s National Medical Center

I have so many fond memories of working at Children’s National. During this period of my life I was also in school to become a nurse, and it was a time of incredible growth and learning to believe in myself.  It was there that I decided to channel my anxiety and energy into something useful, and amazing things have come out of that experience.