It’s so easy to take the beauty, the generosity, and the wonder around us for granted–or let them go unnoticed and unappreciated. Like the service that this car carrier ship provides. I’ve never needed my car to be shipped via a car carrier, but as I visited Catalina Island (26 miles off the southern California coast), I wondered how they managed to get cars to the island (there is no car ferry). I did learn that they depend on barges rather than car carriers–but I noticed this car carrier in the Long Beach harbor as I headed out toward Catalina. (Notice the seagull flying overhead!)
Then there is the inexplicable connection that happens when people are playing. This couple was in full costume for the Halloween festivities in Avalon. They were just walking along until they saw me with my camera…and then they stopped and posed, making eye contact, so I could snap a photo of them in character!
And there is so much to appreciate about the almost invisible efforts of those who take care of our public outdoor spaces. I arrived at the beach last week to find this tractor driver hard at work scooping up sand and creating a berm to protect the beach behind it (and maybe preserve the sand too). The added bonus was the beautiful sky and ocean in the background!
I love this unexpected birthday “treat” from one of my students to her classmates to celebrate turning 8. Instead of cupcakes or trinkets, she gave each of her classmates a milkweed “bomb” to plant to hopefully grow into a milkweed plant–the host for the monarch butterflies we have been learning about and working to help in our classroom. What a delightful treat!
Sometimes I have to work on my own patience and persistence, and appreciate the outcome when my fascination with this pelican resulted in the snap of my camera shutter just as it took flight!
It takes a community to make sure our water is healthy and safe. These often unappreciated signs on our storm drains are reminders that the water that runs down our roads and into our drains ends up in the ocean. My students have been singing a song called Storm Drain (by the Earthworms), making me even more alert to the dangers we can impose on the ocean if we are not paying attention.
And a visit to the local water treatment plant the week before made us all aware of the work that goes into the water infrastructure we often take for granted (you can read more about it here). We learned all about how the water is cleaned and the bio wastes are trucked out to be used as fertilizer for non-food crops.
So this month, let’s spend some time being thankful and appreciative by taking photos to document our appreciation. And to get you started thinking, here’s some prompts to consider:
As always, our challenge will allow us to learn from each other as we shoot our own photos and study the photos others shoot. The prompts are there to help you pay attention to your world and think about all that you appreciate. You can use them in order or pick and choose as you like–you are welcome to add a new prompt into the mix if you are so moved. You can post every day, once a week, or even sporadically throughout the month…whatever works in your life.
Be sure to share and tag your photos with #sdawpphotovoices so we can find them! You can share on Twitter (follow me @kd0602), on Instagram (@kd0602), in the CLMOOC community on G+, on Flickr, or even link back to my blog here.
Let November be the month to document and share your appreciation through your photos! I can’t wait to see all that you appreciate…and to share my thankfulness with you too.