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Archive for December, 2012

Photo #1507 – 12.31.12

Cheers to 2012!

Cheers to 2012!

And just like that, 2012 has come and gone. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve festivities!!

Photo #1506 – 12.30.12

Cloudy Ocean Sunset

Well, it wasn’t all that cloudy…in fact, most of the sky was clear.  But a line of small clouds near the horizon added to a neat sunset as we cruised along in a big boat in the Caribbean.

Photo #1505 – 12.29.12

Taking in the View Above Butte Creek

Butte Creek…that’s Butte with an ‘e’ at the end…is a small mountain tributary that feeds into the larger Wheaton River in the southern Yukon Territory.  Ken and I trekked along a snowmobile trail that paralleled the creek on a higher ledge, collecting snowpit data for my graduate research while continuously climbing toward the headwaters of the creek.  After finishing our last snowpit and before turning around for the hike back, we dropped our gear and climbed up the mountainside quite a bit.  The view of this little valley surrounded by snow-covered peaks was just outstanding.

Photo #1504 – 12.28.12

Fun Home Projects – Stairway Shelves

I enjoy tinkering around with tools and making things…I don’t do it all that often, but it is fun being able to put something together, especially when it is functional and doesn’t look half bad!  One project we had been wanting to do ever since buying our house at the beginning of this year was to put shelving in our stairway in an area that was just wasted space anyway.  After a couple of different designs and helpful suggestions from Heather, I installed three adjustable shelves and a few hooks for hanging extra pots and pans.  Overall, I was pretty pleased with how it came out, and we were both happy to move a few things from the kitchen that aren’t used as frequently as other things.

Photo #1503 – 12.27.12

Leggs on Christmas Day

Leggs likes the snow…kinda.  He doesn’t go crazy in it and roll all over the place, but he also isn’t afraid of the white fluff.  So we enjoyed tromping around the yard on Christmas morning through the light covering of snow.  And as always, Leggs had no problem sitting and staring off into the distance for a photo-op…he probably thought he saw a squirrel or bird off in the woods…

Photo #1502 – 12.26.12


Always one to be crafty, Aunt Heather helped Jada and Madison decorate flowerpots and plant some pretty flowers for Mother’s Day this past spring.  The two enjoyed a fun sleepover at our home and had fun painting, glitterizing, and getting dirty, not to mention also picking out the flowers they wanted from the store.  In the end, Madison went with pink flowers in a golden hued pot, while Jada went with purple flowers in a blue/purple camouflage pot…aren’t they wonderful!?

If you are ever looking for a fun little activity to keep a couple of girls busy, let them make their own flowerpots!

Photo #1501 – 12.25.12

Merry (White) Christmas!

Merry (White) Christmas!

It was a nice treat to arrive home after midnight following some Christmas Eve festivities and find a blanket of fresh-fallen snow.  So have a very Merry White Christmas!!

Photo #1500 – 12.24.12

Merry Christmas Eve…from 1988!

Merry Christmas Eve...from 1988!

1988 was probably a good year…I don’t remember exactly what happened that year, but I was 5 and we had just recently moved into our house, so I’m sure I had a fun year.  Plus, I’ve got a nice smile on my face in this photo that was taken on Christmas Eve.  Doesn’t Kristin look swell in her dress?  And Michael’s zig-zag sweater is quite cool.  And it looks like we made a paper chain to put on the tree this year…who knew you could have so much fun with a little stapler and strips of colored construction paper?!

Merry Christmas Eve!!  And Happy 1500th Daily Photograph!!!

Photo #1499 – 12.23.12

Leg Lamp Cake for “Rodger”

Leg Lamp Cake for "Rodger"

Fans of “A Christmas Story” will certainly recognize the artwork on this fine cake.  Last year, Heather’s Uncle Roger turned the big 6-0 and got to blow out the candles on an awesome leg lamp cake…and aside from the slight misspelling of his name, he enjoyed it very much!

Uncle Rog is unfortunately in the hospital right now trying to get better after a burst appendix and other infections.  He’ll likely be in the hospital over Christmas, but hopefully he’ll be able to watch some of the “A Christmas Story” marathon to keep his spirits up!

Photo #1498 – 12.22.12

Dear Santa

I hope you have managed to stay on Santa’s nice list this year!

Photo #1497 – 12.21.12

Kitty Christmas

What is it about cats and Christmas that make them such a good fit?  Well, unless you don’t like cats and/or Christmas, in which case there is probably no connection at all…

This ornament combines cats and Christmas into a nice little scene.  It was a gift from my Aunt Joyce to me on the Christmas before my 3rd birthday, and I’m pretty sure it has been on the tree every year since.  Thanks Aunt Joyce!

Photo #1496 – 12.20.12

Sunrise in Orange and Pink

I love ocean sunrises.

This ocean sunrise had it all: calm waves lapping on the shore, a distant orange orb rising from the sea, a column of light dancing on the waves between the sun and I, a wide-open sky with pleasant gradations of orange, pink and blue, and even eyelash-like shadowy rays above the sun created by a cloud.  I’m glad I had decided that day to get up early for a morning run…of course, it was more my marathon-training schedule that made that decision for me!

Photo #1495 – 12.19.12

Sunrise at the Dock – Etsy Print

Sunrise at the Dock

Right now, I’d love to jump in a kayak and go for a sunrise paddle around this Vermont pond.  Unfortunately, I’m not in Vermont, and it’s just about winter, so I’ll just have to stare at this photo a little longer to remember the wonderful sunrise on the lake.

Check out this print on my J. Apgar Photo Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/listing/96060427/sunrise-at-the-dock-8×10-fine-art), and remember that I’m offering 15% off prints to Daily Photograph followers (just enter code ‘DAILYPHOTO12′ when making a purchase).  Also, be sure to visit my shop’s front page (www.etsy.com/shop/japgarphoto) and check out some of my other available prints!  Thanks for your support!

Photo #1495 – 12.18.12

Overlook Mountain Fire Tower

The 60-foot fire tower on the summit of Overlook Mountain (3,140 feet above sea level) is located at the eastern edge of the Catskills and was active until 1988.  There are fantastic views all around, including the rest of the Catskills to the west (the direction of this photo) and the Hudson River far below to the east.  I enjoyed this snowy jaunt up Overlook Mountain to the fire tower a couple years ago, but it would be neat to see the same views when there is a bit less white and a lot more green.

Photo #1494 – 12.17.12

Santa Matches

Gotta love a good ole’ cylindrical Santa that holds extra long matches for the fireplace!

Photo #1493 – 12.16.12


I’d like to take more photos of birds, but they are pretty hard to capture on camera.  Whether they are too far away for my lenses, or they move much too quick, I have not had much luck with most birds.  Luckily, ducks don’t have much of a problem coming close to you, and their swimming usually isn’t all that fast, so it is a lot easier to snap a shot of them.

Photo #1492 – 12.15.12

Brink Pond

Located in a section of High Point State Park known as Lusscroft Farm, Brink Pond is a small pond right alongside one of the trails in the park that is certainly a little bit murky.  I took this photo a few years ago, and before then, I had last been at this pond about 15 years prior.  At that time, the lake wasn’t nearly as murky because the farm was the site of a summer 4-H camp.  I spent a week at 4-H camp here, although I think I only swam once in this pond (I passed the 1-minute ‘tread water’ test…woohoo!).

Photo #1491 – 12.14.12

Hint of Purple

Hint of Purple

I love finding flowers to photograph, especially while out on a hike.

Photo #1490 – 12.13.12

Noah and Jada Dance Party

Noah and Jada Dance Party

Noah and Jada make a cute cousin couple, don’t they?!  This past summer, they enjoyed a little dance together…either the waltz or the samba, I cannot remember which…

Photo #1489 – 12.12.12

Lil’ Grass Seedlings

Lil' Grass Seedlings

Last spring, I had fun reseeding the lawn at our new house…in the end, the results were a bit mixed, but at least we were able to establish at least a little grass in a few bare areas.  In the beginning, though, everything looked so promising, especially when you took a close look at the ground.  I think I laid down on the ground for this photo so that I could capture some of the new shoots of grass emerging from the tiny seeds.

We’ll see how the lawn looks in a few months…

Photo #1488 – 12.11.12

Purple Hydrangea

The hydrangeas in our backyard were one of the things we were most excited about seeing for the first time this past spring.  We purchased our home in the winter, and so it was a joy to see all the things popping up everywhere in the warmer weather, but Heather is especially fond of hydrangeas and was pleased to see the couple of plants in the garden.  The purple and pink flowers that blossomed were nice and bright, and we look forward to seeing them again next year!

Photo #1487 – 12.10.12

A Bunch O’ Lilypads

How many lilypads do you see in this photo?  How many frogs do you see in this photo?  How many sticks do you see that almost look like they could be frogs?  How many questions am I going to ask?

Only four.  Four questions, that is…you can figure out the answers to the other questions.

Photo #1486 – 12.09.12

Greta the Seal

Greta the Seal

While she might not be a fan of deep sea diving {photo #1485}, it does seem that Greta thinks seals are fun!  These couple of photos were taken at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant, NJ this past summer, and we all had a good time checking out the aquatic life in this small but very cool aquarium at the end of the boardwalk.

Photo #1485 – 12.08.12

Greta the Deep Sea Diver

Greta the Deep Sea Diver

I’m pretty sure Greta is not going to grow up wanting to be a deep sea diver…