Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Week 2: Happiness is…

I tend to be very critical of my photography. In my head I have this image that I want to create. This scene I want to set. This mood I want to capture. And it never seems to materialize. I know that some of it is that I don’t have the skill to create what I want. That’s not knocking myself, that’s being honest. And the other part is that I don’t give myself enough time to really set the scene. I’m basically working two jobs right now {librarian and teaching American History}, so there are days when I simply can’t get the picture until late in the evening. I need to learn to use crappy light to my advantage.

Anyway, for this week’s theme, I wanted to capture something magical. Something intimate. After all, this project is also about documenting our days, our lives, even the mundane. But that didn’t happen. I had a few minutes before I had to run off to work for the evening shift, so I grabbed my camera and headed to the backyard. I figured I’d take a picture of a wilting/dying/browning camellia and write a corny caption.

Happiness is a Camellia {living outside the stacks} #eyecandyproject52

Nikon D7100 | Nikkor 35mm f/1:1.8G lens | ISO 100 | f/1.8 | 1/1000 ss

Image SOOC {except to add watermark}

On my way out the door, something scampered past my foot and I jumped. It was our {outside} housemate, the gecko. I quickly closed the door {don’t want him moving inside}, quietly moved the lawn furniture, and started snapping away. He sat calmly on the porch and, I think, even posed a bit, while I {re}adjusted my settings, moved in closer, snapped, backed up, looked away, flinched at a spider, and nearly lost it when a leaf landed on the back of my neck.

This little lesson taught me that happiness isn’t the things we plan. It’s the every day. It’s knowing that every day I’m surrounded by God’s love, grace, and mercy. It’s the text from The Hubs that simply reads: “Hi.” It’s my girls popping into my office just because they can. It’s my son poking me on Facebook. It’s my other daughters sending random pictures of the grandkids {the human ones and the fur one}. It’s the surprises.

Happiness is a gecko {living outside the stacks} #eyecandyproject52

Image SOOC {except to add watermark}

Like nearly stepping on a gecko…

I’m participating in a 52 Week Project with Lashawn from Everyday Eyecandy. If you’d like to join or follow along on Instagram, use the hashtag #eyecandyproject52.
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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