My 365 Project (2011)For years, I wanted to complete a 365 project. When I served as the advisor for the Elmhurst College yearbook, I always challenged the students on staff to attempt a similar project to display in one of their books. The college's campus had one tree that always caught my eye. During the fall, the tree's colors were so vivid and the leaves battled the elements and lingered until late November or early December. During those seven years, the students never followed through with that request. Bummer.
On New Year's Day 2011, I decided it was time to take a stab at some form of a 365 project. We don't have any trees that change colors quite like the one I mentioned on Elmhurst College's campus, so I tried to think about something that would change significantly throughout the year. The garden, of course. That morning, I walked out to the garden in search of the right angle. I assumed at some point I would forget to grab a photo, but I never made that mistake. The only days missing were from our trip to Arizona and one long weekend we spent in Milwaukee.
Here's the finished product.
Just a couple of interesting things to look for. In early February, Elmhurst was nailed with a blizzard. Out of nowhere, tons of snow appear. Our neighbors had to take down one of the trees in their back yard. At first they have two trees, then suddenly, only one. In June, we had a huge wind and rain storm hit that knocked limbs of some of the neighboring trees.
The music? That's a short piece written by Paul McCartney called Allegro Ritmico. It's performed by Anya Alexeyev.