Cliffs & Cherries: (40-50) 365 Photo Challenge

small boy holding thick chalk looks down

365 Photo challenge

I’m still chugging away at this. You know what the biggest thing I’ve ever learned through blogging is? It’s that you can do absolutely anything, so long as you consistently practice at it. I’ve learned to build websites, all kinds of technical whaaat? stuff, simply by waking up early every day and practicing.

Photography will hopefully be the same way. Just keep at it, keep trying, keep learning, keep swan diving onto the ground for what looks like a great angle, right?!


small boy holding up a sundried tomato in apparent disgust and outrage
Photo Story:


Photo Details:

ISO 6400 85mm 1/200 sec at f4 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


kids playing in the old solar panel control housePhoto Story:

I was raised on a sheep ranch in Northern California before we moved to the Fiji Islands. My earliest memories involve a clear and very strong sense of freedom – running around with my brother, the feeling of the wind on me, the happiness in being who I was, where I was.

I think I felt the biggest sense of failure as a parent when we lived in the Bay Area, being unable to give my kids that feeling that I treasured, of power and freedom through being connected with nature.

When I found the kids like this, playing in the old solar panel control house, so happy, so free, so clearly connected with each other and with their space, it just… yeah. It was an awesome moment.

 Photo Details:

ISO 1000 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


little girl walks forward, smiling broadlyPhoto Story:

I was not particularly looking forward to mothering a girl. I guess I was scared about how much drama girls can bring, how difficult they are, hormonal and all that. I didn’t expect myself to fall so hard in love with my daughter. Sometimes I step back and think I’m a little ridiculous, but I can’t stop myself from loving the way she walks, her confidence, her smile, the way she pulls herself together, her curiosity, imagination, her explorer’s heart.

Photo Details:

ISO 100 70mm 1/800 sec at f5.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


road overlooking the ocean and leading down to itPhoto Story:

Rounding the corner on the way back from Costco, I always have a view that literally causes me to stop the car (and this is ok because there are no cars around – and if there were, I wouldn’t stop). It’s spellbinding, and to me, it’s the presence of God. I can’t look at this and NOT think of God.

This is also part of the reason why we live in the fabulous and unheard-of-for-California isolation that we do; the highway was diverted clear around this coast because of how rough and dangerous these roads are.

Photo Details:

ISO 250 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


man holding up two cherriesPhoto Story:


I went with the kids to get the eggs and let the chickens out of their coop and Mikey happened to be working nearby so he came over and we had some fun, picking cherries from the small orchard that surrounds the chicken coop. It was hilarious because the chickens come and jump up for them – exactly like little dogs jumping for treats

 Photo Details:

ISO 280 52mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens



spider web on the groundPhoto Story:


The ground here is covered with these gorgeous bits of spider artistry. Makes me feel for little bugs – nothing is safe for them, is it?

Photo Details:

ISO 1000 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


two children make playdoughPhoto Story:

Moxie’s teacher gave us this recipe last year – it makes the BEST playdough, ever!

4 cups flour + 1.5 cups salt + 4 Tablespoons cream of tarter + 4 Tablespoons crisco + 3.5 cups boiling water (with the food colouring added to the water for even distribution) = silky, gorgeous playdough that will enthrall your small people for HOURS 🙂

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/400 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


small boy stuffing cherries from a tree into his mouth...Photo Story:

Mack and I snuck into the cherry orchard while the older two were away at school…and had a blast!!

 Photo Details:

ISO 200 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens



little girl smiles over her cereal Photo Story:

This was on the last day of school at the Best School Ever (update post is here).

Moxie loves school SO MUCH – she wakes up first and if I say, “school today!”, she just brightens, laughs, goes to her drawer and selects her clothes, then puts her backpack on and is READY. I’m talking, an hour before she needs to leave. At least.

It’s been wonderful.

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 70mm 1/160 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


road winding through a redwood forestPhoto Story:

I drive 2 hours through intense cliffs, forests and coastline to get to Costco. And when I leave home on the other side – headed south – I drive through the redwood forest. Literally.

This is it.

 Photo Details:

ISO 3600 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


small boy holding thick chalk looks downPhoto Story:

We were tracing our bodies using sidewalk chalk!

 Photo Details:

ISO 180 35mm 1/800 sec at f3.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


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Never Too Late!

It’s always a fresh day to start a 365 photo project, challenging yourself to take one good photo a day, for a year. Join me! Tag your photos on IG #photoswithmeriah, you should be able to upload in the comments here too. Let me know if you can’t.

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On my shelf right now – but the only book I touched this week was the camera manual.

what are you reading? Any good tips?

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  • Hii Meriah, Wonderful pictures and kids. They are so darn cute! I had to laugh at Mack’s expression in sundried tomatoes. The nature shots are breathtaking. That’s the closest I have been to a giant redwood.
    How did you and Mikey decide on the name Moxie for her divine princess? Its perfect. Did you come up w/ it before she was born , or after you met her? She is such a cutie.

  • I love aIl of your photos, esp the kid ones! You seem to capture their personalities so perfectly! I feel the same way about sun dried tomatoes! You are a brave soul driving those roads. I used to drive a Forest Service truck with a tanker on the back all over narrow, winding, steep, drop off forest roads with logging trucks barreling down towards me. I was fearless then, I’m an old chicken now and hate to drive. You are blessed in so many ways!

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