Burned Bacon and Apple Pie: 26-33/365 Photo Challenge

small boy holding up an artichoke that is steaming

365 Photo challenge

Second week in a row of feeling blah.

Okay, not so much of feeling ‘blah’ as just feeling like life is rising up and I’m trying to meet her where she lands and I trip and fall on my face.

Lots going on with this particular photo week – introspection from birthdays, over-thinking absolutely everything (it’s what I do best), and burning bacon to a charred crisp.

Check it out:


small boy reaches for sliced apples and arranges the slices on the tray in front of himPhoto Story:

“see, Mommy, you want to put the apple slices like this”. Mikey’s Mom was visiting and taught Micah how to make open-faced apple pie. Raised on the electronic breast of Julia Child and Jacques Pepin – with splashes of Andrew Zimmern, Tony Bourdain, Nick Stellino and America’s Test Kitchen, he was completely, utterly thrilled.

Photo Details:

ISO 6400 52mm 1/250 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


tall snap pea flowers in the foreground and a hammock and round house in the backgroundPhoto Story:

Home, sweet hammock. We bought that hammock in the Yucatan – Mikey bargaining while I tried to wrangle the kids while using crutches and having a terribly broken foot. This old guy wanted to talk to me – I told him I didn’t speak Spanish and he smiled and kept trying to talk. I love old people. He patted my hand in the end and while I have no idea what he said, the gentle kindness and warmth that came from him made me all gooey on a day that was hard.

I think of this when I see that hammock.

And it makes me happy.

 Photo Details:

ISO 900 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


small boy by the river reaching down to pick up a  stonePhoto Story:

“Mama, OCK!!!”

He can’t really say “rock” yet, but he makes himself understood. This is the river that flows through the valley we live in – it reminds me so much of the river that we visited in the Ocosingo valley in Chiapas (see? check it out)

 Photo Details:

ISO 220 35mm 1/800 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


pink rosePhoto Story:

These are growing wild at our place now. All over, so lovely, and they smell divine. They make life itself feel romantic.

Photo Details:

ISO 100 85mm 1/2520 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


small boy holding up an artichoke that is steamingPhoto Story:

Gulp. Fresh picked, fresh steamed. He’s going for the heart.

We picked and ate the 2 artichokes that we grew ourselves. This came from a local farmer. He emailed me back after I expressed interest in buying some from him, told me to go in through his gate, I’d find the artichokes in a tub, choose what I like, leave the money in an envelope under another tub.

 Photo Details:

ISO 6400 85mm 1/40 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


woman's torson leaning over

Photo Story:

Ready…set… CLICK!

It was my birthday and I was hell bent on using the remote control and timer. Obviously, I had a little trouble – okay, more than “a little”. Maybe next year I’ll get it the way I visualized – but in the meantime, I like this because it’s exactly what my life right now feels like.

Photo Details:

ISO 6400 35mm 1/30 sec at f4.0 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


small girl on a horse with a riding helmet onPhoto Story:

“Moxie, ready to ride the horse?”

– “yeah”

We’re back at horse therapy!!

 Photo Details:

ISO 360 70mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


meat and bread on fire on a grillPhoto Story:


It was Mikey’s birthday and I was trying to make him grilled things that he likes. Only problem? I was a using a grill I was completely unfamiliar with. Somehow the bacon fat caught fire and spread and… sigh.

 Photo Details:

ISO 500 45mm 1/800 sec at f4.5 Nikon D750 with 24-85mm f/2.8 lens


Currently reading:

On my shelf right now – but the only book I touched this week was Nikon D750

what are you reading? Any good tips? Also – if any deaf photo enthusiasts are reading this – or people who just like captioning – I’d really appreciate info on captioned classes in photoshop… Like, a solid program and not just YouTube videos on bits and pieces

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Meriah Nichols is a deaf artist, tech-junkie, Counselor (and sometime teacher), mom (one with Down syndrome), cat-lover, Trekkie, yurt-dwelling off-the-grid farmer's wife. She writes about travel, disability, and getting dishes done.

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