Every week, our staff will take on a themed photo challenge. This week, the "macro challenge" will zoom in on a small detail of our everyday lives.
When I look out of the window to see this peach tree in our backyard, there are often little yellow and gray birds like this one flying about or resting on the branches. Even on rainy days like the one on which this photograph was taken, they bring about a refreshing air of springtime.
I've always wanted to be good at chess. But I'm not. I see this very chess set in my house every day. I think I'm going to start using my quarantine time to get better and try to become a competitor to Magnus Carlsen.
Winter is officially over, or at least we can hope. Many flowers are in a blooming phase this time of year and the colors are exquisite. On April, 30, I saw this flower growing in a flower pot outside my house after a storm.
This guitar has been sitting in my room all year, and recently, I've been picking it up and playing it more often. The low, muted tone I get from it balances perfectly with the birds chirping outside my open window, with the fresh air filling my space. This guitar has helped me stay calm and centered.
During this period of quarantine, my family has begun a trade with our beloved friends across the street. They gifted us with squash sprouts, and we gave them tomato and mint seedlings. Whenever they buy groceries, they bring us fresh produce and offer it to other neighbors as well. Actions like these provide a sense of community on our block even when we can't be together face-to-face.
To me this photo shows how pretty simple things can be. I took this photo because I love to play piano, and I wanted to try and create a peaceful atmosphere in taking this shot to capture that.
My family took a trip to Laguna Beach, California this past winter break. When I first visited California in August of 2018 I thought it was the most beautiful place I'd ever seen. Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, California has become my absolute favorite place to visit, that is until I visited Laguna Beach this year. The cliffs with gorgeous landscaping, the tidepools and the beaches...
This picture was taken at my grandmother’s cottage in the summer of 2019. When i was younger, my family—my uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents, as well as my immediate family—would spend an entire week at that cottage, filling our days with swimming, salami and cheese sandwiches, and singing songs around the campfire. As ours lives progressed, it got harder and harder for us to find time...
Ever since I was about 10 years old, I've had this salt lamp on my headboard. It's always helped me when the sky is a bit cloudy and I'm feeling down because it makes me feel warm and nice. I'm not sure who gave it to me, but if i ever find out who it was i will tell them just how extremely grateful I am for the gift they've given me.
In the last few weeks I've dug a few model kits out of the back of my closet. This, my latest creation, is a working Hurdy-gurdy (a medieval stringed instrument). I've found building models to be a good way to stay busy and happy while stuck at home.
My sourdough starter is how I keep track of weeks, it gets fed on Fridays. Each time I take it out of the refrigerator, either to feed it, or to bake for my family, I am feeding someone or something. Every week, with so many others who made a starter in their isolation, I help something grow, and I feel connected to everyone doing the same thing.
Cottage on the lake
Every year my family and I spend almost the whole summer at our cottage in Northern Michigan. I love to wakeboard; seeing flat water like this is the best feeling no matter what time of day. ...
These wires symbolize freedom and recklessness. The cage above my basement window has moved a lot, especially at night, allowing a way out of the house and into the warm summer darkness with friends.
I thought that the recent snow had finished off what was left of my garden, but I found that these little purple guys managed to survive upon closer inspection. It turned out to be just the reminder I needed to keep up hope, even through quarantine.
These lights are hanging all around the walls of my room. I've been spending much more time in there lately than I usually do, and I want it to be a space that I feel comfortable and happy in. The lights make my whole room feel so much brighter and more welcoming.
This candle sits on my desk beside my computer, it's "honey" scented. I light it in the morning and at night to make my room feel cozy. A friend of mine gave it to me when I decided to attend The Savannah College of Art and Design because their mascot is a bee.
I printed these monthly calendars a few weeks ago so that I could keep track of my online assignments. They are hung up above my desk, where I do most of my homework, so that I can easily see what I need to do. It's really easy to forget what day it is and how long we've been in quarantine, these calendars help me visualize the present and future.
This spice rack has been around since I was born. I've lived in six different houses, but the few items that we've kept, like this spice rack, remind me of the house I grew up in; it brings me happy memories of my dad cooking and singing Spanish music.
Recently, just like everyone else, I have loved cooking. On days that I don't have much going on, I can rely on the excitement that cooking dinner brings. I often come up with healthy recipes and my mom helps me out; we play music and forget that we're in quarantine for a little while.
Before quarantine, I would routinely hop in my car and immediately click my phone on to play music; I couldn't drive without it. Now, my speaker is my best friend. Music reminds me that eventually I will be able to drive to the beach with my friends, and everything will be okay.
These are the colored pencils I've been using to draw for my art class. I haven't quite embraced art projects the way a lot of people have in quarantine, but once I sit myself down to create something, it feels very peaceful. I will be attending art school next year with very little experience with drawing or painting, so it's upsetting that I'm missing out on in-person art instruction.