Some days you just have to free yourself

Today’s photo: A message from Alice — Bates was framed.

A message from Alice: Bates was framed.

Today’s lesson: If you can’t go outside, bring the outside to you.

If you aren’t a Downton Abbey fan, you might not get this shot, but that’s okay. In that case, I didn’t take it for you. Alice’s fellow fans will understand.

Today was all things yucky. It was cold and rainy and even the sidewalks where slushy. Alice was miserable, and I didn’t know what I was going to do about taking her picture today. I really just wanted to go back to bed. I didn’t think Alice would mind if we skipped a day. As happens so many times, though, I just couldn’t quit thinking about my photo prompt for the day, which was “framed.” I also couldn’t quit thinking about last night’s episode of Downton Abbey, so one thing just led to another. When I thought up what to do for a shot, I really wanted to do it outside, but that was impossible. Thus, I went for the next best thing: a giant classroom window.

The window gave me an outdoor background, plus a soft, diffused backlighting. I don’t hate the window. I think I will use it again at some point.

It’s easy to do a 365 in the spring and summer when everything is in bloom and the bugs and birds are buzzing around. It isn’t quite so easy in the winter when nature has gone dormant and the days are grey and wet. If I were going to give up on my 365 project this year, today would have been a good day to do it. But days like this are what improvising is for. Days like this are what those giant windows are for.