I believe that everything starts by paying attention. Life is imperfect and any magical light we can bring into our day is worthy of our gratitude. Laughter and love, joy and celebrations slip into our lives with ease but learning to cope with the deep pain life brings to us is also necessary. I do this best with my camera, chasing down light, zooming in and out and pairing it all with truth. 

I live in Western Washington with my husband of 40+ years, in the home where we raised our three sons. We share that home now with our sweet beagle named Basil. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 


 ©Cathy Sly 2018 

365 || a look back

“Taking a photograph is a lot like falling in love. You see a light and it intrigues you; and you want to see or be in that light forever.” 
― Mickey Burrow

the first day of each month. . .  

Today i finished my third 365. . . 
I will admit. over the last few weeks, I told myself over and over that three straight years, never missing a day, was a good long run and it was time to put my focus elsewhere; I proved I could do it and maybe it was time to move on to something new, something a bit more focused. 

 my kids. . . 

my kids. . . 

If I was going to do another one I should at least set goals, specific goals like I did when I was teaching. Goals which are measurable and will improve my photography and provide opportunities for growth. I have spent hours brainstorming just how that might look. I have made notes and perused the internet for suggestions. 

odds and ends. . . 

But then a few days ago, to get ready for this post, I started looking at them. Reading the words I added to each photo, every single day. I started organizing them into categories and themes. And during the process it slowly dawned on me that while there are no restraints or goals or maybe not even tons of growth, there is certainly something to measure.

My life. . . my simple, everyday life. 
And for me, that is kind of magical. . . 

quick snaps. . . pick that camera up and shoot whatever is fast and right in front of me 

There are those days that I know right away what I want to capture, especially if someone is coming over, or I am going somewhere. But most days, it is just hit and miss. 4:00 p.m. rolls around and I head out for a walk with the dog, or we may just wander into the yard. Some days I just pick up my camera and take whatever is there. And as crazy as it is, those are often the photos I like best. 

Basil.... he will always pose for me 

So yes, there will be another year, another 365, with no restrictions, no set goals other than to capture a part of my day and write about it in a few words. 

 he and me. . .

he and me. . .

It starts tomorrow, January 1st. 

 my Instagram #2015bestnine, not part of my 365, but oh so fun! 

my Instagram #2015bestnine, not part of my 365, but oh so fun! 

There will be a few changes in the next few days around here. Stay tuned..... 

Happy New Year, thank you so much for letting me share my everyday life! 

currently || week 1

sufficient || week 49