217 : 365 Biked nine hot, windy miles. It's funny as a cyclist you become a lot more aware of your surroundings. That bridge in a car? Yeah, it's totally flat. On a bike? You realize it's definitely a hill, and a dang big one at that. A nice breeze that would normally feel great? It'll turn that bridge into a mountain. I always feel accomplished after a tough ride though.
218 : 365 One of my favorite things about my apartment is definitely all the windows, my plants love it too!
218 : 365 My mom came out to visit for the day. We shopped, relaxed at the beach, went to Presti's, and of course, hit up the photobooth at Big Fun since we were in the area. Later that night, Jeff and I biked around downtown. I had been wanting to get a picture of my bike with the lasers that are up for the Gay Games since the day they went up. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I wish those lasers were there all the time, they looked pretty awesome in person.
219 : 365 A few of the bugs in my collection that need to find a home in a shadow box.
220 : 365 Sometimes even grown ups like night lights. (Arrow found here!)
221 : 365 Awesome mail day including an Influenster box!
222 : 365 I'm obsessed with finding murals to take pictures of bike in front of. Also, I want to make note of this being a really tough ride for me. We did 11 miles, which is average for our rides lately. I don't know what it was but I was struggling. I had a bit of a fever, it was hot outside, I was beyond thirsty, and when we took a short break I might have shed a few tears, which I tried to deny at the time. But just like I said above, the toughest bike rides always make me feel the most accomplished.
223 : 365 Some pretty new polishes from Poppy!
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It's been a minute since I've dedicated an entire post to mushroom photos. Last month's camping trip with my family was the perfect excuse to spend the weekend with my eyes peeled looking for mushrooms. To be honest, that might be my favorite thing about camping. I mean sitting around the fire at night is pretty great, but mushrooms, man!
The photo above are of Monotropa uniflora, perhaps better known by one of it's awesome common names including corpse plant, ghost plant or indian pipe. They're a particularly eye catching plant. I was hiking with around eight family members, half of which at some point stopped me to ask what those were. They lack chlorophyll and are actually a parasitic plant. I don't see them so much in Ohio, at least not around me (although they do grow here) but every time I've camped in Pennsylvania the ground is just littered with them. Other than the fact that they're all white, which I think is really interesting, I like that kind of look like they're sad.
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Last Thursday I celebrated six months living in Cleveland, and boy oh boy did I celebrate! Jeff, Brandon, and I set out around in 8am to do some exploring. We were on a roll so after each building we'd all be saying "just one more..." Just one more ended up being the three of us exploring eleven abandoned buildings, nearly half of which were new ones to all of us, in fourteen hours with one short lunch break. It was one of the most fun days ever.

I have so many photos from the day to share over the next few weeks, I'll be breaking them up by location. First I'm going to start with our last stop of the day. It's actually kind of sweet, this building is a little bit special to me for a few reasons. I had seen it from the freeway the day I bought my car. It stuck out to me because of a piece of graffiti on the side that I really liked. I wanted to photograph it so bad but couldn't imagine getting off getting off the freeway, venturing into the city, and getting close enough to the building to shoot it. Remember I'm from the country, cities were absolutely foreign and terrifying to me a little over a year ago. I never would have thought that months later I would inside that building taking pictures, exploring with friends, and watching the sunset from the rooftop. It's neat how things come full circle like that.  Funny thing is, I still haven't photographed the outside like I wanted to so long ago. Haha!

While we were up on the roof I practiced my night photography skills. I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I mean, I understand the basics of how to take great photos at night, but I'm still trying to master it. The first photo is my favorite. The sky and clouds were so perfect that night, it was almost like it never got completely dark outside. Had we not all been absolutely beat from running around all day I'm sure we could have stayed up there for hours.
Can't wait to share more photos from this day!
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It's been since April that I posted a new "found on the beach" photoset. For the most part they've been keeping the beach fairly clean. The last few weeks though, it's been a wreck. Shards of broken plastic, tons of bottles, and of course, the normal tampon applicator. Ugh. While looking for a place to lay out the days findings I was only able to spot one area that had sand and was mostly clear. After I dumped out my bag and started sorting the pieces I looked up and spotted toilet paper right beside me. I don't know if it was clean or not but I guess I found the one thing that I cannot handle finding on the beach. It grossed me out so much. I pushed it away as best I could with some driftwood, and crossed my fingers I wouldn't find any "treasures" while putting together my photo.

I guess the one positive of the current state of the beach that I'm finding really neat things for my photosets. My favorite things to find are always little people, like army men. Basically tiny versions of anything are cool in my book. I was more than pleased to find two little plastic cars on this trip.
As you can see I'm still finding tons of lighters for my little project. It blows my mind that there are SO many of them on the beach. I know lighters are easy to lose, but geez!
Quick FAQ - things that get asked every Found on the Beach post.
Do you keep the things you pick up? No way. Once in a while I'll keep something I really think is neat but I'm no hoarder.
What do you do with it when you're done? I toss it in the trash where it belongs.
Was this really all from the beach in one day? For the most part, yes. Sometimes if I find something I really think is neat on a day I'm not collecting for a photo I'll pick it up and hang on to it until the next time I want to put together one of these.

I recently made a Found on the Beach tag. I try to keep the tags for things I post about regularly except in cases when I really really love the series, and I think this finally deserves a tag!
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