Recently Observed: Beach

IF365 launches another year of daily photos — this time in color

Friends and family will likely grow weary of me, very weary, before this new photo project ends.

Beginning today (spring equinox), I will again post one photo each day for a year. I’ll even toss in an extra day — 366, not 365 — because 2020 is a leap year.

No big deal, right? I posted photos daily in my first year of retirement — birthday to birthday, Jan. 26, 2018 to Jan. 26, 2019. For that project, I dredged through 15 years of archives, posted only black-and-white images, and pretty much stuck to a square format.

During those 12 months, I learned much about photography (my eye drifts to patterns), blogging (pithy commentary doesn’t come easy) and myself (I’m a minimal-gear guy; thus the iPhone).

My new project — “Recently Observed” — will use the same blog style and URL (, but bring some variety to those rows of square b&w images. In fact, my new pictures will be mostly in color and mostly rectangular. Refreshing, at least for me.

Another big difference between last year’s postings and pending ones will be the time factor — archived pictures vs. new photos. Images in these new posts will be fresh, taken in previous weeks or days (not years). They’ll tell a rambling tale of where I’ve been recently and what I’ve done.

And that’s why friends and family could grow weary of me. I’ll be mindful each day (each moment?) of photo possibilities — morning light on flower petals, deep shadows on faces or … hey! there’s something shiny! Which means I could repeatedly ease out my phone for a quick snap in all sorts of situations. It may not sound irritating now, but let’s check back in six months.

As always, I’m thankful for your interest in photography in general and this blog in particular. Send me an email if you have comments or suggestions. I’m always eager to hear from you.

Mike Irwin


Above photo:

On the Beach | East Wenatchee, WA | February 2019

We stand every moment at the farthest edge of existence. One step forward takes us into unknown territory. Let’s stay alert.