21/365 {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

Had three contenders for my photo of the day.  I went with 'beat up' as you can see, but I had lots I liked today so popped them in too.

We had a small ice storm (which yielded some great icicle popsicles!) last night and Tharin went sledding with his grandpa and cousin Collin.  He crashed into a fence and banged his chin and lip up, and of course, his face isn't complete without a cat scratch. And again, I want to reiterate that he totally deserves every scratch he gets from the cats!  He will not leave them alone. I don't think he's feeling 100% yet so he took a little nap today. I can't stop myself from taking photos of him when he's sleeping......I.....just.....can't.

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.