Mike’s 365 Crosses the Finish Line

Mike’s 365 was created on the 10th of January in 2013. I created the photoblog with the goal of posting a picture a day, for a year. Not just an image a day, but an image taken and processed on the day it was posted.

The effort was a complete success! I didn’t miss a day, though I did pull one image I didn’t like and did post one the morning after it was taken due to technical issues.

It was fun, challenging, occasionally stressful, and really helped me develop my eye. Every single day I was “looking for the picture” and I began to more easily recognize good lighting, contrast, etc and so on.

As the weeks and months went by I realized another thing. Mike’s 365 was a blog about Lindsborg; that’s where I live and so my images reflect this fact. Sure, there are plenty of photos of knick-knacks, pets and other day-to-day activities, plenty more of various trips I took, but the vast majority of the images are from Lindsborg and the surrounding area.

I haven’t counted the exact number, but a glance through the archives show the Smoky Hill River is the most commonly featured location. This includes a majority of shots from the old bridge in Lindsborg, as well as shots from other area river bridges.

I took a lot, perhaps a majority, of the photos during my almost daily bike ride. Perhaps not surprisingly, the bike is the most featured object in the series.

What else? The Tumblr archive page is nice, it’s visual and sorted by month: Mike’s 365 Blog Archive

Below are my 17 favorite shots from Mike’s 365. Five are simply my favorites, as much as I could actually choose one over another. The next 7 are from Lindsborg and the surrounding area, and the final 5 are from my various travels throughout the year, including one from Kansas itself!

The images are in chronological order within each section.

Enjoy!

My 5 Favorites

best of Mike's 365
A most glorious and colorful sunset. Taken from my front yard!
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best of Mike's 365
Hey baby, it’s the fourth of July! Technical note: fireworks we shot at home.
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best of Mike's 365
I just like how this large succulent looked after the Fractalius treatment.
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best of Mike's 365
More drama from houseplants, this is our prolific Christmas cactus.
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best of Mike's 365
Delving into the world of macrophotography.
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My 7 Favorite Lindsborg Shots

best of Mike's 365
The old Lindsborg train station.
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best of Mike's 365
Former home to two different local artists.
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best of Mike's 365
View from the trail in Lindsborg.
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best of Mike's 365
Scene from Svensk Hyllningsfest.
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best of Mike's 365
Red Barn Studio.
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best of Mike's 365
Sunset, south of Lindsborg.
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best of Mike's 365
Another sunset from south of town.
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My 5 Favorite Travel Images

best of Mike's 365
Wyoming rest stop.
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best of Mike's 365
Top of a very steep hill in Woodside, California.
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best of Mike's 365
London sunset.
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best of Mike's 365
Ghost train, a completely empty subway car in London.
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best of Mike's 365
Echo Cliff Park, near Topeka.
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One thought on “Mike’s 365 Crosses the Finish Line

  1. I’ve enjoyed your project, despite not realizing what it was. Each picture of Lindsborg or the trail made me more determined to ride there one day. Thanks!

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