The Accidental Project

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Yesterday was Groundhog Day here in the U.S., and it seems like I’m stuck in a bit of a loop. Despite the fact that we’re halfway to Spring, I might as well be at the end of summer. Okay, the foot of snow that is currently outside my window aside, I appear to be capturing the same scene again and again. You see, I’ve detected a pattern in my shooting over the past six months where I can’t resist morning light. On my kitchen table. Despite the chaos!

Actually September was inspiring. All that beautiful color! How could I resist?

But things took a turn in October. It seemed innocent enough. I regularly collect acorns to fill in jars to hold candles.

But October turned into November, and I collected a few too many. I also ripened my tomatoes after picking the lot before our first hard frost. We used the dried strawflowers to decorate at Thanksgiving.

By December, along with the acorns, I began acquiring pumpkins. You might recall I wrote about my love of cooking pumpkins last year! Somewhere in the mix I harvested my oregano too!

Which brings us to January. Acorns, oregano, and a glorious set of 1920s pressed goblets I acquired from my local Buy Nothing group! Luckily I made headway with the pumpkins, cooking up several batches of soup.

Which brings us up thru last week. I am happy to report that in the spirit of Imbolc – the halfway point between Winter and Spring – I fed the acorns to the squirrels, crumbled up oregano in my meals and have resolved the clear the rest this week.

I’m a bit embarrassed by the mess, but had my table been empty I probably wouldn’t have captured it. And now I have a lovely new series to enjoy and collate over the months ahead. But I swear the acorns are gone. Well mostly. One jar is left from the candles, but that’s going outside this week.

Have you found any accidental photo projects you’ve been capturing over the past unexpected year? Share with us in comments. I’d love to hear and see what you’ve been capturing too!

Until Next time,
Holly ~ Soupatraveler


  1. Love your post and the photos! I’m going to explore my photos to see if I accidentally have a series too
    I enjoy taking photos of nature, seasonal changes so there might be something there
    thank you

  2. I have a few accidental photo projects – like chairs found along the side of the road – but none as gorgeous as this one! Really, Holly, I want to move in with you! I’ve never seen a photos with so many things I love in one picture. All that nature and color and books and a Dutch oven and plants and paper and pen! So beautiful and inspirational!

  3. What beautiful abundance! I adore this series, and I think I need to plant some straw flowers. ?

  4. I’m swooning over all this gorgeous color and light, so needed right now!

  5. Holly, as I have told you many times, I love your table shots. So much in fact, that I have considered moving our table closer to the window. I hope you continue with this accidental project!

  6. I loved wondering about what you were doing with those acorns every time I saw them until curiosity got the best of me and I asked :-). This color in these photos is soul food right now. xo

  7. I love everything about these table pictures, but most of all your love for all the nature. And the light.

  8. I wish I had a space like yours to put all my findings… Beautiful collections too, Holly.

  9. Such a beautiful mess! Really lovely ❤️

  10. I love seeing that one plant, with the white flowers, grow! Gorgeous gorgeous light and color! <3

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