Photo Challenge: Awakening

Let’s face it:  this challenge was made for spring.

Of course, today we’re having snow, rain, and bitterly cold winds in Kansas, so I have to look back to earlier times for this week’s challenge!

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This lovely spiderwort was perfect for this bee last year. 🙂

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And I always know spring is finally here when the wild roses begin blooming. I wish they lasted longer than they do.

Photo Challenge: Ascend

There are a lot of ways to interpret this week’s Challenge! But for me, living in the country, I immediately think of nature.

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The seeds of this dandelion are just waiting to ascend on the next wind, so I can photograph them again when they take root and produce new dandelions!

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I have NO idea how this frog ascended to this height! This pipe is about 8 feet off the ground, but one morning as I was feeding horses – there he was!

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The trumpet vines ascend everything, including the trees . . .

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. . . and when you’re really lucky, they provide some great shots!

Photo Challenge: Structure

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I love to shoot flowers in black and white. Sometimes we get caught up in the colors and forget to look at the intricate structures – as with this large dandelion.

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Or this Rose of Sharon.

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Or this zinnia. In color, it’s a brilliant reddish-pink – but in black and white, we can see the structure of the petals, curled tight in the center, and gently unfolding near the edges.

Photo Challenge: Texture

Like most photographers, I’m interested in subject matter – and that subject matter is very rarely texture! It’s hard to capture the feel of something in a one-dimensional format. So finding some photos I thought would work was a bit difficult – hopefully, I’ve managed to convey the texture of the subjects.

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Fall leaf curled against the trunk of a tree.

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Ice on – okay, I don’t know what the plant’s called, but it’s common in Kansas!

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Native limestone – the lions are gutter spouts, by the way! Our old high school.

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And, of course, the juxtaposition of silky-soft and tough and spiky, from the thistle.

Photo Challenge: Focus

I hate photos that are out of focus! In fact, I delete them. But sometimes, the blurry background adds an accent to the foreground object. Then, it’s okay. 🙂

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This is a dandelion I shot a couple of months ago, on a very dewy morning. I loved the way the tiny droplets of water clung to the fragile stems.

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And this lovely little wildflower – weed? – was shot earlier this month. I thought it fit well with this week’s theme.

Photo Challenge: Cherry on Top

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Ha! Bet you thought I was going to post a photo of one of my cats, didn’t you? 🙂

This was taken a LONG time ago with my old Blackberry smart phone. It was early morning; there had been some fog and light rain all night long, and I went for my usual morning walk. There’s an old tree about two miles from my house that has trumpet vine growing up it, and just as I got there, the clouds started to part. The blue light contrasting with the orange flowers, the angle . . . it’s still one of my favorite photos, and the first photo I ever sold. I have tried to recreate many times with my ‘better’ Nikons, and I just can’t do it. It was one of those photos that cannot be recreated . . . a cherry on top.


Photo Challenge: Cheerful Trio

I took this a year ago, and it’s still one of my favorites. I found these wildflowers growing alongside the road when I was out on my morning walk, and they were so beautiful and cheerful, I had to save the moment. It’s a nice reminder that even though winter is coming, summer will eventually be here, too.

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