Phoneography Challenge: Abstract (river walk)

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Weekly Photo Challenge
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  AbstractOf art : expressing ideas and emotions by using elements such as colors and lines without attempting to create a realistic picture.  A second definition says:  Expressing a quality apart from an object.  

Toward the end of the week, the sun finally came out long enough for a trip to downtown Naperville that included a bit of photography.  Naperville has  a lovely river walk so, after an obligatory stop at the library (an obligation of love, I hasten to add), I stashed my bag of books in the van, zipped jacket my  against the wind and headed out for some iPad fun.

There were still some flowers providing a last fling of color.  I started shooting farther away, fighting the wind, which kept trying to keep the flowers moving so I couldn’t focus on them, but finally in the first photo, ended up deep in the heart of this beauty.  I find the shapes and colors very pleasing and although you can see the heart of the flower, I think it also allows for the wonder of something beautiful, yet not quite defined as a flower.

The second photo is an up-close-and-personal shot of a fountain not far from the flower.  Seen from a bit farther away, the water mimics a dandelion, but nearby, it takes on an abstract form, showing the “stems”, the water and the wavering reflection of fall leaves.  Both shots are unedited except for enlarging and cropping.

While we generally want clarity in our lives, there are times when the abstract can bring peace and allow for a sense of wonder and imagination.  Enjoy those moments and allow yourself time to dream.

On the fourth Monday, the challenge is the photographer’s choice.  Click to venture to Lens and Pens by Sally, home of our gracious hostess and where you can find links to all the other amazing entries.  If you take photos with an phone or iPad, feel free to join in.  You can find all the information there, too.



  1. Jan Morrill says:

    Beautiful, Janet. I also love to take pictures with my iPhone and “abstract” them. I’ll have to check out that site!

    • You should, Jan. Monday is the day to post (or any day until the following Monday) and the themes repeat so you can prepare in advance, except for the pingback, if you like. I didn’t do anything to these as I haven’t really figured out how to do any editing yet, but they were abstract all on their own.

      Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your day!


  2. Your images are delightful–full of splendid hues and mystery. The second one really pulls me. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  3. MissTiffany says:

    Two lovely pieces of abstract art! Nice descriptions too.

  4. Steve says:

    I really like the water fountain one, it’s a whole new world. I have a water fountain one I took a few weeks ago just waiting for the right challenge theme 🙂

    • Haha, Steve. I know what you mean. I have thousands of photos just waiting for the right theme. Do you do the Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress? I can’t remember whether I’ve seen you there or not (there are so many people who participate.) If not, you should. It’s lots of fun. You can see hundreds of wonderful photos and get lots of traffic to yours.


      • Steve says:

        I do that one already. That’s what made me start looking for more. I do this one, the Thursday challenge, the word of the week one and I’m still looking for more haha. I’ve also started my own weekly music challenge which will be up later today – the first was last Monday, it would be cool if you took part and helped spread the word 🙂

      • I’ll try to come by and look at it, Steve. The problem for me is that my blog started as writing, then I added photography. I’m trying to keep a balance between the two. There are so many great challenges or weekly themes, but if I do too many more, I never have time to write any of my own things and talk about various “stuff.” 🙂

      • Steve says:

        No probs, enjoy the rest of your iphoneography Monday 🙂

      • Steve, send me the link for the music post. I’m looking at your site and not finding anything for the first post. Thanks.

      • Steve says:

        Here it is Steve’s Monday Music Mix – Week One | Steve Says….

        Good feedback though ie I need to put something on the homepage about it 🙂

  5. While the rosy one is beautiful – I love the water – Monet “water lily-ish” – looks full of energy and joy ( you can almost hear it splashing)

  6. Angeline M says:

    Gorgeous entries, Janet. I love them both for their distinct qualities; the rose for its lovely curves and color, and the fountain for its fall look and feel, and abstract movement.

  7. FireBonnet says:

    I’m in love with the second one Janet. My fanciful self sees them as water nymph umbrellas (obviously I have umbrellas on the brain! 😉 ) I adore the autumn tree reflections in the water as well. Awesome take on abstraction on both shots.


    • Thanks so much, Meghan. I love reflections, so to get that along with the rest of what’s in the picture made me very happy. I didn’t see the water nymphs, but they might have been across the street at the library or taking plunge in the river. Thanks for stopping in!


  8. Shannon says:

    Nice pictures! You always find gems!

  9. Such colors and textures. The only way I can achieve that kind of things is if I accidentally smear ketchup on my camera lens – and even then it’s totally by mistake. I have great admiration for your skills and talents! Beautiful work.

    • Better to keep working at your photography than to go the ketchup route. 🙂 The best part about digital photography is that you can see what you got right away (unless it’s too sunny!), then get rid of any you don’t like. I’m glad you enjoy my work.


  10. bebs1 says:

    The water in the fountain look like jewels.

  11. Love the 2nd shot, looks like a reflection off of ice. Great frame!

  12. Love the deep hues of the flower in #1!

  13. Nancy Power says:

    Really like the second one, I think it looks like a monoprint, and it’s beautifully abstract. Very nice job on both pictures!

  14. silently Kim says:

    The flower is a pretty fuchsia color. The water fountain is a unique look. Nice.

  15. This is lovely Janet, the pink especially…so vibrant! I also like the sentiment you convey within your post. 🙂

    • Thanks, Amanda. The color wasn’t nearly as dramatic farther away but the closer I got, the better it looked. Glad you enjoyed the post. Have a great weekend.