Archive for the ‘Weekly Photo Challenge’ Category

Not only are the days flying by, they seem to be filling up with one thing or another. In the morning, the posts in my “blogs I follow” box seems to have multiplied like the proverbial rabbits (as well as people I follow posting multiple posts–HEEEEELP!) and I feel that I may never catch up.  I’ve started working two shifts a week at a local patisserie/restaurant/chocolate shop as well, have a bag of apples ready to make sauce, and…well, you’re probably all in the same blogging boat, so I’ll stop my whining.  🙂  But can’t you hear real life calling?  Loudly?

That makes a “Wordless Wednesday” post sounds really, really inviting.  But no matter what, except for last week, Wednesday is Photo Challenge Day and once again I shall answer its siren call.   The theme for this week is “Layered”, a perfect segue into some of my upcoming posts about returning from Wyoming and driving through the Badlands the day of the eclipse.  Here’s a teaser. Because of the eclipse, the sky and wonderful colors of the layers are somewhat dulled, but I find them awesome (in the true, old sense) nonetheless.

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September has arrived here in northern Illinois and with it, some lovely weather: mid-seventies (Fahrenheit) during most days and cool-chilly nighttime sleeping temperatures.  Perfect!  Summer appears to be holding strong, although a few colorful leaves are making an appearance on the trees.  Of course, my friends in the southern hemisphere are getting set (waiting) to enjoy summer!

Ironically, the theme for the first photo challenge of September is “Waiting.”  I guess I could have taken a selfie of me with my laptop on my lap, waiting for the challenge to come out, but that’s too easy and besides, I don’t do many selfies.

This shot was taken the morning of the eclipse as I left the cabin and the Bighorn Mountains on my way home.  I was waiting for the day and for the trip and it was a blessed way to leave a place I love.  The colors are as I saw them and are not retouched at all.

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I’m back from a lovely vacation in the wilds of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains and ready for today’s WordPress photo challenge theme of “Structure“, although I’m not ready for it to be September day after tomorrow!

Here are two examples of structure, one manmade (although there’s natural structure in the wood), the other made by one of nature’s creatures.  I find them both beautiful.

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Happy Wednesday, the last Wednesday, if you can believe it, of July.  Where’s the summer gone?  But no matter how fast it goes by, each Wednesday brings a new Photo Challenge theme and today that’s “Satisfaction.” I guess that means we can get some satisfaction, right?  🙂

I love road trips, nature, and beauty, so a combination of all three gives me a great deal of satisfaction.  This South Dakota sunset was so beautiful that I pulled off the highway and took some photos, not content so simply see it in my rearview mirror!

11:35 am EST, Wednesday, July 26…Can anyone else see comments or pingbacks from the Photo Challenge?  I tried two browsers and I’m not seeing anyone’s entries, including my own.

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What?  Wednesday again?  I’m two and a half weeks into Tour de France watching and exhausted having just watched today’s mountain stage. What will I do with my morning’s after Sunday’s last stage?  Ahh, well, on to today’s challenge, the Weekly Photo Challenge.  Finding an apt photo can be as challenging as winning a Tour stage (well, maybe not) and today I’m searching for one that meets the challenge of “Unusual” posed to us by an excellent photographer, Lignum Draco.

I was blessed to be able to spend just a very, very short time in Yosemite in March.  During that stay, I had this unusual view of the park.  I also had an unusually hard time trying to get this photo ready to upload.  🙂

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What a morning!  Not internet, not TV, no watching the Tour de France stage, no checking email, etc., etc.  Thunderstorms, internet back, internet out while finally watching Tour.  Ran errands.  More thunderstorms looming.  But my garden is happy with all the rain, the repeat of the Tour stage is on, and I’m finally back online with the theme for the photo challenge today,  “Collage.”

Collage (from the French: coller, “to glue”;[1] French pronunciation: ​[kɔ.laʒ]) is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.

A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.  (Wikipedia)

I’m not featuring a photo collage of any sort, but rather a collage that our younger daughter did before going to and graduating from art school.  This is the kitchen in our former house.  On the left is an ink drawing, on the right, the collage  I cherish this both because she did it and because we no longer live in the house.  Although she hasn’t updated her website for some years, you can see some of the art she’s done at her website.

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Welcome to July!  Hard to believe, but there we are.  The best thing about July for me is getting to watch the Tour de France.  My husband and I saw a stage in 2014 and it was great.

Today’s theme in the Photo Challenge is “Bridge“, a literal bridge or a figurative one.  Each January, I visit my parents, who live in Arizona.  We often attend Brian Lebel’s auction of Indian and cowboy art held in Mesa every year.  Much of this art bridges time, cultures, and artistic styles, such as this deerskin and beaded pouch.  I can’t imagine doing all that bead work, but I can appreciate it.

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