A Photo a Week Challenge: Timing (again) 8/3/19

Maybe you had to be there to understand the whole Timing part…

A few days ago, in the late afternoon, I walked through my darkening Group Therapy room. I was headed for the door into the main part of  my house, and was stopped in my tracks by a stunning image.

There was one narrow beam of sunlight, still left in the day, and it was streaming through the row trees that border the west side of my property. This spotlight shot through my window, perfectly aimed at a crystal elephant that sits on the window sill (a precious gift from my grandson).

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The combination sent a laser-like rainbow clear across the room! It was huge and landed on the only section of West-facing, uncovered, white wall.

I knew I wanted to snap a photo of the results but, honestly, by the time I got back from the sprint to get my phone, it was already fading…and fast!

I got these shots…and then it was gone!!!

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Good enough photos I suppose. But it triggered in me the idea for a photo card, which I have made for years, and give as gifts.

I set my alarm for graduated sundown times, for the next three days, and waited for that perfectly timed beam to recreated the rainbow wall-art, so I could create my imagined photo.

But it never happened…not even close and no amount of staging, shifting, twisting and turning of my crystal elephant brought that big color spectrum result from a few days earlier. One of the days, I even ran across to my neighbor’s house, whose kitchen I know gets a ton of late afternoon sun. Me and my elephant, racing the sunset, frantically searching for the right timing and position.

No luck!

But I’ll tell you what I was after so you can picture it yourself. And who knows, maybe you’ll come upon a perfectly timed rainbow someday and can capture my illusive photo.

It’s an image that would be good for everyone!  (In my opinion.)

Here it is: Imagine the hand shadow in the photo below, imposed across that rainbow. I can think of so many uses for a greeting card like that, especially for some of the struggling, newly “out” young people I work with these days…

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https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/a-photo-a-week-challenge-timing-is-everything/

Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected 7-25-19

 

Eagle Peek a boo

I have shared this photo so many times, for so many topics, but I really love it.

I think I even posted it once for the topic of “bokeh”, and STILL had not discovered the Bald Eagle photo-bombing my apple blossoms picture. It took a comment from a follower for me to see my own unexpected capture.

I think it might be one of my best, but totally by accident.

I might need some new material…

 

This discovery has continued to teach me…about paying attention, looking closely, seeing things from different perspectives, guardians watching over us, and Spirit Animals.

The Eagle is a symbol in many cultures of freedom, vision, and enlightenment….

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https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/a-photo-a-week-challenge-unexpected/

Macro Monday 7/22/19

I was taught by my father to keep my eyes open and there would always be amazing things to see, even where you least expect them.

So just walking to my car, I spotted this in my driveway. Don’t know why but I thought it was beautiful.

(I do have a whole category titled Art is in the Eye of the….so I don’t assume you will agree.)

Do let me know what you think!

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no idea what the clear bubbly plastic thingy is….

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/393045/posts/2321626922

Macro Monday–June 24th, 2019

Don’t know if Macro Monday is actually a thing in the WordPress community (like WordlessWednesday?) or if it is just a cool prompt from Leya…

(see https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/393045/posts/2321626922)

But since I love macro photography, I thought I’d post a few…I think they qualify?

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rock found right in the yard!
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shy green spider
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babies?
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some kind of insect tracks on a rock

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accidental close up of my sweat pants
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even closer…
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Closest! (I was almost afraid I’d see minuscule vermin in the cloth!)
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Tiny center section of Gramma’s old plate…

Lens Artists Photo Challenge-45 Street Art

Great topic! But please forgive my irreverence. I am just now surfacing after writing a particularly heavy article for The Seeker’s Dungeon, and am looking for some LIGHT now! 

So here goes…

 

We don’t get much Street Art around here so I am improvising today.

We have plenty of “Road Art”… mostly created by teenagers or the winter sunrise.

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Then there is the ever popular Driveway Art…featuring the Paper Boy, the local ant population, and the contribution of our neighborhood fruit trees… 

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(I seem to see ART in a lot of driveways…)

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Next we have Pot Hole Art

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And the hard to miss Road-Side Art…creators unknown.

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Oh, and then there is Wall Art (not to be confused with Walmart)…

 

And I guess I should include Driving-on-the-Street Art

 

Also, Deck Art (not to be confused with Art Deco)

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avocados accidentally left outside…for months…

 

But my favorite might have to be Art SEEN from the Street

The Rock, on San Juan Island…

 

I suppose I could count this sentimental shot as Street Art, of interest only to my mush-head family…

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Or maybe this depressing Street Art, warning us of still another upcoming McMansion being built on our tiny lane…

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Or, I we can go to the local yearly Art Fair to see Sidewalk Art…which I have to admit was pretty spectacular…

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But as for actual  Street Art around here….not so much!

 

 

 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #45: Street Art

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge—Eyes 4/30/19

When it comes to Eyes…I only have three choices…all of which I have posted about before. But there you have it. These three sets of eyes figure very prominently in my life!

First, the most eye-connecting cat I’ve ever met, my sweet (recently passed) heart-cat, Zorro. We would commune deeply, through these long, meaningful stares….for 18 years.

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I wrote Zorro’s Life Story for Katzenworld here: https://wordpress.com/post/chosenperspectives.com/18061

 

By no means, in second place, the eyes I have posted the most often are my grandson’s.

This boy surprised us all when he was born.

His mother has these beautiful, mischievous brown eyes.

His Father, gorgeous, penetrating yellow/hazel ones.

And no where in either of their lineages are any blue eyes…except little old ME, so obviously some ego mixed in with my love for his eyes!

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Looking into these baby blues for any length of time can get you into serious trouble.

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Now, just to make sure the record is straight…the eyes you just looked into above are, in my opinion, beautiful and impactful.

 

But below are my favorite eyes…the ones I get lost in…for so many years now, the eyes that carry me through every day of my life, the ones where I see the most love reflected right back at me…

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

Lens Artist Challenge 4/27/19 theme: Less is More

I always liked this photo. I loved the weird light from outside, and the way the moisture had collected itself on my window. But I always thought there was something wrong with the picture, something missing, something I needed to add.

Today’s challenge made me think of it in a whole new way.

Maybe it’s something I have to remove from it….making less more…

Here’s my experiment. Tell me what you think.

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Original
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Cropping some of the dark strip on the left

These two are with the smaller dark strip more centered

 

 

 

 

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Final crop choice

I like the last one. It seems so much more full and alive with detail and color. And I like that it’s a little more difficult to identify.

 

Thanks for this interesting challenge. Now I’ll go out there and apply these lessons to my hectic day!

 

 

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/less-is-more/