Photo Challenge – Seasons

This week, let’s embrace the season: share an image that embodies the world or the weather where you live.

The word “seasons” can also describe a period or phase of your life. If this context resonates with you, share an image that expresses the seasonality of life itself or the present season of your life.

 

Political Season

 

This unusual “flower” only blooms once every four years – specifically the “Presidential” variety.   

Yes, it’s the political season in the United States and the South Carolina primaries are upon us.

The Republican primary is tomorrow, February 20th, so there are an abundance of these varieties of “flowers”.  The Democrats hold their primary February 27th so I’m sure more of these “flowers” will “spring” up over the next few days.  There are also other varieties – the Independent, the Libertarian and others but those are rare.

I could insert a joke here as to whether we should get out the fertilizer or weed killer but seriously, get out and vote.  Make your voice heard.

Seasons

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Someone rang the dinner bell!

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These seagulls came from nowhere when someone finished cleaning their fish.  They ate well that day!

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This one flew right overhead and I didn’t know whether to snap the picture or duck for cover.

Photo Challenge – Life Imitates Art

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Artists are inspired by and capture the world around us: sculptors immortalize people with statues; painters record events in their masterpieces. What about the other way around?  For this week’s theme, find inspiration in a piece of art, and go further: imitate it.

I did an unexpected photo session with some pelicans and seagulls earlier this week and when scrolling back through my camera, I found myself humming Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding.  So it was an easy decision to go the musical route for this challenge.

 

(SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY
– Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper

Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

I left my home in Georgia
Headed for the ‘Frisco bay
‘Cause I’ve had nothing to live for
And look like nothin’s gonna come my way

So I’m just gonna sit on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Look like nothing’s gonna change
Everything still remains the same
I can’t do what ten people tell me to do
So I guess I’ll remain the same, yes

Sittin’ here resting my bones
And this loneliness won’t leave me alone
It’s two thousand miles I roamed
Just to make this dock my home

Now, I’m just gonna sit at the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Oooo-wee, sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

(whistle)

 

Life Imitates Art

Putting Things in Prospective

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Seated Woman by Leonda Froelich Finke – Brookgreen Gardens

This is one of my favorite pieces in Brookgreen Gardens.  I feel such peace, calm and tranquility in her presence.

An Awesome Day

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I had an AWESOME day today! 

The plan was to take some quick pictures of a beautiful church on the inlet.  Quick because it was 42 degrees outside.  While taking those photos, these guys showed up with LOTS of their friends and I got TONS of pictures.  I think I snapped away for an hour before the cold finally sent me back inside.

 

Photo Challenge – Time

This week, think about time and portray it photographically.

 

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The Fountain of the Muses by Carl Milles, Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve located in Murrells Inlet, SC.  It has the largest collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in an outdoor setting.  It is also a nature and historical preserve with a small zoo and exhibition center.

It’s a special place to me and I have been spending a lot of time there capturing the sculpture and grounds.  If you are ever in the area, I hope you’ll visit – I know you’ll love it too.  In the meantime, please follow my site and tag Brookgreen Gardens as I will be posting from there often.

I think the way the camera captured the scene and especially the water reflects this week’s theme of time perfectly.  I hope you agree!

 

Time