So this week our challenge is to get outside and take some photos of Spring. Yay! With warm weather now outside and being fully vaccinated, I needed no further encouragement to grab my camera and head out to Brookgreen Gardens.
The colors were absolutely beautiful and although there were some empty beds, the air was filled with the perfume of the flowers.
I stopped at the outside kitchen to take a break and grab some water and a cookie (chocolate chip and delicious!) and watched these little birds stroll back and forth looking for crumbs.
This week we’re given the opportunity to choose our own topic – which isn’t an easy decisionuntil I came across these photos.
My dad was a collector. He collected Ty Beanie babies, garden gnomes, Hess trucks, California Raisins, Biblical collector plates, kitchen spoons and hummingbird figurines. I’m sure I’ve left something out.
I never asked why or questioned him about his collections. His family was very poor and he was orphaned at an early age. His oldest brother took him in along with two other brothers. He wasn’t able to buy nice things growing up so I think he was making up for lost time. Regardless of his reasons, they made him happy.
Mom started giving some of his collection away several years ago but before she did, I took photos of each one. This was in 2016 when I first took up photography so the pictures aren’t the best but hey, I’m ok with that.
Our prompt this week is geometry – a course I barely passed in high school. The shapes themselves are beautiful but figuring out the formula to measure, etc just wasn’t interesting to me.
I originally pulled out photos of bridges, piers and flowers, etc to share but my brain did a complete 180 degree turn on me. Because of some health issues and the pandemic, I haven’t been able to get out to take photographs. I’ve been reading a lot (My mom and aunt like the same kinds of books I do so we pass them back and forth.) and taking a couple of online classes to learn how to draw – something I’ve always wanted to do. Well, I still can’t draw by hand but drawing with the computer is going much better.
Aren’t these the coolest things? The computer figures it all out for you once you learn what values to input.
Once you learn how to make the shapes, you can learn how to make patterns from them.My grandson, who is now 5, has about a thousand little cars which were the inspiration for the pattern on the right.You have to be very careful walking through his room or take a chance of stepping on one and taking a fall.
And last is a project done for a watercolor class. Happy Easter!
Beth of Wandering Dawgs is our guest host this week and her prompt is A Change in Scenery. It’s a timely prompt since the majority of us are now emerging from some sort of a Covid lockdown.
Other than visiting family, we haven’t been anywhere since lockdown started so I pulled these photos out from October 2019. These were a change of scenery for us since I usually post beach pictures.
We decided to drive up to the North Carolina mountains to see the leaves change color and we timed it exactly right. It was absolutely beautiful. We got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and just drove with no timeline or plans. Each turn and curve in the road brought more color and ooh’s and aaw’s – just like the July 4th fireworks!
Our challenge for this week is “natural light”. Light can be a photographer’s best friend or mortal enemy. Sunrise, sunset and cloudy is good. Bright light – typically from 10AM to 7PM is bad – oh so, so, so so bad. We won’t talk about bad light though. This post is about several days where I had absolutely fantastic natural light.
My work office is less than 1/2 mile from the beach. I had just left work and saw the biggest pink cloud over the beach. I made a quick U turn and headed over to the beach, grabbed my camera from the backseat and spent about an hour or so taking photos until the sky got dark.
The above two photos were taken on different days and at different beaches. A storm was on its way and provided some awesome clouds and contrast you won’t get most days.
Most weekends we spend the entire day on the beach. Lunch, drinks and snacks are in the cooler and we’re underneath our umbrella digging our toes in the sand and enjoying the breeze off the ocean. On this particular day, we had a small rainstorm come through in the afternoon and it kept the sun behind the clouds so we had a beautiful sky for some really great photos to end a perfect day.
This week Patti has given us the prompt of “emotions” for our challenge.
I don’t take a lot of photos of people – except my grandson who has the most expressive face but I’ve featured him a little too much lately – so I went through my files and actually found a few photos that apply.
Brookgreen Gardens hosts a summer musical series – cancelled this year due to Covid – where local bands come and play for a couple of hours. It’s a nice relaxing way to end the day – sitting under the oaks, sipping a beverage and tapping your toes. The photo above is father and son.
The son and the singer really got into the music but you might not realize it if you didn’t know better. They do look a little like they are in pain.Check out the man on the drums grinning away.
Music stirs our hearts and engages our souls in ways we can’t describe. Hildegard of Bingen.
So whether it’s tapping your toes to country music, head banging to heavy metal, shagging to beach music or conducting along with classical music, music has the ability to draw emotion from us.
This week, guest host Anne has invited us to take out our macro lens and get busy. I have to admit though that I’ve not taken out my macro in a long time – much too long so I’ve pulled out some photos from my files.
Most of my macro shots are flowers in bloom so it was hard to pick just a few.
Can you smell them? I can.
And here is a begonia closeup edited to be a Valentine Day’s card.
This week Amy has challenged us with the prompt “precious memories”.
My youngest grandchild lives four hours away and I try to visit at least once a month. We have so much fun together building towers with his legos, playing with his cars, trucks and trains and having marathon reading sessions.
We always take silly selfies too. We stick our tongues out, scrunch up our faces and tickle each other to get the silliest picture possible. It’s tough getting good pictures when you’re being silly and squirming and tickling and smooching so it requires lots of reshoots. Life can be tough.
Several times a week (at least) I take time to scroll through the photos on my phone and I always laugh when seeing these. They bring back the precious memories of that day and this special little boy.
This last photo includes my grandson’s favorite stuffed animal named Moosie. Including him in our selfies caused some issues getting all of us in the shot but was definitely worth it.
Since most of us are under mandates to stay at home, Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of “found in the neighborhood” for this week’s challenge.
This past May, my four-year-old grandson came for a visit and we took him to the zoo at Brookgreen Gardens. I’ve visited the zoo numerous times but have only been able to spot the otters once or twice. And I’ve never been able to get good photos.
From the water viewing window, we watched about a dozen or so otters chasing each other around – in and out of the water, up and down a swing and around the rocks stopping occasionally for a brief pause in the action.
Until one would take a nip at the others and the game would start all over again.
We walked over to the outside viewing area and there were dozens of otters chasing each other there also. My grandson loved watching the otters and I was extremely happy that I got some good photos.
So lesson learned. Otters have their babies in late winter or early spring. They are helpless for the first month or so and begin swimming around two months. By four months, they are able to swim and dive to catch their own food.
Our prompt this week is “the sun will come up tomorrow”.
And it’s a good thing that the sun does show up every morning too. We get many benefits from sunshine. The sun improves your sleep, reduces stress and helps maintain your bones. It also helps to control depression and can even help you maintain your weight Unfortunately that only works if you get your sunshine in the early morning. I’m not a morning person so I can’t vouch for that statement.
These ladies at Brookgreen Gardens know the benefits of sunlight and they don’t need to worry about sunscreen either.
The piece above is one of my favorites at Brookgreen Gardens. It’s a sculpture of Mikhail Baryshnikov by Greg Wyatt. It’s magical – his leap and his arms outstretched to touch the sun. He looks suspended in midair.