Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Curves

This week Tina has asked us to show our curves.  

When entering the city of Conway, South Carolina from Highway 501, you travel over the Memorial Bridge.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and stately.  It was built in 1937 and was designated as a memorial to the Horry County citizens that served in America’s wars.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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Last October the area was hard hit by Hurricane Florence and the area at the foot of the bridge had massive flooding from the Waccamaw River and much of the area was closed off.  

Now the bridge is closed for several months for construction.  It’s getting a new road surface and a nip and a tuck to the curbs and railings.  

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They don’t make them like this any more.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Photographic Review

To wrap up 2018, we are asked to share our favorite pictures from this past year.  All my pictures are special to me so it was hard to pick out just a few. 

For this post, I picked out pictures where I learned something new or tried some new editing in Photoshop.  That’s my grandson standing on a leaf with a dragonfly for Amy’s prompt of “small is beautiful”.  The black and white photo is a statute in Brookgreen Gardens called the Cycle of Life by Paul Howard Manship.  It’s my oldest daughter’s favorite and I think I have photographed it for her a hundred times at different times of day, seasons, etc.  It was taken for Cee’s Black and White Challenge “sculpture”.  

The four folks sitting on the edge of America is from Amy’s prompt of “time to relax”.  I shared the original photo as well as this edit.  I think I took every beach photo from this past summer and used Photoshop to edit each one this way – I know, I got carried away.  But I did put them all together in an album and you can see them here: http://www.blurb.com/b/8953828-beach-etchings 

The father and daughter on the beach is from a response to a prompt “face in the crowd”.  We were asked to share a face but it had to be masked and yet still tell a story.  I got these shots one evening over a year ago while taking a walk on the beach and then did some editing for the post.  I wish that I had gotten the father’s contact info – it would be a wonderful memory for both the father and daughter.

The last photo is from our rare snowstorm back in January for the prompt “growth”.  Work was closed for a couple of days and I spent most of that time getting photos.  It was so bony chilling cold that I could only stay out for a few minutes at a time.  But it was worth it – I love the bokeh and softness in this one.

So these are my favorites.  Are they yours?

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Doors

This week Tina has given us the topic of “doors” as our challenge.
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I love looking at old abandoned buildings.  I always wonder at the stories those walls could tell if only they could talk.  They fascinate me so I won’t hesitate to stop and grab my camera when I see one on my many trips. Luckily, my passengers have become used to this and don’t mind the many stops.

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You have to turn off the main roads though and drive through some small towns.  Unfortunately some of the small towns are almost completely abandoned and it’s sad to see.  Other small towns have found ways to revitalize and businesses are flourishing.  But those aren’t as fascinating to me.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Magical Lights

This week Amy has chosen “magical lights” as our prompt and it’s come at a most appropriate time as we just purchased our tickets for Night of a Thousand Candles.

Each year Brookgreen Gardens hosts the event.  There are lights through out the gardens along with carolers, story-tellers, bagpipes, food, drink and more.  Thousands of people attend each year.  It’s amazing and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a stroll though the gardens.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Blended

I am late, late, late with this week’s challenge to show something blended.  So I’m making this quick as the new challenge comes out in about 10 minutes!  I’ve not missed one yet since I started this blog and don’t intend to ever miss one.

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We heard the Boattailed Grackle singing but it took some time to locate his position.  I’m not sure what kind of bird the second is but I only saw him because he moved.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Fun

This week we are asked to share a little fun.

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is over, fall is in the air and I’ve already started Christmas shopping.  But for now, I’m going to follow Patti’s request and share some fun. 

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Most of my summer was spent at the beach under an umbrella enjoying the cool breeze and watching the children play in the sand and surf.  Part of the fun for me is watching the pure joy on their faces as they enjoy the water.  Oh, to be so young again!

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I kept my camera out and snapped happily away….

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Big

This week Tina has asked us to share our “big” shots.

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In last week’s challenge, I shared photos of a polo match we attended that weekend.  Hot air balloons were part of the event so I’m excited to be able to share them today.  

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I was disappointed that the balloons were tethered though so I used photoshop to remove the ropes out of the images above and below.

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The colors were absolutely gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful sky.  

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Change

This week Amy has given us the word “change” as the inspiration for our post.

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Yesterday we travelled to Ravenel – just south of Charleston – to watch the Victory Cup and a Hot Air Balloon launch.  It was the first polo match for me and it was a beautiful day to relax, learn something new and enjoy time with family.  (My middle daughter and her boyfriend went with hubby and me.  I also got a chance to practice action shots!)

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Played on horseback, the game lasts about an hour or so and time periods are called “chukkers”.  The players change horses at the end of each chukker to allow them to rest.  When the ball is struck by a player, all players are required to ride along the ball’s path.  When the ball is struck in a different direction, the players all change direction as well.

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In this respect, life can be a lot like polo.  Most of us go day-to-day with the same routine never stepping outside the box to try something different or learn something new.  Any type of change – whether it’s work, relationship, religious or school related – is feared.   

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Change has been on my mind quite a bit lately as retirement is right around the corner for me.  I have a lot of decisions to make in the next year or so but change is nothing to be feared – especially when you meet it head on and are prepared.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Window

This week we are asked to share our favorite window whether it’s because the window itself fascinates us or because someone or something in front of the window attracts our attention.

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For me, it’s who is standing in front of the window that gets my attention – my grandson who is now 2 1/2 years old.  In this first picture he had just turned 2.  He will stand in front of the window for ages watching the cars go by or looking for the deer in the vacant lot across the street.  Often he is joined by his dog Hollie and his Gigi (that’s me) who loves catching his reflection in the window.  If he sees someone putting their shoes on, he will run to grab his shoes as he knows the odds are high that he will be able to go outside too.

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In these pictures, he was entertaining himself while watching dad cut the grass.  Too cute – right?

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Path

This week Tina has chosen “path” as our prompt for the challenge.  

I have several paths that I take on a regular basis.  One, of course, is to work and back.  I live about two miles from work but despite that short commute, I no longer seem able to get there by 8 each morning.  

My other regular paths are longer – a 1 1/2 hour trip to Charleston each month for a doctor’s appointment and to visit family, a 2 hour trip to Summerville each month to visit family and a 4 hour trip each month to North Augusta to visit more family.

The trips can be quite monotonous even with my Ipod shuffling through my playlist but since I’ve taken up photography, everything – and I mean everything – that I see from my window seems so much more interesting than it did before.  I keep my camera next to me and will stop at a moment’s notice to take a photo of something that caught my attention.  It could be a church, an abandoned building or just the way the sun comes through the trees.  

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I’ve driven this road for many years and always thought the incline and curve of this stretch of road was interesting and graceful.  And with this beautiful sky on this trip, I decided to turn off of it onto the frontage road for a better look.

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I wonder who is Bobby and Jamie and why are their names written on the support beams on a stretch of highway out in the middle of no where.  Or is it possible that Bobby and Jamie also had a love for angles and curves like me?  Do their parents know where they’ve been?  Do they have a curfew?  Am I being silly or crazy and putting too much thought into this?

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And why is this frontage road even here when there is nothing at the end of the road?  It did give me something to think about for the last hour of the trip though.

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