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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Moon Night

Last night was International Watch the Moon Night.  It’s a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010.  

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There were hundreds of events scheduled around the world but my capture is from the back deck of my daughter’s home.  

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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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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Trees

This week Cee has chosen trees as our prompt for the challenge.

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A trip to the zoo at Brookgreen Gardens ended suddenly when the rain began to fall.

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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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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Small

Amy has chosen “Small is beautiful” as our prompt for this week’s challenge.

First, we did evacuate to our daughter’s due to Hurricane Florence.  Hubby went back today and says we did not have any damage and didn’t even lose power.  Lucky for us, Flo made a turn back to the north and we were spared the brunt of it.  However, there has been severe flooding and more is expected throughout the week as the never ending rain from Florence will cause the area rivers to overflow.

I did remember to bring my flash drives and memory cards with me along with all of my lens, filters, etc (fearing the worst) and I’ve gone through them while my grandson was napping and went looking for “small” subjects.  

I love capturing these small treasures although it can be quite frustrating so nothing makes me happier when I realize I’ve gotten focused shots.

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This last photo was an assignment for the Photoshop class I just finished.  We were instructed to composite an impossible scene.  I had just taken the photo of the dragonfly and added my grandson to it.  I liked it so much I promptly added him to some other scenes and may post them one day.

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