Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A Window with a View

Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #79: A Window with a View

…Share with us photos you’ve captured through windows.

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As I have mentioned before in several posts, I enjoyed a photographer’s paradise last summer when visiting the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Twice actually…as there was so much to see I had to return! Not just to photograph, but to experience.

Why couldn’t history lessons be this fascinating back in high school?

For this challenge, I will include two images.

The first was taken while walking across a double-lane wooden covered bridge. It was built in 1845…a weathered sign warns bridge crossers riding horses or automobiles not to exceed 10 miles per hour.

I discovered a window about halfway across the bridge…

bridge window

…offering a glimpse across the pond beneath.

The second window was in one of the 39 buildings situated throughout 45 acres of museum grounds…

sunny window

…showcasing a small sample of the vibrant, colorful flowers blooming in one of the 22 gardens on the property.

Fifteen Favorites

Inspired by Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #77: Favorite Photos of 2019

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Choose my favorite photographs of 2019?

That’s a tough one (which I made a bit easier by not including family photos).

I managed to pare it down to 15(!). It was an especially exciting year as I dove into the world of macro photography. An additional photographic challenge.

I am curious…which one is your favorite?

1: January…ice crackling on the river…

exeter river ice

 

2: February…a welcome color display…

flowers for sale copy

 

3: Early Spring…signs of nature coming to life…

fiddleheads

 

4: May showers…

raindrops

 

5: Summer sunsets…

lake frame

 

6: Butterfly on zinnias…

zinnia butterfly close

 

7: The magical pond…

magical pond

 

8: Sunflower parade…sunflowers group

 

9: Amber waves…amber squares

 

10: Crunchy path…

acorns

 

11: Fall arrives…

twisted tree

 

12: Watch your step…

 

13: The cactus blooms!

blossom day 4

 

14: Late fall fantasy edits…

IMG_1487 fantasy copy 2

 

15: Last, but not least, back to where the year began…with the crunch of ice.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

Inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White

 

This summer I noticed a flowering bush so pale amidst glorious purples on either side, I decided it deserved a photo of its own. Overlooked, as it might often be, in such colorful surroundings.

I do not know what kind of flower/bush/plant this is, however I was intrigued by its seaweed appearance…even though it was flourishing on a Vermont hillside.

white plant copy

Can anyone solve the mystery?

 

Frame it

Lens-Artists Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

You can include images of buildings, people, objects, and/or elements from nature.  Feel free to include shots of the same subject before you filled the frame and after you filled the frame.

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This past summer I had a butterfly experience.

In fact…a massive butterfly experience. As a photographer, I had never been this up close and personal with so many butterflies. As I was to find out, butterfly bushes are instrumental in attracting these beautiful – and elusive – quick-to-fly-away insects.

At first I was drawn to the bushes themselves…

butterfly bush one
But, after filling the frame, I got the scene I wanted.

A butterfly resting at (almost) center stage, highlighted against its signature flowers…

butterfly bush zoom

 

More recently, I found a patch of ferns in varying degrees of Autumn decay tucked behind a wire fence…

ferns one

 

But on closer inspection…I uncovered an entirely different perspective.

A dance of textures and shades of green plus brown.

Decay?

Not so much.

ferns two