Macro Monday: Dark Shadow

I discovered a creature of some sort sunning itself on a leaf recently. At first, with the camera focused from above, I thought meh.

However…looking up from below, an entirely different perspective unfolded.

A dark shadow loomed…a silhouette motionless in the sun.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Aging Flowers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Special Request: Wilting, dead, or aging flowers and leaves.

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Unusual special request, but I understand it.

After all, beauty comes at all ages.

I found two examples.

Tulips – while wilting – took on a “life” of their own a few months ago. A different kind of beauty. One worth documenting.

faded tulip
A vine of leaves added a unique touch while weaving its way through a fence along the river’s edge. Stopped me in my tracks.

Still hanging on…

faded leaves

…and showing off.

Lens-Artists Challenge: Autumn

Lens-Artists Challenge #106: Autumn

…share your images of this season.  What does autumn look like in your part of the world?  What does this season mean to you personally? 

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Autumn marks time until the cold darkness of winter arrives…as each day rewards us by unveiling ever-changing shades of yellows, oranges and reds.

Along with greens stubbornly hanging on from summer.

A feast for the eyes.

twisted tree

The line of trees along my street pop with color, one by one.

fall road

Halloween, my favorite holiday, happens in Autumn. There’s no pressure for gifts or elaborate meals. It’s just all about fun and make-believe. Since moving to a condo, I miss the trick or treaters and those knocks on the kitchen door. Little upturned faces covered with makeup and masks…the scary or beautiful or silly masks that have holes made especially for mouths and noses. I absolutely delighted in their joy as the doorbell rang over and over from 5 to 8 pm.

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Autumn also means it’s time for annual fall festivals…including a very special one that I attended last year. It is cancelled for 2020.

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Apple Harvest Day
Dover, NH
October 2019

Eventually all the leaves turn brown…

brown leaf

…and at the end of a late September day – if you’re lucky – you witness a blaze of gold in a grocery store parking lot…

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…in the Autumn.

Lens-Artists Challenge: Old and New

Lens-Artists Challenge #99: Old and New

We look forwarding to seeing your “Old and New” interpretation. It can be the contrast of architecture, fashion, collections, treasures…in one photo or multiple photos.

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My first “old and new” image is a “view from beach towel on sand” photo taken during a solo 7 day vacation in Coronado, California. I was feeling most grateful for the chance to enjoy precious peaceful time away. As I often do, I captured the moment on “film” and one photo highlighted the odd contrast between two very different buildings from very different times.

On the left: the old upscale for-the-tourists (and movie stars and all around famous people) Hotel Del Coronado with its signature red roof. Built in 1887, it has since been designated as a National Historic Landmark. I didn’t stay at the “Del” but enjoyed a meal and a drink at its restaurant. And, of course, I had to check out the gift shop.

To the right – and actually farther off in the distance than it looks – the more modern day high rise apartment buildings. Home to residents and, I imagine, not-so-famous people.

Worlds apart in more ways than one.

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Coronado Beach, California 2006

My second “old and new” photo originates much closer to home. Once spring appears, my trusty path in the woods…which I have gotten to know well…always reveals a combination of the old and new. But only when I remember to pause and look down.

During a walk last month…I stopped next to these fallen leaves, now old and brown, which had covered the ground with thick layers of crunch. However…they were obviously no match for a glimmer of new growth forcing its way up towards the sun.

old and new leaves
Spring in New Hampshire 2020

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
January

 

2: February…a welcome color display…

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February

 

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

fiddleheads
Early Spring

 

4: May showers…

raindrops
May showers

 

5: Summer sunsets…

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Summer sunsets

 

6: Butterfly on zinnias…

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Butterfly on zinnias

 

7: The magical pond…

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The magical pond

 

8: Sunflower parade…

sunflowers group
Sunflower parade

 

9: Amber waves…

amber squares
Amber waves

 

10: Crunchy path…

acorns
Crunchy path

 

11: Fall arrives…

twisted tree
Fall arrives

 

12: Watch your step…

Watch your step

 

13: The cactus blooms!

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The cactus blooms

 

14: Late Fall fantasy edits…

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Late Fall fantasy edits

 

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

crunch of ice

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!