BeckyB’s Square Challenge: Bright
One of nature’s most fascinating works of art (in my opinion) is the milkweed pod. I spotted one tucked in a tangle of vines a bit off the path during my walk several months ago. A pod had opened up and hung suspended…but I don’t think I would have noticed it without the sun’s highlighting help.
Strands of milkweed’s distinctive white floss had broken free…and were hanging down ready to release their seeds to the wind. What a sight!
The forest floor before the snow…so many macros bedded down for the winter. I couldn’t decide which one to highlight, so a collage it is.
Photo a Day: Goodbye September
Lens-Artists Challenge #105: Spring
Except for the errant March (or April!) snow storm that rears its ugly head here in the US northeast, Spring changes my world from black and white to Color. Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz? Almost like that.
The dull grays and browns and monochromes begin to fade. Colors start appearing in the tiniest of places. Since I’ve dived into macro photography, I am noticing these hidden gems.
Once Spring bursts onto the landscape full time, technicolor takes over…including my favorites…
And let’s not forget the gardeners among us…who look forward to the long awaited beginning of the growing season.
It’s the time of year to carefully nurture life…from seed to plant. And once the harvest arrives…a welcome addition to the dinner table.
BeckyB JulySquares: Perspectives
Look what I found…
A leaf with a window or two or three. For peaking! Those were my first thoughts when capturing this image.
However, on closer inspection…maybe it’s a one-eyed leaf with a lot to say?
But from another perspective…
…an appearance of thoughtful quiet.
I think I’ll stick with that.
Inspired by Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #77: Favorite Photos of 2019
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…
2: February…a welcome color display…
3: Early Spring…signs of nature coming to life…
4: May showers…
5: Summer sunsets…
6: Butterfly on zinnias…
7: The magical pond…
8: Sunflower parade…
9: Amber waves…
10: Crunchy path…
11: Fall arrives…
12: Watch your step…
13: The cactus blooms!
14: Late Fall fantasy edits…
15: Last, but not least, back to where the year began…with the crunch of ice.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74: Abstract
Feel free to go beyond the traditional realistic image of an object, scene, or element. Take a photo of anything that catches your eye and allows you to express your artistic view of the world. You can also focus on details which are normally ignored and make your viewers use their imaginations.
What do we have here?
Outside…one summer day, camera in hand…a glint of sun dancing across the surface as I catch it.
Or an afternoon spent inside…pouring over art for sale.
Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Peace
…share posts that evoke the sense of peace for you, in whatever form that might take.
Several months ago, I discovered a small clearing in the woods in back of my condo building…which I often gravitate to when I am out for a walk.
Even though I can still hear the roar of the traffic from the nearby highway, it is my peaceful place. I often wish there was a place to sit.
Perhaps the coincidence traces back decades to when I used to spend afternoons out exploring the wooded area down the street with my friend Kathleen. Gathering rocks and leaves and the odd rusty nail in an old bucket. Or – alone – perched in a tree in my front yard, hidden from the world…as deep in thought as a 9 year old can be. I always felt a sense of belonging…and a sense of lightness being in the out-of-doors.
Although now there is no tree climbing…that sense of belonging continues.