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!

 

 

Abstract Afternoons

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.

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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.

Peaceful place

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.

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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.

 

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?

 

Sunshine’s Macro Monday – Almost Underfoot

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #18

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During a walk in the woods a week or so ago, I remembered to look down.

Then I got a bit closer…

Let’s not forget what has fallen off those trees with the once gorgeous leaves and needles.

Before everything is crunched and flattened on the ground by wildlife or walkers such as myself.

Before it all eventually disappears…under the snow.

I believe there is always something eye catching in nature…even at the end of the life cycle.