Lens-Artists Challenge: The Long and Winding Road

Lens-Artists Challenge #100: The Long and Winding Road

…share your images and thoughts about the long and winding road. Feel free to be literal or metaphorical in your approach.

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My long and winding road entries (one begins as a path) for this week’s challenge are close to home…seeing as that’s where I’ve been for 3 months. The photos, however, are from last fall. One could argue they aren’t very long and winding, but the roads themselves eventually are just that.

The first photo is where I turn right into my street. The trees light up with color in the fall and the road does eventually wind – snake like – past 7 almost identical condo buildings to where I live.

road in fall
The second photo is the “road” more traveled and is located in back of my building. At first a well worn path, it eventually joins a dirt road used by runners, dog walkers, dirt bike riders…and sometimes snowmobilers in the winter. Every so often the utility company powers a massive truck past the “no trespassing” sign when it needs to do its thing. Often leaving deep muddy tire tracks in its wake. After fiddling with the massive power boxes or clear cutting trees.

But I like this road for its discovery potential. And the deer I sometimes meet for brief staring contests. Fearless chipmunks and squirrels pay me no mind. The woodchuck, however, always makes a quick getaway at my approach. It’s their home after all. I guess this road was made for them and me. 🙂

As far as I’m concerned…this road is mostly made for walking. And that’s just what I do.

Except to pause when it’s time for play…you never know how many acorns you’ll find along the way.

road path fall

 

Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Mystery Puff

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #31

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I’ve got another mystery to solve.

I spied this random white puff of something on a tree branch in January during a walk in the woods near my home. It was about the size of a blueberry.

I am thinking it’s some kind of fungus, but I have no clue.

A bright spot this time of year is welcome no matter what the source!

Ideas?

 

mystery white fluff

 

Sunshine’s Macro Monday: A Prickly Mystery

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #30

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While walking along a street in a Washington DC neighborhood last Friday, I passed by a line of trees with small prickly seed pods (?) hanging from the branches. I had never seen anything like it.

My 3 year old grandson thinks they are coconuts, but I have my doubts.

Does anyone know what this is?

 

macro hanging

Art in the Sky

Inspired by Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Trees

…share some of your favorite trees with one another…

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I will be the first one to admit how much I enjoy the Fall season – with its endless array of oranges and reds emerging across the landscape. The multicolored trees are indeed spectacular and I always capture dozens of photographs as the season progresses.

However, my most sought after – and elusive – tree image is only possible in Winter. Against the night sky right around sunset.

After all the leaves have dropped…when a tree’s true shape and character is no longer hidden. Branches, exposed and unencumbered, stretch out…for all the world to see.

Displaying a pen and ink drawing across the sky. A freeze-frame dance of sorts.

As if to announce…here I am! Look at me!

An abandoned bird’s nest…often still nestles precariously against the trunk. Or a massive wasp hive hangs empty…ahhh…that explains the constant buzzing last summer.

The stories these trees could tell.

When the sky turns pinkish/orangish/gorgeous-ish, I attempt year after year to capture an image like I see in my mind’s eye.

I came close this past December on a city street in Washington DC. Taking a walk with my real camera, I had a sense the light would be magic (as cheesy as that sounds, it actually was magic). It was the day after Christmas after all.

A quiet evening at 5:00.

The Tree appeared a few blocks in the distance – but power lines crisscrossed in front of my view. After realizing the light was not going to last much longer, I hurried through the empty streets…getting closer.

A lefthand turn…one more block…it was time.

Standing as near as possible, I decided to include the few power lines still visible under the main branches of the tree. Before I lost the light…I looked up…tried a few exposure settings…and went for it.

Even though I was not able to photograph the entire horizontal expanse of this magnificent tree, I was thrilled to capture a sample of my favorite art in the sky.

bare tree

 

citysonnet January photo a day challenge: Looking Up

 

Sunshine’s Macro Monday: Exposed

Inspired by Sunshine’s Macro Monday #25

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A Walk in the Woods

I wasn’t sure how the tree remained upright…extending high above my head.

Its shredding rotted spindly branches barely hanging on.

Stripped of bark, listing to the side, full of holes…it somehow had survived…now completely naked.

Not a speck of green. No signs of life. It seemed odd. Out of place…surrounded by so many healthy trees.

Surely a potential danger to humans walking by.

I wonder if the wildlife in this patch of woods are done doing their damage.

tree stripped

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…

flowers for sale copy
February

 

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

fiddleheads
Early Spring

 

4: May showers…

raindrops
May showers

 

5: Summer sunsets…

lake frame
Summer sunsets

 

6: Butterfly on zinnias…

zinnia butterfly close
Butterfly on zinnias

 

7: The magical pond…

magical pond
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!

blossom day 4
The cactus blooms

 

14: Late Fall fantasy edits…

IMG_1487 fantasy copy 2
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!