Monthly Archives: December 2015

Charm Me



Charm Haiku (Rose)

Charm flows from a smile,
a look, a lingering touch,
the gift of a rose

*posted for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge with prompt words of charm and look:

I am also entering this photo into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic.

Country Market-The Changing Seasons 12

It’s all about the festive red and green at the Country Market this month! Vibrant poinsettias and fresh Christmas Trees fill the greenhouse and line the lot. The scent of pine fills the air. The market is a busy place, helping customers select the perfect tree and ringing up the holiday sales.

I also noticed that there was a sign advertising the sale of the market itself. A clerk told me that there were no definite plans to sell right now. Whatever the outcome, I hope the market stays open and keeps its country feel. I have enjoyed stopping by each month to see seasonal changes, make purchases and capture the simple beauty of the market.

I plan to make a wrap up of select photos before the end of the year. I understand that the Cardinal plans to continue this challenge, with some minor changes, next year! I better start scouting for a new location. This is my twelfth installment for Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge. We are to post 5-20 pictures each month at a nearby location to showcase the changing of seasons and hone our photography skills. You should check out his photos and the links that he posts to other entries you may also enjoy viewing. You can see my previous galleries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of this page. Think about joining us next year as the challenge continues!

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to you all!

Oops-Light Streams

Light Streams

Light Streams

Well, here is my oops photo. I wanted to take a nighttime shot of a lighted Christmas Tree to include in my Changing Seasons series. (You can click on the header at the top of my page for more information and photos!)

Clearly, I am not a master of night photography! I had pulled into a nearby lot and zoomed in for a picture. Feeling rushed, I didn’t make any setting changes. I think that my unsteady hands also contributed to the streaming effect in the photo.

Weirdly enough, I actually like this photo. While not technically perfect, or even close, there is still something about it that I like. I think it seems dynamic and alive!

What do you think?

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to you all!

*posted for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge:

Composition Magic-Two Thirds

My Pal

My Pal

I have selected these photos for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge. Last week, Cee shared information about the Rule of Thirds. This week, she extended that discussion to cover what she calls the Magic of Two-Thirds. Instead of putting our subject in one third of the frame, we are to use two-thirds, leaving the rest bokeh or negative space to accent our subject. Cee suggests that this tip is good to use with still life photography.

My first photo is a picture of my dog, Pal. He is sitting “still” for his portrait! His face takes up most of the photo frame and you will see his interesting eyes. Having one blue and one brown eye makes him special.

The next photo is of a neon and metal star that is a city landmark on top of Mill Mountain. You can see more information about the star in my previous posts called Up and Down Mill Mountain and Landmark.

Star View

Star View

The following photos, showing the two thirds technique, are of flowers found in my backyard in summertime-a delicate dandelion puff and a wild hibiscus.

Dandelion Puff

Dandelion Puff

Wild Hibiscus

Wild Hibiscus

I hope you all have a magical day!

Howl at the Moon

Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon

Wolf Haiku (Moon)

Layered cake of clouds
Moon cover silences wolf
True nature restrained

This is my first entry into Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge. This week the target words were cake and wolf. Check out his blog for more info and reader submissions.

I am also entering this photo into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic. She has run the clinic for one year and I am happy to be included!

Rule of Thirds on Display



This week, Cee has challenged us to explore the photography Rule of Thirds. The squirrel in my first picture is in the left third of the picture. He may be a bit close to the edge but he is so cute nibbling on his acorn that I think this action shot works.

The next photo is a landscape where the focal point is a water tower at the left of the scene. Your eyes go there first, move to glance at the rest of the photo elements, but are drawn back to the tower again.

Water Tower

Water Tower

The focal point can also be in the right third as seen in the next two photos. I like the way the steeple is grounded but reaches toward the sky in open space without hindrance.



The placement of this tower in the right third of the picture made it look more dramatic than if it was simply in the middle given the slanted hillside.



The little humming bird is in the top third of the picture which seems appropriate for a bird. He is perched on a branch going toward the left third of the picture. I hope the vertical branch on the right does not distract fom the hummingbird.



Finally, I selected a photo where the focal point is at the bottom of the photo with simple plants settled in the flower bed. Nothing distracts from the plants and they seem to have room to grow.



I hadn’t given the concept of upper and lower thirds as much thought as the right and left until this lesson. I also learned to think about where the open space is in relation to the position of the photo subject, and how that may impact someone’s emotional interpretation of the photograph.

These photos are posted for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge-Rule of Thirds. Check out her blog for lots of great photo tips and links to example photos!

Eye of the Tiger

eye of the tiger

eye of the tiger

Eye spy: the eye of the tiger cat.

Stripey Boy is my seventeen year old striped tabby cat. I think his sweet soul shows in his eyes. He brings joy and softness to my life.

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Eye Spy

Signs- Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge

Signs For The Times

Signs For The Times

I had to stop and read these signs when I spotted the jaunty display. The messages may make you smile or chuckle. Happy reading!

*posted for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge-Signs

Buildings and Trees and Memories



I love the buildings and trees theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

The first photo, above, is of a home that can be seen nestled among the trees and mountains. I wonder if the view from the house is as beautiful as the view of it!

The next photo, below, was taken during a recent visit to a near-by park. A picnic shelter can be seen through the stark trees that have lost, or are in the process of losing, their leaves.

Park Place

Park Place

The third picture shows colorful trees surrounding a gazebo, barn and a historic building that may actually be a town museum. I will have to investigate further! The view is across from a duck pond that I posted about earlier.

Across the Pond

Across the Pond

I was a bit creative in my final photo selection. The nest in my backyard tree was initially built by a robin. But later in the summer, a crafty squirrel added on to it and claimed it as his own!



I enjoyed searching through my photo archives for this challenge, reminiscing about the day and people attached to each one. Isn’t it great how simple photos can evoke memories and emotions?

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