Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

From The Daily Post at WordPress:

Our photographs tell stories, big and small. Some of our images are landscapes, offering wide and sweeping views of a scene; these pictures might tell the tales of an entire city, or a tapestry of stories of many people. Some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects.

In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot — or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OF ONE OBJECT.

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Okay, so technically one could argue that I’ve used two objects.  But I’ve chosen to photograph the red and yellow mineral rocks that I have.  So, can I say that technically my object is minerals? Semantics?!

I’m afraid couldn’t begin to tell you the first thing about what kind of rocks or minerals these are. I just know I love their beauty (and the camera does not do justice!). If anyone knows about these and would like to share the information with me, please feel free to do so!

To view other entries and/or obtain information on entering your own, please click HERE!

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The Long and Short of It!

I remember one summer back in the 50s, I guess I was probably about eight to ten years old, and my parents took me from Ohio to Kentucky to spend some summer time with my cousin, Carol Sue. She was a year younger than me and we were like sisters. That summer we did everything together.

Carol Sue was going to get to go to a beauty parlor (they were called parlors back then!) and get her hair cut. I really wanted to go, too. So, my aunt had me write my Mom and Dad and ask if I could have $5 to go with Carol Sue and get a haircut. When the money arrived, off we went to get our haircuts. We went by ourselves because the shopping center was within walking distance.

Carol Sue went first and when she was done I really liked her haircut. So, I jumped up into the chair and told the lady that I wanted the same haircut. She hemmed and hawed and talked to the other ladies in the shop. She kept asking me if I was sure it was okay with my mother if she cut my hair. “Of course,” I said, “She gave me the money to come here!” And she proceeded to give me a haircut. I loved it!

A short time later, my parents came to pick me up. I remember standing in the living room with Carol Sue and my aunt. I was so excited to see them again even though I had had such a wonderful time at my cousin’s house.

My mother was the first one through the front door closely followed by my father. As soon as she walked in, she took one look at me, screamed and fell back into my confused father’s arms. He took one look at me and he started yelling, “What did you do to your hair? Look what you’ve done to your mother! Your hair….! Your mother….!” He stuttered those phrases about two or three times. I didn’t understand what the big deal was.

That was about the time they began “yelling” (my parents never really yelled, they just voiced disapproval) at my aunt. Well, the big deal was that my mother loved my hair. I suppose my dad did too. It went all the way down my back to just below my waist and it was thick and wavy.

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My mother recovered. She said that when she sent me the money to go with Carol Sue to get a haircut, she thought I was just going to get a trim. My aunt started in on how she hated long hair on an active child. It was impossible to untangle and it would grow back. My aunt survived.

I had gone to the beauty parlor with waist-length hair and I came out with the style of the day – a pixie cut – one-inch all over!  I don’t have any pictures of myself with it but here’s a Google image I found that would have been similar.

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

Everyone survived! My folks took me home and my hair grew out again! You know, now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever got to spend the summer with Carol Sue again.  Hmmmm….

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Imagination

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.  Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

William Blake

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Original

Create inspiring, noble, and righteous goals that fire your imagination and create excitement in your heart. And then keep your eye on them. Work consistently towards achieving them.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

For more information on participating in this challenge to view additional entries, CLICK HERE.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found in Nature

Here are my entries for this challenge:

My first iPhone5 photo!

My first iPhone5 photo!

Private dining!

Private dining!

I thought this nest was interesting in that it was in a small tree smack dab in the middle of downtown traffic!

I thought this nest was interesting in that it was in a small tree smack dab in the middle of downtown traffic!

Turtles sunbathing at Silver Springs, FL

Turtles sunbathing at Silver Springs, FL

January roses at Leu Gardens in Winter Park, FL

January roses at Leu Gardens in Winter Park, FL

For those who wish to participate or check out other entries, please click HERE.

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January White

I note that earlier this month there were a couple of challenges using the word white. I wasn’t ready! Back in December I was thinking of the new year coming up and how I wanted to start taking more photographs. Oftentimes when I think of January it conjures up thoughts of things that represent or are white. I realize that most of the country (U.S.) and probably other parts of the world are currently covered in white and the last thing they may want to think of is white snow!  Well, being here in Central Florida, I just don’t have any opportunity to take photographs of snow (unless I were to travel north, which in and of itself would be crazy in the winter!). So, I offer a few photographs which I think have white as the focal point (or not)! They’re varied and random and I hope you enjoy them.  If you feel so inclined, I wouldn’t mind knowing which is your favorite and why.

All of the photos except for the white roses were taken with my iPhone 5. The roses were taken using the Nikon D3200 but, I must confess, it was on the macro setting. Some were autocorrected or cropped in Microsoft or Fotor.

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Emmy

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Lake Apopka, Winter Garden, Florida

Lake Apopka, Winter Garden, Florida

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Orlando Florida Temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Orlando Florida Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Orlando Florida Temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Orlando Florida Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens Winter Park, Florida

Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens
Winter Park, Florida

Phoneography Challenge: Black and White Monday

It’s black and white Monday at Lens and Pens by Sally.  I selected a photo that I took with my iPhone5 on a very overcast day from my front yard.  The original was not shot in black and white but it was certainly a black and white day!  So editing to black and white in the different apps just made subtle changes.

I pulled the following from Sally’s post (I hope she doesn’t mind). I found the explanation for how we perceive black and white very interesting:

“Science explains it this way: A surface which contains all colors will be seen as black, because the viewer perceives that no colors are being reflected. Whereas to realize white, the observer sees all colors reflected. This explanation is the path to: black is color and white is not.”

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Original

Snapseed

Snapseed

PhotoToaster Jr.

PhotoToaster Jr.

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Camera360

For information on participating and/or to view additional entries, please click HERE.

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Decorating Dilemma!!

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I received this beautiful bowl as a gift.  Now what shall I put in it?  It’s really quite large.  Hmmm, fruit?  Nah.  Flowers?  Nah.
Let me see…………..

Nicky

Nicky

Midge

Midge

Freckles

Freckles

Well, I guess that problem is solved!

I was already going to do this post this week and thought that, rather than do two animal posts in one week, I would include this in Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge.  To view additional entries, please click here.

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