Nurturing Thursday



Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind.
We grow old only by deserting our ideals.
You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt;
As young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear;
As young as your hope, as old as your despair.

– Samuel Ullman

For more inspiration, visit Becca’s blog “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Groups of Birds

This week on Sunday Stills, it’s pictures of four or more birds in the same picture. I must admit that using the “zoom” function on my iPhone5 is next to useless. To me, it just causes the picture to be too grainy. But, alas, to get close enough to a group of birds with an iPhone, just makes them scatter!

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DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

From The Daily Post:  The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image.

The following was taken one afternoon at Lake Apopka with my iPhone5. Hope it fits somewhat into the Rule of Thirds category!

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Thursday’s Special: Dusk

I venerate old age; and I love not the man who can look without emotion upon the sunset of life, when the dusk of evening begins to gather over the watery eye, and the shadows of twilight grow broader and deeper upon the understanding.

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2014-10-04 Dusk_Fotor



Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

Jen from The Daily Post says:

An artfully executed minimalist photograph is anything but mundane. It illustrates a moment in time, or an artistic perspective, with simplicity and grace.

Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. At first thought, it may seem like it would be easy to shoot an engaging minimalist photograph, when indeed it can often be the opposite. A minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but “plain”.

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For more information on participating in this challenge and/or to view additional entries, please click on the logo.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood or Season of Spring

From Cee:

Wood or the Season of Spring.  In the description of of the Wood Element you can maybe get some ideas for your entry.

People who have strong energy of the Wood element have a clear vision and goals, and know how to bring them into being. They excel at planning and decision making. Their piercing, penetrating eyes may attract you.  Color for wood is green.

An old wooden pier on Lake Apopka

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Basswood, 2011
Joshua Almond
Call the Darkness
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College

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Part of an old oak tree root, cut out to try to keep it from doing anymore damage to our driveway!

2014-07-03 Root_Fotor


I have no idea what this little flowering plant is called. I also have no idea if it it was taken on THE spring day we might have had a few months ago here in Central Florida! 😉

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Straight Lines

Cee says:  We are on to a new series which I am calling Geometry.  This week our topic will be things with straight lines.  These items can be found on man made objects or in nature. Have fun and be as creative as you like.

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