Archive for September, 2013

This week’s challenge topic is saturated. The sample showed a saturation of color; I decided to go with a saturation of fruit.

This tree is loaded with pink spiky balls. Does anyone know what kind of tree it is? Is it some kind of chestnut?

Tree with pink spikey balls

Tree with pink spiky balls

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tree with two burls

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cat playing

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.

Brendan Francis

If you would like to participate in Ese’s Sunday Challenge or see other examples: click here!

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The topic this week is the lines and patterns we see in the world around us.

These are a few I have seen recently.

Pavilion Boston Common

Standing inside the pavilion in Boston Common


Bridge Railing

Bridge Railing

Park Bench

Park Bench with Blossoms

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A reminder on my wall:



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This week’s photo topic is a good one: Inside. There are so many ways this could be demonstrated I will probably do more than one post!

But I will start with this one. My cat Aimee likes to go inside her “tunnel” to play with her toy.

cat photo

Aimee in her “tunnel”

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I was out walking the other day, deep in thought and looking at the ground, when I saw this:


Chestnuts in the gutter

And then I saw this on the sidewalk (I honestly did not arrange this…it was there, just like this).

Chestnut Leaf

Leaf and shell

And that made me look up and see this:

Chestnuts on Tree

Chestnuts on Tree with their Spiky Coats

I don’t think there are that many chestnut trees anymore due to the chestnut blight. This particular tree, according to the images I saw online, is a horse chestnut, which can be poisonous to humans, unless the chestnuts are prepared properly. But I was grateful to walk under the shade of this one nonetheless.

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Cheri Lucas Rowlands gives us this week’s Photo Challenge: Unusual Point of View.  She introduces it this way:

Challenge yourself to rethink your ideas about what subjects are appropriate, and then challenge yourself again to find an unusual perspective on your subject.

Cool Globes Exhibit

Globes Along Boston Common

I recently went into Boston to meet a friend and saw these “Cool Globes” in different areas of the city. The art exhibit is to call attention to the issue of global warming. (You can read about it here.) All of the globes represent an artist’s unique perspective on the issue.

Cool Globe Exhibit

Globe Created Using Plastic

Cool Globe Exhibit

Globes in Early Morning

I really enjoyed looking at them as I walked around and took pictures of some of them…and I took pictures of other people taking pictures and enjoying them too, which I think is a unique perspective!

Cool Globe Exhibit

Hiding Behind a Globe, Photographing Someone Else Photographing a Globe

Cool Globe Exhibit

In Copley Square, These Kids Found a Globe They Could Sit In


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This week’s topic is Sea.

Tomorrow is Labor Day in the US, the unofficial end of summer. I only went to the sea once this summer…without a camera. I live too far to drive to the sea just to take photos. The parking fees are normally astronomical for this weekend, and — my last excuse –its raining. So I decided to approach the topic in a different way using images from my “shoebox.”

Gift From the Sea

Gift From the Sea

One of my favorite books is Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “Gift from the Sea.” There are just too many fabulous quotes from this book to post here, but in keeping with the title, I was thinking about gifts from the sea, intangible gifts such as peace and serenity, and inspiration for art, music, and soul-searching.

Lindbergh says near the beginning of the book:

“…The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach — waiting for a gift from the sea.” 

art by the sea

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

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