About a year ago, Corinne and I had the privilege of spending a couple days at National Harbor, which is located South of Washington DC along the Potomac River.
As a physician, she had a medical conference to attend, and as the wife of a physician, I was lucky enough to be able to tag along. There was no indecision on my part!
I knew much of my time would be spent alone, and whereas some may find it pointless, I found I loved the long days alone, especially my quiet time at sunset. I guess that’s one of the perks of being an introvert.
While walking along the shores of the Potomac River I was able to capture the views below.
I took a road trip to New England a few years back. Me, myself, and I conquered the 14 hour drive with only one mishap…a flat tire. While walking the streets of Ogunquit Maine I saw these lovely flowers, and was compelled to capture them on film. (Old terminology…I know…but hey, I’m over 50 and set in my ways.) 🙂
So, I took a little creative license with this photo. I captured it last week, while visiting my daughter in Massachusetts. In the original, the house was almost hidden by a dense thicket of branches. I felt, the main focus, was obviously the bird house, so I did a little cropping, and was able to pull the image in quite nicely. Next, I softened the edges, by using a vignette filter, with Adobe Photoshop…thus my creative license. I was pleasantly pleased, with the outcome, so much so, I intend to use this as the subject of a forth-coming, watercolor painting.
I took this photograph, while living in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. I was outside, one late, Autumn day, raking the oak and maple leaves that densely covered our yard, when I noticed, Danica, had found her comfort, nestled within the pile I had made.
This photograph was also taken on an Autumn day, but this time, in the Shenandoah Valley. Every year, our church, gleans the orchards of local, kind-hearted farmers. The densely packed apples, were distributed to shelters, that help feed the poor and homeless within our community. I absolutely love our church! RISE is all inclusive and seeks, in every way possible, to mend God’s creation. If you’re ever in the area (Harrisonburg Virginia), please visit us! You will be warmly welcomed. http://www.riseharrisonburg.com
Continuing with an apple theme, this photograph was taken while I was in the midst of making a pie. “My counter lay dense, in beautiful hues of red.” (hmmm…that last line could be the beginnings of a beautiful poem…)
Experimenting with our point of view in a photograph allows us to establish a setting, tell a specific story, or rethink our own perspective. This week, consider your point of view as you respond to this challenge’s theme, “Atop.” If you’re physically on top of a thing or a place — a mountain, a skyscraper — what type of scene do you want to share in your frame? Consider, too, other interpretations of “Atop” — what does it mean or look like to be on top of a soapbox? A bestseller list? The world?
Show us your best image — we look forward to seeing everyone’s takes! – Cheri Lucas Rowlands
New York City!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my photos, as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Below are my entries into this weeks Photo Challenge: Capture a shadow.
I’m not quite sure if reflections count as legitimate shadows, but I loved the shadowy reflections captured in this photo.
Last year, we were able to spend a few days in Newport Rhode Island, to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I took the above photo on one of our evening walks.
When we lived in New Hampshire, we were only five minutes from Hampton Beach. When this particular photo was taken, our life was in crisis mode because of a job loss. We actually worried of becoming homeless. During those months, we took many steps in the sand.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. We always looked forward to visiting Applecrest Farms during their annual Harvest Festival. On this particular outing, our dogs, Danica and Dolly went with us. Above, Danica looks to be surveying the clearing, beyond the shadows that hold her captive.
Morris is our rescue kitty we got from a friend. You probably can’t see them, but he actually has freckles on his nose. Of course, red hair and freckles are the norm for us gingers. Ginger Power! Morris loves the outdoors. In this photo he is lounging on the back porch taking in some rays. The shadow of his head reminds me of Batman.
Landscapes: Below are my entries into Cee’s Landscape Challenge
New York City Skyline from Ellis Island
The above photo was taken from Ellis Island. I loved the way the lamp posts diminish into the background creating a sense of depth.
I took this photo when my son and I visited New York City. Josh is the one with a raincoat on, looking back and upward, in front of the lady with the umbrella. I tried to use the rule of framing, as Josh is framed by tall buildings on either side. For some reason this photo reminds of the opening scene of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, when she’s in the “big-city” and she spins around and tosses her hat in the air. Josh kind of has that same amazed look.
I tried to concentrate on the horizon line and the rule of thirds in the photo of a sunset at Myrtle Beach. I hoped to place the couple in a place within the photograph so they would draw your eye to them first and then traverse “counter-clockwise” up and over the distant pier and then into the clouds above.
I took this photo at Rye Beach New Hampshire when cheering a friend who was running in a marathon. My friend had already passed and I was walking back to my truck when this scene inspired me to capture it. I love the way the autumn leaves are scattered on the roads pavement and how the lines of the road and direction of the stone wall carries you through this photo. I also love the pumpkin sitting on the stone wall. This is one of my favorite pictures for a few reasons: 1. It’s a misty rainy day. 2. It’s during my favorite time of the year-Autumn. 3. I LOVE New England.