Photography Challenge: Variations on a Theme

This week, show the same thing — an object, place, or person — presented in several different ways.

Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to escape my normal, daily routine, and take a road trip to Orlando, Florida.  The place, Bonnet Creek, was absolutely breathtaking!  Right outside my door was this lake filled with amazing water dwellers…alligators, water fowl, and Koi fish, to name a few.   A half mile trail skirted the lake, upon which I was able to get in my daily 4 mile run/walk.  These beautiful Koi beckoned as I passed by, and I couldn’t help but stop to enjoy their many colors.  A couple of female Mallards paddled by to check out the excitement.  I look at these photos, and I feel peace.

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Koi fish from Orlando Florida.
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Koi fish in Orlando Florida. “Let’s go this way.” “No…no, let’s go this way!”
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More koi of different colors in Orlando Florida.
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Female Mallard duck, avoiding the Koi.
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Mallard duck…taken in Orlando Florida.
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Female Mallard duck taken at Orlando Florida.

 

Photo Challenge:  Variations of a Theme.  

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Photography Challenge: Silence

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Rustic Cabin in the Shenandoah National Park

This week’s photo challenge is simply…Silence.

I took the photograph above on one of my silent get-a-ways.

Forever an introvert, I am drawn to silence.

These are just a few of my favorite sounds of silence…

Quiet mornings with coffee in hand…

In my hammock, all is silent, save the cicada and birds overhead…

Lying down under a blanket of stars…summer’s breath upon my skin…

A long Winter’s walk…brown leaves scattering…

My feet in sand and the ocean nearby…

and so much more…

 

 

Photo Challenge: Atop

The Challenge:

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

My Takes:

Zip Lining!

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Zip Lining in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
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Victor, my friend, takes the leap from the top!
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The views from the top were outstanding!

 

New York City!

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View from the Empire State Building in New York City.
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View from the Empire State Building in New York City.
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View from the Empire State Building in New York City.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my photos, as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Life is Good!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

Photo Challenge:  Alphabet…Take us to school with your photos this week, and show us some ABCs.

 

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I was on my evening run, when I ran past this cemetery in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Being a lover of all things paranormal, I couldn’t resist the temptation to explore the site.  The hour of day, dusk, enhanced an aura of creepiness as I walked among the tombstones.

 

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The “A-B-C’s” upon the above tombstones are so old they’ve rubbed smooth in many areas. Curious of the inhabitants, I enlarged the photograph until I could decipher a few words. I plugged these words into Google and was directed to http://www.rootsweb.com where I learned about the two girls who lay beneath the ground.

Abby and Eunice, the deceased, were the daughters of Moses and Hannah Wells.  Abby was born in 1816 and died 20 years later and Eunice was born 1811 and died 40 years later. Knowing this information, only served to create more questions within this writer’s mind. Who were these girls and what kind of lives did they lead?  Why did Abby die so young and just what happened to Eunice?  Did they have lovers…and if so was the relationship one peace and love or was it riddled with jealousy and abuse?  So….so many questions…

One day, maybe, I’ll try to weave a story around Abby and Eunice.

A walk among the tombstones, can be a writer’s friend.___ Lisa Hardy