I took this photo about 3:45 pm today – I liked the way the backlit sunshine brought out the details of the flower! This is for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge with the topic of “natural lighting” and Cee’s Flower of the Day 8/15/21.
Those of us over 50 most likely remember the old TV series Candid Camera – I can still remember the last line of its theme song: “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week challenge this week is candids. I offer my submission, first with two photos taken of family members at my grand-nephew’s birthday/going away to college family gathering (that’s him in the second photo); and a few animal candids of wild and domestic furred or feathered friends.
Our cat had been sleeping behind some propped pillows on the bed – she’d never slept there before, and she seemed a bit surprised and perhaps annoyed that we found her hiding place!
Nancy Merrill’s challenge A Photo a Week invites us to share photos of flowers with a faded treatment.
For my photos, I used the photo software that came with my computer and Snapseed software for cellphone photos.
Nancy Merrill’s A Photo A Week challenge this week is “something pretty.”
Happiness is an attitude more than anything else. You can choose happiness, or not…
…which is why I find happiness in many things!
For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge, the theme is happiness is… so here are some things that happiness is to me.
…especially the ones I grow myself.
Fresh tomatoes in the summer (again, especially those I grow myself, although these aren’t mine).
Animals, especially cats…
…and my grandcats…
…but also dogs – we have one granddog!
…and dogs I see everyday on campus.
Happiness is animal families, near…
Happiness is traveling to fascinating lands…
…with my (crazy) husband!
Happiness is our new home!
One of the most memorable moments of our three days in Paris last June was visiting the Eiffel Tower at dusk – we did not reserve in advance to go up to the top, but it was just as well. They light up the tower in the evening so it was especially beautiful on a cloudless night and I was able to take photos of it with various perspectives!
I so rarely get a photo of a rainbow – or at least a decent one! Rainbows are so ethereal and fleeting – one has to really be in the right place at the right time to see one! Therefore, I always consider it a special moment when I do get a photo of a rainbow, the subject of Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week.
The most recent photo I took of a rainbow was strictly by chance – I was taking a walk in our community last month and sprinklers were on. In the mist, I saw a rainbow and fortunately my camera was handy. Not very scenic, though.
However, the rainbow photos I’m most proud of were taken three years ago on our trip to the Dakotas. (If they look familiar, it’s because I have posted them before.) We were on our way back into South Dakota from a side trip to see Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. We’d taken a picnic for dinner, but had to rush because it started to rain. For a while, we were driving through pouring rain. Then the storm let up and South Dakota greeted us with a double rainbow! Sometimes we could see the fainter outer rainbow, other times no – but the rainbow stayed with us for several miles.
Nancy Merrill is coordinating her theme for her challenge A Photo a Week with the C-19 pandemic. Most places are now at some stage of “opening” at this time, so the topic this week is any kind of opening.
Birds’ wings opening:
This week, Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week challenge is Up in the Air.
Gulls follow the boats on the Sea of Galilee in Israel.. I guess they think people are going to feed them but we didn’t.
And here is a flowering tree last spring.
Nancy’s A Photo A Week challenge this week features landscapes.
These are some landscapes from my travels, and closer to home.
July in Austria – scene looking down from Melk Abbey, where the Inn and Danube Rivers meet.
Austria – cruising the Inn River near Schärding
June at Kinderdijk, Netherlands
February in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro – on a flight from the Serengeti to Arusha, Tanzania
Des Plaines, Illinois on a snowy February day
June at Devil’s Elbow Bridge, Missouri
June at the Painted Desert, Arizona
May at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
June in Arches National Park, Utah
December along the Nile River near Luxor, Egypt