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Week #22, Theme #30 “Dried”


While visiting my friend, Emmett, I found this banana tree leaf laying in his yard. Though I didn’t have anything particular in mind when I took the picture (with my iPhone!), I took it simply because I found it interesting. As I was reviewing the themes for our Challenge that I had NOT yet used, and came to Theme #30, “Dried”, I couldn’t help but think of this picture. Amazing that, even in death, something like this can still be a thing of beauty!


Week #21, Theme #46 “Fear”


Just before Christmas, I (and my buddy, Emmett) took a day-trip to the Florida Everglades and as usual, I was on the lookout for subjects I could photograph that might be usable in our current Challenge. This sign, posted on a gate at the Clyde Butcher Gallery and Visitor Center (a must-see if you’re ever on old Hwy. 41 in the Everglades), is intended, I’m sure, to strike fear in anybody even thinking about opening the gate or jumping the fence!


Week #20, Theme #27 “Movement” (Composition)


Corkscrew Swamp, near Naples, FL, boasts some of the most magnificent Cypress trees I have ever seen! This one stood approximately 100′ high and, at its base, was amazingly huge. When I found this particular tree, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by this vine (?) that wrapped around the tree in all kinds of “Movement”, my theme for this week. If you look closely, you will find the letters A, V, Y, and W. A closer look will reveal a lizard stretched out (hint: along the right side). Perhaps a good title for this picture would be “Tree-Hugger”!


Week #19, Theme #20 “Wild Card”

Strutting Egret

I love visiting a rookery, located in Venice, FL, this time of year. Not only are the wading birds nesting, many with chicks already in the nest, but these white egrets are strutting their new plumage. They have a kind of ritual they go through several times a day. They start by ducking rapidly downward and then, just as quickly, bring their heads up, stretching their necks skyward, as far as they can, and then drop back down to this pose, all in one fluid movement. Because they are nesting, they stayed at the rookery all day (they usually leave in the morning, hunt for food all day, and then return to the rookery just before sundown). Consequently, I, too, stayed at the rookery…..from around 11AM to 7PM; my back was killing me (from standing at my tripod) when I returned home! As you can see, I used one of my “Wild Card” themes for this week’s posting. I always try to come up with a name for wild card entries; this one I think I would title “Elegance”.


Week #18, Theme #16: Wild Card (“Serenity”)

Recently, while in Michigan (and before the big storm hit!), I was able to get out with my Nikon D7100; as you can see, it was an overcast day. But a light snow was falling, which I was able to capture in the photo. One day while there, the temperature hit -15 degrees…..and we thought that was brutal! Just a few days later they were in the grips of -40 degree temperatures! Now that’ll make yer tongue stick to the pipe (for those of you who have been there, no explanation needed!)! Fortunately, I left Michigan to return to sunny Florida on Sunday, the day before the big arctic blast hit! I’ll bet the folks up north wish they could go back to the “Serenity” of this scene!serenity


Week #17, Theme #15: “Leading Lines” (Composition)


I just returned from Michigan to be with, and attend the funeral service for, my oldest brother, Sonny. While there, it snowed almost every day. Though my family there thinks I’ve lost my mind, I actually prefer colder weather and I do enjoy the snow. I’m sure if I lived there all the time, I, too, would grow weary of cold, snowy days. I tried to get out with my camera as much as I could (looking for Challenge opportunities!) and this winding, dirt road gave me the perfect opportunity to address Theme #15: “Leading Lines” (Composition). It was a very cold, dark, dreary day and I took this photo from a moving car, driven by my brother-in-law, who served as my driver for the afternoon. I found the lines created by the tire tracks interesting but what makes the picture special to me is the movement in the lines as the road winds its way between the banks and around the snow-covered curve.


Week #16, Theme #2 “Quiet Moment” (Creative)

Most mornings I start my day with my own “quiet time”. On this particular morning, I was intermittently reading my Bible and watching the news. Caught up in a “breaking” news story, I hadn’t noticed that our cat, Coco, had climbed up on the bed and perched herself onto of my Bible. Her posture suggests that she was praying; perhaps she was having her own “quiet moment”!2346dcc7-1793-4c74-80a5-7679d6f1c778