This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks: ” Where’s your happy place?” For us, it’s that place where the rising sun’s rays skim across the mountain folds, and updrafts sustain the wind play of vultures and hawks. It’s that place where birds fill the ears with chirps and whistles and hoots, and buck snorts add exclamation points to the Ouachita Mountain soundtrack. It’s also the place that has served as a bird blind, galactic observatory and deer-watching platform. That happy place is our deck.
Green on green is our entry for the monochromatic edition of the Weekly Photo Challenge.
One more look at this week’s photo challenge, visualizing “connected.” Nature provided a few examples this morning.
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge focuses on depth. We thought we’d explore some temporal, rather than spatial depths. The top photo is a fragment of a worked stone — its age and purpose unknown. Its once sharp fracture creases have been eroded by both depth in time and water. Novaculite, an excellent material for flintknapping, is found in the Arkansas and Oklahoma Ouachitas.
The bottom photo was taken leaving work last Friday afternoon. The swelling buds on this tulip tree speak of the depth of time until spring.
Other depths explored this week:
- Depth of sand and water – https://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/weekly-photo-challenge-depth/
- Down the hall – https://varietyoflight.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/depth/
- From the foggy depths – https://acoffeebreakwithmike.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/into-the-fog/
- Woodscrew – http://ledotphotography.com/2015/01/30/weekly-photo-challenge-depth/
- Light in the forest – https://spiritinpolitics.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/photo-challenge-light-invades-the-forest-depths/
The Weekly Photo Challenges seem to be getting, well, more challenging. This week’s theme is “Express Yourself.” This image is not so much about what the sign says, but how out of place its expression seems in a place where the only anglers are birds.
Self-expressions that we liked include:
Finding serenity any time is a challenge, and this week it IS the challenge. For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to capture the latest comet Lovejoy in pixels. Tonight’s effort was flustered by clouds, but one shot — a test shot setting up — seemed to hit all the right notes. The soft light in the cloud, the familiar pinpoints of starlight and the warm glow coming from the house next door all seemed to be a little bit of serenity.
Other bits of serenity from this week’s challenge:
Shadows angle across a snow-dusted deck.
Even more “shadowed” we liked this week:
- Handy – http://suebeeandkat.com/2015/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-shadowed/
- Walk on cobblestones – https://katieprior.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-shadows/
- Together – https://oldmomsunite.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/shadowed-protection/
- Branched shadows – https://elleturner4.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/weekly-photo-challenge-shadowed/
- Reading – http://chouett.com/2015/01/10/lachouett-shadowed-photo-challenge/
This week’s photo challenge is shadowed. The shadows give a sense of depth to the cypress stand in an oxbow in eastern Arkansas. A drive-by shot taken along U.S. 70.
Other shadows we liked:
- When a shadow doesn’t always reflect its maker – https://jimholroyd365.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/look-at-the-shadow/
- Granny – https://onceuponacamera.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/s-h-a-d-o-w-e-d/
- With heart – https://autopict.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/semaine-francaise-au-autopict-wpc-shadowed-pch-ombre/
- Variety – http://thedailyblabber.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/shadows/
- Arches – http://pursuitoflife.net/2015/01/09/weekly-photo-challenge-shadowed/
This week’s photo challenge is all about warmth.
The sun, peeking out from under a cloud deck, gave the illusion of warmth on a morning with wind chills in the 20s. The shake on this hand-held seven-second exposure (shivering?) gave this an almost flame-like effect.
Other eye warming entries:
When functions Converge: When your rain gauge also becomes your thermometer.
(Typical Arkansas fall weather – 15 degrees F two weeks ago, mid-70s today.)
More convergences we liked: