Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary
“I believe that reading, in its original essence, is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” –Marcel Proust
This week’s photo challenge is “Solitary”. If you already spend time alone, you may know some of the benefits: relaxation, heightened self-awareness, focus and concentration, increased self-reliance and self-confidence, freedom, spirituality, creative thinking, problem solving skill building, and other benefits. Here are a few articles on the topic of solitude:
The Surprising Benefits of Solitude, by Andrew McAfee
This article (above) in particular was interesting to me relative to the subject of brainstorming sessions, focus groups and group interviews.
The Lost Art of Solitude, by Leo Babauta
The Power of Lonely, By Leon Neyfakh
A woman taking time to enjoy a park setting in solitude
The same woman but a different photographic perspective of solitude
I love this week’s theme from the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. There are so many opportunities to capture people in the midst of their everyday lives. What do you see in your life? Here are things I saw on a recent trip to San Francisco and back here at home.
Mobile phones are a big part of everyday life
Another phone user, this time at the airport
A window cleaner
Cleaning at the airport
And back home again, at the Centennial Lakes Art Fair
Free Spirited Children at Play
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A rental building in Minneapolis and the patio created by the artist tenant
A creative environmental message in Saint Paul, MN
A torn lace curtain in a window of a home in St. Paul, Minnesota
Learn about the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge here.
What do you think of when you contemplate the word merge?
A piece of art becomes a moon on Nicollet Island
A view of the Minneapolis skyline through bridge supports
Merging nature with a man-made structure
Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong
This week’s photo challenge is to depict something wrong. As in, there’s something wrong here. Here is a photo of a house I came across while out and about one day. It’s a stately home that has seen better days. I’ve been by it before, a few years ago, and it doesn’t appear to be getting much maintenance on the outside. This area definitely needs repair: this is serious wood rot.
Here’s another photo showing more of the front exterior and the way these pillars hold up the roof of the front porch and the third floor space. What keeps these homeowners from repairing their home? Is it financial issues? Is it lack of interest? Do they feel overwhelmed with the rest of their lives? I hope they can have it fixed before it comes crashing down.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth
I came across these baby birds on Sunday. There are four of them in the nest. They’re at a downy stage and ever so cute. It won’t be long before they take their virgin flight.
Mom is very protective. She swoops in and aims for you when you get close to the nest. I find myself instinctively ducking so she doesn’t hit me in the face. I was lucky on Sunday as she didn’t get so close and I was able to take a number of photos. I think it may have been because several other people were stopping to see them and take pictures. One woman asked, “Those aren’t real, are they”? Yes, they most definitely are real.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple
This green object comes from nature. Do you know what it is?
Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside
June 20, 2012
Inside the Blue Point Restaurant in Wayzata, Minnesota
On the softer side:
Pup in a cup–window display for Just Paws Puppy Training
A couple of my Fleeting Moment photo challenge pictures also fit this theme:
Inside: Fleeting Moment
Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement
July 7, 2012
I was on Nicollet Island yesterday afternoon. The Minneapolis Queen paddle wheeler came into view while I was on one of the bridges. Climb aboard for a fun summer activity. Paradise Charter Cruises offers public and private cruises on the Mississippi River through historic downtown Minneapolis.
Paradise Charter Cruises: Minneapolis Queen
Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment
May 29, 2012
Minneapolis Public Library in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
Setting the table at D’Amico Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Children playing in a tree next to Lake Minnetonka
Learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moment.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Create
June 22, 2012
Washington Dulles International Airport
Wall of trees overlooking the terrace
This was the view that greeted me as I arrived on the ticketing level of Dulles last week. The window itself is beautiful; it’s further enhanced by the terrace beyond. It wouldn’t be nearly as pretty if it overlooked a parking lot. Also noteworthy is the reflection of the window, greenery and sky on the floor, all serving to double this picturesque setting.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today
Week Beginning June 1, 2012
This week’s challenge is to go out and take a photo rather than dig through our archives. I headed out with my camera, not exactly sure where I’d go or what I’d photograph. I took a lot of pictures and it was tough deciding which ones to post today. I finally settled on these garden shots because they aren’t the oft seen rose, tulip or other popular flower photos. (Yes, I have rose photos as well.)
There’s also a photo taken on the way to the garden–of a scene just begging to be photographed!
These flower photos were taken at the award-winning Lyndale Gardens by Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lyndale Park Gardens encompasses four distinctive gardens: Rose Garden, Annual/Perennial Garden, Peace (Rock) Garden, and Perennial Trial Garden and Hummingbird/Butterfly Garden.
Read more about the weekly photo challenge at the DailyPost.wordpress.com.
May 27, 2012
Captured these two cardinals at the feeder on a window
This week’s photo challenge is to post an image that signifies summer. What signifies summer to you? Learn more about the Weekly Photo Challenge here.
Summer Photo #2
Waiting for the fireworks to begin
Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue
This week’s photo challenge on the The Daily Post is ‘Blue’. So many images come to mind with this word. The sky. Water. Cobalt blue glass. Pottery. Coldwell Banker Burnet real estate signs. The blue jay. Blueberries. Hydrangeas. Where to begin? Let‘s start here:
This, to me, is quintessential blue; the beloved blue jean.
A magazine cover depicting water and the word blue.
Lake Calhoun and the Minneapolis Skyline
A starlit background with a message.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused
Tomorrow I will be attending a friend’s bridal shower. It will be held at the family’s home. We celebrate many of life’s passages in our homes. It’s only natural.
These two photos are slightly out of focus and yet they likely will make an impression. If you’re a married woman, this photo will perhaps take you back to the day or days you were shopping for your dress, as well as the day you were married. If you’re engaged, you may be in the midst of shopping for your dress. If you’re single, you may be dreaming of the day that you’ll walk down an aisle, flanked by friends and family, wearing such a dress, and ready to begin a new chapter in your life.
Regardless of your marital and dress status, life itself –and love– is for celebrating. Each day offers something to be grateful for and a reason to celebrate. Tomorrow we’ll raise our glasses and say “Cheers!” and wish the bride-to-be a life full of love and happiness.
May today find you of great cheer and ready to celebrate.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused
May 4, 2012
My first thought when I saw the word for this week’s challenge was “Oh, no”. The author of the challenge said we’d curse or cheer this theme. I sat and considered the topic, contemplating what blurry photo might fill the bill.
It was then I had my eureka moment. A photo I had taken just this morning was sure to be absolutely perfect! I pulled it up on my computer screen for a look. Alas, it was in focus despite having been taken with my cell phone while driving 42 miles an hour down the road. Who’d have thought that would be the case? Not me I can tell you. (Here’s the link to see that photo: Antique Car and a Penny-Farthing post.)
I started sifting through the archives. I came across quite a few unfocused photos that I had decided not to trash (yet). This one showing the cover of Diane Keaton’s book is one of them. I love Diane Keaton. She’s got great style. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s talented. I had snapped this photo as a reminder to myself to get the book.
As I looked at the photo more closely, I noticed the patch of red in the upper left and the reflective quality on the right. I wasn’t attempting to capture those elements. I do, however, like what they bring to this unfocused photograph. It’s a bit like Diane Keaton—unexpected and appealing.
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This week’s challenge is the theme “Together”. Here are a few shots I took earlier today while out seeing homes on the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour.
It was overcast when I walked by these two bikes in East Isles. I applied a couple of Photoshop filters to this one to create an art look.
Trees along the lake were blossoming and in the pink!
A father and daughter were playing in a tree, more or less unseen but heard. They said yes to having their picture taken and gave thumbs up about their experience in the tree.