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May 22, 2013

A Plethora of Photographic Passion

Contrary to how it may seem, I really have been thinking about Scott Thomas’s current photography assignment “Your Photography Passion”. Scott posted some interesting articles concerning the subject and mentioned that there are really two ways interpret this idea: what you are passionate about photographing or representing your passions with photography. Two really different ideas, that I think could also overlap. Hmmm, a challenge if I ever heard one.

I believe the first interpretation of the idea is the simpler one for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you have probably noticed that I love photographing the details of nature. Flowers are usually a very congenial photography subject, and I love taking their pictures, and if at all possible, taking the pictures to a different level either literally or figuratively. Let me try to show you what I mean with some of my favorite photos from the past.
crazy poppy
sunny sunflowers (2)

More recently, I’ve become more passionate about improving my bird photography. Last year, I started attempting to keep a “life list” of the birds I’ve seen, and I’m always trying to identify the birds I may not know or get a picture of one I’ve never photographed before. I’ve been especially passionate about getting pictures of the tiniest and largest birds in my area: hummingbirds and hawks.
hummingbird edit
And I sure spend a lot of time taking bird photos on vacation too:
Blue Heron 4
snowy plover
But what if “passion” is defined as those things that we choose to find or make the time in our lives for? Of course I am passionate about my family, but I believe that is natural and not necessarily definable as a “passion” in this instance. So what else do I make the time for in my life because it is important to me?
In this sense of the word, I think dance would qualify.
Picture Fall, Day 12
I make the time for those few hours a week of exercise and socialization and learning and fun.
My garden would qualify too, I think, since it certainly isn’t a necessity in today’s world and why the heck would we gardeners go to all this trouble if we weren’t passionate about it?
I am perhaps most passionate about one of the more elusive facets of my life:
Hills Beach Mosiac
The beach and the ocean are the place where I find myself most at peace. Breathing the air and feeling the sand and the salt and the sun bring me to a special place within myself, in all likelihood, the closest I will ever find myself to a zen-like place if I am using that term correctly.

Thank you, Scott, for a very thought-provoking photo assignment!


  1. LOVE your hummingbird, Karen! Also, I, too, am passionate about the beach ~ particularly the ocean beach! We’re vacationing in Maine in August, and I’m so looking forward to taking a gazillion photos on the trip! Really nice collection of photos for the assignment.

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — May 22, 2013 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tamara. I, too, will have a Maine vacation in August – my week of bliss and peace.

      Comment by Karma — May 23, 2013 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  2. Lovely photos, the red and yellow flowers are so good together, and the bird photos very clear. I too have become more and more interested in identifying those I see, and actually also been thinking of making a list of them! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is very nice with your dance and garden photo together, I like to do both of these things too. Nice shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ Your beach place looks just wonderful.

    Comment by Giiid — May 23, 2013 @ 8:02 am | Reply

    • Thank you Giiid! I found that downloading a list of birds typically found in my area to be a great help in creating my have-seen and “want to see” list. It seems we have a lot in common!
      I get to see “my beach place” once a year – we rent a vacation cottage there for one week each summer – and I look forward to it greatly.

      Comment by Karma — May 23, 2013 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  3. Besides dance we share the same passions!

    Comment by Becky Sue — May 23, 2013 @ 8:38 am | Reply

    • Great minds think alike, right? You run, I dance – maybe we could meet in the middle some time at a Zumba class! I’ve recently become rather passionate about that as well!

      Comment by Karma — May 23, 2013 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  4. Enjoyed seeing your passions expressed so nicely.

    Comment by Karen — May 23, 2013 @ 9:17 am | Reply

    • Why thank you very much, Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Comment by Karma — May 23, 2013 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  5. These are all such great images, Karma. You express your passions very well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Robin — May 23, 2013 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. I was lucky Scott allowed archived photos for this one, or I never could have cobbled together this post!

      Comment by Karma — May 23, 2013 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  6. Clicked a quick ‘like’ this morning before work but wanted to return for a proper comment. The sunflower image is fantastic. I have a field of those on my ‘to get’ list. I like how you explored both paths of the assignment. And yes, the beach is a very ‘zen’ experience. You’ll notice a lot of my images are near water… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Mike Christoferson — May 23, 2013 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Mike. I agree – a field of sunflowers would be a wonderful image to capture. Scott’s assignments always have a way of making me think!

      Comment by Karma — May 24, 2013 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  7. Brilliantly explained! I love that you are so passionate about the things that you see yourself doing through your days. I mean, how many of us like something and then stop working on it after sometime since we get bored/no time/lose interest. I appreciate that you hold on and keep your motivation high and achive your passion. Thanks a lot Karen, indeed, I take it as an inspiration from you.

    Comment by sonali — May 23, 2013 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Sonali. I think that might be part of what defines something as a “passion” rather than an interest or hobby – if we continue with it and make it part of who we are, that may make it a passion.

      Comment by Karma — May 24, 2013 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  8. Love your blossoms! Those fuschia are gorgeous.

    Comment by Tammy — May 25, 2013 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  9. Love the photos! All of these are great things to be passionate about.

    Comment by Carol — May 27, 2013 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

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  11. Hey, I recognize that sunflower! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love these pictures, you are getting good with the birds – wish I could send that pileated woodpecker your way.

    Comment by Jennifer Weldon Adams — May 29, 2013 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

    • Thanks. I’d love to get a picture of the crazy big bird!

      Comment by Karma — May 30, 2013 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

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