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February 20, 2011

Blogging Inspiration

 

Anyone out there finding themselves in blogging doldrums?  It is that time of the year for feeling a little blah.  We are sick of winter (except for maybe Michaela) and spring seems so far away.  If you look over there at my calendar of this month’s posts, there are not a lot. 

I have discovered there is plenty of blogging inspiration out there, however, if you have a little look around.  Did you know that Gerry has a second blog dedicated to inspiring folks to be creative?  She calls it her “Gently Used Ideas Store.”  Go have a look if you haven’t already.

Robin mentioned a weekly photo project back in January. It’s called MCP Project 52.  I’ve been meaning to jump in on this one, but for reasons I can’t quite figure, I haven’t done it yet.  Maybe you could go check it out and try it, let me know what you think? 😉

Then one day I noticed right here on WordPress, in one of those little announcements they give you while you are poking around your dashboard, that WordPress itself is working hard to inspire bloggers too!  They have their own blog called The Daily Post at WordPress with a new subject to blog about each day.  They invite you to become part of “Post a Day 2011” or “Post a Week 2011” to help keep your blogging mojo going. 

Within the Daily Post, there is also a Weekly Photo Challenge.  I haven’t explored this too much yet, but I think I’ll have a closer look as soon as I finish finding photos for the scavenger hunt. I’ll be anxiously awaiting seeing the results of all you creative souls.

To keep my creative juices flowing, I have recently signed up for Picture Inspiration.  This is from the same folks who brought us Picture Winter and Picture Fall, but the format is a bit different.  Rather than one photo prompt a day for a month, this will be weekly emails for a year.  Emails are described as containing a mix of prompts, challenges and projects.  It is scheduled to begin on February 22; I’m looking forward to seeing the new ideas.

So with all these ideas to choose from, none of us should be able to claim writers’ or photographers’ block any time soon, right?  Happy blogging!

April 6, 2010

Why a Blog?

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    Here it is.  My first attempt at a blog.  I don’t know if I will keep this up or lose interest or really get into it.  It’s an experiment, I suppose.  I think the main reason I will be doing this is photography.  I first started participating in online photo challenges at a site called Shrew’s Daily Shutters.  Ms. Shrew hasn’t posted in a long time.  I’m hoping that will change!  Then I got interested in another great photographer’s blog and photo challenges, Scott’s over at Views Infinitum.  Scott has a great way to participate in his challenges.  Rather than sending him your pictures, you post a link in his comment section.  Not only do you get to look at other folk’s cool photos, you find interesting blogs you might never have seen otherwise.  During his last photo assignment, I posted all of my shots here.  While Picasa Web Albums is a very useful site, which I will continue to use, it doesn’t seem to be very user friendly as far as encouraging folks to make comments, and that’s what I really enjoy about sharing photography.  I love reading comments about what people like, but even more so, how to improve.  Two years ago I did a project that many digital photographers have done : Project 365.  In this project, you make yourself take at least one photo every day.  Doesn’t sound all that difficult, but for me it was.  Finding something new and interesting to shoot every day was quite the challenge.  When I did that, I posted my shots on Flickr .  Flickr, however, is limiting unless you are willing to part with some cash annually.  Flickr will only show your latest 200 photos unless you pay their annual fee.  I personally don’t care to shell out for something that is available elsewhere for free, but I do miss the interaction of the built-in community of photographers on Flickr.  So, it is my hope that through this blog, I might be able to have the opportunity to interact with others who may share my interest.  I will always welcome constructive criticism even though photography is but a hobby for me.  Maybe more than a hobby – ask my family about my obsessive-compulsive need to keep photo albums!  (You can ask one member of my family right here on WordPress at Bread and Putter)  Yes, “old-fashioned” prints stored in an actual book taking up space in my house.  I’ll be married 18 years this June; I have nearly that many photo albums lurking in this house.

   So, like I said, photography will be my main reason for doing this blog, but I may decide to post now and then on other things that interest me such as : my family and the trials of raising two teenaged daughters, my dogs, the Boston Red Sox, quilting, cooking experiments (although that’s really my sister’s thing) or any other thoughts that pop into my mind. 

   I will work on jazzing this blog up over the next few days, weeks, months – who knows?

July 15, 2015

Stepping Back In

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Hello Blogging friends. It has been well over a month since I’ve posted. Time for me to try jumping back in again. I recently commented to Robin and to Carol that I’ve been having trouble getting back into the swing of things even though I am out of school for the summer and have much more time on my hands. Where should I begin? Which stories and photos are worth sharing? I started scrolling back through the shots on my memory card when I remembered that way back in May, Dawn invited me to do the Five Photos, Five Days challenge.

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I continued my scrolling, now with a purpose. Which five shots could I tell a story about?

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Now, as you may recall, I’m not one for sticking strictly to the “rules” when it comes to blog challenges. I often like to find a way to make something my own. If I remember correctly the “rules” for this one were only to post a photo 5 days in a row with a story, fiction or nonfiction, to go along with it and to invite another blogger to join in each post. Well, here I am making my own so-called rules.

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First of all, I think the Five Photos, Five Days challenge was out and about long enough ago that any of you who are regular visitors to my blog who might enjoy this sort of thing have probably already participated. Honestly I’m wondering if I will still have regular readers after this blogging break – I guess I will find out! If you are that soul who hasn’t been invited but would like to participate, consider yourself invited!

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Secondly, I found 6 photos that I have inklings of stories to tell in my head at this time. Right now, it is my plan to do Six Photos, Six Days.

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And third, regarding the fiction vs nonfiction aspect of the stories, I feel like I could possibly create a bit of a whimsical story to go with each of the photos I’ve chosen, or at least maybe the beginning of a whimsical story, but that I’d also like to give you the real story behind the photo. I think these shots can help “catch me up” a bit with what I’ve been up to.

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So that’s my plan. Whether it really works out that way, I don’t know. I haven’t written the posts yet, so I guess we will see over the next few days.

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In case you were wondering about the flowers meandering through this post, they are flowers you would’ve seen had you had the chance to meander about my yard at various times throughout the spring and early summer. Many are in the ground, and long since passed by, while some are in containers around my deck and still blooming.

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These were all taken with that 85mm lens that I was so thrilled to have purchased this past March. The shots are all SOOC, completely unmessed about with in editing programs. I’m still extremely happy with it and it is becoming my “go-to” lens unless I need telephoto or wide-angle.

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Post number one should be up tomorrow… and away we go….

August 14, 2016

If We Were Having Coffee: Summer Catch Up Edition

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As I sat here Sunday morning drinking my coffee and reading Robin’s coffee share, I thought to myself, as I have many times this summer, write a blog post! But where to begin? I’ve been quite the slacker blogger as of late, with no real reason why. I’ve been active and busy and enjoying myself, but no real reason why I couldn’t write a post. So “stealing” a little bit from Robin in the title of this post, but giving her all the credit I made a decision to write this morning. My phone is a great reminder of everything I’ve been up to this summer so I’m starting there, with a selection of photos from the phone to bring me up to speed a bit. I have more shots in my “big girl camera” from some of the places I’ve been this summer, but I’d like to edit them before I present them – so maybe I will get a couple more posts done before summer comes rushing to an end and I imagine I’ll have even less time to blog.

If we were having coffee (or tea or whatever is your preference), I might say to you, pour yourself a good sized cup and strap in! I’ll probably ramble on for quite a while! If we were sitting together on my deck (assuming the awful humidity of late has passed) the first thing you might notice is the state of my “garden”. I made a decision not to plant one this year and the spot it usually occupies next to the deck is rampant with weeds at the moment. It was a sad decision, but that area would require more TLC than I was willing to give it at this time to make it flourish. The soil is spent and diseased and seems to be a breeding ground for awful things like tomato horn worms. Instead I bought myself two tomato plants and put them in containers. It seemed like a good idea back in June…
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… but as summer progressed, not so much. I’ve gotten a few small tomatoes, but many have rotted right on the vine. I miss my giant beefsteak tomatoes I used to grow.

If we were having coffee, I’d say it has been a busy summer but I like it that way. One of the first things I did was an overnight Pickity Place visit with Jennifer and Renae. That doesn’t quite sound right – what I mean is, we went to Pickity Place and then stayed overnight at Renae’s house for a “girls’ night in”. I have some beautiful photos from that Pickity visit on the other camera that I haven’t gotten to editing and posting yet, but I think they deserve another post. I do have this picture on my phone of the yummy blueberry sour cream coffee cake I made for our breakfast the next morning.
Blueberry sour cream coffee cake

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I did something a little unexpected this year. I made a last minute decision to drive to Cape Cod for 4th of July weekend. Anyone from Around Here might say, “what are you nuts?” Traffic to the Cape on any summer weekend is notoriously bad, as you have to travel over one of two bridges to get there and it is an extremely popular vacation destination in these parts. But a long holiday weekend stretched out before me, my daughters had their own plans and my husband was working, and my mother (who lives there as I think you know) had vacation time. So off I went. The beach was crowded but pleasantly warm and breezey and we enjoyed some time together just the two of us.
4th of July on the Cape

Mom and me

If we were having coffee, you might be surprised to hear that I ticked off a photography bucket list item. I see all of Mike’s gorgeous waterfall photography and have been wanting to give it a shot. I finally did. The girls and I took Teddy for a ride to find a small waterfall just a little west of here.
Exploration walk
It has been pretty dry all summer so the fall wasn’t flowing hard, but we went before the drought really set in to this area. Again I have more photos waiting for editing, but here is one from my phone:
Waterfall

If we were having coffee, you’d learn that I had only one visit to Maine this year and it felt a little odd to me. For the past few years my sister has very kindly invited me to join her family for a few days of her vacation to Peaks Island. I did join Jennifer for a few wonderfully sunny days…
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Sparkly ocean

…and beautiful sunsets.
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The reason it felt odd to me was that normally, I’d be headed back to Maine a few weeks later for my own family vacation on Hills Beach. Last year, however, the cottage we have been renting there for several years was sold to a new owner. The new owners wanted to use the place themselves rather than rent it out. Can’t say that I blame them for if it was mine, I’d surely do the same, but that meant we had to find a new place to go. Unfortunately, as is the way of many private, quiet beaches in New England, small, affordably priced cottages directly on the beach are few and far between. Could we stay somewhere else not right on the beach for a reasonable price? Sure. But this is the way I’ve vacationed most of my life since I was a child and I admit being spoiled by having this ammenity for my vacation. It is our one big yearly indulgence. So I hunted around on VRBO (vacation rental by owner if you are not familiar with this website) and found a place in Truro, MA. Truro is on the outer part of Cape Cod, very close to the tip that is Provincetown, or as I like to call it “the end of the earth”.
North Truro beach view to Ptown

If we were having coffee, you may have guessed by now that yes there are lots of pictures from this vacation, both on my phone and on the other camera. With how I’ve gone on and on, I’m sure you’ll be fine with the fact that I will share those in another post. I took myself on several adventures on that trip.

Now I’m sure that I’ve completely talked your ear off by now – hopefully I gave you some time to get a word or two in edgewise – I’ve got to tell you one more thing. Back at the beginning of our visit, I said the days are coming quickly where I’ll have less time to blog. If you’ve been visiting with me regularly for the last few years, you’re thinking, oh that’s right, school will be beginning again very soon. And you’d be right. But this year, for the first time in 11 years, I will not be returning to the middle school that has been my place of employment as a paraprofessional. I’m sure you remember the times I’ve mentioned that I am a certified teacher and the things that I’ve done to try to make myself more employable. In a couple weeks I will begin my new adventure as a 7th grade math and science teacher at a small private parochial school. There will be pro’s and cons to this position, but I’m looking at it as a new chapter in my professional life. I was at a crossroads where a decision needed to be made – stay in the job I’ve been doing for the last 11 years knowing that my chance for promotion to classroom teacher may never come or step outside my comfort zone to a new place with new challenges.

New adventure in the horizon

I made the choice to make the change. It is exciting, daunting and anxiety-raising all rolled into one, but a big part of my journey to me!

Although I take my inspiration from Robin, this post’s originating idea comes from Part Time Monster #WeekendCoffeeShare

September 7, 2015

August Dreaming

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It is Labor Day here in the USA – a day to celebrate work by playing all day! For most people it is also the day that feels like the end of summer, even though that isn’t “official” for 16 more days. It has been a beautifully warm and sunny long weekend in the northeast, and I hope you’ve been enjoying whatever you’ve been up to. I’ve been taking my baby steps toward adjusting to both girls being off to college, reaching out to friends for help along the way.

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a memory of mine from August

Today is also the day to have a look back at August. At the end of July, I made the suggestion that we play along with I Heart Faces August photo challenge in the loosey-goosey style of the “When I Feel Like It” way.

As of this writing four bloggers posted pictures for the August photo hunt.

Mike over at Picture Day decided to do an approximately weekly look at August. He started off here, and added more here, here, and here Did I get them all Mike? I enjoyed following along with Mike’s thinking process and seeing the very creative results!

Carol at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind did three posts on the challenge. The first one is blended with “Share Your World” questions, she continues in this post and finishes, with a little kick-start from her muse here. I always enjoy Carol’s photos from the other side of this country and from her travels all over the world, and these did not disappoint!

I was sure that Robin at Breezes at Dawn would find a unique way to present her August photo challenge. She created a beautiful post, showcasing her month here. Robin pointed out how this challenge ended up being a fun look back at the month for her and mused that maybe it could be fun to wrap up a month in a similar way from time to time. I like that idea too, but won’t be making any blog promises!

Sonali at Dreams Hope Destiny started out with a happy post here and continued with some more shots in this post giving us fun look at her part of the world.

In the spirit of reaching out, I extended the invitation to a couple bloggers who really seemed to want to participate in this challenge but perhaps ran out of time. If they happen to add posts today, I will happily add them to this wrap up.

I’m sure you’ve already seen my posts for this challenge, but if you missed any of them my three posts are here, here and here.

As we transition to the next season, I’m beginning my transition too. My heart is still heavy with ache for the two big pieces who are no longer here on a daily basis. I’m still thinking and sorting and trying things out and wish to maintain a presence here in the blogosphere – connecting with all of you is something I enjoy. I’ve been touched by your comments of support and hope to continue this sharing as I find my way.

March 30, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 1

About a week ago, Robin over at Breezes at Dawn, kindly invited me to participate in the Black and White Photo Challenge. As I’m sure my regular readers know, I find black and white photography difficult because, for me, photography is so very much about the color. This is part of the reason I accepted Robin’s invitation, because it would be a true challenge for me. The “rules” of the challenge are quite simple:

1.On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
2.Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

As I’ve often been known to do when it comes to blogging challenges or photo assignments, I like to find a way to make them my own. In a couple of Robin’s posts for this challenge she used a technique that selectively colors one small area of a black and white photo. Robin explained to me this technique is actually called “focal black and white”. It is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while now, and as it often the case, just never got around to it. I had a feeling in a cool editing program like Lightroom, there had to be a way to do it. I searched, I discovered, I tried!

So, for my black and white challenge, it will actually be a “focal black and white” challenge. I’ve chosen 5 photos to present in black and white with a pop of color somewhere in the shot for emphasis and fun. I will post one photo each day this week, Monday through Friday, starting today.
As far as inviting blogging friends, just as Robin did, I am inviting anyone who would like to join in to please do so! Maybe even make yours a “focal black and white” challenge if you’re interested in giving it a try.

Here is my first photo that I tried this technique on:
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This is my daughter Meghan and her ballroom partner Brandon at a ballroom competition that I attended (and took LOTS of photos of and fully intended to blog about, but have yet to do so, **sigh**) last weekend. I thought the intense look on Meghan’s face with just the red lips was a good place to give this technique a try.

July 16, 2014

Doing a Little Sharing

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I’m taking a little break from the 66 Days of Summer with this post. It has been a long time since I’ve done a Cee’s Share Your World post, so I thought I’d give it a try on this rainy morning.

Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do?
Nope, never have. I think Meghan was fond of playing “parade” when she was little, however. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on in this photo of her with my best friend Renae.
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According to my archives, this photo is from 1998 – Meghan would be 3 years old.

If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why?
I’m with Cee on this one – I’d sell them. I know very little about opera and it isn’t something I’m interested in experiencing. Also, like Cee, the ballet would be a different story. Readers of this blog know the love of ballet I have. The girls and I got to see the Moscow Ballet perform “Sleeping Beauty” this past April and it was beautiful. My apologies, I only have lousy shots from the finale – as you can imagine, real photography wasn’t allowed.
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Why did you start your blog?
I started it as way to share my love of photography. I’m only a hobbyist, but I enjoy it very much. Before I started the blog, I found myself participating in photo challenges from other blogs I was reading. I used Flickr to participate, but Flickr doesn’t allow the kind of interaction that a blog does, in my opinion, so I jumped in and gave blogging a shot. I’ve been at it over 4 years and I’m still having fun with it. The first photo assignment I participated in once I started the blog was Scott Thomas’s assignment on Creative Exposure. This was my entry. And here is my favorite photo from that assignment:
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What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever)
This is an easy one for me – Pig Out! I’ve mentioned this tradition on the blog before, but rather than make you follow a link to another post, I’ll quickly summarize. Pig Out is a tradition that has been happening with me, my sister, Renae, my mother, Renae’s mother, and Renae’s aunt for 20+ years now. It started as a way for us to find time to see Renae and her mom and aunt at Christmas time. The first one was haphazard – it took place at Renae’s aunt’s house and she just kept pulling different snack foods out of her fridge and pantry. Now we plan it well in advance and take turns hosting the event and all bring food, potluck style. This is an example of one of our Pig Outs:
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Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Some of my gratefulness that I would like to answer about is a little more than a week old, but I think it’s okay to bend this answer just a wee bit, right Cee? I’m grateful for the time I got to spend individually with each of my daughters. As I told you in this post I had the unusual circumstance of just Meghan and me being home for dinner. Then I had the chance to enjoy some shopping time with Sarah (shopping is NOT one of Sarah’s favorite activities) last Thursday.

I’m looking forward to taking Sarah to have her senior portraits done this Friday. Hard to believe all the events of senior year of high school are beginning with my baby!

February 28, 2014

It’s “Z” Wrap Up!

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It’s Z wrap up, get it? Z like the end of the letters and Z like speaking with an outrageous French accent?

Where are my Monty Python fans?

The return of the photo hunt seemed to be a popular idea as those of us in the northern climes battle our way through this very cold and snowy winter. By February, we’ve had about enough of this and I think the photo hunt turned into a welcome distraction. We had 8 wonderful participants in the
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themed photo hunt this month.

Sybil jumped on board almost immediately! She had her photo hunt, in which she tried to fool us a bit (and succeeded!) posted the day after I announced the hunt!

Next came Dawn, with some very lovely reminders of my favorite time of the year in her photo hunt from the south. Ahhhhhhh!

Robin played in her wonderful Robin way – going far above and beyond the general photo hunt requirements. Faithful readers of Robin’s blog are familiar with Robin’s creative style and were treated to not one, not two but three pretty posts leading us to her chosen word.

Mike thought maybe his choice of words would be a little too familiar to his regular readers, so he mixed up his letters in attempt for it not to be too easy for us. He has a beautifully photographed array of indoor shots leading us to the place that I believe you would find Mike right now if you were to go looking for him!

I was happy to hear that Michaela had decided to play along. It had been a long time since I’ve posted a photo hunt and even longer since she had participated. We had no mystery to figure out over at the Daily Click because we were told that she decided to use her name as her word. Michaela showed us a gorgeous display of her tack-sharp photog skillz.

Carol’s life these days has been a flurry of household activities and get ready for her upcoming cruise (very jealous here, by the way!). She found a perfect word with perfect photos to remind us all of what she has been up to lately.

Isa decided at the last minute that she’d like to play too, and asked if archived photos would be okay to use. You know how loosey-goosey the rules are around here so I said “but of course!” Isa has a colorful arrangement of beautiful objects, but I must admit she stumped me good. Our friend Sybil from up above was the smarty who first figured out Isa’s word!

Nye also came in with a last minute submission. She tricked me a bit by using her first photo to represent two letters rather than one. In the comment section where she revealed the answer, she reminded us about the rule of thirds in photography – that’s where she wanted us to look to discover the real clue to her letters. Nicely done Nye!

If you happened to miss my own photo hunt photo hunt (no that’s not a typo 😉 ) you can find it here.

Thank you so much everyone for your enthusiastic participation! I’ll do my best to come up with some other fun hunts throughout the year.
Happy end of February too! Spring begins in just 3 weeks! Let’s hope it feels like spring really soon!

July 18, 2013

Jumping Back in with Cee!

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Cee has returned with more questions about Sharing Your World. Here are my Week 23 answers.

Are you mostly a clean or messy person?
I think I am a messy person who would like to be a clean person. The usual state of this house is clutter! Then I get bursts of energy, wanting things to be clean. But it is a losing battle. The people (and animals!) that I live with, take no time in undoing the cleaning that I have done. Case in point: I spent a good part of my day yesterday on a cleaning binge cleaning things that haven’t been cleaned in a while and un-cluttering a lot of clutter. This is only a small example, but look at how my husband has left this kitchen this morning after making his breakfast – and no, he wasn’t running out the door to work afterward:
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Everything he cut, cooked and ate with are still in place and his shoes are in the middle of the floor. This is a small mess, mind you, but an example of what I fight against.

As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get? How about now?
Yes! ICK!
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I detest any kind of candy with black licorice. Same goes for coconut too! Been that way as long as I can remember.

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
Heck, I believe there is extraterrestrial life on this planet! 😉
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Have your blogging goals changed?
I don’t know if I ever really had blogging goals. I really started blogging just to have a place to share my photos and tell my stories. I also wanted a place to participate in Scott Thomas’s photo challenges, which I continue to do. His next assignment is due next week – I’m hoping to go out and take some photos for that today. I hope you’ll think about participating in the assignment, and maybe answering some of Cee’s questions too! Tell me your answers in the comments, or write a post of your own!

September 3, 2012

It’s the Ends of the Earth as We Know It

Did anyone else have this song playing through your head when you thought of the photo hunt this time around?  You definitely will if you click the play button while you read through the wrap-up of all the awesome participants who played along this time!  Thirteen of you submitted photos for the hunt, including many first-time players.

The very first submission was from a first-timer, and she posted the August photo hunt before it was even August!  Lynne from Beyond the Brush featured two photos with words that back up the position of being at the end of the earth as well as a fascinating shot from a place many of us may never get the chance to see.  I’m glad you found me for the hunt, Lynne!

Sybil over at Eastern Passage Passage was another early-bird photo hunter with a very different take on the hunt.  She presents an ethereal looking end of the earth with each of her shots enveloped in fog.

Ellen of Taj MuttHall has posted an amazing series of photos with a wide variety of considerations of the ends of the earth.  As she says, she shows us places that look like there is nothing beyond them as well as locations that look like the earth could literally be coming to an end.

Isa’s Threads of Life shows us some beautiful Swiss Alps and a variety of other locations.  I love the para-glider “sailing away to end of the earth” as well as her take on an extreme, showing the fearlessness of youth.

Could there be a more mysterious place to find the end of the earth than the place once known as the dark continent?  Truels takes us away to Africa to contemplate the far reaches of the Serengeti.

Robin of Life in the Bogs always brings a magical touch to the photo hunt, and she did not disappoint this time around.  She sweeps us from one end of this continent to the other with gorgeous shots looking down on clouds in the Rocky Mountains to distant looking vistas of Nova Scotia.

Beauty, life and our whole selves are considered in Kathy from Lake Superior Spirit’s entry.  Kathy is a writer who always challenges me to think differently about the world around me, and her hunt does this with both photos and words.

Scott of Views Infinitum put a new spin on the photo hunt and tried to mess with our minds a little bit by taking us to the Twilight Zone!  Go check out a pretty cool look at a “distant alien planet”!

Long time reader but first time photo-hunter Holly of Photo by Holly, hunted in her archives to a favorite vacation, a Carribbean cruise.  She had to endure some scary rough waters, but got the chance to take some shots that looked like she could have been sailing off the end of the earth!

Another first-timer Kristen found her way over to the blog and shares a photo on Flickr.  She explains that she doesn’t feel she’s ever been to a place that feels like the end of the earth, so she shared a shot of her young son exploring the boundaries of his little world.  Very sweet, Kristen!

North America, Europe, Africa and now on to Australia!  This has to be my most intercontinental photo hunt yet!  Joanne from Home Life Online was inspired to pop out of a little blogging respite to participate in the hunt and I’m glad she did!  Joanne and I have been “bumping into each other” in the blogosphere on mutual blog-friends’ blogs but never really “talked” to each other.  I’m glad we have now with a look at the land down under and some beautiful sweeping views of a place that would definitely be an end of the earth.

Carol’s “wandering mind” takes us to places that look like you might not make it back if you weren’t careful!  Lonely roads, a crater and the badlands give us a somewhat sinister feel for the end of the earth.

My own photo hunt was here, where I took you to three places dear to my heart: Cape Cod,  Hills Beach in Biddeford, Maine and my own home town.

Finally, Dawn, my original inspiration for this month’s hunt, shows us a great variety of ends of the earth at her new blog address! (Dawn’s had some server issues recently so if you’d ever so kindly update your links if you are a follower of Dawn’s she’d appreciate it!)  Thanks again, Dawn, for kicking my mind into gear that morning back in July!

I hope everyone enjoyed the August photo hunt.  How fitting that a photo hunt theme “ends of the earth” really did take us to places at all different ends of this planet of ours.  I hope you’ll have the chance to visit all of our photo-hunters a leave them a little love in their comments sections.