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November 5, 2011

October Photo Hunt Wrap-Up

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  Wow, you guys really took off with photographing idioms!  I had my largest group of participants ever this past month.  Thank you very much to everyone who participated and helped spread the word.  I think it is great how we get to meet new bloggers with similar interests each time someone decides to participate in a photo hunt.  In this hunt, I had four brand new visitors to my blog plus two regular readers but first time photo-hunters participate in the hunt for idioms, along with many regular participants for a total of 16 photo hunts (17 if you include me!).

The October photo hunt also inspired many themes as I read through them, such as: animals, nature, recovery, water and Disney!  Certain idioms were quite popular among the hunts including: out on a limb, birds of a feather, hold your horses and let sleeping dogs lie.  There were a total of 51 comments for this hunt, so to save you the wading through, in case you haven’t gone to see everyone’s wonderful work yet, here’s my wrap-up, in order of submission:

Ted was first in this time around with his first photo hunt he’s done for me.  I think Ted knows I am in love with his golden retriever puppy Dug (shhh! don’t tell Daphne!) and included a gorgeous shot of his tuckered-out pup.

Michaela was next and I think she surprised herself with how quickly she got her hunt posted.  She was most definitely one of the over-achievers on this hunt and posted many adorable shots.

Carol popped in third and featured a stunning shot of a hummingbird in her hand!  How wonderful for her to have been able to help the little cutie recover from an accident with a window.

Neggxt up was Barbregga with an eggcellent post.  And I thought I went overboard with the puns!

Two newbies were the next two posts: Amy-Lynn from Flandrum Hill and Sybil from Eastern Passage Passage both came in with nature-inspired posts.  Welcome ladies!  I hope you’ll be back!

Scott, my inspiration for bi-monthly photo hunting, brought some photo idioms home from Disney World, including a couple of new-to-me idioms.

Kathy played along in her own special Kathy kind of way.  Thank you Kathy, for your fun post and for encouraging others to join in.

I guess I confused Deb a little bit with my choice for the photo hunt this month since her post is titled “What the Heck is an Idiom?”   She said she even considered skipping out on this one, but I am glad she didn’t!  I loved her Greek collage.  Any chance you’d like to share how/where you made yours?

Another newbie, Sean, found his way over from Kathy’s site.  I’m glad you did Sean – your tangoing kittens and black cat on the fence lent a great Halloween feel to the photo hunt.

Making me jealous of yet another trip to Florida, Tracy also featured Disney-theme idioms.  I could hear “Mine, mine!” when I saw her “birds of feather” shot, and her take on “hung out to dry” was just perfect for Halloween.

Regular reader but first time photo-hunter Isa was next in with many unique idioms.  I’d never heard many of Isa’s choices and loved her interesting translations she found of some French idioms into English.

Bearyweather, my 4th newbie, also found the way into the photo hunt from Kathy’s blog.  This photo hunt’s idioms were all related to the theme of recovery; whatever it is that you have had to recover from recently, Bearyweather, I hope you are now enjoying the best of health.  BW also thought the idiom theme might be a good idea for her Photoshop students!

Robin, who thought she might have cheated a little, presented idioms to do with pies and cats!  No worries Robin.  They are more guidelines than rules, and I am always happy to just inspire creative thoughts.

Nye shared some beautifully colorful photos in her hunt for idioms.  She featured some less common choices of idioms and taught me one that she believes to be Chinese in origin.  Thanks Nye!

And last, but certainly not least, was Dawn.  She said I made her really think about this one, but she came up with some really great ideas – I’m glad you decided not to pass on this one, Dawn.

If by any chance you missed my photo hunt submission, you can see it here.

Thanks again, everyone, for your very enthusiastic participation!  Please go check out all the submissions and leave them some love in their comments section when you have the chance!  I’ll be thinking about photo hunt ideas for December (can you believe next month is December already?  Ay-yi-yi!  Although it has already felt a bit like December in these parts recently).  In the meantime, be sure to check out Scott’s assignment for this month: a daunting one of selecting your best or favorite photos from the last twelve months.


October 28, 2011

Idiomatic Photo Hunt

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The submissions are rolling in, and I’ve finally finished mine, so let’s get to some photo-hunting!  I thought this month’s subject seemed like something you could have some fun with, and I did too, so let’s get it started in here!

My daughters kindly cooperated with me for some of my shots, such as:

                                                                                              “Bend Over Backwards”


“A Chip on her Shoulder”


“The Last Straw”

You didn’t think I was going to stop with only three, did you?  Ha, ha, silly you!  My tongue is placed firmly in cheek as I continue.  I got the family pets involved too:


“Put a Sock in It!”

I had to go against my principles for the above shot!  Daphne is a regular thief in the night when it comes to socks, so physically placing it in her mouth for the photo felt really wrong!  See how I go out on a limb for you?


“Kitty corner”

And, of course, a couple of somewhat ghoulish Halloween bonus photos:


“Riding Shotgun”

Okay, okay, I know that one was a little bit of a stretch for Halloween.   So how about this one instead?


“Over My Dead Body!”

These were but a drop in the bucket of all the possible idioms you could have used for this photo hunt.  I hope you found it was a piece of cake to accomplish.  I could probably keep going here, but I don’t want to beat a dead horse.

As usual, I will be posting a round up of all the submissions after Monday’s due date.  I can’t wait to sit back and relax and enjoy what all of your creative minds have come up with for this photo hunt  – as long as Mama Nature allows me to keep my electricity and internet service this weekend.  Would you believe the northeast is bracing for a snowstorm Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning?  Really Mother Nature – are you pulling my leg? (Sorry! 😉 )

October 6, 2011

October Photo Hunt

I love to play with words.  I like word puzzles and games.  You may have noticed that puns find their way into my writing from time to time.   You may have noticed that some of my past photo hunts have  included words that can be used in different ways.   Thinking about playing with words led me to my subject for this month’s photo hunt: idioms.  We all use them, often without thinking about them.  If you’ve studied a foreign language, or even Funky Slug’s website, you may have noticed unusual idioms and wondered where they came from (or is that just my twisted brain?)

For this month’s photo hunt, I’d like you to try to make pictures of idioms!  Because this might be a little harder than my usual photo hunts, I am doing two things.  First, here is a great list of idioms if you need some inspiration.  You don’t have to pick one of these.  It doesn’t even have to be a well-known saying – if it is something your grandma always used to say, and you can illustrate it, go for it!  Second, I am cutting my usual requirement of 6 photos down to 3. Please choose 3 different idioms or sayings to photograph.  If you are an overachiever and would like to do more, please do!

Bonus: Show me Halloween!  No, it doesn’t have anything at all to do with idioms ( though if you found a spooky idiom or a spooky way to photograph an idiom you’d get quadruple bonus points!), but I’ve loved Halloween for a long time.

When’s it due?  October 31st.  Please help me spread the word!

About my photo: “Cool as a Moose” is a fun, quirky store with several locations in Maine (and apparently Canada, according to the bag).  I love shopping there, and have often picked up souvenir t-shirts there while on vacation.  Something about that cool, smiling moose caused me to snap its picture, and voila I had a shot to illustrate this post!  What, you’ve never heard the saying “cool as a moose”? 😉