A Photo a Week Challenge: MOTHERS

Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is certainly appropriate: MOTHERS.

Mothers’ Day is this Sunday and gives us a chance to honor and remember our mothers. I was torn between going back several generations to honor my grandmothers, my own mom, my wife (mother of my daughters), and down to the mother of my great-grandson. There were other options, as well, so…

Grandma and Memaw, the only picture I have of the two of them together. This captures their personalities so well: one dressed up with hat and pearls and the other with her stockings rolled down.

Mom and our three daughters
A Canada Goose with six adorable goslings is the essence of motherhood

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/05/03/a-photo-a-week-challenge-mothers/ to see her offering this week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Celebration Covid-Style

What a fun challenge this week from Nancy Merrill Photography. We have had the vaccine. We have had dinner with our daughters and some grandsons–at a real restaurant. We’ve been to church. I had a real haircut. Of course, all activities were masked at an appropriate social distance.

Nonetheless, I AM HAPPY.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/04/26/a-photo-a-week-challenge-celebration-covid-style/ to see her covid-style celebration.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: OPEN

This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is OPEN.

One could talk about open doors, open minds, open air, Open golf tournaments, or open flowers. I have decided on two options.

A wall in the Atlanta Botanic Garden is open to allow one to see into the interior garden.

Open peonies may be among the lovliest of flowers here in April in North Carolina.

PLease visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/04/19/a-photo-a-week-challenge-open-2/ to see her offering this week. Enjoy the contributions of others.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Backlit

Another challenging photo idea from Nancy Merrill’s weekly meme. This week the subject is “backlit.’ It is an opportunity to share photographs with Old Sol providing the illumination from the rear with interesting results.

Muhly grass is native to our area. It sits as a quiet clump of greenery from spring through summer. But in fall, when its seed heads open and the sun is behind it, it becomes a spectacular point in the garden.

Fall leaves can be lovely subjects when backlit on a cool autumn afternoon.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/04/12/a-photo-a-week-challenge-backlit-2/ to see her offering and others who have joined in the challenge.

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In a Vase on Monday: Assurances

After a long absence I am happy to rejoin the meme In a Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. With no garden on a third-floor screened porch, I am left to enjoy such flowers as I can purchase locally.

Daffodils in bloom are assurances that spring has indeed come to North Carolina, and the annual cycle continues. I also appreciate the color they bring to my porch. Perhaps a glass of wine on a warm spring evening would add to the festive atmosphere.

Please visit Cathy at https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2021/04/12/in-a-vase-on-monday-sugar-rush/ to see what she and others are sharing this week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: That Face!

Nancy Merrill Photography has once again issued a delightful weekly challenge: That Face!

Looking back through my archives, I found this shot of my youngest grandson. Adam obviously had his mind momentarily on something else than giant Legos.

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/a-photo-a-week-challenge-that-face/ tp see her offering and that of others.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: The Street Where You Live

Nancy Merrill Photography has issued an interesting challenge for this week: The Street Where You Live. In that I am now living in a retirement community on the third floor, I have elected to share a photograph of a street scene in a community here in Charlotte that was inspired by a village in England. Chipping-Campden is a beautiful collection of homes right in the middle of south Charlotte and a joy to see.

Please visit Nancy’s site at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/a-photo-a-week-challenge-the-street-where-you-live/ . See where she and others are sharing the street where they live.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Focus

Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is “Unexpected Focus.” I understand that to mean, “I intended to take a photograph of a hosta, but my focus shifted to the little green tree frog taking a rest on a hosta leaf.”

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/03/22/a-photo-a-week-challenge-unexpected-focus/ and see her offering for the week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: ALL ABOUT THE SCENERY

Nancy’s Merrill’s photo challenge subject for this week is “All About the Scenery.”

One of the most beautiful places I have visited was Linda Hostetler’s garden in The Plains, VA. These photos were taken in 2004 during a Garden Club trip. This is a priceless garden.

Visit https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/03/15/a-photo-a-week-challenge-all-about-the-scenery/ to see Nancy’s offering and that of others.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: OFF CENTER

A standard recommendation to create interesting photographs is to move the center of attention off center. It’s not just an oxymoron, but good advice. This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is to share a photo with OFF CENTER as its focus. As I looked through my files, I was surprised to find so few photos that met her criteria. That’s a good lesson for the future.

This country farmhouse in New York is my first example:

A second offering is a photo of one of my favorites azaleas: ‘Gwenda’. It has the unusual habit of creating an occasional splash of complementary color…on the same plant.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/a-photo-a-week-challenge-off-center-2/. She and others will be sharing their compositions with us.

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