A Photo a Week Challenge: WEATHERED

The topic for this week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is WEATHERED.

During a garden trip to northern Virginia in 2004 I spied this rock formation. It shows centuries of weathering in the stones and growth of moss.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/06/21/a-photo-a-week-challenge-weathered/ to see her offering this week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: LAYERS

Nancy Merrill has given us another interesting challenge this week–to share a photo of something in layers.

I first thought of a cake, but don’t have one available. She suggested roses, and that caused me to think of other flowers. I looked through my archives and considered roses, peonies and camellias. I chose the latter because they may not be as well known outside the south.

Here are three of my favorites:

Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’
Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Our Linda’

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/a-photo-a-week-chlenge-layers/ to see her offering for this week. Others will join her in sharing their interpretations.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Circles on Circles

Nancy Merrill has presented her followers with a particularly interesting challenge this week. Share a photograph of “Circles on Circles.”

I had to scratch my brain for a while to imagine how that challenge might be met. However, I searched my files and discovered what I hope Nancy will accept as an appropriate response to her challenge.

Here is a work by American artist Judy Pfaff. I saw it on display several years ago in the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.

Apples and Oranges, 1986

The work consists of plastic, laminates, painted steel, and wood.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/05/31/a-photo-a-week-challenge-circles-on-circles/ to see her composition this week. Others will certainly join her in sharing their interpretations of this week’s challenge.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: SOMETHING MISSING

This is an interesting challenge from Nancy Merril Photography: share a photograph of something missing.

There is clearly something missing in this photo. I just can’t figure out what happened. Any ideas?

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/05/24/a-photo-a-week-challenge-something-missing/ to see her contribution this week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: UNEXPECTED

This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is UNEXPECTED.

You can imagine that when I was up a ladder trimming the top of a ‘Sky Pencil’ holly, I most certainly did not expect a visitor to come out of the shrub right next to my feet.

Fortunately, this five foot black snake prefers other critters in my garden, not the human kind. Its appearance next to my feet was totally unexpected. I carefully crawled down the ladder and gave it plenty of room to go on its way.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/a-photo-a-week-challenge-unexpected-2/ to see her offering this month.

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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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