A Photo a Week Challenge: Natural Lighting

The challenge this week from Nancy Merrill is to share a photograph taken with natural light.

During a visit to the Atlanta Botanic Garden several years ago, I was privileged to view a number of Chihuly masterpieces in the garden. This one in particular almost defies adjectives. At a minimum, they must be superlatives.

Please vist Nancy this week at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/08/09/a-photo-a-week-challenge-natural-lighting/ to see her contribution and those of others who share in this weekly meme.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: REFLECTION

Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is to share a photo that reflects the word “reflection.”

I had two choices, so decided to include them both.

This is a photo of a painting by Richard Estes, in the Atlanta Art Gallery. I love the way the artist has included reflections in the windows of the stores along the street.

“Supreme Hardware,” 1974. Oil and acrylic on canvas

A scene from a garden in Charlotte, NC. A sunny afternoon, with reflections in a pond.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/07/26/a-photo-a-week-challenge-reflection-3/ to her reflection this week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: FROM THE SIDE

Nancy Merrill has given us a real challenge this week: to view a subject from the side.

I saw this rooster casually reclining in garden bathtub at a recent Home and Gardening Show here in Charlotte. I hope this view from the side captures the intent of Nancy’s challenge and shows just how relaxing an afternoon scrub can be for a lonely rooster.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/07/19/a-photo-a-week-challenge-from-the-side/ to see her offering this week.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: REALLY BIG TOYS

Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week could send me in several directions. My Dad’s big toys included antique automobiles. I loved his maroon Model A roadster, with rag top, rumble seat, and yellow wheels. Alas, that is ancient history now, so I remembered this photo I took of my wife in front of a REALLY BIG TOY.

Please visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/a-photo-a-week-challenge-really-big-toys/ to see her offering this week and the responses of other phtographers.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: UNEDITED

Nancy Merrill has once again given us worthy photographic challenge to share this week. Offer a photo that has been unedited. And so we present a photograph in the raw, as it were.

This is a look out the back door of President James Monroe’s home in Oak Hill, VA. If I had edited the photograph, I most certainly would have excluded the large column on the left. It still is a lovely view of the garden and Virginia countryside.

Visit Nancy at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2021/06/28/a-photo-a-week-challenge-unedited/ to see her offering this week.

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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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