Consistency (Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge)

                  Cricket, symbol of good luck, taken with my iPhone 5S.

It’s been awhile since I’ve entered Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. The subject of the first week of each month is Nature. This reminded me of this picture I took recently. Even though I don’t believe in luck, I snapped the photo of this little guy to remind me to focus on good fortune… good fortune I will create.

I believe “good luck” comes to those who consistently do the next right thing over time. So now I think of the cricket as a symbol of consistency, as opposed to luck.

Arsenal (Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge)

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Discovered while walking my dog.

Taken with my iPhone 5S. Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge, Week 4: Challenger’s Choice, Still Life.

I put a lot of thought into my Photography Challenge posts, often regarding the photo itself. Is it the best shot of the ones I took? What about the subject matter? …the lighting? This week it was all about the category.

I was struggling with whether I would categorize it as “Objects” or “Still Life.” I chose “Still Life” because “Objects” somehow didn’t seem enough. There is action and life in this scene. We simply isn’t visible.

I thought about the exuberance with which somebody created these snowballs. I wondered if it was a boy. How old was he? Did he lob any of these before being called in for lunch? Maybe he was a teen, mischievously storing them for an impending ambush.

I will never know. I can only imagine. A picture certainly can be worth a thousand words.

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This was one of two caches.

Words (Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge)

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Last week I received a handwritten note from a spiritual leader. His words expressed a confidence in me that I am only beginning to grow into.  I was telling an artist friend about it and we began talking about the importance of words.

She excused herself and came back with the treasure in this photo. She said she hadn’t initially known why she bought it, but now she was certain.  She included a handwritten note on the back of a piece of paper on which she had painted, and gave me the box.

This whole encounter inspired a longer written piece which I will post later. In the meantime, I loved the light in the top photo. It echoes the sentiment, “Radiate Sunshine.” And I always love black & white.

Taken with my iPhone 5S. Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge, Week 3: Black & White.

 

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Cookie’s Ride Home

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The old girl’s ride home after her “Senior Check-up.”

After an exhausting morning of bloodwork, other invasive testing (if you catch my drift), and getting her nails clipped, my pooch initially would not let me get in the driver’s seat. After I explained that she needed a driver’s license, she begrudgingly moved into the passenger’s seat.

And here she is now that we are home.

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Pumpkin Patch (Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge)

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Taken at a local pumkin farm with my iPhone 5S. Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge, Week 4: Challenger’s Choice – Still Life and Food Photography.

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This shot wasn’t as clear, as it was shot while on a hay ride, but I liked the subject matter.

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My son and I enjoyed a “caramel apple” (sliced Granny Smith apple, vanilla ice cream, nuts, and warm caramel) just before we left. I like the table and pumpkin framing this shot. The taste of the caramel apple was even better!

Tool of the Trade (Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge)

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Taken with my iPhone 5S.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Week 2, Macro.

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I liked this shot as well, especially the line, and the “clue.” It was also taken with my iPhone 5S. It is a Shure SM58, that I have recently begun using again (as well as my keyboard). Glad to be back to the weekly challenge!