For this weeks Photo Challenge, they ask, what do I treasure. They want us to show in pictures, what we treasure.
I treasure a lot of things. But I didn’t want to just show ‘things’. Because I treasure so much in life.
Mother nature, even though she seems to be having major anger issues lately, is to be treasured in all her beauty. I treasure my dog Sam, as he is my constant companion and confidant. I treasure good friends. I also treasure a few family heirlooms I’ve gotten. Gifts from friends and family, some of these are to be treasured. Experiences in life can be treasured.
So I decided to try to capture all these things that I, personally treasure.
(c) JLPhillips 2014, Native American doll, I received as a present from Mom, It’s 4 ft tall.
(c) JLPhillips 2014
Dreams and Hopes
(c)2013 JLPhillips Notwen and Pouncer
My mothers shoes and purse from early 1940’s
Mother Natures Art (c) JLPhillips 2013 A Canadian sunset
A strange Foreign World of Frost
tree in backyard
(C) JLPhillips 2012 A different sunset
(c) JLPhillips 2013 A storm cloud over the house.
Portrait of Sam (c) JLPhillips 2013
Sam inside his box
saturated in color
My childhood home which was haunted via google maps.
For this challenge, snap a selfie with your camera phone or camera. Feel free to get creative and clever, and if you don’t want to share a photo of yourself, think of a way to approach this challenge in a different way. This is the new Weekly Photo Challenge from WordPress. Do a selfie.
As the only selfie I have done is the photo on my avatar, I decided to be a little bit more creative with mine. I did mine in comic form. That’s a selfie, right? I have done comics before for my series “Sam and Me” so I thought, that would make a different kind of selfie. Here it is!
It’s been really cold here, like -30C (-15F) and taking Sam out for his potty breaks is a challenge. Poor little guy, sometimes he is just as frozen as the snow. Here are mine and Sam’s selfie.
From lines to patterns. We see lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made. Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there: on the street, across the walls, up in the sky, and along the ground on which we walk.
Today’s challenge is inspired by Evan Zelermyer‘s stunning urban, abstract, and architectural images from his “Shape, Line, Texture, Pattern” post published earlier this week. I’d love to see your interpretations of these elements, so grab your camera, get outside, and snap a great shot of shapes or lines that you stumble upon, or a cool texture or pattern that catches your eye.
I decided to try to do more of these photo challenges from WordPress. Not only to help me with my photo shooting skills but they also help me open my mind to everyday things. Things that I thought were mundane are suddenly interesting and intriguing. I think that opening up my mind like this helps me become a better writer also. I will ‘see’ things in my mind in new lights and that can’t be a bad thing.
These photos I took around my yard today. I see my fence and steps in a rather fascinating light. The textures, the lines, everything are so much more interesting when you really look at them! Hope you enjoy.
(Please vote on yesterday’s poll for the next photo that I write a story about! Go here and place your vote now! Thank you)
This weeks photo challenge: Inside could go in so many ways. The possibilities are endless!
Like my cutie Sam, sleeping inside his box.
Then there is the inside of a good book.
Of course I can’t forget the elixir of my life inside my coffee cup.
Then there is the inside of my computer. This is where my online friends are and my writings. So you can see it holds some precious things.
The inside of my head is pretty important too. That’s where my imagination is so I can write stories, find ideas, think through problems and sometimes even say “You’re doing pretty damn good girl!” to myself.
So what kind of inside things is important to you?
I am not a photographer by any stretch of imagination. I do like to challenge myself sometimes. So I decided to see if I could come up with something for this weeks Photo Challenge: Focus.
My pets are like my children. I’m sure most pet owners can identify with that statement. I’m always taking pictures of them when they sit still long enough. Not too long ago I took some of Sam and one of my cats Pouncer. They were both vying for the same spot of sunshine.
The first picture is of the two of them. I really didn’t focus on anything, just trying to get a picture of them both wanting the same thing.
Then I took another shot of Sam basking in the lions share of sunshine.
I loved how the sunshine shown on Sam and made me think of a black/white picture. So I took another shot focusing on just Sam and how the light played with his coloring of black/white. I thought it turned out pretty good and is my favorite shot of my little guy.
I’m very rarely bored. I usually have too much to do or say to be bored. This morning was an exception. I was waiting for a phone call and didn’t want to start a blog post just to be interrupted and lose my train of thought (I hate when that happens!) So I decided to go surfing on the web to wile away the time.
I started out just clicking something I thought was interesting and then clicking something else and etc……
It is simply amazing what is out there. Some things made me sad, some angry, some just made me laugh. A few things made me scratch my head and go, huh?
Then I started clicking on pictures of interest because I love using the odd picture for a writing prompt. So I thought I would see what I could find. Oh wow, did I find some!
Then I thought I would share some of what I’ve found. Tada!! My blog post for today was set! I love when that happens.
Then another idea hit me! Why not ask you, my readers, what picture I should write a story about! So here are some of my favorite finds, now YOU tell me which one to write about!
There’s the five I picked out as some of the more interesting. Now I want you to vote on what one I should write about. I will write that story next Tuesday. Thanks to all who participate!
As I stepped outside with my dog Sam, I felt the wind pick up with a bit of moisture in it.
Sam was hesitant to go out at first. I know animals feel the change in the atmosphere before we humans do.
I glanced up at the sky and saw this cloud over the house. For a small moment I was mesmerized by the vastness, color and beauty of the threatening clouds.
Then I sprinted inside to grab my camera. I just had to try to get a shot of this cloud! The beauty of it took my breath away!
As I clicked away I heard the rumble of thunder creeping ever closer. This cloud was the foreshadow of a wild storm that brought everything with it. Within 15 minutes we got rain, wind, thunder, lightning and hail.
The hail came down so hard that I couldn’t see across the street. The temperature dropped a good 20 degrees within seconds. It dropped so fast my windows in the house steamed up.
The cats hid and Sam stuck to my side. Who would have guessed that this beautiful piece of nature could be the start of one of the worse storms I have seen here in Canada in many years.
Yeah, I hurt. The reason for this is that I fell in the tub the other day. I have the bruises to prove it. Eh, at least I’m alive. I just hurt like hell.
I have a really nice purplish/yellow/green BIG bruise on my right knee. A few smaller ones on my other leg and my left arm. Yeah, not my greatest moment. I’m just glad I got tough bones. 😉
But enough of the self-pity! I got other things to say.
Below is the view from my new home office window. The past few days I’ve been watching a hawk hunting back there. Not a bad view. I wish there were trees, but hey it’s still better than buildings. These are part of the coulees around town. There is a train that goes through a couple of times a day, but you can’t hardly hear it as it’s down in a valley.
(Coulee (or coulée) is applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley or drainage zone.
The word coulee comes from the Canadian French coulée, from French word couler meaning “to flow”.)
The pictures below is out my home office window.
past my back fence
JLPhillips (c) 2014
I like the look
**Click on the pictures to get a bigger, better view. It’s worth it! 🙂
And don’t forget to download and read my latest published story at Etherbooks.com. “House of Mystery” is a two parter with part one ready for download now! Thanks so much!