Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalist

Here are my interpretations for the week’s Photo Challenge theme: Minimalist. Hope you enjoy these two Autumn foliage, minimalist images!

For me the theme is also a welcome reminder that often “less is more.”

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

— Lao Tzu

Check out more of the photo submissions here!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

I have to admit to being captivated by thunderstorms. The sheer power displayed is frightening and at the same time, amazing. For this storm, I had a great vantage point too, a 3rd floor condo balcony. Watching from the distance gives you a great perspective and  a sense of peace and calm. Of course, I may not have enjoyed this storm so much if I had been in a boat out in the middle of it all!

Hope you enjoy my interpretation of this week’s Photo Challenge – Descent. Head on over to the post for this week to see some amazing examples of Descent!


Ocean storm - Biloxi Mississippi

Ocean storm – Biloxi Mississippi

Travel Theme: Misty

“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthy life can be.” — Rachel Carson

Mysterious, moody, magnificent mist – that’s the theme for this week from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack.


When you are on vacation, the last thing you want at the beach is a rainy day. But for a photographer, rain and mist create a great ambiance. Plus, all the crowds leave! Here are a couple of foggy pictures from a previous year’s vacation at Rehoboth Beach DE.

Watching the fog roll in across Rehoboth Beach, DE

Watching the fog roll in across Rehoboth Beach, DE

Watching the fog roll in over the beach at Rehoboth DE

Watching the fog roll in over the beach at Rehoboth DE


Around Thanksgiving last year, my family visited Petit Jean State Park. Hoping for a sunny day to enjoy the fall colors, we were met instead with a dense fog. But once again, perfect for photography mood and ambiance.

Fall colors in mist at Petit Jean State Park, AR

Fall colors in mist at Petit Jean State Park, AR

Mist Backdrop from Petit Jean Mountation State Park

Mist Backdrop from Petit Jean Mountation State Park


Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Object. 

“Some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects..”

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of still-life and pattern based images of mostly kitchen and household items, some nostalgic, some not so much. For this post, I selected a couple of those images of treasured objects, a glass creamer and lace doily, handed down from grandparents. Both of these objects once held a place of esteem in our families’ lives, and now live on in the digital world as well.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

The challenge for this week is to share a photo that means “free spirit.”  I found two pictures in my photo library that express the idea of “free spirit” to me,  but in different ways. Hope you enjoy them!

This first photo is one that I took while on vacation in July in Biloxi. I love watching birds, especially when at the beach. I stood on the balcony of my hotel for several moments fascinated by the slow but deliberate movements of this Great Blue Heron. I loved watching it wade along the edge of the surf, a contemplative free spirit.

The second photo is one that my husband took in our backyard. We’ve been in drought conditions most of the year but recently have had some rain (thank you Issac).  This Morning Glory seems to be celebrating its free spirit through an  abundance of vibrant blooms!