Weekly Photo Challenge – Simple

I love to travel, taking photos of interesting people and places along the way. But in the spirit of this week’s post theme – Simple – I decided to post some pics from my very own backyard. I challenge myself to find interesting compositions even when I   am in a spot I know well, and consider uninteresting or uneventful.

These two were taken on a recent backyard excursion this past fall. I find that some of my most interesting photos are the ones I take with my camera aimed down at the ground. Looking, really looking at what’s under my feet, at what I am about to walk on or over. There are some simply beautiful scenes right under us.


Simply Underfoot - Looking Back

Simply Underfoot - Looking Back

Simply Underfoot - Backyard Walk

Simply Underfoot - Backyard Walk


Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

I’m not really a “winter” person, which you might think odd given that my birthday is December 21 – quite often the first day of winter! But I have to admit, from a photographer’s standpoint, winter has a lot to offer  with all holiday celebrations, family get togethers, and of course, winter weather.

My photos for this post are from Winter 2011. It was one for the books given the cold temperatures and record snowfall we saw in Northwest Arkansas, and great for photographs! The works below are from snowfalls in late January and early February 2011. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Snowy Cardinal

January Cardinal

Snow Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration


Celebration - PostAWeek2011

Celebration in my family almost always means a gathering over good food.  More often than not, regardless of the quality of the appetizers or main entrees, we are always looking forward just as much to the bread. Bread doesn’t have to gourmet to be extremely satisfying. In fact, the loaf in the picture above is simply delicious as it is, covered in melted butter. Yum.




This picture is one I took this summer of the cone flowers in my front yard. We planted the bed over 10 years ago and it continues to produce a healthy crop, much to the delight of this photographer as well as the yellow Goldfinches that feast off the seeds each summer.  While the original photograph shows the plants in full color glory, I chose to convert it to black-and-white to focus on the concept of this week’s postaweek2011 topic: opportunity.

I’m drawn to the photo and its relationship to opportunity for two reasons. First, I’m intrigued by the patterns created by the jumble of stems reaching up and out, towards the sun, in the shear act of survival.

Also because it reminds me of the influence that location has on opportunity, as in the ideas of Richard Florida and “Who’s Your City?”.  There’s much to be said for being in the right place, at the right time.

Sunset Road


Road Sunset

This is from a photo I took back in 2008 but it remains one of my favorites. My husband, son and I were on the road during a mini-vacation over Memorial Day. We were hoping to see some rain out of those clouds but ended up settling for an image of the glorious rays shining around and through the clouds. It doesn’t get much better than this.