Friday, November 25, 2011

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge Finale

It's hard to believe this is the last week of the Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge! I can't tell you how much I've 
enjoyed this challenge. It's opened my awareness to nature's 
spectacular colors, textures and foliage. 



Not only have I taken pleasure in photographing nature's spectacular display, but it's so interesting seeing
 autumn in so many of your corners of the world. 




I've gotten to "meet" so many of you for the first time as 
well as learn more about others. Thanks to all of you who have stopped in and for your kind comments. 



Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

I've heard word of a winter photo challenge...dare I hope?!

Thank you again to Rebecca, Kristi and Alicia for graciously hosting and challenging my perspective. I can say I 
definitely have grown in my photography and have a 
newfound appreciation for the beautiful season of Autumn. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shades of Autumn: White.

white.   i love white. 
white can take on many forms....

it can be mysterious as was the fog that lingered one recent morning.

white can be the frosty coating on the plants on a crisp, fall day. 

white can even elicit a feeling of whimsy.

i fell in love with the beauty of these milkweed pods
 and their white silky fibers.

i found an abundant number of synonyms for white. 
achromatic. frosted. milky. pearly. neutral. unspotted. fresh. new. 
unmarked. bright. elegant. snowy.

white can be described in an endless number of ways and take on
many forms. this week, i found that white IS truly a shade of autumn. 
just take a minute to observe a bit more closely, you might encounter
some beautiful fall whites that you might ordinarily have overlooked. 

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

Joining up once again with Kristi of Live and Love Outloud, Alicia of
 Project Alicia and Rebecca of Bumbles & Light for the Shades 
of Autumn Photo Challenge. The photos get better every week. 
Follow the link above to check them out or to enter for yourself! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shades of Autumn: Brown.

It's funny...brown is one of my favorite colors to wear, but I've disliked (very much) the brown drabness that follows the spectacular colors of Autumn. I must say, however, this photo challenge, in conjunction with a few others, 
has so heightened my awareness. I now am noticing colors, textures and minute details more than I ever have.

And guess what ... I found some gorgeous browns. 
I have a new appreciation for post-fall brown. 

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge

I can't tell you that come December or January I will still be in love with it, but for now, I am grateful for the "push" this challenge has delivered. I am enjoying the season to a much greater extent than I would have a year ago. 

So, thank you Alicia, Kristi and Rebecca for hosting this 
challenge. I am enjoying it immensely.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Project 64: Dandelion.

This is one of my favorite fall photos I've taken. 
I captured these bittersweet berries just 
before they burst open. 

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There is not too much color left here now. Most of the brilliance is gone. What was yellow, orange or red is now mostly brown. You can find a bit of color here and there. 

My girls and I went for a hike this weekend with my 
mom and sister and I was fortunate enough to spot
a few bold colors, such as these yellow tree 
branches. I couldn't get too close as they were 
fully engulfed in briars. 

And then there was this yellow leaf amidst 
all the brown, dried out leaves.

Lastly, my sister's coat was the most 
delicious shade of yellow, a perfect match for dandelion.
She was our fearless leader on our trek. She remained 
focused and kept us moving as 3/5 of us tended to 
lolligag (snapping photos and collecting pine cones, 
acorns, tree branches and other such treasures).  

More photos from our hike will be forthcoming. For now, 
click here to jump over to Project 64 and check out the other amazing dandelion captures.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Project 64: Turquoise.

When I saw this week's color, I knew exactly what I wanted to photograph, the turquoise necklace I found on Pinterest. If you haven't discovered Pinterest yet, you don't know what you are missing. Check it out here.

: It can 
be very addicting! 

One of my very first pins was of this 
turquoise necklace. I loved it immediately!  
After a brief internet search and a few clicks,
the necklace was mine!! 

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Pinterest is an incredible resource for home decorating, 
wardrobe inspiration, recipes, crafts ... almost anything
you can think of. Its a virtual pinboard to keep your thoughts
and ideas organized and in one place. 

To get started, just go to the site, request an invite
and start pinning away!! You will love it!

You can follow my pins here.

Happy Pinning!! 
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