Scavenger Hunt Sunday: hot thing

floral burst
Something about this burst of blooms seemed to beckon for an “abstract” label.
abstracted sun
And I love the vibrancy of this macro, it’d like an abstract sun.
lawn charm And this? Well, aside from loving the assortment of lawn spikes, the globe has a fantastically abstract swirl.

JD's wheelin
Isn’t he just the cutest? A super sized fire truck tire made for an excellent toy in the station. Climb inside and wait for a little push and… you’re rollin’ now.

fire burger
There is nothing, nothing like a flame broiled burger. And my mama is the Burger Queen, for real.

Seeing Faces in Strange Places
Me. I’m making a personal note to try this again with a globe that doesn’t have water splotches all over it.

I thought I’d go literal first – it’s “literally a star,” as Chi would likely say. Does it seem a little early to be setting up Christmas decorations? The stores don’t wait until mid Autumn anymore.
belt test (101311)
And here’s my star just before testing for her Green Belt in TaeKwonDo. She did fabulous and will get the new rank on Friday. {Mommy’s proud!}

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: space & ‘scapes

Totally skipped last week’s hunt — so many things going on and so little motivation to make it happen. For shame my morose mood.

old barn along our path
The Color Wheel: Complementary/Triadic Color (Exploring with a Camera prompt)
Kat‘s second installment of color talks about finding aesthetically pleasing combinations in our world. She shared the following three visuals:
I’ve been having a bit of fun enjoying the lush colors of the season and decided to share a few of my “natural” finds.


globe topiary bloom


triad variation

Black and White (Paper Heart Camera prompt)
door diva
An abandoned post office served as a great industrial backdrop for my little diva’s boot shoot. Yes, she insisted on documenting her first “real choice” in shoe-wardrobe. And yes, she really would’ve rather had the pair with the two and a half inch heel and the furry folded cuff. And yes, those are those dreaded leggings that she so despises but that were required should she wear a skirt like the one she picked out.

Oh, and just to prove that she does, sometimes, simply return to the kid of 8y9m she is most often when the camera is not focused on her, here’s baby girl simply being."Chi v:8y9m"
Foodcrab tray display
I probably should’ve ventured into the restaurant to capture this display… but it was late and dark and I really didn’t think the Maître d would’ve appreciated me intruding on dinner service just for a picture. I do sort of like the grainy quality of the image, though.
Blank Space
I admit that I have no idea what “blank space” is supposed to mean here… so I’m taking creative liberty.
space to rest I love the way my eyes rest in the dark spaces of the flower’s seeds and how it is a solitary, lonely bloom surrounded by empty space.
hornet's space
And this one? Well, wouldn’t you give him all the space he needs (before spraying him to oblivion with a long range poison, of course)?

Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Abstraction

I was thinking about using a series of photos of Ya smiling… I mean his uninhibited smile is infectious…
And then there is Chi’s beautiful and ever-changing smile – with the odd combination of baby and adult teeth, gaps where tooth fairy has been awarded treasure, and her sometimes lip-gloss colored lips. It belays her personality at this moment in time. smiler

But then I started editing the photos of the early stages of Irene passing through our area and I came across a series of the kids stomping in puddles. We’d been cooped up in the house waiting for the hurricane to ravage the area for hours. The kids were restless. And so, we found our coats and covered our heads from the rain and headed outside. The streets were empty – – of people, of most of the vehicles, of animals. It was eery. It was also ideal for kicking up water and stamping feet. We loved it.make ya smile

I wish there were also a photo of my surprise when the gusty winds killed the umbrella and I was soaked instantly by the rain. That would surely make someone smile…

I’ll never, ever forget those dreadful stairs… in fact, I still have abnormal heart palpitations whenever I pass metal staircases. Stairs are just not something I want to be near.
stairs of construct
My workplace is currently under renovations. Add to the efforts damage from the earthquake, and you have one massive mess to make presentable come school’s opening on Tuesday. Yes, I said Tuesday We’ve got quite a few of these stairs of construction (destruction?) there right now… and none of them are conjuring thoughts of climbing a corporate ladder to greater success.

after storm clouds
After the rain and winds of Saturday’s battle with Irene, the skies looked amazing. Deep blue color interspersed with fluffy white and dismal grey clouds to create a magically beautiful sky painting.


I know some people are a bit squeamish when it comes to bugs, but around here bug hunts and captures (photographic, of course) are commonplace. As always, as long as they are outside of my home or my car and not on my person, I’m cool with living in harmony. The next few pictures are of our insect neighbors. I’ve been privy to a lot of portraits with our weird weather of late. You’ve been warned.
This friendly Mantis lives at the prison-turned-art-collective. He was wandering up the wooden doors that blocked an industrial trash container. I wasn’t bug hunting when I happened upon him. In fact, it was Chi who noticed him. She refused to pose for a portrait in the location I had scouted because Mantis and a moth (that was certainly his intended dinner) were present. Mantis didn’t like us being there to interrupt him, so he initially froze before deciding that if he walked really slow, he could move away. He pointed his longest toe on each gracefully long leg (arm?) as he moved.
point of the toe

dragon abstract
Found this little dragon without the hunt! He was waiting for me in front of the garage as the kids and I left for work and school early this morning. I loved the abstract pattern created by the clear and brown styling of the film of his wings. And it was awesome that he sat patiently waiting for me to capture his portrait exactly as I wanted. That’s one fly dragon.

Still Life Standout: Couldn’t Resist A Bite

One of these days, I’ll get to eat a fresh strawberry. One of these days I’ll get to photograph my luscious, untouched strawberries creatively. couldn't resist a bite

It’s not today.

culprither tooyumz

you want this

{Mortal Muses prompt: negative space}

{Sweet} Play and Buggin Visits

The end of the summer met with play dates – planned rendezvous with friends.
Water worker Jack
It was warm enough when we did Jack’s portraits for us to return to the house for a fun afternoon of water play. Sprinkler, mini pool, and buckets entertained the boys for some time. There was water everywhere.wrapped up

And then he showed up… I suppose he wanted a Popsicle. Maybe he was just curious about the flurry of activity outside. Either way, he was uninvited.
buggin visitor

LEM: “Bokeh” (a butterfly in macro)

Symmetry & Rainbow
Isn’t symmetry enthralling? And, you’ve got to love the rainbow created by a flowering garden!

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