Lines and Squares 3: Natural

Pattern of pale gray square tiles. Text: Something for Sunday; October 20, 2019; Lines and Squares, Part 3: NaturalBecky B runs a photo challenge four times a year for a whole month. In the Squares Challenge, people post an image for each day that meet two criteria; they are based on the month’s prompt, and their format is square. This October, the prompt is Lines. I’ve chosen to bundle my images into four batches and post one batch each Sunday in October.

This batch of images features natural lines. Click an image to navigate through the gallery. Enjoy!

Autumn, Close Up

The challenge this week from the Lens Artists is about filling the frame. Patti encourages us to get close enough to our subject to really see the details. This is something I’ve always tended to do, so I love this challenge!

The fall colors are just starting to appear now where I live. These are pictures I took last year, after fall really got going. I wasn’t tempted by panoramas of hillsides washed with color. Instead, I got up close and personal with autumn’s beauty.

Closeup of a cluster of bright red/orange maple leavesCloseup of bright red maple leaves, lookind down on a yard strewn with fallen leavesBright red berries dangling from branchesPosted in response to Lens-Artists #66: Filling the Frame, with thanks to Patti for posting this week’s challenge.

Lines and Squares 1: Straight

Pale ceramic tile squares. Text: Somethign for Sunday; October 6, 2019; Lines and Squares Part 1: StraightBecky B runs a photo challenge four times a year for a whole month. In the Squares Challenge, people post an image for each day that meet two criteria; they are based on the month’s prompt, and their format is square. This October, the prompt is Lines. I’ve chosen to bundle my images into four batches and post one batch each Sunday in October.

Here’s my first batch, all featuring straight lines. Click an image to navigate through the gallery. Enjoy!

 

Living on the Edge

I have the fortune to live in a comfortable suburb, within easy reach of a small city, and just around the corner from the countryside. The best of all worlds! The Lens Artists challenge this week is about the countryside, so here are a few photos taken just minutes from my house.

A large red barn, with close-cropped fields in the foreground and a cloudy sky aboveThese neighbors of mine grow the most delicious corn and sell it in a roadside stand. In late summer and early autumn we try to have fresh corn on the cob often.

Under a bright blue sky, a farmer is tilling a field, with some farm buildings in the backgroundThis is one of their fields. You can see that barn in the background on the left.

A closeup of a field of sunflowers, with one huge blossom right up frontSome years, they grow sunflowers in that field. This is a picture I took there a couple of years ago.

Bare tree branches reach up into a cloudy skyThis was taken in November a couple of years ago in a bit of woods just down the road. I like the moodiness of the bare branches and the cloudy sky.

Posted in response to Lens-Artists #64: Countryside, with thanks to Amy for posting this week’s challenge.

Magical Books

For this week’s Lens Artist challenge, Ann-Christine asks us to show what we find magical. My answer: Books.

What an astonishing thing a book is….An author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head….A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.
~ Carl Sagan

A hardcover book, opened on a marble table, with a leather bookmark, against a blue-green wall. There's a ceramic pot of blue and white flowers, a stone containing white and purple crystals, and a little owl sculpture with large eyes.A stack of hardcover books on a blue cloth, with a dried white rose in a glass dish and some rose buds and leaves on the top bookPosted in response to Lens Artists Photo Challenge #63: Magical, with thanks to Ann-Christine for posting this week’s challenge.

 

 

Sky Light

This week, Patti challenges the Lens Artists to post photos with silhouettes. I love this topic! I take a lot of pictures of the sky, and this often includes dark things silhouetted against a bright sky. Here are a few of my favorite silhouette photos.

First: Three images with sunsets

One was taken from the marina at Sackets Harbor. I love this image so much, I used one like it for my Twitter header.

Sunset over water, with rocks, trees, and weeds in the foreground in silhouetteOne was taken nearby, at the 1812 battlefield, as some young people sat on the stone wall watching the sun go down.

Sunset over water, with the silhouettes of four young people in the foregroundOne was taken at the Port of Rochester, when we were staying at the marina there.

Brilliant sunset reflected in the water, surrounded by silhouettes of sailboatsNext: two images with stormy skies

One has a leafless winter tree, and a tiny patch of blue showing through the gray clouds.

A leafless tree silhouetted against a stormy skyOne has a bird silhouetted against those stormy clouds.

Stormy gray clouds, with a bird flying overheadFinally: one with blue sky and clouds and a power pole with a tangle of wires

I was struck by the complexity of the cabling on this pole.

A view of a power pole with many cables at many levels, silhouetted against a partly cloudy skyPosted in response to Lens Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes, with thanks to Patti for posting this week’s challenge.

Water and Stone

The arch of a stone bridge over a river reflects in the water to make a circleA few months ago I took a river cruise down the Genesee River in Rochester, NY. Along the way I snapped this image of one of the stone bridges over the water. I was intrigued by how the arch of the bridge was reflected in the water to make a circular frame for the misty view upriver. It was a gray and rainy day, but still beautiful!

More recently, I saw a pile of stones being used to hold back some of the erosion due to the high water levels in Lake Ontario this year. There were gaps in the stones, and through the gaps you could see the water of the lake. Here’s one of the pictures I took.

A sliver of lake water viewed through a pile of bouldersI seem to have an interest in looking at vistas of water, framed by stone–large and small.

Posted in response to Lens Artists Photo Challenge #60: Frame, with thanks to Amy for posting this week’s challenge.

Boat Angles

A view down on a sailboat from the top of the mastA confession: I didn’t take this photo. My husband did, by hauling his GoPro camera up to the top of our boat’s mast and aiming it down. See the beige circle a little below center? That’s the top of his hat. The bright spot to the right is the sun on the water, emphasizing the shadow of the mast of the next boat.

He took this picture the day Ann-Christine posted this week’s Lens Artists photo challenge, in which she invites us to look at the world from different angles. Inspired by her challenge and my husband’s photo, I took these shots, exploring the boat from a number of other angles.

Here she is in a traditional side view. Counterpoint is a 35′ sloop-rigged sailing vessel berthed in Sackets Harbor, NY.

A sailboat named CounterpointHere’s the reverse of the original shot, taken from the deck and looking up to the top of the mast.

A view from the deck of a sailboat up the mastThen, looking around at the marina I was struck by how it bristles with angles created by the masts, sails, and rigging on all the boats.

Several docked sailboats, emphasizing the angles of their masts and riggingSo many angles, everywhere I looked!

Posted in response to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59: Angles, with thanks to Ann-Christine for posting this week’s challenge.

 

For Luck

Today’s Lens Artist challenge is from Patti, and it’s challenging indeed. It focuses on the old poem often used for a bride’s wedding gear:

Something old
Something new
Something borrowed
Something blue

I couldn’t find a single photo that embodied all four of these concepts, so I have to offer four separate ones.

Something old: This is the Eye of the Needle, out of Sackets Harbor, NY. It’s not really as old as it looks, but it is based on the design and look of an old sailing vessel. They took her out this past weekend on Black River Bay.

The Eye of the Needle is an old-style sailing vesselSomething new: Today we had the first fresh corn of the season, bought from a farm that’s about a quarter mile from our house. Delicious!

A pile of corn on the cob at a far stand, witn one ear partlyh openedSomething borrowed: This was the hardest part of the challenge for me. I didn’t have anything borrowed from anyone else, or any good opportunities to borrow something for a photo. I fell back on this, an image I took over two years ago. It is a pair of my earrings, removed from their wires and hooked into a ring. My daughter borrowed these and carried them, attached to her bouquet, at her wedding. The original for something borrowed!

Abalone and silver earrings, hooked together with a ringSomething blue: A neighbor child left this bike on the edge of his lawn, just in time for me to snap a picture today. It has a bright blue frame and Spider-Man adornments.

A child's bike with a bright blue frame and Spider-Man decorationsI’m glad I didn’t give up on this challenge! It was fun to figure out how to accomplish the task before the week ended. Thank you, Patti!

Posted in response to Lens-Artists Challenge #58: Something Old, New,  Borrowed, and Blue.

Bald Eagle Creek

Bald Eagle Creek, featuring a family of swansThis week’s Lens Artist challenge is an invitation to take it easy, and the timing was perfect. This weekend I got to visit Bald Eagle Creek on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. It was a beautiful spot and the weather couldn’t have been better. This was my favorite photo from the weekend because it includes a family of swans living there. Here’s another shot looking the other way, toward the source of the creek.

Beautiful Bald Eagle Creek

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Posted in response to Lens-Artists Challenge #57: Taking a Break with thanks to Tina for posting this week’s challenge.