All the Colors

This week the Lens Artists are looking for monochrome images. This most often means photos shot in black and white, but it can also mean any picture where just one color dominates. I don’t have much in my archives in black and white, but did find some monochrome images in various colors, and decided to post one in each of the four primary colors in human vision. Yes, I know, most color systems focus on three primary colors (red, green, blue), and the color receptors in the human eye also respond predominantly to one of these three hues. However, the visual system then turns this input into three opponent systems: red vs. green, blue vs. yellow, and black vs. white. This means that, at one level in human vision, there are four colors, just like in the song I used to sing with my children:

Red and yellow, green and blue,
All the colors over you.
Red as an apple, green as a tree,
Yellow as the sunshine, blue as the sea.

So here are four images, one representing each of the four colors.

Red: Amazing fall colors from 2018

Closeup of dense, bright red leaves on an autumn treeYellow: Part of a dazzling display of twinkle lights I spotted in a hotel this past spring

Shimmering yellow twinkling lights in a hotel lobbyGreen: A single white blossom stands out against its dark green leaves

A white morning glory flower in a bed of green leavesBlue: A vivid sky, painted with swirling clouds

White clouds swirled against a vivid blue skyPosted in response to Lens-Artists #70: Monochrome, with thanks to Patti for posting this week’s challenge.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: I’ve made a rather momentous decision. I will officially be switching my blog from this free WordPress location to my actual author website. From now until the end of this year I will post all my blog entries (including this one) on both locations. Starting in January 2020, though, I’ll be posting only on the website. If you enjoy my content, please start following me at my site: I value every one of my followers, and I hope to see you over there!

WW Photo Challenge: Z for Zinnias

Z is for Zinnias

Well, here we are at the end of the alphabet, the end of the year, and the end of the WordWacker Photo Challenge. I’m closing with this picture of some lovely zinnia blossoms, spotted along the walk one day last September. Zinnias are adorable little puffball flowers that come in some really intense colors, and these are good examples. I’m happy to end my challenge on these beauties.

I’ve been giving some thought to the question of whether to continue the challenge into next year, and I’ve decided not to have a formal challenge. Aside from my buddy Olga Godim, posting her custom book covers every week, I’ve only had one other person who participated once (thank you, Alice DeForest!). So while I’ve had fun doing it, it seems that it was not meant to catch on.

I’ve got a whole end-of-year reflection coming up, so I’ll save the discussion of my blog plans for 2019 until then. In the meantime, let me just say thanks to everyone who followed, liked, commented, or just sent me invisible support vibes through this experiment. It’s been great.

You can join in on the photo challenge one last time! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter Z. Or, indeed, any photo you like; it’s the last week, so anything goes! Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of images are welcome. If you have serious equipment and serious skills, that’s awesome! If you snap pics on your phone (like me), that’s also awesome!
  • Post a comment on this page with a link back to your post. If you post a comment that includes a link to your blog, I will add a link to your post below.
  • Check back over the next week to follow the links. That way you can see what other people did with the theme and join in the fun.

Olga Godim contributed her last custom cover to the WordWacker Photo Challenge with one about zebras. Check it out here. Thank you, Olga!

*Just so we’re all clear, you post your photos on your own site, which means you aren’t giving control to me or to anyone else. We’re all invited to view the images you post (and comment if your site allows for comments), but nobody has the right to use your images in any way without your permission. Got it? Great!



In the depths of January, it’s nice to look back at this image from last May of a proud iris posing against a brick wall. I love the juxtaposition of the graceful, sensuous curves of the flower and the bold diagonals of the bricks.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Graceful

Transmuting Sunlight – Daylily


Plants are alchemists. They turn sunlight, water, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and some trace elements into food, building materials, oxygen, and beauty.This daylily caught my eye last summer because it seemed to be completing the circle, capturing the brightness of the sun in its blossom.

Posted in response to the WordPress Photo Challenge: Transmogrify