WW Photo Challenge: Construction

C is for Construction

The letter for the week in the WordWacker Photo Challenge is C, so I’ve chosen to share a picture I took recently of a construction site near my home. They’re building a new YMCA, and it looks like it’s going to be HUGE. At least, this site is very busy and covers a lot of territory. It’s good to be reminded occasionally about what’s behind the infrastructure we all use so casually. I can’t wait to see what it all looks like when it’s done.

You’re invited to join in! Pick any image you created you can label with the letter C. What’ll it be–a casserole, a cougar, or a Cessna 172? Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of photos 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 put together another terrific book cover for today’s challenge. Check it out here. Visit her site to check it out!


*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!

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WW Photo Challenge: Broken Knowledge

B is for Broken

Today’s photo challenge is brought to you by the letter B. I present to you three statues from the University of Rochester campus. Though they do look a little creepy, as you’d expect for Friday the 13th, that’s not why I picked them for today. Each statue represented one area of knowledge, such as Science, Astronomy, and Navigation. There were originally six of them, but only four still stand on the campus, and only three are in this photo (if you’re curious, you can learn more about their history here). As you can see, the years have not been kind to them, and I picked this image to represent the concept broken. Though we could take this as a metaphor for the sad state of knowledge in this degenerate age, that’s not what I see. To me, they show that knowledge can’t be fossilized into fixed, unchangeable structures. it must grow and change, or it will break down and die.

You’re invited to join in! Pick any photo you took you can label with the letter B.  Show us a baked potato, a view of the Berkshires, a balloon–whatever strikes your fancy!  Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of photos 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.  Note that this is DIFFERENT from what I suggested last time, because I’ve been informed I was doing it wrong. 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 shared a book cover she designed with Butterflies. You can see this lovely image here.

*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!

WW Photo Challenge: A is for America

A is for America

Welcome to the first ever WordWacker Photo Challenge! The letter for this week is A, and this picture to me means America. I spotted this delightful little girl, mesmerized by her very first sparkler, at our local fireworks display Wednesday night. She was there with a crowd of people of all races, ages, genders, physical abilities, and political persuasions joined together in bright and noisy celebration, and she was determined to do her bit. To be part of the story that is America.

You’re invited to join in! Pick any photo you took you can label with the letter A.  Will you show us your Airedale puppy? An ascending staircase? The Arc de Triomphe? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Here’s how to participate.

  • Post an image on your own blog or website.* All types of photos 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!
  • Include a link back to this page. 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.

*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!

The Photo Challenge starts tomorrow!

 Are you ready for the WordWacker Photo Challenge?
The excitement begins tomorrow!

You’re invited to post a photo once a week, based on the schedule above and also permanently posted either on the right side or down at the bottom of the blog. Here’s how it will work, starting tomorrow (and note that it’s just a little different from what I originally announced).

  • Every Friday I’ll put up a post with an image that relates to the letter of the week. This is the bit that’s different from what I said before, because I’m not going to pick a theme. I’ll just post a photo I took that I can describe with a word starting with the right letter.
  • Sometime during the following week, post your own image on your own blog. Any image that you can apply the week’s letter to is fine! So while I said my theme for the first day would be ACTION, you can use any image you can label with the letter A. Apples! Alaska! Aunt Ann’s Amazing Afgan! Include a link back to my Friday Photo Challenge post for that week. (So not this post here – link back to the one with the A photo that posts on Friday.) I’ll update my post to add a link to yours.
  • Check back during the week to see what other people have done with the letter of the week. Visit their post and leave a comment, so we can all join in.

I have no idea whether this is going to attract interest from anyone else or not. I hope it does, because that would be a fun community to be part of. Either way, though, I’ll have the challenge of figuring out a photo each week for the assigned letter. By the time I get to Q and X, things will get really interesting.

That’s it! Start thinking about a photo you want to post relating to the letter A. Any pics are fine, from iPhone to 35 mm SLR, or whatever you capture images with. I look forward to seeing what your creative minds come up with. Have fun!

 

Introducing: The WordWacker Photo Challenge!

As I mentioned before, the WordPress Photo Challenge is no more. I’ve looked around for a similar challenge for someone like me, who takes casual pictures with a cell-phone camera, but haven’t been able to find one. So, guess what: I decided to start my own. It’s a challenge I’m putting to myself, but I invite you to join in if you’d like. Here’s how it will work.

  • I noticed that there are (usually) 52 weeks in the year, which happens to be exactly twice the English alphabet, and that we’re coming up on the precise center of the year. So the plan is that I will run through the alphabet, starting at the first of the hear and starting over again in the middle, assigning one letter to each week. The day of the week I picked is Friday. The chart posted above (and on the right or the bottom of the page as well, where it will stay as long as the challenge is still running) shows the letter associated with each Friday. The alphabet begins with A on July 6 and ends with Z on December 28. If this year goes well, it will start over yet again on Friday January 4, 2019.
  • On Friday each week I’ll pick a theme and post it in the blog, based on that letter. For example (here’s a preview!), for the letter A on July 6, I’ve picked ACTION as the theme. I’ll post a picture of my own and some ideas for responding to the challenge.
  • If you’re interested in playing along, just post an image on your blog any time over the next week or so. You don’t even have to follow the theme if you don’t want to, but it’s more fun that way. If your blog includes a link to my post with the challenge, I’ll get a notice about it, and I’ll add a link to your contribution on my own page. That way everyone can check out each other’s pictures.

So, what do you think? I’m looking forward to having a photo challenge to work on each week, even if it’s just me. But the more the merrier, so I hope other people join in with me as well. I look forward to linking to your stuff, starting on July 6.

Out to Pasture

The WordPress Photo Challenge is shutting down! I’m shaken by this, since posting something for the photo challenge each week has been the backbone of this blog for a couple of years now. I like having the structure of this challenge, giving me a reason to bring new content to the site.

I will take a little time to figure out what my response will be, looking for something to replace that structure. I will have something lined up by next week. In the meantime, enjoy a shot of the two cameras I used before I switched to my phone camera. As you can see, I’ve always gone for something small so I could always have it with me. the one on the left is a Canon PowerShot (digital) – the older one on the right is an Olympus film camera. Yes, actual film! Yes, I’m that old! Before this, I used a Pentax 35mm SLR, also film, but it was too big to carry all the time so I traded it to my husband and got the Olympus.

So let us say goodbye to cameras past, and to the Photo Challenge, and look forward to what comes next.

Sailor’s Knot

My husband is a sailor, and sailors love knots. He owns and regularly refers to the Ashley Book of Knots, THE definitive compendium of nearly 4,000 different knots. This example is the Turk’s Head knot, where a single cord weaves over and under to make various shapes, from buttons on the end of a line to this lovely bracelet. He made a purple one for our daughter, and she wears hers constantly. (She only took it off once, a year ago, because it didn’t go with her wedding dress.) I tell him it’s the sailor’s version of crochet, which is also a single line twisted around itself to make complex shapes. I don’t think he’s convinced.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Twisted