Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Growth. Share a picture that means GROWTH to you! Here are a couple of my takes…

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. – William Butler Yeats

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. – Author Unknown

 

Here are some other examples of growth that I like:

  1. http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  2. http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-grow/
  3. http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  4. http://passiontocreate.ca/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  5. http://justsnaps.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  6. http://ohmsweetohmdotme.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  7. http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  8. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  9. http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth-project-365-day-250-2/
  10. http://bashert04.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

The challenge this week: Purple. Another color post! Subtle, waning purple of a sunset; vibrant purple of grapes or eggplant – what kind of purple caught your photographic eye?

Share a picture that means PURPLE to you!

Stepped out in my town, when you see me you know everything. Blue and purple, blue and purple, blue and purple, blue and purple. – D Pryde

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. – Alice Walker

Here are some other interpretations of “purple” that I like:

  1. http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  2. http://ahecticlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  3. http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  4. http://emma1988paris.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  5. http://ronmayhewphotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  6. http://curlsnskirls.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  7. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  8. http://thedailypost.me/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  9. http://gaylealstrom.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  10. http://mezzaphonicallyspeaking.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  11. http://lonelytravelog.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  12. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/

What does purple mean to you? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

The weekly WordPress photo challenge: Share a picture that means INSIDE to you! http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

Is the fence inside the tree, or is the tree inside the fence? 🙂

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Here are some others I thought represented “inside” well…

  1. http://disorderlychickadee.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  2. http://asaenz.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  3. http://mystiic.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  4. http://missperfectlyimperfect.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  5. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  6. http://lostinagreatbook.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  7. http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement #2

In my last post I included photos of two paintings I did that represent Movement: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

In this post I’m including photos that show natural movement… Fire and Water. The first two are actually smoke from a wildfire that forced me (along with 32,000 other people) to evacuate. (It came to within about a mile from my home). The second two are moving water. I wish we had had more of the water (and rain) so the fire wouldn’t have been so disastrous…

Better a little fire that warms than a big one that burns.
– John Ray

From little spark may burst a mighty flame.
– Dante Alighieri

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
― Laura Gilpin

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” ― Emma Smith

The Weekly WordPress Challenge: Movement. Share a picture that means MOVEMENT to you!

One other interpretation: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/08/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-3/

Boulder Creek Park Photos

At some point, you can’t lift this boulder with just your own strength. And if you find that you need to move bigger and bigger boulders up hills, you will need more and more help. – Vinton Cerf

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. – Albert Schweitzer

I have never seen a river that I could not love. Moving water has a fascinating vitality. It has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes, yet it follows laws so definite that the tiniest streamlet is an exact replica of a great river. Roderick Haig-Brown

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting Moment

On Tuesday of this week, I was evacuated from my home because of the Waldo Canyon Fire near/in Colorado Springs, CO… the biggest natural disaster ever in Colorado. Things can change in an instant!

I find being near water brings peace (even when I haven’t had to flee an inferno of smoke and flames :-). I visited a park today with my nephew and his children (who I’m staying with while evacuated) and took this picture. This tiny waterfall, in Boulder Creek is only about 6 inches tall. But look at all the fleeting bubbles! (I had no idea what the challenge would be when I took this).

“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” – Fulton J. Sheen

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“Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own” – Adam Lindsay Gordon

I’m so grateful to find out I have a home to go back to even though it’s not out of danger yet. I could have lost everything… gone, in an instant! Many people did, including friends of mine.

(This challenge asked for a fleeting moment on the street. I realize this picture is not on a street, but it says a lot about about the topic for me, especially under my current circumstances. I hope you understand…)

Has your life ever changed in an instant? Please tell me about it in the comments.

Wildfire, Mandatory Evacuation

This evening around 8pm I was evacuated from my home because of a wildfire raging nearby. I took these photos from my balcony around 4pm.

We will see how things are once I’m told I can come back. I’m safely at a relative’s house.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

The Challenge this week from wordpress: “Close. It’s a feeling, it’s a proximity…it’s people, it’s a place, it’s objects. They’re close.”

“Share a picture that means CLOSE to you!

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”  – Frank Lloyd Wright

I took this photo while I was walking through the woods. The photo is very ugly in a beautiful sort of way, if that makes any sense at all. I see it both as being close to nature, and nature being close to itself!

What do you think? Is the photo both beautiful and ugly to you? Does it express the challenge word of “close”? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts in the comments.

A Walk in the Woods

Here are a few pictures I took during a walk in the woods a month or so ago. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the walk!

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. – Victor Hugo

This was on the entry way to the path. Notice the frog on the lock. What does that say to you?

A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots. – Jose Marti

A fly and it’s shadow on an amazing mushroom.
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you enjoy taking walks? What are your favorite type places to walk in? When you walk do you take the time to really look around you? I’d love to hear about your experiences. 🙂