Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

The Weekly photo challenge from WordPress this week is Merge. The world is made up of many things. There is a saying that opposites attract, and this is true for relationships and other things. Let’s see what you can MERGE in a photo!

I have more fun with these bear slippers. Most people do a double-take when they see them, because they look so “real” when I’m walking in them. They actually look like they belong on me. 🙂 Kids have either been fascinated by or scared silly by them. Dogs and cats even react to them (one cat got so scared it “peed it’s pants” and ran off and hid). Rarely are these slippers ever ignored…

To me, they merge reality and fantasy into something almost believable!

Here are some other takes on Merge that I think are interesting:

  1. http://creativityaroused.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/ 
  2. http://ronmayhewphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  3. http://greywolfphoto.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  4. http://cherylandrews.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  5. http://bodhisattvaintraining.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  6. http://outandaboutinthecity.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  7. http://thedailypost.me/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  8. http://davidrwetzelphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  9. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  10. http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/
  11. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/weekly-photo-challenge-merge/

What does merge mean to you? Does this photo portray merge in your mind? I’d love to hear your comments.

 

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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: Dreaming

This week’s WordPress challenge for this week: Share a photo that makes you DREAM!

Welcome to Narnia!

“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

The Wizard of Oz – There’s no place like home (handmade journal cover)!

Dorothy: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road.

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Wicked Witch of the West: And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.
[cackles]
Wicked Witch of the West: Poppies… Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they’ll sleeeeep!

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Dorothy: Oh, please! Please, sir! I’ve got to see the Wizard! The Good Witch of the North sent me!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Prove it!
Scarecrow: She’s wearing the ruby slippers she gave her.
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Oh, so she is! Well, bust my buttons! Why didn’t you say that in the first place? That’s a horse of a different color! Come on in!

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Dorothy: Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and – oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!

What kinds of things make you dream? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement #3

Okay, I promise this will be my last post for the weekly photo challenge. 🙂 This time I’m including photos that are absolutely still, but imply movement, at least to me. Maybe I just have a good imagination!

If you squint your eyes, don’t the lines in the pavement look like a dancer with her arms up in the air? 🙂 She is moving wildly!

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

This one is a photo of a journal cover I made with polymer clay (and a hot wheel car). It’s called “Life in the Fast Lane.” I loved the contrast of ideas… a journal that you write in by hand, with a race car. Again, do you see the implied movement? 🙂

You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. – Dale Ernhardt Sr.

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

Okay, enough imagination on my end. 🙂 What do you think?

Here are my other two challenges for movement:

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/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

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

Because I’m an artist, I often have to show movement, without the object actually moving. It makes things more interesting to look at when it’s not static. Here are a couple of my paintings that express movement…

section of painting 1

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.  – Deepak Chopra

painting #1

section of painting 2

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work. – Neil Armstrong

painting 2

What do you think? Do these paintings show movement to you?

Here are two other takes on “movement”: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/07/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-2/ and http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/08/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-3/

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create #2

Have you ever just wanted to jump into a pile of leaves? This is a wall hanging I created last year. It was so much fun to do! (Can you tell I’m hoping for some cooler weather soon? 🙂

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

(The challenge: Create.  The best part about creating something is being in the moment, relishing the creativity you’re experiencing, and letting your actions guide you to an end goal. Then you can step back and admire your work!

Share a picture that means CREATE to you!)

This wall hanging involved fabric, polymer clay, paint, pigment, and silk leaves. I started by painting the canvas, both the front and the sides. Then I attached the fabric to the canvas. Then I made a pattern for the leaves, mixed and conditioned the different colors of clay, cut the clay into the leaf shapes, then baked the clay. I then attached them to the canvas, along with the silk leaves. Finally I added the gold pigment around the leaves, then sprayed it with fixative so the pigment wouldn’t rub off.

It reminds me of leaves twirling slowly down, walking through crunchy leaves on a cool day, making a pile of leaves to jump in, playing tag in a maze that was made of leaves (you couldn’t step over a “wall” to tag someone, you had to be in the same “section” they were), the smell of burning leaves or simply the smell of fall, leaf tours to see the beautiful colors, etc.

What does it make you think of? 🙂 Please add your ideas to the comments.

I will post the recipe from yesterday’s create challenge tomorrow.

Yesterday’s “create challenge”: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/22/weekly-photo-challenge-create/