Lessons Repetition Taught

This week’s focus on repetition for #sdawpphotovoices took me in some unexpected directions.  For four days this week I took a picture of a mushroom growing in my yard.  I noticed it first on Tuesday when I got home from the first day of school.  On Wednesday when I got home it seemed significantly  larger and rounder, so I had to take another picture.  On Thursday I was looking forward to seeing the change when I got home…and no disappointment…I was wondering if it would pop!  But Friday morning it was evident that someone had kicked the mushroom.  I found it across the yard, upside down–which presented yet another photo opportunity and learning opportunity!  I could see that what looked like a round mushroom was actually more like a rounded umbrella covering the stem from view.  Here’s a few views of my mushroom.

Mushroom three days in a row

Mushroom three days in a row

Mushroom through a macro lens

Mushroom through a macro lens

The #scaly inside of a mushroom.

The #scaly inside of a mushroom.

The repetition of taking a photo of the same thing day after day had me paying close attention and asking myself questions to expand what I already knew.  I love that photos help me learn!

The focus on repetition also provoked me to drive to work using a variety of routes. (More about that here)  I didn’t want to take pictures that I had already taken, so I varied my route and looked for interesting photo options.  I rediscovered the value of exploring, even when it is as simple as taking an extra five minutes on the way to work to stop and take a photo or two.


So…among the lessons learned this week through my photography are both to look again and again and again–there is value in repetition–and to change things up, look for variety, and be sure to take a few minutes each day to do something you enjoy simply because you enjoy it.

What does photography teach you?

2 thoughts on “Lessons Repetition Taught

  1. KevinHodgson (@dogtrax)

    I like to think that taking pictures forces focus on the world — yes, the patterns, and the non-patterns, too. But do you ever feel as if you are missing some part of the real experience when you take a shot?

    1. kd0602 Post author

      Hi Kevin,

      I think it’s important to not only look through the lens of the camera in order to be present for the experience. I do watch lots of people at events that seem so focused on the perfect shot that they miss the whole event! Thanks for the great question!



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