Weekly Photo Challenge: Going Places

Enjoy taking photos? Love to share them with others? Welcome to this week’s photo challenge! (I post a new challenge every week…check in each week and join the fun!)

As I think about a photo challenge for this week, my mind is also on the horrendous fires burning in my community.  (If you are interested you can read more about it in yesterday’s blog post.)  Schools were closed today and most, including mine, are also closed tomorrow.  The firefighters are amazing and the flames are fierce.  At one point yesterday we had at least 9 separate fires burning in San Diego county.  And while there is still danger and fear around…it’s time to think about a photo challenge for the week.  I had one all ready to go…and then changed my mind and decided to go in a different direction–literally and figuratively.

Seeing the sky fill with smoke creates an urge to move…to check on your home and neighborhood, to see what is going on, to make sure children and animals are safe.  This photo was my “going” photo yesterday…as fires moved into my area.

smoke over cardiff

But earlier in the week, I had done some other versions of “going places” as  I headed up to the Bay Area to attend a conference and visit my son…and took advantage of the opportunity to ride the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).

bart station

Sometimes going places is as simple as taking the dog out for a walk around the neighborhood.  (You can see I fell a bit behind as I stopped along the way to take photos of other interesting things in the neighborhood!)

walking Roscoe

And then there’s this little guy who is genetically programmed (I think) to determine his travels based on eating his way through all available milkweed.  I love how the butterflies who lay the eggs seem to be always going places and somehow know how to find milkweed…this particular box of milkweed is outside my classroom.


So this week’s photo challenge is to capture an image or images that show someone or something going places.  As always, you are welcome to interpret “going places” in ways that suit you best! Post either the photo alone or along with writing inspired by the photo. I also invite you to use others’ photos as inspiration for your own writing and photography. I often use another photographer’s image as “mentor text” for my own photography, trying to capture some element in my own way.

I like to share my images and writing on social media…and I invite you to share yours widely too. (You might consider Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+) Use the hashtag #goingplaces and include @nwpianthology to make it easy for us to find and enjoy. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @kd0602. I’d love to follow you if you share your handle.

You can also share your photos and writing by linking to this blog post or sharing in the comment section below. How will you show going places through your lens?  I can’t wait to find out!



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