Weekly Photo Challenge: Explore

Do you speak in images? Enjoy taking photos to document your experiences or just to express what you notice in the world? Love to share them with others? Welcome to the weekly photo challenge! I post a new challenge each week…check in regularly and join the fun!

As summer winds down and the new school year looms and beckons, this is a perfect time for some exploration.  Exploration can happen anywhere and anytime…you just have to take the time to pay attention to your environment.  Last week when I flew into the Missoula International Airport I immediately noticed the taximdermy heads of animals decorating the walls of the airport.

missoula airport taxidermy

Crossing the Clark Fork River, I stopped to explore these locks connected to the bridge.  I’d heard about locks like these on bridges in Europe, but this was my first encounter with locks carved with initials and names locked to a bridge here in the US.


Also, in my Montana and Wyoming explorations I was amazed at the giant dandelions.  The fluff balls were easily as large as my fist!

giant dandelion

I’ve also been interested in buildings.  In Bozeman when we stopped for dinner, I was immediately taken by this old building and couldn’t wait to capture it in a photograph.

Bozeman building

I also got to explore the history of homesteading through the Tinsley House, a living history exhibit at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.  They had spectacular gardens, a working blacksmith shop…aiming for authenticity from the 1890’s.

Bozeman homestead

And of course, exploring Yellowstone was an amazing experience.  I have posted extensively about my experience in the park…and there is more.  Living in San Diego, I seldom have the opportunity to explore the majesty of rivers–but Yellowstone was filled with them.  Here’s one example.

Running river

Even the construction in the park caught my eye.


On the last leg of my trip home I had the opportunity to fly on a small propeller plane…and to have a window and an aisle seat all rolled into one.  At a relatively low altitude of 9000 ft, I had a wonderful view to explore the southern California coastline from the air.

explore from the air

But there is lots to explore even at home.  Today I took a four mile walk near my house to a bridge near a golf course where I took a shot of the surrounding area from the top looking out. With a little help of the application Painteresque, what some might see as ordinary becomes extraordinary.

view from golfcourse bridge

So this week’s challenge is to explore, and then to capture some aspect of that exploration in a photograph.  It can be from your travels, your work, or even the ordinariness of your everyday life.  Let your photographic eye explore the world around you…wherever you are!

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!)

I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #explore for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

Have some fun exploring as summer begins to wind down.  I can’t wait to see the photographs your exploring leads you to!


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