Weekly Photo Challenge: On a Whim

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!

I am loving that photography has given me permission to follow my whims…to make spur of the moment decisions that lead me to interesting pictures.  As I left the university this afternoon I noticed hang gliders over the cliffs.  Even though I had an appointment, I decided to take a few minutes for a detour to the nearby glider port.  The sun was descending and the gliders were soaring above the cliffs…posing in the setting sun.  This particular shot is unedited and unfiltered.

hanging near the sun

I also noticed this other kind of glider…almost like wings.  This guy soared bird-like into the light.

in flight

Sometimes letting the lawn get a bit overgrown in a good thing…at least for the weed-loving photographer in me.  My eye was drawn to this particular dandelion puff…and on a whim I started snapping shots of it, trying to capture its perfect spherical shape.

dandelion puffball

A new grocery store opened near my house.  It’s huge…and apparently creating vibrant vegetable displays is part of their grand opening business plan.  I found myself snapping photos of the veggies, drawn by the colorful colors and shapes.  Will they continue to create these colorful pepper arrangements?


And last weekend was perfect for low-tide walking.  On Saturday it was so low that I was seeing parts of the reef that are not usually not visible.  On a whim I was taking pictures of the exposed reefs.  Later I noticed the ways the ripples in the water played with the contours of the reef, creating interesting textures.

sea textures

And who can resist a sunset shot with a lifeguard tower in the foreground?

lifeguard tower sunset

As much as I love the beach at low tide, sometimes I find myself there at high tide…and what a difference it makes!  The wide beach of Saturday afternoon was replaced by a very narrow beach on Sunday morning.  But that doesn’t keep people from enjoying the water, sun and sand…and it doesn’t keep me from taking a shot on a whim!

high tide

What do you take pictures of on a whim?  Do you go out of your way to photograph something that seems interesting?  Do you stop on your way to work, on your way home to take a photo or two or three?  Maybe this is your week to follow some of those whims…and see what you find!

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 #onawhim for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

Where will your whims take you?  What will you find when you give yourself permission to veer from your usual paths or timetables?  I can’t wait to see what you find on a whim through your lens!


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