Weekly Photo Challenge: Skyward

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!

This week I have found my eye drawn skyward.  Maybe it’s because we have had some weather in the first time in ages!  I’ve been noticing the gathering clouds, and the way the light plays with them.

Over the weekend, before the storm headed in this week, I noticed the sliver of the moon hanging above the Christmas tree decorating the local mall.

Christmas tree and moon

And a few minutes later I noticed the way the jet contrail and the moon were playing hide and seek.  I took several shots waiting for the moon to peek out.

contrail and moon

By Sunday, more clouds began to gather creating a soft, white, and puffy backdrop for the palms dancing in the increasing breezes.

puffy clouds and palms

And here you can see the sun shining through the clouds, highlighting this brilliant orange bird of paradise growing in a meditation garden on the cliffs above the ocean.

bird of paradise and sun

On my way home from work on Monday, it was clear that the promised storm was on its way.  I stopped by the beach, unable to resist the textures in the sky meeting up with the textures of the water.  Blue on blue on blue…

blue ocean and sky

And I’m not even sure which day this week I looked up in my front yard and spied the moon lighting up the tree.

tree and moon

After two days of much-needed rain, watching the sun break through this morning while I was on playground duty brought a smile to my lips…and the sound of children playing outdoors filled the air.

morning skyWhat do you see when you look skyward?  Is the moon peeking through the trees?  Can you spy hints of weather to come?  Do buildings interact with the clouds and sun?  How does light enter the mix?

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

So crane your neck and look skyward this week.  I can’t wait to see skyward through your lens!

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