Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginnings and Endings

It turns out that the last days of August mark beginnings and endings for some of us.  This week was our first week of school with students, the beginning of the new school year…with sweltering heat (it seems to come only during our first weeks of school) and no air conditioning.  And our students were excited to be back…even taking the time to pick a beautiful rose of two from their home garden to set the back to school mood.


And in spite of the heat, our learners dove right in, whether it was a first day team challenge to build the highest tower possible using only large index cards,

Preset Style = Bold Format = 6

or collecting data in small groups to display in graphs to help us get to know each other better (and what student doesn’t love a clipboard?)

Preset Style = Color Bloom Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Heavy Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Normal Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Blurry Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Wide Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

And while this new beginning was underway, we were also feeling the full blast of the end of summer.  Who can resist the allure of the layers of color from beneath a pier, while dipping your feet in the cool salty water?


And it seems that the fishermen are also squeezing in the last of the summer fishing season…off the piers, in the surf…during the heat of the day or in the cooler evening hours.


And last night, to celebrate the ending of the first week of school and to escape the heat of indoors, we headed to the beach at sunset…which also happened to coincide with the moonrise…and a full moon!



It’s been quite a week of beginnings and endings for me.  What is beginning and ending in your life this week?  You can represent it literally…by capturing a moment, or use a metaphoric approach and use an image that reflects your feelings of beginnings and/or endings.

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

How will you capture beginnings and endings this week?  I’m looking forward to seeing beginnings and endings through your lens!

6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginnings and Endings

  1. gracer77

    I love the sunset and moonrise pairing – beginning/ending… which one is which depends on how you look at it! Happy new school year and thanks for all the image-inspiration!

  2. lynnjake

    Mmm. Lovely, Kim. I just love your photos of the sea and the beach. I’m about to head out with my camera to at least look at the moon tonight. You’re so inspiring me to get out and take more photos lately!


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