Monthly Archives: September 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

Life is filled with curves–just when you think you see what is coming straight ahead, the path curves and brings something unexpected.

It’s been hot, hot, hot here this week…and yes, we do complain about anything higher than 80 in these parts.  Mostly we don’t have a/c…so last night after a sweltering few days in the classroom and sleepless nights at home, we headed to the beach to attempt to cool off.  And while it wasn’t really cool, it was refreshing to have those coolish waves lap at our calves and treat our eyes to the beauty of the sun settling into the curve of the waves.

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Earlier in the day my students were exploring water.  They used pipettes to place water drops on a penny…and in the process discovered that water drops stick to each other and create little mountains or egg yolk shapes (in their words).  You can see the curve of the surface tension in this shot.

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Last weekend’s adventures led me to some beaches I don’t usually visit.  And with high surf warnings, waves crashed in dramatic ways, shooting curves of salty water into the air…almost creating their own water version of a fireworks show!

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Meanwhile, this dancer stood nearby as a photographer worked to create beautiful photos of her in her skirt of curved leaves.

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A kite caught in a palm tree turned into curved ribbons of celebration–a festive sight to behold.

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And back closer to home, I found a half dollar on the beach…or half a sand dollar!  The curve that is visible suggests the curve that is missing, probably tossed and broken in the surf.

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And I am drawn to the brilliant colors and elegant curves the prevalent bird of paradise.  Using my zoom lens, I was able to focus on the bloom and yet, you can still see the ocean blurred in the background.

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So where are the curves in your life this week?  Did they sneak up and surprise you?  Delight you? Create chaos or celebration?  You might find your curves in the natural beauty of your surroundings or they might be metaphorical curves expressed in an image.

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

Take a look for your curves this week.  I look forward to seeing them through your lens!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Red

Some weeks it’s just all about the color…and this week for me, it was red.

We’re fortunate to have a beautiful and productive garden at our school.  Even in the first weeks of school it is full of life.  My students are expert insect hunters…and not afraid to look closely to uncover what ofter remains hidden.

This brilliant green grasshopper was quite patient…and posed beautifully with the chard as a vivid red backdrop.

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And who can resist our friends the ladybugs perched on garden-green leaves?  (They were feasting on the plentiful aphids–something our students pointed out as they turned leaves over to look closely.)

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Last night was Back to School Night…that evening spent with parents talking about what students will be learning this year.  And no matter how many times I have done it, it is always a bit stressful.  It was such a treat receiving a bouquet of gerbera daisies from a parent…just because!

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And this morning brought another parent with giant pomegranates from their tree…and I couldn’t resist creating a spare “still life” on my kitchen counter!

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Red seems like a dominant color in my life this week (and I realize that as I am writing this I am wearing a bright red shirt!).  Take a look around, where do you find red?  The cover of the book you are reading? The colors of the sun setting at the end of a long day?  The fire truck that screams by you with sirens blasting?

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

So take a look around and find some red!  I can’t wait to see red through your lens!