Weekly Photo Challenge: Random

Some weeks it seems that the photos I take are a random assortment of things…and this was definitely one of those weeks.  A peek into my camera roll reveals pictures from school like this science lab from last Friday when students were exploring how the visibility of colors change as you plunge deeper into the ocean.


And this week’s lab where students looked closely at taxidermy birds to notice the differences in their beaks.  (In both cases I played around with filters to make the context less familiar and obscure the identity of my students.)

Painted in Waterlogue

In between those two science labs, life has been busy!  Last weekend I traveled to LA to visit my firstborn grandson (you can read more about that here), staying at this funky hotel (actually renovated old fashioned motel) not far from his house.  I love the neon sign!


And while I took lots of pictures of my new grandson, I won’t be posting them on social media.  So when the baby was sound asleep, I took a walk around the neighborhood exploring through my lens.  The dandelions were in bloom…everywhere!  I tried to capture the abundance of the puffballs (without laying down on someone else’s lawn!).


And I fell in love with this magnificent tree.  The thick branches and sturdy trunk give away its age.  I wonder how long it’s been standing there surrounded by sidewalk…


Back at school after a weekend of family, baby, and love, my students were out in the garden building a wooden trellis they designed.  They delighted in the opportunity to use “real” tools!  Screwdrivers and screws, hammers and nails…they learned the definition of elbow grease!


And after studying two-voices poems (like Fireflies by Paul Fleishman) and learning about bioluminescence (from a parent who is an expert on the subject as a marine biologist), students illustrated their own versions of the poem Fireflies.  I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this darling representation of a firefly by a talented first grader!


And maybe I would have had a more coherent photo week, but Monday I learned my other daughter-in-law would be delivering their twins…who arrived early Wednesday morning (yes, all are healthy and doing well). Needless to say, my mind and attention have been on three grandsons (in 8 days!), checking in on their health and welfare.  As a result, my photos have been an odd assortment of photos that I snuck in here and there.

So…what random images tell the story of your week?  Or maybe don’t tell a story at all! Check out your camera roll or maybe just take out your phone or camera and snap a few shots.

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

Take a look around and snap a photo or two or dive into your camera roll and pick a few to share with the rest of us.  What random photos have you taken recently?  I can’t wait to see random through your lens!

5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Random

  1. mbhmaine

    Oh my goodness! Three grandsons in 8 days. It must just take your breath away. What a magnificent expansion of your world. Congratulations! (Also LOVE that tree!)

  2. mbhmaine

    Oops–I pushed enter too soon! I really enjoyed reading about your firefly exploration and loved your student’s picture. Do you know the book Sam and the Firefly by PD Eastman? It’s about a and owl, Sam, and his new friend, Gus (the firefly), who gets a bit carried away with writing words in the night sky. It might be a fun addition to your lesson. Thanks for sharing!

    1. kd0602 Post author

      Thanks…I’ll have to investigate Sam and Firefly. It’s funny–we don’t have fireflies here (I saw my first one only a few years ago!), but some of my students who spend time on the east coast or in the midwest have some experience with these fascinating insects. And they’ll be taking “Dino Pet” home starting next week–a dinosaur shaped container filled with dinoflagellates…that glow in the dark when you gently shake the container!

  3. margaretsmn

    Congratulations on your growing family. I imagine your hands are full helping and holding and loving. I am wishing for a picture or two, but I understand.


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