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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abundance

There’s nothing like going to the county fair to experience abundance.  And when your county fair is the San Diego County Fair…a huge extravaganza, it gets to be a bit over the top.

I’ve noticed that over the years, there seems to be fewer animals on display.  But I love to visit the ones that are there and see the young animal exhibitors working with their livestock.  There are so many different varieties of goats…and they’re all pretty cute.  I love the ways this one peered out to see what was going on beyond the enclosure.

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There is also an abundance of food at the fair.  Everything from deep fried Starbucks (what?!) to huge turkey legs and corn on the cob dipped in butter, there are plenty of choices (although many are deep-fried or bacon covered).

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And sweet treats are also in abundance.  We can never resist the cinnamon rolls that have become a family tradition over the years, but there are also options like cotton candy, ice cream, funnel cakes and more.

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As we explored the abundance of talent from local artists–from woodworking to photography, graphic arts to textiles, we realized that we never spend time in the fun zone with the wild rides, bright colors, and flashing lights.  Looking up we saw people with an abundance of courage dive from a high tower with only a bungee attached to their legs.

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And some with an abundance of disposable cash testing their gaming skills to win something from the abundant collection of stuffed animals.

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And then there are the rides.  Crazy, fast, spinning, dropping, swooping…  We even saw one that covers up the riders as it gains speed (ugh!).  But they are spectacular to watch and to photograph!

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And as the sun began to set, I wanted to capture the differences in light.

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As we headed out after a long day having an abundance of fun, we paused to admire the fair in the dark with lights flashing and the sliver of the moon above.

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So where is abundance in your life this week?  Maybe in your garden, at the beach, in your classroom (if you are still in school), in your community, or somewhere else.  It could be an abundance that frustrates you…an abundance of trash, mosquitos, traffic…

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!)

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So take a look around and notice abundance.  I can’t wait to see abundance through your lens!

Summer Enters, With a Twist

What is it about twisting and spinning that brings out the kid in all of us? spinner The Blossom Time Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio seems to be a celebration of the beginning of summer.  Memorial Day weekend, sunshine and mild temperatures, the smell of caramel corn, funnel cakes, and cotton candy…and the sound of the carnies enticing children and young men to win prizes filled the town. funnel cakes   carny This is iconic Americana, scenes from old movies and stories of days gone by.  Familiar yet unfamiliar as I watched people on a ferris wheel in the middle of town.  This county fair-like experience is different where I live.  Our fair has a specially designated space…more like an amusement park, where you pay admission and stay all day, separate from the daily goings on of the town. Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset I love this small town feel, walking in and out of local shops, peering over the railing at the natural waterfall in the center of town, licking an ice cream cone from the gourmet ice cream shop on the corner, and all the while noticing that the rides we like best all have something in common…they twist and turn, go up and down, slow and fast: scaring us, delighting us, and creating indelible images of childhood and summer. carousel And in this case, there was the added twist…a hot air balloon rally!  I’ve seen hot air balloons before–they take off not far from my house–but it has always seemed more like an industry, a sight-seeing opportunity rather than sport.  But here, as part of the festival, people gathered to watch the hot air balloons fill and rise, racing off in the still-light evening…it stays light here quite late…filling the sky with color and energy and excitement.  Welcome summer! up in a balloon