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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fighting the Blahs

Some weeks my photography feels uninspired.  I simply don’t have the opportunities to get out and find the inspiration that bring photos to life for me.  But I’m determined to keep up my practice of taking daily photos…so out of the blahs, here’s a few shots that keep me going.

Scouting out some local hiking places meant an excursion into a nearby place we hadn’t previously explored.  I love our native plants for many reasons–their drought tolerance, their earthy smells, and their resilience. But they aren’t always beautiful in that ornate, photo-ready way.  I do love the old oaks in our area, especially when the sun shines through them.

img_3227A closer look at one of the smaller coast live oaks revealed acorns!  I love this one that reminds me of Halloween candy corn!

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If you pay close attention, you will also notice the insect life around. Swallowtail butterflies are pretty common in the area…and this guy even sat still long enough for this portrait.

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And I couldn’t resist this web built into the corner of the fencing along a portion of the trail.  I love the way that it is tucked into the corner, creating a lacy effect.  I didn’t see a spider…and this looks like it may have abandoned.


It was disturbing to see these dead palm trees in the distance.  We learned that they have been intentionally poisoned as part of an effort to restore this preserve area to its native state.  The palms are an invasive species and removing them will bring back native plants…and the ecosystem that native birds and other animals need to support them.


And a trip to the local mall offers an antidote to the blahs.  There’s a lot of construction going on as the mall is updated to better accommodate the growth in the area.  The cranes particularly caught my eye…along with the way the sunlight was streaming down towards them.


So…how might you use photography to fight the blahs…or adjust your eye to fight the photography blahs?  You might have to force yourself to start snapping and trust that something interesting will come up.  I try hard to remind myself to take at least one photo every day–even when I don’t feel inspired!  (Hence the construction photo!)

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

Head out with your camera and take some shots…you’re bound to find something interesting and that will help with fighting the blahs.  And in the process, you might learn something about the place you live, the people around you, or even about yourself and the way you look at photos! Fight your blahs this week…and share a few shots with us!

Morning Views

Just to change things up I’ve been taking a different route to work this week.  And remembering some of my lessons learned from last week, I’ve been trying to take a few minutes every day to stop and take pictures of things that catch my eye.  This week’s #sdawpphotovoices theme is repetition…and my route this week has some quirky features that capture that theme.

Here’s a photo I took this morning of a row of palm trees planted along a road above Highway 101.  This photo is in its original state taken with my iPhone.


You can see ocean with the marine layer off in the distance and the beautiful blue of the early morning sunshine.

Below this row of palms is a pumpkin patch that I notice when I drive on the road below.  I walked down a ways to try to get close enough to capture the orange of the pumpkins.  I wanted to capture the ocean as a backdrop, but my iphone just isn’t able to capture the detail and the distance.  I did pull this photo in and cropped it a bit to emphasize the pumpkins.  I also used the souvenir filter on the app tadaa to change the effect.


In some ways this filter makes this scene look like something from the past instead of one taken today.  I love that pumpkins are growing along the side of this road in a suburban beach city…a relic of the agricultural history of the area.

I think I’ll try yet another route tomorrow…I wonder what I’ll notice!

What do you see on your way to work?  How does it change your view of the community?