Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #113: A Labor of Love

I called my husband out onto the porch of our new house one evening this week to see this amazing creation: a spider had built a stunning web in between a post and a bush. And he was posing beautifully right in the middle of his work of art.

It may not be exactly what we would normally think of as a labor of love, but I appreciated his efforts, which seemed to me both practical and beautiful.

You can find more labors of love at the original Lens-Artist challenge, guest hosted this week by Rusha at Oh, The Places We See…

Lens-Artists Challenge #110 – Creativity in the Time of Covid

My photography efforts have stayed very close to home in the past six months since the COVID-19 pandemic started.  Most of the camera roll on my phone involves my two-year-old, with a few of the new house that we are moving into next week.

My most common subjects in the summer are always the flowers in my yard; I gave a few examples for this recent challenge.  Since then, I’ve been working on close-ups of flowers, something I’ve always struggled with in terms of framing and focus (my phone does not have a good macro setting).  I was really pleased with this hydrangea from my front yard.  I will miss this bush when we move!

I used the editor in Google Photos to give it just a tiny bit of pop.  I’ve also been doing some cropping for better focus.

You can find more creativity at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

 

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #109: Under the Sun

Since this week’s theme was inspired by Tuscany, I figured I’d show some images under the Tuscan sun.  We saw this gorgeous view of San Gimignano from the patio of the Fattoria Poggio Alloro, after eating the best meal of our entire trip.

By the medieval walls of San Gimignano, we saw this guy taking advantage of the Tuscan sun.

Lastly, we enjoyed the Saturday open air market in Piazza dei Priori in Volterra, another Tuscan hill city with a long history.

You can find more under the sun at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #107 – Winter

Ahhh winters in Ohio.  We live at the very bottom of the Lake Erie snow belt, so while it could be worse, we get a lot of snow.  And when it’s not snowing, it’s cold.  Every winter I dream of being a Florida snowbird in my retirement someday.

But as much as I hate driving in the snow, I am fascinated by its beauty.  Flakes gently floating in the air.  White fluff piling up on black branches.

My toddler loves to go outside and leave his tracks in the fresh-fallen snow.  It’s also fun to see who else has been in our yard!  Here a squirrel friend was sitting; we also frequently see deer prints.

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Of course, who would want to live somewhere where it’s always winter and never Christmas?  I love the whole Christmas season; it brings light to the darkness.

You can find more winter at the original Lens-Artist challenge.