Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #126: An Alphabet Challenge–”A”

A is for…

Aqueduct

The impressive aqueduct in Segovia, Spain dates from Roman times and has been carefully maintained and restored through the years. It was used up until the mid – 19th century.

Aix-en-Provence

One of my best friends did a study abroad here, a charming southern French city known for its fountains, its Gothic cathedral, and being the birthplace of Cezanne.

Alhambra

The Alhambra palace and Generalife gardens are one of the jewels of the Andalucía (another “A” word…) region of southern Spain. Aside from being beautiful, they are very educational about the history of the Moors in Spain.

You can find more things that begin with “A” at the original Lens-Artists challenge.

Lens-Artists Challenge #125 – You Pick It!

I’m writing this post from my phone, so my pick is one of my recent photos from daily life. We’re moving into winter here in Ohio, and bushes that were recently full of red and gold leaves now have ice on their berried branches.

I was playing around with framing and focus here and this was my favorite of the ones I took.

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

Lens-Artists Challenge #123 – Found in the Neighborhood

Hello, friends! I’ve been a little busy but I’m back this week to quickly share my neighborhood with you. I recently moved, and one of my favorite things about my neighborhood is all the mature trees. It is absolutely beautiful in fall!

Here in Ohio, we had an early November snowfall, followed by a week of 70 degree weather. Yesterday, we had a huge windstorm with trees down around the neighborhood; luckily the worst at my house was that the Internet was down all day.

I loved the contrast in this picture between the white snow, pops of green grass, and the Japanese Red Maple leaves. This is one of my favorite kinds of trees. I’m so excited to find new things to photograph here. I hope to be back to participating in the challenges more regularly now.

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.

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.