weekly photo challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes

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Actually, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is the world through my eyes, but you’ll have to use your eyes and your brain to determine what my view of the world is.

My view of politics.
My view of politics.

You can have everything but my chicken.
You can have everything but my chicken.
The way I feel sometimes.
The way I feel sometimes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

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Okay, I’m a little late – actually, a lot late – with this challenge. This week’s photo challenge is curves. Check it out, and if you’ve a mind to, give it a shot (no pun intended). I went through my thousands of digital photos trying to find the one that best illustrates the theme. I couldn’t make up my mind, so I decided to go with more than one. I’m not sure if you agree with me, but here’s my offerings:

The gentle curves of doorways looking out into a garden.
The gentle curves of doorways looking out into a garden.
Curves overlaying curves in this well in a Cape Town inn's courtyard.
Curves overlaying curves in this well in a Cape Town inn’s courtyard.

A curving pathway.
A curving pathway.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

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Okay, this week’s photo challenge is Signs. I hesitated, but as I was going over photos I took recently in Cameroon, I came across this sign for a restaurant I stopped at after visiting the tourist village, Ebogo. Yes, by the way, the sign is accurate – they had serpent on the menu; boa to be exact.

They actually had snake on the menu - freshly killed and cooked.
They actually had snake on the menu – freshly killed and cooked.

 

And, there’s this banner from the Unity Day Parade the day before in Yaounde. I wonder if they realize the implications of this sign? There were dozens of slogans – typical of autocratic, regimented societies, and this is one – but, this one really caught my eye.

Signs, like religious commandments, point out things people are doing wrong. I wonder if the parade organizers realized this.
Signs, like religious commandments, point out things people are doing wrong. I wonder if the parade organizers realized this.

 

Finally, I couldn’t resist this sign – it’s a Francophone country, but they’ve coined this ‘English’ word – ‘Blackitude.’

 

A combination of French and English that is, to an outsider like me, somewhat hilarious.
A combination of French and English that is, to an outsider like me, somewhat hilarious.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Color. The objective is to share a photo, or gallery of photos, where color takes center stage.

Here’s my offering:

A spot of red nestled in green leaves with a gray-brown background.
A spot of red nestled in green leaves with a gray-brown background.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.
The golden glow of the rising sun on the dark blue water of Chesapeake Bay.
A bright blue sky frames the pastel shades of foliage and birds' nests in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
A bright blue sky frames the pastel shades of foliage and birds’ nests in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

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This weeks photo challenge is “Home”. Check out the great shot they use over at The Daily Post.

This cozy living room of a hotel in southeastern Zimbabwe was like a lot of places I spent a lot of time in - so much so, that they were like home to me after a while.
This cozy living room of a hotel in southeastern Zimbabwe was like a lot of places I spent a lot of time in – so much so, that they were like home to me after a while.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

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Over at Cee’s Photography, the Weekly Photo Challenge is Love. Check it out here. In the meantime, check out my interpretation of this

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four-letter word:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

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This week’s photo challenge is Beyond. Hop over and check it out. In the meantime, this photo of Cape Town’s Table Mountain behind this statue of a golden seal definitely invites the eye to look beyond, does it not?

Golden seal with the bay and Table Mountain in the background.
Golden seal with the bay and Table Mountain in the background.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

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This week’s photo challenge is a doozie.  Illumination.  Check it out  here.  Going through my photo files, I  had a devil of a time chosing one that said ‘light’ or ‘illumination’ to me.  After much hand wringing, and several vodkas, I finally came up with this.  Hope you like it.

This insect on a leaf, backlit by the sun is an example of illumination in nature.
This insect on a leaf, backlit by the sun is an example of illumination in nature.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

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Here is this week’s photo challenge, My 2012 in Pictures.  I spent part of 2012 in Zimbabwe, returning to my home in Maryland in August, so my photos for the year cover many different parts of the world.  I hope everyone will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

The garden of a hotel at which I stayed in Cape Town in January.
The garden of a hotel at which I stayed in Cape Town in January.
The Mist that Thunders
The mist of Victoria Falls seen from Elephant Hill Lodge, Zimbabwe, February.
"Elephant at a water hole"
An elephant takes a drink from a water hole at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, March.
"Standing watch"
A spirit medium watching over her village at Great Zimbabwe, April
"Batsman"
A batsman from the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team, at Harare Sports Club, May.
"Worshipers"
Members of an African Apostolic Sect worshiping just outside Harare, Zimbabwe, June
"Sammie's Birthday"
My granddaughter, Samantha, celebrating her first birthday in Alexandria, VA, September
"What's Up?"
White tail deer in my back yard in North Potomac, MD, October
Water bird"
A water bird perched on a rock near my home in Maryland, November
"Deer in the headlights?"
A white tail deer in the forest behind my home in Maryland in November
"Buffalo Soldier"
The statue at the Buffalo Soldier Monument at Fort Leavenworth, KS in December

 

A couple in a lakeside gazebo at a lake on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe in February.
A couple in a lakeside gazebo at a lake on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe in February.
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Word a Week Photo Challenge: Wood

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Join the Word a Week Photo Challenge: Wood, and share some of your best photos.

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A clear blue sky framed by autumn trees.
A clear blue sky framed by autumn trees.
The leaves have almost all fallen, creating a carpet of golden grown in which the naked trees stand like lonely sentinels.
The leaves have almost all fallen, creating a carpet of golden grown in which the naked trees stand like lonely sentinels.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

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This week’s photo challenge is Changing Seasons; and, I’ve found no place more convenient for watching the season’s change than my own backyard.  My house looks out over a forested park and I can watch the seasons change from day to day, from the change in the colors of the foliage, to the presence or absence of animals that inhabit the large forest that serves as my backyard.

The leaves have almost all fallen, creating a carpet of golden grown in which the naked trees stand like lonely sentinels.
The leaves have almost all fallen, creating a carpet of golden grown in which the naked trees stand like lonely sentinels.
As winter approaches, the deer come out of the deep forest looking for food.
As winter approaches, the deer come out of the deep forest looking for food.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

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Check out the Weekly Photo Challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/reflections/#more-12064.  Here’s my interpretation of this challenge.

 

Bird in the Water

"Lunar landscape"
The silver of the moon against a stygian sky; what more needs to be said?
In Naples for a conference, I took an early morning walk and caught this image of a boatsman out fishing.
In Naples for a conference, I took an early morning walk and caught this image of a boatsman out fishing.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

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Having an owner – and, one often wonders in the dog-human relationship just who the ‘owner is – is definitely something to be thankful for.

 

"Waiting for my human"

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

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Green can mean a lot of things; new growth, peacefulness, jealousy.  Here are some of my photos that symbolize green to me.

"Greenery around a castle"
The lush foliage around Nesbit’s Castle Inn in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe always reminds me of spring.
"Racing on a grass track"
Coming around the turn on the grass track at Borrowdale Race Course, Harare, Zimbabwe
"Mbare High School Marchers"
These young girls from a Mbare, Zimbabwe marching group look resplendent in their green and white uniforms.
"Victoria Falls"
The mist of Victoria Falls beyond the savannah, seen from Elephant Hills Lodge.
"Going for the green"
Making an approach to the green at Elephant Hills Golf Course over a heard of antelope.
"Guinea Fowl"
A guinea fowl with bright green plumage.
"Search and Rescue"
An Air Force search and rescue helicopter flying over a lake in Arizona.
"Vietnam Memorial Wall"
In a peaceful green setting, this stark black memorial honors all who died in Vietnam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

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Want to try your hand at the Weekly Photo Challenge?  Here’s my shot at portraying Renewal.

"Renewal"
Nothing says renewal like a brilliant white blossom set in a bed of green.