This week, Tina has challenged us focus on something that reminds us fondly of days gone by.
For me, the most nostalgic time of year is the Christmas season. Almost every Christmas decoration and ornament, inside the house and out, has a happy memory associated with it.
When our first grandchild was born 16 years ago right after Thanksgiving, our lives changed forever for the better. I’ll never forget getting our house ready for his first Christmas at our house when he was about three years old. He loved looking out the living room window at the lighted Christmas train we had put up on the arbor in our back yard. Just seeing the photos bring a huge smile on my face as I think of him at that age.
Our Christmas tree is filled with handmade ornaments, ornaments picked up on our travels, and special ornaments from special occasions. I managed to capture three of my favorites in the next photo. The one in the middle belonged to my mother-in-law. I wish I knew how old it was. The paper star Santa in the upper left of the picture was made my one of my children over 40 years ago. The one on the bottom right is a wreath with faces of me, my husband, our son and daughter.
My husband Henry and I celebrated our first Christmas together 49 years ago. We had little money and couldn’t afford to buy many ornaments so I made some. I remember needle pointing three bell shaped ornaments for the tree. I still hang them on the tree today.
I also hand painted a box of wooden ornaments that first year. Santa Claus is my favorite.This year he is on the tree next to the two Star Santas made by our children.
Yesterday we put up our tree. I had fun all day remembering the story of each ornament.
This week, Amy has challenged us to explore waiting. It seems I spend a lot of my life waiting. Even when traveling or doing something fun we can’t get away from having to wait.
Whenever we attend a football game, waiting in line to go through security and have our ticket scanned is a normal thing. The photo above was taken after we got through the line and had entered the stadium for a Georgia/Florida football game in Jacksonville, Florida.
Theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios have come up with great ways to keep the crowds entertained while they wait.
When traveling, waiting to get in a major attraction is part of the experience.
There have been many times in our RV travels where we have waited in line to board a ferry or travel through a tunnel.
This week, Patti has challenged us to explore the world of monochrome using black and white, sepia, or different shades of the same color.
For this challenge I went through my archives and chose photos of scenes in Savannah, Georgia. Converting the photos to black and white added a bit of mystery to them. The photo above is of stone steps leading from Bay Street to River Street along the Savannah River.
The Forsyth Park Fountain is one of Savannah’s most well know sights.
Bonaventure Cemetery is always an interesting place to visit. Seeing it in black and white adds a little more drama.
Perhaps one of the most famous homes in Savannah is the Mercer House made famous by the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good of Evil.”
This week, Ann-Christine has challenged us to capture candid shots of people and/or animals.
This challenge was a difficult one for me because it’s hard for me to get good photos of people. Usually my candid shots are epic fails, either blurred or someone has a funny look on their face. As I searched through my photos I found some candid shots from our trip to Ireland and Scotland earlier this year.
On that trip we visited more than a few pubs. I couldn’t help but capture a few candid shots as we enjoyed a pint and dinner after a busy day of taking in the sights.
I loved hearing the music in the pubs and seeing the street performers.
I managed to capture a few people doing everyday things.
I can’t end this post without including some candid animal shots.
This week, Patti has challenged us to bring attention to the subject in our photo by filling the frame with that subject. I chose a selection of photos from this year’s butterfly garden.
Zinnia in the butterfly garden
Mexican sunflower in the butterfly garden
Although several varieties of butterflies visited the garden this summer, the Monarchs have been few and far between until today. Early this morning, there were about eight different Monarchs feasting on the flowers.