Monthly Photo Challenge: North Chagrin Reservation — August

It has been a wet, cool summer; the wettest on record I am told. Despite that however, the Reservation is lush and lazy as one would expect in the month of August. I found it more challenging to photograph this month. There were many other demands on my time. But I think these photos will give a sense of how the changing seasons continually transform this special place. And you will notice that the frogs are back! They are in a different location, but even so the kids love to crawl on the sculptures, frogs and snake. Enjoy!

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by

Monthly Photo Challenge: North Chagrin Reservation — July

This month has been abnormally rainy and cool for this part of the world. It hasn’t felt much like July at all. Sunny days are few and far between. Although the days are dreary more often than not, the excessive rains created lush landscapes throughout the area as evidenced by the following photographs. These photos were taken this morning. I was pretty much alone as I walked through the meadow and along a paved trail to Sunset Pond. Although the sky was overcast I was able to get a few good shots. Regardless the weather, North Chagrin Reservation remains one of my favorite places to “get lost” in.

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by

The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by

92/365 Photo Challenge 2015

92/365  Foggy morning in a mountain forest.

92/365 Foggy morning in a mountain forest.

We spent the first days of Passover with friends in Pennsylvania, which is why I have not been posting daily photos. This photo was shot during the morning hours on the day we drove to our friends’ home.

76-77/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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I keep telling myself that photographing something–anything–every day for an entire year will help me become a more proficient and creative photographer. I am beginning to have my doubts. But I’m sticking to it. Mainly I’m tired after a long day’s work and find that I just grab the nearest item and start shooting in the hopes of getting something half-way presentable. Maybe when I am able to spend more time outside I will get some good stuff to post here.

I’m off to bed now. Sweet dreams everyone. ;-)

71a&b/365 Photo Challenge 2015

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This challenge is intended to force the photographer to experiment, explore different viewpoints, learn her or his camera, etc. Today I did all of those things. The photos are of a candelabra and the view point is from directly above looking down. Once I got a few shots that I liked, I played with them in post processing. They were both shot in black and white, but I added sepia to one photo along with blurred edges, increased contrast, etc. I left the other photo as black and white, but I cropped it differently. I also increased the contrast on that one.

I am ambivalent about these photos, but I had fun experimenting for sure!

68-69/365 Photo Challenge 2015





It’s a cat’s world tonight at our home. After driving home from Chicago I was not really inspired to photograph anything for this challenge. Not only that, I was a day behind so I needed two photos to be caught up. As I wandered through the house looking for something to “shoot,” I saw the kitty votive candle holder and for lack of anything more interesting, the candle holder became my subject. To be honest, I didn’t put much time into it, just lit the candle and placed it on a crumpled up napkin. I was a little disappointed in myself but then I told myself that when I am posting a photo a day, there will be “down” days photographically speaking.

Now, what to do about the second photo. As I was sitting on the sofa trying to think of something a bit more creative than a candle holder, Willy, our Russian Blue, jumped in my lap and curled up for a nap. He missed us while we were gone and has not let me out of his sight since our return home. While he slept I turned the camera on him and shot a few frames. That became my entry for day 69 of this challenge.

So, tonight the motif was cats, and now I’m caught up with this challenge. Thanks to those of you who follow along. This is proving to be challenging for sure. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be a better photographer and I will know my camera with all its advanced settings much better.

64/365 Photo Challenge 2015

Although the temps were frigid cold, we were able to enjoy a drive though the northern tier of Ohio yesterday. Although flat fields and open spaces do not compare with the grandeur of mountain vistas and wooded scenes, I am always struck with the simple, often stark landscape in this part of the country. I love it. I find it amazing, too, that I am able to get as many shots as I do considering that we are hurtling 70mph toward our destination. Snow covered fields enhanced the views more than usual this time. We got home too late to post yesterday’s photo, but just so you know, the official photo for day 64 in the 365 Photo Challenge 2015 is the sepia toned one above.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think. Enjoy! :-)