Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadowing Chocolate Sunflowers 10

When 'Sunny Smile' Sunflowers started to branch, I planted seeds from Elves Blend by Botanical Interests.

When ‘Sunny Smile’ Sunflowers started to branch, I planted seeds from Elves Blend by Botanical Interests.

Little did I know that the flowers I planted were not all yellow or destined to be the promised sixteen to twenty-four inch height. Although the above picture should have been a clue since I took it a mere two weeks after I planted them. The picture foreshadowed this:

One Elf and Two Chocolate Sunflowers.

One Elf and Two Chocolate Sunflowers.

But, I am not complaining especially after seeing how pretty the Chocolate Sunflowers are when the sun’s rays hit them.

Awoke to find this on Saturday.

Awoke to find this on Saturday.

Then this on Sunday.

Then this on Sunday.

The Elf isn't too shabby either.

The Elf isn’t too shabby either.

I’m grateful to whomever accidentally put two Chocolate Sunflower seeds in the Elves Blend seed packet and to Krista Stevens for providing this week’s photo challenge and giving me the perfect opportunity to share my sunflowers with you. So what has foreshadowed an event in your life lately?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece of Film and Script 5

Photographed at National Museum of American History

Photographed at National Museum of American History

Photographed at National Museum of American History

Photographed at National Museum of American History

Photographed at National Museum of American History

Photographed at National Museum of American History

My photos this week are not masterpieces by any means. I took these photos before I started doing the WP photo challenge and before Photography 101 helped me to take better photos, but I do believe they meet this week’s challenge.

This week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge is to share a photo that means masterpiece. For more information and to find others’ posts click on the link.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh 12

From the Garden

As fresh as you can get.

As fresh as you can get.

Freshly Picked.

Freshly Picked.

Looking forward to fresh corn.

Looking forward to fresh corn.

Today’s photo challenge is to share a picture that means fresh and I cannot imagine anything fresher than fresh from my garden. I’m grateful it is doing well.

Can’t wait to find out what’s fresh in your life? You can click on the link to see what is fresh in other bloggers’ lives.

Weekly Photo: The Golden Hour 8

Creating a calm environment for sunrise.


Creating a calm environment for sunrise. 

Brings a smile to my face.

Brings a smile to my face.

Just after a morning rain.

Just after a morning rain.

This week’s photo challenge by Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks that we share photos of the golden hour just after sunrise and just before sunset. I took the first three pictures during the golden hour.

However, the gallery photos are examples of playing with my manual camera settings utilizing the most recent advice offered by Wenjie Zhang for Photography 101 this week along with advice offered by Ming Thein in his two prior posts. These are not exactly during the golden hour, but with the cloudy afternoon the lighting was similar.

Mahalo to Wenjie and Ming for helping me to explore the manual settings on my camera. I even tried the live-view setting to help me with lighting. This made it easier to delete some of my bad photos before I loaded them on my computer.

I still have a long way to go before I perfect my settings, but at least I am no longer afraid to try experimenting with lighting.