A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Windows

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Have you ever walked pass an opening in a wall or barrier and suddenly an amazing view opened up? I love unexpected windows. It’s like viewing a whole different world, even if it’s your own backyard through your backdoor.

This photo was taken from the William I Monument in Koblenz, Germany looking north up the Rhine River.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) USING AN UNUSUAL WINDOW.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.
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A Photo a Week Challenge: Raw Emotion

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Last week, we buried a very dear friend. He was far too young and leaves behind a grieving wife, four children, and a large extended family (including close friends) who will miss him terribly. At the graveside, I captured this moment of his mother and sister as they stood beside his casket. His mother said she had spent so many days crying that she felt she would never cry again. Even without tears, you can see the pain and grief in her eyes.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A NEW PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF EMOTIONS AT THEIR PUREST LEVEL.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Thanks, Dad

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We hear a lot about the love mothers have for their children, but not much about fathers. In entertainment, fathers are usually portrayed as bumbling, abusive, or absent.

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But I’ve had the honor of knowing many amazing fathers throughout my life, from my own father to my husband to nephews as they begin their own families.

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In America, we are starting a month of thankfulness leading up to Thanksgiving, so this week’s challenge is dedicated to the wonderful men who work hard and love deeply. Who put their families first.

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My father passed away three years ago, and I miss him everyday. So thanks, Dad. You are one of the main reasons I’m the person I am today. I love you, Papa.

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IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) HONORING THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Flowers from Dad's casket

For this week’s challenge, I’m reusing a photo from my father’s funeral. Not only are the flowers fleeting, but it also reminds me to make the most of every day with those I love. Our time here is measured, and we know not the hour of our passing.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

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About four months into her pregnancy, our niece found out that her baby had Trisomy 13, a devastating chromosomal defect. They decided to continue the pregnancy with the hope that Baby T would be born alive and that they would have the opportunity to spend a little time with him before he was called home to his Heavenly Father. Baby T was born at home at 7-1/2 months and lived an amazing hour, surrounded by his loving parents and six big brothers.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Recording History

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Photography is one of the mediums that allows us to capture history. The recent movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty depicted the end of an era of photojournalism with the end of Life Magazine in print. So many iconic images graced the covers and pages of that and many other chronicles throughout the years as photography has developed and enhanced out lives.

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to take pictures of my mother and her remaining siblings. It was a fun shoot, and it allowed me the chance to capture some of my own family history. This photo makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy, because they all enjoyed getting together and have told me how much they love having the photos. Sad, because one of my uncles passed away last summer, so we missed the chance to include him in the shoot. It lets me know that we cannot stop the passing of time, but we can capture it in images that will hopefully live in the hearts of generations to come.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE YOUR FAVORITE SHOTS OF HISTORY THAT YOU’VE CAPTURED.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography. Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Comfort

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Photography as an art allows us to preserve so many important memories in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. This last Thanksgiving, my father passed away after a long illness. At the graveside, I was able to capture this personal moment between my mother and her bishop (LDS pastor). The bishop had given my parents much comfort during Dad’s illness, and his words at the funeral and graveside showed that he not only knew but cared deeply about my parents. We all felt comforted by his kindness and love.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE PHOTOS THAT SHOW OR GIVE COMFORT.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
  4. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.