A Photo a Week Challenge: Off the Beaten Track

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In the 1950s, my grandfather built a cabin in the National Forest deep in the Uinta Mountains. It’s been in our family ever since. To get there, you have to get to the small, mountain town of Kamas, Utah. From there, you take the Mirror Lake Highway (a scenic byway between Kamas, Utah and Evanston, Wyoming). About half way between mile markers 14 and 15 is the Soapstone Basin turn off. After you cross the Provo River, the paved road becomes a well-kept dirt road. When you come to the first fork, you go to the right to get to the “gated” community of the Soapstone Summer Homes. Don’t let the grand name fool you; only a handful of the cabins here (most built between 1940 and 1970) could pass for a luxury get-away home. We finally had ours wired for electricity in 1999. This photo is the hill just before the last turn before you get to our property. We don’t own the land (that belongs to the National Forest), just the building and contents. But the scenery is spectacular.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF SOMEWHERE YOU GO TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSSLE AND BUSTLE OF OTHERS.

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: Signs of Fall

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In the northern hemisphere, tomorrow (September 22) is the first day of fall. The weather is turning cool, the kids are back in school, and the foliage is putting on a brilliant color show. Fall is my favorite time of year. It has my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the build up to Christmas). I love pulling out sweaters and drinking hot chocolate. I even look forward to the first real snow fall (though I’m completely sick of the white stuff by January 4). Welcome, fall! Please hang out with us for a while.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF THINGS THAT MEAN FALL TO YOU.

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.

Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

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Soapstone Basin in the Uinta Montains, Utah.

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

A Photo a Week Challenge: Extravagance

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When King Ludwig II of Bavaria inherited the throne in 1864, Bavaria was no longer an imperial monarchy, but was now a constitutional monarchy where the king had very little power. In spite of this restraint (or possibly because of it), Ludwig ignored the needs of his country and spent all of his time and most of the national coffers on building elaborate and beautifully fanciful castles. The only one that was completed before he died in 1886 (under very mysterious circumstances) was Linderhof Castle. It’s a miniature remake of the Palace at Versailles in France, including many similar rooms and extended gardens. Pictures of the inside of the castle is not aloud, but you can image how ornate and extravagant it is by looking at the exterior (and yes, that is a gold-leafed statue in the middle of the pool).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) THAT SHOW EXTRAVAGANCE.

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

I have never been anywhere that is as green as Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

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