Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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I live at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The peaks are majestic and awe-inspiring, and not a little intimidating for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by very tall mountains.

The first picture (taken this week) is from a freeway overpass looking the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The second picture (taken June 2016) is of Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.

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

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Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

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Very few cars are allowed in the small Swiss town of Gruyère, so you have to be prepared to walk when you go there.

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

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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Recreation

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My husband has recently taken up fly fishing. He’s always loved regular casting fishing, but he has always wanted to try fly fishing. Last weekend, we headed up to the High Unita Mountains and the Upper Provo River for him to get in some practice and try out some new flies a friend had made for him. This amazing world we live in and on has so many places for fun recreation and play. This week, get your fun on and share what you enjoy doing to relax or get the adrenaline pumping.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) THAT SHOW FUN, RECREATION, OR ADVENTURE SEEKING.

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: Literary Reference

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I had the chance to do newborn photos for a brilliant young couple (who just happen to be related to me) that are super geeky. They love Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. I got to take pictures with stuffed Hobbs and Totoro. Sometimes we set up things to have literary references, and sometimes they just come naturally (like the third photo here of a tree that looked like an Ent from Lord of the Rings). I’m really hoping to some day take a picture that looks like the wind sweeping across the moors in northern England or sand dunes that burn with the heat of the sun like Lawrence of Arabia. There is so much scope for the imagination.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) THAT HAVE A LINK TO LITERATURE, MOVIES, OR ANY OTHER ENTERTAINMENT.

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: Structure

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Last week, I shared a black & white version of this little guy. Here he is in his full-color glory. The detailed lines on his shell is fascinating.

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

A Photo a Week Challenge: History

If you’re visiting Honolulu, it’s worth a couple of hours to take a tour of the Iolani Palace. The grounds are beautiful and the building is fascinating. The decor and items displayed date from the late 1700’s through the late 1800’s. The palace was the seat of the Hawaiian royal family after moving from the Big Island to Oahu. In the 1800’s, the United States basically tricked the queen into giving up her sovereignty for protection, promising to give it back, but that never happened.

I love history. I love learning about places and people and cultures. I fully believe that if we don’t know and understand our history, we will be doomed to repeat the horrors and failures of the past.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) THAT REPRESENT HISTORY.

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.