Thankful November 4th: Russell

When I found my husband, I really hit the jackpot. I was in my early 40s. I had never been married and had reached the point where I was fine with that. Funny how life has other plans for us sometimes. We met doing a play at a local community theater. I was the music director, he was a bass in the chorus with a small speaking part, and when the show was over, I took him home and kept him. That was almost 12 years ago, and I now can’t imagine my life without him. And while he is the first one to admit that he isn’t perfect, he is perfect for me.

Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge: Nature Macro


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Color of Your Choice


I have chosen yellow. This is the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: From Below


One of the stops we made on our river cruise was Melk, Austria to visit the beautiful Melk Abbey. The abbey stands on the top of a hill and includes a school and an amazing library, and is one of the most striking sites along the Danube. As we found out, almost every historic building in Europe has scaffolding on it all of the time. At least it’s much less noticeable from below than it is from the courtyard were the second and third photos were taken. This arch is the one you can see on the first photo right in the center.


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: Dense


If you look close (or maybe not so closely) at the top of the very dense forest, you can see the tower of the Ehrenberg Castle ruin. Below is a picture of the full castle, so you can tell just how dense the forest is when looking at it from the foot of the hill where it dwells.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

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

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Look Up


This picture looks up at the steel rope bridge that connects the ruins of Castle Ehrenberg with the fortress ruins on the hill across the highway.

Here’s a picture of what the bridge looks like when you’re on it.


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