Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Half-Circles, Arches, & Domes

It’s been a while since I’ve participated, but I’m so glad to be back!

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Thankful November 9th: Music

There has never been a time in my life that hasn’t included music. I grew up in a family of seven (including parents), and all of us played at least two instruments (including parents). My dad’s mother was a piano teacher. She taught me for 11 years, and she was my biggest supporter when I chose to study music in college. I play the piano, and violin. In college, I studied singing and choral conducting. I started teaching piano when I was 18, and I currently have 15 students who do two to three recitals a year. I met my husband because I was the music director for a show at a local community theater. The show we were doing was written by a friend who asked my younger sister and me to arrange the music. I have written a little original music, but I mostly do choir arrangements (makes sense, see previously mentioned college path). I love music. I don’t know what life would be like without music infusing pretty much every aspect of it.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Hands

I love photographing hands, especially family hands. The last time I did a hands challenge, this little family had just had their second child. Now they have three. Our hands tell stories about our lives now and what we’ve been through. I have several scars on my hands that tell of an active childhood. Do you bite your nails? Have you lost a finger (or two)? Do you live in a climate that is friendly or harsh on your hands? What stories do your hands tell?


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.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Signs

Blauer is a family name, so I couldn’t resist getting a photo of this sign in Regensburg, Germany last year.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Anything that Flies

You might have to look hard, but there is a really cool firefly in this photo.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Lines Angles

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Small Subjects


This is a to-scale model of Rothenburg, Germany.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: From the Side


On our last day in Budapest, we were walking back to our boat when we passed a wedding party heading to another boat for the reception. The bride and groom lead the group (we think from the Cathedral, which was within easy walking distance). They stopped just before entering their gangplank for a quick conference with some of their family, and I was able grab this quick side shot of them.

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Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge: Black & White Portrait


It’s been a while since I participated in this challenge, but I really like their challenges and helps. For more, check out the Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge: Black & White Portrait.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Isolated Objects


This waterfall is in an isolated location along the Road to Hana on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. For more from this challenge, visit Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Isolated Objects.