Thankful November 6th: Utah

Earlier I posted about how I’m thankful for the beauty of our wonderful earth. Today, I wanted to focus on my home state of Utah. Utah has amazing diversity in nature, from lush forests to desert to red rock formations and mountains. When the Mormon pioneers first settled here, the leader Brigham Young prophesied that the industries of the pioneers would make the desert blossom like the rose, and it truly has. The Salt Lake Valley has a population of over 1 million people, and the state has a population of over 3 million.

I love traveling around this beautiful state, photographing nature and people across the landscape.

Thankful November 2nd: The Beauties of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917

I have been lucky enough to do a bit of traveling around this amazing planet on which we live (that sentence structure is a nod to all of my English professors at the University of Utah). I’ve been to Asia, Europe, Mexico, Great Britain, and most of the United States of America. Everywhere I go, I find beautiful things to photograph and wonderful people who fill my heart with happiness.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Structure in Nature

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While helping my husband put together a slideshow for his lecture tomorrow (he teaches future architects about structures…he’s really cool), I came across the first photo taken last summer. Spiders are amazing architects. Their webs have been studied for centuries by builders and designers. The Denver International Airport uses a similar tension technic in its tent structures. Arches are also found throughout nature, especially in my neck of the woods in Southern Utah. The second image is of Natural Arch in Coyote Gulch, Escalante (if you look really closely, you can see me standing in the water under the arch, just as a reference for the size of it).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) OF NATURAL STRUCTURES.

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: Favorite Place to Visit

Coyote Gulch, UtahMy husband and I love to travel. We love living in Utah because of it’s diverse scenery. One of our very favorite places to visit is Coyote Gulch in Southern Utah near Escalante National Monument. It’s a three-day backpacking trip to follow the Gulch from one end to the other, but it is worth every sore muscle and scraped knee.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACE (OR PLACES) TO VISIT.

Whether it’s across the globe or in your own backyard, we all have places we love to see. Sometimes, it’s more the company than the location that makes a trip or place memorable. Feel free to share new or old photos of some of your favorite places.

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. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture

Texture makes our world interesting. Some things are smooth while others are bumpy or have sharp edges or prickly surfaces.

For this week’s challenge, I’ve found two pictures with very different textures. The first is a plain brick wall. As a background, we might notice it a little bit, depending on what the main subject of our image is or is doing. As the main subject itself, we begin to notice individuality in each brick. One may be missing a corner, while another has interesting striations on it, and another might be a darker or lighter shade of color than its neighbors.

BricksFor my second photo, I’ve picked a particularly popular photo spot in Coyote Gulch near Escalante in Southern Utah. This waterfall has been photographed by hundreds or possibly thousands of people. The first time I saw a photo of it, I wondered if the rock was hard or soft silt. It’s hard, though it has a creamy look to it, especially through the texture of the water.

Coyote Gulch waterfall

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT ARE HAVE A UNIQUE TEXTURE OF SOME KIND.

Have fun experimenting with all sorts of textures found in nature or your closet.  Then blog them and post a link to your masterpieces here.

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. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.