A Photo a Week Challenge: Fresh

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With the new year, I thought we should start fresh: fresh challenges, fresh images, fresh flowers (hey, I’m deep in winter here). I’m not sure who designated January 1 as the beginning of the new year, but tradition is strong, so each January 1 many people make the commitment to make this year better than the last. 2016 was actually a very good year for the Merrill Family, so my hope is that 2017 is just as good or a little better. A lot better would make too many people envious of us (wink wink).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO OR MORE PHOTOS FEATURING FRESHNESS.

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.
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A Photo a Week Challenge: December Holidays

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December is the month of celebrations and holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, December is a time for getting together with family and friends. It seems like there are parties and concerts several times a week. My husband and I sing in a chorale that had it’s final Christmas concert last night. My piano students performed their annual Christmas Recital on Monday. We have parties with both sides of the family, and Christmas Eve breakfast with the kids and grand-baby. One of the big traditions in Salt Lake City is seeing the lights at Temple Square. Each year, there is something a little different to see. A few years ago, they added these floating lights to the reflecting pond in front of the temple with a beautiful, cream nativity. So, what traditions and celebrations do you have during this time of year?

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO OR MORE PHOTOS FEATURING YOUR DECEMBER HOLIDAY TRADITIONS.

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: White

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For the northern hemisphere, this time of year usually bring the flurry, white stuff flowing (or sometimes pelting) from the heavens. Here in Utah, we love to see the mountains snow-capped and looking festive for the holidays. They also mean live-giving water for the coming spring and summer months.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO OR MORE PHOTOS FEATURING THE COLOR WHITE.

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: Thankfulness

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Today, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, and so I’ve been thinking of what I’m thankful for. I post a lot of pictures of my husband, who I am very thankful for every day. I post a lot of pictures of the beautiful state of Utah, where I live. I post a lot of pictures of the amazing places we’ve been able to see as we travel this amazing world we live in. But today, I have to thank the amazing woman who raised me. Thanks, Mom. You are my hero. You have shown grace and strength in very difficult times. You have demonstrated true, unconditional love to your family and others, even strangers. You have been the best example of what it means to mother. I know you’re not perfect, but you are the perfect mother for me. I love you, Mom.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO OR MORE PHOTOS OF WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR.

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: Extended Family

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We all come from somewhere. We all have people we consider family, whether blood kin or chosen kin. The holidays are a time when we connect or reconnect with family and friends who make up our support systems, and extended family becomes very important. I hope that this holiday seasons brings you and your families great joy and closeness, no matter which holidays you are celebrating.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE…) THAT FEATURE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY, BLOOD RELATION OR NOT.

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.