It’s time for another Giveaway!

This contest is now closed. Winner to be posted soon. Thanks, everyone, who entered!

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has reached 300+ non-Facebook generated followers! Wahoo! I want to thank everyone who has liked, commented, and linked to the posts and photos. You guys are great.

So, it’s time for another giveaway. Yay!

Rules: Anyone who can read this blog may enter (including family members). International entries are acceptable. If you are the winner, the only “off limits” images are the ones that are people you aren’t related to or don’t know personally. (There are few things I can think of that give me the creeps more than someone displaying a non-artistic picture of people they don’t know. *shudder*)

How to Enter: Starting today and ending at midnight on April 30, 2014, comment or like this post.

Prize: An 11×14 of any one of the images on this blog (I do own all the rights to them, after all) — barring the limitations mentioned in the Rules. The winner will be selected randomly in a drawing on May 1, 2014. I will post who the winner is on the blog and how to contact me so that I can send you the print. I live in the Western United States, so delivery time will be affected by how far away you live from me and what the mail service is like there.

Thanks, again, for all of the support! You are the best!

(And just because this is a photography blog, here’s another picture.)

Red tulips

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Red

Single red rose

In images, color (or the lack of it) is as important as what is in the image. Sometimes, the color is the reason for the image. Red roses are iconic in our society for many things: love, wealth, success. The red of blood can mean life or death. In the movie The Sixth Sense, the director purposefully had something red in every scene (now I dare to you watch the movie without looking for it).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT HAS RED AS EITHER THE MAIN OR AN ACCENT COLOR.

Look for the red in your life, or use your photo editing software to enhance or create images that represent red to you.  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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hue of You

Red Virginia Creeper leavesMy favorite color is dark green. So dark that it’s almost black. Having read that, you’re probably wondering why I’m posting a picture of vibrantly red Virginia Creeper leaves. Because even though my all-time favorite color is deep, dark green, my world (and especially my wardrobe) is full of reds. It’s such a strange phenomenon. In fact, my husband and I recently redid our living room and bedroom. In each room, three walls and the ceiling are white, and then there’s the accent wall. In the living room, it’s red (my husband’s favorite color), and in the bedroom it’s dark green (mine). However, both of us have stated that the other person’s favorite colored wall is our favorite part of the redo.

[Hue] can explain it? [Hue] can tell you why?
Fools give you reasons,
Wise men never try!
(lyrics from “Some Enchanted Evening” [South Pacific]) (Changes made at my husband’s suggestion)

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/hue-photo-challenge/

Sunday Stills: Creepy Things

London Underground night visionNo photoshoping on this one, except for my moniker. To make it even creepier, this was the underground station we waited at after taking the evening “Jack, the Ripper” London Walking Tour. It was a great tour.

http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/shunday-stills-the-next-challenge-creepy-things/

A Word a Week Challenge: Ornate

Red Dahlia in profile

So, I found another photo challenge blog. I’m very excited about this one, too. I find that many flowers are amazingly intricate and naturally ornate, especially dahlias.

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/a-word-a-week-challenge-ornate-week-44/