A Photo a Week Challenge: Into the Woods

Norway Flats snow runoff

There has been a recent rash of productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods in our neck of the woods lately. My stepson just finished a production (his last in high school) where he played the Mysterious Man. If you haven’t seen a performance of this musical, it’s well worth the time. Anyway, all of these productions of this play got me thinking. For the Memorial Day weekend, we headed up into the High Unitah Mountains and saw some amazing scenery (check out the twisted tree we came upon). I wonder what it would be like to be wandering around these woods on foot in the dark with no modern help to guide me. This is bear territory (not wolves, like in the play), and you have to be careful of cougars, too (the animal kind, not the BYU variety).

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO OF WOODS OR WOODED AREAS.

Do you live near a wooded landscape? Is there an amazing forest just beyond your property line? Do you have to drive (or fly) miles to see trees that haven’t been landscaped to within an inch of their lives? What else can be considered a wood or forest? New York has been described as the Concrete Jungle. Is there a Steel Forest near you? Have fun with any concept that represents “woods.”

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: 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.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Big Subjects

For many people, the first time they see the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake City or Provo, they are amazed at just how big the mountains are here. This photo of Mount Timpanogos was taken approximately 15 miles west of the mountain, just to give a bit of perspective.

Mount Timp in black and white

Cee, thanks for the fun subject!

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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.

Sunday Stills: Landscapes

Twin Peaks, Wasatch FrontI love this view of Mount Olympus, one of the mountain peaks in the Wasatch Front that surround the Salt Lake Valley. This picture was taken in May, and as you can see, the elevation of the mountains means that the snow doesn’t completely disappear until midsummer.

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