A Photo a Week Challenge: Hidden Treasures

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On Maui, we rented a car and drove the road to Hana. Now, the town of Hana isn’t much, once you get there, but getting there is a bit of a crazy ride. Windy, narrow, washed-out in places, it was a harrowing journey, but the scenery along the way was incredible. No wonder people do it, although we decided that the one time was enough for us.

This beautiful pool and water fall were down a small trail near a bridge on the road to Hana. We stopped at several of these, and each one was just a beautiful. But to see this, you have to be willing to get out of your car and walk about a quarter mile down a damp path crowded with roots and wet branches hitting you in the face. It was worth it.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR THREE OR…) OF PLACES OR THINGS YOU HAD TO SEEK 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″ 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.
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Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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I live at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. The peaks are majestic and awe-inspiring, and not a little intimidating for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by very tall mountains.

The first picture (taken this week) is from a freeway overpass looking the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The second picture (taken June 2016) is of Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland.

For more from this challenge, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale.

A Photo a Week: Moving Waters

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This week, we are on the beautiful island of Maui. Along the road to Hana, there are many amazing waterfalls. People who don’t want to brave the crazy, winding drive will take helicopter outings to see as many of them as possible. We drove, which gave us stunning up close and personal views of them.

Water is the lifeblood of this planet. It’s beauty and force are both awesome and terrifying. For the northern hemisphere, if you live anywhere near mountains that receive snow, June is a month of waiting and wondering. In the mid-1980s, Salt Lake City was hit with record snowfall that led to record flooding. Streets were sandbagged and turned into fast-moving rivers. Already this year, we are seeing weekly reports of people missing or drowned in the high, rushing waters of the rivers and “creeks” that bring the snowmelt down the mountains to the valley lakes. Nature should never be underestimated.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO (OR MORE) FEATURING MOVING WATER.

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less)

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Flowing water and waterfalls are constant reminders of the power of gravity.

For more from this challenge, visit Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less).

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.