Category Archives: Challenge – Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

I have to give credit my oldest son for being quick on the draw for this one.  Taken with his galaxy tab 10.1, this squirrel gave us all the surprise early one morning.  Jumping from the tree to the screen of a second floor window, this squirrel provided quite the entertainment.  Perplexed on what to do next, he didn’t seem phased that there were people on the other side of the window. 🙂

We are not sure if he made it back to the tree or not.


Weekly (no) Photo Challenge: Delicate

I know this is a photo challenge, however today, I will not post a photo.  I find it difficult today to focus on much of anything.

So, instead, I will provide a brief statement in reflection to the word “Delicate.”

We often think of a delicate flower, or a new born child.  Both excellent representations of the word delicate.

Life.  Life is delicate.

If you have not heard, today there was an event that took place in Connecticut.  Tragedy doesn’t even come close to describing the event.  20 young children and 8 adults (last I heard) were gunned down in school.  Innocent lives lost, futures lost, families destroyed.

To those who have lost loved ones today…..

  • my thoughts are with you
  • my heart weeps with you
  • my prayers are with you

We will never understand or comprehend “why”, and there is no picture that capture the “Delicate” nature of “Life”.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons #3 Or is it??

For my third and final post for the Changing Seasons Challenge is typical for my area.  Often time I joke that Mother Nature gets confused when it comes to the weather.  It is December, and despite the leaves falling on the ground and the squirrels preparing for winter, however, nature decides to give us unseasonably warm weather.  We have hit the 70s several time in the past week with more to come.  As a result, we have “new growth” on several plants outside.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons #2

For my second post, a clear indication that the season are changing.  Looking around outside and aside from the leaves falling off the tress, many plants are wilting and losing their flowers.  My neighbors rose bushes have just a few left.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

I love the Challenge this week. “Changing Seasons” can mean so many things. My first entry what I consider the first sign of the changing season from fall to winter. The squirrels feverishly working to prepare for their hibernation. For the past month they have been burying their acorns, and often stopping for a quick “snack”. They have been fattening up. This is a picture of one perched on a branch, snacking on an acorn. Enjoy!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections #2


Drove by a nearby pond, and the reflections were really great with the trees and the clouds.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections


What I love about these challenges is how people interpret the theme. Ironically, I was sitting down at my computer getting ready to weed through my photos to find “something” to post. Out of the corner of eye, I saw the shadows of the three crosses on the wall. That was when I knew I had my post.

1. It’s good to stop and reflect on the significance of the cross, and the impact Christ has had in my life. It keeps me focused on that which is most important to me.

2. Hanging from the middle cross is my fathers dog tags from when he served in the military. When I see them, its a reminder to stop and reflect not only at how proud I am of my father for his time in service, but also for all the men and women who serve and sacrificed for the freedoms that I have today.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

After cutting the grass, Winston (our pug) would run around and always come in with “green” mittens on his paws. The fresh cut grass always stained his fur on his paws and legs 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

This is a historic landmark in Hanover VA, depicting a church that was destroyed during the Civil War.

This photo represent Renewal in two ways:
1. Renewal of the memory of the church and its significance
2. Spiritual Renewal

Weekly Photo Challenge – Geometry

Weekly Photo Challenge – Geometry

My first attempt at a Bulb Exposure. It didn’t turn out great, but a great representation of the word “geometry”.

‘Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.’ – Wiki

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

I had to put some thought into how to interpret “Foreign”. There are so many things that come to mind, but this picture was the one that kept coming back to me.

As with most islands, tourism is the primary means of income, so outside of the tourism realm, they tend to be very poor areas. During one of our visits, these two children were playing outside. What struck me was how they entertained themselves. A bucket top and a stick was all that was used, and the game was to see how long you can keep the top rolling only using a stick. The boy was demonstrating to the group of tourists, very excitedly might I add, and the little sister was following behind.

Living in the United States, the idea of kids today “coming up” with something to do for entertainment is “foreign”.