Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

One of my favorite places to be is on a difficult solo hike. Just me and the mountain, with nobody to slow me down.


I took this photo in 2011 on the Echo Canyon Summit trail at Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s my favorite hike and one I did many times when I snowbirded for a few winters. The elevation change is more than 1,200 feet over 1.2 miles, so it’s a very challenging hike.

Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

As I was scrolling through my iPhone pics, it was neat to see the Live Photos come to life. With the theme being a face in the crowd this week, I was able pick a frame from one of the photos where a spotlight was directed at me. Not sure how to explain it, but this frame produced a circular pattern of light on someone’s back. Maybe it was a reflection on the camera lens?

Automatticians performing live at the 2017 Grand Meetup.

Photo Challenge: Sweet

“What do you have for desserts?” I asked in the KFC drive thru.

“We have chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies.”

“I’ll take the chocolate cake.”

She literally meant a chocolate cake!

❤️ is not having to share your sweets on Valentine’s Day.

Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

While scrolling through the camera roll on my phone I realized I don’t take a lot of photos near home, so playing a tour guide for this week’s challenge wasn’t easy.

Beer menu at The Maple Grille, one of my favorites places to eat.
Hitting balls on the range at the Sawmill Golf Club.

While I really hate winter, living in Michigan I’ve been able to experience the 4 seasons throughout my life. These next two photos are from my yard.

We get some amazing colors when the trees change.
The end was near for this rose. I really liked the blurred leaves in the back.

Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

This week’s challenge can be taken in several different directions. I decided to snap a quick photo and play around with simple image adjustments based on the following idea from the post.

You could also opt for a series of shots showing the same place, person, or object in slightly different light (literally or figuratively, as the case may be).

First, the original.

After duplicating the image several times in the iOS Photos app (to keep the original) I started making quick edits. I spent 5-10 minutes on this and decided to go with 4 variations.

I don’t know anything about touching up photos, but this shows how much you can change the story your images tell with very little effort.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

I’m going to try adjusting my images more often.

Photo Challenge: Silence

When I see an animal track in the snow I often think back about 20 years to rabbit hunts with my Dad. When you’re in the middle of the woods during winter, you don’t hear a thing. Or at least that’s how it is in Northern Michigan. Sound doesn’t travel because the trees are covered in snow. It’s the purest silence I’ve ever experienced. Maybe the most peaceful bit of nature too.

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