Shutterbugs and photo-lovin’ friends, welcome to The World Through My Lens, 01.2021. Today I am sharing my snapshots for Terri’s Sunday Stills series. I share those pictures once a month. You can revisit December’s post, here.
But this post also serves as an update for the iSpy challenge with my blogging buddy Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook. Lysha gives us 5 prompts each week and hopes to inspire us to “look for the marvelous in the mundane.” And the Winter Photo Scavenger hunt (WPSH) with Mary Lou and Ellen. Thoughtful prompts that allow for interpretation in our own ways.
Sunday Stills Prompts 01.2021
These are the prompts with which we were delightfully tasked:
Jan 3 Your 2020 Retrospective (share your year in images)
Jan 10 Night
Jan 17 Color Challenge: Glacier Blue
Jan 24 Fog and Clouds
Jan 31 Your Favorite Landscape
THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 1
SUNDAY STILLS, 01.03.2021 Your 2020 Retrospective
I didn’t put together a true retrospective but if you click here, you can revisit any of my Sunday Stills posts from the past. In looking back over 2020’s Sunday Stills photos, these shots taken in January BC-before Covid-were some of my favorites, and popular with you, too.
THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 2
SUNDAY STILLS, 01.10.2021 Night
From Valentine’s Day 2 years ago. We stayed in the boutique Indigo Hotel downtown, had our first escape room experience, dinner in a quaint cafe, and a nightcap on the patio before bed. Oh, how we could use a mini-vacay like this again this year. Photo was taken on the patio. I like the way the bits of light keep your eye moving from one area to the next on the photo.
THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 3
SUNDAY STILLS, 01.17.2021 Color Challenge: Glacier Blue
The first 2 photos below were taken in Lexington, Kentucky during an early spring visit to see Mom. My sister and I were enchanted by the snow.
A different glacial blue. The water in our pool. And a storm rolling in from the east.
THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 4
SUNDAY STILLS, 01.24.2021 Fog and Clouds
Because it is soooo dry in El Paso, we positively never have fog. Except when we do. Which was – most conveniently – during January.
THE WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 5
SUNDAY STILLS, 01.31.2021 Your Favorite Landscape
I love the beach. That probably goes without saying. But the landscape of the place where I live is still my favorite. Partially because it isn’t always beautiful. It is an imperfect beauty. Dusty, and dry, polluted, and peppered with wind blown trash. But it is home. And the mountains are beautiful every single day. From the window of my plane, flying over El Paso on my way to visit PC who was working at Ft. Lewis, Washington, that beauty is pretty evident.
Here are the prompts we are working on for February. Come join us!
Feb 7 Fallen
Feb 14 Color Challenge: Rosy Red
Feb 21 Feed the Birds
Feb 28 Things that are White
Other Challenge Photos
The photos below are updates to the other challenges I am participating in.
ISPY PHOTO CHALLENGE 2021
Sharing 2 weeks worth of photos for this challenge.
iSpy Week #4
Different Angle – Selfie after sit-ups.
Before & After – My sister and I created a laundry day collage as a Valentine’s gift to our mom. The first photo is the beginning of the collage background. The bits and pieces of patterns and book pages that became the base for our piece. In the second photo you can see the tiny clothing my sister made for the collage. She also sketched the tiny bird cage onto a piece of pattern paper. The last photo is the finished art.
Sadly, I sent it Mom on Wednesday and it has arrived but her dementia has convinced her that from the size of the package, we have sent her a mirror. And she doesn’t want to open the package because she doesn’t want to see herself in the mirror. We have explained that she will like what is in the box but so far she still hasn’t opened it.
Fruit or Veggie? – a bowl of the ingredients for our morning smoothies. Fruit or veggie? Both!!
Backyard (Winter) – snapped this from our balcony ten days ago. The mountains are so pretty when they are iced with a dusting of snow.
iSpy Week #5
Collection – of memories. From PC’s soldiering days. Dog tags, ribbons, rank. Proud to be a soldier’s wife.
Yellow – had to look for this one. And found it while I was showering. Noticed through the shower glass that my hand towel is…yellow! And so is the post-it I have stuck to the mirror which reads “God will promise and provide.” The vanity lighting is also a warm glow. This whole corner of the bathroom is like sunshine: the wall color, the frame, and mirror.
Photographer’s Choice – my kitties are never far away when I do my quiet time. Most mornings, I do it in my loft before sunrise but on this particular day, it was cold and my bed was warm. We all piled back in after PC left for work. Purrsnickitty entertained herself with the elastic around my planner while I did my Bible study. A bit distracting.
Photographer’s Choice – a very well constructed nest. This bird should go in the home construction business.
WINTER PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT (WPSH)
The WPSH runs from 12.01.2020 to 03.21.2021. The only rules: all photos must be your own work and must be taken between those dates.
For review, here is the list of 20 prompts. But remember that up to three of these can be substituted using the alternative prompts at the end of the list if necessary.
- A set of three
- Round and round
- Peek inside
- A treasured item
- An opening
- A sign of the times
- Weather conditions
- Work in progress
- In the distance
- Something beginning with C
- One of many
- Something with legs
- A face
- Comfort food
- Something you do every day
- Something yellow
- Marking time
Alt A. In pieces
Alt B. Textured
Alt C. Black and white
- #10 work in progress – getting started on my Valentine wreath. I better work fast!!
- #11 measures – taking measures of the fabric for my Valentine wreath. Measure once, cut twice.
I better get after this wreath!! I have 1 short week to get it finished. Heck, started!!
Are you participating in any photo challenges this year? If not, come join us for Sunday Stills, iSPY or the WPSH. Taking photographs has encouraged me to take a second, sometimes even a third look at our world. There’s so much beauty but in the hustle and bustle of each day, it’s easy to let it go unnoticed. When I participate in a photo challenge, I go through my days with the current prompts in mind. And always paying more attention to the world around me.
I challenge you to try a photo challenge, even for just a month, a week. See if doing so won’t have you looking at the little things in your world with a new, more appreciative eye.
Thank you for spending a few minutes of your day here with me.
Hugs and kisses,