Shutterbugs and photo-lovin’ friends glad to have you join me for The World Through My Lens 06.2021. Today I am sharing my snapshots for June editions of the photo series my blogging buddy Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. Terri hosts the one-prompt-a-week Sunday Stills photo challenge .
Also teaming up with my friend Lysha at A Camera and a Cookbook for today’s post. Lysa gives us 5 prompts each week and shares her own photos with an iSPY link up on Saturdays. And happy to be joining Mary-Lou at PatioPostcards and friends for the summer photo scavenger hunt (SPSH). This is our first SPSH share for the season. Come join me for one or all!!
The World Through My Lens 06.2021
Taking pictures has become one of my favorite hobbies. When I am not participating in a challenge, I lose my enthusiasm for photography because I don’t know what to do with the pictures I am taking!! Glad to be participating in all 3 challenges this summer.
SUNDAY STILLS 06.2021
You might remember that once a month I share my photos for the Sunday Stills photo challenge with Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. You can visit some of my previous photography posts here and here.
I love this shot. If I do say so myself. As you probably know since I say it all the time, green is my favorite color. The green of the park almost glows in the street lights and moonlight. My shots of just the moon that evening were pretty but this contrast spoke to me more.
06.13.2021 Monthly Color Challenge: Pink
Check out this BBQ-mobile!! I came across it at the ball park on Saturday where they were also having a car show with food trucks and, apparently a BBQ-mobile.
06.20.2021 Sunrise or Sunset
This is the view looking south out toward Mexico and New Mexico from the end of Lauren’s street. The peaks on the far left are actually dormant volcanoes.
06.27.2021 Great Outdoors
We are knee-deep in monsoon season here in far west Texas. Currently at 4.21″ of the rain for the year…2″ above normal!! And most of that has fallen in the past week. I snapped this photo after driving over the mountain to help with the girls this morning. The low hanging clouds were eerily beautiful.
From my Bible journaling. Psalm 51:10 KJV: 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
For mama to return with dinner. Waiting ’til their feathers come in to fly the coop.
The design in this building on Ft. Bliss incorporates the use of triangles.
The casa de azucar or house of sugar is a point of local interest in El Paso. I have always wanted to spend some time appreciating and photographing the intricacies of this gift of love created by a husband for his wife. This weekend a road closure had us detour onto the road that runs beside the sugar house. I quick rolled down my window and snapped a few shots. Used a bit of editing fun to highlight the pink section of the wall around the house.
We have a couple of tricks we use to make our almost daily walks more fun. We toss a rubber baseball between us. Or kick a soccer ball back and forth. Or bounce a basketball to each other. Sometimes we are lucky enough to find the basketball court in our neighborhood park empty and we can play a little HORSE (or cat, in our case). Makes it feel less like exercise.
Anyone remember the Highway Beautification Act of the 1960s? It was the pet project of Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson. The Act called for “control of outdoor advertising, including removal of certain types of signs, along the Nation’s growing Interstate System and the existing Federal-aid primary system.” [source]
The prevalence of billboards and signs along El Paso roadways and highways leads me to believe the act is no longer regarded. By the way, can you tell what these signs are advertising without zooming in for a closer look? They are real estate agents…but if you couldn’t read English, you’d never know. Why do real estate agents plaster their profiles on for sale signs and ads?
Chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard…just the right amount of melty.
This is Fluff. I will be sharing more about this kitty in another post. You are loved, my sweets.
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My beautiful daughter Lauren trying on her wedding dress and veil. This picture was taken back in 2012 in our bedroom a few weeks before the big day.
This is not a lake or even a pond…it is rain run off from the mountain!! Looks pretty lake-like, huh?
Had stopped at Lowe’s for a lantana for the rock garden in the backyard. Realized what better place to snap a shot of hardware than the country’s favorite hardware store.
Baby stairs for little ones. To potty by, to brush teeth from.
Walk softly and carry a big stick. Or in PC’s case a big bat. His batting average for the season so far is .580. The El Paso Yankees have this weekend off but will be back on the diamond next weekend.
Really wanted to find something unique for this prompt but if you see a photo of a flowering plant below, you’ll know I wasn’t successful. But isn’t this flower pretty?
Soooo, this is what hail and rain look like!! It has been a minute since we had seen any of either form of precipitation. Until last week, that is. And since last Sunday, we’ve had both.
2021 SUMMER PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
So excited to have spent Friday evening catching up on blog reading and to discover that Mary Lou has released the photo prompts for the summer photo scavenger hunt. Yay!!! You can visit her post here at Patio Postcards for more information. Keep in mind, there are only 2 rules; please use photos taken between 06.01.-09.30.2021. The second rule is one I wasn’t aware of from participating in previous challenges. You or a loved one must have taken the photo. I always thought I had to be the photographer!! First check in/link up will be Wednesday, 06.30.2021.
2021 SPSH LIST
- A Breakfast of Champions
- Favourite Time of Day ✔️
- Something To Represent Home But Not The Building
- Head In The Clouds; shapes or interesting patterns
- The Art Of The Fold
- Something That Makes You Laugh or Happy
- What’s In Bloom
- Window Views
- Something Older Than You
- The Delivery Van/Truck Making The Deliveries ✔️
- The Shape of Round/Circular
- Something That Is Cause For Celebration
- Your Marie Kondo Moment – Or Not
- Inside Your Fridge Or Cupboard
- Your Best Doodle Art (not public graffiti)
- A Guilty Pleasure; Something That Recharges You
- An Exit
- Upside Down, Right Side Up
- Steps, But Who’s Counting ✔️
- Decades Of Sharing; find something in your home that is from the 70’s or 80’s or 90’s or 00’s
A: show off your COVID safety; masks, cleaning, or other related supplies
B: a local landmark
C: the most beautiful landscape photo of the season
- #2 favorite time of day – would have to say morning is my favorite time of day. Quiet time, breakfast, planning the day ahead.
- #10 the delivery van/truck making deliveries – my BFF Sharon is the most generous soul I know. She is always sending me packages to warm my heart and brighten my day. Caught a photo of the UPS truck after the drier rang my doorbell to alert me that he was leaving a surprise from Sharon on my porch.
- #19 steps, but who’s counting – a new subdivision is being built down the street from us and we like to walk through the houses on our nightly walks. Snapped pictures of one of the larger, nicest houses and sent to Brennyn wishing she could be enticed to move home to El Paso.
Thank you for popping in for the World Through My Lens 06.2021. What have you captured lately with your camera? If you have a favorite photo from the first month of summer, please share it on my Facebook page, here. Would love to see. And consider this your cordial invitation to join any or all of these photo challenges with us. They really encourage me to look for the unique, the beauty in this world.
If you live in the U.S., happy 4th of July weekend. Hope there is some red, white and blue in your plans for the holiday. God bless America.
Hugs and kisses,