Shutterbugs and Photographer Friends,
Welcome to the World Through My Lens, 07.2019. Running a little late with this round-up of the photos I took during the month for the 2 photography challenges in which I am participating. There’s the Sunday Stills series hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives and The Everyday Eye Candy Project 52 with LaShawn at Everyday Eye Candy on Facebook and her blog, Everyday Eye Candy. Before we get started today, you can visit last month’s World Through My Lens post, here.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS, 07.2019
Didn’t use my DSL camera at all this month. Need to quit relying on my phone for these photography challenges because the whole purpose of them was to inspire me to use my good camera. To become more familiar with it. Going to try to do better this month. And I said this very same thing in June. But I hate lugging a big ole camera on the plane on trips, or on a hike, or to a ball game. Then there’s always the worry that I will drop it, or get it wet. At least I would be using it, though.
Here are my responses to the past month’s prompts.
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 28
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 28: Day in the Life
On this particular day, I was treating myself to a trip to Hobby Lobby and some little boutiques, then a stop at the International Art Museum. I absolutely love this kimono from Alison & Aubrey. I have worn it all spring and summer. So it is appropriate that I would have it on for a ‘day in the life’ photo. And El Paso is called the Sun City so it seems fitting that I would include our bright summer sun in this photo, too.
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SUNDAY STILLS, 07.07.2019: Blue
Came across this pristine vintage Plymouth at the baseball park one Saturday morning and knew I had found my ‘blue’. I edited it slightly using Prisma to add a sleeker, racier feel to the photo. There were cars parked on either side of it so I had to kind of scrunch down and get very close to get the shot I wanted.
Played with the Prisma filters again to create the next 2 versions of the same photo.
Which do you like best?
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 29: Summertime
When I was a little girl, my family lived half-way across the country from my cousins, who were all older than I was. Some as much as 11 years older. And I was the oldest of my siblings. We only saw the Missouri and Oklahoma family in the summer, and then only a couple of times. I am friends with most of them on Facebook but we aren’t terribly close. I am hopeful that Cady and Lucia will grow up to be closer and maybe even more like sisters than cousins. Definitely not strangers. My photo for summertime is my 2 grands walking home from the pool together with Mimi/Gabba trailing behind, carrying towels and a bag of pool toys.
How I love those biscuity brown little bodies. And booties.
SUNDAY STILLS, 07.14.2019: Creatures and Critters
While in Ft. Worth, we headed down to the stockyards one day where they have a demonstration cattle drive. I don’t remember ever seeing a long horn up close. Their horns are truly impressive. And so much more so on the bulls than off. I really hate seeing animals used as trophies.
Do you prefer the natural photo or the black and white version?
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 30: Reflection
While we were in Ft. Worth, we visited The Magnolia Market and Silos. It was the hottest day of the year in Waco and so humid. We walked about 3 blocks from where we parked the car toward Magnolia. Then turned around and went back to a restaurant we had passed to fortify ourselves before returning to wander around the silos. I took this reflection selfie in the mirror of an old truck they had parked at Magnolia.
SUNDAY STILLS, 07.21.2019: Taste
While visiting Brennyn, Cady and Mustafa in Ft. Worth, we met up with Tafa’s mom, Parveen, sister, Mashgan, and niece, Aalia, at Kabob Express for some authentic Afghani food. It was delicious. I don’t remember the name of anything I ate but I do remember the taste. So many colors, flavors. Spicy-sweetness. Lots of textures, crispy, smooth. Delicious.
I know that the creamy white stuff is humus. And we had a dumpling like dish called qabuli that was scrumptious. This chicken was tender and tasty. Love the rice with carrots and raisins. Good eating.
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 31: Sunset
Snapped this photo from our front balcony and just this second realized it is a sunrise. The view facing east. Ha!! Whatevs, still beautiful.
Felt guilty leaving you with a sunrise when the prompt is clearly the opposite. I give you a Ft. Worth sunset. From the park in the kids’ neighborhood.
SUNDAY STILLS, 07.28.2019: Triangles
This photo is kind of a stretch. I know. But there are triangles. Do you see them?
Or maybe the triangles are a little more obvious in this picture of Cady riding the mechanical bull at the Ft. Worth stockyards.
Even the tree in this photo is kind of triangular shaped.
Before we wind this up for another month, here are a couple of just for fun photos.
I like the contrast between the river rocks and the fern-like fronds on this plant. And the colors. Purple for PC and green for me.
Snuck this photo of Lucia on her first day of ‘school’ or daycare. Her backpack is almost as big as she is.
Brennyn was excited for us to see the cows and calves in the meadow behind her house. The first evening, I was in Ft. Worth, I snapped this photo from the car window as we passed the cows. The next morning we awoke to a kind of siren noise. When we looked out the windows, we could see the cows being rounded up in a makeshift pen. We looked out a little later to see the calves being branded. By noon all of the animals had been moved somewhere. So my chance for getting a really good photo of these sweet, gentle mommies and babies was lost. Turns out they were moved to another meadow where the grass was more plentiful. Thank goodness.
My dear friend Dani from Family.Love.Inspiration sends me the best photos of the cows on her parents’ farm. They always make me smile. Dani and her family have such good times on the farm. For once, I have a photo to share with her!
Join the Fun in August
Decided to include the prompts for this month in case someone – YOU? – might like to join up.
Sunday Stills Calendar
August 4 Yellow
August 11 Macro or Close-up Photography
August 18 Zen
August 25 Our National Parks
Eyecandy Project 52
Week 32 The Letter “C”
Week 33 Bloom
Week 34 Night
Week 35 Mobile Photography
My friend Deb at Deb’s World has been participating all summer in a photo scavenger hunt hosted by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards. I started collecting photos for it about 3 weeks ago and will share all of those pictures when the scavenger hunt is over on 09.30.2019. Here are the prompts for it, if you want to take a look, with over six weeks left to find everything.
2019 Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt
1. An Outdoor Clock
2. Single & Pretty
4. Blurred Vision
5. The Word Summer
6. An Umbrella, open or closed
7. A Curving Path
9. A Bridge
10. Something Made of Stone
12. Something Crooked
13. Two Colours of The Rainbow in Any Combination
(colours of the rainbow are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)
14. A Handwritten Sign
15. A Broken Chair/Bench/Stool
16. An Out of Season Treat Being Enjoyed
17. A Sail
18. Something That Should Be Found In Pairs
19. A Funny or Meaningful Bumper Sticker
20. A Favourite Seasonal Scent
A: Bird or Bee House
B: Fresh Local Produce
Here’s where you share with me! Would love for you to share a recent fav photo from your phone over on my Facebook page. If not a favorite photo, how about the 4th photo in your gallery? I will go share mine, now. Meet you over there?
Hoping to get a Wellness Wednesday post up, a Title Talk post put together, and want to do a Fashion Haus. Ambitious for a lazy gal like me. If you have entered the giveaway some other gma bloggers and I are hosting, please enter here before 08.17 for a chance to win a premium paint by number kit for adults.
Thanks for running by, sweet friends. On my way to visit your blog tonight!
Hugs and kisses,