Shutterbugs and Photographer Friends,
Welcome to the World Through My Lens, 10.2019. The photos below were, for the most part, taken during October for the 2 photography challenges in which I am participating. One challenge is the Sunday Stills series hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. And the other is 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, 10.2019
Had high hopes for learning more about my DSLR camera in the photography class I registered for. But that was not to be. Will share more in an upcoming Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone post. So most of these photos were taken with my trusty Samsung phone. But I am learning to experiment with the settings on it.
Here are my responses to this month’s prompts for the World Through My Lens, 10.2019
WORLD THROUGH MY LENS WEEK 41
EVERYDAY EYECANDY PROJECT 52, WEEK 41: Yellow
I have the worst luck growing flowers in El Paso. Try to blame it on the hot, dry climate. But Lowe’s is selling these beautiful – what? – daisies? – so someone in El Paso must be able to keep them alive. Such a happy flower and a happy color. Love the peach tips!
SUNDAY STILLS, 10.06.2019: Lines and Squares
A few weeks ago, PC and I enjoyed a hike followed by a top-down drive along the old highway that connects Las Cruces, NM to El Paso, TX. The pecan trees were just beginning to change color. They created the loveliest, leafiest canopy across the road and it was a delight to drive under their branches.
The photo I selected for ‘lines and squares’ was taken of a pecan grove we passed along our way. I saw lines everywhere: in the trunks lined up in near perfect rows, in the branches reaching for the sky and in the fencing surrounding the orchard. When I got home, I was sad to discover the lines didn’t show up as well in my photo as they did with the naked eye. Often the case. Photography just can’t always accurately capture natural beauty.
So I used a couple of filters on Prisma to enhance what my eye saw but my camera did not. By doing so, I discovered the squares in the fence. I give you lines and squares.
World Through My Lens Week 4
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 42: Pumpkins
Our Lowe’s had the most interesting assortment of pumpkins and gourds. I snapped this first photo there. These gooseneck gourds were so unique but too rich for my budget.
These are the pumpkins we selected from the pumpkin patch at La Union, New Mexico. More fun to pluck them from the vine than grab them from the bin.
Sunday Stills, 10.13.2019: Think Pink
Taken right before my mammogram, you can see my bra on the table behind me. Rosy-ed up this photo with a filter called ‘rouge’ for additional think pink emphasis. Seventeen years ago, when Brennyn was only 18, she found a lump on her right breast. We got her in right away for a check and images. Four days later she was having surgery to remove a 5 cm+/2 inch+ mass. Thank goodness, it was something called an fibroadenoma.
Eight years ago, I had a similar scare when my mammogram results showed a mass on my left breast. Additional images indicated the need for a biopsy. And hallelujah, the results were benign. Now I have a tiny marker in my breast but the mass has disappeared. More hallelujahs!!
Get your mammogram, girls! Knowledge is power.
World Through My Lens Week 43
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 43: Everyday Life
The Outlet Shoppes of El Paso have become our favorite shopping and walking and spending place. We visit at least once a week under the guise of getting in some steps. But rarely come away empty-handed. Lately, I can most often be seen carrying an #H&M shopping bag and PC usually scores something at #UnderArmour. We also patronize #OldNavy, #LoftOutlet, #NikeOutlet with much enthusiasm and regularity. So the Outlet Shoppes of El Paso have become part of our weekly, if not almost everyday, life.
Sunday Stills, 10.20.2019: Birthdays
We don’t have any birthdays in October. Not immediate family, anyways. PC’s mom’s birthday is in October. But I don’t have a photo from her celebration. So, I dug deep in the archives of my Google photos to find this gem. It was taken the day before my granddaughter Cady was born, so 07.27.2010. Brennyn’s birthday is 07.30 and Lauren’s is 07.31, so in this photo we are loaded down with bags from Target, where we had gone birthday shopping for everyone. The next morning was our sweet baby Cadence’s birth-day. This isn’t a stellar photo by photography standards but it is a fair photo that radiates love and reminds me of good memories.
World Through My Lens Week 44
Everyday Eyecandy Project 52, Week 44: Boo
Since Lucia was tiny (she’s not too big now!), she has talked about seeing ‘ghosties’. I talked a little bit about it, here. She has always loved putting a blanket over her head and pretending she is a ghost. The night we carved jack-o-lanterns was the perfect time for her to toss on a plaid throw, transforming herself into a ghostie. And we all know what ghosties say…”Boo!”
Sunday Stills, 10.27.2019: Something Scary
Okay, I am bending the rules here, but I am giving myself permission to do so! Sharing a little video rather than a photo for something scary.
PC and I dressed up and took Cia trick-or-treating. Had the best time. At one house, ‘Campa’ played a trick on Lucia. There was a large baby doll attached to the wrought iron gate leading up to the house. As Cia approached the gate, PC touched the gate lightly and it swung (or swang?) toward her, causing Lucia to promptly turn around and head back down the walk. But what came next scared us all! Have a look.
As always, I will close out this post with a few random shots I have taken during the month.
Walked by this wall downtown with its delicate cut-outs and had to snap a pic. Took 2 or 3 without my big head in the frame but then accidentally snapped a shot with my face partially in the photograph. I like the contrast between light and dark, the blue in the sky, also visible through the open work in the wall, and the blue of my chambray shirt. The orange in my cardi plays well with the blue tones.
Hide and Seek Cia
At first, Lucia was a bit reluctant to explore the corn maze. Then she realized it was a grand opportunity for a big scale game of hide and seek. Off she went. With Gabba fast on her heels.
The Rio Grande
Not so grande where it runs through El Paso on the border with Mexico, the Rio Grande was more impressive outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Would liked to have waded in it but there were trespass warnings everywhere. And the current was surprisingly swift.
What would your World Through my Lens 10.2019 post look like? Well, here’s where you share a photo with me! Would love for you to share a recent fave photo from your phone over on my Facebook page. If not a favorite photo, how about the 3rd photo in your gallery? I will go share mine, now. Meet you over there?
P.S. Hope you stop back by on Tuesday for our second annual soup-stew-chili recipe swap and blog hop. Lots of great recipes and a link-up so you can share your favorite fall soup.
Hugs and kisses,