Art, Creativity, Nature, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge – Extra, Extra

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Check out those hidden ancient insects trapped inside this amethyst!
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See those gold and blue gemstones? Hidden treasures!

(Two images) You’d think I’d easily locate a photograph to use for this particular challenge because most of my macro photography exposes hidden subjects, like a little, itty-bitty spider. The problem is, I’ve posted most of them! I was not meant to locate the one image I searched for (where did it go?!?); however, I stumbled across one I thought perfect – a rock with hidden gemstones inside. You cannot see them with your naked eye! But then I found this other image, and I discovered the “extra, extra!” in this one – several insects trapped inside a piece of amethyst. I just love finding those hidden treasures! Don’t you?

To see other interpretations of Extra, Extra, check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

Art, Creativity, Nature, Photographs, Photography

If You Look …

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… you will find.

In this case, dainty little “wildflowers,” hidden treasures within the grass.

365-Day Project, Art, Creativity, Mystery, Photography

What Is It?!? A Look Back

A Look Back on My 365-Day Project in Perspective

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I honestly thought back on January 1, 2013, that I’d end up with maybe 20-30 followers for my “What Is It?!?” blog, and I’d genuinely be happy with that. So here I am on January 1, 2014, with well over that number, currently 1057 followers! Wow! That’s just mind-boggling, and it makes me more than happy, more like ecstatic! I learned so much from a lot of you, whether being inspired by your own photography, or from your comments. For example, I had no idea that in the UK, y’all don’t have fire hydrants. I learned that some items are indeed universal, and others are not.

I took a virtual tour through numerous countries, and truly enjoyed seeing, and reading, about places I’ve been, or have yet to visit. My blog had visitors from 104 countries, some of which I’d never even heard about! … and it also taught me how poor I am at geography, and how the United States educational system still fails to really teach our future generations about the world outside of our small boxes. “Think outside the box, live outside of the box” has always been my motto. Perhaps that’s why I’m always searching for those “hidden treasures” I like to photograph. I’m constantly on the journey to discovery. And it’s not reaching the destination that’s so important, it’s the journey along the way that matters.

I’ve enjoyed each and every step, even if some days were more difficult to find anything I deemed “worthy” as a mystery subject. I also learned to stop being such a darned perfectionist, as some days I’d challenge myself to create a vision from the first thing I saw, even if it was a clothes hanger. I learned to plan ahead, especially with trips I’d know would limit my time, and looking back, I’m amazed at how many places I did get to visit. I was able to take a mystery subject picture each place I visited, to share with all of you. That included, Destin and Grayton Beach, Florida, Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom (twice!). Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, on a Civil Rights tour with my son’s fifth grade class, Atlanta, Georgia (continuing the Civil Rights tour) including the Georgia Aquarium. Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia, for our families spring break together. Another trip to Orlando, Florida, just to be lazy and enjoy the resort. A trip to Wilbraham, Worcester, and Lake Lashaway, Massachusetts (and a very cool picture of armor from the Armory Museum in Worcester), for a family reunion. Family trips to St. George Island and Apalachicola, Florida (our lovely, gorgeous beaches). More family trips to Miami, Florida. Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida, a night in Lakeland. Knowing me, I’ve forgotten a trip or two, but just listing all of these places makes me realize just how blessed we are. … and makes me excited for upcoming trips, like to New Orleans, Louisiana, in just a couple of weeks.

I became quite familiar with my Canon 5D Mark II (and do I love her so!), and my beloved Canon 100 mm. 2.8 Macro L series lens. I learned to use my Canon Speedlite 320EX and learned there are certain situations where you absolutely need a flash! I’ve also used my Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 macro lens, my first lens purchase that started the lens fever. I used my sitting/standing workstation keyboard stand to photograph most of the mystery subjects, and the red walls and ambient lamp light made for some really neat background effects. There were many pictures, though, that resulted from me looking around all of these places that we visited. There are hidden treasures EVERYWHERE. You just have to look. 😉

Thank you for being a part of “What Is It?!?” … you made my 2013 fabulous! Happy New Year 2014 to all!

What Was That?!? Yesterday’s Picture – The Final One! (Day 365)

I had to find something special to commemorate my final post for my 365-Day Project in Perspective and I think I found just the perfect subject. Jude thought, “Your last shot looks like angora and silk – a jumper perhaps?” Not angora/silk or a jumper. Gail got her guess in just in time, “Did I miss it? Did someone guess….fudge?” Not fudge either. So what was it?

What you saw was an antique glass punch bowl glass, just a very close up macro shot! Thank you again, all, for playing this guessing game. I look forward to stumping all of you again in 2014. So look for the next “What Is It?!?” picture coming your way soon! (Just after I take a little break, but knowing me, it won’t be long.)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Art, Creativity, Nature, Photographs, Photography

I Spy an Ant

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It’s always fun discovering those hidden treasures, in this case, an ant. Can you see it?