Scavenger Hunt Sunday
There are exactly 13 days until Christmas and I am really feeling the Christmas spirit. In fact, yesterday my husband and I decided to get out and finish a bit of our shopping. Apparently, the rest of the world is also eager to get their shopping done.  Unfortunately, when this happens, people seem to lose their mind. I’m just saying…

Anyways, it’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday and I’m really excited to share my interpretations this week. If you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you too. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by The Paper Mama, the December 2010 Photo Hunt, Patina Moon, 4 Lettre Words and Loving My Life.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate. 
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. 
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots). 
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above. 
  5. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Holiday Colors
Holiday Colors
I have this polka dot cone sitting in my den. It kinda looks like a dunce hat but I love the vibrant Christmas colors.

2. Winter/Holiday Icon
Sleeping Santa RS
I shared my sweet “eight pound, six ounce, newborn baby Jesus” picture last week…but let’s be honest, what is Christmas without Santa Claus. This one is getting his rest. 

3. A Tree
Upside Down Tree RS
Karli inspired me last week with her amazing upside-down tree and lens photo. So, I decided to give it a try. In the process, I’ve discovered that I really need to dust (can you see it?). I’ve linked Karli’s brief tutorial below. Check it out!

4. Quiet
Quiet RS
For this particular shot, I was inspired by Laura’s (Blogging from Bolivia) macro on Friday. I wasn’t quite sure how to interpret “quiet,” so I went with some scripture instead.

5. Your Favorite Color
Pink Flowers RS
I actually love a lot of different colors but pink is probably my favorite color. Several years ago, my mom gave me these flowers to decorate my office. I typically kill plants and flowers, but these never die. 

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures in your blog (or your Flickr photostream) and link up at the bottom of this post.  Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items:
  1. Winter (next week’s Paper Mama theme)
  2. BW with Selective Coloring (December 2010 Photo Hunt Item)
  3. The Wind (Becca’s Suggestion)
  4. Framed (Sarah’s Suggestion)
  5. Remember When (Dina’s Suggestion – this can be a Flashback)
Again, thank you Chelsey, Becca, Sarah and Dina for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just leave me a comment or send me an email with your suggestions. Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap (I’m trying to link up with  the Paper Mama and/or Paper Heart Camera, and the December Photo Hunt), and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday.
Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s newest end-of-year link-up party: Memories, Dreams and Reflections! Click on the button below for more information.  So, off you go…happy shooting!
Memories, Dreams and Reflections


    Love them, but quiet is my fave!

    Happy Sunday!

    Okay everyone is doing those shots that Karli posted. I need to try it. Ha ha. Love it!

    That shot of the tree is super awesome! I also love the single light on the tree, like the wonderful light at the end of a very long, dark, and un-Christmas-like tunnel. It’s here to save my Christmas spirit!

    I am in love with that tree shot!! Amazing and so interesting to look at!

    I am in love with that tree shot!! Amazing and so interesting to look at!

    Such great photos. The colors in the first one are so vibrant! And I love sleeping Santa! The tree is awesome too, I love the edges and how it really focuses you in on the inner tree!

    Such amazing shots.. Your tree shot is so awesome. I love it..

    Hope you have a happy Sunday!


    Wonderful images – you always inspire me. I have got to try the tree shot!

    Great shots again, Ashley! And thanks for showing that tree shot – very interesting! Have a great Sunday!

    Lol now I understand your comment about my color. It’s the same. Great shots and a great shade of pink!

    yes! i wanna try karli’s upside down tree shot too :)

    and you, my dear, are the macro QUEEN.

    I just LOVE your tree photo… not just for its creativity, but also for the processing. =)

    Love all of them, I am going to give a go to the tree photo when my tree is up ;) and for some reason the light on the tree for quiet I thought it was a baby bottle!!! lol

    I am barely awake right now though. Have a beautiful Sunday. xxx

    Very colourful, happy photos !!!!!

    Those all look great. Your tree shot is way better then mine. ha ha. great job. I really love your Santa. Too cute!

    That santa looks absolutely adorable.

    Mornin’ Ashley – wow your pictures this morning are so colourful and cheerful especially your first shot. I adore that bokeh with the lens – did you place the lens on something reflective? I must see if I can use one of my hubby’s telescope lens (when he is at work lol!) to do the same job as my camera only has a fixed lens.

    love your shots, just looked at that tutorial for the Christmas tree, might give it a go.

    love your sleeping santa, but quiet is definitely my favorite!

    I really love your pictures this week. The tree shot is REALLY good and I love Santa. I kill flowers too, I always say I have a brown thumb!

    Lovely, fantastic shots this week :-)

    Great pictures! Especially the tree shot is very interesting. I might try it some day :)

    These are all beautiful!! I can’t pick a fave this time!! Great job:). Yes, people really do go crazy when they shop this time of year….that is why I try to avoid the craze. You guys are brave!

    I REALLY like your holiday colors and your quiet is a great macro!

    Great Shots, Ashley! Your Winter/Holiday Icon is my favorite.

    LOVE them, I think the cone is my favorite.

    Hey did you hear? If you go to WSJ “Hyacinth” (Pink) is the color of the year. (Turquoise was last years). Just imagine!

    Love the Christmas Tree tut…very cool! Your quiet image is my favorite.

    Oh my goodness, Ashley. You’re photos are just stunning. They’re usually great but for some reason they just pop out of the screen this week. My shots pale in comparison.

    Oh this is fun! I love all of your shots, especially the holiday colors interp. of you :] You are so creative & inspiring. I can’t wait to give it a whirl!

    Great shots this week Ashley. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for next week!

    Great shots…love the color pop in that first one! Have I ever told you how ridiculously excited I get when I read the next week’s list for scavenger hunt? Haha…I get so exited thinking about how I’m going to shoot it. Thanks for doing it every week!

    Sweet! I love the tree shot so much! Those bokeh with the lens — I’ve totally got to figure this out. :D

    Gorgeous photos! How are you liking your new camera?

    I love the quiet shot. Very cool!

    Love your scripture and a snapshot photo. What a creative quiet photo!

    Very nice job.

    love them all but the tree is my fav, awesome shots!

    Love all of your shots Ashley. The upside down tree is great, I’ll check out that tutorial. I’d better get my butt busy with that “wind” shot for next week! enjoy your Sunday. :-)

    Of course I love them all.. especially nice to know that there is dust in your house and not jsut mine..LOL. Your scripture and a snapshot was breathtaking. Blessings to you!

    Your tree shot is so cool!

    I love your photos this week! My favorite color is pink too – but not pale pastel pink. I really only love the bright and vibrant pinks (like your flowers!).

    What a lovely list! I love the camera lens/tree photo – dust and all!

    That is such a lovely verse and photo for your example of quiet. Loved all your other photos too. Have a blessed Sunday.

    Oh, these are beautiful, Ashley. What a great idea!

    PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!!! Your tree shot is superb!!!

    Showing you love….love all your pics this week. I especially am drawn to your quiet photo. It does have a sense of peace and stillness. Very nicely done.

    These are all amazing. Seriously. I love the tree shot the most though!

    This was quite hard challenge for me cause I don’t use any christmas decorations but I think nature is here the best decoration ever with lots of snow.
    Even I don’t do decoration I love to watch what other people do.
    I love your last shot, pink keeps us going on:)
    Have a nice week

    I love the “hoiday colors” and the “tree” shot. Thanks so much for linking the tutorial..that is too cool to not play around with!

    Wonderful scripture verse and beautiful shots all around! That tree shot is amazing!! …heading to Karli’s asap!

    All of these are so lovely Ashley, but that third one is a true gem!

    A great collection in many lovely colors, my faveorite is probably nr.3 A great pick ;)
    Have a nice sunday ;))

    I love all of your shots…..and am very intrigued by your tree……

    I LOVE the Tree image! Really beautiful photos!

    oh I MUST try that lens shot..LOVE it!!! AND, I’ve decided to join into your weekly scavenger hunts…soon. :) I LOVE the idea!!! :)

    These shots are wonderful, Ashley. I have yet to join in on the Scavenger hunt but I will try to soon.

    Your work is always so inspiring, great shots!

    I love the tree shot and would love to give it a try, if only I had an extra lens. Maybe next year!

    love the first shot. I will have to try that upside down take.

    Ha ha Ha! I love that we did the pretty much same shot! (with the christmas light I didnt see this until after I posted mine. lol.) how funny. I like how you see the tree on yours though. ;) I love the sleeping santa ;)

    Beautiful photography!
    PS…I have a Sabbath Giveaway on my blog!

    So you just haaaaaad to make your tree shot better than mine, didn’t ya? LOL! Just kidding…I absolutely LOVE it! You did awesome! You must have re-shot it from when we talked earlier, because I don’t see a black hole at all – I see perfect in every way! Happy Sunday my friend! XO

    This is another week that participating wasn’t in the cards, but I love looking at what everyone else came up with! Your tree shot is so neat, and I love the holiday colors too!

    Just have to tell you I love the Paw Humbug!!!

    Such beautiful and inspiring photos! Love the colors on the cone and the upside down tree, well, what can I say, I am going to be trying that for sure!

    More good ones. Used one of your photos this morning. Went over well. Good job!

    Great shots. LOVE the colors in the 1st one.

    i like that upside down christmas tree and lens!

    I love the sleeping Santa! And, of course, the lens and Christmas tree. The colors on your cone/dunce cap are fantastic!

    Love your macro work! Great stuff :) And you are so creative with your scavanger hunt items :)

    oh my gosh, one photo is much beautiful than the next,

    Trying to catch up on so many blogs. I’ve been so busy with the kids and Christmas my blogging has suffered. :-(

    I’m loving all your posts lately. Looks like you use your macro lens a lot. Do you love it? I’m hoping to get one from Santa this year. I always tend to get those up-close-and-personal shots more so than any others. I’m really going to try, once the holidays are over and things settle back into a “normal” state, to join in on your challenges. Always love seeing what you have up your sleeve next.


    I love the sleeping Santa! so cute!

    I came for your macro – super – but I love all your images in the post!

    wow! I love your upside down tree and lens photo! :)

    Simply Beautiful. Each. One.

    Simply Beautiful. Each. One.

    Love the sleeping Santa!! Cathy

    Wonderful photos as always!


    I don’t want to be overly simplistic- But Every Pic moved me! That is not blowing smoke! You- girl are awesome!

    I would love to participate…but alas it’s late!-


    and that Lens Photo is OVER THE TOP, and the Dust makes it really real!


    Oh your quiet shot is fantastic!

    Awesome tree shot! But I think the Santa’s my favorite, love all the detail.

    Love your shots (as always!!) and the verse is great..our church will be breaking into song and dance this week with our annual giving back concert series and I can’t wait for the singing to begin!

    I LOVE all of these…

    Beautiful photos as always, I love that upside down tree one! I was thinking I might fail to get any photo challenges done this month, I’m a bit of a scrooge, but I’m loving next weeks items!

    LOVE the bokeh in the upside down tree shot and the color & composition in the last photo.

    I love your tree shot. And the way you used the verse in the quiet shot was perfect.

    Your sleeping Santa could have passed for quiet too!! he he! I love that shot! Beautiful photography…

    All of your challenge pictures are amazing…I love that holiday colors one. so simple yet in your face! Your tree shot with the bokeh is just amazing and I love the simplicity and scripture of your macro….what awesome images this week!

    I have to try the upside down Christmas tree tutorial! That looks so cool!

    thank you, and yours are, as always, amazing!

    great shots with so much details

    I love the close up of the lightbulb. So simple but so effective.

    I think this might be my favorite hunt of yours…so many great ones here, but I especially LOVE the photo of the single bulb…so lonely, so quiet…great interpretation!

    The tree shot is really cool!

    always lovely always inspiring. love your blog!

    I heart that tree shot. :D

    I think my inlaws have that same Santa. ;) Does yours snore?

    your tree shot is AWESOME

    I’m so going to do the upside down lens idea. What a great photo. Very creative.

    All of them. Super awesome!