Scavenger Hunt Sunday
I am proud to announce that a total of 130 bloggers participated in the first annual Memories, Dreams and Reflections link up party. Thank you again to everyone that took the time to participate and link up. We’ve got some amazing photographers in our little community and I’m so fortunate to be a part of it. So, until next year…keep shooting!

With that said, you should be so proud of me. I have had this post ready since Tuesday (only making a few tweaks before final posting). Chelsey (The Paper Mama) has been bragging to me about far ahead she’s gotten with her posts, so I took it upon myself  to do the same (it really does make life much less stressful).  And, I really am excited about this week’s items. You’ll notice that many of my interpretations are a bit abstract – I love it!

One of the reasons it’s been so important for me to stay ahead of myself is that I’ve recently taken on a few new assignments/projects, and let’s be honest…time management is of the essence! In addition to Scavenger Hunt Sunday, you may know that I am one of the contributors at Paper Heart Camera (although I haven’t written a new tutorial lately…I promise, it’s coming). Many of you are also participating in a new photo challenge co-hosted by myself and Jill at Forever’n Ever’n Always Photography: Shoot and Edit (by the way – we are overwhelmed with joy at the response so far…so excited about this journey). In addition to the above (and all my commenting, photo challenges, etc.), Tammy Lee Bradley recently asked me to join THE MORTAL MUSES! Starting January 24th, I will be musing there every nine days. I’m really excited to join the group and I hope you’ll come visit me while I’m there.

Anyways, 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 Mortal Muses, Paper Heart Camera and Jules J. Gallery.

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. A Different View
Paw Nose RS
For this particular prompt, I originally thought that I would get a shot of Kitty Paw’s butt. Then, on Tuesday when I was home because of the ice, I thought she looked so sweet laying on the couch that I pulled out my camera. I was inspired by Diva and Dreams post that offered a couple of funky photography tips…one of which was to crop off the head. I took that tip and cropped my photo in a bit closer to reveal something a little more interesting. Be sure to link up with The Paper Mama – I’m guest judging again this week!
The Paper Mama

2. Looking Up
IMG_1139 RS
Confession: I did not take this photo this week (I took it on December 30th). But, when I saw this item come up, I saved the shot to share this week. I think my husband made a comment to Alyssa (our niece) about how tall she was getting. She felt the need to stand beside him and look up to show him how much she’s grown.
Photography love...

3. Abstract
Abstract RS
This is another one of my water droplet shots taken the other day. I played with my color balance a bit to change the color from the original green. I am really loving the final result.

4. Hair
Hairbrush RS
Keeping with the abstract theme, I thought rather than photographing my hair or Kitty Paw’s hair that I would photograph my hairbrush. I’ve done this once before and you all were shocked at how clean my hairbrush was -a result of my husband’s cleaning antics. Today’s image is a lot more realistic.

5. Half
Half RS
Do you see the glass as half empty or half full?

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. Memories
  2. Silhouette (current Mortal Muses’ prompt)
  3. Doorway(s) (next week’s Paper Heart Camera theme)
  4. Reflection (Jules’ Suggestion)
  5. Silver (Jules’ Suggestion)

Again, thank you to the Mortal Muses, Chelsey and Jules 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 other photo challenges), and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday. 

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Shoot and Edit: Part 1, Week 2.  The prompt/theme is what says “good morning” to you? 
Happy Shooting!


    Great interpretations Ashley! I love Kitty Paw! Maybe I can still get my photos together and play. I have some football to watch tomorrow though! :-)

    I am with you on the abstract and how cool it turned out! I love your explanations, thought process and willingness to try, try and try again. You clearly get it right, over and over and over again :)

    Holy moly my dear! You will certainly have your hands full with blogger!… but if anyone can keep up- you can!
    Love all of these photos, no surprise there! :) I really like your interpretation of hair. Very cool!!

    Amazing shots! I love Kitty Paw’s brush, soooooo cute & funky! I won’t be linking up this week, I suck & have nothing for these themes. I have to make a mental note for next week!

    These are really great. I love the one of kitty paw.

    Congrats on the Mortal Muses gig…that’s such a great site! I will be sure to see you there.

    Great shots. I really loved the themes for this week, lots of abstracts!

    I love your new blog header! So cute. And Kitty Paw’s nose is awesome. I love Kitty Paw.

    Oh how exciting! You have so much to celebrate lately, contests! Great interpretations this week, as always and I love your processing on these. I really miss SHS and am going to try extra hard to participate this week.

    These are so great Ashley, love Kittypaw of course, and that glass – the composition is wonderful. Sorry I haven’t been commenting much, being back at work has seriously curtailed the photography and blog time! Must try and get myself organised this week.

    WOW! I can’t even pick a favorit.. They are all wonderful.. Love your kitty shot.. And your abstract looks so cool.. Thanks for hosting this great challenge. It really helps me get my 365 day photo’s in!


    is it weird i was tempted to touch my screen & attempt to pet kitty paw?

    Great photos! I like them all :)

    My favourites arethat cute nose shot and the depth of field you’ve chosen with the hairbrush. My hubby cleans my hairbrush aswell Ashley.

    I had to put 2 archives on this week – I just couldn’t concentrate on photography last night as you’ll see from my post as we thought we were going to be evacuated.


    Well done you on all your achievements ;-) and thank you for sharing them here. Have a great weekend.

    I wish I could get ahead with posting. Love next weeks themes. Maybe I can get onto and get some done. LOL, 5 themes isn’t that hard.

    Yay Ashley – so happy to have you join us at Mortal Muses!

    The Mortal Muses are lucky to have you :)

    Great interpretations for this week.

    I almost did the same thing for half. Love them all, Ashley!

    Great job! I’m absolutely loving the water drop shots. Just amazing!

    Love your half shot. I did a hair brush too, trust me yours is MUCH cleaner! Congrats on Mortal Muses, it’s a great site!

    You always have wonderful shot, Ashley! Love your Half and Looking Up!

    These are gorgeous! Congrats again on your new assignment with Mortal Muse!

    I love Kitty Paw and the glass half FULL!!!!

    Yes, we are THRILLED that so many of you are excited to learn with us this year on Shoot and Edit!!!!

    Hugs and love!

    It’s me again, Ashley. I don’t see the place to link up on this page.

    I love your takes this week. Oh let’s fess up….I always love your takes. I also love your niece-she is a way cool kind of girl; priceless photo. The simplicity of your half shot is stunning….and I MUST try that water stuff. The pink is really pretty-can’t believe it used to be green.

    PS-love your new header. I’m glad you’ve given KP her props and also that you brought back that photo of yoursef; it’s very flattering.

    I love your looking up and and Hair is SO COOL!!! :D Great stuff!

    Your half picture is my favorite! The simplicity of it. It’s half full :)
    Great photos!

    Love your abstract photo!

    Oooh! Love that hair shot. It took me a second to figure out what it was at first … I rarely brush my hair : ) Congrats on becoming a Mortal Muser. I’ve been following that blog for a short while but have only been able to submit one or two shots. That could very well change.

    Great job! I really like the last photo!

    Congratulations on being one of the Mortal Muses. :)

    Love all your photos this week, but my favorite is definitely #2.

    Amazing shots! I especially like a different view and abstract. Congrats on becoming on the mortal muses!

    Your Memories project was so much fun I imagine next year if you do it you will have even more participate. I tried to get my real life friends with blogs to do it too but babies and life were too busy for them. Yay for being with the Muses too – I have never heard of them. I will check out your link. Fun times for you! Great set. My favorite is probably Half. It depends on the day whether I see it half full or half empty. Great week!

    love your shots!!! kitty’s nose, and the hairbrush. I may have to see if i can get something comparable with my hairbrush and all the hair i leave in it, lol. :)
    thanks for sharing your shots!

    Love kitty paw’s nose and your interpretation of the others! I always love this link up!

    Love all your interpretations. Am playing along for the first time – a lot of fun!!

    I think I’m much happier seeing Kitty Paw’s sweet little mouth, nose, and whiskers than her(?) butt! :)

    Awesome shots! I can’t pick a favorite….kitty paw’s nose is so cute, the shot of your husband/niece is a sweet moment, your abstract is so cool (gotta try those water droplet shots), and I love the detail in your macro! Have a great day!

    It is our pleasure to have you with us at Mortal Muses. I can’t be happier. xo tam

    First, LOVE your new header! So great. And all your shots are awesome. LOVE that kitty nose. How cute! :) Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday…it’s been fun “scavenging” as usual…even with a brief flu interruption. ;)

    Here’s my Flickr link:

    1, 4, 5 are my favs!

    Wow, your half is so much better than mine :P All great shots, as always! Have a great week :D

    Beautiful photos. Love the hairbrush! And welcome to Mortal Muses. I look forward to blogging with you there.

    Great shots! I especially like abstract and half!!

    Love your pictures! The kitty shot is so neat!

    Busy, busy lady! I sometimes do better when I am super busy, than when I am not. Not sure if that is the case for you! I love Kitty Paw!

    Great shots this week! :)

    #1 Love the crop of Kitty Paw
    #2 awww!
    #3 so cool!! Looks like a face
    #4 Mine is worse ;)
    #5 I think it’s so cool off-centred like that!

    Your half photo is just stunning; it looks like something out of a book!

    I love your half pic… FABULOUS!! beautiful water goblet too!! =) I am off to church … I will link up when I get home!! =)

    Hello Ashley I just love the abstrackt.

    Hello Ashley I just love the abstrackt.

    I love all these photos. Looking forward to seeing you on mortal muses too.

    Love hair and abstract–great job, Ashley!

    Beautiful photos and editing – love the way you look through the lens!!!

    Have a great week!

    all your photos are amazing – per normal. I particularly like Kitty Paws nose!

    Wonderful interpretations, Ashley! I look forward to seeing you at the Mortal Muses, too! :-)

    I love the water drop shot. I need to give that a try.

    Congrats on your new gig at the Mortal Muses! That is awesome! I love love your Kitty Paw photo!! Hope you are having a great weekend.

    I love Kitty Paw’s nose, and really like your hairbrush shot too. The water droplets look like so much fun!

    A lot of nice shots, funny nose-
    and your glass is just beautiful
    Have a nice week ;))

    thanks for your comments on my photos :)

    I love your hairbrush shot! Makes me want to get a macro lens NOW!!!

    Love the perspective on the first shot. Never would have thought to take a picture of a hairbrush, great interpretation of hair.

    Great pictures..I think my favorite is the one of your husband and niece, that is so sweet!

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    ALL fantastic captures!! I am so mesmorized by your abstract!! It really is STUNNING :)

    great job…looks like we had the same idea for half…how funny.

    my favorite is the one of the brush!! I love it!!
    the cat is cute too, and the crop makes it very interesting!

    Thanks so much Ashley for your comment and words of encouragement!

    I will try to link up some time this week if I get a chance to shoot some more! ;)

    They are all great! Love the close up of the kitty!

    I will try to play along for next week. Now that I know who the originator of the scavenger hunt is. :)

    Great shots! I love the glass – reminds me of Grandma’s candlewick goblets.

    Love your ‘hair’ shot, creative! Plus I love your brush period! ;) And your ‘half’ was very beautiful as well!

    These are all fantastic as usual :) I love hair and half :)

    Oh my that first shot is fantastic, Kitty Paw has such pretty whiskers! And many many talented souls participating in SHS now, so wonderful Ashley! I have written down next week’s finds & plan to do a little hunting this week, thanks for the inspiration!

    I’m so thrilled for you that your Scavenger Hunt is doing so well!! And, awesome you’ve got so much on the go :)

    Love your items this week…especially your Kitty Paw’s nose; SO adorable! Also, I quite liked your ‘hair’ photo…even if the ‘hair’ part tends to gross me out a bit (even my own!) ;D

    Great details and DoF in the shot of the hairbrush.

    The glass is always half full ;) Gorgeous photos!!

    Wow girl – you are BUSY! But what exciting stuff!! And I love your abstract shot!!

    WOO HOO I linked up. Am on to getting ready for next week now – such fun!! Hope you like them.

    Didn’t make the Scavenger Hunt this weekend, however just had to comment on the “hair” shot – what a great interpretation! So creative :)

    I love the hair and glass photos the most. Beautiful.

    I like all your picks. Although, I’m rather digging your kitty-paw pic!

    And your hair brush – rather creative!

    Great shots! I hope I have time to participate next week. BTW, 9 days out of 10, the glass is half full…still working on that tenth day.