February 06, 2011
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Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Spring teased me this week. On Wednesday afternoon, we experienced 70 degree temperatures…then it dropped right back down to 35/40 the next day. And while parts of the country continue to be covered in snow…it’s just cold and rainy here. Oh, and apparently, the groundhog did not see his shadow, so hopefully that means we’ll see an early spring. Come on warm weather – hurry up already!  

In other news, I will be hosting a new Photo Contest starting Wednesday, February 9th. It all started when my friend, Emily (just go over and look – totally worth it), posted her entry for the Paper Mama’s Valentine’s Card Challenge. After a little joking around, I decided that a “Love Letters to Kitty Paw” contest was in order. I’m in the process of organizing the details, including prizes, but I wanted to let you know it was coming so you could tap into your creative brains. 

So, if you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Justine Gordon (flickr group), and 4 Lettre Words.
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. Water
Water RS
I considered going back to the water droplets this week, but decided against it. On Friday, we had one of those days where you wish you could just lay in bed all day…cold and wet. As I was leaving the office, I looked through my windshield and found beauty in the rain….so much so, that I couldn’t stop at sharing just one photo.

2. Quote
Dead End RS
I shared this photo yesterday for Scripture and a Snapshot (click HERE for full message). During my one hour of 70 degree temperature bliss driving down a country road, I was looking for a Dead End road. This road actually runs right beside a small church (which I can never seem to photograph correctly – I need to bring my wide angle lens converter) and leads you out to a couple of small farms. I love the leading lines of this road as well as the way the trees seem to create an inviting path. In our lives, “dead end roads”  are just like this…they can seem very appealing as we’re traveling down them, but have nothing to offer us.

3. Window
This Old House RS
This photo was taken just a few steps away from the Dead End road. These country roads have so many old and abandon houses. I kinda wonder how a place that was once someone’s home ends up like this.

4. Activity
IMG_1770 blog
I thought I might have a picture of my brother during his birthday to share for this prompt, but we will be eating lunch with him today (instead of Friday which was his birthday…Happy Birthday!). Instead, I’ll share another picture of Caroline during her birthday. The activity – giggling. Why is she giggling? Because she’s covered in cake! 
Photography love...

5. Page 25 of a Magazine (source of inspiration)
Make Your Photos Sing RS
For Christmas, one of my friends bought me a subscription to Popular Photography magazine. A few weeks ago, I received my first issue – there is some pretty good information. On page 25, there was a New York Institute of Photography advertisement (my photograph of the advertisement on the left). I thought it might be interesting to capture my husband in one of his “rap sessions.” Unfortunately, that didn’t happen so I photographed his mic stand instead. I think the two images look kinda cool as a diptych.

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 (these can also be found at the bottom of my blog each week):
  1. Shadows
  2. Patterns/Repetition (Justine’s suggestion)
  3. Bright White (Dina’s suggestion)
  4. Strong (Dina’s suggestion)
  5. Warmth (Dina’s suggestion)
Again, thank you to the Justine 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 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 5.  The prompt/theme is “hearts.” Happy Shooting!


    I cannot wait for the Kitty Paw challenge! Love these shots – I think the window is my fave – looks like it has a lot of history = )

    Ashley, you never cease to amaze me! I love your quote shot and of course, your niece is ADORABLE!

    That shot of the abandoned house is beautiful… as is Caroline giggling, cake crumbs and all!

    Gorgeous, Ashley! LOVE the water.

    Great shots Ashley – love the activity one, sheer happiness! :O)

    So your page 25 too was an advert! Maybe page 25 is a page that is always used for adverts as that is what I found too.

    Your water shots are excellent and I just love how well the quote and window photo’s compliment one another, just that tinge of colour on the sign is so effective!!!

    LOVE your water and pg 25 shot! The water one is one I haven’t tried and need to SOON!

    I love the water shots!
    Caroline is a cutie in every shot you have of her!
    As to the comment of page 25 being an ad…hmmm…so was most of what I found. Interesting.

    Great shots! I especially love the Bible verse one. :)

    I love the water shots, I saw a lot of that this past week! The page 25 is really cool and I am smiling at activity. The dress, that adorable mess!! :)

    I love your water shot. Very cool.

    Hi! Your water picture is very nice! It almost made me wish for a rainy cold day!

    PS: God, please let me remark the “almost”, today’s sun looks good to me ;)

    This was my first time participating, and despite lacking a ‘good’ camera and although it was my first time, it was a great thing to do, and I’ll sure be back next week :)

    Hi, I’m new in here and boy I LOVE your shots! Especially the water, window and activity shots. I love looking at beautiful pictures and am so eager to learn taking them! I hope I can start participating soon!=)

    I heard about all of you lucky ducks who had weather in the 70s this week! :) Sorry it was just a tease!

    I love your shots on your Dead End little roadtrip! And your page 25 shot is so much fun next to your hubby’s toys!

    Ashley I really like that old abandoned little house and how you edited it and that dead end road. We don’t call them dead ends here but “no through roads”. I love every one of them but if I was to choose it has to be that rain photo reflected in your mirror.

    Have a lovely lunch with your brother – I’ve so many of your posts to catch up on!

    That water diptych is wonderful! Love all your shots this week!


    Ashley love the water and window shot this week! And the pg 25…very cool!

    I love your dead end photo and your thoughts about dead ends as well. They are appealing at the onset. That abandoned house was a great find too.
    I’m trying to imagine enjoying cake that much-how fab to be a little one.

    They are all wonderful. I was sick yesterday, so I didn’t get to finish. Maybe I will finish today. Have a great Sunday.

    These are great. Love the water picture and Caroline’s smile.

    Well… These inspired me. I’ve had the winter blues in a big way and I only picked up my camera one. time. this. week. SO SAD! Thanks for the inspiration to go out and play.

    Lots of fun this week! Thanks!
    I also liked hearing the story behind your Page 25. I love having you in the ACoLab!

    Great shots!!! I love your window and the Page 25 shot is awesome! The Kitty Paw challenge should be fun…Can’t wait!

    Beautiful shots! I love your water one the most! I can’t wait to hear more about the Kitty Paw challenge!

    bunch of great shots. I love the water shot and really love the scripture!

    I love the water shot. Very cool!

    Love the dead end shot and verse and lesson from yesterday. Love the house I agree how can someone just leave those houses. When ever I see those I always want to get into them and fix them up.

    Wow 70 degrees. I forget what that feels like ha,ha.

    Love them all! I think the old abandoned house is my favorite.

    Thanks for hosting this fun challenge. I look forward each week to getting a new list of prompts. Love your window shot this week.

    oh ashley those are great as usual hope u r doing fine! lovely pics btw

    love those rain photos!

    The window/old house picture reminds me of my grandmas, she lives out in the country and there are so many old houses! I need to get out there are take some pictures the next time I am there. Great shots!!

    I always wonder that about abandoned houses too. Love your creativity with the water shot! This is my first week joining in the hunt and it was so much fun! Thanks for hosting!

    Hope you are having a great Sunday. Love the water and the window. Take care. xxx

    I’m loving your processing! Great shots! I’m missing participating and hoping to get back to it this spring!

    I love the Window shot!

    Ok… what? Every time I’m like… oh yeah, I know Ashley… you throw something else at me! Your hubby’s rap sessions? I’m intrigued.

    Love letters to Kitty Paw is going to be AWESOME!

    Oh, these are FANTASTIC! I’m so in love with the first one of the water drops!!! That pic on the left; how you captured the car in your rearview mirror. TOTALLY want to copy that shot. And i LOVE those old abandoned houses! You’d think we’d have some around here, but we really don’t. Not interesting ones, anyway. LOVE the last one too, what a cool idea with the 2 pics together! OK fine, I love them all! ♥

    The photo of the Caroline makes me smile big… she’s having a good ol’ time all covered in cake… I’d be giggling, too!!! =)

    I, too, love to photograph old & abandon structures… I just took a drive around the country yesterday shooting these ol’ places.
    I love the charm of them & would just love to hear their stories!

    Lovely scripture & photo…

    Thanks so much for your visit to mine! =)

    I love the dead end road pic… and the bible verse you attached to it!! =) and the window you found on it!! There is something so peaceful about a dead end road…

    ALL awesome shots!! Beautiful take on water & gorgeous window. Love your page 25…very creative! :)

    I really like the water droplets!! And the window is really cool, too.

    What cool water shots you got! Love your activity shot too….so cute!

    Lovely pictures and I love your editing.

    Thanks for stopping by. I love that verse with the photo. I came over to say hi and got sucked in! LOL

    All such lovely photos! I especially love your raindrops on the windshield and the window on the old house!

    I love all of your pics, Ashley! You RULE! ;-)

    I agree with all the comments…great shots!

    What a cool window shot! That activity shot is adorable!! Makes me want to giggle.

    Woof Ashley!
    I love Activity and I offer to lick her clean!

    Btw, you want us to write a letter to a cat? And why drooly not a dog? What will you make me do next time!

    “Love letters to Kitty Paw” how cute is that title! Sounds like the contest will be fun.

    love the diptychs you’ve created this week. Somehow a collection of linked shots sawys so much! I have a photo of ice similar to the water shot on the right. Really didn’t think “water” would be so hard – – I was wrong.

    I’m a bit late getting my entry in this week, love your photos, particularly the window and water shots!

    I am such a sucker for old abandoned buildings! And I can’t wait for the contest details–I’ve already got some ideas!

    I LOVE your quote shot! & ugg, another SH miss :P I promise this week I’ll get on board!

    Hey Ashley – Even if you are not participating in the February photo hunt, you are more than welcome to use any of the themes! I made 12 themes for this month, and I’m sure there are people doing the hunt who usually do your searches.

    im little too late this week…
    But I love your post, Caroline full of cake ;) and the abandoned house looks great
    Have a nice week !

    ooooohh i really love the water image, great capture & the window shot is gorgeous, the processing really suits the image. thanks for hosting such an awesome challange each week! ♥

    I just love all of these.. Your quote shot is my fav.. The texture you added gives it such a look!! I ran out of time and couldn’t play this week.. I hope I can play along next week!!

    Hope your having a happy day!!

    Hugs, Linda