Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Blogger decided on Friday to update their system. As a result, I had to quickly redo the Scavenger Hunt…it also ate my Friday Post and my Thursday post (although it appears to still be in blogger so I hope that will auto correct or at least I can repost). It has  already been a busy weekend though….definitely didn’t need to be dealing with blogger. Yesterday my friend, Jennifer, got married and today we’ll go to another wedding. Oh yeah…I’m exhausted, but I do want to say Congratulations to both friends. I didn’t take many pictures but I may share what I did take.

Anyways, 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 Katie, Abby, and Laurie.

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. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (we have so many new participants each week, this is the only way I know to be inclusive).
  6. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Give Me Flowers
Give Me Flowers: 52 of 2011 (Week 19)
I decided to pull out my Lens Baby for this prompt since it hasn’t gotten enough love in a while. This is just another view of our front yard. I kinda miss my Lens Baby – maybe we need a date.

2. Visual Contrast
IMG_4518 RS
I love how small our nephew looks next to the giant blow up.

3. Friendship
Be Who You Are RS
This shot was taken before most people arrived to the party – I don’t even know what I was taking a picture of when our niece and her friend walked up to see what I was doing. Rather than shoo them away (I mean, it was her birthday), I asked if she might like me to take their photo. Duh! I then suggested that they jump. They weren’t exactly on the same jumping schedule but they had fun with it.
Quotography at {My} Perspective

4. Before and After
Cupcakes Before and After
This little boy is enjoying a cupcake. Last weekend, during the birthday party, I walked by and asked him if he was enjoying his cupcake. He paid me no attention. I then noticed that he put the cupcake he’s eating in the picture down and grabbed another one. On the right, you’ll see three of his previous cupcakes. Apparently, he really liked the icing. We counted 7 cupcakes once his mom grabbed him.

5. Dark
I Wear a Night Mask RS
I used to have a hard time getting myself to sleep, until my mom got me a couple of eye masks (I think they were grouped in one of my Christmas presents). I actually thought they were rather ridiculous, but they make a huge difference and make our bedroom completely dark. What is ridiculous is the remainder of my sleeping ritual – I wear a mouth guard and ear plugs in addition to the sleep mask…but I sleep so much better than I used to. Oh, and my eyes are DARK brown. 

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. My Passion
  2. Sound of Music (Katie’s suggestion)
  3. Inner Beauty (Abby’s suggestion)
  4. Ethereal (Laurie’s suggestion)
  5. Sharp (Laurie’s suggestion) 
Again, thank you to Katie, Abby, and Laurie for so many great scavenger hunt items. If you’d like to contribute items to the list, just send me an email with your suggestions (I can better keep track of them this way…and we’ve got some great prompts coming up in future weeks). 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. Also, be sure to come back tomorrow for Shoot and Edit: Part 1, Week 19.  The prompt/theme is “Rain/Umbrella.” Happy Shooting!


    I’m trying to get back into the scavenger hunts :) Love these shots, that self portrait is HOT!!!

    Love your set Friend! You are rocking that eye mask :D Does anyone else think Ashley looks a little like Britney Spears in that shot?????

    (I had to do a double take!)

    Wow! That last shot… amazing! I’m not even sure how else to describe it! :)

    and wow, sure sounds like you’re bundled up tight at night to sleep! hehe! I just have 2-3 fans running to put me to sleep! Oh, and the blankets pulled up high. :)

    Great shots! Love the last one, and yes it does look like Britney! Wow!

    LOVE the last two shots. Such a fun collection this week!

    I totally agree with Brooke that you look like Britney! Wild! Great pictures! I don’t think I’l have time to do the hunt this weekend, sadface, but hopefully I will next weekend! Love your pictures this week! :)

    I <3 the first and last!

    Love the lens baby shot. I SO want one. They must be fun to shoot with.
    That is one of my favorite quotes!
    And you rock the eye mask! I will have to try one. (I already do the mouth guard and ear plugs, as well.)

    What great shots!

    Great shots. And now I want a cupcake…or 7.

    Oh yes…and number 4 for next week? What is etheral or did you mean ethereal?

    I am still laughing at the little boy with the cupcakes… hysterical! =) Love love the Visual Contrast!! and I have to sleep with an eye pillow (not a mask) … b/c I can’t handle the strappy thing… ha ha… (I am high maintenance?!) anyway… and I need the weight of the lavender eye pillow… so I hold it on until I fall asleep! =) an old roomie of mine had to do the mask, ear plugs, a fan to buzz out noise… and put a towel under her door to block out the light that sneaks in under the door… and she had to read to get sleepy… it was funny to watch her go to bed at night… =) Funny how your picture triggered all that! (he he) … I have to ask… when you take self pics… are you alone in the house? I would laugh if anyone was watching me!! =)

    Dude. You’re totally hot.

    It is so nice to be back and be able to use my computer to check on my favorite blogs, yours being one of them. Love the before and after! It tells a fun/yummy story.

    Take care. xxx

    as everyone else said, the Dark shot is great! :)

    Your before and after photos are so cute !!!!! Very nice ! and that visual contrast is very well found from childrens world too and why they use so much contrast colors to invite children ? Mild colors would be more pleasant for childrens eyes too :)

    haha love the cupcakes!! and your dark shot, wow!
    I’m going to try really hard to join in next week! I’ve just written the prompts down and stuck them in my purse, lol. I already know what I’m doing for one, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, yay!

    Damn, you photos always look so good! I just love the passion you have for photography, it’s an inspiration to me that you are so dedicated to it you know.

    One day, I’ll join in again, but I do feel so inadequate around professionals like you.

    I love this idea, just looked at yours & a few others. Fantastic! I’ll keep watching for a few weeks and I might join in one day :)

    You are so pretty!! :)

    The one with your nephew is so cute, and the cupcake one, that is soooo funny. Really great photos this week!

    That quote is so true! Have a wonderful Sunday!

    Dark shot is amsolutely wanderful. Uau!!

    I love the Lens Baby effect…and that last selfie is stunning!

    Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 150 hops for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon and follow back!

    Great shots! Your dark photo is fabulous!

    Love the effects the Lens Baby did on give me flowers!! Great dark photo!!
    Enjoy your Sunday!!

    Great shots! Really like effect of your lens with the flowers!!

    Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 150 hops for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon and follow back!

    That cupcake shot and story cracked me up that kid got a sugar high I am sure.

    The eye mask shot is cool. I just got me one of those and yes they so help. Plus I too wear ear plugs. It is a habit now even if I do not sleep at home.

    Great photos! Love your friendship and dark photos!

    lol I’ve just seen Brookes comment – that last shot is just fab and I love the look.

    Ashley- you have the most amazing lips! Do you know how much money some women pay to get theirs to look half as good as that??!! You put Angelina to shame girl! Totally GORGEOUS shot. I MUST get some of those sleep masks- I’m sure it would help. Especially since the sun is up at 5 am now.

    Your self portrait is beautiful, really.
    I don’t know do you have the same kind but I have kind of rail in my upper teeth to protect me for not to bite teeth together the whole night. It is not very pleasant but necessary:)

    Hi Ashley, it’s been awhile! I just wanted to stop in really quick, and let you know that I’ll be back to participating regularly very soon!! The school year is almost over, so keep a look out. :) BTW, love your “Dark” photo. You look amazing!!! :)

    Wow! What a hottie! :) Love that “dark” shot. And the lensbaby shot is so great! :)

    My Flickr Link:

    I love your interpretation of dark!

    holy moly!! you look so sexy in the dark one! GO GIRL!

    You are Gorgeous!

    Ok Ashley, that selfie is F***ing STUNNING! Seriously, you look so hot in black. Yum!

    I love all your photos but the little boy and the cupcakes made me laugh and the dark one, wow, you look stunning! Model eyes!! :)

    I really like your dark picture! I too need it perfectly quiet and dark to sleep or I’m up all night!

    Great photos. I love the last one. I am skipping this week. See you next week for Scavenger Hunt. You should move to WordPress. :D

    Yeah, Blogger was a major pain this week. BooHiss! You look super sexy in the last photo!

    love your lipstick… seriously your should frame that one for your hubby – or put it in his wallet.

    Love the first one! The lens baby looks fun!

    Wonderful shots! The first one makes me a little dizzy if I look at it too long. :) I love the cupcake story! Sounds like something one of my boys would do! Love, love, love the self portrait!

    Love, your “dark” photo!

    oops! that last comment was actually me :) Didn’t realize my hubby logged in on my computer, lol.

    Okay, so you know you are like the hottest blond haired brown eyed girl ever right…seriously, way to smoke up the picture with the eye cover;0! ha Awesome shot. LOVE the visual contrast shot too!! Sweet!

    I love your dark shot! Also from the looks of those cupcakes I might have done the same, i LOVE frosting ;]

    I love the cupcake shot – soo cute – can’t we all just eat the icing off the tops!! and soo excited about next weeks prompts – the look fabulous!

    The cupcake kid makes me feel a little bit better about enjoying the frosting more than the cupcake most times. :) And you are rocking the heck out of that sleeping mask!

    these pictures are awesome! the last one is gorgeous :)

    I want a lensbaby so bad!! It’s definitely on my wishlist. And that last photo of you is awesome!! I wish I looked that good with my hair all messy and stuff. :)

    Love your visual contrast for both large and small and color! I also like the cupcake shot.

    Woof Ashley!
    Why do people wear mask when they can only close their eyes and it gets dark?

    I wanted to see the drooly cupcakes but my slow PC won’t let me. ;-(

    I would like to pass The Versatile Blogger Award to you! I love the Scavenger Hunt! You can learn more about the award at Thank you for a great blog!

    Alrighty friend, you’re going to love this one. I’m just peeking at your pics with Livia, and she looks at your last pic (the selfie) and says “oh yook! it’s mama!” I don’t know if that is an insult to you or a compliment to me! LOL! Well, you’re gorgeous!! Glad she thinks I look that good too – ha! Hugs! ♥

    (LOVE the pics!)

    That last shot is so cool, never knew how dark brown your eyes are.

    Dude, your Jeremy is one lucky man; you look HOT in that last picture. I had to chuckle, since I’m also a member of the Nightguard club (I clench and grind). It’s definitely not sexy, but I’ve never slept better since getting it.
    I love the frosting story too. Isn’t that the best part of the cupcake – the frosting?

    Sorry I never posted photos last week. I just haven’t been able to get motivated for anything this last couple of weeks. And now this week my computer is not wanting to upload from my SD card for some reason, so some of the shots this week aren’t the ones I wanted to share. Oh well, I am here again this week. I do miss it when I don’t do it.
    Those cupcakes look great. Looks like a great party.

    Whoa…you do *dark* so beautifully! Great photos…but the last one is my fave. Go on with your bad self! ;)

    your selfies are always so amazing, I can so relate to the little cupcake eater at the party ~ always wanted to do that

    You are so gorgeous! What a sultry shot :)

    Love your jumping shot……and boy, do you look like a model in your selfie!!!

    Nice photos! The cupcake story is hilarious!

    I love, love your friendship photo! So sweet!

    Your hair looks AMAZING. OMG. I can’t get over it. And I’m so sorry I’ve been a bad reader/commenter lately! I’ve had one heck of a week (will explain soon, I promise)!

    You are ridiculously pretty. Have to say your dark photo is by far my favorite this week! I wish I could take self-portraits as half as good as yours!

    And I have to agree with Brooke, I see a bit of Brittney Spears in that selfie too. (sorry!)

    By far the sexiest picture I have seen, is your dark. I love it. Your eye make and your facial expression is great. I love it!

    Loved your Dark shot! I think you look like Britney Spears too, but the younger, hot Britney.

    I assume you don’t wear the necklace and earrings to sleep, right?

    Oh my gosh. You are so gorgeous! I also love your before & after shot- You are like the queen of before and after so I expected an edit but those cupcakes made me laugh so hard!

    Sorry if I caused trouble, I have removed my link. A greeting.

    Love your Dark shot, very pretty!!!!

    ok – what is a lens baby? And that shot of you is FABULOUS :)

    All your shots are wonderful (as always :) but I really like your dark shot. I have so much to learn about portraits and would rather practice on my daughter than turn it on myself ;)

    ashley! that picture of you is beautiful!!

    Ok, seriously Ashley, your self portrait…you could be a model! That shot is incredible! It looks like a poster for a movie.

    I really like the bouncy house one too. The colors are vibrant and your little nephew looks so tiny next to it.

    “Dark” is so funny… but my fav is the “Give Me Flowers” shot!

    I love the last photo so much. You are gorgeous.

    Amazing photos! And the quote is so true :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Ashely, my gosh…I “LOVE” your Give Me Flowers. The lens baby is awesome. (I want one so bad). It is such a great shot. And I just love the “Dark”….you are just so cute. Love them all …. and I love SHS (Scavenger Hunt Sunday) Have a great week

    I love the small/big contrast of your nephew! It’s kind of cool how he blends in color-wise, like a little surprise waiting to be found in the image. Thanks, as always, for supporting Exploring with a Camera.

    Your photos are gorgeous. I know my pale in comparison. I missed the link up by a few hours, (damn the time difference!) But I’m still participating and will be on time next week!

    I am hitting EVERYONES posts and commenting!

    Here the link to my post!

    Just found this and I love it. I was a little behind on linking up so here’s to next week!

    as always–the photo’s speak to me, you have such a gift. Your friendship photo and quote was the best of the week. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

    I unfortunately didn’t finish my scavenger hunt this past week. BLAH! :) I love your flowers shot and your dark shot. :) I wish I was comfortable in front of the camera. :)

    Love the Quoteography quote! I believe that 100%.

    That cupcake one just put a huge smile on my face — no explanation needed :)
    Visiting from quotography, but I will have to try the scavenger hunt sometime.