Scavenger Hunt Sunday
On Friday I mentioned that I’m in a creative rut. I’m still blaming the heat and humidity. However, I also think that by saying it “out loud,” (“out loud” = via my blog) I am motivated to push ahead. I really do need to be more intentional with my camera though. I recently read an article at the Digital Photography School called 3 Stupidly Simple Reasons Why Most People’s Photography Does Not Improve.” This article totally called me out…
  • “You can carry your camera around with you 24/7 for the rest of your life but unless you learn to slow down and to look at the world a little differently you may never actually use it.” – I do carry my camera around with me everywhere, but I don’t use it often enough.
  • “They take their camera with them and they even slow down enough to see the photographic opportunities around the – but there’s just something that stops them lifting their camera up to frame the shot.” – It goes on to say that these people are often embarrassed to use their camera in public. Again…GUILTY. Growing up, I was a bit shy. My mom forced it out of me by getting me involved in all kinds of activities. Then, when I went to college…I made sure to sign up for more activities that would force me to be around people. Perhaps I need to do something similar here. It’s becoming way too easy to hide.
With that in mind, I think I need a date with my camera. Perhaps I’ll use this article called “What do I look for on a Photo Walk” as inspiration? But enough about me…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 Ginger and Mary of White Peace Photography.
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:

100 Degrees RS
I mentioned the other day that summer is here – I don’t understand why North Carolina can’t enjoy a longer Spring or Autumn…instead, we just have to jump straight into 90+ degree temperatures and 100% humidity. It isn’t right! In the event that you think I’m lying, I decided to document the temperature one afternoon this week. It was actually 103 degrees when I got into my car, but started to “cool down” once I turned on the AC.

2. Finding Form
Form RS
This particular shot was taken last summer during my Scott Kerby Photo Walk (speaking of which…I just checked the website. This year, the hunt will take place during the fall – pencil in October 1-2). In all fairness, I still had the RAW image, so I re-processed it. I like the lines and contrast of light (although I’m not sure that this is exactly what Kat had in mind with “Finding Form.”). If you want to see others interpretation of finding form, either click on the button below or HERE for the Flickr Group.
If you want to be inspired by some of last year’s Photo Walk “Best Photos,” click HERE. Of course, if you’re anything like me…your mouth will drop and you’ll be reminded of how much you still have to learn.

3. Front Page of the News
Front Page of the News RS
I took this photo last Sunday. We don’t usually take the newspaper (I read the news online or hear it on the radio), but my husband bought one for some reason. In North Carolina, there’s an ongoing discussion about teacher assistants. One of my friends is a teacher assistant so I really hope they don’t cut her position! Also in the news…Scotty McCreery won American Idol. Okay, so I guess that isn’t news anymore…but he’s from Garner, NC which is very close to where I live. Go Scotty!

4. Chore
Chore RS
Well this shot isn’t going to win any awards. However, I noticed on Friday that we really needed to do the laundry. I mean, it was literally spilling over. No worries – by the time I got home, the laundry was already done thanks to my wonderful and domestic husband.

5. Beads
Beads RS
This one is pretty self-explanatory…just one of my necklaces. I believe this one is called Costa Rica by Premier Designs Jewelry. Love it! 

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. Long Exposure
  2. Shape(s) (Ginger’s suggestion)
  3. Green (Ginger’s suggestion)
  4. Fruit (30 Day Photo Challenge June 7th Prompt/Flickr Group)
  5. Childhood Memory (30 Day Photo Challenge June 10th Prompt/Flickr Group – could also be a “flashback” photo or a “Then and Now” photo as suggested by Elena at Selfie Magic)
Again, thank you to Ginger and Mary of White Peace Photography 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 22.  The prompt/theme is “Bubbles.” Happy Shooting! By the way, don’t forget about my Thank You Giveaway. It ends June 7th at midnight. 
Giveaway at Ramblings and Photos


    Oh my! 103 degrees, THAT is HOT! Love your finding form!

    amazing shots as always!!! wow!

    and i totally feel that way too… embarrassed to pull out my big ol’ camera in public… why is that????

    What a gorgeous collection of photos!

    100 ???? I like it hot but here is not even close to that.
    I really like your entries and you made chores look good :).

    Your whole set it awesome, & personally I would give your laundry shot an award. Also your hubby for making it disappear!!

    That article sounds very good to read and I’m guilty for those thing too.I don’t shoot people at all because here nobody don’t want that his/ hers picture will end up to the internet. You don’t get permission from anybody specially from little kids parents and I do totally understand that.
    Do you have that article in digital!? If you have could you be so kind and send it tome when you have time, I would love to read the whole article.
    Have a nice Sunday

    great photos your beads shot was great love it.

    Hey girl beautiful shots as always, no surprise there! Thanks for those links I’m going to check them out. Hey going to send an email with some questions for you plus scavenger hunt ideas. Wish you didn’t leave on yhe other side of yhe country!!! Xo

    these are lovely photos!x

    I know, what happened to 70 something degrees?! Waaay too hot!

    Look forward to reading the link, thanks! Like that finding form shot (my favorite prompt for this round) I found the front page of the news difficult…I think I may try to reinterpret it less literally for the acolab…or be content with what I have and call it a day ;)

    The beads shot is interesting-thought at first it was black and white with a touch of color added…nice! Thanks for hostessing, have a good week!

    great collection of shots

    Your Bead shot belongs in a glossy mag! :)

    Nice article. I’ve actually slowed down with my photography. Even if I do carry my camera, I am very picky what to capture. I keep asking myself would I waste a film on ‘that’. Maybe joining a local photo club would help you. I know it helps me. Taking filed (photography) trips is refreshing and rewarding.

    I hear you on the photos – I’m quite aware of others looking at me taking photos. I’m taking less shots these days but trying to put lessons learned into practice as I go along and seeking inspiration.

    LOL as for heat I’m pathetic I’m wilting here once it reaches 80 degrees though over here air conditioning is rare in homes.

    Ashley you can make laundry look like art but your bead shot is my absolute favourite with the different colours and shapes with that bokeh.

    Awesome hubby is the first thought that comes to mind;0 hehe. The beads shot is really pretty! I can totally relate to the laundry shot. The form pic is really cool. Love those running lines. Hey, are we on for Tuesday?

    Great shots this week Ashley!

    A photowalk is a great way to work on many things. Perspective, composition, portraits, light vs dark, shadows, and colors! Have fun!

    I’m going to be hosting one in the fall here. I can’t wait! I will be announcing it in a few months!

    Hugs and love!

    Beautiful, beautiful shots.

    I hear you on being lazy with the camera. It’s hot here too in Georgia. I love your hot hot hot shot, the compo is great and beads came out very well!

    Hi Ashley, for some reason I had no idea you were so geographically close to me! I was scrolling along your post and saw the N&O and had to scroll back up just to make sure I saw that right – lol! Just wanted to say I love your blog – been reading it for a while – ok maybe mostly checking out your photos, because if I had actually “read” all the posts I would probably would have known you were local to me sooner.

    hugs from Clayton!

    I have the same necklace. We were in NC last weekend, and it was so hot that my son was ill… I don’t know how anyone gets used to the weather (and we were near water!)

    Ashley – I love your shots. Although you say you are suffering from some lack of inspiration… it doesn’t appear that way :D I loved the points you made about photography. I find it so frustrating sometimes…. I want to stop and pull out my camera every where I go… but it really is intimidating at times, isn’t it!?!? Good luck finding your MoJo again ;D HUGS

    Hard Hunt this week.:)
    Like your 3. and the last shot.
    Have a great Sunday.

    Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to to visit & participate.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!

    Yet another week of fabulous interpretations, I think my favorite is *finding form* very cool :D I also like your beads, lovely…sorry I missed out this week!

    Great interpretations this week, we both did laundry as a chore. A photowalk would be a good idea, I do need to get out of my comfort zone.

    These all look great.. Thanks Ashley for another fun week.. I really do love doing these hunts..

    GREAT shots! that article was totally talking to me. I always have my Canon Powershot in my purse. Always feel somewhat embarrassed to pull the Rebel out in public on a daily basis so I just don’t pack it unless I know I’m going somewhere I’ll need/want it. Guess I need to conquer that fear.

    Oh, I know that chore too well! Love the form and bead shots.

    Good morning! I actually like the laundry shot lol It’s simple but great! I get in a photography rut to sometimes, and the whole embarrassed to take out my camera in public is a big one for me! Thanks again for hosting this great challenge every week!


    Beautiful shot this week. You made that pile of laundry look absolutely beautiful too. We are both blessed with hubbies that will do any of our “chores” for us. I hope it cools down a bit for you too.

    I’ve never tried your scavenger hunt but I think I am going to this week.

    Hey Ashely….from where I’m sitting it doesn’t look as if you’re not motivated-jus’ sayin’. I do know how you feel though-I felt that way the first 3 months of the year-it’s easing.
    I’m sorry about the Hot-yuck. Thank goodness for A/C. I really like your last shot of the necklace-great macro and beautiful colors.

    I love EVERY single picture you took. The details are phenomenal!

    The article that you posted is totally me. I really don’t know why I feel so embarrassed as I don’t usually know the people around nor will I ever see them again.

    I love your chore & newspaper shots.

    Great shots! Love those beads!!

    I am so guilty of carrying my camera everywhere and not using it. I struggle with the shyness thing, too. Loving these shots, especially the one of the beads. Great coloring!

    Love the bead shot as well. Hope the heat wave breaks for you soon!

    Enjoyed your photos Ashley! I wanted to participate but I couldn’t get it together before going out of town. Thanks for the links to the articles. I’m needing some inspiration. And yay for Scotty! He was my favorite from the beginning!

    I’m in a slump, too. I just haven’t felt super inspired the last couple of weeks. Luckily, I really enjoyed this weeks pictures and can feel myself slowly pulling out of it.

    Great shots. I love your finding form one.

    Marla @

    I feel ya sister. We’re melting down here in Texas. Past noon I flat out refuse to be outside and I don’t come back out until it’s after 5 pm! We go to the pool from 6:00 pm until it closes at 8:00 because it’s the only tolerable time to be out. It’s interesting to hear you have inspiration blocks like the rest of us. I find myself taking predictable shots and have tried to slow down and consider my composition a little more. Try any way! How is it you can make dirty laundry look good?

    okay so you are experiencing this heat also??? I just came in from re-planting some plants and I think I want to pass out -
    I agree with you why can’t spring and fall last longer????thanks for posting how you were in a slump – it happens to me and I dont often admit it – dont know why shame? embarrassed ?? but it’s such a normal part I really really love your salt photos – glad you didn’t delete them

    So ironic that as soon as I got home from my impromptu photo walk – I saw your post. I wish I had read the article ahead of time. I was soo frustrated, I know there are a million places that I make mental notes when I see, to go back and photograph with out the kids to distract me, and then when I had the opportunity this morning, you think I could think of one?? Not a single one. I’m going to have to be more purposeful and keep a notebook in the car or a list ect. ;) uhh, c’est la vie!

    I liked your photos this time very much !!!!!! because they are like from everyday life and that finding forms has very good forms and light and shadows !!!! Your chore is so familiar to me too and those beads are so beautiful as beads are and a very good photo !!!
    ps. if you have time, have a look at my blog there is my “official birthdayphoto ” taken by my son :) ! I kind of like it so very much :)

    Woof Ashley!
    It is hot in your place too!
    Hot day for hot bloggers.
    It makes me want to nap…again.

    My favorite is your beads photo. Nice job!

    Okay- I had to convince my hubs that it was possible to be 100% humidity & not be raining. He has never been to the south- obviously! Feel for you my dear!!!

    That is a great article. I am feeling the same way about my creativity and picture taking and think making a camera date sounds like a good idea!

    i am glad for my domesticated husband too lol he did laundry today! yay!

    I enjoyed the articles you linked. I need to be more intentional and overcome my fear of shooting in public as well! I have seen some perfect moments lately, but was too scared to snap.

    LOVE the macro of the beads! Such beautiful detail and color. Also I really liked your finding form shot. I, too, wasn’t sure if my shot was what Kat was looking for, but posted it anyway! :)

    You got great shots again, and your “form ” looks very special
    Nice to participate eith you again ;))

    Great reminders on photography!! My family (well on occations has gotten over me taking photos everywhere and anywhere.
    Wow I have been living in NewEngland for too long when I think 85 is insanely hot. I have forgotten about how it can be 90-100 degrees for days on in down south.
    Great form photo and love those beads on your necklace.
    Enjoy your Sunday evening.

    All great shots Ashley! I would normally tell you a favorite but I can’t choose, really good eye!
    Also, My friend Allie and I are hosting a photo challenge and would love it if you’d consider entering:

    I love your beads shot! And I really like your laundry shot too, your overflowing laundry looks much prettier than my overflowing laundry…maybe because mine is fully of grubby kids clothes, yuck! My hubby does most of our laundry too, probably because he’s sick of looking at it :D

    Can you send your hubby my way? I’ve got several piles of laundry just waiting to be done! (My thing about shooting in public is that I tend to be out with friends and I’m always poking along taking pictures and then I have to run to catch up with them and then I feel like I’m holding everyone up. I’m slowly getting over that.)

    Oy! That is far too hot for me. We get a handful of those days over here and thank goodness they are usually dry, or I’d hide-out inside with the AC on all day! Love the beads shot – very colorful!

    Finding Form reminded me of waffles ;-P And what mesmerizing Beads! I love your take on Hot…

    Great photos. Love the bead shot and your front page news.

    Oh yuck! 100 degrees?!?! I can’t imagine how hot it will be in July.
    Love the contrast in your form shot! :)

    I love how you can make laundry even look great in a photo, ha!

    I love the laundry shot… I was going to shoot laundry… (I hate laundry and dishes b/c they are always dirty!!) lol… but they do make for fun photography!! =) especially when it is either overflowing … or folded! =) Sorry about the heat… wouldn’t life be grand at 70 degrees with a light breeze at all times!! =)

    If I commented before, forgive me! I think I got distracted by the photo walk link though and didn’t get back for a comment. :) Thanks so much for including Exploring with a Camera, once again! I like your form shot – line, pattern and form, all together.

    I love the chore photo! :) Much cleaner than my laundry section that’s for sure. I love Scavenger Hunt posts although I have not yet participated! Hopefully I’ll get my act together soon! ;)

    I’m so glad you wrote about lacking inspiration and such, I’m finding myself in the exact same rut (thanks to heat and stress situations) which is why I’m not participating this week. I need to make a date with my camera too! I’m feeling a little more excited with next week prompts, could you explain long exposure a bit?

    BTW, I actually love you laundry shot haha

    I love all of your edits on these.

    Absolutely love “finding form”…and great bead shot! :)

    Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for the link to the Digital Photography School article.

    I’ve had a DSLR for about 5 years now and only this year have begun to really learn how to use it.

    And I confess to being guilty of all 3 things listed in that article. I’m starting to take time to see things more photographically however so I think I’m moving in the right direction.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say thanks and let you know that I really enjoy your blog. I’ve learned so much from your blog and other photography blogs as well!

    I am OBSESSED with the “Hot, Hot Hot!” picture! Well done(: