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Scavenger Hunt Sunday - Ramblings and Photos

August 07, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Our niece came to stay with us this weekend. We’ve been asking her mother (my husband’s sister) if she could come to stay for a weekend for quite some time…I guess our persistence paid off. Anyways, we had an incredible time (well I assume we had an incredible time, I wrote this post on Thursday so I could put away the computer and enjoy our time together) and I’ll have plenty of photos to share from our time together later in the week. 

In the meantime, may I present to you Scavenger Hunt Sunday: Office edition! Although not planned, it seems as if my interpretations this week (minus one) have kind of an office theme. I guess that’s what I get for avoiding the outdoors…I mean, it’s hot! Either way, 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 Kat, Chelsea and the August Photo Hunt.
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. Creativity is also encouraged!
  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. Seeing Double/Two
Double Vision 2
This is actually my one interpretation that is not “office” related. Actually…I really struggled with this prompt, especially since “two” is an upcoming Mortal Muse prompt (meaning I needed to shoot more than one “two” photo). On my way home from the gym, I decided I would pull together a self-portrait…diptych style. I promise I worked out before taking this photo…the black and white treatment is covering up all the sweat.

2. Whatever
So What RS
I didn’t mean to take this prompt so literally, but my manager keeps a “So What” sign in his office. Years ago, these signs were created as part of a presentation skills training program…as an individual practices their skills, other participants are encouraged to hold up these signs if they feel the presenter isn’t getting to the point. You might think it’s a harsh way to deliver feedback, but apparently it was pretty effective. These two words have given my writing more focus…sure, I do plenty of rambling (I mean, my blog is called “Ramblings and Photos,”) but I find that when I ask myself the question, “so what?,” that I write with more purpose.
Photography love...

3. Sweet
Tootsie Roll RS
On Thursday afternoon, I kept thinking to myself that I needed to take a shot of something “soft.” Um…our prompt is “sweet.” Blond moment. Anyways, I probably could have waited until our niece arrived…captured her doing something sweet and then scrambled to post it, but I didn’t want to rush things. Instead, I opted for a Tootsie Roll. Why a Tootsie Roll, you might ask? Our receptionist keeps a little candy bowl (including said Tootsie Rolls) full for our office visitors. Around 3pm every afternoon, I find myself hitting up the candy bowl for something sweet…and chocolatey. The Tootsie Rolls just hit the spot…what more can I say?

4. Space…
Spacebar RS
…or rather, Spacebar.

5. Bright
IMG_6403 color block
I actually saved this shot from my post on Tuesday…you know, the one with my new day planner? The colors here actually look a little pinker than they do in real-life, but they are still very bright and happy!

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. Against the Light
  2. Frame Within a Frame (Exploring with a Camera theme – check out post here)
  3. Best Part of Your Day (Chelsea’s suggestion)
  4. Buttons (Chelsea’s suggestion)
  5. Ink (August Photo Hunt prompt)
Again, thank you to Kat, Chelsea and the August Photo Hunt for so many great scavenger hunt items. I’ve actually got several weeks worth of prompts waiting in my inbox, but 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 31. The prompt/theme is “Turn the Hose On!” Happy Shooting!


    LOVE that first shot, and the way you put the two together. :) Great shots all around this week! Hope your weekend is going great!

    My Flickr Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/envoutant/6015466546/in/set-72157624857744727/

    I do love that planner! Great finds! Mine ended up being all about the garden! I’m glad it doesn’t get too hot here!

    Awesome theme! Love the sign, it’s too funny. Your journal came actually to my mind when thinking about the ‘bright’ prompt.

    Love the colour palette on the Bright shot, looks great!

    love your seeing double and bright! :)

    Awesome photos. Always so creative. I love the first two and of course the last one. Hope you had a great time with your niece. :)

    Fantastic!!! I love your first one….and the “so what” and your tootsie roll…Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    I love how you have the office theme going. great shots, i love the perspective on the Tootsie roll. Cannot wait to see captures of your nice! I like your take on portraits.

    Spacebar… hahahaha…
    I kept thinking outer space, which is why I was immediately drawn to the butterfly eyes (alien).

    I love the bright… I almost thought this was the new blog color pallet. Whoa, eye shocking. Much more subtle on the planner.

    And I am adopting that sign for my classroom. HAHAHA evil teacher.

    Great set, Ashley! I especially love your space! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    Great photos AShley, I had a bit of an office theme going as well. Our space photos are almost identical! I did take it before I even looked at yours :)

    Your first shot is excellent! Love it and the rest of them are great, too!

    You are the master of the self portrait. Love this one! When I taught public speaking at the Univ. of Montana, So What? was my favorite question to ask students who came to me for help on their speech outlines. LOL!

    Great set! I love your color palette with your planner~great colors! Didn’t think about a space bar at all! Love having my ideas expanded! Great self-portraits as usual!

    Love the ‘So What’ sign, and fab colours on that planner!

    I loooove this challenge! Thanks for hosting and for inspiration! Cant wait for next week. So much fun! Sonishka

    Gorgeous! LOVE the 1st and last.

    Great photos, I particularly love your self portrait (gosh I wish I was that confident to take portraits like you do… alas I am getting on in years – perhaps 10 years ago!!!)
    Also love your sign!

    Great selfie. I almost had to break out in song when I saw your whatever picture. I would have been singing a Pink song!

    Woof Ashley I am so drooly early.
    And I can’t see a single image!
    I must be going drooly mad!
    I hope you have a blast full week!

    Drooly yours

    Great as usual Ashley. Your new planner looks so well done with the colour palette. I love that whatever picture and you know what most of my first drafts of blog posts never get posted as I ask myself that all the time!

    As usual – love your interpretations! The Spacebar shot is fabulous!

    Cool color palette.
    And seriously, I wish I looked like that after working out….even in BW :)

    Your space photo is so creative! Never would have thought of that! Love the so what sign too!

    Absolutely LOVE your Bright picture! Thanks for this awesome challenge. I had so much fun participating.

    Really fantastic selfie for Two! I really like your interpretations of the other themes, too –quite creative!

    I adore that day planner! Was the dip taken with a mirror or did you blur the other 1/2? Great week again lady and I hope that you had a fabulous time with your niece!

    These are awesome- I especially love “So what?”!

    Great photos – you are so good at taking self-portraits !!!

    ♡ Johanna

    Great shots. Now I am going to be asking myself “so what” when I am trying to write a post. Thanks!

    These are sooo fun! I love your space bar shot and the Whatever photo. Very clever! I don’t blame you for staying inside. We’re doing the exact same thing over here!

    oh gosh – I love your selfies! And that So What sign…. how funny! I think I need one of those around ;D

    Great set! I love the “sweet” shot. I admire you Ashley, had it been MY photo….it would have been a picture of an EMPTY tootsie roll wrapper by the window :). The colors on the dayplanner photo are so vibrant, gorgeous!



    Awesome set!
    I like the shade of pink in your bright photo. :)

    Such a gorgeous set, Ashley! Those bright colours are so fantastic – I love them!

    These look great.. I love them all.
    Thanks for a hosting these hunts. I always have fun playing..

    Hugs, Linda

    Always love your photos!
    I had a great with the Scavenger Hunt!
    Thanks for hosting.

    Hope you had/are having a great time with your neice! I love the sign shot, that is an interesting technique for feedback! Love the seeing double shot too!

    Hey Ashley, great photo’s this week I love the bright with the pallete, so cute and fun.
    I would love it if you entered our challenge this week, we are giving away a necklace as well (:

    Great interpretations! Love the So What one! I’ll have to take a look at some of the submissions!

    Great photos. My favorites are sweet, space, and seeing double.

    I don’t think I have ever commented here, but I always enjoy your photography. Your Scavenger hunt is just what I needed to get motivated to start shooting and blogging again.

    So thanks for the inspiration. :)

    What great photos! Tootsie rolls are delicious, I can’t keep them in my apartment, or I eat them all in one day! And I love the colors on your day planner (I’m planner addicted too!)

    Absolutely gorgeous shots, Ashley! The tootsie roll picture is so simple, but honestly, it’s my favorite!! :)


    LOVE your selfie double shot! Yaya… week 2 babay! So much fun!

    love your selfie! such a simple, yet creative idea!

    The last one is beautiful, love the color, very cheery!

    Not sure if I’ll be linking up yet or not, I’ve had an extremely busy week. Hope to though!

    ps. I have the same laptop as you! ;)

    I’m not normally a fan of pink, but that bright shot works so well.

    Love them all, as usual. Have a wonderful Sunday!

    I’m drawn to all that bright color!!!

    Wonderful choices. Love the so what sign. Can you make that a button? V

    All such wonderful photos! Love the selfie! And I love the So What sign! I need one of those! :) Such pretty colors on the day planner!

    LOVE your selfie – beautiful!

    LOVE your office edition!!! That first one is GREAT!

    I love your self-portraits. I’m so busy taking pictures of my kids that I often forget to take pics of myself. You’re an awesome inspiration. :)

    Linked up for the first time! Your photos are great this week. Who knew a tootsie roll could be so artistic? YOU did =)


    YEAH! I love your seeing double photo(s)! That is such a neat idea…and the blur makes it so interesting.

    You are sooo pretty!!

    Your selfies are so great…love that diptic-the proportions. Can’t believe you found another way to photography that dayplanner.
    My fave is the tootsie roll. I can’t keep candy in my office-gone.
    So what? I’ll have to keep that in mind.

    I really love your seeing double. Very creative!

    You are so creative. Love all of them. Your Seeing Double is absolutely awesome and you Space is exactly that (creative). I love your writings (I wish I could write as easily as you do) and your photos are always spot on. Have a beatiful and blessed week.

    Love the first shot! Your B&Ws are always so beautiful!

    Cool entries. I love seeing double and how you composed the two images together. Very clever.

    Great set!! Sweet is my fave… but really I like em’ all! =D

    This was a fun challenge and I enjoyed seeing everyone’s interpretations!

    Great diptych and really like your space shot.

    Wonderful shots. I think my favorite is the spacebar one and I have no idea why.

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    hi Ashley… wow… 109! ;) going to be a busy surfing day! ha ha…

    love your bright planner… cute! and I love your double take! ;)


    I’ll have to find time to take photos for this challange, it was fun to participate before :)

    I love all the color in your planner!!

    your “two” shot is so cool – it looks like the one photo is moving towards the viewer while the other is moving away – super cool!

    Really like your sweet and bright shots! Your braver than I in posting a shot after a workout, love it.

    I love the office theme you’ve got going. U can’t wait to see pictures of your niece during the visit. :)

    Great shots for your scavenger hunt.

    Great shots as usual Ashley! Love the sweet and bright ones best!! Hope you did have a wonderful time with your lucky niece!!

    I love the interpretation of space! All great photos! Also love the seeing double approach!

    Ashley, I discovered your blog a little over a month ago and just want to let you know how great I think it is… I’m definitely addicted to the photo hunts and am excited to improve my photography skills along the way.

    I love your style, your photos are always great…thanks for giving us the opportunity to have fun with photography.

    Kay Rhodes