September 11, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
You might have guessed by now that I not only took a blogcation this past week, but I also took a much needed vacation…or “holiday” as those of you in Europe might say. In the interest of safety, I thought it best not to make that type of announcement on my blog…you know since it has a tendency to scream, “My house is empty…please rob me!” All that said, for the past week, my husband and I have been in London and Paris. We had an incredible time and I’ve taken tons of photos, but I think I’m ready back to get back to a normal week. 

Of course getting back to normal is going to be challenging. 1) I have tons of photos to process (including those from my newborn session taken before our trip). 2) During our trip, my computer screen cracked – it looks as if someone took a baseball bat to the center of it. I somehow managed to edit a few photos, but today will be spent transferring my files and programs over to a new machine (if only I could afford to get a Mac with all new software – geesh). However, before we get into this week’s hunt, I do want to thank you all for being so kind to my guest posters this week – I have read all of your comments throughout the week and you guys are the best. I also apologize to anyone I may have missed during last week’s Scavenger Hunt – I know I wasn’t able to visit everyone and I sincerely apologize. Anyways…rather than respond to the hundreds of messages that have been left behind, I’ll just say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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 Paper Heart Camera, Danielle and Shay.
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. Bokeh
IMG_8372 RSThis photo was actually taken during the last day of our vacation – at Harrods. Before leaving, everyone told us that we had to visit Harrods. I was quick to tell them that this was not a shopping trip, but we found some time in our schedule. Now, we did not buy anything from the designer levels…but we did find the gift shop and Christmas room. Oh happy day! I couldn’t resist pulling out my camera for a few Christmas bokeh shots.

2. Process of Elimination
IMG_7395 RSWe went on quite a few walking tours during our trip. This particular photo was taken at London Towers. I was completely enthralled by all of the windows. In many cases, I had to avoid other tourists or adjust my angle to get the shot…but by removing these distractions, the focus is right where I want it.

3. Remember
IMG_8188 RSToday is not only my first full day back in the States, but it’s also the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. I don’t have a photo to represent remembering 9/11, but I do have a photo of the Catacombs in Paris, France. The catacombs are an underground burial ground for over six million people.
Photography love... 

4. Statues IMG_7508 RS
I could literally show you dozens…maybe a hundred statue photos from our trip, but for some reason this particular photo taken on the backside of St. Paul’s Cathedral really stands out for me.

5. Flying Higher IMG_7597 RS
On Monday, I had the opportunity to meet up with Muse Kirstin at The London Eye. What an incredible view…and the pictures! I only thought I had a decent shot of the car ahead of us until I saw Kirstin’s shot: click HERE. Where was I?
What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures on 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. Street Photography
  2. From a Distance (Paper Heart Camera prompt)
  3. Sunday (Danielle’s suggestion)
  4. Liquid (Danielle’s suggestion)
  5. Behind (Shay’s suggestion)     
Again, thank you to Paper Heart Camera, Danielle and Shay 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 36. The prompt/theme is “Night Photography.” Happy Shooting!

    Wow! Going to london and paris! awesome!!! I’m going to Paris next year!

    London and Paris, what fun!! :)

    Ahhhh, the catacombs. I have tons of photos from there –all in film, though.

    How wonderful. Glad you went on a holiday!! Cannot wait to see photos. The priview here is leaving me wanting MORE…hey, you took scavenger hunt over the ocean ;)

    Great photos. I am so glad you all had a good time and made it home safely. Gorgeous shots. I can not wait to see more. That last one is great. I clicked over to her blog. Umm…. amazing! I love your process of elimination photo too.

    Your bokeh picture is wonderful! It was the hardest picture for me this week.

    I wish I was on vacation! Have fun!

    so so glad you’re back and looking forward to seeing more pics! sorry to hear about your computer, though. not exactly ideal in any way. this roundup, on the other hand, is fantastic!

    love the bokeh, i am kinda scared of that catacombs skull thingy. glad you had a happy trip!

    So jealous! I can’t wait to see more pics! :) Wonderful set. I am in love with that bokeh!

    Wow, glad to hear you had such a good time. Welcome home. Sorry to hear about your computer.
    I really enjoyed your statue picture and the Process of Elimination.

    What an awesome trip, I’d love to revisit Europe now after getting into photography. Love your shots, so much atmosphere to them, can’t wait to see more.

    Oh Ashley…my hubs is not gonna like you for posting these London/Paris photos and making me want to go back there! :) Sooooo gorgeous! Particularly like that catacombs shot, eerie yet compelling. Great job!


    I’m back this week. Yay! I can’t wait to see more pictures from your trip. Awesome. :)

    Marla @

    Welcome Home! Broken computer, big bummer! I love all of your shots this week. The catacombs works very well for the prompt and I love your bokeh!

    I’m so glad you were able to get away for what sounds like an amazing vacation! Gorgeous photos…I love your “statue”, as well as the “remember” (despite the creepy factor ;D)

    Glad you had a good time away. I love your Harrod’s bokeh.

    Wow, that’s so cool that you got to go to London and France this past week! I’ve been to London and I absolutely love it!!! The view from the London Eye is spectacular. I absolutely love your prompts this week, especially the two taken in London. They bring back memories of my own time there. :)

    I’m sure you had a wonderful vacation!! Can’t wait to see the photos!

    What a great vacation. I can’t wait to see lots of pics from your travels.

    Gorgeous pictures, I love all.

    bokeh – gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. My partner did a bokeh film walk – find it here:

    Oh loving that bokeh! Love your process of elimination photo as well as the skulls – A little creepy but a thought provoking one!

    I hope I can get to Europe one day as I have much family history there!

    I hope you did enjoy Europe very much and want to come back, week is so short time specially when you visited two towns. I’m so waiting all your pictures:)

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! Love your “flying high” shot. Can’t wait to see more photos.

    What a fun trip…I did that waaaayyyy back in the 90’s! LOVE that last shot.

    What a fun vacation!! I loved London, one of the pictures that launched my obsession with photography was taken at the London Eye when I was there in high school! I never got to Harrods, but heard it’s awesome. Can’t wait to see the rest of your pics!

    How very exciting! Sounds like a great trip, I can’t wait to see more of your pictures! I love that statue photo, and the one of the London Eye – I’d love to ride that myself!

    I totally slacked this week and only took pics of my kids in the playground…they turned out great, but no scavenger hunt items :( Next week….
    Your photos are amazing, looks like you had a great time on vacay!

    These are amazing Ashley! So glad you were able to get away with your hubby. I’m sure you took some amazing photos. Looking forward to seeing more.

    WOW Ashley! I love all your shots :D And I can’t wait to see all the amazing shots you captured. Good luck with your new PC – what a pain. At least your stuff could all be saved!!!
    Have a great Sunday!

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation! My favorite is the window shot. Can’t wait to see more from your trip!

    I would so love to go to Paris, can’t wait to see all your photos. I like all your photos this week. I didn’t get to play along this week, I had to work this morning and I forgot :(

    WOW! What a wonderful way to spend a week! Great set this week! I’m looking forward to seeing more!

    LOVE your ‘Bokeh’ photo. This was the first time I have ever taken one. So jealous of your trip~ glad you had a good time. Would LOVE to go to Paris and just wander around in all the Brocantes!!!

    So so SO jealous :) London and Paris… Oh my!!! I have never heard of the catacombs before-incredible!

    Nice trip y’all took! And I love these photos.


    I’m so happy for you that you had a great vacation and one with so many photo ops. I don’t envy you the task of trying to process them all.
    I can see why this statue shot appealed. I love the shot from the catacombs….amazing emotion in that one. And the Process of Elimnation is fantastic. Kat will be delighted with that image.
    Looking forward to seeing more images.

    AMazing!!! I can’t wait to see more photos of EUROPE!!!! WAHOO!!! We missed you here in the blog world….I knew you weren’t here :)

    Looks like a nice time away. My favorite in this series is the window shot, but I also really like the bokeh dots. :)

    Your photo look amazing. How cool to get to visit a Kirstin.. I bet you guys had a great time… Hope you weekend is wonderful..

    Hugs, Linda

    Oh, you´ve been travelling too – how great! Will be fun to see pics! :-)

    These are great pics as always. :-)

    AMAZING! Love the Process of Elimination picture

    hope you had an awesome trip and welcome back! love your process of elimination shot.

    Souns like you have a wonderful trip. These are some powerful images…I can’t wait to see the rest.

    What a great set Ashley and so glad that you had a great time down in London and Paris. What a scene from those catacombs in Paris! and Kristins shot is incredible isn’t it. Hopefully I’ll have a link to the hunt up tonight.

    What an amazing trip, Paris and London! I love all of the shots, I don’t think I can pick my favorite. I can’t wait to see more photos from your trip!

    I had such fun meeting up! And I can’t wait to see your pics (via your new computer). Take care, lovely. x

    WELCOME BACK!!! I am already enjoying this little taste of your trip. That skulls picture is trippy. I def. have questions about that tomb..I’ll have to read up on it online.

    Welcome back! Great shots, how exciting! Looking forward to seeing more shots from Europe! I am still finding it hard to get back in a routine after a week of vacation ;)

    Gorgeous shots love your remember photo…I haven’t been able to do this weeks shot as pc is broken and won’t be fixed till wednesday :( oh well x x x

    Great shots, I am sooo jealous of your trip! I have always wanted to visit france! I can’t wait to see all of your shots!

    What a cool trip to go on! Welcome back! I can’t wait to see some photos!

    I was really struck by your “Remember” photograph.

    So glad you got to get away! You photos are wonderful, as always!

    LOVED the London eye! great photos!

    how exciting! i’m so excited to participate in this challenge for next week!! :) Welcome back!!

    Wow! I love your set. I really like your bokeh shot. So simple and elegant.

    Looks like you’re having a great time! Love that Bokeh!

    Picture #2 is a stunner. Love it. I can’t wait to see your London and Paris shots! I bet you got some amazing photos there. How fun!

    Woof Ashley you’re back!
    And I’m woofy glad.
    Me luv your bokeh.
    They remind me of drooly ice cream.

    Ok. A few things here. I love all of your images. How exciting to go to Europe. I’m jealous that you got to go! I’m also jealous that you met up with Kirstin for pictures. I want to do that too!

    Nice job Ashley! I think I like the process of elminiation shot best, but all of your photos are always so great, so why try to pick a favorite anyway! I didn’t get to like up today, I was participating in the ten on ten challenge instead so I have that post up.. I’ll try to catch it next week.

    Love love Paris and would love to go back one day.
    Beautiful entries once again and bokeh is wonderful.
    Very curious shot on Remember, so sad.

    so looking forward to the rest of your photos, sounds like it was a great trip! loved this set!!!!!!

    Very cool Ashley!

    Welcome home!!!!! So glad you are back safely & that you had a fabulous trip. Love these shots & I can’t wait to hear more about EVERYTHING you did in the coming days

    Good for you, what an amazing trip!! Can’t wait to see more beautiful photos!

    I’m infinitely jealous of your trip to Europe! We keep saying we’re going to go, but at this rate, we are going to have to wait until our 20th anniversary (which is a mere 4 years away, but not close enough to get the vacation I’ve been waiting a lifetime for). SOOOO can’t wait to see more pics from your trip. LOVE these pics.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these, can’t wait to hear more about your trip, missed ya!!!

    Welcome back! It sounds like you had an awesome time overseas–I can’t wait to see all of your photos! And I am loving your shot of the catacombs…I never made it there when I was in Paris years ago and have regretted it ever since.

    Hope you enjoyed the rain! You know I live about a 45 minute drive from London and yet I’ve never been on the London Eye! In fact I rarely go to London!

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday. :)

    1. Thoselightsareso beautiful as theyare like on top of each other and like see-throug. 2. Elimination lives essential there, it is simple and so beautiful pic !! 3. Every nation has events to remember, those great wars, tsunamin, 9/11 and they are so big events that theyare hard to understand and deal with. Your pic is kind of neutral but still it is sad and it is a pic from a place that should be visited to remember that life is more than everyday routine. 4. Your statue is a classic beautiful photo !

    Have a nice monday :)

    I love your picks for this week! They are all beautiful, though my favorite is the one from the London Tower. You’re right; taking the extra time to get just the right shot was worth it. :) Hope you had a great time!

    can’t wait to see the pictures from your trip! I actually started my blog after getting back from a trip to Paris because I wanted to show off my pictures somewhere!

    Love these! Sounds like an amazing trip!

    all of your shots are perfect! but the process of elimination is so cool, the contrast between shadow/shade and light from the window! love the statatue and catabombs as well!!!

    Love the simplicity of the bokeh. Gorgeous!

    Oh I am so jealous!! Europe is on my list of places I absolutely have to visit before I die. LOVE these shots, but that bokeh photo is phenom!

    Amazing photos. Your remember photo is striking, yet haunting. It’s been stuck in my mind since I first looked at it yesterday.

    Welcome back! What a fun week in Paris and London. I was hoping you’d gone some place really fun. i can’ wait to see more of your photos! :)

    So great Ashley! I’m glad you had a good time on your trip and with Kirstin. I never went on the London Eye! Now I’m wishing I did. All of your shots make me “homesick” for Europe this week.