November 20, 2011
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
This past week was nice…normal workday, normal gym routine, normal bedtime…even time for some fresh shooting. And after last week, I really needed it. But this week, I’m hitting the road again. In fact, as of today, I will be traveling for work. I’ll get back on Wednesday…just in time for Thanksgiving. I’ll still be blogging (and I’ll also have my camera…duh), but my time will be limited so I apologize in advance for my lack of commenting. I’m sure a few of you will tell me I don’t need to apologize, but I really do love the community aspect of blogging.

With that said, 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 Kamana and Mikayla.
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!
But, before we can get into the hunt…I have a winner to announce. According to Random.Org, #31 – Rocky Mountain Mama has won a free blog design by Gracely Designs. I’ll email you details later today. Congratulations. Now, without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Mainly One Color
Autumn Red RS
Last Sunday, I took a brief date with my camera and walked up the road a bit to capture some of the fall leaves. I’m sure I’ll share more of them over time, but I love the autumn reds in the shot.

2. Around the Home
Turn on the Lights RS
I’m a bit of a “home body,” so most of my photos are taken around the house…but I’m not sure that I’ve ever taken a moment to look up. Quite honestly, I’m not a huge fan of our chandelier…I guess it’s too “commercial home builder ordinary” for me, but it’s not hurting anyone.
Photography love...

3. Reflection
Reflection in my Computer Screen RS
The other night I was backing up my computer when I noticed the reflection of our guest room window in my computer screen. I first noticed it when Kitty Paw jumped up to see what I was doing. I didn’t have my camera though so I quickly and quietly went downstairs to grab it. By the time I came back upstairs, she was no longer interested. I still think the reflection and the illusion of the Eiffel Tower (my background) looks pretty cool.

4. Writing
Writing RS
Many of you know my friend Larissa – not only are we blog friends, but we are also pen pals. Just the other day, I received my latest letter from her. I love the art of a hand-written letter!

5. Water
Water in the Sink RS
You’ll notice that some of the prompts for Scavenger Hunt Sunday repeat themselves every few weeks in various forms. I’m pretty sure that water is one of them (wet, liquid, etc). While I will often try to spread these out so we don’t have too many repeats in a row, I think it also challenges me to find new interpretations…and try out new compositions. For example, I rarely take a shot directly overhead like this…but I like it.

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. Waiting
  2. Foliage (Kamana’s suggestion)
  3. Candid (Kamana’s suggestion)
  4. Knife, Fork or Spoon (Kamana’s suggestion)
  5. Rules of Thirds (Mikayla’s suggestion)
On the note of “Rule of Thirds,” I wanted to give Kat from Exploring with a Camera a shout out for her latest theme: Printed Aspect Ratios. Printed aspect ratios doesn’t exactly make for the best scavenger hunt theme, but the lesson is relevant to all of us with a camera…especially if you’re thinking about having any of your pictures printed. When you have a chance, be sure to click over for an informative read.
  Photography  {A Photo} Challenge
Again, thank you to Kamana and Mikayla 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). 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 46. The prompt/theme is “Gratefulness.” Happy Shooting!

    Love your shots this week, particularly the autumn red- so beautiful!

    Love the reflection. Sure Kitty Paw will pose for it again next time.

    Lovely finds…especially the 1st and 3rd!

    Very neat, I love that first shot, gorgeous! These are great prompts, hopefully I can get some together tomorrow!!! :0) hehehe, I cheat.

    you inspire me to take better photos – now to just find the time!

    Love that first shot. I did something similar but in yellow! Love your reflection and the perspective of your water shot as well. Have a great week!

    I really love your mainly one color. Great pictures. Thanks

    Great work this week! I love ‘reflection’! I love having “normal” weeks like that. I’m a homebody myself so I don’t really mind a bit of routine. :)

    My flickr link:

    Love your shots again! The first picture is so pretty. And I really love the perspective on the water shot and the around the house shot.

    That first shot is all sorts of gorgeous! It just makes one go Whoa. I love it!

    Love the mainly one color- so bright and gorgeous!

    I also like your water shot. I would never have though to take a picture of a drain, but it is cool.

    Love your all red photo. It’s great – the leaf in focus and all that blurry red background! Perfect!
    Thanks for hosting Photo Hunt

    These are amazing photos. Your mainly one color shot in particular is so stunning. Thanks again for hosting the hunt….so much fun.

    Fantastic set Ashley, love them all, Wow, reflection is so beautiful and creative! Water is awesome!

    Love your reflection, but the red one is my favorite! Such perfect dof!

    BEautiful red fall leaf colors! But I REALLY like your composition of the “water” shot! Lovely.


    Great set Ashley..I adore your reflection shot.

    I really love the bold and pretty red of that first shot and the clarity of the last shot. Your black and whites are always stunning.:) Wonderful set of Beautiful Macros!


    I love the reflection shot as well as the red leaves shot, such a great bokeh.

    Oh my I love that last water shot. Who knew the sink could look that good! haha

    Great set! I love the mainly one color shot! Just amazing!

    Wonderful photos all the time. I like the first and the last one most.
    Have a nice Sunday.

    Love the leave pic, the color is just great

    There is something about that reflection picture, stunning!! And I agree, I am so a homebody!

    I love that you looked around the house for many of your shots. I rarely get out of mine either lol :) Great week and safe travels my friend!

    Great shots! Love that fall color!

    I love your reflection!
    I noticed as well that repetitive prompts are still a challenge. Thank you for providing. Lately I’ve not been very inspired if it wasn’t for your prompts!

    Your first shot is such a beautiful color!! And, hand written letters are the best!

    Oh Ashley, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your “Mainly One Color” picture! It is absolutely gorgeous!

    Love that refelection shot! Great job and hope you have a good work trip.

    I just love the intensity of that first shot!

    These are very artistic and creative. The reflection shot is awesome! At first I thought you’d taken the picture while you were in Paris.

    Wonderful collection, Ashley! I love the diversity of your photos…your first one is so intense and dramatic, and that reflection is quirky, original and soft all at the same time! And, frankly…only YOU can make a ceiling lamp look gorgeous!

    Your reflection shot has so many different aspects. Love it!

    Your photos are lovely. The mainly one color is so vivid, I especially like this one.

    This is a great collection! I really like reflection. I am hoping to finally start linking up in December! This looks like so much fun.

    I love the water shot. The composition is fabulous!
    I am hoping to participate next week. It has been a while.

    You’re interpretations this week are SO creative! Love them all.

    Hi Ashly,
    Wonderful shots! Love the mainly one color shot, very pretty. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

    Great set. I really like you first and last shots! Loved the water in you sink…very cool shot!

    I think your lights are great, but don’t you just hate the new energy saving light bulbs we have to use in them nowadays?

    Love the reflection shot too.

    I really admire the way you always find time to comment on blogs, I’m sure all your blogging buddies are as chuffed to read your comments as I always am.

    Ok that last sentence was terrible English, but you get my point!

    All fabulous- as always. I think you do a fabulous job when it comes to water- in all different forms.

    Sorry to hear you are traveling again- Thursday will give you even more things to be Thankful for, for sure-

    I love love the mainly one color and the reflection!


    Always such wonderful photography here Ashley! Love the fall colors too. Have safe travels.

    Love the last shot! What a creative way to shoot water! Beautiful pictures like always!

    Great series. My favorite is that divine Red Leaf shot! I also liked your Reflection shot, very creative.

    Great set love your reflection and water shot. Have a nice holiday…

    Ashley! I adore your reflection shot, it is perfection. I also love your water shot. So creative. But that red shot, WOW WOW WOW gorgeous!

    I love the things you see. Good luck with traveling this week!

    I like all these, but your water shot is amazing! So creative!

    I love everything about this set! From the color to the processing. Simply beautiful work!

    Once again, you blow me away with your set! Love them all!

    I really ADORE that first image! Such great colour! Happy and safe travels!! :)

    What a lovely selection Ashley especially that reflection that is so abstract. I wasn’t organised enough to get all the scavenger hunt photos and not sure if I’ll be able to link in before the linky closes. I missed participating last week too and I really miss being part of the hunt each week.

    Ashley, your work is always inspiring but this set was particularly awesome! I love the color and contrast of your first shot, I love the mysterious, abstract quality of your “Reflection” and your last shot completely stole the show… I could stare at it all day long!

    Hey Ashley….happy weekend to you.
    Your screen saver reflection shot-with or without Kitty Paw is beautiful. I too love the POV on the water shot. Your images always inspire.

    that first shot is beautiful – – the red pink of that focal leaf is wonderful. Autumn is amazing.

    Love your one color shot and your light shot – soo cool!

    my husband walked past your water on my computer screen and said, “that’s an awesome shot!!” Love all of these. :)

    Nice point of view on your water shot. Thank you for hosting.

    Gorgeous shots as always Ashley! Really love the first and your reflection. Great set!

    Have a super week ;)

    LOVE the colour shot. :D

    And the reflection shot is awesome, too.

    That first shot is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen.

    Fantastic shots, as usual! I’ve printed off the prompts and hope to join you for the next one :)

    Great shots! Beautiful color in your first one! And only you could make a sink drain look pretty!!

    Awesome photos as always! The red is so vibrant. I love to get hand written letters, too. There is nothing else quite like that. I am a home body these days, too. I take a lot of my scavenger photos around the house. I guess that it’s truly reflective of my life if nothing else.

    I’ll link up tomorrow!

    Thanks for the shout out on the Aspect Ratio post Ashley! I love your letter photo, how cool to get handwritten notes in the mail!

    Woof Ashley!
    Keeper lost my photos and she’s trying hard to enter the only ones she saved in her CD.

    Really, really gorgeous shots. Love that first one and the last one. Maybe one week I will participate again!

    the shot of the autumn reds is an absolute stunner!

    My Third Eye

    I love your interpretations, Ashley!
    And you cn repeat them because they are worth repeating ;-)

    I lost some shots this week. Bad PC ;-(

    your photos are so beutiful! my favorite is the red leaves photo! very prety!!!

    Hey I made it into a picture on your Scavenger Hunt. I was scrolling though and wasn’t reading at the time just looking at the pictures, and said to myself, hey wait…back up that is my writing…LOL…Thanks girl. Glad you like your letters from me.

    These are sublime! I love the red shot and the water shot…and I am an eensy weensy bit envious of Larissa’s penmenship. Me thinks I would hand write more notes if my handwriting looked like hers.

    Wonderful, as usual…thank you!!

    Always great, love water.

    I am terribly late, I am not on top of my blogging lately.

    Hope you are keeping well. xxx

    thoroughly enjoyable interpretations of the prompts! I’m glad that chandelier is not hurting anyone ;)

    what incredible photographs this week!! your color is just stunning! love how you took ordinary objects in the home (lights and water) and turned them into art! the reflection is just too cool!! hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

    Love your mainly one color and water!

    Your interpretation for water is awesome! I have been trying to get a shot like that for a while, but they never really turn out good; your’s is like perfect though! So congrats!

    LOVE your photos this week! Especially that reflection!

    That first shot makes my heart simply ache for fall. It’s gorgeous!

    They are all so great, but your reflection shot is amazing.