May 13, 2012
Categories: Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that each of you enjoy a beautiful day with your family…hopefully with your mother or reaping the benefits of being a mother. That’s certainly what I’ve been doing this weekend. 

On another note, I really meant to draw a winner for Kim of Mom Tried It’s online workshop for Photoshop and PSE. Clearly, I let my time get away from me. However, I do have a winner. Congratulations to Susan at Happy No Ears! You can send me an email and I’ll connect you with Kim.

With that said, let’s get back to the Scavenger Hunt. If you’ve participated in the Scavenger Hunt in the past, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME! Next week’s items are sponsored by Yolanda at Chickens on the Moon.
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. Sidewalk
Sidewalk RS
I’m not sure that there is anything especially interesting about this shot. I realized while I was hanging out with my mom yesterday that I hadn’t taken a few pictures – sidewalk being one of them. I do like the repeating patterns of the columns and the bokeh in the background.

2. Inspiring
Flowers on the Grave RS
Saturday afternoon, we went by Michael’s to get some new artificial flowers for my grandparents’ grave (this particular cemetery doesn’t allow real flowers). We thought azaleas and eucalyptus leaves would look really pretty for this spring and summer. Anyways…I share this photo because my grandparents were a huge inspiration to me. My grandfather died in October 2004, and of course my grandmother died about three weeks ago. Here’s a portion of what I said during her funeral:
“Just imagine a kinky-headed 18 year old leaving everything she knew in Mountainville, NY to move to Rocky Mount and start a life with Bobby Mears. I’m not quite sure if she was joking or not when she told me that she’s still mad at her mama for marrying her off so young, but she did love my Granddaddy.

They immediately became parents to Bobby’s two year old brother, Dan…before of course starting their own family. And I try to imagine the commitment and responsibility of being so young and getting through the war effort as my grandfather was serving in Guam. And then of course, upon his return…the activity surrounding the Englewood Lunch Bar and eventually the Englewood Supermarket as Englewood began developing into a community. With Bobby’s charm and Janie’s push, anything was possible.”
They were quite a pair – and if my life looks anything like their life when I’m 80 years old, I will feel as though I’d lived a beautiful life. They were truly inspiring.

3. Time
IMG_6455 RS2
Earlier this week, Sarah Halstead and her family came into town. You may have already seen a few of the photos she took of me and my belly bump. It was also “time” for Carsyn’s 2 year old photos. So, we met up on Thursday night for about an hour to take a few photos of Carsyn and the family. I’m hoping to edit a few more of those photos this week to share.

4. Close-up
Zan Closeup RS
Just yesterday, I met up with Zan (you may remember him from his multiple photo sessions over the past year) and his family for his 9 month portraits. We lucked out with beautiful weather and beautiful light. Unfortunately, everytime we put him on the ground, he became much more interested in the clover-covered ground than looking at me (can ya blame him?). So, I thought I might try to capture his beautiful eyelashes. He’s such a sweet kid. I’ll share some of my favorites by the end of the week.

5. With Mirror
Mirror Belly RS
Like I said in my first shot, I hung out with my mom at her shop on Saturday afternoon (after my photo shoot). She owns a children’s boutique called the Red Caboose and sells everything from newborn to pre-teen clothing and gifts. You better believe that my baby will be the best dressed baby in town! Although this is clearly not my best shot, this is me taking a photo of myself in her dressing room mirror.

So, what were your interpretations of the items this week (if you haven’t already linked up)? 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), sponsored by Yolanda at Chickens on the Moon.
  1. Rainbow
  2. Fluffy
  3. Letters
  4. Metal
  5. Tree(s)
Again, thank you to Yolanda 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 I appreciate all of you that have submitted lists already…my SHS file is quite happy). 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. Happy Shooting!