A PROMISE OF A PHOTO A WEEK, BUT NOT A NIGHTMARE – Marilyn Armstrong

I post pictures all the time, but a nightmare is not an image I want to post. I don’t have any nightmare pictures and am disinclined to create any. In this case, I don’t think you really need to worry because there are lots of photography prompts and I participate in as many as I can.

Almost the end of the road and nearly night – From Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

We are not going to run short of photo prompts. Even without one from WordPress, there are plenty. My favorites include all of Cee’s weekly prompts. They have grown enormously in popularity. If you haven’t tried them, you should. She also does a daily “flower of the day” prompt — all year-long. Check her out at Cee’s Challenges.

Paula has a couple of her own, both weekly. She also gets a well-earned response. She does Thursday’s Special and another on Sundays which varies from week to week.

My favorite is still the annual Changing Seasons. Max at Cardinal Guzman managed it for three years. This year, SueLeslie is managing this wonderful monthly photo project.

Following is information about it:


About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge, originally hosted by Max at Cardinal Guzman. 

SU LESLIE has taken over hosting duties this year, and if you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

* Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
* Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
* Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

1 – Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month

2 – Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

3 – Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to Sue Leslie’s post, she can update it with links to all of yours.


I  mourn the loss of a prompt as widely viewed as was WordPress’s weekly photo prompt, but there are many photography prompts. Find a few that suit your style and remember, there are always more.

Columbine and spiderwort – My garden in May

If someone wants to start another prompt, I’ll participate, but photography for me is not like a writing prompt. I can write to almost any word, even if I have to look it up so I know what it means … but I can’t take pictures like that. We live where we live and there are things we don’t have. I’ll never be shooting palaces or medieval cathedrals because I live in New England. We don’t have anything much older than a few hundred years and there isn’t much of that.

Giant Thistles – Flowers of the Day

There are more challenges. Lest I almost forget, Nancy Merrill has a weekly prompt, too at Nancy Merrill Photography. I think her next one will be up tomorrow. She always has some beautiful work and picks great subjects.

June is one of Becky’s square photograph months. The subject is “roofs” or for you Brits, “rooves.” Or eaves or ceilings. The only criteria are that the picture is square. Check it out on The Life of B.


Since I’m currently participating in this one, here are the rules:

Well, the theme is ROOFS (or rooves if you prefer!). Your roof can be;

A – any type, any condition, any size, and in any location.
B – it could be a shot across rooftops, of one roof like today or even a macro
C – you might prefer to spend some time under the eaves and in the attic, or enjoy the view from above as Brian has already done today.


Then, pingback to Becky and voilà!  Squaring pictures is more challenging than you think and not everything likes being square. I have one of the entries up today.

Old houses along the dock in Rockport, Massachusetts – one of this week’s squares

“Nightmare” is not a photography subject, at least not for me. I shoot rivers and mountains and flowers and sometimes, buildings and people and dogs. Beyond that, it’s not my thing.

Don’t give up. There really are a lot of photo prompts. Everywhere on planet earth. As Douglas Adams used to say:


“DON’T PANIC!” 




Categories: cee's photo challenge, Changing Seasons, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography

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  1. Thanks for a great roundup, Marilyn! The WPC was extra special because it brought so many new folks to my blog and mine to theirs. I recently re-started the Sunday Stills photo challenge. Like you, I live in an area where there is not a lot to photograph…when I participated in the Changing Seasons 3 years ago, I used the tree in my front yard (at least we have seasons). I managed some interesting photos and I used the prompt to write about current events (like the California drought, and such).

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    • You’re right that the WP post brought in a lot of “customers.” I will miss that. But it’s not coming back.

      I will have to check out Sunday Stills. I’ve just got so many different prompts to which I’ve committed, I’m afraid to push myself much farther. Winter is very hard for me, photographically because we often can’t go anywhere … we are snowed in. But now that you can use one picture on the prompt, you can use the same tree, month to month. Actually, that sounds like a good idea. For me, it’s how often I’ve gotten outside with a camera. Sometimes, I find I’ve taken a lot, but other times, pickings get pretty slim. Our valley is lovely, but it’s small. It doesn’t offer the variety of, say, Boston or greater Boston.

      I will check you out, I promise. Just that this summer is getting crazier every day and I wonder if I’m going to make it.

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      • Oh, no worries, Marilyn! You look like you are busy with the prompts you described. And thanks so much for the follow! I’ll look forward to your posts!

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        • I will see what I can do. A lot depends on whether I’ve had time to shoot much. Sometimes I get a lot of pictures of whatever is most interesting … like, say, the dogs. Or the garden. Or autumn leaves. But there are times when I’m just busy and I don’t get to it. When I have a lot of pictures, I look to see what’s up and where I can post. Otherwise, I just enjoy what other people have done.

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  2. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy your photos, Marilyn.
    Leslie

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    • I know many of us will miss the WP challenge because it brought in a lot of new people, but to be fair, the one thing we have plenty of, are photo challenges. I like the volume of response I got to it, but I’m fine without it, too. Writing prompts are more difficult to find because I’m really not a fiction writer and all the mini fiction prompt … I can do them, but I don’t really enjoy them much. Anyway, prompts or not, I’d post pictures. I don’t know what else to do with them!

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  3. I’m bookmarking this post so that when I have some spare time, I too can participate in these challenges.

    As always, I absolutely love your photos!

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    • Great! Cee is amazingly consistent. Some people have more trouble making deadlines, but unless she is taking a vacation — everyone deserves a few! — she’s right there. I’ve learned a lot following her. Not only does she do some teaching, but you learn a lot by seeing how other people do stuff. I’m a stand-up copycat! And the monthly challenge, especially if you live somewhere with very different seasons, gets kind of exciting 🙂

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  4. Thanks for sharing the info Marilyn and getting the word out. I LOVE your photos here… beauties

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    • Thank you. Sometimes when I realize how many I take to get those really good ones, all I can do is laugh. Of all the pictures I’ve taken, probably 5% are really good and another 5% are pretty nice. I suppose that’s normal. Now all I have to do is get it together to delete all those thousands of spares 🙂

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  5. You are so right about not everything likes a square. I’ve got quite a few roofs that didn’t make it this week because of that.

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  6. Marilyn you are a star. I had intended (even wrote a note to myself) to spread the word about The Changing Seasons, but in the panic of getting down to visit my dad, it was completely forgotten. Thanks for your post — and reminding me!

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    • It is a favorite challenge, especially since New England has notoriously erratic weather. In all the years I’ve lived here, I’ve had summer which never warmed up, spring and summer and fall that never cooled down. Snow-free winters and winter when we were buried to our eyeballs. Rainless years and flooding years. Even before climate change, this place was always a bit nutsy, so following the weather with a camera turned out to be kind of natural 😀 I was SO grateful you’ve taken it over this year. At the end of the year, if you don’t want to continue, I will take it over next. It’s too good a challenge to let it just drift away.

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  7. I like to include photos in my writings. I like Cees challenges and gives me a purpose for certain photos I take. I joined in the weekly photo challenge, but not something I miss greatly

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    • There are a LOT of photo challenges and they come from all over the world. Writing challenges are harder to find and writing challenges I enjoy even more scarce, but I put pictures in pretty much everything I write anyway, as do you. Before I discovered challenges, I was already posting photographs. That was why I started blogging. SO many pictures!

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