ILLUMINATION – THE LIGHT FROM WITHIN – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo A Week Challenge: Lit from Within

The glowing light from within is special. The light in the pumpkin, the light in the teepee. The light within the globe of a lamp or inside the lampshade.

The glow of lights at night in Boston’s theater district
The glow of buildings on the Commons before Christmas
The city glowing at night

AND THEY FLY! A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Things with Wings

I have a bird feeder on the back deck. Mostly, I see birds eating, but every now and again, one of them flies. I don’t get a lot of birds in flight, but I have some herons, seagulls, and the occasional little bird when my camera gets lucky and grabs a picture … often quite unexpectedly.

Shooting wildlife. Not merely birds, but any wildlife is difficult. It requires patience. I have a friend who shoots pictures of wildcats and mountain lions. I asked him how he did it.

He said: “Lots and lots of patience and a high-quality long lens.”

Luck helps too. Sometimes, there you are and the birds just take off. You just happen to have a camera ready. You can’t plan it, but it’s great when it happens. Makes you look like a genius and all you really did was point and shoot.

Chickadee in flight
Eat, then fly!
Taking wing
Two Chickadees, one flying

PHOTO A WEEK: BLUE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Blue


There’s so much blue in our world. Sky and sea, houses and turquoise and … well … everything.

And so, this is a little bit of everything!

ABOVE AND BELOW – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE … Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: From Above and Below


Our deck, from the lawn below and the deck itself above. It’s about as above and below as you can get in this house.

It’s not a tall house. It’s more of a long house with a lot of hallways.

Deck from the ground below

BRIDGES: A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges


We don’t have any big bridges near us, but we do have bridges.

Footbridges.

River bridges on every road.

Railroad bridges.

Highway overpasses.

The railroad bridge, downtown Uxbridge
Highway bridge
Little bridge over the Mumford
Stone bridge over the river and canal in Autumn
Photo: Garry Armstrong – Footbridge at River Bend
Little footbridge over tiny canal alongside the Mumford
Footbridge at River Bend

REFLECTIONS: THE COLORS OF FALL – Garry & Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Reflection


Reflections in the Blackstone in the fall are beautiful. The colors are soft in the water, though if the water is quiet, sometimes it is as close as you can get to a mirror.

Rivers usually are not quite as silky as bigger bodies of water. Ponds and lakes sometimes are so smooth, you can turn the picture upside down and it looks almost the same, both ways.

Despite the lack of a brilliant fall, this October has produced a lot of pictures. Garry was outside today because we had sunshine. No reflections today … we don’t have any water here … but plenty of pictures.

River reflections – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Blackstone River in Rhode Island – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Reflecting river – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Mumford river reflections – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Reflection of the bridge on the canal – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Full reflection in the canal – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong

LOOKING OUT – THE GLASS CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

A Photo a Week Challenge: Through Glass


I take a lot of pictures through glass probably because I live in a land of snow, ice, rain, and mud — conditions which sometimes make going out to take pictures less than pleasant.

But to deal with the bad weather, we have doors and windows.

Two dogs looking through the picture window. They too enjoy watching, even on a very lovely, but chilly day.
Autumn window from the kitchen
Autumn from the front 
Gibbs, Duke, and a window

And taking pictures through them is one of the ways I cope with recovering from something, or inclement weather.