FLOWER OF THE DAY: MACROS – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day – October 13, 2018


I have an interesting relationship with my macro lens. Sometimes, I love it to pieces. When it decided to work, it is perfection.

Macro lenses are kind of touchy. They may focus where you want them to focus — or they may focus where they feel they should focus.

FLOWER OF THE DAY: ROSES IN OCTOBER – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day – October 12, 2018


Just a few more flowers of summer as we head deep into autumn. Hard to believe flowers are still blooming!

More red roses on the big bush in the garden. I guess that heavy pruning worked out.

Red roses
More red roses

FLOWER OF THE DAY – ROSES IN THE AUTUMN – Marilyn Armstrong

Flower of the Day – October 11, 2018


They are still blooming like crazy. The roses, that is. Usually, the roses throw a few blooms even late in the summer, but we have entire full branches of roses in both red and pink

And it’s almost the middle of October.

Late roses!

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!” 


SHARING MY WORLD

Share Your World – 2014 Week 8

Another week, more interesting questions. Next week today, I’ll be in the hospital. Let’s have fun while I can.

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Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

I’ll take the $10,000 right now (if it’s tax-free, even better) because I could pay the bills for all the doctors, get some repairs done on the house and generally not wind up living in the car before the year is out. Such a tease you are. You aren’t giving me any money really … are you? Just asking.

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

Teeth. I would like to still have some teeth. Oh, and eyeglasses. Need them too.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Crystallized ginger. What? You heard me. I like it. No one else does, but you don’t have to eat it.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

Um, I used to know where it is. Was. I’m not sure. But I have a rain jacket and hat. I know where that is. At least the jacket. Not so much the hat.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU, LA, LA, LA

Cee’s Photography

Share Your World – 2014 Week 7

What is your favorite couch potato activity: readings, watching movies, watching sports, napping, anything on TV, computer games, play cards, or other?

I watch television while using the laptop. I often write when what’s on TV isn’t especially enticing, always with a lot of canine company.

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What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

Pepperoni or just a lot of cheese.

What is your favorite genre of movie or book?

Books? Fantasy. Unreality works for me as long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Movies? Comedy and thrillers that … you guessed it … don’t take themselves too seriously. I’ll watch or read anything that has a good story, sharp script and wit. I value cleverness.

Do you prefer eating the frosting or the cake first?

I scrape off the frosting and eat the cake plain. Sorry. Don’t like frosting.