A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


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Week 1 – #23. If Flowers Could Talk

Welcome to another year of blogging! I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoy photographing items which I think represent each of the 2017 – 2018 themes.  During Week 1 on August 1st, I am in Tennessee and as I walked the road where I live, I saw a planter with beautiful pink flowers and I asked myself, “If flowers could talk,” what would these say?  I stood there for several minutes admiring the flowers and started thinking about my buddies who I hold dear, who I enjoy spending time with, and who I can share good times and bad times with.  Then it became obvious to me that these beautiful flowers were a lot like me and would say, “I enjoy hanging out with my buds.”

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Week 52 – #50. White On White

This is my final post for the 2016 – 2017, 52-Week Challenge and I am pleased that I have been able to post one photo per week for the entire year.  To those of my fellow bloggers who have also successfully completed the challenge this year, I say to you, “Congratulations,” and to those who tried very hard but because of various reasons were not successful, I say to you, “Keep the faith and continue trying this upcoming year.”

As it relates to my last post for the 2016 – 2017 year, I had a difficult time finding a suitable subject so started looking around my house and saw a beautiful white bag with white feathers around the top. Continuing through the house, I saw a bouquet of artificial white geraniums. Hmmm…all I needed was a white piece of foam core so I looked in the closet where I store my photo equipment, and wouldn’t you know I found one.  Problem solved for a photo of “white on white.”  This proves that sometimes we only have to look at our surroundings to find something suitable which will satisfy a theme.

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Week 47 – #A5. Seasonal

I love “seasonal” flowers and cannot wait until springtime to place a container of tulips in my home once they begin blooming.  I do so hate to say goodbye, however, to those which have greeted me so beautifully every morning as I walked into my kitchen.

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Week 45 – #35. Starts With A “C”

What could be more appropriate for something which “starts with a ‘c” than a cactus?  The aloe plant is a member of the cactus family.  Your mom was onto something when she snipped off the tip of an aloe leaf and squeezed the gel onto your sunburn or cut. The plant has been shown in studies to help heal minor wounds eight days faster than standard dressing.35 Starts with a c _MNH7621

 


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Week 44 – #5. Artistic

I have never considered myself an “artistic” person so I have struggled trying to come up with something suitable to post for this week’s theme.  I went to a lily pond recently with some friends and when I looked at my photos on the computer, something struck me about this photo. Wondering if I could use some of the many filters stored on my computer, I began experimenting and the end result is this photo.  I hope you like my artistic effort.

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Week 43 – #20. Negative Space

Lately I have become interested in using different lenses and techniques with flower photography.  This type photography is referred to as “shooting through.”  I honestly did not take this photo with “negative space” in mind; however, when I loaded it to my computer, I definitely saw that it would fit this week’s theme. I loved the softness.

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Week 8 – #5. Butterflies And/Or Bees

Even though I am terrified of bees, I have been looking everywhere for butterflies and/or bees to photograph, but with little success. Quite honestly, even though it is only Week 8 of the challenge, I was fearful I would be a failure … until today when I spotted this gorgeous swallowtail. The first of two photos below was processed with a texture from Kim Klassen, giving it a dreamy appearance and softening the orchid. I like the look.
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The second photo below is of the same butterfly but I was surprised to see that its underneath side was reversed in pattern and color. Okay, now that I have your attention, I must confess; otherwise, Patricia Reed will hang me by my hair from the highest rafter! I found this butterfly toes up and dead as a doornail in my driveway! Since I was on my way out for a real estate appointment, I gently picked it up and placed it on the top shelf in my refrigerator (Mike was not at all amused) until I could get back home to photograph it. When I returned home, I grabbed my camera, removed it from the refrigerator and placed it on my flowers. Worked like a charm … err … for me, not the butterfly. RIP Pretty Butterfly.
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