Category Archives: Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly photo challenge: Reflection

The Oxford Canal ran through the small village where I lived in England. Whenever it wasn’t raining (and often when it was) I would wander down to the towpath that ran parallel to the canal, flip a coin to decide if I was going upstream or down, then spend an hour or so ambling along the waterway. I loved being there in the early mornings, when the water was glassy-calm and the narrowboat pilots were still too busy savoring their bacon baps and morning cuppas to cast off their lines and motor toward destinations unknown. Here are a few of my favorite reflections from those peaceful morning strolls (click on any image to see the full size version).

The photo below is a bit of an optical illusion. With the exception of the portion of grassy bank in the bottom left corner, everything else is a reflection on the surface of the canal. What appears to be the sun rising over a foggy mountain is actually the sun peeking out from behind a cloud. There is a false shoreline through the middle of the photo, created by the reflection of a jet’s contrail. The skeletal tree limbs are also nothing but a reflection, although the top portion appears solid enough to be the actual tree (if you’re not convinced, notice there is no symmetry between the top and bottom half).


This post is part of The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

101_8784Tōdai-ji, the Eastern Great Temple, in Nara, Japan, houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Daibutsu. The statue is protected by an enormous wooden structure, the Daibutsuden, or Great Buddha Hall. A hole has been carved through one of the massive wooden pillars that support the roof of the hall; the opening has the same dimensions as the nostril of the Buddha statue. Visitors of all ages find great joy in trying to squeeze themselves through the replica of Buddha’s nostril.

Find more interpretations of “inside” at The Daily Post.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

The photo challenge issued this week by the Daily Post stems from last week’s instructional post regarding three-picture stories. In short, the idea is to capture a scene from three different vantage points, giving the audience a broad overview, then a closer look at some relationship within the scene, before homing in on a more intimate perspective on a key element. I’ve pulled three photographs that I took of Daibutsu, the Great Buddha, in Kamakura, Japan. Click on any image below to view it full-sized.



Weekly photo challenge: One



I’ve been fast enough on the shutter release to capture several dragonflies in my day, but this is the only hot pink one I’ve ever seen.

You can check out other photographers’ interpretations of The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: One here.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

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I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced a greater sense of community than when the Olympics came to London last year. It seems the entire United Kingdom was united in its excitement, support, and pride. The hubby and I had a chance to immerse ourselves in that community spirit when the relay route brought the Olympic torch to a village near us. For 70 days, on the news and finally in person, we watched as school children and shopkeepers, commoners and aristocracy, villagers and tourists all dropped everything to line the route and cheer the torch on its journey around the country.


Weekly photo challenge: Infinite


This bronze statue of a war-weary soldier was positioned in front of a mural of a World War I battlefield cemetery at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. To me, it spoke of the infinite toll war takes on all involved.



Weekly photo challenge: shapes, lines, textures, patterns






Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken in my travels this year that work with the latest Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post.